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What's available for gleaning

Now that our harvest season is over, I want to welcome all of our members and worksharers to pick whatever remains in the fields, beginning this Friday. There are just two exceptions--I would like the spinach and kale to survive the winter, so I'm leaving some leaves on the plants.  But everything else is fair game.  Here's what we have:

  • arugula
  • spicy mix
  • hakurei turnips
  • daikon radishes (these are part of the cover crop, so we have oodles of them; whatever you don't pick will contribute to the health of the soil)
  • lettuce (the leaves remaining are small and sparse, so it will take a long time to accumulate much)
  • green and red cabbage leaves (small plants that never made a head)
  • purple top turnips (a few)
  • small radishes, like easter egg and pink beauty
  • broccoli raab (to our surprise, this variety tastes a lot more like turnip greens than kale, which is what we were expecting)
  • tiny broccoli florets
  • turnip greens (I think these are volunteer plants from years past--they make large leaves but no root)

We'll post signs in the fields on Thursday, and leave maps at the washing station.  We won't be standing there to direct you, but if you have trouble finding anything, please do call us--301-537-3038. 

There's no real ending date to the gleaning.  We'll take the signs down on Monday, but if you come for a walk around the farm in December and see something delicious that we missed, please feel free to pick it for yourself. 

 

 


Raffle winner--Kendra Roe Salas

Congratulations to Kendra Roe Salas!  Her ticket, number 183191, was drawn yesterday afternoon.  Kendra wins a free share for the full 2011 season at the pick-up site of her choice (Dupont).  

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets!  We made $2460 which will allow us to sell more half-price shares to low-income families and donate more food to soup kitchens, food pantries and homeless shelters. 

Don't forget to fill out those surveys (see the last blog post).

Our next post will tell you what will be available to glean from our fields beginning this Friday.    

-Carrie


2010 Summary and Survey

It’s that time of the year again, when the smell of our fall survey mingles with that of the crisp autumn leaves. We ask that our members take a few minutes to complete our annual survey. It helps us find out what you liked and didn’t like about the season and the share.  Read on for our own perspective of 2010. 

We had a great season here at Clagett Farm – the spring and summer shares in particular were heavy and delicious. We all enjoyed the heavy harvests of greens and roots in the spring. Some crops that did very well for us this year that haven’t fared so well in the past included eggplant, melons, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. The two techniques we emphasized more this year than before were increased use of reusable landscape fabric to keep weeds down and more electric fencing around fields to keep deer out.

We did have a few disappointments, though: pest pressure and disease kept many of our tomato varieties from producing as long and as heavy as we had hoped, and a drought in August did a number on our fall greens. Carrots and spinach made brief appearances, but neither in the quantity that we had hoped. Both are a little finicky about germinating, and both are sensitive to heat and weed pressure.

 A couple new crops were planted this year: dry beans were one, which we found to be tasty but labor-intensive to thresh and clean. We were more excited about our onions: we tried several different ways of growing them and they all worked fabulously.

 If you need a refresher of what filled your share bags from May through November, what follows are summaries of this season’s shares. If you’d like to read a more thorough account of the season, click on this link: Download 2010 Clagett Farm In depth summary.

Average early spring share: 6.8 pounds

  • 1 bulb onion or 1 bunch of scallions
  • ½ pound garlic scapes
  • ½ pound carrots
  • ½ pound combined of greens: lettuce, spicy salad mix, bok choi
  • 1 pound Swiss chard
  • 3 pounds combined of radishes, turnips, kohlrabi, and kale
  • Choice of a pint of strawberries or shiitake mushrooms; or ½ pound of rhubarb, peas, or broccoli

Average late spring share: 6.4 pounds

  • ½ pound scallions
  • 1 head of garlic
  • ½ pound bulb onions
  • 1 pound Swiss chard
  • 3 pounds cabbage, kale, or kohlrabi
  • ¼ pound lettuce, peas, or carrots
  • 1 pound summer squash

Average summer share: 13.9 pounds

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 pound beans
  • 2 pounds of sweet corn
  • 1.5 pounds okra, cucumbers, sweet peppers
  • 4 pounds eggplant and summer squash
  • 1 melon, cantaloupe or watermelon
  • 2 pounds tomatoes

Average late summer share: 8.5 pounds

  • 1 head of garlic
  • ¾ sweet peppers, okra, beans
  • 2 pounds squash or eggplant
  • 1.5 tomatoes, okra, sweet peppers, cucumbers
  • 2 pounds of potatoes
  • 2 pounds summer squash
  • 1 winter squash: acorn, butternut, jack-o-lantern, pumpkin

Average fall share: 5.75 pounds

  • 1 head of garlic
  • Choice of 1 pint of shiitake mushrooms, 1 cup of dry beans, or ½ pound okra, peppers, or green tomatoes
  • 1 pound turnips or radishes
  • ¼ pound of spinach, lettuce, spicy salad mix, or arugula
  • 1 pound cabbage, kale, broccoli raab, chard, sweet potato greens, or other cooking greens
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes
Thank you, everyone, for your generosity in spirit, deed and words.  You are a terrific community, and we're proud to be a part of it. 
 
 Written by Anna Johnson
 

26th Share: The Final Share of the Season!

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Photo via CSA Member Krossbow on Flickr

So here we are -- the final share of the season! But first, a few items:

Raffle Tickets Are Still Available

This season may be winding down, but be sure to purchase a raffle ticket for for a chance to win a CSA membership for next year.  Tickets are $10 or 5 for $40.  The drawing will take place on November 13. You can purchase tickets at your pick-up location this week. 

Gleaning Starts November 19

Gleaning at the farm will begin on November 19. We know there will be Daikon radishes and turnip greens. We'll have another update about gleaning closer to the date.

This Week's Share:

  • 1 handful of garlic cloves

  • 4 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 lb total of the salad greens:
    • Arugula
    • Spicy Mix 
  • 1 lb total of the following:
    • Radishes
    • Hakurei Turnips
  • And a choice of:  
    • 1/2 lb bok choy
    • 1 lb brocolli raab
    • assort of other choices depending on when you arrive

Have any questions about this week's share? Let us know in the comments!


25th Share: Two Shares to Go!

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Photo via CSA Member Krossbow on Flickr


We're Running Out of Light at Dupont

The pick-up at Dupont will continue to last through 7P, but as those who arrived late last week found, it's getting increasingly difficult to be able to see with limited light at the pick-up site. We have lanterns that we'll continue to use, but they only put out so much light. If you're able to arrive early, we encourage you to do so!

Raffle Tickets Are Still Available

This season may be winding down, but be sure to purchase a raffle ticket for for a chance to win a CSA membership for next year.  Tickets are $10 or 5 for $40.  The drawing will take place on November 13. You can purchase tickets at your pick-up location this week. 

What's Left of This Year's Season

The final shares of this season are next week--November 9 & 13.  Gleaning at the farm will begin on November 19. We'll have more updates about what will be available for gleaning closer to that date.

This Week's Share:

  • 1 head garlic
  • 3 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 lb total of the following:
    • Spinach
    • Lettuce 
  • 1 lb total of the following:
    • Cabbage
    • Swiss Chard
    • Broccoli raab (the raab never produced brocollinis so this is all greens)
  • 1 lb total of the following:
    • Watermelon Radish
    • Hakurei Turnips
    • Daikon Radish
    • An assortment of other tiny radishes

On U-Pick This Week:

  • Cosmos flowers
  • A variety of herbs

A Preview of What's to Come

  • Lots of hakurei turnips
  • More spicy mix and arugula
  • More garlic
  • More sweet potatoes

Have any questions about this week's share? Recipes you plan to make this week? Let us know in the comments!