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Lineage Farm CSA Newsletter #17


Sammy-cake Sammy-cake, baker's man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can;
Pat it, roll it and mark it with a "B",
Put it in the oven for baby and me.
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Lineage Farm CSA

September 26, 2014

week seventeen
(4 pm start in Poughkeepsie this week)

 
This Week's Harvest:

Tomatoes (last legs), Green Tomatoes, Eggplants, Various sorts of Peppers, Beets, Salad Radishes, Tat Soi, Kale, Collards, Onions, Garlic, Herbs and more!
 

Dear CSA Members, Neighbors, Friends, Family,

Sometime near the end of September, the air changes.  The sound of the wind changes.  The insect noises and sunlight all change.  Once the morning sun warms our cold, dew damp fingers, we bare our arms and cheeks again, for the autumnal garden feels like a soft caress after the brashness of summer.  Of course, tomorrow and Sunday are supposed to climb into the 80s again, but I certainly think that is likely just a last little squeak of summertime before the cooler days settle in.

I know Sarah from White Plains is excited for the upcoming cool season bounty.  Next week, we'll start distributing our potato crop, definitely the best (and the most fun) potato harvest we've experienced to date.  The week after that, Celeriac joins the crowd (I can hear Sarah cheering from here) – a root vegetable with a bulbous hypocotyl (that bit below the first leaf and above the root proper) that has a lovely celery flavor, and is most tasty raw or cooked in just about any way imaginable.  Daikon radish, purple top turnip, and (my favorite) Rutabagas will soon be sizable for harvest.  What we can manage of a butternut squash round up will also jump in the mix (see prior newsletters regarding the sad demise of our squash contingent), and then I will excitedly share with you this Autumn Salad recipe with raw beets, butternuts, kale and apples.

And, of course, fall is also the time of leafy greens.  You probably noticed the leafier aspect of last week's share, and there is more to come!  Arugula, mustard greens, tat soi, kale and collards are in full force, and soon spinach will make its appearance as well.  Thanks to White Plains member Clovia for a guided tour of the local Asian Foods Market, I've got baby boc choi on my mind as well, so we're giving that a go.

In anticipation of leafy beauty (on the trees and on our plates),
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Baby Sam

Hakurei and Sweet Pepper Salad

Baby leaf lettuce mix
Sweet pepper, sliced long and thin
Hakurei white salad turnips, cut halfways then sliced thin
various salady type things, as you like:
arugula
pea shoots
grated carrots
radish slices

light vinaigrette

Toss together, dress, and serve.

Song for Autumn

Mary Oliver
 

In the deep fall
    don't you imagine the leaves think how
comfortable it will be to touch
    the earth instead of the
nothingness of air and the endless
    freshets of wind? And don't you think
the trees themselves, especially those with mossy,
    warm caves, begin to think

of the birds that will come — six, a dozen — to sleep
    inside their bodies? And don't you hear
the goldenrod whispering goodbye,
    the everlasting being crowned with the first
tuffets of snow? The pond
    vanishes, and the white field over which
the fox runs so quickly brings out
    its blue shadows. And the wind pumps its
bellows. And at evening especially,
    the piled firewood shifts a little,
longing to be on its way.

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Lineage Farm CSA Newsletter #16


Little Miss Muffet
Sat on her Tuffet
Eating her Curds and Whey
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Lineage Farm CSA

September 20, 2014

week sixteen
(EARLY 3 pm start in Poughkeepsie this week)

 
This Week's Harvest:

Tomatoes (last legs), Eggplants, Various sorts of Peppers, Carrots, Salad Radishes, Tat Soi, Kale, Collards, Chard (last chance), and more!
 

Dear CSA Members, Neighbors, Friends, Family,
It seems I often have the weather on my mind, as I sit to bring you news of the farm.  Sometimes a bigger weather related item might come about – do you know about the Climate March this Sunday? – but honestly, most of what's on my mind is whether or not my toes are cold, if the peppers got a frost, or how many layers Sam should be wearing.  And this week, at least, my toes may be cold, but the peppers live on!  Of course, as the days are shortening – we're headed to the Autumnal Equinox next Monday – such summer fruits as tomatoes, eggplants, peppers all grow and ripen quite a bit slower.  Saturday may even be the last of the tomatoes – give a holler if you'd love some green tomatoes, fantastic fried but also quite tasty roasted and salsa-d or relish-d.

Recently, one of our White Plains members, Pastor Jeff Geary of the Presbyterian Church which hosts our CSA, shared one of his sermons with me, a lovely and moving piece about "returning to the earth," a topic quite close to my heart.  Healing the earth, and our relationship with it, is one of my personal motivations for farming.  I had never given that motivation biblical significance, but I am quite happy for others to do so!

White Plains, I do hope you are ready to meet your farmer!  Sam and I will be hitching a ride tomorrow with Jon and Carmine, and staying in White Plains for the duration of tomorrow's distribution.  I very much look forward to meeting you!

Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Baby Sam

Barbara's Sauteed Carrots and Leeks  

 
A recipe from Barbara, a Poughkeepsie member, with her notes and recipe tweaks included:

"Leeks and carrots are simmered in a buttery broth for a quick and easy side dish the whole family will enjoy."
 
Ingredients:

3 leeks, finely chopped
4 carrots, finely chopped (I cut them in large rounds)
1/3 cup chicken broth (I used more, ¾ cup?)
2 tablespoons butter (Oil could be used, but the butter adds great flavor.)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

  Combine leeks, carrots, chicken broth, butter, thyme, salt, and pepper in a skillet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid evaporates, about 15 minutes. Cook and stir mixture until leeks and carrots are lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes.

 
 
The leeks and carrots caramelize and are very flavorful and sweet.  Yum!

Song for Autumn

Mary Oliver
 

In the deep fall
    don't you imagine the leaves think how
comfortable it will be to touch
    the earth instead of the
nothingness of air and the endless
    freshets of wind? And don't you think
the trees themselves, especially those with mossy,
    warm caves, begin to think

of the birds that will come — six, a dozen — to sleep
    inside their bodies? And don't you hear
the goldenrod whispering goodbye,
    the everlasting being crowned with the first
tuffets of snow? The pond
    vanishes, and the white field over which
the fox runs so quickly brings out
    its blue shadows. And the wind pumps its
bellows. And at evening especially,
    the piled firewood shifts a little,
longing to be on its way.

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Hudson, Ny 12534


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