Author: Bryan Housel

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – November 15, 2021

Hello Folks, So we have arrived at the end of the line for this CSA season. A sad time perhaps, for the members, but honestly a relief for my crew and me. My workers are looking forward to escaping the cold and getting back to their families, and I could use a bit of R and R myself! I suspect that some of you may be relieved as well – the shares were fairly abundant, and in conversations with some of the members the word, overwhelming, was frequently used. We try our best to give our members an excellent value, I guess sometimes we outdo ourselves! Despite the weather-related challenges we faced, the harvest was abundant and we were happy to share it with you all. (more…)

Bok Choy

Bok Choy

Bok Choy is technically a Chinese cabbage. But until you cook with bok choy, you cannot appreciate how special it is. It has a mellow taste compared to some of the other asian greens such as tatsoi. (more…)

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Farm News – November 8, 2021

Hi All! So, as predicted it was a chilly week, with several nights below 28 degrees. We are expecting a warmup for this week before returning to more seasonal temperatures. Fortunately, it has been dry, and the fields are finally beginning to dry out a bit. (more…)

Daikon Radish

Daikon Radish

Daikon, or white radish, is traditional to Asian cooking. It is a long white radish, and given its shape and color, has been called an “icicle radish”. It is extremely versatile in cooking. You can use it anywhere you would normally use a regular radish, and in some ways that are unique. (more…)

Radicchio

Radicchio

Radicchio, along with Belgian and curly endive, frisée, and escarole, are members of the leafy chicory family. Radicchio is characterized by variegated purplish-red leaves that can be a touch bitter and spicy, which is why it is generally used as a component, rather than the main ingredient, in most salads. (more…)

Radicchio Gratin

Radicchio Gratin 

This recipe from the Stephen Cooks food blog demonstrates a deliciously simple way to use radicchio – broil it in the oven until it just starts to brown, then add cheese.  Try this recipe with different kinds of cheese, or sprinkle with bacon. (more…)

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Farm News – November 1, 2021

Howdy Folks! We were spared the worst of the weekend storm, as it passed mostly to the east of the farm. I know that many of you did not fare so well. Currently, we are preparing for the first frost of the season. It appears we will have seven or eight nights of below freezing temperatures, before it moderates a bit. Hopefully, it will not dip down too much below the 32-degree mark. Most of what remains in the field can tolerate a light freeze. We will pick most of the peppers and try to cover a few beds to keep them alive a little longer. The beans were more or less done anyway, and we are already digging the sweet potatoes as they have attained decent size and there are few weeks left to share them with you all. (more…)

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Farm News – October 25, 2021

Hi Folks! It appears we have a bit of a rainy week ahead, but the temperatures remain mild for late October. We have another very nice share for you this week. We harvested a lot of peppers- both green and colored ahead of what we thought might be a frost over the weekend. So there will be a mix in the shares, please take some of the green ones in the mix and leave some of the ripe ones for those who come later. Some groups may receive baby bells. (more…)