Community Supported Agriculture
 
Lettuce transplanted in the greenhouse

Farm Notes:

Growing and harvesting crops this late in the season is always tricky. There is still so much to be done on the farm before winter. We still need to clean up the tomato patch- take down all the trellis', pull out all the wooden stakes, remove all the drip irrigation lines. But before clean up we still need to finish harvesting all the potatoes and sweet potatoes before the ground gets too cold. Then we will move on to harvesting the carrots for storage. And we still need to finish harvesting the last of the late varieties of apples. The incessant rains in the past week have really kept us from progressing on all the field work. With about 2 inches of rain in the last week, the fields are rather wet. And the days without rain tend to begin frosty. Frosty mornings often prevent us from doing very much out in the fields until things warm up around 10AM leading to less field work being accomplished in a day. In short, because of rainy weather and frosty mornings, we are way behind on our needed field work.

But, with all these weather difficulties outside, we are forced to work inside the greenhouses and are now all caught up inside. The greenhouse tomato plants have all been removed (hence the added green tomatoes in the shares). Kale and lettuce have replaced the early season tomatoes in these greenhouses. With some hoped for sunny days this month these plants will grow in the warmth of the greenhouses to ensure plenty of greens to come whether it be greens from the fields or greens from inside.
  
Farmer Dave 
Pick up Announcement: Thanksgiving Week CSA Pick-ups!
All CSA pick-ups are on Monday and Tuesday, the week of Thanksgiving.

Please pay close attention to your pick-up days and locations.

If you need to change your pick-up, please email us, farm@farmerdaves.net or call 978-349-1952 by Thursday November 15th with your preferred pick-up.

Monday 11/19:
Burlington (4pm to 6:30pm)
Lanesville (3:30pm to 6:30pm)
Metro Pedal Power Home Delivery
Reading (3pm to 6:30pm)
Somerville-Connexion (3pm to 7pm)
Tewksbury (3pm to 7pm)

Tuesday 11/20:
Dracut-Parker Rd (3pm to 7pm)
East Boston (2pm to 6pm)
Farmer Dave's Home Delivery
Jamaica Plain (4pm to 7pm)
Lawrence (3pm to 7pm)
Malden (3pm to 6pm)
Quincy (3pm to 6:30pm)
Westford (2pm to 6pm)

What's In My Share

Late Fall is here and so are many of our favorite fall vegetables as well as the final weeks of many of our summer favorites. These transition weeks are some of our favorites.

Don't forget to use the swap box! It's not just for trading for your favorite vegetables. If you won't use something in the share, have a busy week and won't be able to cook everything, or just feel overwhelmed leave your extras in the swap box and they'll be donated to one of our many hunger relief partners.
  • Baby Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Kohlrabi
  • Onions
  • Celeriac Tops (see below for tips on how to use)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Apples
  • Herbs
  • and more!

This is what we are planning and hoping to harvest this week.  Ultimately Mother Nature has the last word so the actual contents of your share will vary.



How to use Celeriac tops
 
The celeriac tops are a great seasoning to use in stocks. Just chop and freeze until your ready to use.

The leaves can be dried out to use in soups or to make celery salt. Check out the photo tutorial.


Kohlrabi
Try These Recipes From Our Blog
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These videos are designed to help you make the most of your CSA share with tips on storing, preparing and preserving your veggies.  

Thanksgiving Pies & Breads

Pre-order your Thanksgiving pies and breads as an add-on to your share. 

They will be delivered to your CSA drop on 11/19 and 11/20.
 
Ordering deadline for the pies and breads is Sunday 11/11 at 5pm.

Pies are handmade by Valley View Orchards in Maine and delivered fresh to our farm.  
Breads are made by Farmer Dave's at the farm.


Add-on Order Deadlines

All orders must be placed online before your order deadline listed below. If you are even a minute late CSAware (our ordering system) will attach the order to the next week's share. Please double-check the time before completing your order.

Pick-up Day
Add-on Order Cut-off
Monday
Sunday - Noon
Tuesday
Sunday - Noon
Wednesday
Monday - Noon
Thursday
Tuesday - Noon
Friday
Wednesday - Noon

If you are having trouble placing an order online, make sure you are logged into your account. If you don't know your log-in information, send us an email, and we will send you an invitation to reset your password or create your account. Creating an account on the spot won't help; it needs to be the same account that is connected to your CSA shares.

CSAware will ask that you attach your order to a share. If you don't have a current share, you cannot purchase add-ons. If you attach your order to a share that is not activate it will not be sent to you.

If you do not pick up your add-on order, it will be donated or distributed, we do not offer
refunds for missed add-ons.


Groundwork Share-a-Share
Thanks to generous donations by you (our CSA Members) to the Groundwork Share-a-Share fund, we were able to subsidize the cost of shares in 2017 for over 30 individuals and families, as well as shares for local food pantries.  
Please consider helping us in our efforts to make the CSA accessible to more families by donating to Groundwork Share-a-Share.