Author: Bryan Housel

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – November 29, 2013

Hello everyone, Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah!

It is always good to give thanks. It doesn’t matter what your religious beliefs are, or if you are an agnostic or a secular humanist. Even in the most difficult times there is much for which to be grateful. This year, for me at least there is more than ever to be thankful for. I am thrilled and happy to report that this Tuesday we had the closing on the farm purchase. (more…)

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Farm News – Nov 21, 2013

Hi Folks,

We have arrived at the week that perhaps you all have been dreading — the last delivery of the season. I have been getting feedback from many of you on what a great season it has been. I am gratified by your kind words and support. I am quite satisfied and content with the produce we have been able to provide to you this year. (more…)

Dill

Dill

This fragrant herb does more than add its flavor to pickles.  Dill can be easily used on fish or chicken.  It can be mixed with softened butter to make a flavorful spread, mixed into mashed potatoes, or added to soups. (more…)

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Farm News – Nov 14, 2013

Hello Everyone,

We continue to experience dry conditions here at the farm, with last week’s rain dropping only a miserly quarter of an inch. This along with very cold weather has greatly slowed the growth of the crops that remain in the field. We are expecting to be hammered with 2 or 3 nights of temperatures near or below 20 degrees this week. (more…)

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Farm News – Nov 7 2013

Hi Folks,

We had some rain this past Friday. It was once again less than I had hoped for at just under a half an inch. I guess we’ll have to keep running the sprinklers a bit longer!

We were very busy over the weekend preparing for an extremely cold night – Sunday into Monday. Even though everything that remains in the fields is fairly hardy, temperatures in the low 20’s can still do damage. (more…)

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Farm News – Oct 31, 2013

Hi Folks,

It was a cold week here on the farm. We’ve had frost every morning and temperatures dropped into the mid-twenties on several nights. Even some of the more hardy crops have sustained a little damage, but nothing substantial. The principal effect of the low temperatures is slow growth and maturation. We have thousands of broccoli and cauliflower just beginning to head up but they take a bit longer than normal to reach harvestable size. Those who received broccoli or cauliflower last week will likely get Napa cabbage this time around. For those who got cabbage we will do our best to send broccoli or cauliflower. (more…)

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End of Season “Stock Up”

We will be offering one additional share to be delivered during the week of November 25th. This will be a “stock up” share and will include various vegetables that store well, so that you will be able to enjoy produce from the farm well into the winter months. The total weight of this share will be about 50 lbs.  (more…)

Celery Root Bisque

Celery Root Bisque

With fall definitely in the air, here is an earthy soup that can readily be doubled and frozen for even chillier days (or nights) ahead. As presented from cooks.com, serves 4.

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Latkes with Homemade Apple Sauce

Celeriac-Parsnip Latkes

Adapted by Melissa Clark of the NY Times last December (link) from The Mile End Cookbook by Noah and Rae Bernamoff, this recipe makes about 4 dozen latkes. With the Holidays just around the corner, there is no reason to swap the celeriac now (Hint: celeriac keeps for months if you can store between 30 and 40 degrees and don’t allow them to dry out)! (more…)