This Week's Share: Carrots, Beets, Tomatoes and more

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS 

REMINDER: No Share July 1 and July 4. We typically have 1 skip week during each season, due to the July 4 holiday and the transition from spring to summer crops. Therefore there will be no share for July 1 and July 4. There will however be an extensive list of crops on u-pick. More on that below. 

Kale Cookbooks Are Still Coming. We've put together a cookbook of members' favorite kale recipes that we'll have available at next week's pickup after we resume the share on July 8 and 11. 

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 2 heads garlic

  • ½ pound total combination Swiss chard, kale, collards and assorted greens

  • ¾ pound carrots

  • ¾ pound total combination beets + green onions + tomatoes

  • 2 1/2 pounds total combination kohlrabi, heads of cabbage (1 head limit), cucumbers

     

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Basil.  
  • Mulberries: We have lots of mulberry trees on the farm, and a few of them have begun ripening. To spot a ripe tree, look for one with ripe berries that have fallen to the ground beneath it. (Careful about eating too many underripe mulberries -- they can taste delicious but make you rather sick!)
  • Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory, thyme, dill, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, celery leaf, stevia, chamomile, marjoram, lavender and five types of basil (Thai, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil). We especially have lots of dill -- you can wrap it in plastic and store it in the fridge for weeks and weeks!
  • Flowers -- Plenty in bloom all over the place, and sunflowers are just beginning to show up!

 

Next week gleaning

The farm will be opening for gleaning next week. Details will be at the wash station but here's our best guess about what will be available to glean:

  • Kale
  • Collards
  • Tomatoes (these are early tomatoes and there aren't that many – it’s not time to come and pick for canning. That will come later in the season.)
  • Beans
  • Cucumbers (this IS the time to come pick cucumbers if you want to do pickles)

When we return on July 8 & 11, we expect to have:

  • Varieties of summer squash
  • Cucumbers
  • More beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Red cabbages
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Swiss chard
  • Basil 
  • Peppers (they're getting close)

 

Let us know if you have any questions!


This Week's Share: Garlic, Zucchini, and Updates on the Upcoming Schedule

 

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This week's photo was snapped by Instagram user meenyou92 while strawberry picking at 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 & REMINDERS 

No Share July 1 and July 4. We typically have 1 skip week during each season, due to the July 4 holiday and the transition from spring to summer crops. Therefore there will be no share for July 1 and July 4. There will however be an extensive list of crops on u-pick. We'll share that with you next week. 

Kale Cookbooks Coming Next Week. We've put together a cookbook of members' favorite kale recipes that we'll have available at next week's pickup, starting Wednesday the 24th.  Have a suggestion for the name of the cookbook? Send it to us!

Pizza For Sale at Next Week's Pickup. For those of you who pick up at the farm, next week we'll be making and selling pizzas hot of our pizza oven. Look for those on June 24 and 27. 

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 2 bulbs of garlic

  • 2 3/4 pounds total combination zucchini, cucumbers, cabbages, kholrabi and turnips

  • 1/2 pound kale, collards, Swiss chard, plus a mix of carrots, beans, peas and (for Dupont only) basil (basil is available to pick at the farm) 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK:

  • Kale.
  • Collards
  • Basil
  • Strawberries. Still a few, but not worth the trip for strawberries alone. 
  • Mulberries: We have lots of mulberry trees on the farm, and a few of them have begun ripening. To spot a ripe tree, look for one with ripe berries that have fallen to the ground beneath it. (Careful about eating too many underripe mulberries -- they can taste delicious but make you rather sick!)
  • Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory, thyme, dill, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, celery leaf, stevia, chamomile, marjoram, lavender and five types of basil (Thai, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil). We especially have lots of dill -- you can wrap it in plastic and store it in the fridge for weeks and weeks!
  • Flowers -- Plenty in bloom all over the place, and sunflowers are just beginning to show up!

 

COMING UP:

Here's our best guess about what you can expect in the coming week: 

  • Kohlrabi
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Some beets
  • Our first ripe tomatoes are starting to show up so a few should be in the share next week, with more to come after July 4
  • Kale
  • Collards
  • Beans
  • Garlic

Let us know if you have any questions!


This Week's Share: Chinese Cabbage and More!

Kale Salad

This week's photo was snapped by Jason at Sunday's Kale Cook Off! Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS 

Thanks for coming out to the Kale Cook Off!  We had a great crowd and some delicious food for the Kale Cook Off. If you attended and snapped any photos, we'd love to have them! You can email us

Have a Favorite Kale Recipe to Share?  We're compilling all the great recipes from this weekend's Kale Cook Off. If you have a favorite kale recipe, we'd love to include it! You can submit it online

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1/2 pound total combination kale + collards + Swiss chard
  • 3/4 pound total combination  lettuce + zucchini + onions (they're from Sarah Sohn's farm, Spectrum Farm in Derwood Maryland) + peas (at the Farm) or beans (at Dupont)
  • 4 pounds total combination turnips + kholrabi + garlic scapes + Chinese cabbage

 

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK:

  • Kale.
  • Collards
  • Basil
  • Strawberries. The strawberries are on their way out but there are still a few. 
  • Mulberries: We have lots of mulberry trees on the farm, and a few of them have begun ripening. To spot a ripe tree, look for one with ripe berries that have fallen to the ground beneath it. (Careful about eating too many underripe mulberries -- they can taste delicious but make you rather sick!)
  • Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory, thyme, dill, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, celery leaf, stevia, chamomile, marjoram, lavender and five types of basil (Thai, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil). We especially have lots of dill -- you can wrap it in plastic and store it in the fridge for weeks and weeks!
  • Flowers -- Plenty in bloom all over the place, and sunflowers are just beginning to show up!

 

IDEAS FOR CHINESE CABBAGE:

Chinese Cabbage is new in the share this week. Here are a few ideas for how to use it: 

Have other cabbage ideas? Share them on the blog

COMING UP:

Here's our best guess about what you can expect in the next couple weeks: 

  • Savoy cabbages
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Bunching onions

Let us know if you have any questions!


This Week's Share: Peas, Radishes and Don't Forget Kale Cook-Off this Weekend!

Clagett Barn photo

This week's photo is from CSA Member Laura, who captured this shot on a visit to 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 & REMINDERS 

Kale Cook Off Is This Weekend - RSVP now!  We've gotten a great response to the Kale Cook Off happening on June 7 at the farm. We hope you can join us, too! RSVP now and let us know if you can make it! The RSVP deadline is this Friday!

Call for volunteers: We can still use extra hands on the farm if you'd like to help out! More info here.

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1/2 pound total combination kale + collards
  • 1/4 pound total combination lettuce, spicy mix, basil + spinach
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds total combination turnips, radishes, kohlrabi + garlic scapes (Want some garlic scape inspiration?  Here are some great recipe ideas, and here are some more)
  • Choose 1 -- If you pick up at Dupont, you'll have a choice between strawberries and peas. For those who pick up at the farm, you'll choose from zucchini, rhubarb, peas and carrots. These are all crops with small yields so far, so we're trying to spread the love. Thanks for being flexible!

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK:

  • Kale, but only for those making a kale dish for this weekend's Kale Cook Off. 
  • Strawberries! These may start to fade soon, thanks to all the rain we've been getting. So get them while the getting's good! For now, they're still available to pick any day, any field, as much as you'd like. 
  • Mulberries: We have lots of mulberry trees on the farm, and a few of them have begun ripening. To spot a ripe tree, look for one with ripe berries that have fallen to the ground beneath it. (Careful about eating too many underripe mulberries -- they can taste delicious but make you rather sick!)
  • Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory, thyme, dill, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, celery leaf, stevia, chamomile, marjoram, lavender and five types of basil (Thai, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil). We especially have lots of dill -- you can wrap it in plastic and store it in the fridge for weeks and weeks!
  • Flowers -- Plenty in bloom all over the place, and sunflowers are just beginning to show up!

 

COMING UP:

Here's our best guess about what you can expect in the next couple weeks: 

  • The last of the spring lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini 
  • Peas 
  • Chinese Cabbage 
  • Kohlrabi 
  • We ought to see cucumbers in a couple weeks.
  • Zucchini and other summer squash should really start picking up in about 3 weeks.

 

Let us know if you have any questions!


This Week's Share: Greens, Strawberries + RSVP for the Kale Cook Off!

Clagett Lettuces

This week's photo is from CSA Member Zach who snapped a photo at last week's pick-up.  Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS 

RSVP for the Kale Cook Off on June 7: Over the weekend we announced that we'll be holding a kale cook off at the farm on June 7. It's shaping up to be a great even, and we'd love for you to join us! If you plan to come, please help us plan by RSVPing now!  

Call for volunteers: We can still use extra hands on the farm if you'd like to help out! More info here.

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1/2 pound total combination kale, collards, spicy mix, arugula + Swiss chard
  • 1/4 pound total combination lettuce + spinach
  • 1/2 pound total combination turnips, radishes + scapes
  • 1 pint strawberries*
  • Also, we still have a variety of seedlings. They're first come, first served!

* If you can, please bring something to put your strawberries in -- we're running low on pint baskets!

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK:

  • Strawberries! Come pick all you want -- any day, any field, as much as you'd like. (Note: We will restrict some fields on Saturday morning while we pick for that day's share. Don't worry; we'll post signs in the fields.) Open to CSA members and workshare members who have worked this week.
  • Mulberries: We have lots of mulberry trees on the farm, and a few of them have begun ripening. To spot a ripe tree, look for one with ripe berries that have fallen to the ground beneath it.
  • Herbs: Sorrel, sage, cilantro, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory, thyme, dill, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, celery leaf, stevia, chamomile, marjoram, lavender and five types of basil (Thai, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil)
  • Flowers -- if you see flowers, they're yours to pick!
  • Stinging Nettle -- growing all over the farm 

 

COMING UP:

Here's our best guess about what you can expect in the next couple weeks: 

  • Carrots
  • Zucchini 
  • Peas 
  • Chinese Cabbage 
  • Kholrabi 

 

Let us know if you have any questions!


Kale Cook Off! Sunday June 7th

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Ever feel like you have enough kale to fill a bathtub?  No?  Just us?  

After all these years of swimming in kale, we thought it would be fun to find out which kale recipes really knock our socks off.  And we know that many of YOU have favorite kale recipes.  Since we'll use anything as an excuse for a party, let's have a kale party.  

RSVP NOW

What?  KALE PARTY!

Who? Everyone!  People who don't know how to cook kale.  People who need some new ideas for preparing kale.  And people who already have some great ideas for cooking kale.  You can invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, the people who brought that great kale salad to the pot luck last year...

When?  Sunday June 7, 2015, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Where?  Clagett Farm, of course.  11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro MD 20772.  If the weather is nice, we'll be in the Washing Station area, outside.  If it's raining, we'll move into the Education Barn, which is the largest of the 3 barns in a row--can't miss it.  

Price?  Free, for any household who brings a kale dish and the recipe.  $5 per person if you don't.  Reservations are required for all (paying or not) by Friday noon, June 5th.  Friday afternoon we'll send a note to everyone signed up to let you know how many servings or ounces we need you to bring of  your dish.  

Kale Rules?  The main ingredient of your dish must be kale.  Other than that, you can do as you please.  We welcome kale salads, stews, soups, chips, smoothies, and even desserts.   We'll expect you to prepare enough so every attendee can sample a few ounces.  You can include meat, dairy, eggs, or other allergens, as long as we know what's in it.  Also, please bring a serving utensil, if needed (such as a soup spoon or tongs). 

Recipe Rules?  Everyone who brings a kale dish should also bring the recipe for that dish.  Please print it on a 5"x7" card (or a half sheet of office paper).  Credit the source, if it was published.  If you have adjusted the recipe from the original, then the source is you.   

Can I keep get copies of the recipes I like most?  After the event, we'll scan the recipes into a booklet, which we can mail you at a discount if you give us advanced payment at the event (enough to cover printing and mailing costs--probably $5).  We'll also have copies at the CSA pick-ups.    

Prizes?  We'll vote on our favorites, and there will be multiple categories.  Winners will get a free copy of the recipe book (and bragging rights, of course).  Don't be intimidated--the point of this occasion is to have fun and try new foods, so the more dishes the merrier.    

What if the dish needs to be hot?  We'll have a few camping stoves and some chafing dishes that can keep food warm, as long as it's hot when you bring it.    

Dress?  This is a very relaxed, informal event.  

Kids welcome?  Yes!  In fact, kids will get their own special ballot. 

Dogs welcome?  Sorry, not this time.  

OK, start practicing folks.  There's lots of kale to harvest soon, and we want your best ideas!

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This Week's Share: Seedlings, Greens and Strawberries

Clagett Bea

This week's photo is from Instagram user Bea_Winn, who recently volunteered at 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 & REMINDERS 

The Dupont Pick-Up is Staying Put. We thought that we might have to find a new spot for the Dupont pick-up, but the doctor's office that hosts the pick-up notified us this week that we're good to go for this season. Thanks to all of you who shared ideas with us. 

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 3 seedlings (lots of variety)
  • 1/2 pound total combination garlic scallions plus baby hakurei turnips
  • 3/4 pound total of various greens (spinach, spicy mix, collards, kale, tatsoi, arugula, baby bok choy, basil)
  • 1 pint strawberries*

* If you can, please bring something to put your strawberries in -- we're running low on pint baskets!

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK:

  • Herbs: Sorrel, sage, cilantro, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory, thyme, dill, oregano, anise hyssop and mint
  • Flowers -- if you see flowers, they're good pick -- there are lots are in bloom right now
  • Stinging Nettle -- growing all over the farm 

 

COMING UP:

In general, the plants in the fields are looking fantastic. The rain has been great for the farm. Here's our best guess about what you can expect in the next few weeks: 

  • Strawberries will likely be on u-pick next week
  • We should have more of the same greens that are on offer this week, maybe with lettuces instead of spinach
  • Chard and little zucchini should begin to show up soon
  • Bok choy will likely leave the share after this week
  • Garlic scapes will replace garlic scallions
  • Peas should come in the next few weeks
  • Chinese Cabbage should appear by week #4
  • Kholrabi is likely about 3 weeks away from being harvested

Let us know if you have any questions!

 

 


This Week's Share: The First Share of the Season!

Clagett tshirt pic

Here's a photo of the Clagett harvest crew decked out in special t-shirts to celebrate Dave's 40th birthday. Happy birthday, Dave! And happy first harvest, everyone!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS 

Welcome to the 2015 harvest season! Thanks to everyone who came out to the farm this weekend for our open house kick-off to the new season! If you need any reminders about how the pick-up process works-- where and when to get your share, what to expect, etc. -- you can find all the details here.

Looking for a new drop-off space. As we emailed over the weekend, we're looking for a new location in Dupont Circle to serve as our pick-up locale. We'd like some thing within about 3 blocks of our current location, and it should be able to accommodate: one parking space for our delivery van; space for 5 folding tables, each 6 feet by 3 feet, and walking space around them; be available from 4:45-8:15pm on Wednesdays from now until November 11th. We could use a lobby, a loading dock, a sidewalk area, a parking lot, an alley, or any other flat space you can think of that's a reasonable distance from where we can unload our van. Got any suggestions? Let us know!

We love your photos! Send us your own photos of what you see at the farm or what you're cooking with your weekly share, or post them to Instagram with hashtag #ClagettFarm. We'll feature them here!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 3/4 lbs total combination tat soi, arugula, spicy mix, bok choy, collards and kale
  • 1/2 lb total combination garlic scallions, rhubarb and radishes
  • 3 seedlings. We'll have a variety of seedlings for you to choose from, including kale, lettuce, broccoli, strawberries, basil and more

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK:

  • Herbs: Sorrel, sage, cilantro, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory, thyme, dill, oregano, anise hyssop and mint

 

SPECIAL NOTE: HOW TO USE GARLIC SCALLIONS. We've harvested a lot of garlic scallions, but not everyone's familiar with them. Here's a post from a couple years ago with some ideas for how to cook with garlic scallions. Let us know what you come up with!

 


Join Us at the Farm Tomorrow! Plus Info about the First Share

Spring open house

We hope you can join us tomorrow for our Spring Open House! It's 1-4 p.m. at the farm. All the details about what to expect are up on the blog

Also, we can confirm that the first shares of the season will begin this week, on Wednesday, May 13 (farm and Dupont pick-ups) and Saturday, May 16 (at the farm). All the info you need about the CSA can be found on our Details for the 2015 Season Page. And of course if you have other questions, let us know. 

Look forward to seeing you this week!

 


Join Us for the Spring Open House: Saturday May 9!

Clagett spring open house

Things are looking green out here on Clagett Farm, so we're announcing our Spring Open House, happening Saturday, May 9. We hope you can join us! 

The event will run from 1-4 p.m. There will be hay rides and field tours and we'll show off our six brand new sheep, who will be thrilled to meet you. CSA members will be able to take a seedling. This is a free event, open to the public. Please join us! 

For members who are unable to make it, we look forward to seeing you at the first CSA pick-ups of the season. We hope the first pickup will happen Wednesday, May 13 (farm and Dupont pick-ups) and Saturday, May 16 (at the farm). We're not 100% confident of that date yet. Expect to get more information about that, and everything you need to know for the first pick-up, shortly. 

We look forward to seeing you all on May 9!

~ Farmer Carrie