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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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Brussels Sprouts

Yet another vegetable transformed by the weather, Brussels sprouts, after hard frosts like we had last week, are sweet and a bit nutty, nothing like the bitter, probably grey, overcooked sulfurous brassica you might have been served as a child. We like them so much better after the frost that we always wait until late October to harvest them. Snap the sprouts off the stalk to enjoy this nutritious seasonal treat high in fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium and iron. While some boil the sprouts, stir fry them or peel them and cook the leaves individually, my favorite Brussels sprout mouthfuls have all been roasted so here are two suggestions for how to go about it:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
3 tablespoons good olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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News from the Lincoln Farm

Only one week left to go after this.

The Cold Arrives

Though temperatures are supposed to rise close to 70 this week, last week we saw the first of the true cold weather. With the first hard frost there is sometimes a sigh of relief among the farm crew. After all the labor of the season, we finally allow ourselves to relax once the pepper plants droop and the basil turns brown. There is still plenty of harvesting to be done, but now we get to set our alarm clocks a bit later, waiting until the sun rises and the frost loosens its grip on the lettuce to begin work. Here in New England the weather sets the pace, slowing down life for the colder months. We are helpless to resist it. When snow falls in October, as it did on us last Friday, we find work to do under cover, take the time to heat up our lunches and enjoy early bedtimes. Even the weeds have lost their sense of urgency and begin to take a little rest. Enjoy these last two weeks of produce fresh from the ground- the roots and greens are made sweeter by the frost, crisper by the cold and more precious by their impermanence.

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Lincoln & Box Share CSA survey and renewal forms

Did you participate in the Lincoln On-Farm CSA, or get one of our Boston-area Box Shares? If so, we'd appreciate it if you could fill out a brief survey, and we hope that you'll want to fill out the renewal form for next year.

On-Farm

2009 Survey
Renewal form (PDF)

Box Share

2009 Survey
Renewal form (PDF)

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North Shore CSA Event Location Change

Even in the Rain
Even in the Rain
 As you have probably heard, the weather tomorrow is looking to be very cold and probably wet.

Given this, and the fact that everyone who has RSVP'ed for tomorrow's event picks up their share in either Swampscott or Lynn, we've decided to move the event to our office at 120 Munroe St. in Lynn.

We will be having a potluck lunch in the warmth at our office from 12- 1 PM, followed by tours of our new urban farm on Munroe street, and cider pressing.

Hope to see you there!

Best regards, James Harrison

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North Shore CSA Newsletter

News from the Farm

Dear Members,

We hope to see you at Long Hill at our Fall Fiesta this coming Saturday. We'll be having a potluck lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 PM, and then will be pressing apple cider afterwards with our old-time cider press until 3:30 PM. Please join us for all or part of the day.

During my pre-farmer days (while in college) I read a passage from Hermann Hesse’s Beneath the Wheel that struck me with the beauty of Fall and of sharing a harvest. I found the passage on Google books just now:

The crunching of the apples sounded harsh but appetizing. Anyone passing by who heard this sound could not help reaching for an apple and taking a bite. The sweet cider poured out of the pipes in a thick stream, reddish-yellow, sparkling in the sun. Anyone passing by who saw this could not help asking for a glass, taking a sip and then just standing there, his eyes moistened by a sense of well-being and sweetness which surged through him. And this sweet cider filled the air far and wide with its delicious fragrance.

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This week at our Boston Farmers' Markets

update: due to the earlier darkness, markets are closing at 6 PM for the rest of the season

Dudley Town Common Farmers Market
intersection of Blue Hill Ave and Dudley Street
Tuesday and Thursdays 3-6pm
Through Oct 29

Bowdoin Street Health Center Farmers Market
230 Bowdoin St, Dorchester
Thursdays 2:30-6pm
Through Oct 29

This Week

We'll have: Beets, Carrots, Potatoes, Shelling Beans, Cabbage, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Kale, Spicy Salad Mix, Lettuce Mix, Parsley, (Apples and, with any luck, Corn, on Thursday) and the last of the Peppers, Eggplant, Japanese Eggplant, Yellow Summer Squash, Zucchini and Cousa Squash for the season!

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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter

Just two more weeks after this one

Your Farmers

We've neglected all this time to introduce you to those of us who have been growing your vegetables.

Miriam Stason, Lincoln resident and glowing mother of one young boy quite fond of kohlrabi, heads up the Baker Bridge farm team in her second year as Farm Manager. Miriam is our Food Project veteran, in this her 7th year on the farm, starting out as a Grower's Assistant, pioneering the Box Shares and now at the helm as list-maker in chief.

Karen Pettinelli has been in charge of the Box Shares for the last two years, putting to work her passion for agriculture gained through many years of experience working on farms in Eastern Massachusetts. Karen also brings local knowledge, having grown up in Sudbury where her family and much loved dogs still reside.

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North Shore CSA Newsletter

Save the date

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.

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This week at our Boston Farmers' Markets

Dudley Town Common Farmers Market
intersection of Blue Hill Ave and Dudley Street
Tuesday and Thursdays 3-7pm
Through Oct 29

Bowdoin Street Health Center Farmers Market
230 Bowdoin St, Dorchester
Thursdays 2:30-6:30pm
Through Oct 29

(Boston Medical Center Farmers Market has ended for the season)

This Week

We'll have: Beets, Carrots, Potatoes, Eggplant, Japanese Eggplant, Yellow Summer Squash, Zucchini and Cousa Squash, Shelling Beans, Cabbage, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Kale, Spicy Salad Mix, Lettuce Mix, Hot Peppers, Parsley, Concord Grapes, Apples, (Peaches on Tuesday) and (hopefully Corn on Thursday)

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