Community Supported Agriculture
Early Morning Corn Picking
Early Morning Corn Picking

Farm Notes: Sweet Summertime Corn
While we are still in summer, the days are getting shorter. We used to be able get out into the fields at 5AM, when there was already plenty of morning light. Now, getting closer to 6AM, the sun is struggling to get up. There is so much to do on the farm and we try to pick things early in the morning while they are cool and crisp.
Corn picking is now almost a daily early morning event. If you wait until mid-day, you can struggle to get the corn stalk to give up the ear of corn. But pick it early, and the corn snaps off the stalk very easily when it is full of morning dew. Just dawn the rain coats and rain boots and get ready for wet corn leaves slapping you in the face. If you are not awake yet, you are definitely awake picking corn early in the morning. If you wait until later in the day, the once moist, pliable corn leaves that slapped you in the face, become long serrated knives ready to cut your arms with a hundred paper cuts. No one really likes to pick corn that much, but if you are going to pick, it pick it in the morning. I grew up picking corn early most summer mornings. There was often a crew of at least five of us high school kids picking, and a farmer on the tractor pulling the wagon. We still pick our corn this way, one ear at a time, firmly gripping the ear, pulling it down towards the earth that bore it, while at the same time twisting it. The faster you pull it down while twisting the better it will snap off. That early morning snap of the corn harvest is still heard here. Elsewhere in the US, the majority of the sweet corn now offered in supermarkets is mechanically picked with a machine that looks like a combine with rollers. These rollers flatten the stalk and push the ear off.. Certain varieties are grown a little tougher to withstand the roughness of the machine harvesters. I like to think our corn is happy to slap us up in the face with an early morning wet leaf as we twist and tickle the ear from it.
To sweet summertime corn

Farmer Dave
What's In My Share

Peak season is here! This week features corn, tomatoes, peppers, and a wide variety of nutritious and delicious greens.

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.

Vegetable Shares
  • Eggplant
  • Corn
  • Basil
  • Broccoli Rabe, Arugula, or Ethiopian Kale
  • Cubanelle or Green Bell Pepper
  • Kale, Redbor, Red Russian or Tuscan
  • Slicing or Pickling Cucumber
  • Cherry tomato
  • Slicing tomato
  • Zucchini, Summer squash, Kousa or Patty pan
  • Herbs
  • Onions
  • and more!
Fruit Share
  • Cantaloupe
  • Donut Peaches
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • And possibly more depending on harvest conditions.
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.
VEGISODE: Fun with Onions - from Soup to Cuts! 
VEGISODE: Fun with Onions - from Soup to Cuts!

In this VEGISODEā„¢, Stacey and Denise show you how to store, chop, and caramelize your onions in the crockpot (for short term use or for freezing)....and how to make French Onion Soup!  Enjoy caramelized onions for months to come!

Stock up on onions in our Add-on Marketplace and try these tips to enjoy your Farmer Dave's onions for months. 
Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa
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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.  

Take advantage of peak season!

Available CSA add-ons:

Beautiful, nutritious greens - Arugula, Tuscan and Winterbor Kale and Swiss Chard.  

Cherry tomatoes and B-grade Tomatoes - time for making sauce!

Cucumbers and a variety of Squash.

Peppers - Green Bell, Cubanelle, Jalapeno and Cherry Bomb.  Stuffed peppers anyone?

Donut Peaches!  Take advantage of these, their time is dwindling.

Pick-Your-Own Apples Beginning Labor Day Weekend!
We are excited to announce Pick-Your-Own Apples will be beginning at both our Dracut and Westford locations:  

Farmer Dave's 
437 Parker Road, Dracut

Farmer Dave's at Hill's Orchard
4 Hunt Road, Westford

Your CSA member benefits include 25% off PYO apples as well as one free 1/2 peck of apples per CSA membership for the 2018 PYO season. 

We would love our CSA members to come and see their farm!

Farmer Dave's picking guidelines apply.
Please check our website below for picking conditions and times.
School tours are beginning in Septmenber!  School tours include apple and/or pumpkin picking along with a hayride through our orchard and fields in both Dracut and Westford.  Contact us for rates, days and times.
Group tours are also available.

School Tours at Farmer Dave's!
School Tours at Farmer Dave's!

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.