CSA Harvest 6/23

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summer solstice sunset at good heart

Another rainy Friday, but after a few days of sun we can take it.

This spring and early summer’s weather has been challenging, first with the endless rain, cool temps, and soggy soil, and then the quick jump into heat and sun.  After this week’s comparatively balanced weather of sun and rain, the plants are looking happier in the field.  (It’s not just the farmers that get stressed in this weather!)

But as any parent knows, when kids are happy, you’re happy.  And so it goes with farmers and their crops.  The kale is celebrating the more moderate temperatures, the peas are coming in for harvest, and in the greenhouse the first cherry tomatoes are forming.

And it’s been so great to see you each week at the pick-up!  Getting into the harvest rhythm always adds a welcome balance to our weeks.

Here’s this week’s harvest:

  • Choice of Fennel or Kohlrabi
  • Kale : 1 bunch
  • Hakurei Turnips: 1 bunch
  • Bunching Onions : 1 bunch
  • Snap Peas : 1 lb
  • Mesclun Mix : 1/2 lb
  • Choice of Mint or Oregano

See recipes below

Have a lovely weekend!

In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge


RECIPES

Sliced Fennel & Kale Salad:

Thinly slice fennel bulbs lengthwise
Roughly chop kale and massage with olive oil
Toss Fennel and Kale together
Salt & Pepper to taste
Optional toppings: a squeeze of fresh lemon or splash of balsamic vinegar, sesame seeds, goat cheese, sliced hakurei turnips or radishes

Kohlrabi is delicious fresh, chopped into match-sticks and dipped in hummus or dressings, or sautéd in a stir-fry.

For an easy, simple recipe, try this Apple & Kohlrabi Slaw

Pizza Night & CSA Harvest List 6/16

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planting peppers

Welcome to week 2 of the CSA!

I know it’s rainy now, but we’ll be firing up the pizza oven for tonight’s pick-up.  Pizza will be from 4:00 – 7:00, slices by donation.

Here’s this week’s harvest:

  • Oregano : 1 bunch
  • Mesclun Mix : 1/2 lb
  • Braising Kale : 1 bunch
  • Radishes : 1 bunch
  • Hakurei Salad Turnips : 1 bunch
  • Bunching Onions : 1 bunch

See recipes below

In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge


RECIPES
Check out The Good Heart Life for Kate’s guide to Quick & Easy Salads

• We love raw hakurei turnips in salads, but you can cook them, too!
Here’s a great recipe from Saveur: 
Roasted Hakurei Turnips with Buttered Greens

• Braising greens are bigger than baby and smaller than full-size.  They’re great for quick-cooking or raw eating.

For a raw kale salad, drizzle olive oil and massage with sea salt until leaves are tender. Eat as is, or add sliced radishes, turnips, goat or feta cheese.

First CSA Pick-up

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Glorious sunshine!

These last few days of sun and heat gave us much needed time to catch up on weeding and transplanting.

We’re looking forward to the first CSA pick-up tonight at the farm.  As we head into the season, a few quick reminders:

  • Please bring your own bag or box to pack your share in
  • Pizza nights will be the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, slices by donation
  • If you know you’re going to miss a share, send a friend in your place, or contact us 2 days ahead of time to make other arrangements.

We do our best to keep the harvest lists consistent between each pick-up day, but as crops come into maturity, there may be slight differences between pick-ups.  We’ll do our best to let you know ahead of time of any changes.

Here’s this week’s harvest:

  • Cilantro : 1 bunch
  • Mesclun or Baby Spinach : 1/2 lb
  • Kale : 1 bunch
  • Baby Beets : 1 bunch
  • Bunching Onions : 1 bunch
  • Rutabaga : 1 lb

See recipes below

We’ll see you all soon!

In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge


RECIPES

Check out The Good Heart Life for Kate’s guide to Quick & Easy Salads

Rutabaga Fries
we’ve run out of stored potatoes and are hooked now on rutabaga fries!  try them with sour cream for a delicious side dish

  • Pre-heat oven to 475º
  • Peel and cut rutabagas into fry shape
  • Toss in olive or vegetable oil, and add salt & pepper (options herbs: rosemary or thyme)
  • Spread fries evenly on a sheet pan (to avoid sticking, line with parchment paper)
  • Roast in oven until rutabagas are cooked through and golden brown

Eat Pizza & Plant Seedlings

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A quick note to tell you we’re so excited for our first pizza night of the season, this Friday!

Join us between 4:00 – 7:00 tomorrow evening for wood-fired pizza and a plant sale (of course, you can come for just one, or both!)

Pizza will be by donation.

Plant sale hours:

  • Friday, 4:00-7:00
  • Saturday, 9:00-1:00

10% of profits will go to the Doty School Local Food Fund.

And now it’s back out to plant plant plant!

Happy Thursday 🙂

In Good Heart,
Kate and Edge

Plant Sale Crop List

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This list is what we’ll have available on our Memorial Day Weekend plant sale.  More crops and varieties will be available on the following weekend at the farm, and at the new Worcester Farmers Market, which begins on 6/8.

VEGETABLES

Tomatoes

  • Bing, cherry
  • Sungold, cherry
  • Rose de Berne, slicer
  • Moskvich, slicer
  • Crimson Sprinter, slicer
  • Prudens Purple, beefsteak
  • San Marzano, paste
  • Granadero F1, paste

Peppers

  • King Crimson, green-red bell
  • King of the North, green-red bell
  • Red Picnic, mini bell
  • Hungarian Hot Wax, hot
  • Jalapeno, hot
  • Ancho Poblano, hot
  • Oranos F1, orange sweet

Onions

  • New York Early, yellow
  • Cabernet, red
  • Ailsa Craig, sweet

Cabbage

  • Red Express, early red
  • Caraflex F1, early sweetheart
  • Famosa F1, green savoy

Kale

  • Red Russian
  • Olympic Red
  • Lacinato

Zucchini

  • Dunja F1, green zucchini
  • Yellowfin F1

Eggplant

  • Black Beauty
  • Listada di Gandia

Broccoli

  • Batavia F1

Brussels Sprouts

  • Dagan F1

Celery & Celeriac

  • Calypso Celery
  • Mars Celeriac

Cucumbers*

*seedlings will be available on 6/2 & 6/3

  • Marketmore 76, slicer
  • H-19 Little Leaf, pickler

FLOWERS & HERBS*

*more varieties to come!  

  • Lemon Queen Sunflower
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Cilantro

 

 

Pre-Season Pizza Night on June 2

Ahh, those few days of sun and heat were glorious, weren’t they?  We worked hard and got a lot done under the sun: more plantings in the field, more beds prepped, and seedlings moved outside to harden off.

This spring’s cool and wet weather have put a damper (pun intended) on growth, and our early plantings are just now starting to jump into speed.  

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the crops, and in order to start off with a bigger harvest, we’ve decided to set the first CSA pick-up to Friday, June 9.

The first CSA pick-up schedule is:

  • Worcester: Friday, June 9 @ the farm, 3:00-7:00
  • Montpelier: Monday, June 12 @ Union Elementary, 4:30-6:30
  • Work-place WCMH: Wednesday, June 14

Until then, you are all invited to a pre-season pizza night at the farm on Friday, June 2 from 4:00-7:00.  

We’ll have wood-fired pizza (slices by donation), and this is a great time to come see the farm and where your food is grown.

And if you’re looking for some organic seedlings for your garden, we’ll have them for sale at the pizza night.

Until then, we wish you all a beautiful long weekend!

In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge

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Do you want a deeper look behind the scenes at Good Heart?  I invite you to check out my new website: The Good Heart Life, an organic gardening and lifestyle blog where we grow beauty, joy, and nourishment for the body, soul, and earth. 

You’ll find organic gardening how-to’s, crop variety highlights, field notes from the farm, and inspiration to grow your life in a way that nourishes you.  

If you like it (or love it!) please share with friends, because sharing is like growing, and together we can all grow a more lively, joyful world one person and one {organic} seed at a time.  

Thank you so much!
~Kate

Plants for YOU {and a new market in Worcester!}

Are you planting a garden this summer?  Come visit us next weekend for organic seedlings to get your garden growing.

We’ll have an abundance of seedlings, including:

  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Squash & Zucchini

Plant Sale days & times:

  • Saturday: 9:00-1:00 @ Doty Memorial School
  • Sunday: 10:00-2:00 @ Good Heart

*We’re donating 10% of our proceeds to the Doty Local Foods Fund, which gets more local food into the school lunches.  Thanks for supporting healthy food in our local school!

We’re also excited to announce a new Worcester Farmers Market.

The market will be Thursday nights from 5:00-8:00 on route 12 across from the cemetery, and include music, veggies, and more.  We’ll have fresh veggies, herbs, and seedlings for sale at the market beginning June 8.

You can learn more on the Worcester Farmers Market Facebook page.

And a quick note—CSA pick-up will still be on the farm on Fridays.  We won’t be delivering shares to the market, but invite you to stop by when you need extra produce and join us for a new community space in Worcester!

Have a lovely weekend!

In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge

And now we are a REAL farm ;)

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Well, we made it a good 5 years without one, but today we enter a whole new era of possibility with a tractor.

And Waylon is super excited about it.

We think you’ll be excited too, as the tractor means plowing new plots for perennial berries, opening up space for sweet potatoes, and even grading the road.

And anyone who’s been up our road knows that it could use some grading! So look forward to easy driving when you pick-up your CSA share this summer 😉

On the berry front, we’re preparing a 1/2 acre for blueberries, to be planted next spring.  This will eventually compliment the CSA and be open for pick-your-own berries.

Other types of berries will follow, but we’re still creating the plan for those.  (Raspberries and strawberries are high on the list).

This recent cold snap has kept us busy in the greenhouse, up-potting crops for our Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale.  Waylon is keeping up with planting, too, having filled a menagerie of pots with soil and flower seeds, dubbing himself “the flower guy.”

We’ve checked the weather, and it looks like summer will start to ease in during the 3rd week of May—so keep warm and take heart!  The days really will get warmer soon (I think I may be saying this more for our sake than yours…but you understand, right?)

Until then, we’ll continue to prep beds, transplant hardy seedlings, and harvest greens.  If you’re hankering for a fresh good heart salad, stop by The Skinny Pancake or Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier, where you’ll find our mesclun mix, spinach, and other delicious foods.

Beginning in June, we’ll have farm stand produce for sale during CSA pick-up.  You can save 5% at the farm stand with pre-paid credit.  Learn more on our CSA page.

We wish you a lovely weekend!

In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge

Memorial Day Plant Sale & Summer Farm Stand

Does the smell of soil make you happy? Are you already planning your garden, anxiously awaiting the weekend when you can dig in and get planting?

We know just how you feel!  While we’ve got the benefit of a greenhouse and hoop houses, we’ve lived without them and know how tough it can be to get seeds started inside your home.

So, if you are looking for certified organic plant starts, we’ve got them for you!

Mark your calendar for our Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale.

Join us on Saturday, 5/27 at the Doty Memorial School from 9:00 – 1:00.

We’ll also be open at the farm on Friday 5/26 and Sunday 5/28.

And, we’re donating 10% of our sales to the Doty Memorial School Lunch Program. That means your starts will feed you AND help get more local food to students.

Plant Selection includes:

  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Squash & Zucchini
  • Herbs: cilantro, basil, oregano, marjoram, sage
  • Flowers: sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, calendula, nasturtiums

Farm Stand Credit

You can save 5% on fresh, certified organic food every week beginning in June at our Farm Stand with pre-paid farm stand credit.

If you already garden, or if you travel a lot and want the flexibility to get fresh produce just when you need it, this is a great option.

Farm Stand members can shop each week during these hours:

  • Montpelier: Monday evenings outside Union Elementary School in Montpelier from 4:30-6:30
  • On the farm: Fridays from 3:00-7:00, and Saturdays 12:00-6:00.

Memberships are $95/month, with a minimum three-month commitment totaling $285 for a $300 value.  Pay month to month or all at once.

We wish you a happy sun-filled day!

In Good Heart,
Kate and Edge

10 More Days to get Your CSA!

There’s 10 more days to sign up for your Good Heart CSA share. 

The deadline to sign up for a Full-Season or Veggie & Herb Share is May 1st.

Why the deadline this year?  Practically speaking, this gives us the ability to plan more effectively, and enables us to better serve you.

The CSA model is rooted in the premise of customers signing up in the winter and spring, supporting farmers early in the year in exchange for fresh vegetables all summer long.

Originally, we loved the CSA for the way it can financially support the farm during typically lean months.

But as we’ve grown over the last 5 years, we’ve found that the greatest support that CSA creates is in the relationships: those between farmer, eater, land and food.

For us, the true value in CSA is far greater than the cost of a share.

We aspire to offer this land as a weekly resting place, where you come to get vegetables but also get relaxation as you pick flowers and take in the view; as you catch up with other members who’ve become friends; as you load up on bumper crops of zucchini and cucumbers; as you eat slices of wood-fired pizza on a warm summer night.

We aspire to show up for you every day of the year: in the winter months, as we plan the fields, buy the seeds and soil and supplies; in the spring as we spread compost, make beds, and plant; in the summer as we harvest and wash and welcome you to the farm; in the autumn as we keep the harvest going until we finally put the beds to rest and winter comes back around.

We may not see you everyday, but we tend to the farm daily to make sure we’re ready when you arrive.  And we love to do it.  We love to work the soil, grow the food, beautify this space and welcome you to it.

Now, if you’re ready and excited to become a Good Heart CSA Member, we invite you to show up by signing up.

Here’s what you’ll get as a Good Heart CSA Member:

  • Weekly shares of fresh, certified organic produce
  • Weekly recipes to go along with your share
  • Free pick-your-own flowers
  • 10% discount on extra produce
  • A beautiful view and nourishing space to relax in each week when you come to the farm

We’re here.  You can be, too!

Sign up for your CSA share by May 1st.  

We so look forward to growing for you this season.

In Good Heart,
Kate and Edge