This Week's Share (And Why You Should Eat At Chipotle Tomorrow)

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Here's Farmer Carrie making a call from the field recently. Ever wonder how these weekly share emails get put together? Carrie texts us notes about the harvest directly from the field, so we can get the info to you as up-to-date as possible. Thanks, Carrie! Want to see your photos featured in this weekly email? Just snap a pic -- from the farm, from your CSA share itself, or even a recipe you make with your Clagett produce -- and either email it to us or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!   

Hope you're all having a nice week so far. Here's what you need to know this week!

 

NEWS

Eat at Chipotle tomorrrow: Half of tomorrow's proceeds will go to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which of course runs Clagett Farm. This special fundraiser applies to any Chipotle in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. So go have a burrito and help save the Bay!

The spring Clagett Farm Grass-fed Beef sale is still going on! Here's all the details -- including information on pricing and cuts.

Additionally, 1-lb. packages of Clagett ground beef are for sale now at the farm, for $10/lb. We should continue having beef for sale by the piece during the weekly pick-ups throughout the season.

 

WHAT'S IN THIS WEEK'S SHARE?

  • 3 1/4 pounds total combination squash + Napa cabbage*
  • 3/4 pound greens (kale + collards + lettuce + chard)
  • 3/4 pound total combination fennel + bunching onions + turnips
  • As many garlic scapes as you want!**

TIPS:

* Here's some recipes for Napa cabbage, also known as Chinese cabbage. These are from back in the 2010 season, but they're still mighty tasty.

** And here are a couple good recipes that utilize garlic scapes:

 

ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Lots of herbs: garlic chives, thyme, oregano, sage, sorrel, onion chives, cilantro, dill, basil, celery leaf
  • Genovese, Tulsi, Thai, Mrs. Burns Lemon, Round Midnight, Fino Verde. No, those aren't the contestants on the next season of "RuPaul's Drag Race." They're all different types of basil. And they're all available for you to pick as much as you want.
  • Mulberries

 

That's it for the week! Enjoy the share! 

~ The Clagett Farm Team


This Week's Share: Greens, Squash, Berries and More!

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Happy Wednesday!

 

 

NEWS

Spring orders are being accepted now for Clagett Farm Grass-fed Beef. Here's all the details -- including information on pricing and cuts.

 

WHAT'S IN THIS WEEK'S SHARE?*

  • 3/4 pound total combination greens (kale + lettuce + collards + chard)
  • 2 1/2 pounds total combination kholrabi + turnips + squash
  • 3/4 pound garlic scapes
  • 1/2 pound bunching onions OR 1 pint berries

 *The Clagett farmers are still finalizing the harvest for this week, so some of these amounts are subject to change. Check the board at your pick-up site!

 

TIPS:

If you missed them last week, here are a couple good recipes that utilize garlic scapes:

 

 

ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Lots of herbs: garlic chives, thyme, oregano, sage, sorrel, onion chives (edible flowers), cilantro, dill, basil, celery leaf
  • Mulberries
  • Calendula flowers (they're pretty -- and edible!)
  • Pea shoots 

That's it for the week! Enjoy the share! 

~ The Clagett Farm Team


This Week's Share: Greens, Onions, Garlic Scapes and More!

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Doesn't this make your mouth water? Instagrammer ianblackwellrogers posted this photo of a truly delicious-looking nicoise salad he made using garlic scallions and lettuce from the farm. Thanks for the salad inspiration! 

Want to see your photos featured in this weekly email? Just snap a pic -- from the farm, from your CSA share itself, or even a recipe you make with your Clagett produce -- and either email it to us or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!   

Hi, Clagetteers!

It's almost June! Hope your summer is off to a good start! 

 

WHAT'S IN THIS WEEK'S SHARE?

  • 1/2 pound greens (kale + lettuce)
  • 1/2 pound bunching carrots onions [Sorry, that was a typo in Wednesday's email]
  • 1 pound total combination kholrabi + turnips
  • 3/4 pound garlic scapes
  • 1 pint something delicious and surprising :)

 

TIPS:

Here are a couple good recipes for those garlic scapes:

 

SNEAK PEEK FOR NEXT WEEK: We should be getting zucchini (!) starting next week. 

 

ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Lots of herbs: garlic chives, thyme, oregano, sage, sorrel, onion chives (edible flowers), cilantro, dill, basil.
  • Calendula flowers (you know, like these)
  • Pea shoots 

That's it for the week! Enjoy the share! 

~ The Clagett Farm Team


This Week's Share: May 23, 2018

This Week's Share



This week's photo montage of pretty produce comes from Clagett volunteer dweiums on Instagram.

Love seeing this spring bounty from the farm! Want to see your photos featured in this weekly email? Just snap a pic -- from the farm, from your CSA share itself, or even a recipe you make with your Clagett produce -- and either email it to us or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!   

Hope you're having a great week and enjoying a little sunshine (finally!).  The rain has slowed down the growth of your produce a little, but we'll bounce back quickly.

Now, on to the vegetables you'll be getting this week.

WHAT'S IN THIS WEEK'S SHARE?

  • 1/4 pound total combination: LETTUCE + SPINACH + SPICY MIX
  • 1/2 pound total combination: KALE + COLLARDS + TURNIPS + RADISHES
  • 1/4 pound GARLIC SCALLIONS
 

TIPS

 

ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Lots of herbs: garlic chives, thyme, oregano, sage, sorrel, onion chives, cilantro, dill.
  • Pea shoots
  • Stinging nettle (be sure to wear gloves, sleeves, pants and closed-toed shoes!) 

That's it for the week! Enjoy the share! 

~ The Clagett Farm Team


This Week's Share: Greens, Turnips, Radishes and More

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This week's photo comes from The Chesapeake Bay Foundation on Instagram. Want to see your photos featured in this weekly email? Just snap a pic -- from the farm, from your CSA share itself, or even a recipe you make with your Clagett produce -- and either email it to us or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!   

 

Before we get to this week's share, we'll give you a little preview of how things are looking at the farm:

  • The garlic is beautiful and really coming along
  • We've just transplanted our tomatoes, eggplants and peppers into the fields this week. 
  • The onions, squash and cucumbers are doing well -- they're about a month away.
  • We trellised the sugar snap peas this week and they are looking great. 
  • We are keeping the deer out but there are some ambitious groundhogs that have evaded our traps. 
  • Kale is coming very soon. 
  • We should have cabbages and kohlrabi in 2 to 3 weeks. 
  • We're a little anxious about our first planting of corn and the u-pick tomatoes, chiles, tomatillos and ground cherries. They have had to wait in the greenhouse until the soil dries a little, and they are a little desperate to be planted. 
  • And we planted the last of the potatoes last week. We planted 1,000 pounds of seeds, which should make lots of potatoes by August or September, if all goes well. 

Fingers crossed for good growing conditions ahead! 

 

WHAT'S IN THIS WEEK'S SHARE?

1/2 pound total any combination of the following:

  •     Garlic scallions
  •     Hakurei turnips
  •     Pink beauty radishes

1 1/4 pound total any combination of the following:

  • lettuce (we have 3 varieties)
  • tatsoi
  • spicy mix
  • spinach

3 seedlings 

 

TIPS

 

ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Lots of herbs: garlic chives, thyme, oregano, sage, sorrel, onion chives (edible flowers), stinging nettle (be sure to wear gloves, sleeves, pants and closed-toed shoes!), cilantro, dilll.
  • Pea shoots 

That's it for the week! Enjoy the share! 

~ The Clagett Farm Team


This Week's Share: Garlic Scallions, Mixed Greens and Asparagus

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Here's a nice photo of Farmer Joe at his recent birthday party on the farm! Thanks to Lewis Tennenbaum for sending this our way. Want to see your photos featured in this weekly email? Just snap a pic -- from the farm, from your CSA share itself, or even a recipe you make with your Clagett produce -- and either email it to us or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!   

 

Welcome to the first week of the 2018 season!  Need any reminders of how the share pickups work? Here's everything you need to know.

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1/4 pound lettuce + spinach
  • 1/4 pound tat soi OR 1 bag stinging nettle
  • 1/4 pound total combination spicy mix + arugula + asparagus
  • 3 seedling plants
  • 1/2 pound garlic scallions

 

NOTES

  • Not sure what to do with those garlic scallions? Here are some good recipes
  • So what about strawberries? We've gotten a handful of questions about the strawberry forecast at the farm. We are sad to say that we had a strong crop of strawberries, but they have been decimated by deer. We have already planted a new field which will produce for next season, and we're working on a fence to protect them. We are as disappointed as you in our lack of strawberries. Onward! 

 

ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

In addition to the vegetables we harvest and deliver for the CSA shares, each week we'll let you know the items that are available for you to pick in unlimited quantities out at the farm. This week that includes: garlic chives, thyme, oregano, sage, sorrel, onion chives (edible flowers), stinging nettle (Be sure to wear gloves, sleeves, pants and closed-toed shoes!). 

That's it for the week! Enjoy the share! 

~ The Clagett Farm Team


It's Week 1 of the CSA Share Season! Here's a Preview of What You'll Be Getting.


Here's one of our new farm staff members, Garrett, potting up tomato plants for this week's share.

Would you like to see your photos featured in this weekly email? Just snap a pic -- from the farm, from your CSA share itself, or even a recipe you make with your Clagett produce -- and either email it to us or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!   


Hello, 2018 CSA Members! 

It's time for the first shares of the season, which will take place this Wednesday, May 9th & Saturday, May 12th.

Here are some things you need to know: 

WE'RE LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER FOR THE DUPONT PICK-UP
We have a new manager for the Dupont pick-up: Garrett. We are looking for someone to help Garrett every Wednesday from 5:00-8:00 pm. The volunteer will receive one free CSA share in exchange for helping Garrett unload the van, set up the share, keep bins filled, interact with our members and pack up when it’s over.  In case you're not familiar, the address for the Dupont pick-up is 1737 Fraser Ct, NW, and the CSA season runs May 9 through November 7.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM US EACH WEEK
Ever Wednesday afternoon we send an email that tells you the contents of the share, along with the amounts of each vegetable. We send this as soon as the harvest and calculation are done -- they're not exact but they're very close. Wednesday's email also serves as the preview for Saturday.

FIRST SHARE PREVIEW
For this first week , here's our best guess on the share: 

  • one bunch of garlic scallions, a.k.a. green garlic 
  • a choice of salad mix, including lettuce, spinach, spicy mix and tat soi. We'll go heavier on lettuce and spinach because they are available fewer weeks: They don’t like the heat.
  • Some seedlings, including basil, tomatoes, lettuce, oregano, kale and flowers
  • And we’ll pick a few bags of stinging nettles for the people who want it

On U-Pick this week: In addition to the vegetables we harvest and deliver for the CSA shares, each week we'll let you know the items that are available for you to pick in unlimited quantities out at the farm. This week that includes garlic chives, thyme, oregano, sage, sorrel, onion chives (edible flowers), stinging nettle (Be sure to wear gloves, sleeves, pants and closed-toed shoes!). 

Coming soon: radishes, turnips, kale, collards, and basil. We expect cilantro to be added to U-Pick next week. 


MORE DETAILS, LOGISTICS & SUCH

We have the pick-up locations and times published on the blog. And there's a handy FAQ there, too. 


STILL WANT TO JOIN THE CSA? 

Haven't purchased or know someone who wants to be a member this season? We still have several slots left. Sign up now!

As always, let us know if you have any questions! 

~ The Clagett Farm Team 


Help us celebrate

Joe sifting compost

What would you do if you met someone who is about to turn 70 and discovered that no one had ever thrown him a birthday party?  You'd throw a big one, of course!  This gentle soul, Mr. Joe Brown, turns 70 this month and we need your help to celebrate.    He is quite shy, after all, and hasn't left the farm much in these 70 years, so you are some of the lucky few he has met.  Don't have a lot to say to Joe?  Don't worry!  Come for the food, cake and good cheer.  The farm staff are throwing the party right after the Spring Open House, so you can come early for the hayride and stay late for the birthday festivities. 

Saturday April 28th

5:00-9:00pm

No need for birthday gifts--just bring yourselves.

RSVP here.

A little history about Joe:

Joe Brown came to this farm with his family when he was 16 years old.  This was a tobacco farm owned by Charles Clagett at the time, and Joe's father was a well digger.  Joe spent his working life planting, hoeing, harvesting, hanging and stripping tobacco.  In 1982 when the farm was donated to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Joe continued to live on the property, while helping our neighbor, Billy Addison, with his tobacco.  In the 90s, Billy stopped farming tobacco and Joe started working with us on the vegetable operation, and helping with mowing and hay.  We appreciated his incredible strength and endurance, and he is quietly kind to everyone he meets, without fault.  Joe is now retired, and continues to live by himself in one of the farm houses.  He takes a walk through the farm every day to check out what's new, and during the CSA pick-up, Joe likes to sit at the bench and watch everyone come and go.  

If you're interested in bringing food to the party, let us know.  Joe likes soft foods (egg salad, tuna salad, pasta salad...).  No need to bring him a bottle of wine--Joe does not drink alcohol.  

  Joe feeding bale chopper


Spring Open House at Clagett Farm Saturday April 28th 1:00-4:00pm

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It's that time of year when we bring out the hay wagon and show off the baby lambs.  The cows will be dressed up in their fresh spring coats.  The calves will romp around playfully.  And your farm staff will be excited to tell you and your friends and family and neighbors and anyone else you can cajole to the farm all about our CSA and how marvelous it will be this year.  Bring a picnic if you'd like!  We'll have a great time.  

Saturday, April 28th

1:00-4:00pm

FREE for all, everyone welcome

   Holding baby lambs lwintherhansen

Photo credits: Instagram user JordanPShreiber (top) and Lauren Winther-Hansen


Some new varieties to try

 

 If you've ever scanned a vegetable seed catalog, surely you know the giddy feeling we get every winter of new possibilities--and I admit, a little fear, as well.  ("But groundhogs ate all our cantaloupes last year.  Can we get it right this time?")

Pushing our hesitancy aside, here's a few things we're trying in 2018:

  • Did you know Anne Arundel County has its own melon variety?  The Anne Arundel muskmelon should be orange and green on the inside, similar to the Arava melon that we've grown successfully in some past years.  Varieties bred for our region are a rare treat, and with luck, this one will be well-adapted to the soil types, plant diseases and pests common to our area (think downy mildew, powdery mildew and cucumber beetles).  It's true that cantaloupes are the all-time favorite of groundhogs, which have a thriving population here at Clagett Farm.  But we have improved our skills in fencing and trapping, and we think this is our year.  Too bad we don't have a Prince George's County melon!
  • For over a decade, we couldn't size up a single beet on this farm, but we're getting better.  We think the biggest improvement was fertilizing with a little Boron (the same stuff sold as Borax in the laundry aisle of your grocery store).  Boron, Nitrogen and Sulfur are all negatively-charged ions in the soil, and are prone to leach deep into the soil and out of reach of our crops when it rains. Over the years, our Boron supply has dwindled to almost nothing, so we're slowly adding it back, little by little, and catching it with organic matter to hold it in place.  So this is the year we go a little crazy and try this new variety of striped chioggia beet to test our chops.  
  • And that last picture is of Christmas lima beans.  Normally we prefer bush beans over pole beans, because they are easier to manage and give us a big harvest quickly.  But this year we're trying out a few varieties of pole beans, including this beautiful lima.  Pole beans are said to taste better, and should produce beans over a longer period of time.  U-pick, anyone?

Wish us luck!  And better yet, invest in our new season by becoming a 2018 CSA member!  We need 250 full-paying CSA members to make this business work.  And that means you!  Who's going to eat all these lovely vegetables if you don't sign up?