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October 19, 2013

The deadline to hold your share for next year has come.  If you would like to renew your share, please send in your renewal form ASAP or email me if you have lost your form.

The last days of on farm share distribution for this season are Tuesday Nov. 5 and Friday Nov. 8.  The last day for Coventry Market distribution is Oct. 27.  Coventry shareholders are welcome to come to the farm to pick up a share the week of Nov. 4.

This Week's Share

Purple potatoes enter the share this week.  These little guys are great roasted and add some interesting color to the table.

Also much awaited, our sweet potatoes are finally ready.  They have spent the past few weeks sweetening up and are ready for your table.  Roast them up for a nutritious and delicious treat!

We have a fantastic field of fall greens right now, with goergous bok choi and lettuce heads!  The eggplants and peppers may not be with us much longer since they are very frost sensitive and there are low temperatures in the forcast for next week.

Recipe of the Week: 

Sweet Potato Salad

Ingredients: 
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 2-3 large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, diced
  • Sea salt
  • Cracked pepper, to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
  • Apple cider vinegar, to taste (use a clean, light vinegar- not too strong)
  • 2-3 teaspoons dill
  • Sliced or chopped red or purple onion, to taste

 

Directions: 

Place the cut potatoes into a pot of fresh salted water and bring to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are fork tender- about 20 minutes. Drain well.
Season with sea salt and cracked pepper. Sprinkle with apple cider vinegar. Drizzle with olive oil. Add the dill and onion. Toss gently to combine.

Credit: 
http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/

October Mooooooon

A proud mama.
A proud mama.

Dear Friends,

Sooner or later it will happen. You can only go so deep into October before one morning you wake up to see the world covered in the icy sheen of the first frost. Old time wisdom tells us that if the full moon in October is after the 15th, the full moon will bring the first frost. Well, last night on October 18th we had the full moon, and while the mercury dipped below 40, it didn't go much lower than that. Sooner or later it will happen, but it looks like it will be later. Regardless of lack of frost, we have begun preparing in earnest here on the farm. Almost all of our fall greens are now blanketed underneath the protection of row cover. These sheets of woven fabric sit atop the crops and provide protection from the cold. It is almost surprising how well the row cover works. If I hadn't seen baby lettuce survive a hard frost under it's blanket of row cover with my own two eyes I might doubt it's effectiveness. Aside from covering up our greens for fall, we are busy harvesting roots and sowing our final cover crops. Soon we will begin planting our garlic and seeding our over-wintered carrots. These are carrots we seed in October and cover with a low tunnel(kind of like a mini green house) and than harvest in the early spring. Despite the calendar page, the eggplants and peppers continue to cruise right along, sharing table space with the more seasonal appropriate turnips and beets.

During all the excitement of the CSA pick up and the Red Sox game, this past Tuesday, one of our very favorite cows decided to start calving. Those of you picking up your share on Tuesday may have noticed the cow in labor, our distracted state in the share room or our overall absence in the share room all together. Despite the fact that the cows are usually pretty darn good at being cows and calving without our assistance it is always a bit nerve racking for us when they are giving birth. Regardless of our nervous at times anxious hovering Valeria(the cow) was gave birth to a beautiful baby boy at about 6:15 pm(around the same time Mike Napoli hit the game winning home run). Even as the seasons turn and the world around us begins to rest there is new life on the farm. Vladimir(the calf) is a cross between our Devon cows and Milton the Scottish Highlander. At this stage in his development little Vlad looks a bit more like a teddy bear than a cow, but we're still pretty sure he's a cow. One of my favorite things in the whole world is watching the cows take care of their calves. Our cows make great moms and they are extremely attentive towards their calves. At times even fretfully chasing after their frolicking babies, following them all the way around the pastures. The cows are behind the barn, near the parking area and will be there for the rest of the season. Feel free to go out and say hello to Vlad and Valeria when you come to pick up your share. If you have trouble finding them just ask us and we will be glad to point them out to you.

On behalf of our farm crew,

Ben, Emma, Marycia and Larry

Your Farmers

Max and Kerry

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