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Monday, October 16, 2017

Summer CSA: Week 19!

Howdy folks,

This is week 19 of the Summer CSA. This means it is the last week of the summer share for half share folks who's name starts A-L. It has been a real joy to share in the harvest with you all this season!

This week we have another guest author. Jared has been a critical member of the farm team, honing his craft, as an apprentice.

Jared preparing to load winter squash
 

 

This is an ode to the creatures behind the scenes.
First the earthworm from which all farm life springs:
nature’s squirmy tractor and great recycler.
Here comes the toad, the colossus of the kale,
throwing beetles into his slimy gullet.
The ancient snapping turtle wants nothing
from our crops. She climbs from the swamp
to field edge and warns the farmhand
to mow no further, her eggs are near.
Here comes the swarm of pests, mice
dart over winter squash and beetles suck the
life from collards and tomatoes with bendy straws.
Unprompted, the farmer’s forces counter:
the cat and hawk, the ladybug and toad.
We catch glimpses of this action in the field,
but most of it happens while we’re away.
The coyotes are out playing and yapping,
they can sneak past the electric fence or
just don’t care, a watermelon is worth the jolt.
Guardian of the Greenhouse, Simba mistakes a skunk for
his brother and gets a more than a noseful.
Lastly the honeybee, who transmutes
the earthstuff of the worm into ambrosia.
Fruits fill our kitchen with laughter and joy.
Powissett Farm is the paper on which this
great comedy is written. Sometimes we forget
that these actors share the same food as us.
We give thanks to them and they return grace.

Jared

This week I have been travelling for a dear friends wedding. I left last Wednesday and I returned late Monday evening. I was gone for just a few days but a vast amount of change can take place on the farm in such a short amount of time. I have heard through the farmer network that I missed our first frost and with temperatures dipping down in to the mid 30's tonight the fields are ripe for a good frost. That is all to say my vegetable list for this week is an educated guess of what will make it through tonight's cold weather.

Potatoes
Onions
Shallots
Sweet Potatoes
Lettuce
Spicy greens
Garlic
Beets
Radishes


2017 WINTER SHARE SIGN-UP IS OPEN!!!
Typically the winter shares include:
Onions
Shallots
Garlic
Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Broccoli
Scallions
Cooking greens
Chard
Popcorn
Carrots
Cabbage
Leeks
Radishes
and more

These vegetables are distributed over the course of 3 pick-ups:

You can get your share either Friday or Saturday of each pickup weekend):
Friday, November 3 from 2-6PM, or Saturday, November 4 from 10AM-2PM
Friday, November 17 from 2-6PM, or Saturday, November 18 from 10AM-2PM
Friday December 8 from 2-6PM, or Saturday, December 9 from 10AM-2PM
 
OR Bring payment to the farm stand: You can now register and pay for your 2017 winter share at the farm stand while you are picking up your summer share!

The farm stand will also be open during the above times!


The Trustees Winter Meat CSA is growing!
Cattle on pasture
For a second year, a full variety of sustainably-raised, grass-fed and pastured meats from Trustees farms are available from our Winter Meat CSA program. CSA shares include beef, pork, chicken, and (new this year) lamb! An add-on option for eggs is also available. The CSA runs from November through May this winter. Sign up now to reserve your share!
Winter Meat CSA pickups will include 7 lbs. of frozen meat—cuts will vary, ranging from steaks to ground beef, chops to sausage, as well as chicken. Choose the frequency that best suits your needs: every-other-week or once-a-month, beginning the week of November 7 and running through the week of May 22. Shares total either 105 pounds (every-other-week share) or 49 pounds (once-a-month share) of meat. All meat is frozen and the cuts vary each pickup with an option of adding one dozen free-range eggs. We hope provide CSA members with a chance to try some new and adventurous meals while accommodating the supper-time realities of everyday life! Pickup at Powisset Farm will be Wednesdays from 2-6.
We expect shares to sell out this winter, so don’t delay! More information is available at www.thetrustees.org/meatcsa and we’ve answered some frequently asked questions on the Meat CSA blog, http://trusteesmeat.blogspot.com/.

Your farmer,

Zannah


Powisset Happenings!

Hi All!

The Powisset blog has been very quiet on the event and program front, but we are back in action and we have lots to say!

We are in the midst of a 3 week series - a collaboration between the Dover Parks & Recreation Department & Powisset Farm. Each week is different but all weeks involve food! Last week focused on chickens & eggs. This week, we will focus on harvesting carrots. And the final week is pumpkin whoopie pies as we prepare for Halloween! To prepare for next week's whoopie pies, I made these over the weekend, based on the recipe by Renato Poliafito (see the 11/11 class below). Yum!





We have several events & programs happening this fall which can all be found here or click on the specific links below:
10/29: Powisset Farm Trail Run: whether you are a serious runner or only up for the 1-miler
11/4: The 4th Annual Tri-Town Hike. Hike the entire 13 miles (through Hale Reservation, Noanet Woodlands, Powisset Farm, and Rocky Woods) or one of the shorter sections.
11/8: Thanksgiving Pie Baking Class with Julia!: At this class, you will take home 2 sweet pies which you can save/freeze for Thanksgiving....or eat right away!
11/11: Pumpkinpalooza with Baked NYC: Join well known owner and chef of Baked (in NYC) who will lead a class focused on pumkpins. This will Renato's 2nd time at Powisset.

We hope to see you around the farm!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Summer CSA: Week 18

2017 Mobile Market Crew: Allison, Estela, Kelvin, Sadrak
Howdy Folks,

We've got really innovative and exciting programs we are cultivating at Powisset. This week our guest writer is Mobile Market Manager Allison Pekel. keep reading to learn more about the expansion of our meat CSA and winter share options!

In my 8 years as a Boston resident, I've always lived and worked in and around the city, surrounded by tall buildings and people in business suits. As much as I've enjoyed that part of my Boston life, what an absolute dream it's been to get to experience a summer at Powisset Farm! As the manager of The Trustees Mobile Farmers Market, which launched its' first season this year, I have the added benefit of getting to share some of the bounty of this gorgeous farm with the people of Dorchester and Roxbury.

The Mobile Market is a new food access venture run by The Trustees with this pilot season funded by a grant from the USDA. The project is designed to bring the same fresh, local, seasonal produce you get in your CSA shares every week, into the city where finding quality fruit and veggies can be a struggle. We try to make this produce as attainable as possible by both accepting payment from government supported programs like SNAP (Food Stamps) and WIC's Farmers Market Nutrition Program in addition to the usual cash, debit, and credit cards.

At this point you've undoubtedly seen me driving our brightly colored 16-foot Mobile Market truck up and down Powisset Street on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays on my way to and from market days. We'll be running the market until November 4th and next time you see me, feel free to swing by, say hell, and take a quick tour of the truck. We couldn't do projects like these without the support of the wonderful community  you've built up around this farm. So thank you!

For more information on the project, you can find us on Instagram @TrusteesMobile, in the new, Fall issue of Special Places or watch our CBS News broadcast
 
 
 
 
The Trustees Winter Meat CSA is growing!
Cattle on pasture
For a second year, a full variety of sustainably-raised, grass-fed and pastured meats from Trustees farms are available from our Winter Meat CSA program. CSA shares include beef, pork, chicken, and (new this year) lamb! An add-on option for eggs is also available. The CSA runs from November through May this winter. Sign up now to reserve your share!
Winter Meat CSA pickups will include 7 lbs. of frozen meat—cuts will vary, ranging from steaks to ground beef, chops to sausage, as well as chicken. Choose the frequency that best suits your needs: every-other-week or once-a-month, beginning the week of November 7 and running through the week of May 22. Shares total either 105 pounds (every-other-week share) or 49 pounds (once-a-month share) of meat. All meat is frozen and the cuts vary each pickup with an option of adding one dozen free-range eggs. We hope provide CSA members with a chance to try some new and adventurous meals while accommodating the supper-time realities of everyday life! Pickup at Powisset Farm will be Wednesdays from 2-6.
We expect shares to sell out this winter, so don’t delay! More information is available at www.thetrustees.org/meatcsa and we’ve answered some frequently asked questions on the Meat CSA blog, http://trusteesmeat.blogspot.com/.



In this weeks share:
Livestock manager Jesse
Pullet eggs
Spicy greens mix
Onions
Potatoes
Garlic
Scallions
Beets
Carrots
Broccoli Raab
Spinach
Winter Squash
Sweet Peppers


PYO:
Herbs
Hot Peppers
Feel free to pick cherry tomatoes, husk cherries, and tomatillos
as well. We will be turning these fields in soon to put down
cover crops.

 Your farmer,

Zannah






Monday, October 2, 2017

Summer CSA: Week 17!

Howdy folks,

Andrew mastering the
tine weeder
Where did the summer go? I can't believe that it is October already. This has absolutely been the fastest summer I have experienced as a farmer. I took my dogs for a hike to the summit of Mt. Cardigan in New Hampshire on Sunday (time and energy for such adventures is a sure sign that the season is winding down). It was the perfect New England day with a crystal clear blue sky and a hint of orange and red in the maple leaves.
With clear skies and cool temperatures we are sure to get our first frost soon. This week we will be staging row cover next to our fields of tender fall greens. Ready to pull the covers over if the temperatures dip down into the 30's. We are also continuing our sweet potato harvest. The sweet potatoes need at least 2 weeks to for the skins to toughen and the flesh to sweeten. I expect to have them in the last two weeks of the summer share as well as in the winter share.


A nest of snapping turtles
hatched this week
 2017 WINTER SHARE SIGN-UP IS OPEN!!!
 
 
OR Bring payment to the farm stand!!! You can now register and pay for your 2017 winter share at the farm stand while you are picking up your summer share!!!

In the share this week:
Potatoes
Winter Squash
Onions
Garlic
I found this horned caterpillar
 in the beets
Spicy greens
Lettuce
Carrots
Peppers
Spinach

PYO:
Herbs
Hot peppers

Your Farmer,

Zannah

Monday, September 25, 2017

Summer CSA: Week 16

Howdy folks,
 
2017 Apprentices: Diane, Phil, Jared
This week you get to hear a new voice from the field. Phil is completing is first year as an apprentice at Powisset and his second year farming. I have invited other members of the farm crew to share their perspective of the farm over the next few weeks

Farming leaves me dumbfounded.  Our crops grow big, ripe and delicious from nearly nothing.  Sure, we expect this.  It's the whole point.  We spend our days ensuring this growth, doing things that have worked for millions of farmers over centuries.  We're a skilled group at Powisset, and we expect success.  Still, while we farm I can't shake the feeling that what we do is ridiculous, even insane - that messing around in the dirt all day cannot actually make food grow.  

For example: we start the season with white paper envelopes filled with seeds.  These seeds are tiny, dry, and unremarkable.  Some look like dark grains of sand.  Some are larger and horned and usually you'd only notice them if they became stuck inside your hiking boot.  These lifeless bits of trash we bury in dank soil.  We hose them down.  The next day, we hose them down again.  Same thing the day after that, and the next.  Within a week or two - are you kidding me - from the spots where each seed was buried, fragile sets of matching leaves poke through the soil, waving from tender shoots.  Pretty soon, the leaves are recognizable: there's basil, there's lettuce, kale, beets, cabbage, et cetera.  How can I match the silly little things I did, the burying and the watering, with this miraculous result?  You'd think I must have cast a magic spell over each seed to make life arise where no life had been.  At the least, you'd think I must have been concentrating very hard.  But when life began I probably wasn't even paying much attention - my mind likely wandered elsewhere, to the smells in the greenhouse, my bank account, the stiffness in my neck, or a joke from one of the knuckleheads on the farm crew.  

Look for our new labels around the farm stand
Because I'm very new to farming, the strangeness of this job is still clear to me.  Farmers make changes to the ecosystem which favor the seeds they've planted.  Sometimes these changes are simple, like weeding.  Other times they're complicated, like adding nitrogen to deficient soil.  But no matter what changes we make, we can't take credit for the mystery at the center of what we do.  Life starts, and food grows.  We facilitate the mystery, but we aren't responsible for it.  
 
Phil, 2017 Apprentice
 
This weeks share:
Scallions
Lettuce
Beets
Winter squash
Peppers
Bok choi
Garlic
Potatoes
Simba is always ready to distract with snuggles
This hot weather has stressed out the fall lettuce. This week we have to harvest it small because it is starting to bolt (go to seed) prematurely.
 
In the Farm Stand:
 
- Wild Maine Organic Blueberries: Available in 1 pound and 10 pound cotainers
- A variety of Bushel and Crumb take and bake pies
- Powisset grown Tomato Puree
- and so much more!
 
2017 WINTER SHARE SIGN-UP IS OPEN!!!
 
 
OR Bring payment to the farm stand!!! You can now register and pay for your 2017 winter share at the farm stand while you are picking up your summer share!!!
 
Your farmer,
 
Zannah
 
 



Monday, September 18, 2017

Summer CSA: Week 15

Howdy folks,

We are expecting several inches of rain over the next two days. I am anticipating that the rain will wipe out the remainder of our field tomato crop (I am keeping my fingers crossed for the cherry tomatoes). I didn't put tomatoes on the list this week for that reason. On the up side, the rain is really good for our fall lettuce, radishes, arugula, and salad mixes. It is going to be a slog out there the next few days however I am grateful that hurricane Jose is weakening and I have those whose lives have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria which is currently building in the eastern part of he Caribbean.

Over the next few weeks I am handing the blog over each week to one of the farm apprentices. I am looking forward to hearing their perspectives of the farm and to take a little vacation from writing.

Winter Share sign-ups are officially open! There are 3 distribution; 2 in November and one in December.

1) November 3-4: pick up either Friday 2-6 or Saturday 10-2
2) November 17-18: pick up either Friday 2-6 or Saturday 10-2
3) December 8-9: pick up either Friday 2-6 or Saturday 10-2

The shares will be larger than our average summer shares and consist of broccoli, sweet potatoes arugula, shallots, lettuce, winter squash, onions, leeks, garlic, potatoes, popcorn, herbs, carrots, and more. The first share will have more leafy greens and as we progress into December you can expect mostly crops that store the longest such as roots (carrots, beets, radishes), tubers (potatoes, sweet potatoes), alliums (garlic, onions, shallots) and winter squash in the share. We will have recipes and storage guides to help you make the most of the winter bounty.

The link to sign up is:
https://secure3.convio.net/ttor/site/SPageServer?pagename=powissetfarmcsa

This weeks share:
Arugula
Bok Choi
Peppers
Beets
Carrots
Lettuce
Potatoes
Fennel
Eggplant


Your farmer,

Zannah


Monday, September 11, 2017

Summer CSA: Week 14

Howdy folks,


 
Still cleaning onions
Here we are at week 14 of the summer CSA. It is hard for me to believe that we only have six more weeks of the summer CSA left. This summer has really flown by. The maple trees along Powisset Street are turning their fiery reds and oranges. I hope that this year we will witness more spectacular fall colors then last year. Everything suffered with the drought last year and as I remember it the fall leaves were pretty dull.


Look for our cool new labels on items
in the farm stand




I don't have much to report from the farm from the last week. As my farm mentor Amanda used to say, with an emphasis on the "st", the weather has been outstanding the past few weeks. I love this time of year on the farm. Cool and dry. The days have been shortening for several months now but I am only starting to really notice it as we pack up after the CSA.  The last thing we do on those nights is take out the compost and close up the field gates. As we progress into fall we have to wonder into the inky darkness to complete those chores. I am ready for the farm to quiet down a bit. Fall encourages farmers to slow down and winter forces farmers to take a pause. We have just a few more bulk harvests to get out of the fields over the coming weeks. The sweet potatoes are up next. I think the popcorn will be ready in short order as well.

I have gotten lots of inquiries about the Winter CSA. It is happening again this year! Signups will be online this year. Our IT team is working on updating the website and the link to sign up will be coming in the next week or two.

In case you haven't had time to put up
your own tomatoes we have
Powisset grown pureed tomatoes
available in the farm statnd!
Harvest Fest!
Please join us for harvest fest this Saturday! The farm stand will be open and you will be able to pick up your share however the Pick Your Own Fields will be closed to picking on Saturday. There will be many vendors and events at harvest fest. The cost is member: 9/person, $24/family and non-member $15/person and $30/family. Follow the link to learn more:





http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/greater-boston/event-33152.html?srregion=&srrelated_property=56508840&srevent_type=&dateType=srevent_start_date&srstartDate=&srendDate=&x=9&y=9

**Parking on Saturday will be in the event field on the other side of the barn from where you usually park for pickup**
**the CSA will be open on Tuesday and Thursday until 6:30 to offer more time this week to do your pick your own your share**


We had a special visitor while weeding beets on Thursday
In this weeks share:
Potatoes (red and blue)
Onions
Garlic
Lettuce
Arugula
Carrots
Peppers
Tomatoes (still holding on but really slowing down)
Cooking greens (the kale is still rebounding, please be patient with your farmers as we coax it back to health)

Your farmer,

Zannah





Monday, September 4, 2017

Summer CSA: Week 13

Howdy folks,

We have briefly entered into fall over the past week. A friend of mine who farms on the north side of town even got a little bit of frost on Saturday morning on his sweet potatoes. No signs of frost at Powisset but it has been cool and crisp. We've been adding to that fall feeling as we harvest our winter squash. This is one of my all time favorite harvests. The whole crew works together and I am always blown away by the beauty of these delicious fruits. This week we will be enjoying one of my favorite squashes, delicate. Delicata  is a winter squash though it is belongs to the same species as most types of summer squash, Cucurbita pepo The fruits are torpedo shaped with green or orange pin stripes running lengthwise. Unlike many winter squash the flesh of delicate is edible making them very easy to prepare with no need to peel them.

Other happenings on the farm this week include a lot more coyote activity. I witnessed one hunting the Canada geese on Sunday morning. Just as I arrived she sprung out of a vegetable field. She didn't catch one but it was quite dramatic. Sunday also marked the Outstanding In The Field dinner. We had an incredible meal that included Powisset vegetables and pork, created by chef Josh Lewin and his talented team at Juliet in Somerville. If you are unfamiliar with Outstanding In The Field check out their website: http://www.outstandinginthefield.com/.




In the share this week:
Ripe peppers
Delicata squash
Potatoes
Onions
Fennel
Lettuce
Radishes
Tomatoes
Carrots

No cooking greens this week as we are between plantings. We've been battling flea beetle and fusarium wilt (a fungus) all season in all our brassicas (kale, collards, cabbage). Our third planting of kale needs a bit more time to grow before we start harvesting it.

If you are looking to something to do with your fennel this week here is a recipe to roast it:  http://www.food.com/recipe/roasted-fennel-406749
I really like roasted fennel on pizza or tossed with pasta with fresh tomatoes, Italian sausage, and mozzarella.

A little note about ripe peppers as well. Powisset has the unfortunate honor of supporting a pepper fly population. The pest is hyper regional. one farm may be effected while the next farm over is not. These flies lay there eggs on the calix (green top that attaches to the stem of the pepper plant). When the egg hatches the larva then bores into the fruit of the pepper. This week we will do our best to cull the fruits that have been affected. If you find that you have an infected pepper fear not. You can remove the soft spot that the larva creates. The rest of the pepper is perfectly good.

Reminder that next week the CSA will be open until 6:30 on both Tuesday and Thursday. This is because on Saturday the 16th we will be celebrating our harvest festival. The CSA will be open on the 16th however the pick your own fields will not be open for picking.

Your farmer,

Zannah




 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Summer CSA: Week 12

 The Trails and Stewardship Teams built a pergola
in the pollinator garden 
Howdy folks,

It has really felt like fall around the farm over the past week. This morning I chased a few Canada Geese out of the fields. They are migrating through and a sure sign that fall is on the way. I also spotted a young coyote trotting through the fields this morning. We made eye contact for a bit then he turned and trotted off. The fields are full of mice this time of year so the coyotes and hawks become quite active.
With the cool nights the summer crops are slowing down. The weather also brings a heavy morning dew which is great for keeping greens from drying out as we harvest them. I love these clear crisp days. They are great for harvesting winter squash, onions, and sweet potatoes. It is however pretty dry out there and we have been utilizing our newly upgraded irrigation system.

Our summer squash and cucumbers have succumbed to powdery mildew as well as downy mildew. Other summer crops are looking a little tired. We are however about to enter a time of year when greens like lettuce and mustards flourish once again.
Weirdo winter squash discovery
Over the last two weeks we have said goodbye to several summer crew members as they return to college. We are feeling the loss in the labor force as well as missing their stories and jokes. These last weeks of august can be hard. The crew is shrinking and those that remain are tired. The fall harvest will get heavier but soon we will have fewer chores pulling us in so many directions. We will be able to focus just on the task at hand; harvest.

The weeds are certainly slowing down and we will eventually manage to clean the fields up but it still feels like a jungle out there. I've been systematically mowing areas as we harvest the crops that have been growing there all summer. We will continue to mow, disk and cover crop as the fall progresses. By the beginning of November we will once again be putting the farm to rest for the winter.

Upcoming events:

The Fall Harvest Fest is fast approaching! The day will be filled with arts and crafts, food vendors, farm tours, and much more.
The day of the festival is Saturday, September 16th. This is a CSA distribution day. Pick Your Own will be closed on September 16th.
We will stay open until 6:30 on both Tuesday (9/12) and Thursday (9/14) to try and accommodate folks. I apologize ahead of time for any inconvenience this may cause folks. We are expecting a large turnout on Saturday.
Irrigating fall carrots
For more information on Harvest Fest please follow this link:
http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/greater-boston/event-33152.html?srpage=2

In this weeks share:

Potatoes
Tomatoes
Onions
Garlic
Choice of cooking green
Lettuce
Fennel
Peppers
Eggplant

PYO:
Cherry Tomatoes
Husk cherries (ripe fruit tends to fall to the ground, don't  be afraid to harvest these as well)
Tomatillos (ripe fruit tends to fall to the ground, don't  be afraid to harvest these as well)
Hot peppers
Sample a few raspberries
These two have been awfully frisky on these cool mornings

New in the Farm Stand

We have some exciting new items on offer in the farm stand including:

Maple Brook Mozzarella - delicious with our tomatoes

Grey Barn Prufrock Cheese - this cheese is out of this world delicious

Sidehill yogurt - if you are looking for a slightly more nutritious snack than the outstanding Crescent Ridge ice cream that is also available in the farm stand

Your farmer,

Zannah
 
 














Sunday, August 20, 2017

Summer CSA: Week 11

The crew harvesting onions and shallots
Howdy folks,

We have past the halfway mark for the CSA and with that I want to do a brief check in about where we are at in terms of value of that food. Thus far the share value has averaged out at $43.37 per week. The first few CSA distributions tend to be on the light side and as we progress into late summer and fall the value of each weeks share increases. Last weeks share value was 59.75.

Last week we spent hustling to get more fall crops transplanted and the first of our winter storage crops harvested. The clear dry days we have had have been perfect for onion harvesting. It has been one of the best onions harvests I've experienced and we have crammed them into pretty much every available space in the barns and high tunnel in order to let them cure. Like garlic, storage onions need to be laid out in a dry area in order for them to release excess moisture and for their skins to toughen. These onions need at least a few weeks to cure. If cured and stored properly they can last up to 6 months.

Another of my favorite late summer tasks is harvesting winter squash. Our crop looks great and we will start bringing it in this week. This year we've grown a variety of my favorites including kubocha and delicate squash. Winter squash also needs to cure in order to toughen the skin for long term storage. We are going to have to get creative with our storage space as the onions are taking up so much space already. This is a good problem for a farmer to have.


Onions laid out in the high tunnel to cure 
We've been chipping away at the weeding of the herb garden. We did not get as far as I would have liked but it will be open again for picking this week (thank you for your patience). The farm is super weedy this year and frankly its driving me bonkers. We have had really great growing conditions with ample rain. This has meant great crops and robust weeds. My timing has been off a few times with tractor cultivation and  when that happens we often resort to hand weeding which is cumbersome and slow. Being at peak harvest time we don't have much extra time to hand weed so here I am with a really weedy farm. If you feel so moved to pull a few weeds while you are harvesting your pick your own please have at it.

Tim laying out nice sized onions in the high tunnel
This weeks share:
Tomatoes
Peppers
Onions
Potatoes
Eggplant
Summer squash and Zucchini (this is a maybe, we have downy mildew and the plants are going down fast)
Cucumbers (also a maybe due to downy mildew)
Lettuce (I've been reminded that summer lettuce can be bitter, try a sweet dressing or use olive oil to balance the bitter flavor)
Beets
Cooking greens


PYO:
Cherry tomatoes
Hot peppers
Herbs
Flowers
Raspberries (there are not enough for folks to pick a 1/2 pint however please feel free to walk through and sample a few. Please be mindful that there are other CSA members who would also like to taste the raspberries.)

Your farmer,

Zannah

 

 







Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer CSA: Week 10

Howdy folks,

Don't miss the newest addition to our tractor fleet next time you're at the farm

It's been a very busy week at the farm and I am feeling a bit strained sitting in front of the computer
rather than fixing the broken boom sprayer, figuring out the electrical issue that has the John Deere tractor out of commission, the list goes on. Therefore I'm going to keep this blog to the nuts and bolts.

In this week's share:
Fresh onions
Lettuce
Cooking greens
Tomatoes
Summer squash and zucchini
Cucumbers
Celery
Eggplant
Carrots
Beets

PYO:
Cherry tomatoes
Hot peppers
Tomatillos
Flowers

This week we are going to close the herb garden in order to give us a chance to get a handle on the weeds. Please be respectful of our efforts and steer clear of the herbs for this week.

Thanks!
Your famer, Zannah

Monday, August 7, 2017

Summer CSA: Week 9

Howdy folks,
 
Cultivating fall radishes. Before

It's week 9 (A-L for people with a half share) of the summer CSA. This week finds us finally harvesting tomatoes. We have had a mix of cool cloudy days and hot muggy days throughout the summer. The cool cloudy says have really slowed production of some of our summer crops, like tomatoes and eggplant. Fear not, they are both present in this weeks share.

We have almost reached one of my favorite miles stones in the season. Around mid August the weeds that we often struggle to reign in all season begin to slow there growth. This summer it has been a mad dash to try and keep up with the weeds. It seams like whenever we get one area of the farm under control another one has been taken over by lush amaranth, lambs quarters, and galensoga. I'll take a weedy farm over a farm struggling through a drought any day though.

This past Friday Tom, the well contractor, returned to the farm to excavate and lay a new irrigation line from the well out to the vegetable fields. Tom and his team were able to complete the work very quickly and with little disruption to the farm operation. We may notice some disturbance on the right hand 

Cultivating fall radishes. After
side of the driveway. The upgrade to our irrigation is nearly complete. Tom and his team will soon return to test the system and give us the all clear to fire it up.

This week we have a special guest star in the farm stand:

FRESH ORGANIC WILD MAINE BLUEBERRIES

For sale by the pint or in 10 pound boxes. Blueberries will be located in the refrigerated case in the farm stand. The Maine blueberry season is short. Get them while they last.

In this weeks share:
- Lettuce
- Peppers
- Tomatoes
- Eggplant
- Summer squash/zucchini
- Onions
- Carrots
Tom and his crew laying the new water line
- Cucumbers
- Basil

PYO:
Cherry Tomatoes
Hot peppers
Perennial herbs
Flowers

We are going to give the kale and chard a break this week. I want to get a handle on the pest pressure in these crops before we plant our tender fall broccoli and spinach transplants.

Your farmer,

Zannah







Monday, July 31, 2017

Summer CSA: Week 8

Howdy folks,

Wrapping up another epic garlic harvest
In addition to transplanting, weeding, and harvesting we spent the past week bringing in our garlic crop and hanging it in the rafters of the hay loft. Over the next few weeks the garlic will cure. The skins will lose excess moisture and the flavor will become much more potent. We will grade the garlic and hold onto the largest heads for seed garlic to plant in November for next year's crop.

Today our new well pump was installed. We are upgrading from a 1hp pump to a 5hp pump. This upgrade should greatly improve the volume of water we are able to pump and our ability to irrigate the vegetable fields. In addition to the new pump, we are also having a new waterline dug from the well head (located across from the workshop at the front of the farm) to the green house. Previously, the irrigation water traveled through the barn plumbing and out to the fields. By removing this step, we should see less loss in water pressure from the well to the fields. The waterline is going to be installed on Wednesday and Friday. The line will be buried below the driveway and parking areas. If everything goes according to plan, parking will not be disrupted on CSA days. If there is a need to change the parking for CSA pickup, I will send out a special blog post in order to relay that information.

Last week I had a few CSA members ask me for recipes to help use up their zucchini and summer squash, so I am including a few links below to recipes:

Sunshine winter squash looking good.
Winter share sign-up coming soon
https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1013043-greek-zucchini-fritters
https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/3660-zucchini-salad
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/17643/chocolate-zucchini-cake-iii/
http://www.marthastewart.com/1014060/sausage-stuffed-zucchini

This week's share:
- green peppers
- head cabbage
- onions
- lettuce (just one head this week)
- carrots
- summer squash and zucchini
- cucumbers
- choice of cooking greens
- garlic

Tomatoes are just starting to ripen. We won't have enough for the CSA this week but watch out, they will be rolling in soon!

Your farmer,

Zannah


Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer CSA Week 7

Week 7



Cosmos
Zinnia
This week we are hustling to bring in the garlic harvest. The cooler weather will make this epic task a bit easier than what I have experienced in years past. I feel as though the garlic harvest always takes place during the hottest week of the summer, not this year!After we pull the garlic from the ground it is bundled and hung in the eaves of the hay loft in the main barn.. There it will hang for several weeks so that the heads can cure and we end up the storage garlic that you are probably most familiar with. Once the garlic has fully cured we will cut it down and grade it. The largest bulbs we will save as seed garlic to plant in the fall for next years crop. The rest of the garlic will be distributed in your shares throughout the rest of the summer and fall, as well as part of the winter share.
This week we are taking a break from lettuce in the share. We have loads of other delicious summer crops coming in like eggplant and basil. Lettuce really shines in cooler weather and although
The greenhouse is full of fall crops including these beets
 it is 58 out as I write this, the 90+ degree temperatures we had last week did not do our lettuce any favors.
This week we are also hustling to get our a lot of our fall crops direct seeded and transplanted. Once the tomato crop comes in (it's looking really good out there!) our afternoons will be taken up brining in the harvest leaving little time to seed and transplant fall beets, leeks, broccoli, chicories, and roots. This is a big week and I am thankful for the cooler weather.


Small share: Odd week, folks A-L this is your week!

Direct seeding fall greens and roots


In the share this week:
Eggplant
Cucumbers
Summer squash and zucchini
Carrots
Basil
Fresh onions
Cabbage
Choice of cooking greens

PYO:
Herbs
Flowers

Your Farmer,

Zannah


Monday, July 17, 2017

Summer CSA Week 6


Summer CSA Week 6

We are really into the summer harvest now.  July brings heavy cucumber harvests as well as the threat of weed and disease pressure. The plants are heavy with fruit and the air is thick. Must be mid July! Here is a quick pickle recipe to help you use up all of your cucumbers. Follow this link: https://smittenkitchen.com/2014/07/easiest-fridge-dill-pickles/ for some outstanding refrigerator pickles.


We have another robust share this week.
- Lettuce
- Cucumbers
- Fresh onions
- Choice of cooking green
- Fresh garlic
- Fennel
- Beets
- Napa cabbage
- Summer Squash and Zucchini


There are many programs that occur at Powisset Farm in addition to the CSA and farm stand. This week we are highlighting the 4-H Club:



Planting the 4-H garden at Powisset Farm

July marks a time of transition for the Powisset Farm Hens & Hogs 4-H club as we say goodbye to two graduating high school seniors, both off to college in the fall. Our club co-leader, Kim Benner, is also stepping down after four years of enthusiastic and dedicated service (James will be in DC). The club welcomed a number of new members this year, bringing our total to 15. They hail from Dover, Needham, Sherborn, Southborough, Walpole, Wellesley and Westwood. While club members are heavily involved with our pigs and chickens, they participate in the larger life of the property through farm chores, hikes, cooking projects and special events. The summer months mark the time when club members who will show a pig work closely with their animal to develop skills for the show ring. You’ll likely see one or two practicing on the Powisset pig pasture in July and August.

The next 4-Hclub enrollment period is in September. For more information, contact Melissa Gilbert at mgilbert@thetrustees.org or (508) 785-2818.
Your farmer,

Zannah