Organic and Local (or Eating Romaine in Spite of the Ban!)

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

3 week menu for our December shares

Another fabulous menu customized to our share contents, put together by Jackie Starr. Thanks, Jackie, for the great ideas! WEEK 1   Simple mushroom barley soup, or America's test kitchen version. Salad with greens and Caesar or vegan Caesar dressing.   Beet pesto pizza, I made this recently, big hit. It's earthy -- serve with … Continue reading 3 week menu for our December 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

Apples, from Glenn’s home to yours

APPLES, part of your November share, come to you from the orchards of Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury. Open until Christmas this year, Cider Hill is worth a visit - fun for everyone, with hayrides, pumpkins big and small, endless cider doughnuts, and of course, several varieties of apples to taste and pick. On Friday, when … Continue reading Apples, from Glenn’s home to yours

Root Veggies head to the border, then overseas…

Thanks to our guide, Jackie Starr...departures and also returns to good ol' NE comfort foods. Shared Harvest Menu week of Feb. 2 from Jackie Starr Looking ahead to our last pickup on February 8…below is what will most likely be in the share box, plus storage tips. Share Contents for Deep Winter Pickup, Saturday, Feb. … Continue reading Root Veggies head to the border, then overseas…

What’s this?!

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?!