Provider Farm

From our fields, for your family


May 30, 2015

Welcome to the 2015 CSA season!

Your first pick up is Tuesday, June 2 or Friday June 5 from 2-7.  You may pick either day to pick up your share.  If you are new this season, we will be there to greet you and show you the ropes.

We have an abundance of products we feel great about available in the share room this year.  We will have Terra Firma Farm's pasture raised eggs, chicken and pork for sale. Farmer Brie raises all her animals outdoors on pasture. They receive certified GMO-free grain in addition to their foraging.  Our very own 100% grass-fed beef is also available.

If you can not pick up your share at any time in the season, please feel free to invite your neighbor, friend or family member to pick it up.  No need to tell us and we will happily show your guests the ropes. 

Parking:  Please park along the road and behind the barn and walk up to the shareroom (the big red garage building near the yellow house). Please do not use the main farm driveway up to the house, it will be blocked off. We will have plenty of signs to direct you.   Please always drive carefully around the farm as there are many children around the farm during share hours.   Also, please note that our electric fences may be on and to watch your children near the cow fences.

We look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting our new shareholders!

Every week, we will include in the newsletter a list of what is in the share for the week. This is a general guideline of our best guess of  what the crops will do in the week. We usually get it right on the nose but nature can always surprise us.  Its all part of the fun of the CSA! Each crop listed is a hyperlink to our website that gives you information about storing the crop, cooking guidelines and recipes.

This Week's Share

Early summer is a wonderful time for big salads. Lettuce is the best at this time of year before it gets too hot. There is nothing tastier then spring lettuce with crispy radishes and Hakurei turnips after a long winter of grocery store lettuce.

Snow white Hakurei turnips are wonderful spring turnips that are crispy and sweet. These are very different then the type you eat at Thanksgiving. These are wonderful raw, chopped up into salads. Also, you can use up their greens in this week's featured recipe!

The cooking greens are looking great. We have Lacinato and curly kale along with chard and bok choi this week.  These nutritional powerhouses are wonderful sauteed or in a stir fry.


Recipe of the Week: 

Curried beans and Kale

  • 2 tbs. oil, butter or ghee
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped onions
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 1/2 tbs. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 c. broth
  • 3 cups cooked chick peas or black eyed peas
  • 1 chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 c. chopped greens (any combination of kale, collards, mustard, swiss chard)

Heat oil in pan and add onions, garlic and cumin. Cook until softened. Add the greens and cook stirring until softened.
Stir in curry, ginger, and coriander until absorbed. Stir in the broth and bring to a boil. Add the chickpeas and tomatoes and salt. Simmer uncovered for 25 minutes.

1,000 Vegetarian Recipes by Carol Gelles

More than ready

The greens are looking great!
The greens are looking great!

Dear Friends,

It feels like we have lived an entire lifetime and maybe even then some since we said “good-bye” at the end of the 2014 CSA season. After an excruciatingly long winter, we are absolutely thrilled to be opening our doors for CSA distributions again! The first share is always a really special time for us. In so many ways, it is the culmination of so much hard work, but in other ways it is only just the beginning. The first small drop in a torrential down pour of delicious CSA veggies to come. We spent our winter watching it snow, planning for this season. We have spent our spring wishing it would rain, busting our butts getting plants in the ground and weeded. Now that it’s June, we’re more than ready to start eating!

There is so much to write about this week it’s hard to pick where to start. First of all, the crops are looking great! The first share will be typical of early June eating in New England. We will have an abundance of gorgeous greens and lettuces. Hakurei turnips and radishes will add a bit of heft both for your baskets and later to your salads. While the share is primarily leafy and green this week, there are a lot of crops waiting in the wings, almost harvestable. The summer squash and zucchini are looking stellar and will be ready any week now. Our spring beets are also looking fantastic, and though they are a little behind where they have been in the past, they should be ready soon as well. After that, we can hope for broccoli, cabbage and so much more as the season progresses.

In other news, it has been dry. Like super duper dust bowl dry. We are extremely fortunate to have water at all of our fields, and with a year like, this we certainly need it. In general things tend to do better in a dry year than a wet year. While it can be a headache moving irrigation around all the time, excessive moisture creates a plethora of problems for our tender vegetables. Not to mention that we can’t get our tractors into the field when they are saturated which can completely stop us in our tracks.  So while we’re hopeful to get some rain at some point soon (maybe even tomorrow,) all things considered, we very much prefer things to stay on the dry side. Of course, if it never rains again I am sure I will be kicking the dirt, cussing and eating my words.

As we begin our fourth season farming here in sunny Salem, we want to take a moment and thank all of you who make the farm possible. Our CSA is the engine that drives our farm and our livelihood. We are so fortunate to have the support of such an amazing group of share holders. We love the emails, cards and other words of encouragement we receive throughout the off season. Thank you all so much!

Now lets get this CSA party started!

On behalf of our farm crew,

Hannah, Mary, Marycia, Yani, Erica, and Larry

Your Farmers,

Max and Kerry

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