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Mixer meltdown--no pizza Saturday

We are still planning to have the hayride tours and cow/sheep visits on Saturday.  The lambs are friendly and adorable!  But we will not have pizza.  

At about the time that we made the pizza oven and started making more than 20 pizzas at a time, Rob discovered that he needed the help of an electric mixer to make the dough.  So we borrowed my mother's KitchenAid, which started to overheat.  Then we went out on a limb and bought a Professional-grade KitchenAid, which has a more powerful motor.  Last year for the Burgers and Brews for the Bay event, Rob made dough for 200 pizzas.  He had two mixers going and kept bags of ice on the motors to keep them cool.  But now the Professional grade mixer has overheated and broken.  

We will fix the motor, but considering that pizza dough seems to be the equivalent of a summit climb of Mount Everest for a mixer, we've ordered a Commercial grade version.  Why is a Commercial grade motor stronger than a Professional grade?  Who knows, but they assure us it is.  

Unfortunately, we don't think it will arrive in time to make all the dough for Saturday, so we're not promising pizzas for the Open House.  We considered kneading the dough by hand, but we have lots of crops to plant, and they take priority.  Our first week of harvest is coming soon!  

 Stay tuned, for more pizza news, and in the meantime, we look forward to seeing you Saturday.

-Carrie

(Photo below: the mixer that just wasn't up to the task...)

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Clagett Farm Spring Open House THIS SATURDAY, 1-4pm

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Ready to get friendly with some sheep?  In the mood for some pizza, hot from the clay oven?  Do you know someone who would enjoy a hayride?  

It's all happening this Saturday at Clagett Farm!  

Saturday April 30th, 1:00-4:00pm.  Entrance and hayrides are free, and open to everyone.

11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro MD 20772 

We'd love to see you!

New CSA members, you're especially encouraged to come get to know your farmers.  Our fellow Upper Marlboro residents, we also send you a special welcome to get to know Clagett Farm.

 


Spring Open House at the Farm and More Updates

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This image of Swiss chard is from Farmer Carrie on Instagram
 

Join us on Saturday, April 30, from 1 to 4 pm, for a spring open house at Clagett Farm. That day we invite our members and the general public to join us at the farm for tours and hayrides, and you can meet our new baby lambs! The event is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring your friends! We hope to be able to send members home that day with some greens. 

Here are a few more updates for you:

Know someone looking for a CSA? Speaking of friends, we still have a few slots available in this year's CSA. Know someone who might want them? Send them our way!

Curious about what the weather means for this year's CSA season? Over the weekend Farmer Carrie shared on the blog some thoughts about our recent cold weather and what it means for our crops. Check it out!

2016 Chesapeake Foodshed Feast is April 21. Future Harvest is hosting their Chesapeake Foodshed Feast in a few weeks. Get all the details on the blog

First Share: May 11 + 14. We expect to kick off this year's CSA season on May 11 and May 14 with our first shares of the season. More on that as we get closer!

Other questions or comments? Let us know!

 


Wintry weather? No problem

This weekend looked a bit more like winter than spring, however we at Clagett Farm were ready. This spring has been a bit drier than we would like and the rain & snow will help get the land ready for our crops.

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Many of the plants are still in the greenhouse and we spent yesterday making sure they are safe and warm. The Swiss chard, spinach, kale and onions we planned to plant have been brought back into the greenhouse. Those plants plus the lettuce, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and parsley are tucked under extra layers of plastic to keep in the warmth. We also increased our heating system. We use a system of warm water piped along the floor of the greenhouse to keep the seedlings warm from below. Our greenhouse is a good place to be on this chilly day.

There are some plants out in the fields and we’ve made sure they will be OK. The all-important strawberry plants are fine. They may lose a bloom or two but will get those back when the warmer weather returns. Our garlic grows happily during the winter so it is growing away without a worry. We recently planted Chinese cabbages, and we covered them with floating row cover--sort of like adding a blanket. We are ready for this colder weather and looking forward to the true coming of spring. Can’t wait to get the vegetables planted and ready for the first share of the 2016 Season – coming in May.

(The photo above is of "Rainbow" chard, ready to be transplanted when it warms up this week.)