Westfield Area CSA Blog

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News- August 14,2008

Hello Everyone,

I hope you have all been enjoying the beautiful weather this past week. The mild temperatures for early August are quite a pleasant surprise and have made the hard work my crew and I do a bit more bearable. It seemed as though most of the crew’s time this week was spent picking beans which are producing quite prolifically. (more…)

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Farm News- August 7, 2008

Hi Folks,

Murphy’s Law ruled again this past week, with various problems with tractors, and the refrigeration unit on my box truck. After having spent $1800 to set up 3 phase electric to run the reefer unit on my truck, when we plugged it in everything ran in reverse. After the electrician finished making some changes it wouldn’t run at all, and now the diesel engine won’t run either. (more…)

Zucchini Soup

Zucchini Soup

This recipe takes Julia Child’s recipe for cream of cucumber soup and turns it into a healthier zucchini version. (more…)

Hungarian Bean Soup

Cold Green Bean Soup (Hungarian)

This surprisingly easy and tasty recipe is from The Complete Book of Soups and Stews by Bernard Clayton Jr.  It is great served hot or cold and freezes well.  Try it with all the different varieties of green beans we receive. (more…)

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Farm News- July 31, 2008

Hello everyone,

The good news for this week is that we received some much needed rain. The bad news is that now we’re getting a little too much rain at a time when we are trying to harvest the garlic and onion crop. It certainly seemed that Murphy’s Law was in full effect this week. (more…)

Summer Squash/Zuchinni

So what exactly is summer squash? How is it different from its cousin, winter squash? Simply put, summer squash are those types harvested during the growing season, when the fruit is immature and the skin tender. (more…)

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Farm News- July 24, 2008

Hi Folks,

Hot enough for you? It was a rough week for my workers and me, trying to work in this heat. And most of the plants, even the heat loving ones, don’t really thrive above 90 degrees. It’s been dry as well, with several promised thunderstorms failing to materialize; we haven’t had a good rain in several weeks. (more…)

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Farm News- July 17, 2008

Hello Everyone,

Well I have finally finished planting the winter squash and the edamame soybeans. Better late than never is an expression that doesn’t quite work in farming, but with a little rain and plenty of sun for these next 2 months there should still be a decent harvest. The varieties which were seeded first have germinated well and I have already cultivated them twice, since the grass in this former hayfield is also germinating quite prolifically. (more…)

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Farm News- July 10, 2008

Hi Folks,

It was another hectic week at the farm, but a lot was accomplished. One of the major projects that has been worrying me for the last several weeks was the laying of a waterline 500 ft. across horse paddocks, to get water to the crops planted in my newly rented field. There are eggplant, peppers, ground cherries, melons, and other crops planted in this field in plastic mulch covered beds. (more…)