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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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News from the farm

listening
listening
 This month marks a transition to the Academic Year Season when the youth in our programs return to school, and we welcome hundreds of volunteers to the land to assist with harvests, planting, weeding, and closing the farms for winter. Many youth at The Food Project continue working and learning with us throughout the school-year as participants in our "DIRT" Crew, or as Interns. The DIRT Crew and Intern Program are the 2nd and 3rd levels, respectively, of our three-tiered youth development system that takes youth through the high school years.

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