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February 15, 2016

We have come to the last winter share pick up of the season! Spring is just around the corner.

This Week's Share

The crops have really held up well this year in storage and the greens have been the best yet. Hopefully, these super cold days haven't affected them too much and the warm temperatures we will have prior to harvest should help them perk back up.

Roots will be coming at you dirty this week per reasons discussed below. On the upside, when roots are dirty they can store really, really well (which is why we don't wash them before putting them into storage). Wrap them in a plastic bag in the fridge and they could last well into June. Except the sweet potatoes, those guys like to be warm in a relatively humid environment, like  a perforated plastic bag on your counter.

Recipe of the Week: 

Potato, sweet potato, and carrot burritos

  • 3 medium potatoes, 1" cubes
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, 1" cubes
  • 3 carrots, 1" cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs. cumin
  • 1 tbs. chili powder
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper,minced
  • 1/4 lime
  • 1 tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • tortillas and burrito fillings: chopped cabbage, watermelon radishes and onions, refried or whole pinto or black beans,salsa, rice, grated cheese, olives, cilantro, salsa

Pour a dollop of oil in pan and place on medium heat. Add onion and garlic and fry until lightly browned. Add roots, jalapeno and cumin and chili powder and cook dry for about 5 minutes and then add about 1/2 c. of water to pan. Turn heat to medium low and cover and cook until roots are soft and water has evaporated. Stir regularly and add more water if roots are not yet tender. When roots are tender, squeeze lime over roots, add salt and pepper to taste and and cilantro and mix.
Assemble burritos with root mix and whatever else you want in them and enjoy.


The things we are sure of

Hannah taking care of business, harvesting spinach and holding down the fort.
Hannah taking care of business, harvesting spinach and holding down the fort.

Dear Friends,

It’s the last winter share. Typically for the final share we would write a newsletter about transition and changing seasons on the farm. A reflection on what has happened so far and where we’re heading next. That isn’t really what this newsletter is going to be about. Sometimes things happen that are bigger than the farm.

I usually write the newsletters from our kitchen of our home, today I am writing from the maternity ward of the UCONN Health Center in Farmington. Many of you probably were not aware that Kerry and I are expecting our first child. We had really just begun to tell our families and closest friends. We had been contemplating the different ways to announce our news to our share holders but we hadn’t settled on anything yet.

A week and a half ago at just under 24 weeks pregnant Kerry went into preterm labor and we have been in the hospital ever since. The day before the previous winter share, while the snow piled up outside and we tried to figure out if we should postpone the share or not Kerry was just beginning to realize that something unusual was happening. Friday afternoon we drove to the hospital in Norwich and Friday night we were transferred to Farmington. The doctors here were able to stop her contractions and things have calmed down considerably since the first couple days we spent here.

Kerry is doing well, she is stable and calm. The baby is still active, healthy and strong. At this point we don’t really know what’s going to happen but we do know that Kerry is not going to be able to leave the hospital until she delivers, which we’re hoping is not for a long long time. We have been in the hospital for 10 days so far and every day that we’ve been here so far our baby’s chances for a full and healthy life have gone up considerably. I can’t emphasis enough how much better our situation is now than it was when we first arrived. We are taking things one days at a time but right now we are hoping for 9 or 10 week stay here in the hospital.

So what that means for the farm and the share this week? The final winter share distribution will proceed as planned this Friday 2/19. To make things a bit easier on us we’re going to distribute the roots dirty this week but other than that the share should be unchanged. Hannah has been absolutely amazing in holding down the fort while we’ve been away and you will likely see her working the share Friday. We have been humbled by the support from our friends and neighbors in keeping the farm running smoothly while we have been here. So many people came together to make the share happen last weekend while we were occupied with this. Hannah especially has stepped up, learning how to do so many things on the fly like bookkeeping, coordinating the winter share single handedly, handling the cattle and finishing our crop plans for us and I can't express how lucky we are to have her on the farm.

We really don’t know whats going to happen and it’s hard to think too far ahead but for now things are stable and calm and everyone is healthy. If this had to happen, now is a relatively good time for it as we wind down the winter share and have a window of quiet time before we start up our propagation greenhouse. We are accustomed to planning ahead for everything on the farm, knowing what will happen day to day, week to week and in three months. This challenges our planning brains as things could change any day, or could stay the same for a month or hopefully even two.

Thank you all for a great winter CSA season and supporting our farm for another year. Our shareholders give us security and confidence that assures us that even when we have a big hiccup like this, we will get through it. Spring will be here before we know it. The days will get longer and warmer and we will start our new transplants in the greenhouse, and eventually the good earth will again provide us with a bounty. Things might look a little different for us this spring, but these things, we are sure of.

Your Farmers,

Max, Kerry and Hannah

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