Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Letter from John Krueger

Hi Folks, 

So the nights are getting quite chilly now up here in the hills of Northwest NJ. We came quite close to having a frost on Sunday night. Just down the road in a low lying field where another farm has some pumpkins planted I noticed that many of the vines had been blackened by the cold. It’s warming up again so we should have another 2 weeks at least before the next round of cold air descends upon us. We have been getting some rain, with more in the forecast over the next few days. So now I will be worried that it will rain too much! Such is the life of a farmer-always something weather related to fret about.

We are getting close to finishing the winter squash/pumpkin harvest, thanks in part to some great volunteers to came out on Sunday and filled a couple of large bins. Thank you! We will be sending you some acorn squash this week some of which is an heirloom white type. I think they are quite nice; I find them a little less stringy than the green variety. They are a bit larger than the green, so that will be your reward for trying something different. We still have lots of peppers and eggplant but the tomatoes are coming to an end. We will try to get all of you a few more over the next 2 weeks. We are still heavy on green beans, so expect large quantities again this week. These are easy to freeze if you are overwhelmed- just blanch in boiling water for 1 minute, then chill in cold water to stop the cooking process. Toss them in Ziploc bags and into the freezer. Voila! We also have fresh Lima beans as an extra, so if you are a fan watch out for them. We are finishing up the 3 week broccoli rotation this week, so if you have not gotten any yet, you will this week. We are out of lettuce for the moment but we are shipping Napa (aka Chinese) cabbage which makes a nice surrogate. We have beautiful arugula now which we will offer as a choice with spinach in order to stretch both of these crops until the next planting matures. Some groups will receive radishes this week and others the Hakurei salad turnips and this will be reversed for next week.

The share for this week will be: Choice of Arugula or spinach, Napa cabbage, peppers, eggplant, gold potatoes, red onions, choice of fennel or celery, acorn squash, beans, radishes (early week groups) or salad turnips (late week groups) and choice of an herb (parsley, garlic chives or Thai basil). Some groups will receive tomatoes this week others next week. Extras are hot peppers and lima beans.

Enjoy! 
Farmer John

Friday, September 23, 2016

This Week's Shares -- Friday, September 23, 2016

Vegetables
Beans (2 types)
Garlic
Colored peppers
Beets
Tomatoes
Lettuce
Spinach
Eggplant
Choice of escarole or frissee
Rose Finn Apple fingerling potatoes
Butternut squash 
Choice of an herb
Extras hot peppers and okra

Fruit

Gala and Honey Crisp Apples

Chicken
Full Share And Half Shares

Eggs

Pasta

Mushrooms
Full And Half Shares
Local Chicken of the Woods. 
NOTE: these mushrooms must be cooked well. Preferably braised or stewed. 

Bread
Rosemary Epi
Duck Fat or Cheese Ciabatta

Cider
1/2 Gallon

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Letter from John Krueger

Hi Everyone,

So we received a little bit of rain this past weekend. I heard reports of heavy downpours near the farm but they seem to have missed us and we got perhaps a quarter of an inch. I planted a lot of seeds for fall crops as well as several acres of oat cover crop ahead of the storms. The light rain will at least help these plantings germinate but we are still in a drought situation. Nevertheless we have a great share for you this week. Fall broccoli has begun and a few of you were surprised with a bunch in last week’s share. A few more groups will receive broccoli this week and the rest next week. I am still hoping for the return of zucchini from a late planting in a few weeks; in the meantime we continue to include winter squash in the share. We have an excellent crop of butternut this year, so you will receive some several more times before the end of the season. We also have some beautiful spinach; unfortunately not in large quantities at the moment. I have planted thousands of row feet of spinach so I anticipate more abundance at the end of the season. We don’t have much in the way of herbs at the moment; we are sending some parsley and a couple of tea herbs - anise hyssop and lemon balm as a choice.

We could really use some help bringing in the pumpkins and winter squash crop before the deer destroy it all. They are really abundant out here and quite hungry as the grasses have been drying up. They have a tendency to take a few bites of one fruit and then move on to ruin another. I go out every night before bed with the spotlight and my dog Lexi and chase them out of the fields, but they return within an hour or two. We will host a volunteer work day this Sunday at 1 pm to help with the harvest. Come on out and lend a hand and take a few extra squash or gourds home with you. Please RSVP to circlebrookfarm@gmail.com so I will know how many, if any to expect.

We will also host another fall farm visit on October 22 and 23. Stay tuned for more details.

The share for this week will be: Beans (2 types), garlic, colored peppers, beets, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, eggplant, choice of escarole or frissee, Rose Finn Apple fingerling potatoes, butternut squash and choice of an herb. Some groups will receive broccoli. For extras there are hot peppers and okra.

Enjoy!

Farmer John