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CSA Member Survey

We have just sent all of our CSA members a survey.  If you did not receive this survey, and you were a paid member, please:
1)  Click here to take the survey -- your opinions help us grow and improve as farmers, and will help us serve you better next year. 
2)  Let us know that you are not receiving emails from us.  Call our office at 301-627-4662, or send an email to clagettfarm [at] cbf.org. 

This survey is for our CSA members ONLY.  If you were not a member this year, please do not fill out the survey. 

Thanks!

-Carrie


2007 Summary of Shares

Ever try to remember the name of a type of tomato that was in your share this year?  Or how many weeks we gave you potatoes?  This is the place to look.

We've created a chart that lists all of the varieties that we harvested (I did not include the ones we planted but failed in the drought).  And we've calculated how many weeks you received each crop, and the average amount you were offered of each crop over those weeks.  You can use Adobe Acrobat reader to view this file. 

Click here to download:
Record_of_2007_shares.pdf

We'll be asking you to fill out a survey, and sometimes it's hard to remember what you loved or missed back in June.  So this chart should help you remember what was in your share this year.

Hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving!
-Carrie

(If you're having trouble with the link above, try pasting this in your web browser: http://cbf.typepad.com/clagett_farm/files/record_of_2007_shares5th_ed.pdf)


Gleaning--what's available

From tomorrow on, our dear members and worksharers, you are welcome to come to the farm and glean whatever remains in the fields.  Here's what we've got:

spicy mix (plenty)
bok choi (plenty; both full-size and dwarf varieties)
arugula
hakurei turnips
purple-top turnips
watermelon radishes
kale
collards
swiss chard (plenty; consider using the stems instead of celery in your Thanksgiving stuffing)
mustard greens
turnip greens
a scattering of tiny beets
a bit of lettuce and spinach that are newly visible now that the weeds have been killed by frost
sage
oregano
anise hyssop
cilantro
dill
winter savory
mint
lavender (leaves, not flowers)
thyme
lemon balm
parsley
onion chives

We had a heavy rain today, so the fields are muddy.  Please do not drive off the driveway, and try to walk as little as possible on bare soil.  Wear boots, if you have them, but they're not required if you're careful.  We have knives you can borrow to harvest with, but it will be handy if you bring your own.

On the dry erase board at the washing station, we will identify the fields where you can find each of the items mentioned above.  We will also have maps there which you can take with you to the fields.  We'll post signs in the fields tomorrow, but we won't leave them out after this weekend, since they will quickly become litter with a bit of wind and rain. 

-Carrie


Cooking with green tomatoes

Perhaps you are one of the people that has not yet discovered the hidden values of green tomatoes.  There's no need to wait until they ripen--you can also cook with them now.  I do love the classic fried green tomatoes, but I've discovered that the green tomato can be delicious in soups, sautes and casseroles.  I often substitute green tomatoes in recipes that call for green peppers--they have a similar crunchy texture, but also add a tart, lemony flavor.

Well there's no need to take my advice--take the advice from some people that enjoy the kitchen more than the field.  One of your fellow members, Kerry, is a finalist in a green tomato recipe contest!  Check out her recipe, Green Tomato Curry, and 5 other finalists for some innovative ways you can use your green tomatoes.  Go to http://kitchen.apartmenttherapy.com/ and scroll down to one of the posts from November 9th.  You can also find more of Kerry's recipes at  www.classiccookery.blogspot.com.
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Your farmer,
Carrie Vaughn


Quick schedule update

Here we are, in the midst of our final week of shares!  Honestly, when we were in the middle of this year's drought, I never thought we could make it all the way to the end of the season with reasonably-sized shares.  It feels like a miracle. 

Our last share pick up will be this Saturday, November 10.
Next week (probably Tuesday) we will be harvesting strictly for donation, mostly to Salvation Army and Reston Interfaith.  If you would like to join us, we would love your help.  We're not sure yet which days we will be harvesting, so if you'd like to make sure you are coming to help harvest rather than mulch garlic, give us a call first at 301-537-3038.  Next week we will also be emailing you a survey to find out what you liked and didn't about your shares this past year. 

Next weekend, beginning November 16, you are welcome to the farm to glean whatever remains in the fields. There will at least be lots of greens and herbs, and I have been told more than once by members in years past that they were eating salads from our farm's greens all the way through December.  Do you really want to get caught buying salad greens from the supermarket for Thanksgiving?  That would be silly.  We will post what's available on this weblog on November 15th, so feel free to check here if you would like to know in advance what you plan to pick before you come.  We'll post maps and signs around the farm to help you find what you're looking for.

Then the farm staff will take a much-needed break.  We'll resume making plans for next year, putting everything away for the winter, fixing up the new greenhouse, and lots of other chores after Thanksgiving.  Then Rob and I are expecting a baby in mid-January.  We're anticipating that this might delay when we send all of our returning members an invitation to sign up for 2008 shares.  So look for that in February.  New members will be invited to join by April.   Then 2008 shares will begin in mid-May! 

So that's the plan, at least.  We'll see you soon, I hope!

Your farmer,
Carrie


Would you like to deliver to Capitol Hill?

Our sad news to the current and future members in Southeast DC is that we will no longer be delivering to the Anacostia Farmers' Market after this year.  The farmers' market is ending, and we are using this as an opportunity to simplify our delivery schedule so we can focus more on growing great produce. 

This presents a terrific opening for someone who might wish to pick up a free share.  Consider coming to the farm each week during one of our regular pick-up times, bagging about a dozen shares, and then delivering all but your own to a home in the Capitol Hill area.  If the idea interests you, let us know and we'll chat about it further. 

-Farmer Carrie