Lineage Farm CSA Newsletter for the last week of August!


Lineage Farm CSA Newsletter for the last week of August!

Lineage Farm CSA Newsletter for the last week of August!

Harvest List:
Basil (last chance), holy basil, tomatoes, eggplant, okra (some sites), shishito peppers (other sites), sweet peppers, hot peppers (by request), carrots, lettuce heads, kale, summer squash, zucchini and cucumbers (on their last legs)

Dear members,
It happens every August, and yet every year I am so surprised by the first changing of the leaves. I even deny it for a couple weeks. But yesterday, Sam picked up several fallen yellow leaves and gave them to me. I suppose my time for denial must be over. Summer still has a while left, but autumn is most certainly arriving.

And in honor of autumn, our winter squash are starting to ripen. Soon, you will see the new and welcome fruits of Delicato squash, acorn squash, and quite a bit later, butternut squash.

The other thing that always amazes me about the end of summer, is how beautifully the garden cleaned up. Finally, the leads has stopped the ramp growth, and we have time to catch up to them. The fall beds are quite gorgeous, weed free expanses of kales, Collards, cabbages, turnips, winter radishes, arugula, and quite a lovely amount of spinach await you.

I do hope you have put our farm visit event on your calendars. Please come visit us October 11, from 11 AM to 4 PM. It's a Sunday, and we will be touring our farm, sharing a lunch, and planting next season's garlic.

Your farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Sammy
Andrea, Claire, and Alex

Lineage Farm CSA
520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA


Lineage Farm CSA News August 11th



Lineage Farm CSA News August 11th

Lineage Farm CSA News August 11th
Harvest list ( bound to change one way or another):
Beets, potatoes, okra, pea shoots, onions, tomatoes, eggplant, sweet peppers, jalapeño peppers, basil, parsley, holy basil, kale, chard…

Join us at the farm on October 11th from 11am to 4pm for a farm tour, pot luck lunch and garlic planting!

Dear Members,
Hard to believe, but Saturday marks the halfway point in this season’s harvests. All of the fall and winter crops are well established and thank goodness, the weather, and our helpers, they are also well weeded. Our summer crops may not be as well weeded but they’re weeded just enough for us to send your shares of this season’s bounty. We have not gotten any feedback this year from latecomers to the pick up sites, so I am hoping no news really does mean good news (you have enough to choose from), but I will be sending around a survey soon so please let us know how this season has been treating you and your palates.
We just enjoyed a lovely rainy morning, welcome after a bit of a dry spell, a good time to work in the greenhouse getting the next round of pea shoots growing. Jon also got the new (to us) potato digger up and running, and we will be giving it the first run through our potato beds later this week. Sorry Hudson and Poughkeepsie, it is unlikely we will have any dug before your deliveries this week. But you can look forward to them next week! Keep your fingers crossed we grew lots of nice big ones this year. It’s always such a surprise to see what turns up under those potato plants, hidden away under the soil.
The field tomatoes (as opposed to those grown in the high tunnel) are ripening now, so you’ll start seeing some different colors and shapes in the tomato trays. Different flavors too! I recommend trying different ones, and let us know if any turn out to be favorites. We trialed several heirlooms found at Adaptive Seeds, a favorite seed source of ours. Many of the varieties came from northern latitudes, said to produce tasty tomatoes in our shorter seasons.
The next succession of carrots is coming along nicely, and should be ready in a couple weeks. After we get in to that bed, it is looking highly likely that we will have carrots every week from then on out!
Pulling our way out of a weedy season,
Your Farmers,
Jen and Jon
Alex and Andrea

Lineage Farm CSA 520 Clinton St. Hudson, Ny 12534 USA

CSA newsletter – First week of August!



CSA newsletter – First week of August!

CSA newsletter - First week of August!
Harvest list:
Onions, kale, chard, green peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, okra, shishito peppers, green jalapeños, summer squash, zucchini, cabbages, cucumbers, parsley, holy basil, basil…

Dear members,
Hot days with a rainy night thrown in every once in a while – just how the August garden likes it!
Sammy has started going to day care during the week, but he still makes it out to the farm for some tractor work on weekends. He doesn’t get to ride the tractor when it’s on yet, but I’m sure someday he will indeed be driving it, mowing or discing or spreading compost. He’s loving big shoes, books, and sand boxes these days – big thank you to White Plains member Karen Viola for sharing her lovely book Good Night Sun, Hello Moon with him. He loves flipping through to make the sun grow smaller and the moon larger, then back again.
The storage carrot and beet seedlings, set for October harvests, are weeded and thinned! The fall brassicas (turnips, rutabagas, radishes and so on) have germinated well, and the next succession of lettuce heads are looking strong.
We just confirmed with Ben, our leaseholder, that we can move our garden up the hill to several acres of fertile and better drained soil for next season! While it means a busy November, moving our high tunnel twice in one season, and moving the major deer fence we just installed, it also means we won’t be flooded out of working in the fields for weeks on end. We will most likely have loads of carrots every week again, instead of sad rotting carrots in mucky beds. And it’s next to that gorgeous pond where the swans live. I look forward to it, and hope it’s our last move for a good long while!

Here is a recipe from Ron and Kathy, members in Poughkeepsie:

“Kathy said that you were interested in my family’s Haluski recipe. This is a simple Slovak recipe and the other countries from that area would spell it differently.

1/2 head of medium cabbage chopped in 1 inch squares
1/2 medium onion chopped in small pieces
1/2 stick of butter
3 or 4 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cloves of minced garlic or 2 chopped garlic scapes
1/4 pound of pasta. I like medium shells. The original Slovac recipe used homemade square noodles.
salt & pepper to taste

Cook the onion and fresh garlic scapes in the butter and olive oil until the onions just start to turn brown at the edges.

Cook the pasta in salted water until firm.

Meanwhile, cook the cabbage in about a 1/4 cup of water to steam & soften them a bit. Keep it covered. Last week’s cabbage was so tender that this did not take long. Drain the excess water from the cabbage and add it to the onions/garlic. Mix together and add the salt & pepper to taste. Let it cook a bit more together. Add more butter if necessary. Add the pasta. I like to have about 1/3 as much of the pasta as the cabbage but some people like more pasta. Warm it thoroughly.

It’s hard to mess it up because it’s pretty simple and it can be varied. They used a lot more butter in my family’s version and even cooked the cabbage in butter.”

Mm, butter.

Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, little Sammy
Alex and Andrea

Lineage Farm CSA 520 Clinton St. Hudson, Ny 12534 USA

Honey orders for August delivery due this week!

Honey orders for August delivery due this week!

Honey orders for August delivery due this week!

Order your local Raw Honey now!

From Ian Slocum's honey bees just outside Hudson NY.

Delivered to your Lineage Farm CSA site in the next few weeks.

He is harvesting and bottling this week! So reply to this newsletter and let us know now if you want some!

1 pound jars are $9 each.

Your farmers,
Jen and Jon and Sammy
Alex and Andrea

Lineage Farm CSA
520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA


Lineage Farm CSA newsletter last of July!


Lineage Farm CSA newsletter last of July!

Lineage Farm CSA newsletter last of July!

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." – Louisa May Alcott

Dear Members,
Often enough, I am thinking about the weather forecast as I sit down to write this newsletter. The sky is full of billowy puffballs, called August Clouds by at least one local, and I suppose that is appropriate timing despite a few days left in July.
Last week felt like fall, with cool mornings and pleasantly warm days. This week, it is hot. Good thing too, for the tasks at hand demand warmth and dryness. Jon and Andrea ventured over to our old stomping ground to search out our garlic patch this morning. After some searching, they were able to bring home 3.5 of the 5 beds we planted last fall. An abandoned garden is a sad thing, and a difficult place to harvest from – the garlic plants were hidden among the waist tall weeds, and the bulbs are a bit smaller than our usual harvest. But we are fortunate to have made a land move and still get enough garlic for seed when we plant again come October. And we even have a few to share with you!
The tomatoes are ripening readily in the high tunnel. We stuck with an reliable standby, "Big Beef," for three of the five high tunnel beds, and filled the other two beds with varieties new to us for experimental purposes. Big Beef is a standard red slicer, productive and healthy plants. And make no mistake, it is plenty tasty. But oh you lucky few who will get a taste of the yellow tomato above – "Margold" is a descendant of the French heirloom Marmande, with the thin skin and incredible flavor characteristic of heirloom tomatoes. Here's hoping it starts throwing us more than a couple tomatoes per harvest!
Farming towards our highest aspirations,
Your farmers,
Jen, Jon and little Sammy
Alex and Andrea

Lineage Farm CSA
520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA


Lineage Farm CSA DELIVERS on July 4th!

Yes we are delivering this Saturday!

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JULY 1st

Harvest Selection (subject to the whims of Mother Nature):

Kales, Chard, Lettuce, Spinach, Summer Squash and Zucchini (if the sun comes out at all), potentially Broccoli (this week or next), Beets, Parsley and more…

 

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,

 

The rain stopped, at least for the moment.  Chance of storms this afternoon, but keep your fingers crossed.  I may or may not have a chance to write an actual newsletter, but just in case I don't I'm grabbing this opportunity to let you know, YES, WE ARE DELIVERING THIS SATURDAY, JULY 4th.  I hope you can make it, and that you enjoy a long, sunny, dry, and hot weekend (for the vegetables sake).  Here's a few mud bath photos for your perusal:

the above was taken on a dry day this week.

 

the road flooded, but at least we make raised beds for our veggies, or they would have flooded too, and not just the wheel tracks!

super soggy,

Your Farmers,

Jen and Jon, and little Sammy

Andrea, Alex, and Claire

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Hudson, Ny 12534

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Bounty of the Valley CSA Newsletter Week 3

Rain rain go away

Come again some other day

Little Sammy wants to play

Rain rain go away!

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Every Thursday

4-6:30pm

500 S. Grand St., Poughkeepsie NY

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Super Soggy Season!

JULY 1st

Harvest Selection (subject to the whims of Mother Nature):

Purple Kohlrabi, Head Lettuce, various Kales, Chard, Baby Bok Choy, Scallions, Sweet Salad Turnips, Arugula, Mustard Greens, Parsley, and more…

 

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,

 

It has been one rainy week.  Or rather, three rainy weeks, by now.  Last week, 5 inches of rain fell from the sky.  Long downpour after long downpour soaked us and the fields.  No cultivation occurred, no tractors went out to the field for bed shaping or transplanting.  It has let us focus on harvesting and fence raising, and we've caught up with greenhouse seeding, all good things. 

But we could do with a little dry spell!  So far, the only crop negatively effected (aside from the bountiful and unchecked weed growth) has been one bed or head lettuce, too wet to hold up to harvest.  Which is fine, we planted quite a bit of lettuce and it has not held us back from sharing quite a bit with you.  We are learning the intricacies and quirks of our new field, which spots are particularly wet, which ones dry quicker, which ones hold thistle and which ones are more prone to sedge grass carpets.  All spots seem to love vegetables, which you can see in the lush growth laid before you at harvest time.  Beets and Napa Cabbage are coming next week, and probably even summer squash and zucchini.  If only the sun would come out! 

But 15 inches in 3 weeks, oh my.  Over an acre, one inch of rainfall equals 27,154 gallons.  Colloquially, at least to farmers, one hopes for one inch of rainfall per week for good crop growth.  Of course, this depends on your soil's water holding ability – at our last landbase, we hoped for an inch more often than once a week, as it was excessively well drained.  Here, an inch would hold us in good stead.  Over the last week and a half, our soil has gathered over 150,000 gallons in an acre.  Over our ten acres?  Yep, that's a crazy amount of water.  And a fair share of it still sits on top, slowly sifting through the silt and sand and clay in our field.  Very different experience from our previous acreage!

Fortunately, the vegetables still look, and taste, great.  So, we try to let the stress of so much water roll off our shoulders like the rain drops they were.

This is the very last minute that you can order Maple Syrup!!!!  Email me now, and check out the pricing and sizes on our add-on sheet at www.lineagefarmcsa.com/signup.

A bit soggy,

Your Farmers,

Jen and Jon, and little Sammy

Andrea, Alex, and Claire

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Thank you for joining our Vegetable CSA with Lineage Farm!

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Hudson, Ny 12534

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Lineage Farm CSA Newsletter – Week 2

Still time to support

Good Food for Hudson,

bringing good food to those

who don't have access to it.

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Season Booming!

JUNE 19th

Harvest Selection (subject to the whims of Mother Nature):

Frisee Endive, Purple Kohlrabi, Red Head Lettuce, Green Head Lettuce, various Kales, Chard, greensBok Choy, Scallions, Sweet Salad Turnips, Salad Radishes, Spinach, and more…

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,

 

The sky is a glorious shade of orange with a blue purple background behind it.  I don't generally get to see the sunset these days, Sammy's bed time takes priority.  Funny to feel nostalgic about how we used to work until the daylight left us, driving home to the moon rise.  I feel so fortunate to have so many sunsets in my life, though there were quite a few nights I did begrudge the after dark dinner time.  Now, I miss the sunsets, the evenings in the field, and, of course, the freedom to do such things.  We make a trade off, and despite the nostalgia, I'd say it's been highly worthwhile, trading these sunsets for time with Sammy.

The harvest was again bountiful, with a lovely wide selection.  If anyone knows how to create a web portal where members can post recipes, do let us know.  Alternatively, you can like our Lineage Farm CSA page on Facebook, and share recipes there!  I think there's even a members page somewhere, perhaps Ann in Brooklyn knows about it (Ann?).  We are still working on the deer fence, and the thistle forest.  Hand weeders welcome!

As much as I love writing these missives, I am finding it difficult to find enough time to devote my full energies here.  You'll notice I'm missing a recipe section and a poetry section.  And again, I have run into trade-offs.  Someday, Sam will be more grown, more independent.  Someday, I will have  sunsets, and poetry (and regular office hours) again, and they will be all the richer for the time I am currently devoting to our child.  I hope you will hang in there with us, through the irregularly scheduled newsletters, the typos, the missing recipe and poetry sections, and enjoy the harvests knowing that I am thinking of you, and farming for you, even when I don't get the newsletter out on time.

Through the long (and yet, so very short) hours of toddler parenthood,

 Your Farmers,

Jen and Jon, and little Sammy

Andrea, Alex, and Claire

 

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Thank you for joining our Vegetable CSA with Lineage Farm!

Our mailing address is:

Lineage Farm CSA
520 Clinton St.

Hudson, Ny 12534

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