Author: Bryan Housel

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…)

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-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…)

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Farm News – August 30, 2021

Hi everyone, Rain, rain, rain! What can you say? It is what it is, and anyway how can we complain, when there are so many other parts of the country that are getting hurt much worse. The farm is a muddy mess, and we are seeing various crops being damaged or killed by the weather conditions, but we will get through it, and we will still have plenty of great produce for you and your family. (more…)

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is an oblong yellow colored winter squash that is named for the spaghetti like nature of its flesh.  When raw, the flesh is hard and generally orange or yellow in color.  When cooked, it comes apart in ribbons, giving it the appearance of spaghetti. (more…)

Okra

Okra

In the south, it’s available year-round, but for the rest of us, summer is a great time to take advantage of fresh okra. While it looks like a ridged pepper, okra belongs to the same family as hibiscus and cotton, and likely came to the U.S. from Africa more than three centuries ago. (more…)