"Sometimes I wish a school bus full of volunteers would pull into the farm and offer to help," said one tired family farmer to another. theMOVE is a new organization with a mission and work that will make just about every farmer I know smile, including the one mentioned above. theMOVE organizes and leads reflective … Continue reading Connecting to the Source: theMOVE
Managing Shared Harvest can be pretty challenging. Consider all the extras that I've got to sample. Most recently I've been sampling Crystal Brook's orange-cranberry goat cheese. I've been a fan of their classic plain and cracked black pepper cheese since I toured the farm during a CRAFT visit several years ago. Thinking that shareholders might … Continue reading It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it
is Holy Cow! amazing. (Or Holy Purple Cow! as we say at Shared Harvest.) In putting together the smorgasbord of extras for the winter share, I had almost decided to not offer this burrata. It just sounded silly. I couldn't get my Iowan sensibilities around the mix of flavors. Then I tried it. The chili … Continue reading Fiore Di Nonno’s Lavender Honey and Chili Burrata
This year, one of the Shared Harvest optional items (extras) will be maple syrup from the Warren Farm in North Brookfield. I'll be sending shareholders an order form next week and finalizing our purchase by the end of September. I spoke with Jan Wentworth, Warren Farm co-owner and farmer, last week about what kind of … Continue reading Got Maple Syrup?
Next week Charley Baer hopes to harvest the heirloom Jacob's Cattle beans he's growing for the Shared Harvest CSA. According to Slow Food USA, "Jacob's Cattle bean is also called a Trout bean or an Appaloosa bean, but Jacob’s Cattle bean is the oldest name for the variety. This bean is a Prince Edward Island … Continue reading Purple Cows in the Winter Share!
Picadilly Farm is having a Harvest Day & Potluck Lunch this Saturday, September 11, from 10:00 to 2:00. There's sure to be plenty of farm fun and people to meet. There will be some work, too - probably either topping onions or harvesting winter squash. Should be fun. Shared Harvest CSA shareholders are welcome to … Continue reading Picadilly Harvest and Potluck this Saturday
Shared Harvest CSA shareholders are welcome to join Riverland Farmers Rob and Meghan for a potluck picnic this Saturday, September 4 at 5:30 PM. Come join your farmers for a meal! Bring a large dish to share, a blanket to sit on, and your friends and family. Rob and Meghan will provide the salad and … Continue reading Farm Happenings
I dehydrated three pounds of grape tomatoes in my oven last week. I think they turned out well. It's definitely a good idea to make sure the tomatoes are all the same size. I included a handful of slightly larger tomatoes in the batch and they did not dehydrate at the same rate as the … Continue reading Dehydrated grape tomatoes
and will it be enough, or too much, for my family? I spoke with a couple of folks yesterday who were wondering about this. I think the best way to answer the question is to check out the 2009 share content lists: October 2009, November 2009, and December 2009. You might also find shareholder reviews … Continue reading What’s in the winter share,
I bought two twenty-pound boxes of tomatoes at Busa's on Saturday. These turned into 15 quarts of canned tomatoes - half I canned as whole tomatoes and half as sauce. This afternoon I'm going to try drying some grape tomatoes. Here's a site with good information about how to can, freeze, dry, pickle, cure & … Continue reading Putting food by