Thursday August 26, 2010
Firstly a great big THANK YOU to Farm Girl Farm and Equinox Farm for the GORGEOUS tomatoes for the Berkshire Grown fundraiser!!!! They were as delicious as they were gorgeous!!
August 24, 2010
A few notes from the field on your veggie shares.
Regarding the watermelons: we grew 12 varieties of watermelon this season and had a little extra space to do it in. So clear some space on your counter because here they come! Right now the yellow ones are ripening, soon we’ll start we’ll start harvesting the pink ones. Somewhere in between are the orange ones (!). There were a few distributed today—the very round melons with a yellow-orange flesh. So delicious! We are spending lots of time in the watermelon patch thumping and analyzing the melons for ripeness—so the ones we select to bring to the table should be, in our professional opinions, ripe. But if we are wrong, and you get one that is less than at its peak, do not despair because this is only the beginning of the watermelon tidal wave.
On the cucumbers—we have a variety in the field called Super Zagross. It is an heirloom variety known for its non-bitter taste. The caveat is that this cucumber is ugly as sin. The skin is cracked and rather tough. But peel it and the smoothest, mildest cucumber is inside. This cuke is great for sandwiches, soups, you name it. So don’t be afraid . We have begun referring to these cukes as the “green uglies.”
We’re sorely missing the eggplant which is usually starting to ramp up its presence at this point in the season. Our eggplant plants are not so happy—too little water at just the wrong moment and alas, not many blossoms and not much fruit! Things are looking slightly better than last week, so maybe in a few more weeks we’ll have enough to bring to the table. It’s a funny contrast to last year, when the eggplant cavalierly stepped in and took the place of the tomatoes as nightshade superstar. Well, we’re always learning.
Events for your calendars:
The 7th Annual Stanton Brothers’ Pig Roast will take place at North Plain Farm in Great Barrington, starting at 4 pm (bar) and 5 pm (food). The roast will feature all local meat and veggies and is a great community event. Ticketes are $35 and kids under 16 pay their age. Call (413) 429-6598 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. It’s a totally locally grown event and I never miss it. And don’t forget to keep Monday September 20th open for Berkshire Grown’s 12h Annual Beautiful Bountiful Berkshires Harvest Supper at Eastover Resort in Lenox (6:30 to 8:30 pm). We’ll be selling tickets at the pick-up table, ask us for details or call Berkshire Grown at 528-004 or see www.berkshiregrown.org for more details. This is always a stunning aesthetic event —sights, tastes, smells, etcetera—a ballroom-wide tasting menu from chefs who work with local producers.
Enjoy the veggies this week.
--Laura Meister, Farm Girl Farm Farmer
Wednesday August 25, 2010
When in doubt, polka dots!
Tuesday August 24, 2010
Animal Tales from Boulderwood Farm
The love affair of Burt and Uni, guinea fowl and border collie, BFF!!
They go everywhere together, nose to butt. An unlikely pair for sure! Who do you think is fiercer? Burt or Uni. Clue - one of them had Jim's friend hopping all over the driveway and chased him into the house....
Monday August 23, 2010
The Berkshire Grown/Country Living Event was M-A-G-I-C-A-L!!
Here's a short video summarizing the evening by one of the guests!! Thank you Glen Ellen!!
I am exhausted and about to hop on the train to NYC - more to come - PROMISE!!
Love you ALL!!!
Friday August 20, 2010
Boulderwood Farm Bantam Deviled Eggs
Berkshire Blue Cheese Dip with Indian Line Carrots
Cold Taft Farm Corn Soup with Adobo
Grilled Leahey Farm Lamb Sausage
Peachy Keen Martinis with local Peach nectar + Berkshire Mountain Distillers Ice Glen Vodka
Barrington Brewery Beer
Saratoga Springs Sparkling Water
Berkshire Mountain Bakery Pizza Crust topped with
Farm Girl Farm Caramelized Onions, Monterey Chevre,
Equinox Farm Arugula, and Balsamic Vinegar
Cousin Ruthie’s Divine Chicken Breasts
Farm Girl Farm Heirloom Tomato Napoleon and Pesto
Whipporwill Farm Maple Syrup Braised Short Ribs
Indian Line Farm Leeks Vinaigrette
Shaved Indian Line Farm Fennel Salad with Truffle Oil
Trio of Local Cheese
Warm Taft Farm Corn Custard made with Boulderwood Farm Eggs and topped with Highlawn Farm Whipped Cream and Taft Farm Berries
Coffee and Tea
We'll post recipes and photos on Monday. Until then we'll be busy as beavers. Ciao!!
Thursday August 19, 2010
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
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
White Peaches from Maynard Farm