Monthly Archive: September 2021

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – September 13, 2021

Hi Folks! So, as best I can tell we received between 12 and 14 inches of rain from the two storms over the last ten days. This is equal to a quarter of the average annual rainfall for our area! The damage has taken some time to manifest itself. We lost about a half an acre of sweet corn, a few thousand fall brassica plants, and virtually all the field tomatoes. We were unable to use tractors for cultivation until yesterday, so now we are battling the weeds that have overtaken a few crops. We lost the third planting of summer squash because it was in a low area that stayed saturated for too long. Fortunately the fourth planting is just starting to produce, so we expect to have zucchini for you over the next couple of weeks. (more…)

celeriac

Celeriac

Celeriac, aka celery root or knob of celery, is a distinct variety from the plant that produces the green stalks we enjoy in salads and soups; is cultivated specifically for its large, robust, and unfortunately rather ugly root.  It is a distant cousin to anise, carrots, parsley and parsnips.  Celeriac is recognized for its large, round, knobby and deeply gnarled, root ball.

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Celery Root Bisque

Celery Root Bisque

With fall definitely in the air, here is an earthy soup that can readily be doubled and frozen for even chillier days (or nights) ahead.  As presented from cooks.com, serves 4. (more…)

Pasta Sauce with Cabbage and Sausage

Pasta Sauce with Cabbage and Sausage

A few years ago, my share partner and I took a cooking class at Classic Thyme, focused on pasta sauces.  This one is an unusual sauce, hailing from northern Italy, close to the Austrian border.  It is very easy and so delicious, plus, if you make a lot, you can freeze extras for later use.  The recipe as presented serves 6. (more…)

Vegetable Stir Fry

Vegetable Stir Fry

If you’re ever unsure of what to do with your veggies, stir fries are a great way to combine just about anything into a delicious and fast meal.  Here’s a simple recipe using many Asian greens.  All measurements are approximate, and feel free to substitute! (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – September 6, 2021

Hello All! I hope you enjoyed the Labor Day long weekend. As I always say, here on the farm we just labor away, there is no time for rest or days off right now. My crew and I have been working seven days a week the entire season; we get to rest during the winter months! (more…)

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is neither a root nor a leafy vegetable but a swollen stem (a member of the cabbage family) that grows perched on top of the ground.  This versatile veggie is underutilized in the U.S. but is common in Central Europe and Asia.  Some claim it tastes a little like a turnip, others like a cabbage. Not surprising since it was bred from a combination of the German “kohl” (cabbage) and “rabi” (turnip). It is an excellent source of potassium and vitamin C and also includes some calcium and vitamin A.  The taste and texture is similar to that of a broccoli stem, accented by radish, but is much sweeter and milder. (more…)

Kohlrabi-Apple Slaw

Kohlrabi-Apple Slaw

This recipe, found in this month’s Food Network Magazine and which serves 4 as a side, is a surprising and refreshing alternative to regular coleslaw given most people’s lack of familiarity with this vegetable. Give it a try — that’s what a CSA is all about! (more…)

Vegetable Curry

Vegetable Curry

This recipe, courtesy of one of our CSA members, is a great way to use up all of your late summer vegetables.  Feel free to experiment with variations on the vegetables for your own take on this recipe. (more…)