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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter

Back at the Hoophouse

For weeks we've been talking about things on the farm slowing down, but there is one area where life is just beginning. At the back of our farm between the railroad tracks and our much neglected compost piles sit our two greenhouses. The larger heated one is quietly full of onions, garlic, squash and sweet potatoes curing under its warm, dry cover. Next door its smaller cousin the hoophouse is experiencing a Renaissance. Inside the air is moist and lit by the glow of newly emerged greens. There spinach and herbs that will be harvested for our winter CSA and on into April are starting to unfurl.

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Want to work with us?

Lincoln Land
Lincoln Land
 We're now hiring two positions for the 2010 growing season, and an exciting year-round position.  

Both of the seasonal positions are for Grower's Assistants on our Lincoln land, and one of the positions will also involve supervising TFP interns.

Our other opening is for the Director of our North Shore site.

For more details on the positions and how to apply, see our Work Here page. 

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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


Please join us for a state-of-the-farm tour and potluck lunch on October 17. This will be a great opportunity to meet and hear from the staff, youth, and other members that make up the community of our community supported agriculture program. We will provide salad, dessert, and the opportunity to press as many apples as you like into fresh, delicious cider. This is a kid-friendly event, and will be a lot of fun.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by October 13.

Hope to see you there!

 

If you would like to come work on the farm with our D.I.R.T. Crew (Dynamic, Intelligent, Responsible Teenagers) beforehand, our Serve and Grow Volunteer Program starts at 9:30 AM. Let us know if you would like to participate.

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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!
Main Lobby, Massachusetts Ave.
Fridays 11am-2pm

--this week, October 2, is the last week for this market--

This Week

We'll have: Leeks, Green Tomatoes, Eggplant, Japanese Eggplant, Beets, Carrots, Yellow Summer Squash, Zucchini and Cousa Squash, Shelling Beans, Cabbage, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Kale, Spicy Salad Mix, Lettuce Mix, Lettuce, Hot Peppers, Cilantro, Parsley, Concord Grapes, Apples and (hopefully Corn - only on some Thursdays)

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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter

Squash Saga

Do you remember the rain in June? While the weather of spring and early summer may fade in our minds, its effects are still being felt on the farm, especially at harvest time. Record rainfall and low temperatures in June and July led Governor Patrick and members of the Massachusetts delegation to ask federal officials to declare much of the state an agricultural disaster zone, citing tens of millions of dollars in expected income losses. As a Community Supported Agriculture program, we have asked you, the share holders, to take on the risk of the farming season with us and this year, more than any other, you have felt the losses with the demise of our tomato crop by the moisture-loving late blight. Thank you.

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Weeder to Leader: Hien Vu’s Summer

Crew E
Crew E
 Hien Vu came to The Food Project looking for a summer job, and he left as a leader.

Hien, a 16-year-old Vietnamese boy from Roxbury, was not the sort of kid that you might peg as a go-getter. He was well intentioned and had a lot of potential. He also had a “too cool for school” attitude,

This summer, through hard, meaningful work in a supportive environment, Hien revealed a new side of his personality. He grew into a natural leader within his crew, keeping the group on track when friendly competition and games threatened to boil over. He began to express himself more, bringing in his family’s traditional foods to share with his peers.

By the end of the summer, he was stretching in ways no one expected. Hien gave a moving speech before a crowd of 200 at the end-of-summer Family Feast, explaining the ways in which his adult mentors at The Food Project came to serve as role models for him, in the absence of a consistent father figure.

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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!
Main Lobby, Massachusetts Ave.
Fridays 11am-2pm

--next week, October 2, is the last week for this market--

This Week

produce at market
produce at market
 We'll have: Leeks, Red and Yellow Onions, Green Tomatoes, Eggplant, Japanese Eggplant, Beets, Carrots, Yellow Summer Squash, Zucchini and Cousa Squash, Cabbage, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Kale, Spicy Salad Mix, Lettuce Mix, Lettuce, Radishes, Hot Peppers, Cilantro, Parsley, Concord Grapes, Apples and (hopefully Corn - only on some Thursdays)

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North Shore CSA Newsletter

In the share

cilantro
basil
cabbage
eggplant
peppers
spuds
squash
wax beans
apples

Fish Tacos

I’ve been getting a little compulsive about fish tacos of late and have tried to pair our cabbage, cilantro, and hot peppers with a keeper striper…no luck yet on the striper, but the fish tacos have been great. Here are a few ideas, including an article about fish tacos that was in the Globe a couple weeks ago. The epicurious recipe is really nice and simple once you get the hang of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLCjpm0_TfA
http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/articles/2009/09/09/fish_tacos_land...
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Grilled-Fish-Tacos-242128

Recipes of the Week

Fish Tacos

Recipe courtesy Bobby Flay

Prep Time: 35 min
Inactive Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 45 min

Tacos:

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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter

In the Share

lettuce
bok choy
cabbage
kale
potatoes
garlic
onions
mix and match (purple top turnips, hakurei salad turnips, broccoli, easter egg radishes, carrots, beets, cucumbers, sweet peppers, hot peppers)


In the Field

flowers
raspberries
husk cherries
tomatillos
herbs

Autumnal Equinox

This week we officially shift over to fall. We're at the tipping point where the days become shorter than the nights; where we spend more time inside than out on the farm. This is the time of the Harvest Moon (actually next week's full moon) when the moon rises large and orange close to sunset, traditionally allowing farmers to continue bringing in the harvest by moonlight. We won't be taking advantage of that astrological occurrence.

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My, what a large pan

selection from tomato field panorama
selection from tomato field panorama
 The Food Project is the lucky recipient of a GigaPan robotic panorama-producing system, generously provided together with training by Fine Outreach for Science. The GigaPan system can produce extremely large, detailed panoramas that can easily be examined through their website -- you can take in the whole scene, or zoom in to inspect which tomatoes are affected by the blight and which are still fine. 

While there was a bit of a learning curve learning how to operate the GigaPan, we succeeded in producing our first panorama worth sharing last month: a scene from the on-farm U Pick tomato fields of our CSA. More to come!

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