Westfield Area CSA Blog

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – June 15, 2020

Hello everyone, pass the peas, please!  As you may already know from my recent request for volunteers, the pea season has begun.  Having been raised on canned vegetables, the first time I tasted fresh peas was a revelation.  Who knew how sweet and delicious they were; bearing no resemblance to the gray balls of mush to which I was accustomed.  Much like tomatoes, the season for these delicacies is far too short.  They do not tolerate hot weather, and since spring only seems to last a few weeks anymore, they will be with us for 3 or 4 weeks.  We have English or shell peas, snow and sugar snap, which both have edible pods.  This week we will have mostly shell peas and as availability permits, we will rotate through the various varieties so that everyone will receive some of each type. (more…)

Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes

For those of you familiar with the CSA, these curly beauties are a welcome friend.  For those new to the CSA experience, this may be one of your first “experimental” vegetables.

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Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto

Pesto is a great way to use the garlic scapes in our CSA shares!  For ½ pound short pasta such as penne, add about 2 Tablespoons of pesto to cooked pasta and stir until pasta is well coated.  You can also freeze your pesto for use later in the year – try freezing it in an ice cube tray to make small handy pesto portions. (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…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – June 8, 2020

Hi Folks, So we have arrived at the week for which you have been waiting – the first delivery of the season!  My crew and I have been working hard for you over the last 2 months. We have lots of great veggies in store for you in the weeks ahead. 

The first shares are typically on the small side and usually heavy on greens and this year is no exception.  There are loads of peas hanging on the vines, but we need to wait for them to fill out.   The summer squash crop looks great and should begin to produce abundantly with each passing week.  Napa cabbage and broccoli are on the horizon.  For this week, you have the makings for a BIG salad. (more…)