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What: CSA Fall Celebration
Where: Long Hill Reservation, 572 Essex St., Beverly
When: October 17, 12:00 - 2:00 PM


News from the farm

One of my favorite things about farming is the feeling of Abundance. There are points in every season when I find myself in the middle of picking, and just can't believe how much food is out there. Whether picking tomatoes, summer squash or potatoes, I just start laughing at how much food, and therefore how much more work, lies ahead of me. I can only describe it as a kind of giddy-despair. While this season has been shorter on these moments than usual, with farmers across the state reporting record low crop yields in everything from hay to pumpkins to tomatoes to honey, we have found Abundance in abundance in the Kanner Orchard in Lincoln.

From accounts across New England, and from our own experience in Lincoln, this has truly been a season of plenty for orchards. A warm, dry spring gave the bees and other pollinating insects the perfect conditions to do their work. Busily buzzing from flower to flower, they did their work well, spreading pollen and ensuring a heavy fruit set. When all the rain in June and July was drowning most crops, the established root systems of fruit trees put the water to good use. The sun and heat of August and September then gave the trees just what they needed for ripening, and now here we are at harvest time, every branch heavy with fruit and threatening to break under its own weight. Picking fruit from these trees this season has often felt like an act of mercy, and many moments of "giddy-despair" have been shared looking out over the sea of fruit to be picked.

A wise man once said, "If you have fruit, you have friends." I have tried to treat these words as gospel: I'm pretty sure my wife married me in a peach and nectarine induced fog. Our upcoming event on October 17 will be a chance to share fruit with friends and to make use of the abundance of the season. We will have our new cider press, piles of apples, and plenty of cider jugs on hand, so fresh cider will be a-flowing for the taking. Bulk boxes of baking apples will also be available for you to take home, so if you've been looking forward to making your own pies, apple sauce, tarts, etc., look no further.

Hope to see you there! - Farmer J.

Recipe of the Week

Potato Leek Soup

1 cup butter
2 leeks, sliced
salt and pepper to taste
1 quart chicken broth
1 tablespoon cornstarch
4 cups Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups heavy cream

1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Cook leeks in butter with salt and pepper until tender, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes.
2. Stir cornstarch into broth and pour broth into pot. Add the potatoes and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in the cream, reduce heat and simmer at least 30 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

Bon Appetite!

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