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Farm News – July 10, 2017

Hello Everyone!  So, it’s been a wet season thus far and it seems that this weather pattern will continue into the normally dry month of July.  We have received 5 inches of rain in the past 2 weeks, when we normally hope for an inch a week.  This is not bad for most of the crops, but it is a little worrisome for the tomatoes and the cucurbits (squash, melons, and cukes), which are susceptible to fungal diseases.  We are doing our best to keep them sprayed with protective organic remedies such as biologicals, oils, garlic, and kelp.  Let’s hope the rain eases up a bit soon! (more…)

Baingan Bharta

Baingan Bharta – Roasted Eggplant Purée

Found in Rani Sidhu’s Menus and Memories from Punjab cookbook, this is a classic recipe for Baingan Bharta, a roasted eggplant purée.  The word ‘Bharta’ (pronounced BHURR-taah) refers to dishes in which the ingredients are roughly mashed either before or after the dish is prepared.  Bhartas are largely North Indian in origin and made from all sorts of vegetables.  Yields 10 half-cup servings. (more…)

Pasta with Broccoli and Garlic

Pasta with Broccoli and Garlic

This southern Italian dish works great as a side dish or vegetarian main entrée.  You can double or half the recipe if we receive more or less broccoli in any given week.  Recipe adapted from Joy of Cooking.

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Zucchini Butter

Zucchini Butter

If Farmer John’s predictions come true, we may be in for more summer squash so here is a simple recipe for making Zucchini Butter. While the recipe as is yields about 2 cups, you can halve the recipe and make less. Give it a try if you have already made your fair share of breads, muffins, and gratins. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – July 3, 2017

Hi everyone, happy Fourth of July!  We have a wonderful share for you this week.  The peas continue to come in and we have carrots; peas and carrots just like my mom served us out of a can (not!). Also new for this week are cucumbers; we have some Kirby (pickle type), English (long slender, bumpless, and mostly seedless), and some regular slicers.  You will get some of each type in the coming weeks. (more…)

Kohlrabi and Carrot Slaw

Kohlrabi and Carrot Slaw

Found on thekitchn.com, this slaw is the perfect side dish for a summer picnic.  It can be prepared very quickly, especially if you have a mandoline or food processor handy.  The slaw is very lightly dressed, so feel free to increase the wet ingredients if you prefer a more heavily dressed slaw.  Like any slaw, feel free to substitute different ingredients – try it with Napa or green cabbage if that’s what you have.  Serves 4-6. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – June 26, 2017

Hi Folks!  We received some good rain last Friday evening and overnight into Saturday, but it cleared off early Saturday, giving us a beautiful day for the farm visit picnic.  Attendance was a bit low but those who came out had a nice time.  I hope many of you will have a chance to visit sometime this season.  I enjoy meeting the members, especially the children.  As I have previously mentioned, I was raised on canned vegetables so it’s wonderful to hear about how the kids enjoy fresh veggies. (more…)

Summer Squash Strata

Summer Squash Strata

This lasagna-like dish can be made with any of your summer squashes and makes a great addition to any 4th of July party.  From the cookbook “Simply Organic”.  Serves 12.
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