Lineage Farm CSA Newsletter #22

Sweet Potato Sam
(a Jonny Ronsani original)
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Lineage Farm CSA

October 29, 2014

week twenty two
(early 3pm start in Poughkeepsie this week)



This Week's Harvest:

Potatoes, Carrots, Rutabagas, Beets, Cabbage (Red and/or Napa), Arugula, Misato Rose and Daikon Radishes, Kale, Collards, Herbs and more!


Dear CSA Members, Neighbors, Friends, Family,
 I've had some very sad news.  Last night, I learned that my grandfather, nearly 93 years old, passed away Monday evening.  Jon, Sam and I are traveling down to Virginia for the funeral service, which will be held on Friday. 

We are postponing this week's Saturday pickup, given we won't be in town to harvest or deliver vegetables.  Tuesday will remain as scheduled.  I apologize for any inconvenience, and hope that this message gets to all members before Saturday morning.  Our plan is to then offer a double share as our last Saturday pick up, November 8th.  This will likely be in the form of your normal 5 or 10 choice items but with heavier weights or more units per item (3 pounds instead of 1.5 pounds potatoes, or two bunches of kale, for example).  The honey will still be delivered that Saturday, November 8th.  Please either email us your order (with HONEY in the subject line) or sign up through your site coordinator if you see them.  And remember, folks who sign up and pay for 2015's season by the end of November, will receive a free bonus share next season.

Thank you for your understanding.

Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Baby Sam

Axe Handles

By Gary Snyder

One afternoon the last week in April
Showing Kai how to throw a hatchet
One-half turn and it sticks in a stump.
He recalls the hatchet-head
Without a handle, in the shop
And go gets it, and wants it for his own.
A broken-off axe handle behind the door
Is long enough for a hatchet,
We cut it to length and take it
With the hatchet head
And working hatchet, to the wood block.
There I begin to shape the old handle
With the hatchet, and the phrase
First learned from Ezra Pound
Rings in my ears!
"When making an axe handle
                 the pattern is not far off."
And I say this to Kai
"Look: We'll shape the handle
By checking the handle
Of the axe we cut with—"
And he sees. And I hear it again:
It's in Lu Ji's Wên Fu, fourth century
A.D. "Essay on Literature"-—in the
Preface: "In making the handle
Of an axe
By cutting wood with an axe
The model is indeed near at hand."
My teacher Shih-hsiang Chen
Translated that and taught it years ago
And I see: Pound was an axe,
Chen was an axe, I am an axe
And my son a handle, soon
To be shaping again, model
And tool, craft of culture,
How we go on.


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520 Clinton St.

Hudson, Ny 12534

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PS – about the honey


Close your eyes and I’ll close mine
Good night, Sleep tight.
Now the moon begins to shine,
Good night, Sleep tight.
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Lineage Farm CSA

October 25, 2014

Order Honey Now!
(and, I forgot to update the recipe and rhyme…)

E’s Bees of Columbiaville is pleased to offer you their freshly extracted, unflitered, untreated, unadulterated raw honey.  Located in Columbiaville, these bees forage on the Slocum’s family land, drinking the nectar of their organically grown (homescale, or I’d be offering the fruit too) cherry and apple trees, and feasting on the late summer goldenrod.  These beekeepers only harvest honey when there is plenty to go around, never leaving the bees without.  Order now for delivery on our LAST pickup, Saturday November 8th, Tuesday November 11th, and Wednesday November 12th!  Only two more weeks left after this one!

Ian and Mary Slocum (mother and son beekeepers) started keeping bees three years ago.  October 11th was their first harvest for the year from their small bee yard, and they are very excited to offer Lineage Farm CSA members their freshly extracted, light fall honey.  It is from a mix of nectars from nearby wildflowers. 

Read a bit about the delicious nutritional benefits offered by raw honey –

One and two pound jars are available.  A signup sheet will be posted at your next distribution, please place orders by November 1st!

In sweetness and in health,
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon,and baby Sam

Radish Season!

Delicious ways to enjoy Daikon and Misato Rose Radishes:

1. Radish Apple Salad – grate radishes, chop apples, top with olive oil and vinegar.  Variations – add grated raw celeriac and/or beets.

2. Fried Rice – stir fry small cubes of radish, carrots and slices of sweet peppers in olive and sesame oils, with a knob of diced ginger.  Add chilled pre-cooked rice and toss until warmed.  Break in an egg or two, and toss in pan until cooked.  Top with soy sauce.  Variations – add pre-cooked chicken, pork or beef with the rice.

3. any way you’d eat a carrot (though I haven’t tried an out and out radish juice, I would add a bit to my carrot juice).

4. Dip ‘em!  Delicious with peanut or any nut butter.  My personal fave is almond, Jon prefers cashew.

5. Cakes! Check out the recipe or make up your own version of this steam-fried yumminess.


The Dusk of Horses

James Dickey, 1923 – 1997
Right under their noses, the green 
Of the field is paling away
 Because of something fallen from the sky.  

They see this, and put down 
Their long heads deeper in grass 
That only just escapes reflecting them  

As the dream of a millpond would. 
The color green flees over the grass 
Like an insect, following the red sun over  

The next hill. The grass is white. 
There is no cloud so dark and white at once; 
There is no pool at dawn that deepens  

Their faces and thirsts as this does. 
Now they are feeding on solid 
Cloud, and, one by one,  

With nails as silent as stars among the wood 
Hewed down years ago and now rotten, 
The stalls are put up around them.  

Now if they lean, they come 
On wood on any side.  Not touching it, they sleep. 
No beast ever lived who understood 

 What happened among the sun’s fields, 
Or cared why the color of grass 
Fled over the hill while he stumbled,  

Led by the halter to sleep 
On his four taxed, worthy legs. 
Each thinks he awakens where  

The sun is black on the rooftop, 
That the green is dancing in the next pasture, 
And that the way to sleep 

 In a cloud, or in a risen lake, 
Is to walk as though he were still 
in the drained field standing, head down, 

To pretend to sleep when led, 
And thus to go under the ancient white 
Of the meadow, as green goes  

And whiteness comes up through his face 
Holding stars and rotten rafters, 
Quiet, fragrant, and relieved.
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Copyright © 2014 Lineage Farm CSA, All rights reserved.
Thanks for joining our CSA for the 2014 season!Our mailing address is:

Lineage Farm CSA

520 Clinton St.

Hudson, Ny 12534


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