Provider Farm

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November 2, 2013

Folks, this time of year has come again, the last share of the season.  Coventry shareholders, please feel free to come and pick up a share on the farm since the market ended earlier then our farm CSA.  Our on farm share pickups are Tuesday and Friday 2-6:45.

We got one last delivery of pork from our friends at Meeting Place Pastures, so don't forget to load up on pasture raised sausage, bacon and chops.

Back by popular demand this year, we WILL have a Thanksgiving farm store the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Saturday Nov. 23, 10-1.  The public is welcome so tell your friends.  We'll have all your Thansgiving veggie favorites to share with your family and friends including roots, greens, brussel sprouts...

This Week's Share

We dug the parsnips last week and they look great.  Nice big straight roots, they will be on the share table as part of our last share fall bonanza. 

Recipe of the Week: 

Potato, Celeriac and Parsnip Soup

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs. vegetable oil
  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 parsnips
  • 1 celeriac
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1 tsp ground fennel seeds
  • 2 c. milk or buttermilk
  • 2 c. vegetable stock
  • ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt

Wash, peel and chop roots. In a large saucepan, saute the onion in oil or butter for 5 minutes. Add the chopped roots along with the salt and herbs. Saute for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the stock and cook until vegetables are soft. Add spices and blend in processor with milk until smooth. Season with pepper and salt to taste.

Sundays at Mooseweood

Spring Forward, Fall Back

Emma and Ben harvest the last beets of the season.
Emma and Ben harvest the last beets of the season.

Dear Friends,

It feels like just yesterday we were sharpening our harvest knives for the first time, getting the trucks loaded with empty barrels and buckets and getting ready for the opening harvest of the 2013 CSA season. Twenty three weeks later, and we find ourselves sharpening our knives and loading trucks, but this time it is for the final harvest of the 2013 season. The garlic is planted, the fields are almost entirely cleared out and the cover crop is growing nicely. It really looks like late fall on the farm. Our once abundant and beautiful sea of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale is now a sheet of oats and peas with a few odd rows of Brussels Sprouts and Winterbor kale here and there. Where once we had row after row of Arugula, Mustard and Lettuces we now have a blanket of frost nipped rye covering the field. While the fields may be emptying out for the year, the cupboard is still full as they say. We grow quite a bit of crops for storage and we have been busy packing them into our root cellar. We have spent the past week picking pound after pound of carrots, parsnips, watermelon radishes, turnips, parsnips and kohlrabi. First filling buckets, than trucks, than finally filling our root cellar back at the farm. Storage crops are what affords us the opportunity to offer a Winter share and attend the Winter farmers market. I love unpacking bags of storage carrots in January. Their orange glow just as bright in the desolate, bleak winter months. Knowing that they were first seeded and cared for in July, weeded in August and that their crisp sweetness was cultivated during warm days and cool nights in early September.

As this CSA season comes to a close, Kerry and I near the completion of our second season at Provider Farm. It is hard for me to believe that it has been two years since we first made the trip down Rt. 2 east to Rt. 11, only to have Rt. 11 end abruptly as we entered Salem for the first time and found what would ultimately become our farm. In some ways, it feels like we just got here and in other ways it feels like we have been growing vegetables at Provider Farm our entire life. Either way we couldn't be happier down here in Southeastern Connecticut. We both feel incredibly lucky and blessed to find such a wonderful supportive community in which to plant our flag. Growing food for our community is an absolute passion of ours and it has been a pleasure growing for all of you this year. The CSA distribution is really the highlight of our week. After spending so much of our blood, sweat and tears to scratch a crop out of the rocky ground, spending countless hours weeding and harvesting, doing our best to have the CSA baskets filled by 2pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, there is no better feeling in the world than watching those baskets empty out as you all come to the farm and take your share home with you. We sure get excited when we harvest 4,000 pounds of watermelons but we get even more excited when the week is over and we only have a handful of melons left.

From all of us at Provider Farm thank you all so much for such a wonderful season! Enjoy your winter because spring will be here before you know it!

On behalf of your farm crew

Ben, Emma, Larry and Marycia

Your Farmers

Max and Kerry

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