Goodbye Flowers, Hello Winter Greens!

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After a snap of summer, we’re looking at snow in the 7-day forecast.  

We took this week to get bulk carrots and daikon radish harvested, beds prepped for winter’s rest, and over-all tidying of the farm fields.

The flowers by the greenhouse have been pulled (I know—I was sad, too!) to make way for cover crops, but there are still some flowers to be picked by the solar panels, that will stick around for Monday.

Soon, though, we’ll turn our flower clippers in for wooden spoons and adorn the kitchen table with soups instead of bouquets.

It’s been a steady summer and fall season, and we’re grateful to you for sharing in the harvest with us.

Though summer flowers are getting pulled, winter greens are growing well in the hoop house and greenhouse.  Some will be harvested for this share, and others will wait for winter, when we’ll be offering a Winter CSA!

We’ll send out more information about that soon, but know that we’ll have fresh greens, plus roots and more for you come January.

This week’s harvest:

  • Mesclun
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Kohlrabi
  • Kale
  • Herb choice: thyme, oregano, sage

See recipes below.

Have a cozy weekend!

In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge


RECIPES

Fall Harvest CSA 10/8

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The Fall Harvest CSA share from Oct 1: kale, beets, onions, mesclun, parsley, garlic, napa cabbage, carrots

The cold nights have set in, and the big root harvests have commenced!  

Carrots, turnips, and storage radishes are being pulled from the field, washed and put into storage bags.  From there, they’ll store in the walk-in cooler with the potatoes and onions until they’re doled out at CSA pick-ups.

In the kitchen, we’re all about soups and roasted roots right now.  In that spirit, I’ve included two soup recipes and a butternut squash risotto below in the recipe box.

We’ll have Good Heart CSA canvas bags available for sale at the pick-up this Monday.  Perfect for packing your share in!  Bags are $21 each.

Summer CSA Members: keep a lookout in your email for a short survey!  Your feedback will help us plan for next summer and design a CSA you love.

This week’s harvest:

  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Winter Squash
  • Potatoes
  • Leeks
  • Carrots
  • Herb: parsley, sage, or thyme

In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge


RECIPES

Summer to Fall, Keep the Veggies Coming

Thanks to everyone who came out for Farm Pizza Night!  

It was the best one yet, and we had so much fun hanging out with you.

Thanks to you, we’ve raised an extra $526 for the NOFA-VT Farm Share Program.  Paired with the $870 we raised through our canvas bag fundraiser, we have $1396 to put towards subsidized CSA shares!  

Sign up for a subsidized CSA directly through NOFA-VT (see income eligibility below).

There’s still time to sign up for the Fall Harvest CSA!  
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From bountiful roots to winter squash to tender kale, chard, and lots of fresh greens, and so much more—this share is the delicious culmination of the growing season.

Sign up by Friday to get your share, and to feed your family fresh, local organic veggies all season long.

As always, we include an automatic 10% discount on the CSA, but don’t wait!  That discount goes away once the share has started.  If there’s still room to join after the 24th, we’ll pro-rate your share based on the full rate.

Somehow summer turned into September, and September is already winding itself down.

Thank you for another great Summer CSA season!  You’re the reason we grow, and we’ve really enjoyed seeing you every week at CSA pick-up.  As we close out the summer season, we have a bountiful share for you to enjoy.

This week’s harvest:

  • Potatoes
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Cucumber
  • Mesclun
  • Spinach
  • Herb choice: parsley, dill, thyme

In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge

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RECIPES

Balsamic Roasted Roots w/Spinach Sauce
Carrot-Tahini Dip
Spearmint-Lime Cucumber Water (because even though it’s getting fall, it’s still hot like summer!)

Last Chance to get your Good Heart bags!

The Good Heart canvas bag fundraiser ends tonight!

We’re 19 away from meeting our goal of selling 50 bags.  Can you help us get there?

Screen Shot 2018-08-28 at 7.16.20 AMThere’s still time for you to get your Good Heart canvas bag and help us raise money for subsidized CSA shares.  Each bag sold benefits the NOFA-VT Farm Share Program.

THANK YOU to everyone who’s already bought a bag and supported this fundraiser!  Every dollar we raise is matched by NOFA-VT, and will go directly to subsidizing shares for the Fall Harvest CSA.

This week is a sneak peak into fall, with the first winter squash and garlic in the share.  

The Fall Harvest CSA starts on September 24.  Sign up to get your share of fall roots, winter squash, fresh greens, and farmstead preserves like pesto, pumpkin puree, and sauerkraut.

This week’s share:

  • Carrots
  • Bunching Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Garlic
  • Herb Choice
  • Kale or Chard
  • Delicata
  • Plums

In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge


RECIPES

3 Days Left! Get your Good Heart Bag Today

There are only 3 days left in our canvas bag fundraiser!

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So far we’ve sold 27 bags and raised $660!  Thank you to everyone who’s purchased a bag and donated so far–your support is so important, and will go directly to subsidizing CSA shares for low-income Vermonters.

Our goal is to sell 23 more bags by Sunday.  Can you help us?

Click here to get your bag today.  

Whether or not you’re able to buy a bag, thank you for being part of the Good Heart community.  We’re thankful for each and every one of you.  Thanks for sharing this land, this food, this community with us.

Here’s to delicious food and full bellies for everyone~

In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge

9 More Days to Get Your Good Heart Bag!

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Late August at Good Heart Farmstead

WOW.  We’ve raised $400 so far in our Canvas Bag Fundraiser for the Farm Share Program.  Can you help us make it to $500 by Sunday?

Each bag sold supports the NOFA-VT Farm Share Program, which helps us raise money to subsidize CSA shares for low-income Vermonters.  You can buy your bag here.  Don’t wait too long, though!  The fundraiser ends on September 9.

Fall Harvest CSA sign-ups are open and happening now.  We’re so excited to continue growing food for so many of you this fall!

The Fall Harvest is our favorite share—with so many delicious fresh greens and roots, plus special preserves like pesto, krauts, our magic soup starter, and roasted tomatoes (which are in the oven roasting now!)

If you haven’t signed up yet, pop over to the CSA page and get your share.

Or, sign up for a subsidized share through NOFA-VT Farm Share Program here.

This week’s harvest:

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Leeks
  • Potatoes
  • Mesclun
  • Cucumbers
  • Herb choice

*Worcester Members: we’re heading to a wedding this afternoon, so we’ll miss you at pick-up tonight!  Our friends Charles and Lydia will be running pick-up, and we’ll see you again next week.

In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge


RECIPES

Good Heart Bags for Food: a fundraiser for the Farm Share Program

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Late August evening on the Farmstead

The Fall Harvest CSA begins September 24, and we’re raising money for subsidized CSA shares.

Every year, we partner with the NOFA-VT Farm Share Program to offer subsidized CSA shares to low-income Vermonters.  Every dollar we raise for the Farm Share Program is matched by NOFA-VT, which means your support is automatically doubled.

As we approach the fall harvest season, we’re raising money for subsidized CSA shares through a canvas market bag fundraiser.  

When you buy a bag, not only will you be able to fill it with fresh seasonal veggies, but you’ll be helping a family in need access fresh veggies, too!

At the heart of it, we all deserve to eat well.  Eating well means we can show up as our best selves for our family, our community, our co-workers, our customers, and our world.  As farmers, we know it truly does all start with a good meal.

Please help us make eating well easier for low-income Vermonters by buying a bag today, and sharing this fundraiser with your friends and family.

And speaking of the Fall Harvest CSA, sign-ups have begun!  Sign-up for your share today.

Applications for subsidized shares are open now on NOFA-VT’s website.  Funds do run out each season, so be sure to sign up now to secure your share.

We hope everyone has a good “back to school” week, whether or not you’re actually heading back to school. 

It’s that time of year when the seasonal shifts of cooler nights and mornings where we don wool socks and fleeces feel so welcoming, while at the same time we’re thankful for the warm weather to keep the veggie fields growing.

We’ve been planting lots of fall greens and roots, and today are tucking in fall-planted strawberries for next year’s harvest.  Even though we’re approaching the times of hearty meals of roasts and soups, I can almost taste the sweet strawberry harvest next summer.

This week’s harvest:

  • Lettuce heads
  • Green Beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Shallots
  • Bunching Onions
  • Choice of thyme or sage

See you soon!

In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge

p.s. Mark your calendars for our annual Farm Pizza Night! Saturday, September 15 from 5:00 – 8:00. 


RECIPES:

French Carrot Salad

Fragrant Tuscan Herb Salt : a great way to preserve herbs

4 Ways to Preserve Green Beans : from my friend (and soon-to-be Vermonter!) Teri at Homestead Honey.  Teri and her family were CSA members last summer when they spent the season in Vermont, and we’re so excited to have them closer by as they move their homestead to VT!  Check out her website for tons of homesteading inspiration and resources.

Fall Harvest CSA is Just Around the Corner

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Waylon overseeing the fall CSA pick-up in 2013.  He’s always been such a natural CSA Farmer 😉

We’re home from our week in Maine, and already diving back into the field.  

Thanks to Kim, Charles, and Lydia for keeping the farm going while we swam, rock climbed, and ate lobster.  It’s such a delight to come home to well-kept fields and a fresh bouquet in the kitchen.

August has us busy preparing for the fall and winter.  

We’ve been preparing new beds, seeding and transplanting all month, filling the fields up now so we can fill the walk-in cooler with roots come October and November.

It’s not all storage crops, though—we have lots of fall greens coming in, including spinach, mustard greens, Napa cabbage, and new successions of kale and chard.  Which means…

The Fall Harvest CSA begins in just over a month!

You can enjoy fresh local food September 24 – November 19 by signing up for the Fall Harvest CSA

The NOFA-VT Farm Share Program applications are available now.  Be sure to sign up early to ensure your share!

Mark your calendars for our annual Farm Pizza Night: Saturday, September 15, from 5:00 – 8:00.

We’ll have pizza, salad, music, and beautiful mountain views.

Suggested donation is $15, and all profits go to the Farm Share Program, which helps us subsidize CSA shares for low-income Vermonters.

And now back to August—This week’s harvest is a bountiful one!

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Bunching Onions
  • Lettuce Heads
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Cilantro or Basil
  • Peas
  • Beans

Here’s to a delicious week!

In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge

p.s. My mom’s birthday is this Friday, so we’ll be heading out to celebrate her on Friday evening.  The CSA will be set up as usual, but if you don’t see us, know that we’re eating birthday cake and toasting the woman who brought me into the world 😉


RECIPES

Pesto Potato Salad with Green Beans
Kale Pesto Pizza
Roasted Tomatoes for the freezer: I share this every year, because it’s my absolute favorite way to preserve tomatoes.  You don’t have to freeze them—roasted tomatoes are delicious eaten right away, added to pastas, soups, or blended into a sauce.

August Bounty & a Farmer’s Vacation

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we can leave the farm, but we can’t leave the produce behind!

I’m writing this from a lakeside in Maine, where its cool enough to have an afternoon cup of tea, but the water warm enough to swim in for hours—my idea of perfect.

Edge, Waylon, our dog Pebble, and I are off the farm for a whole week (!) thanks to our team of three farm sitters, Kim, Charles, and Lydia.  Be sure to give them a big smile and high-five when you pick up your share 😊

Another week of bounty is in store for you!

This week’s harvest:

  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions/Shallots
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Beans
  • Snap peas
  • Lettuce heads
  • Herb choice: thyme, sage, or basil

We’ll see you again on the 20th and 24th.  Until then, have a lovely week!

In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge


Recipes:

Chilled Cucumber & Avocado Soup
Crunchy, Creamy, Cucumber Avocado Salad (try swapping basil in place of the mint)
Tomato & Cucumber Gazpacho
For the love of shallots