Author: Bryan Housel

Acorn Squash

Although considered a winter squash, acorn squash actually belongs to the same species as all “summer” squashes (such as zucchini and yellow squash).  The most common variety is dark green in color, but newer varieties can be yellow, white, even variegated.  As the name suggests, its shape resembles that of an acorn.  It is a good candidate for winter storage, keeping several months in a cool dry location.  Squash can be refrigerated, but it will deteriorate quickly and should only be refrigerated 1-2 weeks. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – October 4, 2021

Hi folks, I imagine you all know what going on outside, so I’ll skip the weather report for this week. I managed to get one more big planting of mustard greens and radishes this past weekend. This is basically the end of the seed planting for this season. We are progressing well with digging our potatoes and gathering the last of the pumpkins and winter squash from the fields. We have thousands of pounds of a variety of squash and potatoes stored for distribution over the next six weeks and for the winter stock up share. (more…)

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Farm News – September 27, 2021

Happy Fall, everyone! The days are becoming shorter, and the nights are getting cooler, and the brutal heat is over until next summer. I just hope the nights don’t get too cold anytime soon! The beans are still flowering and will continue to produce for a few more weeks if Mother Nature allows. The peppers are ripening prolifically – turning red, yellow, and orange, as soon will be the leaves. (more…)

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Farm News – September 20, 2021

Hello Everyone! So, the fields have mostly dried out and the last two plantings of spinach I sowed have germinated well. Presumably we will have some spinach for you in a month or so. In the mean time we have beautiful arugula and broccoli raab and some nice lettuce. We are busy digging potatoes and bringing in the enormous pumpkin and winter squash crop. We also have beets and carrots, whose tops have died back, to get out of the field and into the cooler. (more…)

Potato Lettuce Soup

Potato Lettuce Soup

Found on epicurious.com, this lettuce soup recipe is a great way to use the lettuce’s outer leaves and ribs, which usually go to waste.  Any kind of potato and any salad greens, including lettuce, arugula, spinach, and watercress, will work fine.  Yields 4 servings. (more…)

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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…)