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Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – July 16, 2018

Hi Everyone!  We received a bit of rain this past Sunday morning, about a half an inch.  We need more and it seems we have a shot at some precipitation tomorrow.  We have begun harvesting the garlic but we broke the under cutter blade that we use to loosen the ground for easier pulling.  When the soil gets dry, it also gets very hard.  We should have the parts to fix it in a few days, and hopefully with a good rain and softer ground, we can procced with the harvest.  (more…)

Peanut Stuffed Lettuce Wraps

Peanut Stuffed Lettuce Wraps

A simple and delicious recipe from www.food.com and a different use for all the lettuce we’ve been getting!  The original recipe calls for 2 cups of cabbage mix, but shredding your own cabbage and carrots will work just fine. (more…)

Tzatziki

Tzatziki

Last week, someone asked what she can do with just one cucumber?  Simple – make tzatziki!  This delicious, creamy, Greek cucumber sauce keeps for about a week, and is great with grilled chicken, turkey or lamb.  You can use Greek or plain yogurt (using plain yogurt will result in a slightly “runnier” sauce, but it holds the flavors and texture just as well so don’t panic if you don’t have it handy).  It is a snap to make.  Try it! (more…)

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Farm News – July 9, 2018

Hello Folks, it’s hot and it’s dry but that’s what it’s like in July!  At least temps have moderated a bit from last week’s brutal onslaught.  We did get about a quarter an inch of rain from some passing storms, but they mostly went around us.  I was hoping for more; what we got was okay for watering some recently planted seeds but not the deep soaking that the roots of the crops need.  So, we will be moving the sprinklers around.  There’s not much chance of precipitation in the forecast for the next week, but that could change. (more…)

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Farm News – July 2, 2018

Hi Folks!  As Cole Porter wrote and Ella Fitzgerald beautifully sang — It’s too darn hot!  “I’d like to sup with my baby tonight, refill the cup with my baby tonight, but it’s too darn hot”.   I guess the worst is over –- for now.  The temps will gradually moderate as we go through the week and we have a couple of good shots at some rain.  We did receive some of the wet stuff last Wednesday night, which was fortunate because the moist soil has helped the crops to bear the heat.  The summer crops like the tomatoes, peppers, squash, and melons accept the heat with aplomb but it’s hard on the lettuces, peas, and the brassicas. (more…)

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Farm News – June 25, 2018

Hello Everyone! So I guess I should have known better than to have believed the weatherman. I postponed the farm visit based on a forecast of rain and thunderstorm through most of the weekend. We received virtually no precipitation except for a few moments of drizzle and two brief showers — both of which occurred when I ventured out on my seeding tractor to try and get some planting done! (more…)

Wilted Kale with Lemon

Wilted Kale with Lemon

Here is a quick but tasty recipe using kale, from the William Sonoma cookbook, Cooking from the Farmers’ Market; it can’t get much simpler!  The recipe serves 6. (more…)

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Farm News – June 18, 2018

Hi Everyone!  So, it was another reasonably good week weather-wise here on the farm.  Temperatures have been mild (at least until today), and we had a midnight deluge on Wednesday night.  A slow steady rain is always better than a downpour, and this one only gave us about a quarter of an inch, but it was helpful for getting some seeds up and for watering the brassicas and the root crops.  As we head into late June and July the rain often starts to diminish and we start worrying about a drought.  Many of the summer crops are watered with drip irrigation.  For other crops we have overhead sprinklers, but it is a lot of extra work for us.  We just seeded some okra and lima beans and I am in the process of planting the winter squash and pumpkins so a little rain will be much appreciated. (more…)

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Farm News – June 11, 2018

Hello Everyone,  I am happy to report that the weather has been uncharacteristically cooperative this past week. The temperatures have been moderate and we have had several nice gentle overnight rains.  I think that there are few people other than farmers who can find such joy in a nice rain; perhaps an Englishman away from home and missing his native climate. (more…)

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Farm News – June 4, 2018

Hi Folks,  I hope you had a pleasant Memorial Day weekend.  I apologize that I have not been able to get a farm update out to you until now.  It has been a very difficult spring for us here at the farm.  I am sure that most of you noticed that winter hung around well into April this year.  We still had snow flurries flying on April 13!  As a result we were unable to begin planting until Mid- April; about 2 weeks later that normal for some crops.  In addition, the cold soil caused poor emergence in some of the early direct seeded crops, such as peas.  We worked diligently to get caught up with our spring planting and had largely succeeded.  We were then a bit behind on setting out some of the warm weather crops.  We were getting caught up on these when we had a week of rain, including a strong storm which ripped the plastic off one of our high tunnel greenhouses and knocked power out for three days!  We are now back on track and continue to work hard to ensure a bountiful season. (more…)