May 2012

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CSA registration closed for the 2012 season

Posted by on 25 May 2012 | Tagged as: CSA

It’s true, our CSA member group has reached it’s capacity. If you still want to join us this season, let us know at csa@strangershillorganics.com and we’ll happily update you if we decide to increase the size of our member group. Or, if you want to wait until next year to join the program, we can add you to the list of people who we contact first when we open up registration for the 2013 season. We’re very grateful for your interest and support, and we hope to welcome you as a member of our CSA program in the future. Thank you!

Week 2 (2012 CSA Season)

Posted by on 14 May 2012 | Tagged as: CSA, Newsletter

We are still accepting members for the 2012 season! Sign up now for a pro-rated share.

What to expect in this week’s share:

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Assorted Herb Bundles

Recipes:

15 Kale Recipes from seriouseats.com

Healthy Bean Soup with Kale

Rosy Rice Risotto with Beets and Kale

Couscous with Chick Peas, Beets, and Kale

Radiant Beet and Kale Penne Pasta

Kale Chips (Bunch not required, use any amount of kale)

Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens

New York Times’ Recipes for Health: Best Beet Recipes

Romaine and Radish Salad with Buttermilk Lemon Dressing

Note: Remember, you can eat your beet and radish greens, and if you want to eat your kale raw, just massage it with salt and a little oil to soften it up. Delicious!

One of our members sent us this photo of a salad he made using the vegetables from last week's share.

Week 1 (2012 CSA Season)

Posted by on 07 May 2012 | Tagged as: CSA, Newsletter

 

Welcome to the Stranger’s Hill Organics CSA!

Right now, the cold weather crops take the center stage. Here are the items to expect this week:

1. Lettuce

2. Radishes

3. Beets

4. Carrots

5. Assorted Herb Bundles

In a few weeks we’ll have kale, kohlrabi, broccoli, peas, beans, rainbow chard, and other cooler weather vegetables, and then as the season moves along, we will eventually shift into the summer crops like tomatoes, eggplants and peppers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, watermelons, zucchini and various summer squashes, etc.

Recipes

Citrus-Ginger Roasted Beets and Carrots

Honey-Balsamic Glazed Roasted Beets and Carrots

Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad

Carrot Radish Salad

Grated Beet and Carrot Salad with Radish-Miso Dressing

Three-Day Pickled Beets

Cold Carrot Soup

Maple Dill Carrots

Raw Beet Salad

Beet Rosti with Rosemary

And:

Radish Dressing
from Bon Appetit 1995

5 radishes, trimmed, coarsely chopped
½ C olive oil
2 tbsp. sherry wine vinegar
1 tbsp. honey mustard (or make your own with 1/2 tbsp. honey, ½ tbsp. mustard)
½ tsp. minced garlic


*Check back for new recipes throughout the week. We’ll periodically update as we find more.

Farm Photos

A view of the interior of one of our production houses. You can see rows of beets (right) and carrots (left).

These production houses allow us to plant earlier than we otherwise could because of their ability to trap sunlight and maintain soil temperature. This is where most of the food for the first shares is being grown.

Vibrant red and green leaf lettuces.

Between the production houses, beds of radishes receive a refreshing spray. Most of these photos were taken on 4/20 of this year, and the vegetables have grown considerably since then. And of course, you'll find these radishes in your first share!

While the red and green leaf, romaine, and butter head lettuces are growing out in the fields, a second batch of lettuce starts are in the greenhouse waiting to be planted. No shortage of lettuce here.

Farm manager and partner Dave Rollo lays drip tape, a plastic hose punched with tiny holes to allow the slow release of water directly onto the beds.

Large heads of romaine lettuce growing beneath long sheets of thin row cover, a cloth material called reemay. In this case, the reemay is being used mostly to protect the lettuce from deer, who of course love feasting on organic veggies.

Playing an important role in the biodiversity of any ecosystem are pollinators, like the bees that we house on our farm. As an added benefit, if all goes well they produce a batch honey that will then find it's way into at least one of your CSA boxes.

…and many more photos to come!