Author: Bryan Housel

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – June 29, 2020

Hello Folks, Since my last writing we received .3 inches of rain.  While this was welcome, it was not even close to what we need.  We typically look for 1” per week of precipitation, so 3/10 of an inch over three weeks along with significant heat, has left us very dry.  We are moving sprinklers around constantly, laying drip tape over newly planted seeds and generally trying to keep everything possible alive and growing.  We just do not have enough water to irrigate everything. (more…)

Summer Squash

Summer Squash

Welcome to Summer Squash season!  As you may have noticed already, summer squash appears in a variety of shapes and colors, the most prevalent being the well-known green zucchini, the straight or crooked necked yellow squash, and the round, flat, often scalloped edge, patty pan squash.  All these varieties are tender, warm-season vegetables that differ from their fall and winter cousins in that they are selected to be harvested while still immature.  Thus, the entire vegetable, rind, flesh, and seeds, can be eaten. (more…)

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Farm News – June 22, 2020

Hi Folks, Happy Summer Solstice!  Summer has officially begun, and the heat is on.  The scattered thunderstorms, which are our best chance of rain currently, have so far been scattering to the south and scattering to the north.  In my travels I have driven through torrential downpours various times, only to return to the farm and find it dry as a bone.  Hopefully, one will cross our path soon!  (more…)

Summer Squash Strata

Summer Squash Strata

This lasagna-like dish can be made with any of your summer squashes and makes a great addition to any 4th of July party.  From the cookbook “Simply Organic”.  Serves 12.
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Farm News – June 15, 2020

Hello everyone, pass the peas, please!  As you may already know from my recent request for volunteers, the pea season has begun.  Having been raised on canned vegetables, the first time I tasted fresh peas was a revelation.  Who knew how sweet and delicious they were; bearing no resemblance to the gray balls of mush to which I was accustomed.  Much like tomatoes, the season for these delicacies is far too short.  They do not tolerate hot weather, and since spring only seems to last a few weeks anymore, they will be with us for 3 or 4 weeks.  We have English or shell peas, snow and sugar snap, which both have edible pods.  This week we will have mostly shell peas and as availability permits, we will rotate through the various varieties so that everyone will receive some of each type. (more…)

Spinach, Beef, and Egg Hash

Spinach, Beef, and Egg Hash

Found on foodie site, saveur.com, this easy one-pan meal is just the thing for a fulfilling breakfast that comes together in the blink of an eye.  The debate rages on as to the origin of this San Francisco dish—”Joe’s” restaurant has seen several incarnations.  Original Joe’s on Taylor Street, however, has had it on the menu for 59 years.  Serves 2. (more…)

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Farm News – June 8, 2020

Hi Folks, So we have arrived at the week for which you have been waiting – the first delivery of the season!  My crew and I have been working hard for you over the last 2 months. We have lots of great veggies in store for you in the weeks ahead. 

The first shares are typically on the small side and usually heavy on greens and this year is no exception.  There are loads of peas hanging on the vines, but we need to wait for them to fill out.   The summer squash crop looks great and should begin to produce abundantly with each passing week.  Napa cabbage and broccoli are on the horizon.  For this week, you have the makings for a BIG salad. (more…)