Author: Bryan Housel

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – October 24, 2016

Hello Everyone!  This past weekend’s storms brought us a scant .4 of an inch of rain.  It was more wind than rain, and we continue with very dry conditions.  We will have another chance of precipitation on Thursday.  We will also have a couple of cold nights this week, but probably not severe enough to damage what remains in the fields. (more…)

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Farm News – October 17, 2016

Hello Folks!  So we have had 2 light frosts since my last update.  We were able to cover and protect a few crops, notably the peppers.  We tried to save a late planting of string beans but were only marginally successful.  We are still quite dry and are hoping for some rain on Friday.  Most of what remains in the fields now are brassica family crops that require a lot of water. (more…)

Beet Cake

Beet Cake

Yes, this cake is made with beets!  Very highly reviewed on food.com.  According to the recipe, the batter looks red, but the red bakes out.  Try it with almond flavored frosting, or serve it with homemade whipped cream. (more…)

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Farm News – October 10, 2016

Hi Folks!  We are expecting the possibility of our first frost early Tuesday morning.  It will likely be a light one, and things will begin to warm up as we go through the week.  Most of what is left in the field is hardy enough to survive, and we will be covering a few tender crops to try and protect them.  This will be the last week for eggplant, except for maybe a few small ones as an extra.  We will have some lettuce in the shares again this week, although the heads won’t be very large; everything grows rather slowly now with the short days and cool nights.  For those who did not get broccoli last week, you should expect it this time around, otherwise there will be kale. We will be including a few decorative gourds and mini pumpkins in the share this week.  The mini pumpkins are edible, the gourds are not! (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 – October 3, 2016

Hi Folks!  So after 3 days of overcast and drizzly weather, we received about a quarter of an inch of total precipitation.  It was good for germinating the seeds that I recently planted, but not nearly what I would like for the acres of brassica crops that I have growing.  This family, which includes broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, needs a lot of moisture to make large heads. (more…)

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Farm News – September 26, 2016

Hi Folks!  So the nights are getting quite chilly now up here in the hills of Northwest NJ.  We came quite close to having a frost on Sunday night.  Just down the road, in a low lying field where another farm has some pumpkins planted, I noticed that many of the vines had been blackened by the cold.  It’s warming up again so we should have another 2 weeks at least before the next round of cold air descends upon us.  We have been getting some rain, with more in the forecast over the next few days.  So now I will be worried that it will rain too much!  Such is the life of a farmer – always something weather related to fret about. (more…)

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Farm News – September 19, 2016

Hi Everyone!  So we received a little bit of rain this past weekend.  I heard reports of heavy downpours near the farm but they seem to have missed us and we got perhaps a quarter of an inch.  I planted a lot of seeds for fall crops as well as several acres of oat cover crop ahead of the storms.  The light rain will at least help these plantings germinate, but we are still in a drought situation.  Nevertheless, we have a great share for you this week. (more…)