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Rain or Shine, Fall Festival tomorrow (Saturday)

We plan to have a great festival at Clagett Farm tomorrow, even if it rains.  Everything is set up in the barn for our potluck and auction.  We have a lot of garlic to clean for the rest of our season, and it's a great job for sitting around in the barn and chatting.  And even with occasional showers, we're sure there will be a chance to get at least a couple of dry hayrides, or a short hike.  The cows are very close-by, and they love to stroll around the pastures when its rainy and overcast. 

So be sure to join us, rain or shine, 1-4pm tomorrow (Saturday Sept 27th).  And dress to stay warm and dry--nothing ruins a perfectly wonderful day like getting cold because of wind or rain.  Bring a raincoat and an extra sweater or sweatshirt.

Here's our plan for the afternoon:

Potluck snacks at 2:30pm
Silent auction, bidding ends at 3:00pm (bring your checkbook!)
Hayrides 1:15pm, 1:30, 3:15, 3:30 (depending on interest)
Short hike 1:30pm
Throughout, we'll be selling raffle tickets, preserves, hot sauce, cookbooks, soaps. 
Kids have a scavenger hunt, bales to climb, a water balloon toss.
Corn hole toss and pasture golf are games for all ages.  And if you'd like to be productive, we'll be cleaning garlic.

Melwood will be selling mums.  They have a greenhouse operation just a few miles from us, and we are delighted to give them a chance to sell their wares and earn income for their outstanding programs for the developmentally disabled.   

See you there!

Clagett Farm, 11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro MD 20772,, 301-627-4662

Silent Auction preview

Several people have already given us items for our silent auction, which will be held at Clagett Farm's Fall Festival this Saturday, September 27, 1-4pm (auction ends at 3pm).  Here's a preview, and we'll continue adding to this post this week with additional items:

  • See Washington from the water!  Passage for up to 3 persons (children welcome).  Travel up the Potomac to Washington Channel, Anacostia, old Georgetown and down past Alexandria, National Harbor to Fort Washington.  Offered by CSA member Leonard Koenick. 


  • Brunch and cooking class for eight at Clagett Farm, offered by our star chef and Clagett volunteer, Rita Calvert, who specializes in cooking with locally-grown ingredients. 
  • Homeschool consultation for one month with CSA member, Rhoda McGrane.  Her consulting business is called Waldorf Curriculum. 
  • Learn about your ancestry.  CSA member, Susannah Brooks, is a professional genealogist and family historian.  She is offering 4 hours research using federal records, plus up to 20 copies of documents.
  • Two tickets to Henry IV, Part 1 at the Folger Theater.  October 8-November 16, 2009, Tuesday-Thursday evenings 7:30pm and Sunday evenings 7:00pm


  • A taste of the CSA--buy one week's share so you can see what it's like to be a member (membership details are at 
  • Home canning kit, with lots of handy tools to make preserving your harvest easy.  Includes tongs, jar wrench, lid magnet, funnel, and jar lifter. 


  • Scarves, baby and adult hats, animals, slippers, wrist-warmers and a basket of toy vegetables made by Deborah Starobin-Armstrong, Ellen Epstein, Susannah Brooks and Esther Starobin

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  • A framed photo of a sunflower at Clagett Farm taken by Deborah.
  • Garden signs painted by volunteer, Mindy Mitchell, who also painted the green "From the Ground Up" sign that you see near the washing station this year.
  • A large framed print of some trees.
  • A tea set


  • A book of poetry
  • Wine glass charms with glass beads (set of 5)
  • Collection of exciting printer papers for all kinds of projects and gifts, including photos, stickers, magnets, cards and brochures.


  • A set of cups, saucer and creamer


  • A set of crystal glasses


Win a 2009 CSA share for just $10

I hope all of you just received an email from us.  We've just sent a raffle announcement to all of our current members and everyone who has expressed interest in purchasing a share.  If you didn't get this email, let us know! 

Here's the scoop: we're raffling off one of our 2009 CSA shares. Tickets are just $10.  The prize is one regular CSA share for the full 2009 season at the pick-up site and day of your choice: Dupont Tuesdays, Farm Tuesdays or Farm Saturdays.  We will choose the winning ticket on November 8, 2008.  You can buy as many tickets as you'd like, and they are open to current members and non-members alike.  Anyone who might wish to buy a ticket but would like more information about our CSA should check out

You may pay with cash or check, by mail, in person at the pick-up, or at our Fall Festival (September 27th).  Please make checks payable to the Capital Area Food Bank, 11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro MD 20772

We'll be using the income from this raffle to help cover the cost of our donations of produce each year to low-income families and the agencies that serve them.  This year we've already donated thousands of pounds each to Martha's Table, Shepherd's Table, Bread for the City, DC Central Kitchen, Reston Interfaith, Second Genesis, Emmaus, Food and Friends and My Mother's House.  And we've made shares available for half the price to a couple dozen low-income households who come directly to the farm.  Your small contribution of ten bucks is a big help, and you get a chance to win a share worth $550 (that was the price for a new member picking up at Dupont this year). 

For each ticket you purchase, we will record your name, email, phone number, and the number on your ticket.  We will also give you the ticket stub (if it's in person) or send you a quick email confirmation with your ticket number (if you pay by mail).  On November 8, 2008 we will put all the tickets in a big bucket, shake it up, and pick one out.  Then we'll call or email the winner.  We've never tried this before, so we really have no idea what your odds of winning will be.  I'd like to thank Deborah Starobin-Armstrong for donating the raffle tickets and her organizational expertise.

Good luck!