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Monday November 20, 2017

 

Although, we won't be done with the season for several more weeks, it does seem the right time to thank all of you for taking the time to listen to my letters each week and come to our "store".  It isn't the usual kind of store , I'll grant you that.  Some of you are good friends of ours, and some of you I've only met once or twice.  But, the store works.  Everyone who orders gets great food and the mistakes, so far have been very few.  For all of that, I say gratefully- Thank You.

Because of Thanksgiving Week, we're going to have the store be on Tuesday. That would mean that I need your orders emailed back to me by 8AM tomorrow. November 21.

The other thing about this week is a bunch of specials to consider.  For both Spinach and Braising Greens, we're going to do the following.  I'll leave out a large bin of each.  For $8 you can fill one of our plastic bags (I'll leave them out for you) just as full as you want.  Every bag,we'll donate $2 to the Soup Kitchen in Middletown.  You can actually get a lot in one bag.

Here's the complete list

Spinach Extravagance! $6 for all you can fit in one of our bags

Braising Greens-again $6.  One of those items that is extra great, but not tried as much as some other things.  There is so much full flavor here.

Salad Greens $6 a bag

Thyme and Sage- $3/bunch.  The best fresh herbs to look for at Thanksgiving

Fingerling Potatoes- $5/lb.  However if you buy 5 or more lbs, the price goes to $3/lb.  Our potatoes have made great Aunts and twice removed cousins swoon at the dinner table.  Specify rose/red or yellowy/white. Either way, you'll love these delicate ones

Carrots-  these are the yayas.  Orange, sweet and snappy.  You can hear someone bite into them even if they're in the other room.

Big Kale-for those side dishes that you'll need to consider or our famous Kale Salad, marinated in fresh lemon $4/bunch

Fresh Ginger-$1oz.  To be very boring, this ginger bears no resemblance to the bland stuff you can pick up at Stop N Shop.  One of our pets, after smelling it, has yet to come down out of the air

Turmeric-$2oz for virtually everything, including chutney, seasoning side dishes. Turmeric is also looked on as something to help reduce inflation in joints.

Garlic- $2.50/head.  Simply put-I love our garlic

Beets -$4/lb.  These are not bitter like some beets.  Roasted? You can't really top it for a side dish.  We also have chiagia guardsmark , they are candy striped.  One red, one white , one red , one white, etc.  Pretty and wonderful to eat.

Tokyo Bekana- $6 for an impressively filled bag. A Chinese Cabbage.  Succulant, sweet and wonderful for both salads or braising greens

That's our list.  In looking ahead, we'll be offering things from the store right up to Christmas.  January is usually our off month, but one never knows with farmers.

To all of you, Ty and I hope that your Thanksgiving measures up to all of your hopes and dreams.

Best to you,

David

Posted by: David Zemelsky
11/20/2017 9:21 am

 

I like Thursday.  No one's complained about it, so lets just stick with that day.  If you are a shed customer and Thursday just won't work, let me know-we'll make something work for you.

A lot of people will say to me at this time of year, "Things must be slowing down for you".  That just isn't the case.  It's true, there aren't tomatoes to rule my life like they did in August (and did they ever!).  But ever since mid-September, we've been busy clearing the houses of tomato and pepper plants and transitioning to all greens.  Some of the Fall choices are great for moderate cold, but tend to turn to mush when the temperature drops to 28 or lower.  Mizuna, a very popular Asian Green is like that.  Lettuce is another one.  My best producing and staying greens for Winter production are kale,spinach and claytonia.  We've got a great supply of all three of these going right now.  The claytonia probably won't be ready till late January.  Spinach and kale-they're ready right now.  I can't begin to explain to you how totally amazing greens taste as the weather turns colder.  The best that I can say- they're so alive.  It should also be noted that everything taste like that at this time of year.  Cold weather helps produce extra carbohydrates in greens, carrots and beets.  The best way to understand this is that when it gets cold, a plant perceives that there's danger or even death.  In order to compensate for this, they produce extra carbs (think sugar).  So that will enhance the taste and make everything sweeter.

In addition to all this activity, we're also putting a new "skin" on a house.  Skin is just another word for the plastic covering on top of the hoops.  In this case, we hadn't intended to have to do this.  However, while doing repairs, Joel found himself with a 100' x 50' plastic sail ripping off the house.  In one small way, it wasn't a real tragedy cause the plastic was old and needed to probably be replaced anyway.  Also, I am taking the opportunity to upgrade the way the plastic is held to the hoops.  The new system has a long channel of metal that runs the length of the house.  The plastic is put over this channel and then we have a long "wiggle wire" that nicely fits inside the channel and locks the plastic in.  This upgrade also eliminates wood, which eventually rots and replaces it with steel.  Nice system.

Here's some photos that I just took this morning.  This will give you an idea about how alive and vibrant the greens are right now.

The wiggley wire on top holds the new plastic in the channel which is below the wire.

This might give you an idea about how lush it is inside the hoop houses right now.  From left to right: red russian kale, toyko bekana and mibuna.  All wonderful for a fresh salad or braising

A closer look at red russian.  It is light,and very flavorful.  One could easily make a salad just out of red russian, alone.

Lightly braised, these greens would work well with anything underneath them, like chicken, tofu,or fish

Tokyo Bekana here.  A type of chinese cabbage, this green is succulant, tasty and holds up well to the skillet.

Ok. To the shed: Orders should be emailed back to me by 8AM Thursday (tomorrow).  You'll find your order in the shed after 2pm.  Payment in the jar.  If there's any issue, just email me back and we'll resolve the problem.(In otherwords, please don't knock on my door!). 

Here's the list.  It is essentially last weeks list. Except that we're offering spinach as an extra special.  I'd love to have you try some.  A bag is still $6, but for $10 we'll give you a very fat pound of spinach (it will way more-promise!).

Salad Greens-with baby kale, mizuna, spinach and lettuce $6/bag

Arugula $6/bag

Spinach- $6/bag. SPECIAL- for an additional $2 you'll get another bag.(all in the same bag) Recipe to follow.

Baby Kale- $6/bag

Tokyo Bekana- a good green for stir fries $6/bag

Beets- $4/lb.  Tops are still good.  Red, Orange or Chiagia ( striped, no tops)

Potatoes-both red/pink and yellow/white $5/lb

Radishes- $3/bunch

Garlic $2.50/head. Can be used as seed garlic, if you want to plant your own

Hakeuri Turnips- eat raw like radishes.  Very wonderful and unusual taste $4/bunch

Peppers- mostly green, but also some colors. $3/lb

Big Kale- lacinato or curly. Please specify $4/bunch

Collards- $3/bunch

Daikon- $3/root

Swiss Chard- $3/bunch  This is a new crop and extra exciting

Turmeric- first of the season.  Priced  at around $3-5 a piece.  It will be marked.  Bring a few extra dollars to account for price variation. This is a really special herb to be able to get fresh.

Ginger-first of the season, too! Some price variation.  Fresh ginger from Star Light bears no resemblance to what you'd get at Stop N Shop.  This ginger is so much more tasty. $1/oz

Carrots-we're now into the Fall Carrots, which are sweet, crunchy and wonderful.  $5/bunch

From Farmer Peter we have the following:

Paw Paws: $1,small and $2 large.  See four weeks ago letter for a descriptor. I had some a few weeks ago for the first time-and they are heavenly

Herb bunches $2/each rosemary/mint/sage/thyme and oregano

Bay HERB $4

Pickled Beets- $9/qt

Raspberry Jam, low sugar $8/jar

Winter squash: $4 each Butternut or spaghetti.  Please specify

Tomato Sauce-the very best.  $10/jar

Hope you see something of interest here. And new people- get your free pint with your order this week.

Have a great Fall

David

 

Posted by: David Zemelsky
11/8/2017 8:28 am

 

There is only time this week for me to tell you that our store is loaded-again. We've got so much wonderful spinach that there needs to be sale this week.  If you buy a regular bag of spinach this week at $6 , for another $2 you can get a second bag (we'll put both amounts in one bag to save on packaging.  Also, our Farmer Friend Peter has reduced the price on paw paws to $2 for a large and $1 for small.  Haven't talked to him, but I'm guessing that there's a lot of paw paws over there.

After looking at the list, let me know by email what you'd like by 8AM tomorrow (Friday, October 20th).  Your order will be ready by 2pm (but maybe safer to plan on 2:30pm, cause I've been late the past two weeks). Payment goes in the jar.  New people ordering get a free pint of cherry tomatoes.  Returning orders get a free pint when they order one pint. Here's the list.

Salad Greens-with baby kale, mizuna, spinach and lettuce $6/bag

Arugula $6/bag

Spinach- $6/bag. SPECIAL- for an additional $2 you'll get another bag.(all in the same bag)

Baby Kale- $6/bag

Tokyo Bekana- a good green for stir fries $6/bag

Beets- $4/lb.  Tops are still good.  Red, Orange or Chiagia ( striped, no tops)

Potatoes-both red/pink and yellow/white $5/lb

Radishes- $3/bunch

Garlic $2.50/head. Can be used as seed garlic, if you want to plant your own

Hakeuri Turnips- eat raw like radishes.  Very wonderful and unusual taste $4/bunch

Cherry Tomatoes- first pint free! $6 for the second and $10 if you want three pints.

Eggplant-a great dense and lacking in seeds variety $5/lb.

Peppers- sweet red, orange and yellow.  Amazing to roast or just eat raw $5/lb

Big Kale- lacinato or curly. Please specify $4/bunch

Collards- $3/bunch

Swiss Chard- $3/bunch

Turmeric- first of the season.  Priced  at around $3-5 a piece.  It will be marked.  Bring a few extra dollars to account for price variation. This is a really special herb to be able to get fresh.

Ginger-first of the season, too! Same price variation.  Fresh ginger from Star Light bears no resemblance to what you'd get at Stop N Shop.  This ginger is so much more tasty.

Carrots-we're now into the Fall Carrots, which are sweet, crunchy and wonderful.  $5/lb

From Farmer Peter we have the following:

Paw Paws: $1,small and $2 large.  See two weeks ago letter for a descriptor

Herb bunches $2/each rosemary/mint/sage/thyme and oregano

Winter squash: $4 each Butternut of spaghetti.  Please specify

Zucchini-large $2/each

Tomato Sauce-the very best.  $10/jar

Hope you see something of interest here. And new people- get your free pint with your order this week.

Have a great Fall

David

 

Posted by: David Zemelsky
10/19/2017 10:05 am

 

Last night we got a very very promising recipe for roasted potatoes from our youngest.  One thing that she really liked about it was the variations in texture.  These potatoes are steamed at first and then roasted. By doing this, you get a very soft inside and a crisp satisfying outside.  This recipe is well suited for our small, delicate fingerling potatoes.  I hope you'll consider it.  Here is a link:

bonappetit.com/recipe/perfectly-roasted-potatoes

With cooler weather, the taste and quality of all our greens has taken on an impressive vitality and taste.  I hope that you'll find something of interest.  I'll be describing choices later. 

For the first time in a long time, the deer did a serious number on one of our crops.  Twelve days ago, Joel planted  over 10lbs of pea seed for making pea tendrils.  Today, I went to get a few lbs for an order that was going out in an hour.  All of it had been expertly mowed down by deer.  Crumb! (or worse).  And last night, I caught them at dusk running out of the hoop house that we have carrots in.  Not sure how to combat this problem.  They got a great meal though.

Store this week.  We're loaded.  For those of you who've never ordered before, I'd like to offer you a free pint of cherry tomatoes if you make an order with us this week.  And for those of you who've been ordering in the past- we'll give you a free pint, too.  Orders emailed back to me by 8AM Friday the 13th (don't think about that!).  Pick up your order at the shed after 2pm that day.  Payment goes in jar, cash preferred but checks o.k.

Here's the list:

Salad Greens-with baby kale, mizuna, spinach and lettuce $6/bag

Arugula $6/bag

Spinach- $6/bag

Baby Kale- $6/bag

Tokyo Bekana- a good green for stir fries $4/bunch

Beets- $4/lb.  Tops are still good.  Red, Orange or Chiagia ( striped, no tops)

Potatoes-both red/pink and yellow/white $5/lb

Radishes- $3/bunch

Hakeuri Turnips- eat raw like radishes.  Very wonderful and unusual taste $4/bunch

Cherry Tomatoes- first pint free! $6 for the second and $10 if you want three pints.

Heirloom Tomatoes-still wonderful (just not August wonderful) $6.50/lb

Juliet-still the best all around tomato.  Small and sweet. Probably the last week. $6.50/lb

Eggplant-a great dense and lacking in seeds variety $5/lb.

Peppers- sweet red, orange and yellow.  Amazing to roast or just eat raw $5/lb

Big Kale- lacinato or curly. Please specify $4/bunch

Collards- $3/bunch

Swiss Chard- $3/bunch

Turmeric- first of the season.  Priced  at around $3-5 a piece.  It will be marked.  Bring a few extra dollars to account for price variation. This is a really special herb to be able to get fresh.

Ginger-first of the season, too! Same price variation.  Fresh ginger from Star Light bears no resemblance to what you'd get at Stop N Shop.  This ginger is so much more tasty.

Carrots-we're now into the Fall Carrots, which are sweet, crunchy and wonderful.  $5/lb

Onions- $2/lb

From Farmer Peter we have the following:

Paw Paws: $1.50small and $2.50 large.  See last weeks letter for a descriptor

Herb bunches $2/each rosemary/mint/sage/thyme and oregano

Winter squash: $4 each Butternut of spaghetti.  Please specify

Tomato Sauce-the very best.  $10/jar

Hope you see something of interest here. And new people- get your free pint with your order this week.

 

Posted by: David Zemelsky
10/12/2017 10:24 am

 

That's why Thanksgiving is at the end of the season.  Everything is around then.  True, some are a bit more tired (like tomatoes) but there's lots of it.  Others are just coming into their own.  I'd include carrots, peppers, ginger, spinach to name but a few.  And what about how warm and comforting the sun feels at this time of the year?  One knows, it might be hot for a while, but there's no chance of the day building up into a huge furnace.

Our CSA will start this week.  Its not too late.  This is a great opportunity to get a lot of good food for a better price.  Each week, you'll get $40 worth of things for $33.

On to the store. We'll have a nice spread this week.  As usual,to be boring here's how the store works.  Read the list and email me back what you'd like by 8AM tomorrow (October 6th).  Your order will be in the shed with your name and the amount after 2pm tomorrow.  Self service. Put payment in the jar.  Checks ok.  Got that out of the way!

Let's start with what our neighbor, Peter has to offer.  I asked him to write about paw paws because many of you might not be familiar.  Here's what he wrote:

Paw-paw is a forgotten native North American fruit. Keep at room temperature until it softens, then peel or half and scoop out the delicious custard-like flesh that has hints of vanilla, banana, and mango. Grow your own paw-paw trees by planting the large seeds.

You can get a small paw paw for $1.50 or a larger one for $2.50

Also from Peter:

Northfordy Tomato Sauce $10

Winter Squash: delicata,spaghetti and butternut. Please specify $!.50/lb

Herb bunches $2/each rosemary/mint/sage/thyme and oregano

Now for our products:

Salad Greens $6/bag

Spinach $6/bag  There's so much to say positive about our spinach.

Arugula $6/bag

Mizuna $6/bag Light and delicate and small.  A great taste treat.

Beets  $4/lb.

Swiss Chard $3/bunch

Big Kale $4/bunch

Potatoes $5/bag Either white/yellow or pink/rose. Please specify

Cherry Tomatoes $6/pint or $10 for 2

Sun Golds $6/pint or $10 for 2

Heirloom Tomatoes $6/lb

Juliet Tomates  $6/lb

Collards $3/bunch

Eggplant $5/lb

Peppers $5/lb

Daikon $1/lb

Carrots- $5/bunch

Haukeri Turnips $4/bunch

Onions $2/lb

If there's any kind of problem with your order, text me.  860 463 0166.  Generally, I am not available after 2pm on Friday (taking an essential nap!), but will attend to any issues right away.

 

Posted by: David Zemelsky
10/5/2017 9:57 am

 

It would be an exaggeration to really feel that all is well.  But the Fair is fun, especially if one has grandchildren (who are expecting us to come through with endless dollars to feed them and to help them throw little hoops at funny animals so that they can get equally  funny and useless fuzzy creatures).  What else should be fun this year about the Fair is that I am to be a judge at the Vegetable Competition this year.  In a big way, its really weird.  It really is.  Blue ribbons go to the vegetable that looks the best.  And if you are showing more than one, they should look as close to each as possible.  I think there should be a judging on the flavor.  But I'm looking forward to it, anyway.  The people who run the Vegetable Department are very dedicated and hard working people with only great intentions.

Our CSA is now collecting members.  If you'd like to join, just go to the home page on the website (starlightgardensct.com) and find CSA Fall 2017.  It's $200 for 6 weeks.  You'll be saving $36 by  going the CSA route.  CSA will be on Friday, also.  If you have trouble thinking about collecting your order, we have a working relationship with a delivery service that will be able to get your order and bring to your house for $10 each time.  This service is very reliable.  We use them for getting orders to our restaurants.  Ask me, for more details

We're going to open the store Thursday this week, because of the Fair.  Thursday is light and you'll easily be able to get in and out with not much trouble.  Place your order(via email) by Thursday 8AM. It'll be ready after 2pm on Thursday.  Checks ok.  Self service.  If you come after dark, bring a light.

I've got a handful of watermelons.  They're a $1/lb, so if you want one be prepared to spend from $5-10/each depending on the weight.  If you cut them open and they aren't ripe- I'll refund your money.  When you arrive at the shed, they'll be marked. These are truly awesome melons with seeds.  Sugar Babies. A real remarkable eating experience. Supply is limited, so be prepared for disappointment.

Pea Tendrils- $6/bag

Salad Greens- $6/bag

Cherry Tomatoes-$6/pt.  2 for $10.  These are awesome and beautiful

Sun Golds- $6/pt

Heirlooms -$6.50/lb

Juliet Tomatoes $6.50/lb

Beets- $4/lb

Collards- $3/bunch

Big Kale (if you want Lacinato, just say)  $4/bunch

Potatoes (specify if you want yellow/white or rose/red) $5/1lb bag

Sun dried Tomatoes  $5/oz

Peppers-mostly yellow and orange, some red $5/lb

Eggplants- $5/lb

Garlic -$2.50head

Swiss Chard- $3/bunch

Daikon $2.50/lb

Thyme, Sage bunches $2/each

Northfordy's Very Famous Tomato Sauce- $10

Carrots $5/bunch

And from Farmer Peter we have:

Heirloom Beans $4/lb

Shallots $5/pt.

Corn $.50/ear

Turnips -$1lb.

Mexican Sunflwers $1/stem

Paw Paws - a really cool treat. Fruity and delicious $3/a fruit

Hope you see something you'd like.

 

 

 

 

Posted by: David Zemelsky
9/19/2017 2:07 pm

Dear Friends of Great Food,

Star Light Gardens will have a Fall CSA this season!  This will be in addition to people who want to order just a few things each week and do their pick up on Friday.  There are two big advantages to becoming members of the CSA. First, you'll be getting your fresh food on Wednesday, so that you can enjoy it during the work week.  Secondly, there'll be financial savings for you.  Each week, you'll be saving the price of a bag of salad greens!

Here is a partial list of what you can expect.

Arugula

Salad Greens

Asian Greens for Braising

Spinach

Pea Tendrils

Potatoes

Eggplant(early on)

Peppers(early on)

Tomatoes(early on)

Turmeric

Thyme and Sage

Kale

Collards

Daikon Radish

Carrots (towards the end of the CSA time)

Pick up will be Wednesday after 2pm at the Farm or at Wooster Square from 9am to 1pm.  If you'd like to sign up, please go to our website and choose the CSA Fall 2017 and from the drop down menu choose CSA Fall 2017 Sign up. If you have been a CSA member in the past, you'll be prompted to "click here" up at the top.  Put in your email address.  We're really excited to be doing this and hope that you'll consider this great opportunity. Cost will be $200.  We can make arrangements to have you pay in a few installments if need be.  The CSA will run from October 4th to November 15th.

If there's any questions, please let me know

Bon Appetit

 

 

Posted by: David Zemelsky
9/14/2017 1:59 pm

My favorite cooking experiences center around discovery and improvising. If you have great ingredients then it is possible to create something wonderful on the spot.  That happened last night. At dusk, I went out and collected some things: a few peppers, two carrots, three onions, garlic and Tiger Eye Tomatoes.  No idea about what I was going to do with them except that there was some chicken defrosting and some rice cookiing,that would figure in.  Once back in the kitchen, I figured out the beginning of a plan and began working.  In a wok, the chicken was placed along with sesame oil, olive oil and some orange juice.  This was fried until the pink of the meat was gone.  Once that was done, they were removed to a bowl.  Then came the onions with a bit more sesame oil and olive oil.  After they were translucent (about 7 minutes), they were removed to the same bowl.  Then came the peppers and smashed garlic.  When they become soft enough (matter of taste), the ingredients in the bowl were reincorporated in the wok.  A touch more orange juice was added at the last minute.  It ended up delicious and also glorious to look at along side of freshly cooked brown rice.  My point is merely that one can have fun in the kitchen by letting recipes evolve.

On the farm this week, its all about planning and planting for the Fall and Winter.  Yesterday, we began taking out tomato plants in order to make room for spinach and other greens.  In a way, it is sad to take these plants out.  They've been an integral part of each day since planting them from seed way back in January.  As a result, we're loaded with sun golds for the Friday Shed Time and the Saturday Market.  Don't worry though, there's still plenty of tomatoes left to enjoy.

Spinach is relating well to the change in weather.  Here's a progress report on spinach-note photo below.  Maybe we'll have something to offer next week, but certainly the week after.

If you'd like to order something this week, let me know by 8AM Friday (9/15) via email.  Your order will be waiting for you after 2pm on Friday at our shed to the left of our house at 54 Fowler Ave. in Durham.  Self service. Cash preferred, but checks are ok, too if need be.

We'll have the following available:

Salad Greens- $6/bag

Braising Greens-with Asian varieties, including spicy mustard $6/bag

Peppers-$5/lb

Eggplant-$5/lb

Garlic- $2.50/head

Beets- $4/lb

Baby Beets with Greens $4/bunch.

Daikon-$2.50/lb

Pea Tendrils-$6/bag Back, now that the season has turned cooler!  Great for sandwiches, pea tendril pesto, asian cooking.

Big Kale, Including Lacinato $4/bunch.  If you want curly, let us know

Potatoes -both Red Finn or Yellow Banana. Both are fingerling variety.  Specify,if you care more for one  than the other. $5/lb

Swiss Chard- $3/bunch

Collards $3/bunch

Carrots- $5/lb

Juliet Tomatoes- $6.50/lb

Wapsipinicon- $3.50/lb

Sun Golds-SPECIAL $6/pint and 2 pints for $9 or 3 pints for $12

Heirlooms-$6.50/lb

Sun-dried Tomatoes- $5/oz.  A tasty treat that would also make a great birthday or any other occasion present

Thyme  or Sage bunches -$2/bunch.  Specify which one

And from Farmer Peter we've got

Famous Northfordy Tomato Sauce $10

Heirloom Beans $4/lb

Shallots $5/pt.

Corn $.50/ear

Turnips -$1lb.

I hope you see something you'd like.  I'll be writing an announcement  explaining our Fall CSA.  If the idea appeals to you, let me know right away.  This is a great opportunity to get a steady supply of great food.  This CSA will run for 6 weeks, starting the first week in October.  Watch for the information to arrive in your in box very soon.

Have a great week

David

Posted by: David Zemelsky
9/14/2017 10:03 am

Its all about the Fall now on the farm.  We're still getting Summer tomatoes,but our focus has suddenly switched to preparing soil beds and planting things that still have time to be harvested this Fall.  Let me amend that just slightly.  There are two important things that we'll plant this Fall that won't be harvested until next year.  The first is garlic.  It will get planted from mid-October to mid November.  The second thing is carrots.  I've always been fascinated with wintering over baby baby carrots that start  growing again once the light returns.  There is a formula for when to plant late carrots that I just learned yesterday.  It centers around the amount of light in the day.  One should plant carrots no earlier than 12 weeks before the return of  10 hours of daylight.  For us, that is around January 28th.  So counting backwards 12 weeks from that gives us a planting date of no earlier than November 6th.  From experience, I can tell you that if you plant earlier than 12 weeks, one's carrots will go to seed rather than produce a nice root.  This is especially true for dark purple carrots because of their primitive nature.  Farmer's aren't particularly competitive with each other, however, there is a certain satisfaction when one has the first tomato or the first carrot of the season.  I don't mind being among the first with the carrots  Another benefit is that it is so obvious when the light goes above 10 hours.  Its as if a switch gets turned on inside the plant and growth resumes again.  Little things that make the Winter even brighter.

Quick progress report on spinach-its growing.  Earlier this week, I cultivated it.  There are already true leaves in some places.  Another month or less till we can offer it to you.

There's a lot of offerings this week for the store.  Redundant reminders to follow: Send me your order by 8AM on Friday, September 8th.  Your order will be ready around 2pm on that Friday in the shed next to our house at 54 Fowler Ave.  Cash preferred, but checks are ok if need be.  Self service and put payment in the payment jar.  If I make a mistake on your order, just send me an email and we'll work something out.  Don't knock on the door as I'm probably very done for the day.  I will help you out-just email me.

Salad Greens- $6/bag

Arugula-$6/bag

Mustard Greens- $5/bag spicy and a bit different (in a wonderful way). Great to add to salads or braise lightly as a side dish

Peppers- $5/lb

Eggplant-$5/lb  These are glorious Italian eggplants with delicious pulp.  They make fantastic eggplant parmesean!

Daikon Radish- $2.50/lb For roasting, pickling.  Look up other ideas

French Fingerling Potatoes- $5/lb.  New and delicious crop

Big Lacinato Kale, (or curly,just let me know) $4/bunch

Collards-$3/bunch

Beets $4/lb

New Beet Greens with baby beets- $4/bunch Beet greens are amazing lightly pan fried.  The baby beet size various from decent to microscopic. 

Radishes- $3/lb.  These are funny shaped, but taste great.  I'd recommend them.

Carrots- $5/bunch

Garlic- $2.50/head

Cherry Tomatoes- $6/pint

Wapsipinicon-$7 for 2/lbs.  I hope that those of you who tried them last week or now believers.  At the Farmer's Market on Saturday, people were literally jumping in the air(I'm not kidding!) when they tasted them

Juliets-$6.50/lb Still my Desert Island tomato(the one that I'd take, if I could only choose one to take to a desert island

Sun-dried Tomatoes- $5/oz.  A tasty treat that would also make a great birthday or any other occasion present

Swiss Chard- $3/bunch

And from our friend and farmer/neighbor Peter we have:

Corn-$.50/ear

Northfordy Famous Sauce- $10

Yellow Snap Beans- $4/lb.

Summer Squash- $1.50/lb

Herb Bunches -$2/bunch.  Please choose from thyme, rosemary, oregano or mint.

That's our list.  Hope you find something that you'd like. For those of you who donated money to relief efforts in Houston in exchange for salad, thank you. 

Have a great week.

 

Posted by: David Zemelsky
9/7/2017 8:16 am

The season turned Wednesday morning.  It wasn't freezing at all, but there was something else there that is hard to put ones finger on.  It had rained a bit the night before and that brought down a lot of leaves.  And then there was something about the wind that made me think of Fall.  The fact that it was very gray early in the AM, also added to it all.  Its hard to say exactly,all I know is that it felt different. 

That means a lot of things on the farm.  One thing is that it is too late to plant somethings. Corn, for example. Too late.  Cukes? Maybe, but I'm not even going to try.  However, there are lots of other  things that we're going to keep on planting because time hasn't run out for them.  Spinach is a good example.  After studying the different options, we selected four very interesting varieties.  As soon as they came, I primed the seed.  This process helps get the seed germinated much faster.  If the plant gets well established before the weeds, we have a much better chance of success.  Priming is simple.  The seed is soaked in water for about 5-8 hours.  After that, it is spread out on a drying rake sheet with a paper towel underneath it(so it doesn't fall through) and placed in our dehydrator.  I'll put the setting on the least amount of heat and let the seed dry.  After that, I'll gather up the newly dried seed and plant it.  New seedlings emerge after 4-5 days, which is at least 3-4 earlier than just putting the raw seed in the ground with no other treatment.  I do the same thing for carrot seed.

Spinach seedlings that are 6 days old

Another thing that this means, is that we're going to start covering crops with the heavy row cover.  All Summer, certain crops were covered to protect them from flea beetles or leaf miners (depending on the crop).  It is a light gauzez fabric with little or no weight.  Now that the nights are beginning to get cooler, we're going to need to conserve heat-hence the heavier cloth.

Let's talk about Wapsipinicon Tomatoes before listing things for the store.  Some of you have made the big plunge and tried them.  I can totally understand a person's reluctance.  They're soft,fuzzy and have a dull nondescript color. However, there taste is remarkable.  Its kind of a watery,white wine flavor. Mild, but assertive (if that makes any sense).  And, we've got a lot of them.  Probably more than there should be.  I think that at the time of planting, the number of them got away from me.  That could happen.  Therefore, we need to get them into your hands.  So, I've dropped the price in hopes that you'll know not only are there a lot here (which there are), but that this tomato is worth trying too.  3lbs for $7 is the new price.

Below is the list of what's available from us.  Read the list and email me back what you'd like by 8AM Friday (September 1st).  Your order will be waiting for you after 2pm (more or less) that same day in our shed at 54 Fowler Ave.  Bring exact change (or check) and put payment in payment jar.  If there's some kind of problem, just email me back and I'll make it right.

Here's our list:

Wapsipinicon 3lbs for $7. Special price.  They also make an amazing sauce for pasta and other things.

Heirloom Tomatoes 2lbs for $7.  They are full of Summer taste and wonder

Juliet-our wonderful tomato for all your needs.  Uncooked or cooked, this is your go to tomato.  2lbs for $7

Sun-dried Juliets- an extraordinary taste treat that would also make a wonderful present for some Foodie in your life. $5/oz

A 5 lb  flat of seconds(Heirloom Tomatoes)-$15.  You'll be getting a mix of wonderful heirlooms. There'll be some kind of split or something, nothing really serious.  However, I wouldn't forget picking them up either!

Cherry Tomatoes- a mix of all different varieties. $6/pint

Sun-gold's-$6/pint

Orange or Yellow Peppers-  these are thick skinned bell peppers with an amazing taste.  $5/lb

Salad Greens- with lettuces, kale, mizuna $6/bag

Carrots- $5/lb

Arugula $6/bag

Garlic $2.50/head

Onions $3/lb

Beets- $4/bunch

Big Kale $4/bunch.  Specify if you'd like lacinato or curly

Daikon $2.50lb

Glorious new French Fingerling Potatoes -$5/lb

And again, our list from Farmer Peter

Marvel of Venice Italian heirloom snap beans, fabulous when sautéed with onion and tomato or my sauce $4lb,

NEW Cantalopes $5/each

Gladiolas $1each,

Rhubarb $5 lb,

Shallots $5 half Pt,

Herb Bunches: thyme, mint, oregano $2/bunch

Famous Northfordy Tomato Sauce $10/jar

Hope this week is glorious for you, too

 

Posted by: David Zemelsky
8/31/2017 9:07 am