I've fielded some questions lately from our members about the quality of and sources of the food that is in our shares and offered as Extras. I think some of the answers below might help folks in general get a better view of where to go for good food and some of the broader implications. With … Continue reading Organic and Local (or Eating Romaine in Spite of the Ban!)
Sweet and hardy after the frost! Late October Farm Share
Hard frost hit the Pioneer Valley this week spelling the end of summer crops, but the beginning of wonderful for many of our fall and winter foods which get their best flavor and storage quality after such cold temperatures. The fields are getting tucked into bed with their cover crop covers now nicely green and … Continue reading Sweet and hardy after the frost! Late October Farm Share
Summer Shares starting first of June! May 31 early bird signup for winter shares
May has shown us a blast of summer and bit more winter, but the soil is warming and our farms are rolling along, with plants going in the field since mid-April-- "About four acres of crops are in the ground, including: just germinating spinach, carrot, beet, and radish seeds; greenhouse transplants of lettuce, scallions, kale, radicchio, … Continue reading Summer Shares starting first of June! May 31 early bird signup for winter shares
January Share Pickup, Fresh Spinach!, Menu for the Month
We're in the green for our share tomorrow! With the relatively mild winter and moderate snow, Riverland's winter greens have been happy under their winter cover and are accessible to harvest right from the field today. In case we get a February dump of snow like we did last year when the harvest became impossible*, … Continue reading January Share Pickup, Fresh Spinach!, Menu for the Month
Last Deep Winter (February 7) Share Box
Brrr....It's a crazy windy day out there. The upside might be that some of the snow from this past week will be blown off of the low tunnels at Riverland so that there aren't mountains to dig into come harvest day this week. Remember these photos from last month's share blog? Well just imagine what … Continue reading Last Deep Winter (February 7) Share Box
Deep Winter Share–fresh picked spinach!
Here's how farmers in New England harvest spinach fresh from the field in the middle of winter! Looking forward to the spinach in the share tomorrow, just harvested at Riverland this week. See also Jackie Starr’s Fabulous menu suggestions customized for our January share (click on this link to see it.) … Continue reading Deep Winter Share–fresh picked spinach!
First 2014 Winter Share Pickup Saturday in Arlington
Also check out shareholder Jackie Starr’s menu suggestions and recipe links, customized for this month's share! Share contents for Saturday, October 25, 2014: Use these within a week or so (or blanche or make a dish for freezing): Lettuce-1 head, from Riverland Bok Choy—1 head of large, from Riverland 2 broccoli or Romanesco, from Riverland … Continue reading First 2014 Winter Share Pickup Saturday in Arlington
Connecting the fall color in the landscape to the color on your plate
It is the time to drink in the New England growing season's fantastic finale of color--wow! Our appreciation of color is so intrinsic to our biology: bright colors on our plate signal nutrients and flavor and the brilliance of fall foliage keeps us moving outside and getting those essential rays of sun even as the … Continue reading Connecting the fall color in the landscape to the color on your plate
A few of the veggies in the share proved challenging to identify and "what's this?" was a common question during the distribution. The answer: "It's probably either kohlrabi, winter radish or parsley root." Photos of kohlrabi and black winter radish are below; more pics if you follow the links I've included. Here's what was in … Continue reading What’s this?!
Come Be Part of Local Food, Local Farms and Local Economy!
Think it would be great to get a box of delicious fresh vegetables on a regular basis from farms and farmers you know and trust? Are you looking for ways to reduce your carbon food-print? Want to sign up for a farm share, but haven't connected to a farm that delivers in your area … Continue reading Come Be Part of Local Food, Local Farms and Local Economy!