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

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Dave captured this shot of a two-spotted stink bug (a beneficial predator) killing a Colorado potato beetle on an eggplant plant. Send us your photos or post them to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!

 

Happy 11th Week of the CSA season, everyone!
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS 

A REMINDER ABOUT DOUBLING: The summer crops are looking good in the fields but slow to get going. To thank everyone for your patience, we are extending the time you can wait before doubling a missed share to 2 months. We are confident August will bring heavier shares, and we'd like you to be able to take your double shares then, to get more value for your money. 

Not sure what to do with the okra in your share? Check out the recipe below for Okra Corn Bread Bites, courtesy of Alexis and Annie from Farm to Feast Catering. 

Need Fertilizer for Your Garden? CSA Member Susan shared this tip: "I volunteer with Freedom Hill Horse Rescue in Owings, MD. They accumulate a lot of manure, and anyone from farms to small gardeners are welcome to pick it up. Completely free. If you are interested, the best person to contact is Lori Harrington, the rescue's president. Her email is lori.freedom.hill@gmail.com." Thanks, Susan! 

For You Dupont Composters: Some of our Dupont members bring their compost to the pick-up, and we deposit it back at the farm. We're having a bit of a smell issue, so we have a request of you. For those of you who bring very smelly compost to Dupont, we ask that you leave it with us in a bucket with a sealed lid, so that we don't have to open it until we get back to the farm, and then we'll return the bucket next time. If your compost does not smell, you can still drop it off as you have been. Feel free to ask questions about this at the pick-up site. 

Save the Date: Burgers and Brews is Sunday, September 25th. Last year the Chesapeake Bay Foundation hosted this fun, ticketed event at the farm. More details to come, but mark your calendars!

Send us your photos! Each week, we aim to feature a CSA member's photo in our updates. It can be a photo you snap of the vegetables you receive, a photo of a dish you make with the share (like the one below), or photos from a visit to the farm. There are two ways to get them to us: email us your own photos or post them to Instagram with hashtag #ClagettFarm. We'll feature them here!

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1 head garlic

  • 4 pounds total combination potatoes + squash 

  • 3/4 pound total combination tomatoes + peppers
  • 1 pint ground cherries
  • 1 pound total combination cucumbersokra 
  • 1/2 pounds total combination onions + tomatillos + chiles


WHAT'S ON U-PICK:

  • Herbs (Parsley, sorrel, sage, chives, tarragon, dill, oregano, thyme, mint, lavender, various kinds of basil, savory, cutting celery/leaf celery, purslane, anise hyssop, and more.)

  • Flowers There are lots! Come help yourself!
  • Chard
 
 
 
 
And here's that okra recipe:
 
Okra Corn Bread Bites
 
Ingredients
3 Cups Chopped Okra
2 Chopped Jalapenos
1 Chopped Green Pepper
1 tbsp minced garlic
3 tsp baking powder
3 cups corn meal
1 tbsp sugar
3 tsp salt
2 eggs
1.5 cups water
 
Directions
1. Mix okra, jalapenos, garlic and green pepper together
2. In another bowl, add corn meal, baking powder, sugar and salt.
3. Mix together egg and water then add to dry ingredients.
4. Add in veggies and stir together
5. Place in a greased baking pan for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
 

That's week 11! Let us know if you have any questions!

~ The Clagett Farm Team


This Week's Share + Only a Few Slots Left for Canning Workshops

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This week's photo, of a cute little critter spotted at the farm, is from chesapeakebayfoundation on Instagram. Send us your photos or post them to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!
 

 

Happy 10th Week of the CSA season, everyone!
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS 

A REMINDER ABOUT DOUBLING: The summer crops are looking good in the fields but slow to get going. To thank everyone for your patience, we are extending the time you can wait before doubling a missed share to 2 months. We are confident August will bring heavier shares, and we'd like you to be able to take your double shares then, to get more value for your money. 

Sign Up Now: Canning Workshops! Each summer we've been very lucky to offer canning workshops to our members, taught by CSA member Susan. If you've wanted some hands-on canning experience and want to learn how to get started, we highly recommend her workshop. There are only six slots available per workshop, so sign up ASAP!

  • When:  Sunday, August 7 [only 2 slots left!] or Sunday, August 21 [only 1 slot left!], 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. 
  • What You'll Learn: The basics about canning tomatoes, making jams, relishes and how to deal with high acid foods. 
  • 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.

Need Fertilizer for Your Garden? CSA Member Susan shared this tip: "I volunteer with Freedom Hill Horse Rescue in Owings, MD. They accumulate a lot of manure, and anyone from farms to small gardeners are welcome to pick it up. Completely free. If you are interested, the best person to contact is Lori Harrington, the rescue's president. Her email is lori.freedom.hill@gmail.com." Thanks, Susan! 

For You Dupont Composters: Some of our Dupont members bring their compost to the pick-up, and we deposit it back at the farm. We're having a bit of a smell issue, so we have a request of you. For those of you who bring very smelly compost to Dupont, we ask that you leave it with us in a bucket with a sealed lid, so that we don't have to open it until we get back to the farm, and then we'll return the bucket next time. If your compost does not smell, you can still drop it off as you have been. Feel free to ask questions about this at the pick-up site. 

Save the Date: Burgers and Brews is Sunday, September 25th. Last year the Chesapeake Bay Foundation hosted this fun, ticketed event at the farm. More details to come, but mark your calendars!

Send us your photos! Each week, we aim to feature a CSA member's photo in our updates. It can be a photo you snap of the vegetables you receive, a photo of a dish you make with the share (like the one below), or photos from a visit to the farm. There are two ways to get them to us: email us your own photos or post them to Instagram with hashtag #ClagettFarm. We'll feature them here!

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1 head garlic

  • 2 1/2 pounds total combination potatoescucumbers (and melons, at the farm pickup, or flowers, at Dupont Circle)

  • 1 pound total combination tomatoes + beans + ground cherries + corn (Corn is only for Wednesday pick-up this week)
  • 1 pound total combination tomatillos + squash + okra + peppers + chiles + leeks


WHAT'S ON U-PICK:

  • Herbs (Parsley, sorrel, sage, chives, tarragon, dill, oregano, thyme, mint, lavender, various kinds of basil, savory, cutting celery/leaf celery, purslane, anise hyssop, and more.)

  • Flowers There are lots! Come help yourself!
  • Kale
  • Collard greens 
 

That's week 10! Let us know if you have any questions!

~ The Clagett Farm Team


This Week's Share + Sign Up for Canning Workshops

Green onions

This week's photo of green onions is from Instagram user imnotamorningrunner. Send us yours or post them to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!

Happy 9th Week of the CSA season. 
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS 

ABOUT THIS WEEK'S SHARE: The summer crops are looking good in the fields but slow to get going. To thank everyone for your patience, we are extending the time you can wait before doubling a missed share to 2 months. We are confident August will bring heavier shares, and we'd like you to be able to take your double shares then, to get more value for your money. 

Sign Up Now: Canning Workshops! Each summer we've been very lucky to offer canning workshops to our members, taught by CSA member Susan. If you've wanted some hands-on canning experience and want to learn how to get started, we highly recommend her workshop. There are only six slots available per workshop, so sign up ASAP!

  • When:  Sunday, August 7 or Sunday, August 21 (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. 
  • What You'll Learn: The basics about canning tomatoes, making jams, relishes and how to deal with high acid foods. 
  • 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.

For You Dupont Composters: Some of our Dupont members bring their compost to the pick-up, and we deposit it back at the farm. We're having a bit of a smell issue, so we have a request of you. For those of you who bring very smelly compost to Dupont, we ask that you leave it with us in a bucket with a sealed lid, so that we don't have to open it until we get back to the farm, and then we'll return the bucket next time. If your compost does not smell, you can still drop it off as you have been. Feel free to ask questions about this at the pick-up site. 

Save the Date: Burgers and Brews is Sunday, September 25th. Last year the Chesapeake Bay Foundation hosted this fun, ticketed event at the farm. More details to come, but mark your calendars!

Send us your photos! Each week, we aim to feature a CSA member's photo in our updates. It can be a photo you snap of the vegetables you receive, a photo of a dish you make with the share (like the one below), or photos from a visit to the farm. There are two ways to get them to us: email us your own photos or post them to Instagram with hashtag #ClagettFarm. We'll feature them here!

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1 head garlic

  • 1 1/4 pound total combination potatoescucumbers

  • 1 1/4 pound total combination  beets + carrots + peppers + small ears corn + kale + chard + chiles + collards 

  • 1/4 pound basil (plus some other items in limited quantities)


WHAT'S ON U-PICK:

  • Herbs (Parsley, sorrel, sage, chives, tarragon, dill, oregano, thyme, mint, lavender, various kinds of basil, savory, cutting celery/leaf celery, purslane, anise hyssop, and more.)

  • Flowers There are lots! Come help yourself!



RECIPE RECOMMENDATIONS

Since basil is in everyone's share, we thought you'd like this guide to 34 super fresh basil recipes. Also, Farmer Carrie reports that she just chopped up some basil into a stick of butter, added some salt, and smeared it on fresh corn. Sounds like a great idea. 

Natalie shared this recipe for Swiss Chard with Lentils and Feta - she highly recommends it! 

 
 

That's week 9! Let us know if you have any questions!

~ The Clagett Farm Team


This Week's Share: We're Back! No Double Shares This Week

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This week's photo of strawberry fields is from Instagram user ianblackwellrogers. Send us yours or post them to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!

Happy 8th Week of the CSA season. We hope you had an excellent holiday weekend. 
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS 

No Doubling Shares Today. Due to the size of the harvest, we're not allowing members to double their pick-up this week. We're impressed by the number of you who came out to u-pick this week, and how thoroughly the fields were picked. Unfortunately, that means the share this week will be lighter, so we're not offering double shares today. This is compounded by the very rainy spring which delayed many of our crops, such as beans, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash and cucumbers. But we persevere -- onward and upward!

Save the Date: Burgers and Brews is Sunday, September 25th. Last year the Chesapeake Bay Foundation hosted this fun, ticketed event at the farm. More details to come, but mark your calendars!

 

Send us your photos! Each week, we aim to feature a CSA member's photo in our updates. It can be a photo you snap of the vegetables you receive, a photo of a dish you make with the share (like the one below), or photos from a visit to the farm. There are two ways to get them to us: email us your own photos or post them to Instagram with hashtag #ClagettFarm. We'll feature them here!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

As noted above, there are no double shares allowed this week. Here's what available:

  • 2 garlic bulbs

  • 1 pound total combination new potatoes or kohlrabi

  • 1 large bell pepper or 1 small cucumber (or 1 flower bunch - Dupont only; Farm pick-up can cut their own flowers - there are lots)

  • 1/2 pound total combination leeks, beets, and rhubarb

  • 1/4 pound total combination lettuce, Tokyo bekana, basil and chiles

 

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK:

  • Herbs (Parsley, sorrel, sage, chives, tarragon, dill, chamomile, oregano, thyme, cilantro, mint, lavender, flowers, basil, savory and more.)

  • Flowers There are lots! Come help yourself!

 

 WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK:

  • more potatoes
  • peppers
  • cucumbers
  • garlic
  • onions
  • Tokyo bekana
  • Swiss chard
  • kale
  • collards
  • beets

And coming in the next few weeks: tomatoes, beans and squash

 

 

That's week 8! Let us know if you have any questions!

~ The Clagett Farm Team