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This Week's Share: Garlic, Sweet Potatoes, Persimmons & More!

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This week's photo comes from Instagram user @keskandanian.  Want to see your photos featured in this weekly email? Just snap a pic -- from the farm, from your CSA share itself, or even a recipe you make with your Clagett produce -- and either email it to us or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!
 
  • 1/2 lb loose garlic cloves
  • 1 basket baby sweet potatoes
  • choose: 1 apple or 2 persimmons
  • choose: 1/4 lb salad greens or 3/4 lb bok choi
  • unlimited green peppers, hot chile peppers and turnips
 
This is our last week of CSA shares!  It was mighty cold this morning, and some of the greens and roots we hoped to give you hadn't thawed by press time.  The good news is that there should be some additional greens and turnips for gleaning next week. 
 
Thank you to Dave Vernon and Jennifer Amerkhail who gave us these incredibly sweet persimmons from the trees in their yards!  Please only eat the persimmons once they are completely ripe.  Ripe persimmons are dark orange and feel like a water balloon.  If you eat them under-ripe, they will taste chalky and unpleasant. 
 
Coming events:
Friday 11/22 through Thanksgiving: CSA members may glean whatever you like from the remaining plants in the fields.  Expect this to take some time--the things that were easy to pick have mostly been picked already.  The options should include collards, rutabaga greens (the roots won't form in time), tat soi, arugula, Tokyo bekana, turnips and spicy mix.  We'll put a complete list along with a map on the dry erase board in the washing station.
 
Next week we'll send you a member survey.  Please fill it out!  We use your feedback to shape the seeds we buy and the changes we make for next year. 
 
We'll be selling Christmas trees and wreaths in December!
On the farm:  Satudays and Sundays, 12/7, 12/8, 12/14, 12/15, 12/21, 12/22, 12:00pm-4:00pm (trees & wreaths, no orders necessary)
Dupont Circle neighborhood:  12/11 5:00pm-6:30pm (pre-ordered trees & wreaths only)
Annapolis: 12/13 9:30-10:00am, 12:00-1:00pm, 4:00-5:00pm (pre-ordered wreaths only)
Bethesda Farmers Market (7600 Arlington Rd): Sundays 12/8 and 12/15, 9:00am-1:30pm (wreaths only, no orders necessary)
Details and order forms coming soon!
 
Ready to buy your grassfed beef in bulk?  That's the way to get the best price!  Order now for a pick-up on 12/14, 11:00am-2:00pm. 
 
We'll be selling CSA shares for our 2020 season soon!  We're working on a re-vamp of our registration page to resolve some of the issues we had this year.  Expect an email from us in about a month.
 
Have a wonderful winter!  We are SO GRATEFUL to have your support!  You're the greatest!

This Week's Share: Garlic, Greens, Tumeric & More!

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This week's photo comes from Ian Blackwell Rogers on Instagram.  Want to see your photos featured in this weekly email? Just snap a pic -- from the farm, from your CSA share itself, or even a recipe you make with your Clagett produce -- and either email it to us or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!

  • 1/2 lb. loose garlic cloves
  • 1/2 lb. greens (Including some lemongrass and stevia)
  • 1 apple
  • 1 chunk of fresh turmeric  
  • 5 lbs. turnips + radishes
  • 1 lb. peppers + hot chilies

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Thanks to everyone who joined us for our pizza party! We had a blast, and the clay oven made exquisite pizzas, per usual.

The last CSA pick-ups are next week(!): Wednesday 11/16 at the farm and Dupont, Thursday 11/17 in Annapolis, and Saturday 11/19 at the farm. You have 2 more weeks to pick up your shares (including this one). Please remember there’s a limit of 2 shares at a time.

Beginning Friday sunrise 11/22 and lasting through Thanksgiving, CSA members may glean whatever remains in the fields. We’ll post a list beforehand of what is available.

 U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • cutting celery
  • cilantro
  • dill
  • parsley
  • sorrel
  • sage
  • stevia
  • onion chives
  • thyme
  • garlic chives
  • mint
  • oregano

That's it for the week! Enjoy the share! 

-The Clagett Farm Team


This Week's Share: Garlic, Apples, Radishes & More!

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This week we have apples from Homestead Farms in Poolesville, Maryland. They are conventionally-grown Fujis. Thank you to the farmer, Ben Allnutt, and his crew! He gave us a great deal in exchange for some of our premium seed garlic. 

This week's photo comes from F Delventhal.  Want to see your photos featured in this weekly email? Just snap a pic -- from the farm, from your CSA share itself, or even a recipe you make with your Clagett produce -- and either email it to us or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!

  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 3 apples
  • 1 lb. greens
  • 3 lbs. radishes
  • ¾ lb. peppers

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our pizza party! We had a blast, and the clay oven made exquisite pizzas, per usual.

The last CSA pick-ups are Wednesday 11/16 at the farm and Dupont, Thursday 11/17 in Annapolis, and Saturday 11/19 at the farm. You have 3 more weeks to pick up your shares (including this one). Please remember there’s a limit of 2 shares at a time.

Beginning Friday sunrise 11/22 and lasting through Thanksgiving, CSA members may glean whatever remains in the fields. We’ll post a list of what we have beforehand.

There might be a frost this weekend, so the u-pick list could change soon. If you want any last-minute basil, get it now!

 

ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • anise hyssop
  • cutting celery
  • cilantro
  • Malabar "spinach"
  • lemongrass
  • hops
  • hibiscus
  • hot chile peppers
  • flowers
  • dill
  • basil (various varieties)
  • parsley
  • sorrel
  • sage
  • stevia
  • onion chives
  • thyme
  • garlic chives
  • mint
  • oregano

That's it for the week! Enjoy the share! 

~ The Clagett Farm Team


This Week's Share: Garlic, Apples, Radishes & More!

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This week we have apples from Homestead Farms in Poolesville, Maryland. They are conventionally-grown Fujis that were picked on Monday. Thank you to the farmer, Ben Allnutt, and his crew! He gave us a great deal in exchange for some of our premium seed garlic. 

Want to see your photos featured in this weekly email? Just snap a pic -- from the farm, from your CSA share itself, or even a recipe you make with your Clagett produce -- and either email it to us or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!

 

  • 2 heads garlic
  • 3 apples
  • 2 lbs. radishes + turnips
  • 3/4 lb. greens (bok choi, rutabaga greens, arugula, spicy mix)
  • 1 lb. sweet peppers, green tomatoes, tomatillos
  • chiles
 

ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • anise hyssop
  • cutting celery
  • cilantro
  • Malabar "spinach"
  • lemongrass
  • hops
  • hibiscus
  • hot chile peppers
  • flowers
  • dill
  • basil (various varieties)
  • parsley
  • sorrel
  • sage
  • stevia
  • onion chives
  • thyme
  • garlic chives
  • mint
  • oregano
Come to the Farm Friends’ Pizza Party this Saturday! We’re excited to make you pizzas in the clay oven. It’s also a good chance to pre-party for Game 4 of the World Series. Party starts at 3:00.
 

That's it for the week! Enjoy the share! 

~ The Clagett Farm Team


This Week's Share: Garlic, Bok Choi, Turnips & More!

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This week's photos come from our volunteer, Vince, and from your farmer, Carrie Vaughn.  Want to see your photos featured in this weekly email? Just snap a pic -- from the farm, from your CSA share itself, or even a recipe you make with your Clagett produce -- and either email it to us or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!

We’re almost at an inch in the rain gauge, and it’s still coming down. Thrilling!

  • 2 heads garlic
  • 1/2 lb bok choi + rutabaga greens (they are delicious--treat them like collards)
  • 1/2 lb tat soi + arugula (tat soi is like spinach)
  • 2 lbs turnips + radishes
  • 3/4 lb tomatoes + baby sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 lb sweet peppers
  • A little fresh ginger
  • Unlimited hot chile peppers
 

ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • anise hyssop
  • cutting celery
  • cilantro
  • Malabar "spinach"
  • lemongrass
  • hops
  • hibiscus
  • hot chile peppers
  • flowers
  • dill
  • basil (various varieties)
  • parsley
  • sorrel
  • sage
  • stevia
  • onion chives
  • thyme
  • garlic chives
  • mint
  • oregano
 
 
 
We still have a lot of sun gold cherry tomatoes available in the field for upick. We can’t pick them for you because half of them split immediately. But they are still delicious!

This week (and for several weeks to come) we have big “watermelon” radishes, which are bright pink on the inside and white and green on the outside. They look like turnips at first glance, but don’t be fooled. They are a little sweeter than your average radish but still a little spicy. Great raw or roasted.
 
Don't forget we're having a party just for you on Saturday, October 26th.  We'll be cranking out pizzas, circulating the hay wagon, and we'll stream a little music on the speakers.  There's no charge, but we welcome any contribution of additional food (particularly for the dairy-free and gluten-free among us), drinks or other merriment for a nice farm friend get-together.  Bring any friends and family you'd like.  
 

That's it for the week! Enjoy the share! 

~ The Clagett Farm Team


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

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This weeks photo comes from Jonathan and Siobhan Benitez.  Want to see your photos featured in this weekly email? Just snap a pic -- from the farm, from your CSA share itself, or even a recipe you make with your Clagett produce -- and either email it to us or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!

  • 2 heads garlic
  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes + tomatoes
  • 1/4 lb salad greens + okra
  • 3/4 lb radishes + turnips
  • 1 lb bok choi + peppers
  • As many hot chiles as you want
 

ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • anise hyssop
  • cutting celery
  • cilantro
  • Malabar "spinach"
  • lemongrass
  • hops
  • hibiscus
  • hot chile peppers
  • flowers
  • dill
  • basil (various varieties)
  • parsley
  • sorrel
  • sage
  • stevia
  • onion chives
  • thyme
  • garlic chives
  • mint
  • oregano
 
 
 
We still have a lot of sun gold cherry tomatoes available in the field for upick. We can’t pick them for you because half of them split immediately. But they are still delicious!

This week (and for several weeks to come) we have big “watermelon” radishes, which are bright pink on the inside and white and green on the outside. They look like turnips at first glance, but don’t be fooled. They are a little sweeter than your average radish but still a little spicy. Great raw or roasted.
 
Don't forget we're having a party just for you on Saturday, October 26th.  We'll be cranking out pizzas, circulating the hay wagon, and we'll stream a little music on the speakers.  There's no charge, but we welcome any contribution of additional food (particularly for the dairy-free and gluten-free among us), drinks or other merriment for a nice farm friend get-together.  Bring any friends and family you'd like.  
 

That's it for the week! Enjoy the share! 

~ The Clagett Farm Team


This Week's Share: Garlic, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips & More!

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Want to see your photos featured in this weekly email? Just snap a pic -- from the farm, from your CSA share itself, or even a recipe you make with your Clagett produce -- and either email it to us or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!

  • 2 heads garlic
  • 2 lbs. sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 lb. salad greens + squash
  • 3/4 lb. turnips + bok choi + okra
  • 1 lb. peppers + green tomatoes
  • as many hot chile peppers as you can use
 

ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • anise hyssop
  • cutting celery
  • cilantro
  • Malabar "spinach"
  • lemongrass
  • hops
  • hibiscus
  • hot chile peppers
  • flowers
  • dill
  • basil (various varieties)
  • parsley
  • sorrel
  • sage
  • stevia
  • onion chives
  • thyme
  • garlic chives
  • mint
  • oregano
 
 
 
The sweet potatoes this week come from Potomac Vegetable Farms.  These farmer friends are from northern Virginia.  Thank you, Hana Newcomb!  We knew you were disappointed not to get any from us this season, so we bought $1,000 of potatoes to include in your share.   
 
Speaking of purchasing produce to include in your CSA share, we seem to have a glut of hot peppers.  If you all know any restaurants or others who might want to buy some chiles, we're selling them for $3/lb. (or the equivalent in bartered produce).  And per usual, we're selling garlic for $5/lb.  We can use that income to buy more items to include in your share. 
 
In last week's email, we mentioned the impact of climate change on our farm.  We've had occasion to think more on the topic, and you can read more of our thoughts in our blog post, Climate Crisis, We Hear You
 
Update about events:  We're so sorry we didn't inform everyone properly about the registration requirement for movie night this Saturday.  While we have no more openings for food and drink tickets, you are welcome to join us for a hayride and the movie.  Just show up with your own food and drink, a blanket to throw on the ground, and we'll start the movie just after sunset. 
And, don't forget we're having a party just for you on Saturday, October 26th.  We'll be cranking out pizzas, circulating the hay wagon, and we'll stream a little music on the speakers.  There's no charge, but we welcome any contribution of additional food (particularly for the dairy-free and gluten-free among us), drinks or other merriment for a nice farm friend get-together.  Bring any friends and family you'd like.  
 

That's it for the week! Enjoy the share! 

~ The Clagett Farm Team


Climate crisis, we hear you.

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 (Remember that time it never stopped raining?)

Recently, a co-worker asked how climate change has had an impact on our farm.  I put together a few notes for him, and thought you might like to see them, too.  It's nothing you haven't experienced yourself, as a member of our farm.  Viscerally, you all feel the change that happens to our crops when weather takes a turn for the extreme.  

  • Our highest yields come from moderate, predictable weather.
  • This year, we had that moderate weather (alternating small amounts of rain with sunshine on a weekly basis) for the first half of the year, and as a result, our May through August yields have been our highest ever.  Weather makes a difference!
  • Presently, we are in a drought.  We haven't had soaking rain since July, and most days have reached above 90 degrees.  Our soils are parched and the vegetable crops, hay fields and pastures have stopped growing.  (We got 1/8" rain yesterday, which was a wonderful blessing, but not enough to soak the ground.)
  • Animal pests have gotten desperate.  Deer rip into 8-foot tall fences to reach the sweet potatoes.  Groundhogs burrow into riskier places, such as inside our high tunnel and in the middle of the tomato field.   
  • Last year was the wettest year on record for our region.  The water-logged soils inhibited plant growth and in some fields killed off the crops completely.  We had our lowest yield of vegetables to date.
  • As a grower, if I can't predict whether we will have moderate rain, constant rain, or zero rain, then I can't plant efficiently.  I have to plant for all possibilities and spend a lot of time managing crises.  This means for the same CSA business, I have to invest much more in fencing, animal control, irrigation systems and digging wells.  I have to plant water-loving crops and drought-tolerant crops.  I have to plant crops that take advantage of a warm spring and crops that thrive in cold weather.  So now I can presume that at any given time, half of my crops won't thrive.  For the same acreage and labor, I need to assume I will get half of the yield, and therefore, half of the income. 
  • Because we are a CSA, we have members who invest in the season up front, and share the risks of the weather with us.  The loss of income is not immediate.  But over time, our member retention is lower when our product declines several years in a row.  We can no longer sell as many CSA shares, and we can't raise our prices to keep up with the rising cost of supplies and labor. 

It's go-time, my friends.  The efforts you are making to change this terrible tide away from climate chaos are important.  Let's all do even MORE.  Are we going to push for innovative policy, such as the carbon fee and dividend?  Yes.  Are we going to get creative about reducing our own energy use?  Yes.  Are we going to rally and yell and march and write?  Yes!  Are we going to stick together, friends, and hold tight to all our neighbors through thick and thin?  YES!  

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(Don’t worry, little turtle. We got this.)

Your farmer,

Carrie Vaughn

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This Week's Share: Garlic, Peppers, Turnips & More!

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This week's photo comes from Becca.  Want to see your photos featured in this weekly email? Just snap a pic -- from the farm, from your CSA share itself, or even a recipe you make with your Clagett produce -- and either email it to us or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!

Good news and bad news: The bad news is that the movie night is sold out. Registration is free but limited, and those slots have filled. The good news is that we are going to hold a special event just for Clagett CSA members and volunteers. We'll have a free pizza party in your honor on Saturday October 26th, 3:00-6:00pm. We'll make the pizzas in our clay oven, and there will be hay rides to visit the cows. Come relax and enjoy camaraderie with your farmers and fellow members.

Noticing your share getting smaller? We are in a drought! We haven't had a soaking rain since July. Most of those days since then have had highs in the 90s, so the soil is PARCHED. We're focusing our limited irrigation on keeping your fall greens and roots growing. And we're getting hit hard by desperate deer and groundhogs.  Here's a few things to keep in mind in these challenging times:
The first half of our growing season was phenomenally productive. Weather makes a difference! We have so much to be grateful for.
-Can you believe that the pepper plants are still producing peppers without a lick of irrigation?! They're small peppers, but still delicious. Plants are amazing.
-Although there are fewer pounds in your share, they pack a nutritional punch. Because the peppers, tomatoes and squash have been grown without irrigation, they have more vitamins and minerals per ounce. They aren't as dilute, and also the stress makes the plants generate more enzymes. Cool, huh?
-In this week when climate change is in the front of our minds and in the news, let's use this as extra motivation to push our governments into action. Farmers need predictable, moderate weather to grow your food!
-We're in this together, my friends. We appreciate knowing that all of you are joining in the risk of farming by our sides. You are good people and we thank you!

 

Michael Heller is taking orders for 25-pound packages of meat for pick-up 10/5/19. There’s a link to the registration page below:

https://www.cbf.org/about-cbf/locations/maryland/facilities/clagett-farm/grass-fed-beef/pricing-and-cuts.html

 

Now here's what you'll be getting in this week's share!

 

  • ½ lb. garlic + okra
  • 1 lb. peppers + squash
  • ½ lb. turnips + radishes
  • ¼ lb. bok choi
  • 1 pint tomatoes

ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • anise hyssop
  • Malabar "spinach"
  • lemongrass
  • hops
  • ground cherries
  • hibiscus
  • hot chile peppers
  • tomatoes
  • flowers (as always, please feel free to take any of the flowers growing in the field next to the washing station)
  • purslane
  • dill
  • basil 
  • parsley
  • sorrel
  • lemon verbena
  • chamomile
  • sage
  • onion chives 
  • thyme
  • garlic chives -- they're flowering!
  • mint
  • oregano

That's it for the week! Enjoy the share! 

~ The Clagett Farm Team