Author: Bryan Housel

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – November 14, 2022

Hi Everyone, So, we have reached the end of the line for this season.  I would say the finish line, but my crew and me still have several more weeks to finish out the season.  There is still some garlic to be planted, the stock up shares to put together, and various root crops to harvest for storage through the winter and into next spring.  And there are a myriad of other chores to be done, to put the farm to bed for the winter.  As I mentioned last week, we are entering a very cold stretch of weather.  We have been busy harvesting many of the crops that will be in the shares this week and in the stock-up before they are damaged.  And we have been moving many of the crops in storage into the barn where they can be better protected from the cold nights ahead. (more…)

Parsnips

Parsnips

The parsnip is a root vegetable related to the carrot, but white or cream colored and sweeter. Up until the potato arrived from the New World, its place in dishes was occupied by the parsnip and other root vegetables such as the turnip. (more…)

Simple Broccoli Soup

Simple Broccoli Soup

This simple soup is equally good hot or cold.  You can readily omit the potatoes for a lighter version.  A small dollop of sour cream or crème fraiche before serving is a nice complement to the soup.  The recipe serves 4-6. (more…)

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Farm News – November 7, 2022

Hi everyone, So, I guess we knew this balmy weather couldn’t last forever! We have two nights of frost coming up and then a brief warming before some truly frigid air rolls in over the weekend. We will be shifting gears from protecting the tender crops from a few hours of below freezing temperatures, to covering the cold tolerant crops to protect them from being damaged by temps in the mid-twenties. (more…)

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Farm News – October 31, 2022

Happy Halloween everyone!   I hope you are all enjoying this spooky holiday.  We made it through several very cold nights over the weekend with minimal damage to the crops and are looking forward to a week of sunshine and mild temperatures.  We are busy here on the farm preparing beds to plant the garlic and digging the last few beds of sweet potatoes.  As soon as the last of the sweets are out, we can begin planting our final round of cover crops – winter rye and hairy vetch.  These serve to protect the fields from wind erosion over the winter, build organic matter in the soil, and provide straw for mulching other crops next season. (more…)

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts as they are now known were grown possibly as early as the 13th century in what is now Belgium. During the 16th century, they enjoyed a popularity in the southern Netherlands that eventually spread throughout the cooler parts of Northern Europe.  They are a cool weather crop that, rather than being damaged by a frost, actually gets a little sweeter and improves in taste. (more…)

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Farm News – October 24, 2022

Hello Folks, So it seems we are down to the final four. I’m not speaking about March Madness, more like November sadness, as we head into the ultimate weeks of the season. I know that many of you are sad when the CSA program ends for the season, and the long winter without fresh veggies lays ahead. On the other hand, I expect that some of you are relieved to not have to work so hard, searching for recipes and preparing all that we provide. If you are the former you may consider buying a stock-up share, which will keep you eating good, local produce for at least a few weeks after the season ends (hint, hint, nudge, nudge). (more…)

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is a winter squash belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family of field pumpkins.  It has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin.  It has tan-yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp with a compartment of seeds in the bottom.  When ripe, it turns increasingly deep orange, and becomes sweeter and richer. (more…)

Roasted Winter Squash Seeds

Roasted Winter Squash Seeds

Pumpkins aren’t the only squash that yield tasty seeds for roasting!  Next time you prepare a winter squash (e.g. butternut or acorn squash), save the seeds and have yourself a nutritious little snack. (more…)

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Farm News – October 17, 2022

Hello Everyone! So, summer officially ended almost four weeks ago, but we are still trying to squeeze a little more summer out of the fields. We are about to experience 3 or 4 nights of frost, so this is definitely the last hurrah for the beans and peppers. We may even be able to send a few more tomatoes your way! (more…)