Monthly Archive: July 2018

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – July 30, 2018

Hello Folks, “And the rain let up, and the sun came up, while we were getting dry”- Van Morrison.  It was a challenging week but it could have been worse, so I guess I’ll forego my usual whining about the weather.  I won’t even mention how many inches of rain we got (6).  The fields have mostly dried out, and on Sunday I was able to work some ground.  This afternoon I am going out to plant some seeds while my crew tries to catch up on the transplanting work.

The melons have begun to ripen, and last week a few lucky folks received watermelon as a surprise.  We will be starting to ship watermelon, cantaloupe and other melons in rotation during the next five or so weeks.  August is melon month!

It should be tomato month as well — if only they would start ripening!  The plants are healthy so far and are loaded with green fruit.  I expect we will have enough to ship some out to you by next week.  Soon we will have red and yellow peppers too, as well as another sweet treat (I don’t want to give up all my surprises).

The share for this week will be:  Garlic, lettuce, squash, cukes, peppers, eggplant, rainbow carrots, beans, either broccoli, cauliflower or red cabbage, choice of an herb and probably melon.  There will be tomatillos as an “extra”.  Premium shares will include a second lettuce and kale.

The fruit share for this week will be:  Nectarines and yellow plums.

Enjoy!  Farmer John

Eggplant Parmesan on Angel Hair

Classic Eggplant Parmesan

Overwhelmed with all of the eggplant that we have been getting in the shares?  Eggplant Parmesan is an easy family favorite, and freezes well for future eating! (more…)

Eggplant and Orzo Salad

Eggplant and Orzo Salad

When in Cape May, stop by George’s Place restaurant on the corner of Beach and Perry Streets for delicious Greek food.  They won’t part with their recipe but I came pretty close to re-creating this delicious side salad they serve with many of their entrees.  This serves 6 nicely as a side. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – July 23, 2018

Hello Everyone!  So, we finally got some rain and now it doesn’t want to stop.  We are already at 3 inches with 2 more days of potentially substantial precipitation to come.  My crew worked though periodic sprinkles punctuated by heavy downpours and short burst of sunshine to get the harvesting done.  I had hoped to get some seeds in the ground but now it’s much too wet and will be for at least a week.  Nor is this good weather for the crops — both the melons and the tomatoes are susceptible to fungal diseases when it is this wet.  But all we can do is stay calm and soldier on! (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – July 16, 2018

Hi Everyone!  We received a bit of rain this past Sunday morning, about a half an inch.  We need more and it seems we have a shot at some precipitation tomorrow.  We have begun harvesting the garlic but we broke the under cutter blade that we use to loosen the ground for easier pulling.  When the soil gets dry, it also gets very hard.  We should have the parts to fix it in a few days, and hopefully with a good rain and softer ground, we can procced with the harvest.  (more…)

Peanut Stuffed Lettuce Wraps

Peanut Stuffed Lettuce Wraps

A simple and delicious recipe from www.food.com and a different use for all the lettuce we’ve been getting!  The original recipe calls for 2 cups of cabbage mix, but shredding your own cabbage and carrots will work just fine. (more…)

Tzatziki

Tzatziki

Last week, someone asked what she can do with just one cucumber?  Simple – make tzatziki!  This delicious, creamy, Greek cucumber sauce keeps for about a week, and is great with grilled chicken, turkey or lamb.  You can use Greek or plain yogurt (using plain yogurt will result in a slightly “runnier” sauce, but it holds the flavors and texture just as well so don’t panic if you don’t have it handy).  It is a snap to make.  Try it! (more…)

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Farm News – July 9, 2018

Hello Folks, it’s hot and it’s dry but that’s what it’s like in July!  At least temps have moderated a bit from last week’s brutal onslaught.  We did get about a quarter an inch of rain from some passing storms, but they mostly went around us.  I was hoping for more; what we got was okay for watering some recently planted seeds but not the deep soaking that the roots of the crops need.  So, we will be moving the sprinklers around.  There’s not much chance of precipitation in the forecast for the next week, but that could change. (more…)