Westfield Area CSA Blog

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…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – October 21, 2019

Hi Folks, it was a wet week here on the farm with just over 3 inches of rain falling between Wednesday’s torrential squalls and Sunday’s dismal drizzle. We also had our second frost of the fall season on Friday night. As previously mentioned, most of what is left in the fields is fairly hardy, and we try to cover a few crops to keep them going a bit longer. But as the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, growth becomes much slower. Beans, peppers and zucchini are now definitely done for this year. As the cold becomes more intense in the coming weeks, we will switch to covering hardy crops which, while not being outright killed by low temperatures, can still be damaged. (more…)

Delicata Squash

Delicata Squash

Delicata squash is a long, oblong-shaped squash with a cream colored, green-striped, outer skin and a golden, fine-textured inner flesh.  This is one of the tastier winter squashes, with a creamy pulp that tastes a bit like corn and sweet potatoes.  It can be baked or steamed and served as a side dish, seasoned with butter and herbs, providing a sweet nutty flavor with a creamy smooth texture.  The thin skin is also edible. (more…)

Radicchio Gratin

Radicchio Gratin 

This recipe from the Stephen Cooks food blog demonstrates a deliciously simple way to use radicchio – broil it in the oven until it just starts to brown, then add cheese.  Try this recipe with different kinds of cheese, or sprinkle with bacon. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – October 14, 2019

Hi Folks! So, we received just under an inch of rain this past week and the forecast is calling for a wet Wednesday. All of the crops are getting the water and the sunshine they need and are growing and maturing nicely. We have begun digging the sweet potatoes and they look very nice and more importantly they taste great too! (more…)

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are native to Central and South America and are one of the oldest vegetables known to man.  They have been consumed since prehistoric times as evidenced by sweet potato relics dating back 10,000 years that have been discovered in Peruvian caves. (more…)