Thanks to everyone who came out for Burgers & Brews this past weekend! It was a great -- and yummy -- party. Check out lots more photos from the event! And remember: You can always email us your own photos or post them to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm, and we'll feature them here!
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
Dupont Pickup Site Today: Due to ongoing work in the alley where we usually park, it looks like we're not going to have alley access today. Look for the van on the same block as usual, parked along S St. (If Jenn can't find a spot on S, she'll snag one on 20th St.)
How much do YOU pollute? Use the Footprint Calculator and Find Out! The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has partnered with the University of Virginia to create the Bay Footprint Calculator: a simple, fun tool that will help you and your family find new ways to reduce pollution and help Save the Bay. Find out how well you're doing to prevent harmful pollution from getting into our waters. Fill out the calculator now and get your score!
Gary Palmer of Holiday Memories Farm has been working with us as a Beginning Farmer Trainee, which is a program of Future Harvest CASA. Today was his last day with us. Thanks for all your great help each week, Gary!
Two of our regular staff, Jared Planz and Elissa Salerno, are getting married next week. Congratulations!! They have been extraordinarily competent hard workers and we are so happy for them. (On that note, we'll be a little short-staffed on Saturday, so if anyone has been considering working for a share, this is a perfect opportunity.)
THIS WEEK'S SHARE
- 2 heads garlic
- 1 1/4 pounds total combination cabbage + turnips + radishes + kale + collards
- 1 pound total combination eggplant + peppers + summer squash
- 5 pounds total combination winter squash + bok choi
- 1/2 pound total combination spicy mix + okra + tomatoes + beans + chiles
Not sure what to do with winter squash? Soup is always a great option. As is oven-roasting: Just peel the squash, cut into small dice, toss in olive oil and salt (and maybe a little chile pepper) and roast until tender. And don't forget: The squash you pick up today can be stored throughout the winter without refrigeration. In fact, the butternuts and the Pennsylvania Dutch crooknecks (which look like elongated butternuts) will actually get sweeter after a few months of sitting around.
WHAT'S ON U-PICK:
- Herbs (various basils, sorrel, savory, oregano, mint, sage, chives, tarragon, lavender, thyme, celery, anise hyssop, parsley.)
- Flowers. Any flowers on the farm are fair game.
- *The okra is in a field surrounded by an electric fence. We must leave the fence on to keep the deer out. If you can't shimmy in without touching the fence, step on it. The electric current will not pass through the soles of your shoes. Be careful not to confuse the flower buds (inedible) with the small okra pods (delicious). If you are an inexperienced picker, we recommend using pruners so you don't accidentally snap off the top of the plant. We also recommend wearing gloves, long sleeves and long plants because the foliage can irritate your skin.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK
Sweet potatoes arrive! They look great this year. Also, you can expect more greens, winter squash, garlic, peppers, eggplant and chiles.
That's week 20! Let us know if you have any questions!
~ The Clagett Farm Team