Westfield Area CSA Blog

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – June 5, 2017

Hi Folks! The moment you have been waiting for has arrived, when the investment you made in local agriculture begins to pay dividends! Green dividends that is, or perhaps more appropriately “greens” dividends, especially for this week as we will be relying heavily on these for the first share. We have the most beautiful spinach crop I have ever seen. I guess the cool damp weather agrees with it. Next, we have arugula, not quite as beautiful, but very tasty. Red leaf lettuce will be on the menu- that’s still a green, right? (more…)

Spinach

Spinach

Calorie for calorie, leafy green vegetables like spinach provide more nutrients than any other food.  Spinach is thought to have originated in ancient Persia.  Spinach made its way to China in the 7th century when the king of Nepal sent it as a gift to this country.  Spinach has a much more recent history in Europe than many other vegetables.  It was only brought to that continent in the 11th century, when the Moors introduced it into Spain.  In fact, for a while, spinach was known as “the Spanish vegetable” in England. (more…)

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Found on the culinaryhill.com food blog, this strawberry spinach salad recipe is a great summer dish. This recipe includes pecans, but you could substitute other nuts, like almonds, walnuts, or sunflower seeds. You can bring out more flavor by toasting the nuts in a dry or buttered skillet. (more…)

Peach, Orange, and Lettuce Smoothie

Peach, Orange, and Lettuce Smoothie

Next time you have extra greens that you aren’t sure what to do with, try blending them into fruit smoothies like this recipe found at www.thewistfulchef.com.  Smoothies are a refreshing treat for the summer that kids will enjoy.  And, feel free to substitute any summer green or fruit.   Serves 4 cups. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – May 29, 2017

Hello Everyone, I apologize for being so late with the first update of the season.  We have been working hard to get the planting done after a bit of a late start. In late February it seemed we would have an early spring but the winter came back with a vengeance. The big blizzard brought us nearly 2 feet of snow and then several weeks of rainy weather left the fields too wet to plow until early April.  Since then the weather has been acceptable; a bit cool through April but with adequate rainfall. (more…)

Heirloom Vegetables

2017 Registration!

Registration for the 2017 season is now open!  Know your farmer, know your food.

Farmer John is happy to announce two different share options this year! (more…)

Winter Veggies

Protecting the Stock-Up

Now that you have your stock-up share, how do you keep it edible if you don’t want to refrigerate everything? If you don’t have a root cellar, and my guess is few of us have one, can you leave it all in the garage or is it safer in the basement? (more…)

Curried Acorn Squash and Apple Soup

Curried Acorn Squash and Apple Soup

Acorn Squash has a slightly sweet taste, which complements the sweetness of the apple and mild spice of the curry powder. Enjoy this acorn squash and apple soup with some crusty whole-grain bread.  A great soup for stormy days. Or for Thanksgiving. (more…)