Community Supported Agriculture
 

Farm Notes:
     
 
The cooler nights and shorter days are a reminder that fall is now upon us.  We are still
picking most summer vegetables but their maturity has slowed to a fraction of what it was a month ago. The corn and tomatoes that would ripen in two days in August, now take about a week to mature to the same level. The summer crops will slowly disappear from the shares but will be more than made up for by the addition of the fall crops.  There are literally tons of crops still in the fields ready for harvest in October, November and December for the late fall share- potatoes, winter squash, broccoli, romanesco, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, beets, cabbage, kale, lettuce, celeriac and so much more.

With the feel of fall many many members are coming to pick apples in the orchards. This weekend was the perfect weather for apple picking and the orchards were more reminiscent of a busy bee hive with so many looking to get their fill of the season's sweetness before winter. There are still plenty of apples in the orchard and we have already picked thousands of pounds of apples for storage in our new refrigeration and bins. The one variety that will be in short supply this year will be the beloved Honeycrisp. Honeycrisp is know to be a more difficult variety to grow than most. The Honeycrisp tends to have a heavy year followed by a light year. And this will be a light year with only a fraction of the Honeycrisp compared to last year. Yet, there were some Honeycrisp in last week's fruit share and will be again in this week's share. There will be so many other varieties to enjoy including Macintosh, Cortland, Jonagold, Mutsu, Golden Delicious, Macoun, Goldrush, Fuji and Braeburn; each with its own fine nuances.

Enjoy the fall season,
Farmer Dave
Register for Late Fall !
There are only 5 weeks left of the main season vegetable and fruit shares.

Now is the time to register for your late fall share and enjoy all of your favorite fall treats like winter squash, sweet potatoes, and brassicas into December!

Small and Regular sized shares available!
Purslane
What's In My Share

This week we're featuring purslane. This lemony succulent is so healthy that it really should regularly grace our tables. It's packed full of more Omega-3 and Vitamin A than any other vegetable. It's delicate lemon flavor is perfect addition to fattoush or grilled panzanella salads. It also makes a bright and creamy pesto.

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
  • Purslane
  • Green beans or Wax beans
  • Cubanelle or Sweet Cone peppers
  • Swiss Chard, Tatsoi, or Kale
  • Asian Eggplant or Fennel
  • Lettuce
  • Corn
  • Plum Tomato
  • Cherry tomato
  • Herbs
  • and more!
Fruit Share
  • Macintosh Apples
  • Honeycrisp Apples
  • Cortland Apples
  • Bartlett Pears
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • 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: Braising Awareness!
VEGISODE: Braising Awareness!

In this VEGISODEā„¢, Join Stacey and Denise for:

- What braising is and why braise vegetables
- Supplies needed
- How to cut vegetables and suggested vegetables to use
- Step by step braising technique
- Serving suggestions , great make ahead meal which reheats beautifully
- Rice Bowl night!!! A fun leftover night that does not feel like leftovers.

Swiss Chard
Try These Recipes From Our Blog
Check out all our Vegisodes and subscribe to be notified when timely new videos are added.
These videos are designed to help you make the most of your CSA share with tips on storing, preparing and preserving your veggies.  

Try our New Zucchini Pickles !

Made from Farmer Dave's zucchini at CommonWealth Kitchen, Greater Boston's nonprofit food business
incubator and food manufacturing social enterprise, located in Dorchester
MA.

It's peak season for Tomatoes for sauce and dehydrating!  Add some jalapenos for a large batch of homemade salsa!

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.


Pick-Your-Own Apples Every Weekend!
We are excited to announce Pick-Your-Own Apples are underway 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.
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.