Westfield Area CSA Blog

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – October 10, 2013

Hi Folks, we received a small amount of rain over the weekend and are expecting more substantial precipitation on Monday.  We are scrambling to get the harvesting done ahead of what may be strong storms and heavy downpours. We have also been very busy bringing in an abundant winter squash crop before the groundhogs and wet conditions begin to take their toll. (more…)

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Farm News – October 3, 2013

Hi Everyone, Cool and dry about sums up the prevailing weather conditions here on the farm. We have already had 2 light frosts, but they were very light and spotty and haven’t done much damage. I am hopeful we will get a couple more weeks before a more damaging frost occurs. We are busy again moving the sprinklers around the fields beginning with the final plantings of herbs and spinach so they will germinate. (more…)

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Farm News – September 26, 2013

Hi Folks, we received almost an inch of rain overnight on Saturday, this time without any damaging winds! The fall crops are growing beautifully as the warm weather plants are slowing down their production. For now we still have a good supply of colored peppers, but eggplant will only be available as an extra going forward. Regrettably this will likely be the last week for tomatoes. (more…)

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Farm News – September 19, 2013

Hi Folks,
Well I can report that we received an inch of much needed precipitation last Thursday, but at quite a cost. The rain came in a torrential downpour mostly during a 15 minute period accompanied by fierce winds that toppled trees all over our area. We lost power for about 30 hours until midnight on Friday. I was returning from PA where I was picking up fertilizer and as I neared the farm I began to encounter branches in the roadway and the trees blocking one lane of the road. When I was 5 minutes from the farm I was stopped by a tree blocking the entire road. I finally arrived home about an hour later after repeated detours were also found to be impassable. (more…)

Radishes

Radishes

Radishes are the root of a plant closely related to mustard (hence their bite). They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors and are generally used as a garnish or salad ingredient because of their mild-to-peppery flavor. However, when cooked, they have a delicate flavor similar to that of white turnips (which we may get next week if not this week). They can be cooked whole or thinly sliced, steamed with a bit of water (or vegetable stock) and butter. I’ve even seen a recipe for glazed whole radishes with a bit of brown sugar and butter. (more…)

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Farm News – September 12, 2013

Hi Folks,
Fall is in the air! We’ve been waking up to some quite chilly mornings this past week. This cooler weather will make the lettuce and the mustard/brassica family happy, but production from the heat loving crops such as the tomatoes and peppers has begun to slow down. (more…)

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Farm News – September 5, 2013

Hi Folks,
Happy Labor Day! I hope you are all enjoying the picnics and family gatherings that are part of the holiday. And I hope you have been able to put to good use the fruits (and vegetables) of our labor in preparing dishes for your events. Here on the farm of course, we continue to labor because the veggies won’t wait! That’s not meant as a complaint, it’s just the reality of our business. There will be ample time to rest during the winter months. It does seem like an appropriate occasion to give praise and thanks to my crew. (more…)