Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Thursday August 19, 2010

Heirloom Breeds & Seeds:
Farmer Thursdays

News from the farms....
I had a banner broccoli harvest and made a gigunda batch of cream of broccoli soup for the freezer in anticipation of the cooler days to come.

In keeping with the theme, I thought it best to continue to share the notes and musing from the local CSA farmers.  Again, Elizabeth Keen from Indian Line Farms pulls it together in rare and exquisite form for her members. Here's her weekly summary:
News From Indian Line Farm
We keep on planting, weeding and harvesting here.  Last week we planted another lettuce planting which will be salad in your mouths the first week of September.  We also planted the second to last round of direct seeded items:  arugula, mustard mixes, spinach, white and red turnips, and broccoli rabe to name a few.  We also harvested all the storage onions which are now curing on the upper level of the barn.  Every day is harvest day now.  And our job just got a little heavier with the outdoor tomatoes blushing before our eyes.  On Monday alone we harvested over 500 lbs. of tomatoes and we have to harvest them three times per week.  Time for making tomato everything! 

The farm is looking especially great after last week as we had several visitors.  On Sunday night we let a foursome of Appalachian through hikers tent here.  They were interested in a work for food exchange that we do on occasion.  The worked intently on weeding our smallest greenhouse in its entirety, helping out in our perennial gardens and lastly, clipping the stems off all the over 6000 bulbs of dry garlic.  It was a hot day and they worked really hard.  They kept me busy directing and with some additional food preparation.  They eat so much!!!  They said as I took them to the trail head the following day that their day off here was their best day off on the trail so far.  We felt lucky to have them. 

They next day we had a group from GreenAgers working here.  GreenAgers was launched from The Center For Peace Through Culture in 2007 as one way to address global and local environmental issues.  Taken from their website:  
GreenAgers mobilizes and empowers young people to come together and work cooperatively to design and carry out environmental projects in their own their local communities.  Through this program, young people can not only make a real difference, they can also learn independence, creativity, leadership, responsibility and self-respect. As they develop their own interests and abilities, they are also promoting community and global health, and ultimately contributing to global peace.  Community involvement is a strong emphasis of GreenAgers, as the intellectual, spiritual, creative, and physical energies of young people focus on projects that will make a difference to the local communities and to the environment.  
The first local GreenAgers group has an office in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, headed by Will Conklin. The Great Barrington GreenAgers' plans include setting up a community garden, hosting a monthly Sustainability Discussion Group on how individuals can integrate sustainability practices into their everyday lives, working together with other organizations and schools on new or existing projects, and creating a program of educational environmental presentations conceived, researched and written by students and delivered in classrooms and community spaces. They also plan to have a lot of fun! 
The Great Barrington GreenAgers is a pilot program, laying the groundwork for GreenAgers groups around the country and around the globe.
Working with them was a pleasure.  They finished harvesting the end of our first carrot planting, they pulled all our storage onions from the field and put them in the upstairs of the barn and they helped out with some weeding too.  Big thanks to Will Conklin for organizing our work day and introducing us to this fantastic organization.  
And if that weren't enough we had many folks come to weed and clean garlic on Wednesday.  We are thrilled!
A couple  reminder notes:
    1.  Please bring your own bags to pick up.  We no longer have any recycled plastic bags.
    2.  Food leftover from Friday pick up will all be put away by 10:00 am Saturday morning. 
    3.  We will be weeding Wednesday August 18th from 8-12.  We look forward to your company.
    4.  We will have numerous boxes of tomatoes for processing this week.  The boxes are $15 for 15 lbs.          of tomatoes.

For the farm crew,


Vegetables for Week of August 16th

       Sweet Peppers
       Eggplant--limited supply
       New Potatoes, from Thompson Finch Farm--Ancram, NY

Summer Squash and Zucchini
Tomatoes--up to at least 2 lbs.
Rainbow Salad Mix
Green beans--limited supply
Cherry Tomatoes
Fruit Share
White Peaches from Maynard Farm