Author: Bryan Housel

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – July 11, 2016

Hi Everyone, it was brutally hot last week but I guess most of you noticed that.  We continue to receive much needed rain and I am very busy catching up with planting.  We have another marvelous share for you this week.  It turns out we still have some snow and sugar snap peas available, although the quantity will be less.  We have delicious sweet onions with green tops (edible or good for soup stock).  These are not good keepers, so use them up within a week or so.  We are in rotation with the broccoli still, so it will be kale or broccoli, whatever you did not get last week.  We have abundant squash and cucumbers as well as cooking greens.   (more…)

Vegetable Fritters

Kohlrabi Fritters

If you’ve still got those funny looking bulbs staring you down on your counter, here’s a new take on kohlrabi.  I’ll admit that for 6 years of the CSA, I never dared try them.  This recipe made me a convert.  They will never go on the swap table again! (more…)

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Farm News – July 4, 2016

Hi Folks!  So we finally got some rain:  about 2” from several passing storms.  Most of the precipitation came in deluges, which is less than ideal but we are grateful for what we get.  One of these I narrowly escaped as I rushed out of the field on my small seeding tractor after planting some carrots.  I had just pulled it into the barn when the skies opened up and I was trapped there for a half an hour until the heavy rain abated.  That’s the good news… (more…)

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Farm News – June 27, 2016

Hello Everyone!  So we are still waiting for some rain.  There is some in the forecast for tonight and Tuesday but they have been wrong so many times now…  I mentioned a rain dance in last week’s episode.  My form of rain dance is to head out into the fields on my seeding tractor to do some planting.  This has worked often in the past to get the skies to open up but I tried it last week and only managed to squeeze out a few drops! (more…)

Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Tomatoes

Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Tomatoes

This recipe is an alternative to the “traditional” sautéed Swiss chard with garlic.  Depending on whether you want to use the chard stems as well in the recipe (you can cut them up finely, or dice them), you may need about a quarter to half a cup of chicken stock.  Start with ¼ cup and add more as needed to get the chard wilted, before adding the tomatoes and lemon juice.  Serves 4 as a side dish.
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Farm News – June 20, 2016

Hello Everyone!  So we continue to experience dry conditions here on the farm.  We have had several more predicted rainfalls fail to arrive.  We have another shot at a little precipitation overnight on Monday and perhaps a better chance of the wet stuff on Thursday.   Keep your fingers crossed, say a prayer or perhaps do a rain dance if you are so inclined.  In the meantime, we will continue to move the sprinklers around the fields and employ creative tricks to get the seeds to sprout. (more…)

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Farm News – June 13, 2016

Hello Everyone!  So we waited with a mixture of anticipation and dread for the severe storms predicted for Saturday.  We badly need the rain but worried about the high winds and potential for hail.  In the end we got no rain at all, only 2 days of high winds that have been wreaking havoc with our crop covers and drying out the soil even more.  There is some hope for precipitation at the end of the week; in the meantime, we will be moving the sprinklers around from field to field to keep the crops growing and the seeds germinating. (more…)

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Farm News – June 6, 2016

Hi Folks! We finally got some rain here at the farm on Sunday, just over an inch.  We need more but are grateful for what we receive.

We have essentially lost the first planting of arugula, broccoli raab, and tatsoi as a result of the dry conditions and the heat wave. It had been under siege from a pernicious pest – the flea beetle – and was covered with an Ag fabric to protect it.   (more…)