This Week's Share: Tomatoes, Squash and more

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This week's photo is from Amanda on Instagram, showing a recent rainy day at the farm. Thanks Amanda! 

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WHAT'S IN THIS WEEK'S SHARE?

  • 2 heads garlic
  • 1.5 pounds tomatoes
  • 3.75 pounds squash
  • 1/2 pound combined: peppers + beans
  • 1/2 pound combined: onions + chiles

ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Malabar spinach:  Malabar isn't a true spinach, but it acts as a great substitute in the heat of the summer, when spinach does not grow well.

  • Lots of herbs: garlic chives, thyme, oregano, sage, sorrel, onion chives, garlic chives, cilantro, dill, basil, celery leaf, parsley, lemongrass, 

  • Basil: Genovese, Tulsi, Thai, Mrs. Burns Lemon, Round Midnight, Fino Verde.  There's a field by the wash station with lots of extra basil and flowers. 

  • Flowers: As always, any flowers on the farm can be picked. 


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

~ The Clagett Farm Team


This Week's Share: Will You Choose Leeks or Peppers?

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This week's photo is from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on Instagram, encouraging volunteering at the farm: "The first day of #sharkweek2018 is the perfect time to sign up for fun, safe things you can do on land: VOLUNTEER! Workshare your time away with us at Clagett Farm (MD). Help us harvest vegetables for our community programs, and walk away with your own bountiful harvest for a few hours of work! Register today: http://ow.ly/oOwy30l31rE  Photo by Lauren Schnabel, CBF intern who eats her veggies." Thanks CBF!

The volunteer pictured here, Carole Grunberg, is competing in the World Masters Squash Championship today.  Good luck, Carole!  You're already our champion!

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WHAT'S IN THIS WEEK'S SHARE?

  • 2 heads garlic
  • 1/2 pound tomatoes from Owl's Nest Farm (one of our neighbors)
  • 2.5 pounds squash
  • 1/2 pound onions
  • 1/2 pound total: leeks + peppers + chard + chiles

ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Malabar spinach:  Malabar isn't a true spinach, but it acts as a great substitute in the heat of the summer, when spinach does not grow well.

  • Lots of herbs: garlic chives, thyme, oregano, sage, sorrel, onion chives, cilantro, dill, basil, celery leaf, parsley, borage (edible flowers), lemongrass

  • Basil: Genovese, Tulsi, Thai, Mrs. Burns Lemon, Round Midnight, Fino Verde.  

  • Flowers: As always, any flowers on the farm can be picked. 

Thanks for your patience, everyone.  The weather has been especially trying this year, and we've never had our summer crops delayed by a whole month before.  


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

~ The Clagett Farm Team


This Week's Share: Cucumbers, Squash & More

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This week's photo of bunching onions comes from @ZachandClay. Want to see your photos featured in this weekly email? Just snap a pic and either email it to us or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!   

Here's what you need to know this week!

NEWS

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?

  • 2 heads garlic

  • 1 head cabbage

  • 1/2 pound total combination bunching onions + fennel

  • 1/4 pound total combination kale + chard + collards

  • 1 1/2 pounds cucumbers

  • 1 3/4 pounds squash
     

ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Lots of herbs: garlic chives, thyme, oregano, sage, sorrel, onion chives, cilantro, dill, basil, celery leaf

  • Basil: Genovese, Tulsi, Thai, Mrs. Burns Lemon, Round Midnight, Fino Verde

  • Mulberries

RECIPE INSPIRATION

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CSA member Rhonda shared the above photo: "I’ve never had garlic scapes before now I’m afraid to run out! This week was my first share and I made a quinoa salad with fresh grilled garlic scapes, kale, and cilantro." Thanks Rhonda! 

And CSA member Kathleen wrote in with recipes for Zucchini Cheese Pancakes and Pickled Garlic Scapes

 

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

~ The Clagett Farm Team


This Week's Share: May 23, 2018

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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
 

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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


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.

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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 


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?  

 

 


Winter brings new life to our high tunnel

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One of your farmers, Jared Planz, captured this photo of a storm moving in over our high tunnel.  A high tunnel is a greenhouse where we grow plants directly in the ground (as opposed to the greenhouse where we grow seedlings that get transplanted into fields elsewhere).  We've been getting the beds and frame ready so we can put on a new cover.  Pretty soon, this high tunnel will be home to an early planting of tomatoes.  Winter is still a busy time on the farm! 

We've been doing a lot of planning in spreadsheets, as well.  Did you know, over the course of this season, we'll plant 600,000 seeds in the ground, of 175 different varieties?  And before you've eaten your last leaf of salad in November, we'll get help in the fields from over 1000 people.  Getting excited yet?

(Pst!  That's your hint to sign up for a 2018 Clagett Farm CSA share.)

 


Clagett Farm CSA shares for 2018 are available now! 

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Clagett Farm CSA shares are available now!  New and returning members can purchase a share beginning now. 

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Ever thought of giving a farm membership as a holiday gift?  You can!  It’s a great way to give something HEALTHY to someone you love.    

Are you a returning member but not ready to buy a CSA share yet?  Don’t worry, we’ll guarantee a slot in the upcoming season for you and all of our other 2017 CSA members until March 1st.  And as always, we give you a $50 discount to thank you for being a loyal, returning member. 

New this year, we are offering a 13-week share.  This is a good option for those of you who can’t make it most weeks, but still want to come a few times per year.  Instead of the full 26 shares, you get half as many over the same period of time (May 9th – November 10th).  You can collect the shares whichever weeks you want, but a maximum of only one at a time.  And you can only you-pick on the weeks when you pick up a share.  We’re only offering a limited number of 13-week shares, and only for pick-up at Clagett Farm.  So if this is the option you want, don’t wait until March to sign up. 

Most of you will want to purchase a full season share because it is the cheapest option per week, because you get all the wonderful, organic vegetables you love, and because it’s the best way to support this farm.  You still get all the same flexibility we gave you last year—you can pick up the shares any week, 2 shares maximum per day.  And you can pick up at the farm on Wednesdays or Saturdays. 

If you sign up for farm pick-up, you can pick up at Dupont up to 6 shares total for the season.  If you sign up for Dupont pick-up, you can pick up at the farm as often as you’d like. 

I bet you have friends who would like to sign up for a CSA share at Clagett Farm.  Tell them to register!  Otherwise, when they’re tasting the wonderful, ripe tomatoes you bring home this summer, they’ll wonder why you didn’t tell them about it sooner. 

Let me know if you have a questions, or if you have ideas for how we should spread the word. 

Your farmer,

Carrie


Last Chance to Reserve Your Holiday Wreaths

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For our 2017 Wreath Drive, long-time Clagett friend and farm-hand Jenn is selling wreaths made from flowers and grasses grown organically at the farm, and in her DC garden space. 
 
Each wreath is hand-crafted to order and exquisitely designed—ensuring that everyone has the most beautiful holiday on record! Wreaths are $50 each, with delivery and gift-wrap options available for additional charges. For Clagett CSA members and friends, two wreath pick-up dates are available: One in Dupont Circle, DC on November 29th, and one at Clagett Farm, MD on December 2nd. There may be extra wreaths available for sale at these pick-ups, but it’s always best to reserve in advance.
 
Order your own wreaths by filling out this form. We have a limited supply of local flowers and foliage, so please order as soon as you can! And, most importantly: Happy Holidays from your farm team!
 
 

This Week's Share and U-pick Beans, Tomatillos and Hot Chiles

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Have you been canning tomatoes this year? CSA member and Instagrammer ianblackwellrogers has, and shared with us this great photo of the work in progress. Thanks! 

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THIS WEEK'S SHARE:

  • 1 head garlic
  • 6 pounds total combination squash + tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound total combintion beans + spicy mix
  • 1 pound total combination eggplant + peppers
  • 1/2 pound total combination radishes + hot chiles (some are very mild)

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK:

  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Tomatillos
  • Hot chiles
  • Ground cherries
  • Swiss chard
  • Flowers
  • Herbs -- sage, garlic chives, thyme, oregano, mint, sorrel, cilantro, basils (Genovese, Thai, cinnamon, sacred, opal, lime), stevia, lemongrass, parsely. 

RECIPE RECOMMENDATIONS:




Having Zucchini Fatigue? Here are some member recommended recipes to liven up your cooking: 



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

~ Farmer Carrie and the Clagett Farm Team