This Week's Share: Garlic, Sweet Corn and More
This Week's Share: Cucumbers, Squash, Shallots and More

This Week's Share: First Tomatoes + Canning Classes

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This week's featured photo is from Instagram (via user "MrsPepperMonkey"), featuring squash from the farm. Send us your own photos or post them to Instagram with hashtag #ClagettFarm and we'll feature them here! 


Want To Learn to Can?

For a number of years now one of our CSA Members, Susan Sanders, has generously offered a canning workshop for our CSA Members. The class is in Susan's home in the Dupont Circle area and it serves as a great primer on the basics of canning tomatoes, jams, relishes and other high acid foods. The workshop is great for demystifying the canning process, and giving you some hands on experience. If you have any interest in canning, we highly recommend you attend a workshop. Space is limited, so sign up ASAP!

When:  Sunday, August 10 or Sunday, August 24 (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.


Update: Rain + Upcoming Shares 

The farm got 1.75 inches of rain last night -- and we really needed it! It was the first soaking rain we'd had in over a month. Between the cool late spring and the dry spell, there's been a slump in the size of the share.  Don't lose hope -- the size of the share will rebound soon!  We'll start to see more summer vegetables coming up, including peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, melons, and more corn -- all those crops are looking great right now. 




  • 2 heads garlic
  • 2 3/4 pound total combination squash + sweet corn (Wednesday only*) + cucumbers
  • 3/4 pounds total combination kale + collards + carrots + bell peppers (1 max) + hot chiles + tomatoes (1 max)

* Corn is Wednesdays only this week because of how it grew. We'll even this out with a  future week that will have corn for only Saturday. 


What's on U-Pick:

This is a great time to make pesto and freeze it for winter-- lots of Genovese basil is available at the farm, along with: 

  • HerbsBasil. We have lime basil, anise basil, cinnamon basil, Thai basil, spicy globe basil and holy basil. Plus lots of herbs available for cutting, including anise hissop, mint, marjoram, chamomile (there’s a lot there, and one of you really needs to pick and dry all those flowers for tea), sorrel, sage, garlic chives, onion chives that are blooming, thyme, cilantro, savory, lavender and nigella seeds (you pick the dried bulbs).  
  • Medicinal Herbs: Passion flower leaves, echinacea flowers and leaves, wormwood, hissop, holy basil, and calenbula flowers. 
  • Flowers: this is a really good time to pick a bouquet at the farm. 
  • Wild Black Cherry Trees: There are a number of wild black cherry trees that have fruit right now. The cherries are tart! 


Questions or comments? Let us know!


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