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October 31, 2020

This is the last Coogan Farm Pick up.

The last pick ups for Salem shares are Nov.10 and 13 (Next week!)

Winter shares: Winter shares are sold out. If you missed it, you can still load up on vegetables at our holiday stores:

Nov. 21, 10-1

Come to our Thanksgiving Farm Store.

Covid may be messing up everyone's holidays this year but you can still have a delicious meal full of yummy local veggies. We'll still be having our store with all the standard Thanksgiving goodies: Roots (sweet potatoes, potatoes, rutabagasa, turnips, carrots, radishes), greens (kale, lettuce, escarole), squash,leeks, onions and garlic to season your meal.

Please respect social distancing and wear a mask on the farm. Dress warmly for any weather as lines might be a ilttle longer this year as we control the flow of people.

We will accept cash, check or card. Shareholders receive 10% off vegetable purchases.

Christmas Store coming Dec. 19.

This Week's Share

This is the last sign up. There are two weeks left of the share so you will only see those two weeks on it.The link to the sign up form is here. There will be one more sign up form for November.

You must sign up for new slots for the month. Sign ups from last month will not carry over.

Please select one slot per week. If you sign up for this week, it will not carry over to the following weeks.

This is only for shareholders picking out the share. Do not sign up for a slot if you are picking up a box.

Coogan Farm shareholders, this is the last pick up of the season! Thank you for a wonderful year and we hope you enjoyed all the veggies. We will be in touch in the next week or so regarding renewals.

White sweet potatoes are in the share this week. They are so sweet and tasty. Their growth habit is long and slender which is great for quick baking. Use them as you would regular old orange ones. They are really good!

The giant kohlrabis are here and boy are they giant. These are a special variety intentionally grown to a large size for winter storage. They retain their tender sweetness even at their giant size. Don't be intimidated by their size, you can lop off a piece to use, wrap it well and it will hold in your fridge through the winter. Chop it into salads, roast it, soup it or stir fry it. i've always wanted to put postage on one and send it in the mail. Wouldn't that brighten someone's day?

Well it dropped to 20 on Saturday morning so we'll see how the greens are looking. I suspect the lettuce and escarole will be fine since we gave them a row cover blanket but we will see!

Recipe of the Week: 

Kohlrabi Salad with Cilantro and Lime

  • 6 cups kohlrabi -cut into matchsticks , or grated in a food processor -about three 4 inch bulbs (or you could substitute sliced fennel, apple, jicama, cucumber, or cabbage for part of the kohlrabi for more diversity)
  • ½ C chopped cilantro ( one small bunch)
  • half of a jalapeno -minced
  • ¼ C chopped scallion
  • orange zest from one orange
  • lime zest from one lime
  • Citrus Honey Vinaigrette:
  • ¼ C olive oil
  • ¼ C fresh orange juice ( juice form one orange)
  • ⅛ C lime juice plus 1 T ( juice from one large lime)
  • ¼ C honey
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 T rice wine vinegar

Trim and peel kohlrabi. Cut off two ends. Cut in half from top to bottom. Thinly slice, rotate and slice again, making ¼ inch matchsticks.
Place in large bowl with chopped cilantro, scallions, finely chopped jalapeño ( ½), lime zest and orange zest.
Whisk dressing together in a small bowl. Toss with salad. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with zest and cilantro.


Tempting fate

Tractor in snow
Snow?!? of course! Its 2020!

Dear Friends,


Well that wasn’t what we were expecting. I am pretty sure last week I said so long as it didn’t snow everything would be fine. It seams every time we write about a potential weather issue this year, it occurs. I take full responsibility for tempting fate and I’m pretty sure Friday’s snow was fully my fault. That being said, it did snow and it is still in fact fine. In fact, while the snow was unwelcome it was far less worrisome than the chilly temperatures that rolled through on Friday night. Even if it wasn’t as catastrophic as the October snow storm from 2010, any snow in October is unwelcome to say the least. 


We have done a fairly good job of getting our cold sensitive crops out of the field, but when temps start to dip down into the low 20’s even cold tolerant crops like cabbage and Brussels sprouts start to suffer. Fortunately one night in the low 20’s won’t do a lot of damage. It’s prolonged nights below 25 and days that don’t get above freezing that can really do damage to even the hardiest of crops.


We spent much of the week harvesting in cold rain, trudging through mud and getting ready for colder temperatures to come. We covered all of our remaining salad greens and head lettuce with row cover to protect them from the frost. We drained our pumps, blew out our waterlines, and added anti-freeze to our sprayer. No matter how late or how early it comes, the first really hard freezes always seem to catch us off guard and send us scrambling.


Fortunately the snow was just a couple of inches and didn’t really stick around. We are certainly not prepared for a real snow. We still have a half acre of carrots to harvest and close to 10,000 pounds of cabbage to bring in. As the snow fell on Friday and we stared out the window frowning, packed boxes while frowning and just generally went about our day. Mostly while frowning. Except Kerry, who tends to laugh in situations like this.


Even if the farm is fairly ready and well prepared for the coming cold. I personally am not really ready for winter. I was hoping for more warmish fall days and a bit more daylight before the darkness and cold really settled in. It looks like I will get my wish and next week is going to be back in the 60’s. It will give us a good opportunity to get some more of the bulk harvests done and hopefully give us a chance to enjoy the fall a bit before we have to bundle up and hunker down for the winter.


Your farmers,


Bonnie, Erica, Hannah, Kerry, Larry, Max and Meredith

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