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This Week's Share: Stuff We're Selling, Turnip Green Recipes and the Weekly Share Details

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(This photo: CSA member Krossbow on Flickr)  

 

Happy Tuesday! 

Here's are a few quick updates before we get to the share: 

  • Honey For Sale! As we wrote last week, honey is for sale at the pick-ups this week. Because of last week's rain, it didn't make it to Dupont, but it will be there today. If you want to purchase, the jars are $10 per one-pound jar of honey -- $1 of each jar benefits Clagett Farm. Bring your cash or check to the pick up if you would like to buy some over the next month or so. We'll keep you updated on how many jars are left.
  • We're selling garlic! We have an excess of garlic and we're selling it at $5/pound. It will keep in your kitchen until early 2012 unrefrigerated. If you want to purchase some, you can at the pick-up. 
  • And we're also selling a composter! We have a Sun-Mar 200 Garden Composter that was donated to the farm. We're selling it for $100 -- it retails at $300. If you want the composter, let us know

 

 And now here's what you'll find in Week 20 of the CSA:

  • 1 head garlic.
  • 1 1/2 pounds total combination greens (including of spicy mix, tatsoi, purple mezuna, tender greens, Ruby streaks and Southern Giant, arugula) + beans + tomatoes.  
  • 2 pounds total combination bok choy + okra + peppers + kale + winter squash
  • 4 pounds total combination turnips (white) + potatoes + watermelon radishes + eggplant + chile peppers

 

Recipe Ideas: Turnip Greens!

Last week, we gave you turnip ideas. This week, here are a few ideas for using turnip greens:

 

On U-Pick this week:

If you want to come and u-pick, you can find a map of the fields and locations at the Wash Station when you arrive at the farm, denoting where to find the fields listed below. Here's what's on offer this week. 

  • Greens! Almost all the greens except the kale are on the u-pick list. 
  • New: Turnips and turnip greens!
  • Tomatoes -- still available, though there are not many of them. Lots of green tomatoes.
  • Cherry tomatoes. 
  • Updated: Chiles (lots). There are, in the words of Carrie, "a million bazillion chile peppers." Please pick them!
  • Updated: Celery. It has improved in the cool weather. Come pick it! 
  • Swiss Chard. It will improve as the weather cools. 
  • Updated: Beans are now only in C2. 
  • Okra -- there's lots of okra right now. Come and pick it! Especially on a Monday or a Friday -- we want you to pick it and enjoy it. 
  • Updated: Herbs: Basil (in the high tunnel). Plus Oregano, sorrel, parsley, onion chives, cilantro, stevia, lemongrass, anise, thyme, lemon balm, sage, garlic chives. 
  • As always, any flowers are always fair game.  There are a lot of nice flowers on the farm right now. 

 

A preview of what's to come:

  • Next week should look a lot like this week!

 

Enjoy this week's share, and let us know if you have any questions about your produce or how to use it! 

Have a great week,

-- Clay

 


This Week's Share: Turnips + Recipe Ideas + Honey For Sale

Bwturnips
(This photo via TheBittenWord.com)  

Happy Tuesday!

It's looking to be rainy during today's pick-up, so we've prepacked some shares. Hopefully this will help everyone get in and out quickly. Before we get to the share, an announcement:

Honey For Sale!

For a limited time only, we're offering home-grown honey produced by local beekeeper artisans! One of our CSA members, Clark Reed, has some bee hives in his yard in Rockville, Maryland. He has made Autrian Gold honey, produced from Black Locust and Tulip Poplar trees. We'll be selling the honey at the CSA pick-ups. The jars are $10 per one-pound jar of honey -- $1 of each jar benefits Clagett Farm. Bring your cash or check to the pick up if you would like to buy some over the next month or so.We'll keep you updated on how many jars are left.

Fun fact: How many flower visits = one pound of honey? One million!

 

And now here's what you'll find in Week 19 of the CSA:

  • 1 head garlic.
  • 3/4 pound greens including choices of arugula, kale, spicy mix, tatsoi, purple mezuna, tender greens, and Southern Giant. 
  • 2 1/2 pounds total combination winter squash (small quantity), tomatoes, peppers, summer squash and beans.
  • 5 1/2 pound total combination turnips, radishes, potatoes and eggplant.

 

Recipe Ideas: Turnips!

The turnips came in in full force this week, so you'll see a lot of them at the share. If you remove the greens (which are edible) and store them in your refrigerator, they will last a long time. Here are some recipe ideas for using them:

 

On U-Pick this week:

If you want to come and u-pick, you can find a map of the fields and locations at the Wash Station when you arrive at the farm, denoting where to find the fields listed below. Here's what's on offer this week. 

  • Greens! Almost all the greens except the kale are on the u-pick list. 
  • Tomatoes -- still available, though there are not many of them. Lots of green tomatoes.
  • Cherry tomatoes. 
  • Ground cherries. They're sweet and still a good amount of them. 
  • Tomatillos (these are dwindling)
  • Chiles (lots)
  • Celery. The celery is too tough to eat raw, but it's great for cooking. There is lots of it -- pick it and make stock!  
  • Swiss Chard. It will improve as the weather cools. 
  • Beans are in two fields as of this week. Lots in C1. The ones in B3 are more suitable for shell beans.
  • Okra -- there's lots of okra right now. Come and pick it! Especially on a Monday or a Friday -- we want you to pick it and enjoy it. 
  • Herbs: Basil (in the high tunnel). Plus Oregano, sorrel, parsley, onion chives, coriander, dill seed, stevia, lemongrass, anise, Mexican sour cucumbers, thyme, lemon balm, sage, garlic chives. 
  • As always, any flowers are always fair game.  There are a lot of nice flowers on the farm right now. 

 

A preview of what's to come:

  • Lots more greens on the way, including more kale. Bok choy will be ready next week. This week is likely the last of the summer squash. This is also the last week of the potatoes.

Enjoy this week's share, and let us know if you have any questions about your produce or how to use it! 

Have a great week,

-- Clay


This Week's Share: Farm Updates and Share Details

Clagett sunrise
(This photo: CSA member Krossbow on Flickr)  

Before we get started today, we have a few updates related to the farm: 

  • The biodegradable bags at the pick-up site seem to be working out well.  Most people are bringing their own bags, so we haven’t had to buy more yet.  And we’ve only seen two plastic grocery bags drifting through the pastures in these past 4 months, which is a huge improvement.  Thank you!  That said, the people who have used the bags have only paid for half of them.  It adds up to $125!  So don’t forget to drop some money (10 cents per bag) into the can at your convenience to cover the cost of bags you’ve used. There’s always coins and bills there to help you make change as needed. 

Here's what you'll find in Week 18 of the CSA:

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1/2 pound greens, including choices of arugula, tatsoi, purple mezuna, tender greens, Southern Giant, Red Russian Kale and Dwarf Siberian kale
  • 1 pound total combination turnips + Scarlett globe radishes + yellow beans + okra + squash
  • 2 3/4 pounds total combination of tomatoes + potatoes + eggplant + peppers + hot chiles 

On U-Pick this week:

If you want to come and u-pick, you can find a map of the fields and locations at the Wash Station when you arrive at the farm, denoting where to find the fields listed below. Here's what's on offer this week. 

  • New: Greens! Almost all the greens except the kale are on the u-pick list. 
  • Tomatoes -- still available, though there are not many of them. 
  • Cherry tomatoes. 
  • Ground cherries. They're sweet and still a good amount of them. 
  • Tomatillos (these are dwindling)
  • Chiles (lots)
  • Update: Celery. The celery is too tough to eat raw, but it's great for cooking. There is lots of it -- pick it and make stock!  
  • Swiss Chard. It will improve as the weather cools. 
  • Beans are in two fields as of this week. Lots in C1. The ones in B3 are more suitable for shell beans.
  • Okra -- there's lots of okra right now. Come and pick it! Especially on a Monday or a Friday -- we want you to pick it and enjoy it. 
  • Herbs: Basil (in the high tunnel). Plus Oregano, sorrel, parsley, onion chives, coriander, dill seed, stevia, lemongrass, anise, Mexican sour cucumbers, thyme, lemon balm, sage, garlic chives. 
  • As always, any flowers are always fair game.  There are a lot of nice flowers on the farm right now. 

 

A preview of what's to come:

  • Next week should look a lot like this week. Tomatoes will continue to dwindle. Lots more greens on the way, including more kale. Bok choy will also make an appearance.  

Enjoy this week's share, and let us know if you have any questions about your produce or how to use it! 

Have a great week,

-- Clay

 


This Week's Share: Greens, Potatoes and More

Krossbow tomatoes
(This photo: CSA member Krossbow on Flickr

 

We hope everyone had a great Labor Day. Don't mourn summer just yet -- the official end of summer is September 21, so you have nearly three more weeks left!

Here's what you'll find in Week 17 of the CSA. There may be some last minute changes today, but this is our best guess as of 2PM. 

  • 1 head garlic
  • 3 1/2 pounds total combination potatoes + eggplant + peppers + okra + chiles
  • 1/2 pound total combination chard + spicy mix + arugula + kaleradishes + beans

 

On U-Pick this week:

If you want to come and u-pick, you can find a map of the fields and locations at the Wash Station when you arrive at the farm, denoting where to find the fields listed below. Here's what's on offer this week. 

  • Full-size tomatoes. These are likely coming off the u-pick list but we'll update you on that. 
  • Cherry tomatoes. 
  • Ground cherries. They're sweet and still a good amount of them. 
  • Tomatillos (these are dwindling)
  • Chiles (lots)
  • Celery. The celery is too tough to eat raw, but it's great for cooking. 
  • Swiss Chard. It will improve as the weather cools. 
  • Beans are in two fields as of this week. Lots in C1. The ones in B3 are more suitable for shell beans.
  • Okra -- there's lots of okra right now. Come and pick it! Especially on a Monday or a Friday -- we want you to pick it and enjoy it. 
  • Herbs: Basil (in the high tunnel). Plus Oregano, sorrel, parsley, onion chives, coriander, dill seed, stevia, lemongrass, anise, Mexican sour cucumbers, thyme, lemon balm, sage, garlic chives. 
  • As always, any flowers are always fair game.  There are a lot of nice flowers on the farm right now. 

 

A preview of what's to come:

  • Coming next week: more salad greens, more potatoes, eggplant, okra, peppers, beans. Next week will likely be the end of the squash. 
  • Tomatoes are wrapping up -- so those will dwindle in the share over the next few weeks. 

 

Enjoy this week's share, and let us know if you have any questions about your produce or how to use it! 

Have a great week,

-- Clay