Kale Cook Off! Sunday June 7th


Ever feel like you have enough kale to fill a bathtub?  No?  Just us?  

After all these years of swimming in kale, we thought it would be fun to find out which kale recipes really knock our socks off.  And we know that many of YOU have favorite kale recipes.  Since we'll use anything as an excuse for a party, let's have a kale party.  



Who? Everyone!  People who don't know how to cook kale.  People who need some new ideas for preparing kale.  And people who already have some great ideas for cooking kale.  You can invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, the people who brought that great kale salad to the pot luck last year...

When?  Sunday June 7, 2015, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Where?  Clagett Farm, of course.  11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro MD 20772.  If the weather is nice, we'll be in the Washing Station area, outside.  If it's raining, we'll move into the Education Barn, which is the largest of the 3 barns in a row--can't miss it.  

Price?  Free, for any household who brings a kale dish and the recipe.  $5 per person if you don't.  Reservations are required for all (paying or not) by Friday noon, June 5th.  Friday afternoon we'll send a note to everyone signed up to let you know how many servings or ounces we need you to bring of  your dish.  

Kale Rules?  The main ingredient of your dish must be kale.  Other than that, you can do as you please.  We welcome kale salads, stews, soups, chips, smoothies, and even desserts.   We'll expect you to prepare enough so every attendee can sample a few ounces.  You can include meat, dairy, eggs, or other allergens, as long as we know what's in it.  Also, please bring a serving utensil, if needed (such as a soup spoon or tongs). 

Recipe Rules?  Everyone who brings a kale dish should also bring the recipe for that dish.  Please print it on a 5"x7" card (or a half sheet of office paper).  Credit the source, if it was published.  If you have adjusted the recipe from the original, then the source is you.   

Can I keep get copies of the recipes I like most?  After the event, we'll scan the recipes into a booklet, which we can mail you at a discount if you give us advanced payment at the event (enough to cover printing and mailing costs--probably $5).  We'll also have copies at the CSA pick-ups.    

Prizes?  We'll vote on our favorites, and there will be multiple categories.  Winners will get a free copy of the recipe book (and bragging rights, of course).  Don't be intimidated--the point of this occasion is to have fun and try new foods, so the more dishes the merrier.    

What if the dish needs to be hot?  We'll have a few camping stoves and some chafing dishes that can keep food warm, as long as it's hot when you bring it.    

Dress?  This is a very relaxed, informal event.  

Kids welcome?  Yes!  In fact, kids will get their own special ballot. 

Dogs welcome?  Sorry, not this time.  

OK, start practicing folks.  There's lots of kale to harvest soon, and we want your best ideas!



Join Us for the Spring Open House: Saturday May 9!

Clagett spring open house

Things are looking green out here on Clagett Farm, so we're announcing our Spring Open House, happening Saturday, May 9. We hope you can join us! 

The event will run from 1-4 p.m. There will be hay rides and field tours and we'll show off our six brand new sheep, who will be thrilled to meet you. CSA members will be able to take a seedling. This is a free event, open to the public. Please join us! 

For members who are unable to make it, we look forward to seeing you at the first CSA pick-ups of the season. We hope the first pickup will happen Wednesday, May 13 (farm and Dupont pick-ups) and Saturday, May 16 (at the farm). We're not 100% confident of that date yet. Expect to get more information about that, and everything you need to know for the first pick-up, shortly. 

We look forward to seeing you all on May 9!

~ Farmer Carrie


Upcoming events for farmers, gardeners and consumers looking for new skills

This is the season for farmers to attend conferences and workshops, to hone our skills or give us new ideas.  There's also some interesting workshops for gardeners and consumers.  A few have passed already, but here's some coming up.  If you have a budding farmer in your life, you might want to pass this along.

  • Future Harvest is holding a workshop series on Wednesday evenings north of Baltimore for people who would like to start a small, commercial farm.  The first one is in a week on January 28, 2015.
  • The Virginia Biological Farming conference will be held in Richmond January 29-31, 2015. 
  • The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture conference will be in State College, PA, February 3-7, 2015.  
  • Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association will hold its annual meeting February 21, 2015 in Annapolis, MD.
  • And Rooting DC will hold its annual forum on February 28, 2015.  Of all of the events I've mentioned, this one is the closest to most of you, and has the most information for gardeners and consumers, as opposed to farmers.  

If you know of similar events that I haven't listed, note them in the comments here.  

Happy winter workshops!




Christmas trees, wreaths and wood-fired pizza

Clagett Farm is selling Christmas trees and wreaths this weekend (12/6 & 12/7), next weekend (12/13 & 12/14), and by appointment. 


Open hours: 10:00am – 2:00pm



 We'll be cooking up wood-fired pizzas on December 13th and 14th, 11:00am – 3:00pm, as long as it’s not raining or snowing.  We'll also have free hay rides, hot drinks and marshmallows to roast.

We accept cash or checks made out to CBF. 

  • All trees: $40
  • Wreaths: starting at $30
  • 10” pizzas: $10 (toppings included)

Clagett Farm, 11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro MD 20772

Call 301-627-4662 to schedule any other time or day to come for a tree.

Fine Dinner at the Farm, next Thursday 8/21

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Join us for a splendid evening with the fireflies and wildflowers.

Clagett Farm's 2nd Annual

Tomato Taste Test and Dinner

Sample eight tomato varieties raw and as sauce.

Enjoy a five-course meal, plus wine and cocktails, all vegetarian, prepared with the freshest, organic vegetables.

Thursday evening, August 21, 2014

5:30pm - 8:30pm (dinner served at 6:30pm)

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Clagett Farm

11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro MD 20772

$50 per person (includes meal and drinks, no tips, please!)

Support your farm, so we can support low-income members of our community.

Reservations accepted by e-mail through Tuesday: clagettfarm@cbf.org,

or by phone until the event: 301-646-0282.

Payment by cash or check, made out to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. 

Meal prepared by two local chefs: Katie Aldworth (Big Bear Cafe) and Alexis Starkey (Farm to Feast Catering) 

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Photographs by Deborah Starobin Armstrong

Tomato Taste Test just 2 weeks away --- Thursday August 21st

 I was feeling the blues for a while there, but with last week's heavy share, I finally feel like a party!  The rest of you in the DC region might have wet, soggy tomato plants, but our special, arid Upper Marlboro weather is giving you extra-flavorful tomatoes.  You might not get as many pounds this year, but they make rich sauce with high lycopene and other phytonutrients.    

We're currently harvesting 8 different varieties.  Which ones will make the best sauce?  Which will be best raw in a salad?  Now is your chance to pick a favorite!  Join us for our

2nd Annual Tomato Taste Test

Thursday August 21, 2014, 5:30pm (or as soon as you can get here) to 8:30pm.  

For one night this year, your favorite farm gets to charm you in the evening, too--superb food with pastures and fireflies as your view.  We'll sample tomatoes, eat a great meal, drink a fine, herb-infused cocktail, and end it all with a decadent dessert.  We had a great time last year, and this year should be even better.  

We'll sell a limited number of tickets in advance--no more than we can confidently seat under cover in case of rain.  We'll let more of you buy tickets at the last minute when the sky is confidently clear.  (Since this is the year we're in some kind of perpetual rain shadow, we're not too worried.)  All tickets are $50.  There's no need to sign up on line or by e-mail.  Just be one of the first to hand us a check (made out to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation) or cash, and we'll make sure you have a seat.

Would you rather help than pay for a ticket?  We'll take it!  You can help us with the early shift (set up and serve), the late shift (serve and clean), or something special.  For example, we are looking for an Event Statistician, who can tabulate the data.  And if you are an amateur or professional chef, you might wish to contribute a dish (we'll provide the vegetables).  Volunteer slots are limited, so sign up in advance.     

I can't wait to see you there!

Your farmer, Carrie

2013 tomato taste test drinks

Spring Meet 'n' Greet: This Sunday from 1 to 4 P.M.

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We're gearing up for the launch of the new CSA season, beginning with our Spring Meet 'n' Greet that's happening at the farm this Sunday, May 4, from 1 to 4 pm. The weather is looking to be nice, and we hope you can join us to tour the farm, meet other members and take part in the planned activities. 

We'll be offering hayrides continuously from 1 to 4 p.m. In addition, we'll have some Girl Scouts volunteering that will help lead a kids activity planting seeds, as well as a story time. For the adults, you'll learn how the pick-up works, and we'll have an opportunity for you to learn about medicinal herbs if that's of interest (and you can join story time, too!). 

Despite the long-lasting winter, things are starting to take off here at the farm. The plants in the greenhouse look great, and we’ve seeded quite a few crops outside already.  Once the soil warms up, I think everything will start growing like gangbusters.   A weeks ago we published an update on some of the crops  -- if you want to learn more about how crops are progressing, check it out on the blog

For the first shares of the season, we're still tentatively looking at May 21 and May 24 - we'll keep you updated on that. We’ve posted some general information about where to pick up your shares, what to bring, what to do if you miss a share, and so forth.  You can find it on our blog here. There’s also a link of Frequently Asked Questions, in case you’re wondering where dogs are permitted on the farm, or if you can come help us work in the fields (the answer: yes!).

More information about the season kick-off will come to you soon. In the meantime, let us know if you have any questions. 

Your farmer,


Rooting DC, March 1st, Wilson H.S.

 I usually attend several farm conferences and meetings during the winter. It's a good time to learn new ideas, revive old ones, meet fellow farmers, and so forth.  Unfortunately I'll have to miss Rooting DC, but I've heard it's great.  And unlike most of the meetings I attend, this one is especially useful for consumers and amateur gardeners.  So if you're interested in composting in your kitchen, or cooking with your kids, or which fruit tree to plant in your yard, or anything else relating to fruits and veggies in the city, there's probably a workshop about it at Rooting DC.  Check it out!  

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 9:30am-4:00pm




Tomato Taste Test with a delicious farm dinner


Did you know we have 20 different varieties of tomatoes growing on the farm?  Clearly a taste test is in order.  And as long as we're sampling tomatoes, why not also enjoy a mouth-watering meal, some wine, and a beautiful view of the pastures and flowers?  One of our volunteers, Alexis Starkey, is a professional caterer (farmtofeastcatering.com), and she will be lending us her magnificent culinary skills for an evening meal on the farm.   

We have to act fast, since the tomatoes are in full swing now, but not forever.  The Tomato Taste Test will be Monday, September 9th, which is in just over a week.  6:00-8:00pm.  $30/person.  Space is limited! 

You can buy tickets at the next pick-up with cash or a check made out to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  Or you can make a reservation by e-mail (clagettfarm@cbf.org), and then pay at the door.  With your reservation, please tell us if you have any food allergies. 

We hope you can make it!  


Photo above via TheBittenWord.com

Meet 'n' Greet Saturday May 4th

A week from Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm, come visit us on the farm!  You're invited to our Meet 'n' Greet.  If you are a new CSA member or a curious potential customer or volunteer, this is a perfect chance to meet the farmers and get a free hay ride to the cows and chickens.  Returning members are welcome too!  You can skip the part at the washing station where we explain to the newbies how to get a share.  

Our friend Holly Poole-Kavana, who plants the medicinal herb bed near the washing station, will be there to help anyone who would like to know which herbs are which and how to use them.  You are welcome to you-pick from her garden during the season, so please take advantage of this chance to find out what might help you fight a cold, soothe your allergies, heal a cut, or all kinds of other remedies. 

If we have some lettuce or spinach to pick for you, we will give it out as a bonus to the CSA members who come.  But the weather has been cool this spring (except for a few notable weeks earlier this month), so our greens are slow to get started.  There's a good chance we won't have anything to give out yet.   

Can't make it?  Don't worry, we'll have another opportunity for hay rides in the fall.  

Photos from Krossbow on Flickr