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

 


Updates: we still want you back; split share opportunity at dupont; job opening Saturdays

  1. RENEWING YOUR SHARE: We still have space in the CSA for past members, even though the deadline has passed.  We can't guarantee a slot for you anymore, but go ahead and register, and we'll take you on a first-come-first served basis until we've sold the last one in mid-March.  If you've already signed up and received an e-mail confirmation from us, ignore this note.  Your job is done.  
  2. WANT TO JOIN AS A NEW MEMBER?  If you haven't been a CSA member of ours before, you can sign up at 5:00pm March 11th at this link.
  3. PARTNER WANTED FOR SHARE AT DUPONT: One person is looking to split a share for pick-up at Dupont.  If you are similarly inclined, we would like to put you two together.  Typically, this means you would pick up a full share every other week, and pay half the price of a full share.  
  4. SATURDAY HELP WANTED: We would like to hire someone who will work from about 7:30am - 3:30pm every Saturday from April or May through mid-November.  We pay $10/hour.  This person would help us harvest and direct volunteers in the morning, and monitor the share pick-up in the afternoon at the farm.  If you know someone interested, send them our way.  

Member Poll Results: Pumpkins and Winter Squash

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This photo via TheBittenWord.com 


Last week as we were ordering seeds for the 2015 season, we polled our members on their preferences when it comes to pumpkins and winter squash. We heard from more than 135 members and got a definitive response. We thought you might be interested in the response, so we're sharing it here: 

QUESTION: Pumpkins are a type of winter squash, along with butternuts, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, jarrahdale, blue hubbards, buttercups, kabochas, and many other types with varying shapes and sizes. But the best-tasting pumpkins aren't those bright orange ones used for jack-o-lanterns. In fact, jack-o-lantern pumpkins don't taste great at all, and they're not the best variety for using in soups, pies and other dishes. Would you rather we:

76% RESPONDED: Plant only the winter squash that taste the best, regardless of their appearance (no orange pumpkins).

19% RESPONDED: Grow several types of winter squash that are good for cooking and baking, plus some orange pumpkins, so they can be used ornamentally around Halloween.  Choose an orange pumpkin that is also a good (but not the best) squash for pies.

5% RESPONDED: Grow several types of winter squash that are good for cooking and baking, plus some large, orange pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns.  Do not be concerned about the pumpkins’ flavor. We have a limited amount of space, so if we choose to grow some orange pumpkins, that will come at the expense of squashes that are better for cooking and baking.

Thanks to all who took the time to respond to our first poll of 2015! 


CSA sign up and Zoe the office calf

Zoe the office calf

Meet our newest office resident.  She and her mom didn't bond, so we brought her into the office to save her from the frigid temperatures and feed her from a bottle.  If you ever wanted to meet a new calf, this is a good time to visit the farm!  

So now that this little thing has caught your attention, don't forget to renew your CSA membership.  We're taking sign-ups of returning members now.  If you didn't get the e-mail with the renewal link, let us know and we'll send you another.  If you already signed up, thank you!  See you soon!  And by the way, you can sign up as a returning member even after a long absence, in case there is anyone out there who hasn't seen us in a few years.  

If you know anyone who would like to join as a new member, we'll start signing up new CSA members here on March 11th, at 5pm.  

Thanks,

Carrie


Upcoming events for farmers, gardeners and consumers looking for new skills

This is the season for farmers to attend conferences and workshops, to hone our skills or give us new ideas.  There's also some interesting workshops for gardeners and consumers.  A few have passed already, but here's some coming up.  If you have a budding farmer in your life, you might want to pass this along.

  • Future Harvest is holding a workshop series on Wednesday evenings north of Baltimore for people who would like to start a small, commercial farm.  The first one is in a week on January 28, 2015.
  • The Virginia Biological Farming conference will be held in Richmond January 29-31, 2015. 
  • The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture conference will be in State College, PA, February 3-7, 2015.  
  • Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association will hold its annual meeting February 21, 2015 in Annapolis, MD.
  • And Rooting DC will hold its annual forum on February 28, 2015.  Of all of the events I've mentioned, this one is the closest to most of you, and has the most information for gardeners and consumers, as opposed to farmers.  

If you know of similar events that I haven't listed, note them in the comments here.  

Happy winter workshops!

-Carrie