This Week's Share: Summer Produce Continues

Caterpillar

This week's photo was sent in from farmer Carrie, showing a monarch caterpillar munching on some of the farm's milkweek. Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

We have two fall events that are coming up at the farm. We'll share more details soon, but for now, know that the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will host a Burgers & Brew event on October 4, and we will be holding a Fermenting Class on October 24 in the evening. Mark your calendars!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 7 1/4 pounds total combination of:
    • tomatoes
    • squash
    • hot chili peppers
    • corn [limit 2 ears, limited supply]
    • garlic
    • A surprise! We will have an assortment of other crops for which we have small amounts. 

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • New: Swiss Chard! 
  • Tomatoes!  There are still a lot of tomatoes available.
  • Culinary Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory (lots!), thyme, dill seed, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia (lots!), nasturtium, marjoram, and five types of basil (Thai, spice globe, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil) + Genovese basil in the high tunnel. 
  • Flowers:  Check out our 2015 flower guide if you're wondering what you're picking!
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, calendula, wormwood, and skullcap

 

What to Expect Coming Up in the Share: 

  • Fall greens will start to enter the share in the next few weeks
  • We're done with okra for the season due to some very hungry deer.  

And have a great week! 


This Week's Share: Squash, Tomatoes and More

Jon Tomato picking

This week's photo is from CSA member Jon, taken while u-picking tomatoes at the farm. Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

We have two fall events that are coming up at the farm. We'll share more details soon, but for now, know that the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will host a Burgers & Brew event on October 4, and we will be holding a Fermenting Class on October 24 in the evening. Mark your calendars!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1 head garlic
  • 6 3/4 pounds squash + tomatoes
  • 3/4 pounds onions + cucumbers + peppers (Bell & small sweet)
  • 1/2 pounds total combination beans + chiles + eggplant + okra

RECIPE OF THE WEEK 

Jessica Summer spaghetti wapo
 

CSA members Jessica and Ben submitted this photo along with a recipe they recommend: "Summer Spaghetti" from The Washington Post, 2011. Get the recipe here

 

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Tomatoes!  Tomatoes remain on u-pick. We're picking most of the tomatoes for the shares (1,000 pounds picked today!) but there are still some in the fields for you to pick. You'll need to walk the fields in order to get them.
  • Culinary Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory (lots!), thyme, dill seed, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia (lots!), nasturtium, marjoram, and five types of basil (Thai, spice globe, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil) + Genovese basil in the high tunnel. 
  • Flowers:  Check out our 2015 flower guide if you're wondering what you're picking!
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, calendula, wormwood, and skullcap

 

Next week, we expect to have:

  • Next week's share should look a lot like this week's, except no onions next week. Enjoy the summer produce!   

 

And have a great week! 


This Week's Share: Tomatoes, Peppers, Squash & More


This week's photo is from CSA member Fred, of peppers from last season. Don't worry -- this year's will be just as pretty! Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 4 pounds tomatoes 

  • 3/4 pound total combination tomatillos + onions + Swiss chard

  • 3/4 pound total combination cucumbers okra + peppers (all kinds--sweet peppers, unripe bells and hot chiles)

  • 1.75 pounds squash

  • 1 head garlic

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Tomatoes!  This week and next will be the best weeks for tomato picking.  There are two fields available to pick from, but neither is especially easy to get to.  Plan to walk up a hill or bring a sturdy, high-clearance vehicle.  Also, please remember to close the gate when you leave.  We need to keep the deer out of your sweet potatoes and winter squash.  
  • Culinary Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory (lots!), thyme, dill seed, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia (lots!), nasturtium, marjoram, and five types of basil (Thai, spice globe, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil) + Genovese basil in the high tunnel. 
  • Flowers:  Check out our 2015 flower guide if you're wondering what you're picking!
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, calendula, wormwood, and skullcap
  • Ground cherries. They are starting to peter out.  Get them while you can!

 

Next week, we expect to have:

  • More tomatoes, garlic, squash, peppers, chiles, okra and a few cucumbers and eggplant. Onions, beans, tomatillos and chard will make appearances over the next few weeks.  

 

If you plan to can or freeze tomatoes, you should do it this week or next for maximum variety and flavor.  Enjoy! And have a great week! 


This Week's Share: Tomatoes in Full Swing!


This week's photo is from Instagram user mamacotey, who snapped this photo of her share at home.

Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Canning Workshops Are Full. Reservations for Susan's workshops filled up fast!  Thank you Susan! 

Check Out Our New Flower Guide. For the first time ever, we're offering a new 2015 Clagett Farm Flower Guide, so that you know what flowers are growing at the farm. 
 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 7.5 pounds total combination tomatoes + squash

  • 1.5 pounds total combination okra + eggplant + peppers + chiles + leeks + cucumbers + ground cherries + tomatillos

  • 1 head garlic

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Culinary Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory, thyme, dill seed, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia, nasturtium, marjoram, and six types of basil (Thai, spice globe, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil) + Genovese basil in the high tunnel.
  • Flowers: Plenty in bloom all over the place
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, calendula, wormwood, and skullcap
  • Ground cherries. Try them! They're delicious!
  • Tomatoes.  This is just the beginning of u-pick tomatoes, so don't feel like you need to jump on them this week.  Right now the u-pick tomatoes are in a distant field (A3).  Unless you have a rugged, high-clearance vehicle, you will need to park at the office and then walk a quarter mile to the field.

 Next week, we expect to have:

  • More tomatoes, more eggplant. Onions.  Peppers, Garlic, Squash, Cucumbers, Chiles and Okra will continue. We might be able to add tomatillos to the u-pick list this week.

 Enjoy! And have a great week!


Sign Up Now for Canning Workshops

The bitten word canning tomatoes photos

Each summer we offer a unique opportunity to our CSA members: get some hands-on canning experience. If you've ever been interested in learning about canning, now's your chance. 

The classes are offered by CSA member Susan Sanders, who teaches the courses in her home near Dupont Circle. Over the course of a few hours, you'll learn the basics about canning tomatoes, making jams, relishes and how to deal with high acid foods. 

If you've ever had an interest in canning, now's your chance to try it out. Space is limited, so sign up ASAP!

When:  Sunday, August 16 or Sunday, August 30 (choose one), 2-5pm.  

Where:  Susan lives near Dupont Circle in DC.  We'll give you more details when you sign up. 

Sign up by sending an email to Susan with your preferred date.  Classes are limited to 6 participants each. 

Cost:  Susan only charges a $5 fee for supplies, which includes some photocopies and a jar of something you've made.  Keep in mind that no one is licensed, insured, or paid for this activity. Susan offers this class to you because many of our members have asked over the years, and she is willing to do it.  Thank you Susan! 

If you have any questions about the workshops, please let us know.

 

[photo above via TheBittenWord.com]


This Week's Share: Tomatoes, Corn, Cucumbers and More

Suzanne

This week's photo is from CSA member Suzanne, showing a yellow common sulfur butterfly on a purple Echinacea. Thanks Suzanne!

Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 2 ¾ pound total combination tomatoes + corn (2 ear maximum) + onions

  • ¾ pound total combination Swiss chard + okra + eggplant + beans + peppers

  • 2 ¼ pounds total combination cucumbers + squash

  • 1 head garlic

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Culinary Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory (lots!), thyme, dill seed, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia (lots!), nasturtium, marjoram, and five types of basil (Thai, spice globe, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil) + Genovese basil in the high tunnel. 
  • Flowers: Plenty in bloom all over the place, and sunflowers are just beginning to show up! 
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, colengula, wormwood, and skullcap
  • NEW: Ground cherries. Try them out!

 

Next week, we expect to have:

  • Tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, okra, beans. Chiles will be added next week. Cucumbers may have a week off. Tomatillos are coming soon (not sure if it’s next week or the week after).

    If we get some rain, we expect more of an abundance of peppers, squash, eggplant, etc. We have a lot of healthy plants -- they just need the right infusion of rain to get growing. 

 

Enjoy! And have a great week!


This Week's Share: Cucumbers, Squash, Tomatoes and More

Suzanne clagett

This week's photo is from CSA member Suzanne, showing a swallowtail caterpillar on a dill plant.

Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1 head garlic

  • 1 pound total combination Swiss chard + beans (1/2 pound limit) + shallots + okra + ground cherries + chiles

  • 4 pounds total combination cucumbers + squash + tomatoes (1 1/2 pound limit)

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Culinary Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory (lots!), thyme, dill seed, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia (lots!), nasturtium, marjoram, and five types of basil (Thai, spice globe, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil) + Genovese basil in the high tunnel. 
  • Flowers: Plenty in bloom all over the place, and sunflowers are just beginning to show up! 
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, colengula, wormwood, and skullcap

 

Next week, we expect to have:

  • Onions
  • Swiss chard
  • Beans
  • Okra
  • Cucumbers
  • Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Some peppers
  • In two weeks: more corn

 

Enjoy! And have a great week!


This Week's Share: Corn, Tomatoes and More

Ianblackwellrogersphoto
 

This week's photo is from Instagram user ianblackwellrogers, featuring a butterfly on a flower at the farm. Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1 head garlic

  • 2 pounds of corn + tomatoes

  • 2 1/2 pounds squash + cucumbers + peppers

  • 1/2 pound of Swiss chard + shallots + beans or ground cherries

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

Clagett photo flowers

  • Culinary Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory (lots!), thyme, dill seed, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia (lots!), nasturtium, marjoram, and five types of basil (Thai, spice globe, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil) + Genovese basil in the high tunnel. 
  • Flowers: Plenty in bloom all over the place, and sunflowers are just beginning to show up! See the photo above of a bouquet that someone assembled this week!
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, colengula, wormwood, and skullcap

 

 

Next week, we expect to have:

  • Squash will continue.
  • More peppers will come as we have more sun.
  • Squash and cucumbers will continue strong for at least 3 more weeks. 
  • Corn is coming - this is the first of 3 plantings that we'll phase in. 
  • Tomato plants look great but the fruits are suffering from the rain. As soon as the rain slows down, we'll have more tomatoes. 
  • We just picked our first eggplants -- more will be coming. 
  • Beans will continue in the share. 
  • No shallots -- take them this week! 

 

Let us know if you have any questions!

 


This Week's Share: Summer squash, tomatoes, peppers and more

 

Clagett mamacotey

This week's photo is from Instagram user mamacotey, featuring some young explorers at the farm. Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1 head garlic

  • 4 pounds total combination squash (mix of yellow squash and zucchini) + cucumbers

  • 1 pound total combination peppers, tomatoes, beans + carrots (These carrots have significant leafy tops. Don't let them go to waste! Here's a great recipe for carrot-top pesto.) 

  • 1 head cabbage OR 1 pound total combination kale + chard + collards

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory, thyme, dill, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, celery leaf, stevia, chamomile, marjoram, lavender and five types of basil (Thai, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil). We especially have lots of dill -- you can wrap it in plastic and store it in the fridge for weeks and weeks!
  • Flowers -- Plenty in bloom all over the place, and sunflowers are just beginning to show up!
  • Kale
  • Collards

 

Next week, we expect to have:

  • More squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, pepper, garlic and shallots

 

In 2 weeks, we expect to have:

  • More beans, and also corn!

 

Let us know if you have any questions!