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Sign Up Now for Canning Workshops

The bitten word canning tomatoes photos

Each summer we offer a unique opportunity to our CSA members: get some hands-on canning experience. If you've ever been interested in learning about canning, now's your chance. 

The classes are offered by CSA member Susan Sanders, who teaches the courses in her home near Dupont Circle. Over the course of a few hours, you'll learn the basics about canning tomatoes, making jams, relishes and how to deal with high acid foods. 

If you've ever had an interest in canning, now's your chance to try it out. Space is limited, so sign up ASAP!

When:  Sunday, August 16 or Sunday, August 30 (choose one), 2-5pm.  

Where:  Susan lives near Dupont Circle in DC.  We'll give you more details when you sign up. 

Sign up by sending an email to Susan with your preferred date.  Classes are limited to 6 participants each. 

Cost:  Susan only charges a $5 fee for supplies, which includes some photocopies and a jar of something you've made.  Keep in mind that no one is licensed, insured, or paid for this activity. Susan offers this class to you because many of our members have asked over the years, and she is willing to do it.  Thank you Susan! 

If you have any questions about the workshops, please let us know.

 

[photo above via TheBittenWord.com]


This Week's Share: Tomatoes, Corn, Cucumbers and More

Suzanne

This week's photo is from CSA member Suzanne, showing a yellow common sulfur butterfly on a purple Echinacea. Thanks Suzanne!

Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 2 ¾ pound total combination tomatoes + corn (2 ear maximum) + onions

  • ¾ pound total combination Swiss chard + okra + eggplant + beans + peppers

  • 2 ¼ pounds total combination cucumbers + squash

  • 1 head garlic

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Culinary Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory (lots!), thyme, dill seed, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia (lots!), nasturtium, marjoram, and five types of basil (Thai, spice globe, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil) + Genovese basil in the high tunnel. 
  • Flowers: Plenty in bloom all over the place, and sunflowers are just beginning to show up! 
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, colengula, wormwood, and skullcap
  • NEW: Ground cherries. Try them out!

 

Next week, we expect to have:

  • Tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, okra, beans. Chiles will be added next week. Cucumbers may have a week off. Tomatillos are coming soon (not sure if it’s next week or the week after).

    If we get some rain, we expect more of an abundance of peppers, squash, eggplant, etc. We have a lot of healthy plants -- they just need the right infusion of rain to get growing. 

 

Enjoy! And have a great week!


This Week's Share: Cucumbers, Squash, Tomatoes and More

Suzanne clagett

This week's photo is from CSA member Suzanne, showing a swallowtail caterpillar on a dill plant.

Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1 head garlic

  • 1 pound total combination Swiss chard + beans (1/2 pound limit) + shallots + okra + ground cherries + chiles

  • 4 pounds total combination cucumbers + squash + tomatoes (1 1/2 pound limit)

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Culinary Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory (lots!), thyme, dill seed, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia (lots!), nasturtium, marjoram, and five types of basil (Thai, spice globe, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil) + Genovese basil in the high tunnel. 
  • Flowers: Plenty in bloom all over the place, and sunflowers are just beginning to show up! 
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, colengula, wormwood, and skullcap

 

Next week, we expect to have:

  • Onions
  • Swiss chard
  • Beans
  • Okra
  • Cucumbers
  • Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Some peppers
  • In two weeks: more corn

 

Enjoy! And have a great week!


This Week's Share: Corn, Tomatoes and More

Ianblackwellrogersphoto
 

This week's photo is from Instagram user ianblackwellrogers, featuring a butterfly on a flower at the farm. Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1 head garlic

  • 2 pounds of corn + tomatoes

  • 2 1/2 pounds squash + cucumbers + peppers

  • 1/2 pound of Swiss chard + shallots + beans or ground cherries

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

Clagett photo flowers

  • Culinary Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory (lots!), thyme, dill seed, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, stevia (lots!), nasturtium, marjoram, and five types of basil (Thai, spice globe, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil) + Genovese basil in the high tunnel. 
  • Flowers: Plenty in bloom all over the place, and sunflowers are just beginning to show up! See the photo above of a bouquet that someone assembled this week!
  • Medicinal Herbs: holy basil, echinacea, alfalfa, colengula, wormwood, and skullcap

 

 

Next week, we expect to have:

  • Squash will continue.
  • More peppers will come as we have more sun.
  • Squash and cucumbers will continue strong for at least 3 more weeks. 
  • Corn is coming - this is the first of 3 plantings that we'll phase in. 
  • Tomato plants look great but the fruits are suffering from the rain. As soon as the rain slows down, we'll have more tomatoes. 
  • We just picked our first eggplants -- more will be coming. 
  • Beans will continue in the share. 
  • No shallots -- take them this week! 

 

Let us know if you have any questions!

 


This Week's Share: Summer squash, tomatoes, peppers and more

 

Clagett mamacotey

This week's photo is from Instagram user mamacotey, featuring some young explorers at the farm. Get your photo featured here by emailing it to us or by using the hashtag #ClagettFarm if you share your photos on Instagram!

 

THIS WEEK'S SHARE

  • 1 head garlic

  • 4 pounds total combination squash (mix of yellow squash and zucchini) + cucumbers

  • 1 pound total combination peppers, tomatoes, beans + carrots (These carrots have significant leafy tops. Don't let them go to waste! Here's a great recipe for carrot-top pesto.) 

  • 1 head cabbage OR 1 pound total combination kale + chard + collards

 

WHAT'S ON U-PICK THIS WEEK:

  • Herbs: Sorrel, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, summer savory, thyme, dill, oregano, anise hyssop, mint, parsley, celery leaf, stevia, chamomile, marjoram, lavender and five types of basil (Thai, opal, cinnamon, holy and lime basil). We especially have lots of dill -- you can wrap it in plastic and store it in the fridge for weeks and weeks!
  • Flowers -- Plenty in bloom all over the place, and sunflowers are just beginning to show up!
  • Kale
  • Collards

 

Next week, we expect to have:

  • More squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, pepper, garlic and shallots

 

In 2 weeks, we expect to have:

  • More beans, and also corn!

 

Let us know if you have any questions!