Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Week 13 (A-Week) Share List and Farm News

Share items for Sept 2, 5 (best guess in advance):

Edamame (soybeans), 1 plant pick the pods off yourself – it’s not hard – then steam them with salt for a great snack that kids and adults love. The plants are mostly dead- this is the stage that they are meant to be harvested at.
Cherry and grape tomatoes, 1/2 pint
Onions, 2 (red and yellow torpedo type)    
sweet corn
mixed color Sweet peppers, 6
Swiss chard OR Purslane, 1 bu
Purple potatoes, 2 lb

Fruit share: 
Plums and Donut peaches

Flower share: 
zinnias, amaranth, sunflowers, celosia, etc.

Egg share: ½ dozen pastured eggs

Cheese share: 
Sprout Creek Farm (www.sproutcreekfarm.org) is a new addition to our Cheese Share program. They are a non-profit educational farm located in Poughkeepsie, Duchess County. I met them at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in October, and had a chance to enjoy their cheeses there – we hope you will too!

Toussaint (too-sanh):  A raw cows' milk cheese with a distinctive Alpine flavor and a smooth tight texture, it becomes complex and peppery with age. Aged 5-7 months. Place winner in International Cheese Contest 2008.

Kinkead: This semi firm cheese is savory and sharp with a hint of pungency. Dense and creamy, Kinkead is washed in the beginning for extra flavor, then aged to perfection in our ripening rooms. Raw cows' milk cheese, aged 6-8 months

 one whole Garden of Eve-grown organically-fed, pastured chicken, AND one lb ground Wagyu beef, AND one Long Island duck breast raised on the Peconic Bay a stone’s throw from Garden of Eve, AND one bag frozen broccoli /cauliflower/beans (a bonus extra). 


Monday, August 24, 2015

Week 12 (B-Week) Share List and Farm News

Farm News: Thanks to all those who came out to the farm this past weekend for our farm tour. As always, it was great to meet you! Some of you are like family at this point – you know who you are… we try not to take you for granted but it’s so great to just be able to be in touch with the same people year after year, to recognize you and know that we don’t have to worry about anything at the pick up site because you are going to take care of everything really well, like you always do! We hope all the other members appreciate the time and energy these “Core” CSA members put in. There are lots of causes out there, and we are perpetually amazed and humbled that you choose to give your time and energy to helping support our farm. It really puts the “Community” into Community Supported Agriculture.
            Hope some of you got to meet our great Farm Market Team, who masterfully turned the farm into the land of TomatoFest this past weekend.
            A note on the melons – many of you have enjoyed them, and a few have disappointingly gotten melons that might be rotten or even “empty” on the inside. I know this is so sad, when you open a beautiful melon only to not be able to eat it – it even happened to us, when we brought one of our melons to a friend’s house recently as a gift. But unfortunately, there is no way to know, from the outside, that this is the case. We do our best to grow and harvest the melons in order to maximize quality, but there is no way to avoid a few of you receiving an occasional bad melon. This even happens when you buy melons at a store or supermarket – I know it’s happened to me plenty. We apologize!
Share items for August 26 and 29 (best guess)
sweet corn 6-8 ears
Sweet peppers, multicolored
Bok choi, 1 head
Hot peppers
Potatoes, red gold variety, 1 quart or 2 lbs
Kale, 1 bu
Sweet salad turnips, 1 bu

Fruit:  1 Qt donut peaches AND one Garden-of-Eve-grown Melon

Flower share: sunflowers, gomphrena, celosia, etc.

Egg share: ½ dozen pastured eggs

Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht
Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market

Monday, August 17, 2015

Week 11 (A-Week) Share List and Farm News

Latecomers Share: Because enrollment was down this year and they need to fill a few more spots, Garden of Eve Farm is offering a latecomers half season share starting in September. We don't anticipate this being an option in future seasons, but we want to help the farm out! Great for those who were on the fence about joining. Folks can sign up at Farmigo. Please spread the word to friends and neighbors.

Farm News: Tomato production is slowly picking up, and we are happy to let you know that for the next 2-3 weeks, you can order bulk boxes for tomatoes, corn, onions and beets, as well as jars of our own recently harvested raw honey. Go to this link: http://www.farmigo.com/store/gardenofevefarm,  please order at least 2 days before your CSA pick up day, in order to get the box on your share day (further in advance is best). IT will be delivered on whatever is the next CSA pick up at your site, after you order it. If you want it a different date, or there are other specific instructions, please email us after you order at farmer@gardenofevefarm.com. Pick up is also available at the farm!

Next weekend we’ll be celebrating TomatoFest with tomato tasting, hayrides, tomato picking, live music, and more. We are looking forward to having many of our CSA members coming out to visit the farm. All CSA members and family members are free, and Admission for non-CSA members is $3. 10-6, Sat and Sun Aug 22-23.

On the farm, we are doing a lot of moving pipe and irrigating, since it has rained very little this month (and this whole season!). Fall veggies are available now at the Garden Center for your fall garden, as well as Frost Blankets for season extension. Buy 10 veggies get a free Frost Blanket! Garlic is getting cut and readied for sale and the 12th Annual LI Garlic Festival which is coming up Sept 19-20! Even the winter squashes are sizing up, with fall approaching.

Share items for August 19, 22:
cherry tomatoes
Sweet corn
Peppers, green
Hot peppers
Italian Torpedo Onions
Zucchini or summer squash, mixed colors and shapes
Arugula, 1 bu
Potatoes, “Nicola” yellow-fleshed, great for roasting

Fruit share: 2 small Garden-of-Eve grown organic watermelons or cantaloupe, OR 1 melon and 1 lb donut peaches. 

Flower share: zinnias, sunflowers, celosia, gomphrena, amaranth, etc.

Eggs: ½ dozen pastured eggs

Cheese: R&G Cheesemakers, Pollenbert (a Camembert-like cow’s milk cheese made with fennel pollen!) and Nettle Meadows Garlic Herb Chevre. Personally, we love the pollenbert and we hope you will too

Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht
Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2015 Fall Share Available!

GREAT NEWS for latecomers!

This season, Garden of Eve Farm is offering a latecomers share that picks up for the second half of the season (September to November). Perfect for folks who missed the summer due to travel or have always wanted to try out the CSA. Sign up now!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Week 10 (B-Week) Share List and Farm News

Farm News: At this time of year we are excited to bring you a quantity of vegetables that provide much more than the price you pay per week for the CSA share, evening out for some of those early, thinner weeks in early summer when we asked for your patience while we were planting and caring for all the crops that are now being harvested in bounty! We are certainly all experiencing the “seasonal” nature of eating at this time, with that long wait for tomatoes finally over, and the anticipation of all that freshness finally satisfied.

Share items for August 12, 15 (best guess in advance):
Tomatoes, 2
cherry tomatoes 1 pint
sweet corn, 8 ears
sweet Walla Walla onion, 2
Bell Peppers, 2
Kale, 1 bu
Beets, 1 bu
Lettuce, 1 head

Fruit share: 2 Garden of Eve-grown organic watermelon (yellow, red, or orange), honeydew melons, and/or canteloupes

Flower share: sunflowers, celosia, cleome, etc.

Egg share: ½ dozen pastured eggs