Author: Bryan Housel

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – June 3, 2013

Hi Folks, Well we started out too dry and too cold and now we’ve had too wet and too hot. So in just the first two months of the growing season we’ve covered all the bases. Someone asked me a few weeks back if I thought it would continue to be dry and I replied that I reckoned it would remain very dry until it began to rain too much (I didn’t actually say “reckoned” that’s just literary embellishment). I didn’t expect, nor wish to be proven correct so soon. (more…)

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Farm News – May 12, 2013

Hello Everyone, Welcome to the 2013 Starbrite Farm CSA season and to the first installment of my weekly updates. These will serve to apprise you of the work we are doing at the farm each week, of the success we are having and the challenges we may be facing, and what to expect in your share for the week. I strive to make them as informative and entertaining as possible. (more…)

Steak and Veggie Wraps

Steak and Veggie Wraps

When my cousin brought me an enormous bag of cherry tomatoes, I had to be creative. The day after a big steak dinner, I came up with this quick and easy recipe for leftover steak. You can also use chicken or tofu. (more…)

Thyme

Thyme

There are actually over 100 varieties of thyme, but only 2 that are used in the kitchen: Garden thyme and lemon thyme. Garden thyme has a woodsy, pungent aroma, while lemon thyme, when crushed, has a distinct lemony smell. Leaves and sprigs are used in salads as garnishes, and in soups, chowders, and in many Cajun and French dishes. (more…)

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Farm News – August 5, 2010

Hello Folks, We’ve arrived at August, having survived a scorching July, and happy for the more moderate temperatures we’ve enjoyed over the past week. A few passing storms have brought us just enough rain to keep the crops happy and to help germinate the many seeds I’ve sown during the week. I’ve planted more beans, cucumbers and summer squash for a late September harvest as well as beets and carrots for October. We have also begun transplanting the brassica crops for the fall as well. (more…)

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Farm News – July 29, 2010

Hi Everyone, It looks as though the tomato season has arrived. We began picking a sizeable amount of fruit last Friday, and a lot more have ripened over the weekend. It’s a week or two earlier than normal, one of the better consequences of this sunny, hot, and accelerated season. There will probably only be enough for 1 or 2 fruits per member this week, with more appreciable quantities arriving in the coming weeks. (more…)

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Farm News – July 22, 2010

Hi Folks, We had a great start to the season, with many greens and unusually bountiful shares. As we head into mid-summer, greens generally become more scarce, and in this accelerated season we arrived at this point sooner than normal. (more…)

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Farm News – July 15, 2010

Hi Folks, I am happy to report that the farm received nearly 2 inches of rain this past Friday night into Saturday morning, much more than expected and a bit more than was needed, but nevertheless a huge relief. We were spending too much time moving sprinklers around and thus unable to begin preparing ground for the fall planting which will begin soon. (more…)