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This Week's Share: Tomatoes Enter the U-Pick List

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This week's featured photo is from this past week's Tomato tasting and dinner at the farm. It was a lovely evening and we plan to share more photos over the next few weeks.  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! 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS & RECIPES


Recipe Recommendation: Tomatillos have been on u-pick for a few weeks now. CSA member Robin recently made Tomatillo Salsa and highly recommends this recipe for Roasted Tomatillo and Green Tomato Salsa. Have a recipe to recommend? Email us

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1/2 pound total combination kale + collards + chiles
  • 4 pounds tomatoes
  • 3 1/2 pounds total combination peppers + eggplant
  • 3 1/4 pounds squash
  • at the farm: 1 watermelon
  • at Dupont: 1/2 pound combo lettuce + ground cherries + beans

 

 

What's on U-Pick:

  • New: Tomatoes. The tomatoes are plentiful -- if you want to pick them, we recommend you come this week! 
  • New: Squash (not a lot, but there are some available for u-pick)
  • Ground Cherries
  • Tomatillos.
  • Kale. (Only 1 of the beds of kale is available for U-pick. Please be sure to carefully read the directions posted on the sign at the kale beds.)
  • Swiss chard.
  • Updated: Herbs: onion chives, sage, garlic, savory, thyme, tarragon, lavender (but it's not flowering), parsley (small amount), oregano, sorrel, basil (7 varieties!), stevia, marjoram, anise hissop. 
  • Medicinal Herbs: Passion flower leaves, echinacea flowers and leaves, wormwood, hissop, and calendula flowers. 
  • Flowers: this is a really good time to pick a bouquet at the farm. 

 

What You Can Expect in the Coming Weeks:

  • Next week you can expect: Okra! 

 

Questions or comments? Let us know!


This Week's Share: Eggplant, Peppers, Chiles and More

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This week's featured photo is from CSA member Deborah Starobin Armstrong! Thanks Deborah! 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! 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS & RECIPES


WANTED: Your old plates and flatware!  Do you have a stash of old plates that you no longer need? We'd love to build a collection of plates -- and bowls and utensils and glasses and mason jars -- to keep at the farm for dinners and other events. More details here. We would appreciate these items at any time, but if you're coming to tomorrow night's Farm Dinner, feel free to bring them with you!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

Due to availability of certain items, the shares at the Dupont pickup and the Wednesday farm pickup will differ slightly. (The Saturday farm pickup will be similar to both of these, but may also differ a bit in the mix of items.)

Dupont pickup:

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 pound total kale + collards + chiles
  • 3 pounds total peppers* + eggplant
  • TBD amount of tomatoes
  • 1 large watermelon**

Wednesday Farm pickup:

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 pound total kale + collards
  • 3 3/4 pounds total melon (canteloupe or honeydew) + peppers* + eggplant
  • TBD amount of tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound total ground cherries + beans + chiles

 

*We've noticed that some of the peppers have a small caterpillar inside. These little guys are perfectly harmless, but if you're squeamish about the thought of a caterpillar in your pepper, here's a tip: Look for peppers that do not have any signs of insect holes. Usually, if there's a caterpillar, you'll find a small hole at the top of the pepper, near the stem.

**We're pretty confident that the watermelons are good and ripe. But obviously there's no way to know for sure until you cut into it. If you get a watermelon that's a dud, let us know the following week at pickup, and we'll be sure to get you a replacement.

 

 

What's on U-Pick:

  • Ground Cherries
  • Tomatillos.
  • Kale. (Only 1 of the beds of kale is available for U-pick. Please be sure to carefully read the directions posted on the sign at the kale beds.)
  • Swiss chard.
  • Updated: Herbs: onion chives, sage, garlic, savory, thyme, tarragon, lavender (but it's not flowering), parsley (small amount), oregano, sorrel, basil (7 varieties!), stevia, marjoram, anise hissop. 
  • Medicinal Herbs: Passion flower leaves, echinacea flowers and leaves, wormwood, hissop, and calendula flowers. 
  • Flowers: this is a really good time to pick a bouquet at the farm. 

 

What You Can Expect in the Coming Weeks:

  • Next week you can expect: Greens, including kale, collards and possibly chard; watermelons for those members who don't get one this week; peppers; eggplant; tomatoes; beans; chiles; squash 
  • Items we're watching for next week or the following week: Okra, Corn.  
  • What about U-pick tomatoes? Several people have asked about when tomatoes will be available on U-pick. The answer is that we're not sure. One possible plan right now is that, in the first week of September, we may pick only 2 tomatoes per share and let the remainder be on U-pick. More details as we get closer to that week, but that's one tentative plan.

 

Questions or comments? Let us know!


Wanted: Plates, Bowls, mason jars, silverware, wine glasses

Rob has been building an earth oven for making wood-fired pizzas and fresh bread, right at the washing station.  I'm so excited!  The clay probably won't be dry enough by Thursday to include pizzas in the Tomato Taste Test dinner, but we've got plenty of other delicious food in store.  

Planning for all of these meals has made us realize that we need to accumulate dishes.  So if any of you have a stash of plates and bowls that need a new home, bring them our way.  Silverware?  We'll take it.  Fine china?  Well, we're not expecting to get that lucky.  We'll also take glasses, vases and mason jars (because they can be used for drinking, vases, and preserving).  

It doesn't have to get to us by Thursday.  This is a standing request for the rest of the season.  

Thanks in advance!

-Carrie 


Fine Dinner at the Farm, next Thursday 8/21

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Join us for a splendid evening with the fireflies and wildflowers.

Clagett Farm's 2nd Annual

Tomato Taste Test and Dinner

Sample eight tomato varieties raw and as sauce.

Enjoy a five-course meal, plus wine and cocktails, all vegetarian, prepared with the freshest, organic vegetables.

Thursday evening, August 21, 2014

5:30pm - 8:30pm (dinner served at 6:30pm)

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Clagett Farm

11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro MD 20772

$50 per person (includes meal and drinks, no tips, please!)

Support your farm, so we can support low-income members of our community.

Reservations accepted by e-mail through Tuesday: clagettfarm@cbf.org,

or by phone until the event: 301-646-0282.

Payment by cash or check, made out to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. 

Meal prepared by two local chefs: Katie Aldworth (Big Bear Cafe) and Alexis Starkey (Farm to Feast Catering) 

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Photographs by Deborah Starobin Armstrong


This Week's Share: Eggplant, Melons, Tomatoes and More

Radistan's stuffed peppers 2014

This week's featured photo is from CSA member Radistan, who made these stuffed peppers using peppers and corn from the share a few weeks ago. Thanks, Radistan! 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! 

Reminder: Tomato Taste Test Coming 8/21

As announced last week, our Tomato Taste Test will be Thursday August 21st.  All the details about the event can be found here. You can reserve your space when you pick up your vegetables. Also you can bring your payment to the event on 8/21 or pay in advance at this week's pick-ups via check or cash.  Please come! It's going to be a great event. 

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

 

 

  • 4 pounds total combination melons (1 max - most are honeydew) + eggplant + squash + peppers
  • 3/4 pound total combination ground cherries (Dupont only, on U-pick at farm) + hot chile peppers + cucumbers + rhubarb + onions + garlic
  • 3 pounds tomatoes

 

What's on U-Pick:

  • New: Ground Cherries
  • Updated: Herbs: onion chives, sage, garlic, savory, thyme, tarragon, lavender (but it's not flowering), parsley (small amount), oregano, sorrel, basil (7 varieties!), stevia, marjoram, anise hissop. 
  • Medicinal Herbs: Passion flower leaves, echinacea flowers and leaves, wormwood, hissop, and calendula flowers. 
  • Flowers: this is a really good time to pick a bouquet at the farm. 

 

What You Can Expect in the Coming Weeks:

  • Next week you can expect: watermelons, eggplant, fewers squash (but it depends on how our next round fares this week -- may be a lull with more squash the following week), peppers, ground cherries, chiles (also coming to u-pick soon), tomatoes, garlic, baby kale. 
  • Items we're watching for next week or the following week: Beans, Okra, Corn.  
  • Items that are done for the season: Cucumbers, Onions. 

 

Questions or comments? Let us know!


Tomato Taste Test just 2 weeks away --- Thursday August 21st

 I was feeling the blues for a while there, but with last week's heavy share, I finally feel like a party!  The rest of you in the DC region might have wet, soggy tomato plants, but our special, arid Upper Marlboro weather is giving you extra-flavorful tomatoes.  You might not get as many pounds this year, but they make rich sauce with high lycopene and other phytonutrients.    

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We're currently harvesting 8 different varieties.  Which ones will make the best sauce?  Which will be best raw in a salad?  Now is your chance to pick a favorite!  Join us for our

2nd Annual Tomato Taste Test

Thursday August 21, 2014, 5:30pm (or as soon as you can get here) to 8:30pm.  

For one night this year, your favorite farm gets to charm you in the evening, too--superb food with pastures and fireflies as your view.  We'll sample tomatoes, eat a great meal, drink a fine, herb-infused cocktail, and end it all with a decadent dessert.  We had a great time last year, and this year should be even better.  

We'll sell a limited number of tickets in advance--no more than we can confidently seat under cover in case of rain.  We'll let more of you buy tickets at the last minute when the sky is confidently clear.  (Since this is the year we're in some kind of perpetual rain shadow, we're not too worried.)  All tickets are $50.  There's no need to sign up on line or by e-mail.  Just be one of the first to hand us a check (made out to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation) or cash, and we'll make sure you have a seat.

Would you rather help than pay for a ticket?  We'll take it!  You can help us with the early shift (set up and serve), the late shift (serve and clean), or something special.  For example, we are looking for an Event Statistician, who can tabulate the data.  And if you are an amateur or professional chef, you might wish to contribute a dish (we'll provide the vegetables).  Volunteer slots are limited, so sign up in advance.     

I can't wait to see you there!

Your farmer, Carrie

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This week's share: Tomatoes, peppers, squash and more

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This week's featured photo is from CSA members Zach & Clay, snapped while on a stroll at the farm. 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! 

Our Tomato Taste Test will be Thursday August 21st.  We'll send out a note with more details later today.  Seats are limited, so if you're excited to come, bring a check with you to the pick-up this week.  
 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 2 3/4 pounds total combination eggplant +  melons + peppers (some members might have the option of corn instead of melons)
  • tomatoes (pounds not yet determined as of 2pm Wed)
  • 4 3/4 pounds squash + cucumbers 
  • 1/2 pounds onions + swiss chard + chile peppers
  • 1 head garlic   

 

What's on U-Pick:

  • HerbsBasil. We have lime basil, anise basil, cinnamon basil, Thai basil, spicy globe basil, genovese basil and holy basil. Plus lots of other herbs available for cutting, including anise hyssop, mint, marjoram, sorrel, sage, garlic chives, onion chives that are blooming, thyme, cilantro, savory, lavender and nigella seeds.  
  • Medicinal Herbs: Passion flower leaves, echinacea flowers and leaves, wormwood, hissop, and calendula flowers. 
  • Flowers: this is a really good time to pick a bouquet at the farm. 
  • Wild Black Cherry Trees: There are a number of wild black cherry trees that have fruit right now. The cherries are tiny, tart, and high in antioxidants.  They grow along the driveway in many places.  You might find yourself standing on your car to pick them.  Don't expect to fill a large container, but they are fun to taste.   


What You Can Expect Next Week:

This might be the last of the season's cucumbers.  Next week we'll still have tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, garlic and chile peppers.  Melons will continue off and on for another month.  You'll probably get one more week of corn, but probably after a few weeks without.  The chard is surviving surprisingly well this summer.  We'll be picking it every other week for quite some time.  You will probably get an onion or two next week, and that will probably be the last of them.  Okra got a very late start this summer--we're hoping to start picking it within the next two weeks.  

On the distant horizon:  potatoes are looking good, but we're letting them grow more.  You'll probably get them in a month.  Also, beans have taken a beating this summer.  After planting them 3 times, the 3rd round might eventually make some beans.  We're putting up a tall fence to keep back the deer, but it's taking a while, and the plants are getting nibbled in the meantime.  Also, one of our volunteer groups killed half of them.  Love those volunteers!  


Questions or comments? Let us know!