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Oh Sammy,
Come out and play with me,
And bring your dollies three,
Climb up the apple tree!
Slide down the Rainbow,
Into the Cellar Door,
And we’ll be Jolly Friends, forever more!
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Dear Friends, Neighbors, Farm Share Members,

What an odd feeling, at least for a farmer, to wake up to a thunderstorm in January.  We are still looking forward to some long (if dark) days of winter, but it certainly has not felt like winter yet!  Generally it takes a few feet of snow coming down to slow down Jon, but even then he’ll be headed out to check on the greenhouses…

Sammy and the Horse

But we have taken some truly lovely time with Sammy – he and Jon have been bonding over morning walks to see the trains go by down at the river, and Sam is enjoying mashing cooked apples through our foodmill as I turn the crank.  Added bonus, we get to enjoy fresh applesauce afterward.  We visit other farms to see their animals – Sam loves all of them, except the geese that are so loudly territorial.  I believe his favorite ever was when he witnessed a horse pooping, as he went around for several days afterwards saying “Neigh, poo!”  I even uncovered a crafty side, and knit Sam a bunny last week!

knit bunny

Our planning has been on-going.  We have had several promising interviews for our Farm Crew positions.  We are working on the seed order and garden plans.  We are putting up a seedling greenhouse this week!  We fill a few wholesale orders each week, but wholesale has never been where our heart is.  And so I am so happy to share with you that we have finally posted share prices and sign up forms for Hudson, White Plains, and Greenpoint!  Poughkeepsie, you’ve known yours for a bit now, since your site coordinator Debbie is so very on top of things.  Check out the website for more info – www.lineagefarmcsa.com

Reminder, Poughkeepsie – Your Early Bird Discount ends this week!  Email Paula today if you need more details.

Hudson, White Plains, and Greenpoint, you’ve got a few more weeks (Feb. 15) for Early Bird Discounts (since we’re just telling you now what the deal is!).  But get your forms in soon if you want that discount (and to help us through the next few months).

And a tremendous Thank You to all our CSA members who donated to our successful first season of the Good Food for Hudson Initiative.  We were able to distribute over 1000 boxed and unboxed (free choice) shares over 20 weeks to over 50 families in Hudson who otherwise would have been left out of the good local food loop.  Thank you Thank you Thank you!  Here’s an amazing video documenting our mission, community support, and impact – please share widely!  www.goodfoodforhudson.org

Happy New Year!
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Super Sam



Here’s what Jamie Oliver has to say about my current favorite vegetable, celeriac.  If you really need to find some, come visit!


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Next week’s delivery and the end of our late fall Share



Next week’s delivery and the end of our late fall Share

Next week's delivery and the end of our late fall Share
Dear Members,
Don’t go pick up veggies today! Hopefully you made it to last week’s pickup and are still flush with veggies. As per our published schedule, we are not delivering today. Next week is our final delivery!
It seems we should have named this round of deliveries our Late Fall Share instead of our Winter Share – temperatures are still so warm we are easily harvesting greens from the field. Roots too – aside from the pallets full of potatoes, carrots, rutabagas, celeriac, and beets in our storage cooler, we are still pulling perfectly delicious beets and carrots from the field. The ground is soft and wet, and while this all makes harvesting a perfectly reasonable endeavor, we are both very much looking forward to some frozen earth and the first snow flurries.
Jon has compost materials heavy on the brain, scavenging marginal piles of our neighbor’s manure piles and old hay bales so that we can compost them into delectable soil fertility piles by next season.
We have also been heavily perusing the new seed catalogs, seeking out the coming season’s delights. If you had any absolute favorites this season, let us know so we can be sure to bring them back!
Tomorrow is Sam’s birthday, and we will be celebrating family style, with Jon’s famous sweet potato maple pie. Thank you for supporting us this season – both in farming and in parenthood! Eve, Sam especially loves the blue collapsible tunnel, and Ema, he wants to drag Jon away from meals he’s so excited to dump out, build, and knock down those blocks you gifted us!

Looking into the new year,
You Farmers,
Jen and Jon

Lineage Farm CSA 520 Clinton St. Hudson, Ny 12534 USA
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Poughkeepsie Winter Vegetable Share Today



Poughkeepsie Winter Vegetable Share Today

Poughkeepsie Winter Vegetable Share Today
What’s in the box? Several carrots, red and purple potatoes, a few celeriac/celery roots, a big bag of spinach, one football of a Napa cabbage, kale, and pea shoots!

Dear Members,
We’ve just returned from our trip to visit my parents in Georgia, and jumped right back into harvest mode. Sam had a blast with his grandparents, and Jon and I managed to get out on our second date since Sam was born. Though when we were trying to figure out what to do, I told Jon the best date I could think of for us was a mildly sunny day out harvesting carrots. We decided on Thai food instead…
If you haven’t figured it out already, pea shoots make a fantastic stand-alone salad. Or dress it up with nuts avocados seeds and grated carrots. It’s like eating Springtime in December.
Celeriac is that knobby odd looking one, which perhaps you recall from the beginning of November. Simply slice off the outside before use (it’s a bit much for a peeler but you don’t need to take off a lot, just enough to make cleaning and chopping simpler). My favorite is still sliced, braised with butter until caramelized then broth until tender. Second is a tie between soup and roasted.
The 80s purple leotard of a potato is named Purple Viking, with bright white and creamy flesh that is perfect for mashing or baking. The red ones are also wonderful for boiling or baking.
Spinach is the most perishable of this week’s harvest, but the pea shoots and Napa will keep for quite a while in the fridge. So beef up on your creamed spinach folks, this is a sweet and tasty batch!
With cold toes and a red nose,
Your Farmers,
Jen and Jon

Lineage Farm CSA 520 Clinton St. Hudson, Ny 12534 USA
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Lineage Farm’s Winter Share in Poughkeepsie, Week 3




Week 3
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What’s in your box?

5 heads of garlic, 4 lbs of Carrots, 3 lbs of Beets, 2 lbs of Red Potatoes, 1 lb of Gilfeather Turnips, 1 bunch of Tat Soi, and 1 bag of Pea Shoots!  Happy Thanksgiving!  And if you need some non-Thanksgiving related carrot ideas, check out the recipe at the bottom.

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Winter Share Members,

A chill wind may have precipitated Sam’s occasional little cough into a mild case of croup yesterday.  He woke during naptime in a coughing fit, but took his visit to the doctor with his characteristic vigor and good humor.  Doc says he’ll likely be fine to travel next week, when we fly down to Georgia to share Thanksgiving with my parents.
 

Some of you will be thrilled to hear we’ve done a focused harvest on our celeriac beds this week.  This knobby root is one of my favorites, and is likely to show up in your box again in December.  I’ll stick a few recipes in with them, to get your gastric creativity flowing!

We’ve had a few cold nights, even dipping into the mid-20s.  The fall crop has been so incredibly bountiful, we’re still out there every day harvesting and putting roots in storage.  Never have we had such beautiful fall carrots and beets – the deer fence has likely paid for itself just in crops not lost to those white-tailed nibblers.

After much consideration, we’ve decided not to move, or at least, not completely.  We will still lease the crop land up on top of the hill, where we planted the garlic.  That will be our spring planting area, and a fall back space in case there are times when it is again too too wet to get into the garden below.  But the soil in our field this year has proven so incredibly fertile, the crops vibrant and bountiful, we don’t want to trade away all of that prime class I soil for a pretty spot by a big pond.  Added bonus – we don’t have to take down the 3000+ feet of deer fence we just put up this spring, or move the high tunnel and hoop house!  We could even have time to build end-walls on our high tunnel and hoop house, making season extension that much more effective.  Plus, Alex is heading off at the end of this week for his next gig selling Christmas Trees in Long Island, so he wouldn’t be around to help dismantle and re-mantle everything.

Hope you enjoy the little bit extra we stuck in your boxes.  Apparently it’s hard to limit ourselves to 6 items!
 

Breathing a big sigh of relief for the end of the season being nigh
Your farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Hurricane Sam
Alex and Andrea

 



In Praise of the Gilfeather:

“To taste the Gilfeather turnip is to become a fan.  It has none of the bitter cabbagey flavor a turnip will develop in storage…[it’s] mild tasting flesh is terrific in checken pot pie or paired with potatoes in a mash-up.  It is absolutely delicious roasted, especially with chicken or duck, and bathed in drippings.  Surprisingly, it is also terrific raw, with a pleasingly crisp texture and mild flavor….An heirloom vegetable, the Gilfeather turnip is included in Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, an international catalog of great-tasting foods that are threatened by industrial standardization, the regulations of large-scale distribution, or environmental damage.  The Gilfeather is the only turnip to have made it to the Ark of Taste…”
– Andrea Chesman, “An Introduction to Winter Vegetables,” Recipes from the Root Cellar
 



Golden Carrot Risotto

You may well have plenty to do with the Carrots in this week’s box, what with Thanksgiving just next week.  But in case you don’t…

5 1/2 cups neutral tasting broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 teaspoon crushed saffron
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 shallots, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
2 carrots, peeled and shredded
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1, Heat broth, wine and saffron to a simmer in a medium saucepan
2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the shallots, garlic, and rice, and toss to coat with the oil.  Saute until the rice appears toasted, 3-5 minutes.
3. Add 1 cup of the simmering broth to the rice.  Stir until the liquid is mostly absorbed.  Continue adding more broth, 1 cup at a time, cooking and stirring as the liquid is absorbed.  Add the carrots with the last cup of broth and continue cooking and stirring until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and creamy.  The total cooking time will be 18 to 35 minutes.  You may not need all of the broth, taste the rice before adding the final cup.
4. Stir in the 1/2 cup of cheese and the butter.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve hot, passing the remaining cheese at the table.


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Lineage Farm’s Winter Share in Poughkeepsie, Week 2




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What’s in your box?

 A beautiful Napa Cabbage, 2 pounds of Potatoes, 2 pounds of Carrots, 2 pounds of Rutabaga, 3/4 pound of Spinach, 1 bunch of super fresh tasting sweet Hakurei Turnips, and either a bunch of Kale or a head of Broccoli (luck of the draw!)

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Winter Share Members,

The coldest weather still holds off, so we were able to harvest a handful of surprise broccoli heads.  We don’t label the boxes as we are filling them, so it will be luck of the draw as to who the broccoli will go home with.  If you don’t get broccoli, you get kale!

The fields were a bit mucky this morning, after that chilly patch of rain.  The Chinese Cabbages are lovely, full heads, ready for salads, slaws, kim chees or stir fries.  The hakurei turnips, too, can be eaten raw or cooked, roasted or braised.  They are more delicate than your average fall root crop, though, so don’t leave them in too long!  The greens are delightful as well.

I figure you know what to do with spinach, carrots, potatoes and kale at this point, but what in the world do you do with Rutabagas?  Enter my most recent cookbook recommendation – Recipes from the Root Cellar. along with more than 20 recipes involving rutabagas, from chicken stew to ginger puree of root vegetables to gratin of rutabaga to rutabaga chips or squares, this cook book also offers an intro and break down of each winter vegetable you might store in your (or in this case, our) root cellar.

“Like all root vegetables, rutabagas are terrific roasted.  They are also delicious steamed or boiled, and then mashed with butter or olive oil, salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste.  In Scotland, a classic dish is neeps and tatties…a mash of potatoes and rutabagas, while in Sweden the mix would also include carrots…1 pound rutabaga = 3 cups sliced or diced = 4 cups shredded = 2 cups steamed and pureed.” 

  – Andrea Chesman, Recipes from the Root Cellar; 270 Fresh Ways to Enjoy Winter Vegetables

She also includes tips on keeping these veggies fresh in your fridge (or elsewhere) for those of us without a root cellar.  Most roots do well for several weeks in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the fridge.

And remember, White Plains member Anne has offered to put together an eCookBook from our CSA members’ favorite recipes – please send any and all tasty vegetable recipes to lineagefarmcsa@gmail.com, subject RECIPES, to contribute!

Your farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Hurricane Sam
Alex and Andrea

 



Maple Glazed Baked Winter Vegetables
from Recipes from the Root Cellar

This one was super tasty, and not so sweet as I thought it would be.

6 cups peeled and diced mixed root vegetables, in 3/4 inch cubes
2 cups peeled and diced butternut squash, in 3/4 inch cubes
(very optional and flexible recipe, can be made with half a dozen different veggies or just one…)
1 onion, halved and slivered (sliced vertically)
5 tablespoons of butter
up to a 1/4 cup of Maple Syrup
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped dried rosemary or sage
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 375.  Butter a 9×13 inch glass baking dish
2. Combine the root vegetables, squash and onion in a large bowl.  Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat.  Whisk in the maple syrup, garlic, rosemary or sage, salt and pepper.  Pour over the vegetable mix and toss to coat.  Transfer to the baking dish and cover with aluminium foil.
3. Bake for 40 minutes.  Uncover and continue baking about 20 minutes longer, until all the vegetables are tender.  Serve hot.

I also have used leftover boiled vegetables, poured the mix over them and stuck it in the oven for just 20 minutes or so.  Very tasty.


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Lineage Farm CSA – Honey Order for October Delivery!




I eat my peas with honey
I’ve done it all my life
It makes the peas taste funny
But it keeps them on the knife!

– Ogden Nash
 

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Announcements!

1. Winter CSA shares available!

2. Honey available!  Order now for delivery next week!

Read on for more info.

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and CSA Members,

White Plains member Anne has offered to put together an eCookBook from our CSA members’ favorite recipes – please send any and all favorite vegetable recipes to lineagefarmcsa@gmail.com, subject RECIPES, to contribute!

Honey is available, for delivery NEXT WEEK.  Please send your orders to lineagefarm@riseup.net, subject October Honey.  1 pound jars are $9 each.

 

Winter Shares Available!
Get your veggies from Lineage Farm for two more months –
November, and December deliveries!
Further season extension TBD

Poughkeepsie – Debbie sent out an email about your CSA winter Share, which will be pre-boxed by your farmers.  Email us with any questions, and sign up today!  (The info below is NOT for Poughkeepsie deliveries, but only for White Plains and Greenpoint members)
 
Minimum of 30 members needed for Saturday (White Plains and Greenpoint), sign up today!
 
Deliveries will be on the following 6 Saturdays, 10am-12 noon, at the White Plains Presbyterian Church:  October 31st, November 7th, 14th, and 21st, and December 5th and 19th.
 
One share size available, a medium of 6-7 items/delivery, for $156/share* in Greenpoint and White Plains.
 
Share choices over the course of the 6 weeks will include:
 
spinach, arugula, bok choi, chard, kale, collards, cabbage, lettuce, mustard greens, and pea shoots, butternut squash, potatoes, carrots, beets, celeriac, winter radishes, red turnips, hakurei turnips, purple top turnips, rutabagas, and onions.

Email lineagefarm@riseup.net, join online at www.lineagefarmcsa.com
or mail your check (memo CSA extension) to
520 Clinton St., Hudson NY 12534
 
*If you joined 2015 during the early bird special (way back in November 2014), discount your winter share price by your current weekly price for your regular season share.
For discounts online, email lineagefarm@riseup.net to get your promo code.

 

In the fiery tumult of fall(ing) leaves,
Your farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Super Sam
Alex and Andrea

 



Ginger Honey Glazed Carrots
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Total Time:
15 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
2 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
2 tablespoons honey
4 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup water
Salt and pepper

Directions

In a small saucepan, melt butter and stir in ginger. Add honey and stir to dissolve. Stir in carrots and toss to coat. Pour in water and cover to steam. Stir occasionally and cook 8 minutes or until tender. Season to taste.

Bees – by Norman Rowland Gale
 

You voluble,
Velvety
Vehement fellows
That play on your
Flying and
Musical cellos,
All goldenly
Girdled you
Senerade clover,
Each artist in
Bass but a
Bibulous rover!

 

You passionate,
Powdery
Pastoral bandits,
Who gave you your
Roaming and
Rollicking mandates?
Come out of my
Foxglove; come
Out of my roses
You bees with the
Plushy and
Plausible noses!

Extract from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet:

And now you ask in your heart,
“How shall we distinguish that which is good in pleasure from that which is not good?”
Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower,
But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee.
For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life,
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love,
And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.

People of Orphalese, be in your pleasures like the flowers and the bees.


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Farm Visit this Sunday!



Farm Visit this Sunday!

Farm Visit this Sunday!
11-4pm
Cold Spring Rd
Livingston NY 12534

Turn into the orchard gate just before Jimmys Auto sign. We will have a banner up too!

Weather is looking promisingly sunny, and the leaves are gorgeous and fiery.

Hope to see you there!

Your Farmers,
Jen Jon and Super Sam
Alex and Andrea

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Lineage Farm CSA News on the Last day of Summer



Lineage Farm CSA News on the Last day of Summer

Lineage Farm CSA News on the Last day of Summer
Dear Members,
Somewhere mixed between sad and relieved, we say goodbye to Summer and welcome Autumn today. Dreams of Winter Projects are creeping into my daily thoughts, as the crew continues to bring in the massive harvests of fall.

Over a thousand butternut squash now grace our barn space, soon to start their travels to your places and plates. The spinach is fantastic, and the beets are huge. Try some of the Tokyo Bekana and Hon Stai Tai when they make their way down to your site, I enjoy both as a salad or cooked green. And the carrots are juicing really well; I made us yellow carrot and pear juice for lunch yesterday, quite tasty and sweet.

We are really looking forward to hosting you at our farm in a few weeks. The farm does not really have an address, as it is one field of a larger property.

From the Taconic Parkway:
Take the Hudson/Route 82 exit
Travel north on 82 towards Hudson
Turn left to go South on Route 9
After about 2 miles, turn right on Cold Spring Road, just before the Firehouse
Go about a mile, the entrance is on the left. If you pass a sign for Jimmy’s Auto Shop you just missed the farm by about 1000 feet.

If you are coming North on Route 9, take a left on Cold Spring Rd and then follow directions above. If you pass the Columbia Cold Storage you’ve just missed Cold Spring Road.

The Farm Tour starts around 11am, followed by lunch and garlic planting. Please bring a plate/bowl and utensils, perhaps some chairs or a blanket to sit on, and a dish to share.

Into the woolen weather,
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Super Sam
Alex and Andrea

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