Take the Clagett Farm 2015 Member Survey!

Cabbage 
Photo from CSA member Rob, who snapped a photo of this beautiful cabbage he gleaned at the farm! Thanks Rob!

 

It's survey time! 

Here at the end of the 2015 CSA season, we'd like to ask you for a bit of feedback, to help inform our planning for 2016. 

Will you take a few minutes to complete our short, 10 question survey? It only takes a few minutes, and will provide great value to our team as we continue to improve your CSA experience. The deadline to complete the survey is December 31, 2015. 

Thanks in advance for providing us your feedback! Have an excellent December. 

~ The Clagett Farm Team

 


Beef still available, limited time--Now Sold Out

 

The beef is now sold out.  If you would like to purchase beef in spring or fall 2016, send an email to mheller@cbf.org.

Right now, for just a few weeks, we have beef for sale.  Here's the low-down:

  • All of our cows are 100% grass-fed--no grain, no hormones, no antibiotics.  
  • $7.50/pound for a full quarter, which is about 80 pounds of a mix of steaks, roasts and ground beef.  
  • $8.00/pound for 20-50 pounds.  You may select the cuts of meat.  
  • The beef is vacuum-packed and frozen.  

If you're interested in placing an order, or have questions, send a note to Michael: mheller@cbf.org.

 Steak

 


New Updates! Gleaning + Local Holiday Trees & Wreaths

 

 

The CSA season may be over but we're still busy at the farm. Here's what you need to know about the Holiday Trees & Wreaths, as well as our Gleaning days. 

Clagett Holiday Wreaths

 

Local Christmas Trees and Handmade Wreaths!
Available for Members and Non-Members 

 

Wreaths and trees will be for sale in front of the barns (Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Clagett Farm, 11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro MD 20772) from 10am - 2pm on the 4 weekends after Thanksgiving:

Nov. 28 - 29, December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, or by appointment (301-627-4662) any other day.

About the Holiday Trees

  • Locally grown, minutes outside D.C.
  • Just $40 for any size!
  • All sizes available
  • Pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer-free (you won't find that from any other tree dealer near you)
  • A fun outing for the whole family.
  • We can help cut the tree and strap it to your car.

U-Pick trees are Scotch Pine and White Pine, which grow best in our region. Firs are also available as pre-cut trees.

Why Holiday trees?  Clagett Farm is a hilly place--not the right spot for a lot of plowing.  The hills have been heavily eroded from the years of tobacco farming before our time, which makes them a poor spot for most crops.  Holiday trees are a way of keeping the hills covered in vegetation, providing insect and animal habitat, and still making some money.

About Holiday Wreaths

You can now browse our assortment of beautiful, handmade wreaths.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Supplies are limited so order ahead, and we will prepare the wreath fresh before you arrive at the pick up date you select
  • Please order no later than 9am on the Thursday before your selected pick up date
  • Pick up your wreath during Christmas Tree sale weekends
  • CSA members have the option of farm or Dupont pick up (please see the message in your email)
  • Pay at pick up with cash or check made out to Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • After you place your order you will receive a receipt in your email
  • Check this blog for notifications about availability as the sale goes on

More info and more about the wreaths is available at http://goo.gl/forms/IYTGlJbM8a

 

GLEANING AVAILABLE 
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19 THROUGH SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22
Available for CSA members only

Gleaning is available Friday November 20 through Sunday November 22 during daylight hours. When you arrive at the farm, go to the Wash Station. There on the board you’ll find directions to the individual crops.

Here’s what’s available:

  • Greens: Spicy Mix, Arugula, Spinach, Lettuce, Kale, Tokyo Bekana, Ruby Streaks, Mizuna, Tat Soi, Collards, Swiss Chard.
  • Turnips
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Bok Choy
  • Herbs (or in the Herb Garden): Cardoon, Garlic/Onion Chives, Stevia, Parsley, Marjoram, Thyme, Mint, Sorrel, Lavender, Oregano, Dill, Sage, Nasturtium. Plus there’s garlic and lemongrass available on the bench at the wash station.

Happy gleaning!


This Week's Share: It's the Final Share of the Season

Clagett
This week's photo is from CSA member paxmac

 

First, thank you to everyone for a fantastic CSA season. We hope you are as pleased with the season as we are. We appreciate you hanging with us through the weather ups and downs, our battles with hungry critters, and potential delays due to Papal visits! 

Before the season ends, we want to give a special shout out to three of our team who will be leaving for other adventures (some on farms, some not) as the season ends: Genevieve Fulco, Jeanette Proudfoot and Hannah Stocker. 

We'll have a few more updates coming to you over the next few weeks (see the Announcements below), and then you'll hear from us again in January when it's time to renew! 

Thank you again for being members this season. Enjoy the final share!

~ Farmer Carrie and The Clagett Farm Team

 

Announcements:

  • Gleaning: The weekend before Thanksgiving (Nov. 20-22), you can come pick anything you want at the farm. Most of it will be salad greens. There will also be some sunchokes to dig. We'll provide an update closer to 11/20. Between the last share on the 14th and the gleaning that will start on 11/20, there will not be u-pick available at the farm. 
  • Honey and Garlic for Sale: At both pick-ups this week, we'll have honey ($10/1 pound jar) and garlic ($5/pound) for sale. 
  • Preorder your holiday wreath this year! Starting Friday, November 20th, select from a variety of unique wreaths handmade by Clagett staff. Pick up your order during the Christmas tree sales, every weekend from November 28th to December 20th. Wreaths will be first come first serve and supplies are limited so place your orders early! When we post info about wreaths, we'll also share updates about trees as well. 
  • End-of-season survey: We'll also be sending out a brief survey soon about what you liked about this year's CSA and what you'd want to see different next year. Keep an eye out for that as well.

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

3 1/4 pounds total combination:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Sunchockes
  • Greens  (kale, collards, spicy mix, lettuce, arugula) 
  • Cabbages (while they last)
  • Garlic 
  • Turnips
  • Pea shoots (for salad or garnish) from Erik de Gzman, a former Clagett team member who  now runs Dicot Farm in Waldorf, MD
  • Plus there are some small quantities of other items, including carrots

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Spicy mix
  • Swiss chard
  • (you dig!) Sunchockes. But be warned, it's muddy and it's a pain. 
  • Culinary HerbsSorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, thyme, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia, marjoram. Cardoons are also available in the herb beds. 
  • Flowers: As always, any flowers you find and available to pick. 
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, calendula, wormwood, and skullcap

 Thank you again. And have a great week! 


This Week's Share: Sunchokes, Sweet Potatoes and More

Clagett

This week's photo was snapped by CSA member Aimee, from warmer days at the farm this summer. Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

Announcements:

  • Final share next week: The last two pickup days will be 11/11 and 11/14.
  • Gleaning: The weekend before Thanksgiving (Nov. 20-22), you can come pick anything you want at the farm. Most of it will be salad greens.
  • Honey and Garlic for Sale: At both pick-ups this week, we'll have honey ($10/1 pound jar) and garlic ($5/pound) for sale. 
  • Christmas Trees and Wreaths Are Coming. Starting the weekend following Thanksgiving, we'll have trees and wreaths for sale. We'll send out order forms for wreaths on Nov. 18, so watch your email inbox! 
  • End-of-season survey: We'll also be sending out a brief survey soon about what you liked about this year's CSA and what you'd want to see different next year. Keep an eye out for that as well.

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 5.5 pounds total combination sweet potatoes + cabbage + sunchokes
  • 1.25 pounds total combination turnips + greens (kale, collards, spicy mix, lettuce, arugula, Swiss chard) + chiles + garlic + carrots

A couple notes

  • If you haven't yet tried the hakurei turnips, do yourself a favor and grab some either this week or next. They're especially delicious this year. 

 

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Spicy mix
  • Swiss chard
  • Bok choy (although there's not much left)
  • Culinary HerbsSorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, thyme, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia, marjoram. Cardoons are also available in the herb beds. 
  • Flowers: As always, any flowers you find and available to pick. 
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, calendula, wormwood, and skullcap

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK:

We'll have similar amounts of sweet potatoes through the end of the share.  We'll have the last of the cabbage, which will be a bit leafier than what we've had so far.

Have a great week! 


This Week's Share: Sweet Potatoes, Garlic and More

Clagett cow

This week's photo was snapped by Instagram user lkwintherhansen. Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

Announcements:

  • We (still) have Pumpkins!  At the farm pick-up, we still have some pumpkins for sale. They are better for carving than for eating (and they are not organic). They were grown by a local farmer named Bill Doepkens grew some beautiful pumpkins, and we have some leftover from this past weekend's event. If you pick up at the farm this week, make a donation at the pick-up and you can take a pumpkin home.
  • Honey and Garlic for Sale: At both pick-ups this week, we'll have honey ($10/1 pound jar) and garlic ($5/pound) for sale. 
  • Two Shares to Go! We're holding our final shares of the season on 11/11 and 11/14. The following week we'll offer gleaning. More details on that to come. 
  • Christmas Trees and Wreaths Are Coming. Starting the weekend following Thanksgiving, we'll have trees and wreaths for sale. More to come on that very soon!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 4.5 pounds total combination sweet potatoesgarlic
  • 1.75 pounds total combination turnips + greens (kale, collards, spicy mix, lettuce, arugula, Swiss chard) + chiles

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Swiss chard
  • Bok choy
  • Culinary HerbsSorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, thyme, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia, marjoram. Cardoons are also available in the herb beds. 
  • Flowers: As always, any flowers you find and available to pick. 
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, calendula, wormwood, and skullcap

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK:

We'll have similar amounts of sweet potatoes through the end of the share.  More broccoli, cabbage and carrots are growing but we'll see if they make it big enough for last week's harvest. We expect sunchokes in next week's share. 

Have a great week! 


This Week's Share: Sweet Potatoes, Turnips and Many Announcements!

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

This week's photo was snapped by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, at their successful Burgers and Brews event they held at the farm this past weekend. Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

Announcements:

  • We have Pumpkins!  A local farmer named Bill Doepkens grew some beautiful pumpkins, and we have some leftover from this past weekend's event. If you pick up at the farm this week, make a donation at the pick-up and you can take a pumpkin home.
  • Pizza This Saturday: We're hoping to offer pizzas for sale at the Saturday pick-up at the farm. Fingers crossed!
  • Thanks for attending Burgers and Brews! We had more than 400 people at Sunday's Burgers and Brews at the farm. It was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who came out to join us. 
  • Three Shares to Go! Believe it or not, the season is almost over. We're holding our final shares of the season on 11/11 and 11/14. The following week we'll offer gleaning. More details on that to come. 
  • Christmas Trees and Wreaths Are Coming. Starting the weekend following Thanksgiving, we'll have trees and wreaths for sale. More to come on that very soon!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 5 pounds sweet potatoes + turnips
  • 3/4 pound greens (kale, collard, bok choy, spicy mix, arugula, totsoi, Tokyo bekana, Swiss chard)
  • 1/4 pound garlic and chiles

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Swiss chard
  • Bok choy
  • Culinary HerbsSorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, thyme, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia, marjoram. Cardoons are also available in the herb beds. 
  • Flowers: As always, any flowers you find and available to pici. 
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, calendula, wormwood, and skullcap

 

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK:

We'll have similar amounts of sweet potatoes through the end of the share.  More greens and turnips will also continue. Sunchokes will enter the share. We're monitoring our cabbage, broccoli and carrots - they're growing a little slow. Root for them to make it into the share!

Have a great week! 


This Week's Share: Potatoes, Green Tomatoes and More

Suzanne clagett

This week's photo was snapped by Suzanne, who captured an image of students visiting the farm. Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

 

Announcements:

Have Access to a Commercial Kitchen? We are looking for a commercial kitchen that we might use for about 8 hours so we can prep some dough and pizza sauce for Burgers and Brews for the Bay. Do you have one you might be able to offer? We would need access to the kitchen one day between October 12th and 17th. 

Date Set For Our Final 2015 Share: We've gotten a few questions about the projected final share date of the season. At the moment, our planned last share will be Saturday November 14. We will allow members to glean whatever is left in the fields the following weekend. More to come as the date nears!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

BURGERS & BREWS Date change: Because of the possible local impact of Hurricane Joaquin this weekend, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Burgers & Brew event has been moved to this Sunday, October 18. The event will feature:

  • Delicious sliders made from pastured meats by local chefs
  • Thirst quenching craft beers or hard apple cider
  • Live Blue Grass music
  • Hay rides, and more!

Get all the details on Burgers & Brew -- and buy tickets -- by clicking here.

 

FERMENTING WORKSHOP CANCELLED: Unfortunately our instructor for the Fermenting Class has had to cancel, so we won't be offering the workshop this year.

RECIPE IDEAS: Green Tomatoes

This week's share features green tomatoes -- and it's probably the only time they'll show up for the rest of the season. Not sure what to do with them? Here are a few ideas:

Other ideas? Please share them!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 1/2 lbs total combination potatoes + squash + turnips
  • 4 lbs  total combination acorn squash + green tomatoes
  • 1 lb total combination salad greens + radishes + beans + bok choy + kale + collards + chiles

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Swiss chard
  • Green beans
  • Bok choy
  • Chiles
  • Culinary HerbsSorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory, thyme, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia, nasturtium, marjoram, and five types of basil (Thai, spice globe, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil)  
  • Flowers:  Check out our 2015 flower guide if you're wondering what you're picking!
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, calendula, wormwood, and skullcap

 

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK:

This is probably the last of the winter squash. Summer squash and green beans are also on the wane. Starting next week we'll have sweet potatoes in the share, and we should have cabbage soon.

Have a great week! 

 


This Week's Share: Winter Squash, Turnips and More

Delasoulos Clagett Sunflower

This week's photo of sunflower filled days of earlier this season is from Instagram user delasoulos. Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

 

Announcements:

Have Access to a Commercial Kitchen? We are looking for a commercial kitchen that we might use for about 8 hours so we can prep some dough and pizza sauce for Burgers and Brews for the Bay. Do you have one you might be able to offer? We would need access to the kitchen one day between October 12th and 17th. 

Date Set For Our Final 2015 Share: We've gotten a few questions about the projected final share date of the season. At the moment, our planned last share will be Saturday November 14. We will allow members to glean whatever is left in the fields the following weekend. More to come as the date nears!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

BURGERS & BREWS Date change: Because of the possible local impact of Hurricane Joaquin this weekend, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Burgers & Brew event has been moved to Sunday, October 18. The event will feature:

  • Delicious sliders made from pastured meats by local chefs
  • Thirst quenching craft beers or hard apple cider
  • Live Blue Grass music
  • Hay rides, and more!

Get all the details on Burgers & Brew -- and buy tickets -- by clicking here.

FERMENTING WORKSHOP CANCELLED: Unfortunately our instructor for the Fermenting Class has had to cancel, so we won't be offering the workshop this year.

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1 head garlic

  • 5 1/2 pounds total combination winter squash + turnips

  • 3/4 pound total combination summer squash + radishes + hot chile peppers + beans

  • 3/4 pound greens, including totsoi, Tokyo bekana, collards, kale, spicy mix, bok choy)

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Bok choy
  • Spicy mix
  • Kale
  • Collards 
  • Swiss Chard
  • Chile peppers
  • Culinary HerbsSorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory, thyme, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia, nasturtium, marjoram, and five types of basil (Thai, spice globe, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil)  
  • Flowers:  Check out our 2015 flower guide if you're wondering what you're picking!
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, calendula, wormwood, and skullcap

 

Have a great week!