Westfield Area CSA Blog

Frisée aux Lardons

Frisée aux Lardons

From the New York Times, here is a bistro salad classic of curly endive with bacon and poached egg.  You want curly endive with tender, blanched centers.  That means the darker green outer leaves must be removed and not used in the dish. You want to expose the pale inner leaves and keep them looking as natural as possible. Don’t chop them.  For the lardons, use bacon or, if you don’t want its smoky taste, unsmoked pancetta.  And when you fry them, take care to brown the lardons lightly so that they are crisp, but with a little give.  Don’t overcook them, or the egg. (more…)

Winter Vegetables

Circle Brook Farm End of 2016 Season “Stock Up”

We will be offering one additional share to be delivered during the week of November 20th (Thanksgiving week). 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 as well as provide veggies for your Thanksgiving feast. The delivery will be one day earlier than your normal pickup day. Friday groups will receive their stock up share along with their final regular share on the Friday before Thanksgiving. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – October 31, 2016

Hello Folks!  We received about an inch of rain this week from a day of drizzle on Thursday and a couple of hours of heavier rain on Sunday.  This should help the crops remaining in the field to size up.  We also had a couple of cold nights; what we refer to as a hard freeze as compared to a light frost.  We have been continuing to cover the peppers but they sustain a little more damage each time and we have to pick much of the fruit green beforehand.  We will have peppers again this week but unfortunately not many of the beautiful red and yellow ripe fruit we have had. (more…)

Peppers

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers belong to the nightshade (Solanaceae) family of plants, along with chili pepper, cayenne pepper, eggplant, tomatoes and potatoes (except sweet potatoes and yams).  Their scientific name is Capsicum annuum.  This scientific name, however, is used to refer not only to bell peppers, but also to wax peppers, cayenne peppers, chili peppers, and jalapeno peppers. (more…)

Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

This recipe, courtesy of food blogger minimalistbaker.com, is a vegan and gluten and dairy free twist on stuffed peppers.  These protein packed stuffed peppers are fantastic by themselves, but try them topped with salsa, avocado slices, or hot sauce for even more flavor.  Serves 4. (more…)

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…)