Monday, June 15, 2015

CSA Reminder: June 17, 2015

"Thanks! Everything was gorgeous and delicious. These were the most beautiful radishes I've ever seen. If there are more to come, include a radish green pesto recipe (w a bit of citrus and sugar) in your next email. It got a rave review from my 6 year old!! The greens were too beautiful to cook or compost!" ~ Amy B.

News from the Farm:  So far, so good...

Emails like the one from Amy make it all worthwhile!   Thank you!  So far, so good this season! 


Fruit Share Starts This Week!


It's been a good season (a few weeks here) for strawberries!  So far. And so good!  This week members who signed up for the fruit share will receive two quarts of hand-picked, hand-sorted strawberries.

Farm Visits

We're working on a schedule of events for farm visits.  In the past, we would send out emails when the crops were ready for picking but members have requested to have some dates in advance.  We're sure there will always be something to pick...even if it's just herbs!  We just won't be able to commit to pea(s)ce... 

Almost Raw Milk -- Ole Mother Hubbert

Rose from Ole Mother Hubbert was written in Mother Earth News with having one of the first new milk pasteurizers in the country. She has a herd of 50 Jersey cows and milks then twice a day.  Then processes the milk in the LiLi pasturizer and bottles it. (The milk is very creamy!)  And the closest thing to raw milk that you can buy legally!  (I think it's more risky these days selling raw milk than drugs!)  Plus, she has eggs from truly free-range chickens!  The flock of chickens was running all around the farm when I went to pick up the milk!

How to Eat Fermented Vegetables & Drink Bone Broth!

Even Scientific American is talking about gut microbiome, Really, my mental health depends on what's in my gut?  The best way to eat fermented vegetables (The Farmhouse Kitchen has awesome fermented veggies!) is to leave the jar on your table (and let it continue to ferment) and eat a tablespoon after every meal. (Very good for digestion!)  And sip a cup of bone broth throughout the day.  For more serious conditions, drink three cups per day. (Linda of AuBrothier said she noticed a huge difference in the quality of the broth after getting bones from Lowland Farm!)  The next frontier is fecal transplants!  I kid you not...I'm planning on saving this for some Thanksgiving Dinner conversation along with Brussels sprouts, sage & Long Island cheesepumpkins.

Don't forget:  you can place your order for grass-fed meat directly with
Lowland Farm and it will be ready for you to pick up in Hawthorne!  And you don't have to be a CSA member to order!
VegetablesBoston lettuce
romaine lettuce
red leaf lettuce
spinach
radishes
Swiss chard - red
arugula
greenhouse tomatoes
red potatoes

Fruit
2 quarts of strawberries

Recipes
Radish Green  Pesto (Thanks Amy!)Swiss chard recipes
Swiss chard ribs with cream & pasta
Arugula corn salad with bacon
Asian lettuce wraps
Strawberry & spinach salad
Radish butter
Red leaf lettuce with shallot vinaigrette

Vendors at HawthorneThe Farmhouse Kitchen  - sauerkraut, kimchee, fermented vegetablesMoGreen Juice -- freshly pressed juice
AuBrothier -- bone broth


 Available for Sale
Ole' Mother Hubbert Milk
pastured & organic eggs
local raw honey
Amish hand-rolled butter
Lowland Farm grass-fed meat (order directly and it will be delivered to Hawthorne)
Natural Harvest pickles -- sweet horseradish & half sour

Enjoy!




















Tuesday, June 9, 2015

CSA Reminder: First Pickup Wednesday, June 10

June 8, 2015


"All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire." ~ Aristotle
News from the Farm:  Welcome to Our Seventh (Heaven) Season Hi Everyone,
It's hard to believe that we are beginning our
seventh season!  Wow, seven....s
cholars say it denotes completeness or perfection.  We're aiming for both!  
I was in the attic looking through all the CSA boxes for a receipt for a piece of equipment we bought some years back and it really hit me, seven years!  (I have saved every hand-written envelope addressed to Hesperides Organica!)  Some day my kids will have to sort out all my belongings and I hope they will be charmed by these boxes of inked envelopes.  Or, they'll just throw them into a big heap and burn them shaking their heads at their eccentric mother. 



Oh, well.  One thing they won't be able to complain about is having enough vegetables to eat!

Information  for the first pickup:

Hawthorne -- 27 Utter Avenue (garage door on side of building will be open) 
Hours:  2-7 pm 
Bring a canvas bag!  The vegetable shares will be in a black plastic crate in the walk-in cooler.  Don't forget to check off name on sign in sheet.  Also, we have a new little store with local items -- eggs, butter, milk, honey, etc.

Ramsey -- 70 E. Main Street, Baked in a Cup
Hours:  1-6 pm
Check off name on sign in sheet.  The girls behind the counter will help you get your share.  Take the plastic bags of vegetables and leave the green canvas bag.
New Milford -- 685 Princeton Street 
Hours: 1-8 pm
Check off name on sign in sheet.  Shares will be lined up on the right side of the house in soft coolers.  Please take the plastic bags of vegetables and leave the coolers!
Teaneck -- 615 George Street
Hours: 1-8 pm  
Check off name on sign in sheet.  Shares will be lined up inside the garage in soft coolers.  Please take the plastic bags of vegetables and leave the coolers!

Franklin Lakes -- 799 Franklin Avenue, Kara Kakes (located in strip mall)

Hours:  1-6 pm
Check off name on sign in sheet.  The girls behind the counter will help you get your share.  Please take the plastic bags of vegetables and leave the green canvas bag.
Ridgefield -- 705 Center Street
Hours: 1-8 pm

Check off name on sign in sheet. Shares will be lined up in soft coolers. Please take the plastic bags of vegetables and leave the coolers!
Weehawken -- 2502 Palisade Avenue, Gypsy Yogis Yoga Studio/Creative Space
Hours:  1-8 pm

Check off name on sign in sheet.  Please take the plastic bags of vegetables and leave the green canvas bag.  Next week members will be able to order eggs, milk, butter, etc.  More information to come.
Pelham -- 451 Esplanade, Pelham Jewish Center
4:30-6:30 pm
Check off name on sign in sheet.  Shares will be black stacked plastic crates.  Please take the plastic bags of vegetables and leave the crates.

Reminders:  
  

  • Call Jacob at 845-490-1201 at any time if you have any questions regarding picking up your vegetables.  On pickup days, we are not readily accessible by email so take a minute and put his number into your phone!
  • Fruit Share will start in a few weeks...more information to come.
  • Anyone can sign up to the weekly newsletter which will be sent on Mondays with a list of vegetables for the week and news from the farm.  There's a link on the main page of our website www.hesperidesorganica.com
  • A copy of the weekly emails are also posted on our blog: http://hesperidescsa.blogspot.com/
  • Keep up with us on Facebook

Enjoy!

Lisa & Albert & Jacob & Tyler

P.S.  We still have vegetable shares available! Even though the season has begun, people can still sign up!

P.P.S. Fruit shares sold out!

 
Vegetables
romaine lettuce
leaf lettuce
spinach
radishes
cilantro
arugula
dill
greenhouse tomatoes
Yukon gold potatoes

Recipes
Potato Salad with Dill & Arugula
Radish Greens Recipes
Cilantro Lime Pesto
Radish Salad with Mint & Pistachios
Preserving Dill

My favorite way to eat cilantro recipe:

1 cup cashew nuts (or any nut)
1 bunch of cilantro (stems included)
4 garlic cloves
1/4 cup oil
2 T. soy (or Tamari) sauce
2 t. brown sugar
1 T. lime juice
1 jalapeno pepper (seeded -- I usually don't add)
2 T. water

Blend all in a food processor.  Add water to desired consistency.  I like it thick.  Eat with a spoon!  Or enjoy over chicken, beef, pork or pasta.  Freezes very well!

 
Vendors at Hawthorne
The Farmhouse Kitchen  - sauerkraut, kimchee, fermented vegetablesMoGreen Juice -- freshly pressed juice
AuBrothier -- bone broth


 Available for Sale

Ole' Mother Hubbert Milk
pastured & organic eggs
local raw honey
Amish hand-rolled butter
Lowland Farm grass-fed meat (order directly and it will be delivered to Hawthorne)

It's all about the food!



 









Welcome to 2015 CSA

June 4, 2015


News from the Farm:  Welcome to 2015 CSA
We are very excited to begin again!  Thanks to everyone who joined for the season.  It's great to see so many returning members as well as new ones. 

The first pickup is Wednesday, June 10.  Here are the details for the specific locations:

Hawthorne -- 27 Utter Avenue (garage door on side of building will be open) 
Hours:  2-7 pm 
Bring a canvas bag!  The vegetable shares will be in a black plastic crate in the walk-in cooler.  Don't forget to check off name on sign in sheet.  Also, we have a new little store with local items -- eggs, butter, milk, honey, etc.

Ramsey -- 70 E. Main Street, Baked in a Cup
Hours:  1-6 pm
Check off name on sign in sheet.  The girls behind the counter will help you get your share.  Take the plastic bags of vegetables and leave the green canvas bag.

New Milford -- 685 Princeton Street 
Hours: 1-8 pm

Check off name on sign in sheet.  Shares will be lined up on the right side of the house in soft coolers.  Please take the plastic bags of vegetables and leave the coolers!
Teaneck -- 615 George Street
Hours: 1-8 pm  

Check off name on sign in sheet.  Shares will be lined up inside the garage in soft coolers.  Please take the plastic bags of vegetables and leave the coolers!

Franklin Lakes -- 799 Franklin Avenue, Kara Kakes (located in strip mall)

Hours:  1-6 pm
Check off name on sign in sheet.  The girls behind the counter will help you get your share.  Please take the plastic bags of vegetables and leave the green canvas bag.
Ridgefield -- 705 Center Street
Hours: 1-8 pm

Check off name on sign in sheet. Shares will be lined up in soft coolers. Please take the plastic bags of vegetables and leave the coolers!




Weehawken -- 2502 Palisade Avenue, Gypsy Yogis Yoga Studio/Creative Space
Hours:  1-8 pm
Check off name on sign in sheet.  Please take the plastic bags of vegetables and leave the green canvas bag.
Pelham -- 451 Esplanade, Pelham Jewish Center
4:30-6:30 pm

Check off name on sign in sheet.  Shares will be black stacked plastic crates.  Please take the plastic bags of vegetables and leave the crates.

Reminders:  
  • Call Jacob at 845-490-1201 at any time if you have any questions regarding picking up your vegetables.  On pickup days, we are not readily accessible by email so take a minute and put his number into your phone!
  • Fruit Share will start in a few weeks...more information to come.
  • Anyone can sign up to the weekly newsletter which will be sent on Mondays with a list of vegetables for the week and news from the farm.  There's a link on the main page of our website www.hesperidesorganica.com
  • A copy of the weekly emails are also posted on our blog: http://hesperidescsa.blogspot.com/
  • Keep up with us on Facebook
     

Enjoy!

Lisa & Albert & Jacob & Tyler


P.S.  We still have vegetable shares available! (Just five more fruit shares slots!)





Monday, June 1, 2015

Time to Eat Well

May 22, 2015


"I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them.  ~Nora Ephron
  



News from the Farm: It's Not Called Stinging Nettles for No Reason

It stings. It really does. Painfully so.  For hours afterwards. The New Land...is full of nettles & mettles.  Why did I sell my original acres again? 

I remember the thistle. In the beginning. Even from Illinois when my parents first bought their farm. My mother wanted to call it Thistle Down Farm (I think it was wishful thinking on her part). I can't even remember what they named it.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, my husband let me name our farm on my first whim, Hesperides Organica.   It sounded so great until an insurance policy came in as "Herpes Itis."  
 Very humbling to say the least! (Nature has a way of putting me in my place!).

But it didn't even matter.  Herpes be damned!  I had more immediate needs to attend to. Weeds.  Especially thistle.  It was coming up everywhere that first year. In every field.  I was ready to do battle until a friend of mine stopped by and casually told me of a story of a friend of his who too had thistle but didn't resist it.  He understood that the thistle was there for a purpose.  To protect the land while it was being neglected.  Not loved. Ah, I'm getting it. Finally...

It still wasn't easy.  It took a lot of tilling (loving) and killing the roots (negative thoughts and intentions) and persistence (just show up and join the CSA even if you doubt you can eat all the vegetables we have to offer!) and faith (most of all!).

But you know, it didn't take too long and the thistle wasn't even an issue.  In fact, I can't even remember it except abstractly.  The fields healed so perfectly.  It was like they (the fields and plants) wanted to please us.  To work with us. To produce the most hearty vegetables possible.  And they did!   And they let us Pick-(Y)our-Own vegetables.

Now, it's back to square one. Well, maybe four.  Fields.  And a new weed.  This time nettles.  Stinging nettles.  I know they are a great weed.  Nutritious.  Medicinal.  Tea worthy.  But very touchy. And so, I walk these new fields every day. Early in the morning and late at night.  Back and forth. Back and forth. Listening. Very closely! To their whispers.
To what they have to teach me! (The other day I fell down and got a huge bruise on my thigh!) This New Land is not so gentle or patient! 

It's time to wake up!  It's not a game anymore. And at the very least, we need to feed our bodies well.


Enjoy!

Lisa & Albert & Jacob & Tyler

P.S.  Two new Pickup Locations:  Teaneck and Ridgefield.   The 2015 form is on the website.  It's not too late to sign up! 

P.P.S. We're going to have a set schedule this year for Pick-Your-Own & Farm Visits: (we'll always have something to pick...just don't know exactly what right now!) but will post the dates soon.


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Three More Weeks!

May 19, 2015


"I had to live in the desert before I could understand the full value of grass in a green ditch." ~ Ella Maillart




News from the Farm: It's Always More than I Think

And takes more time than I'd like. We were on quite a roll with the New Land until the ditcher (this is the guy who cleans out the ditches, in case you're wondering) came.  There's an entire culture of ditches in the Black Dirt.  Ditching is what made farming the land possible.  Otherwise, it was referred to as the Drowned Lands.  What's so amazing to me is how the early immigrants (Irish, Polish & German) knew the value of the dirt under the water; how they hand-dug the ditches (there is one ditch that is nearly two miles long that is called, by some old-timers here, the Irish Ditch, because is was dug by 50 Irishmen who were paid $1 a day) and how they were able to dig all those ditches and drain the proper way (it all needs to drain to the lowest point to eventually drain into the Wallkill River which runs north...one of 30 in the United States).

Now, instead of shovels, the ditchers have equipment.  And horsepower (always a good thing!)  Over the years, we have worked with four different ditchers who have four different styles, four different pieces of equipment and four different ways of charging.

Ditcher #1:  Let's call him "A"...he has his own equipment and his own guys and knows a novice (aka sucker) when he sees one.  Cha-ching This cost a lot!

Ditcher #2:  A really nice guy.  Great piece of equipment.  But we were geographically undesirable.  And he suffered a stroke.

Ditcher #3:  Another really nice guy.  The Mighty Midget as he is called affectionately by everyone who knows him.  He had a snowmobile accident and was paralyzed from the waist down but still manages to drive a truck and bring his purple excavator to the fields to clean the ditches.  And he really knows how to clean them!  We  surprisingly ran into him at the boat show in New York City the week after he ditched for us.
Boating must be a great way to feel free!


Ditcher #4:  Another really nice guy (see? based on my experiences with ditchers, a very small minority, means a very large majority  3/4 of the population is great! In fact, I think most people are!) And his wife was too.  She would drive him over, drop him off, bring him lunch and a snack and collect the check for payment (and he gladly let her).  He was a little late getting there that day when he ditched for us because he was helping his wife...she had found someone giving away sheetrock; something she thought would be great to have to build some more space for more relatives to visit "The Homestead" (the home her grandfather had built and she had lovingly restored). He worked late into the night that night. He had a great piece of equipment; an excavator with a six-foot bucket that he drove like my 90-year old aunt drove her Jazzy Scooter (seeing it bounce on the parking lot made me so grateful that we chose the storage containers over building a barn...sometimes, always, you need to obey the Laws of Nature!) and he was reasonable and geographically desirable. 

A match made in the Black Dirt. 

We are looking forward to many more!  Won't you join us?  For possibly the best vegetables from the best soil...and we are geographically desirable. 


Enjoy!

Lisa & Albert & Jacob & Tyler

P.S.  Two new Pickup Locations:  Teaneck and Ridgefield.   The 2015 form is on the website.

P.P.S.  Pelham will be having a Block Party on June 6 to sign up members for 2015 CSA.  See website.


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Real Things

May 13, 2015


"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." ~ Abraham Lincoln

News from the Farm: It's Cold, It's Wet, It's Hot, It's Dry

Why am I always complaining?

Because I'm a farmer and it's what we do!  Not complain, necessarily, but we always know that it can all be over in a second, with a few inches of hail or a flood or (a groundhog...sigh!)  or an untimely frost, either late in the early season or early in the late season. (Or a local ordinance. Another story!)  Sheet!

I never used to even notice the "weather."  (Or ordinances). It was just an abstract thought unless we were planning a camping trip (I highly recommend this...inexpensive "vacation" ...especially to anyone who has kids 12 years or younger...if you haven't dragged them out to the woods by then, it's probably too late. They will be way too attached to their screens.  In this case, you need a severe (cross-country) road trip without any technology including a GPS. Think Rand-McNally road map! Lots of wrong turns. And a whole lotta faith!).

It's so worth it. To worry about the "weather." (And ordinances. And freedom). Whether you're farming, camping, rock climbing, hiking, planning a road-trip or surfing or just living in a town.  

Just notice it!
  Let's get out of our climate-controlled homes, cars, trains, office buildings and coffee houses and "towns" and look up and see the stars.  And clouds.  And feel the rain on our faces and the mud below our feet. Be a little uncomfortable.  Even if it means more vegetables than you know what to do with! And delivering vegetables...unto...in spite of... ordinances.

Hey, I'm game, are you 

Join us this season!  As one of our members said, "It's the most real thing I do all week!"


Enjoy!

Lisa & Albert & Jacob & Tyler

P.S. The 2015 form is on the website.


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Thanks to Everyone

May 11, 2015


"When you a see a rock coming, it hurts less."  ~ Greek




News from the Farm: Looking at the rocks...too much

Thanks again to everyone who attended the Open House.  I always stress out about these events...giving talks, meeting with people, holding Open Houses and Pick-Your-Own Events and growing vegetables in general.  I have very high ideals!  What if they don't like what I say?  What if they don't come?  What if there aren't any vegetables to pick?  What if it's not enough? 

And so, I began the day. For the Open House. Stopping off at a Dollar Store to pick up some balloons (they didn't have my favorite everyday balloons, so I settled for some Mother's Day balloons...and they didn't cost $1 each but $1.25, so why do they call it a dollar store?) and some bright pink poster board to match the balloons. I wrote on them Open House and hoped to get the arrows pointing in the right direction...to us!

It didn't start out very strong.  But I had one of my very first CSA members stop by.  And I am eternally grateful to her! And every single member since then! Even if you don't join again! I get it.  And I'm still grateful to you!   In the very early stages of the farm when I was still trying for Pick-Your-Owns, she and her two sons were the only ones who made the trek to Warwick to pick some sweet corn under a full moon.  She didn't even really want to come but her mother talked her into it.  I hope it was a good experience for her and her kids.  I still remember it and always will...even on my deathbed. I also remember being frustrated.  Pulling the weeds, row after row after row; wanting to build a community of  like-minded people but feeling so lost.  And helpless.  And hopeless.

But then, another person would somehow call me, visit the farm and express appreciation for what I was trying to do.  It reminded me while really young of riding on my father's shoulders while he would jump from rock to rock in some unknown creek. Sometimes, you just have to look down and focus on your next immediate step. (You all know who you are who are the rocks).  To make this happen.

And then.  I was overwhelmed.  By what was around me.  I've been way too busy worrying about the rocks.  When I really looked around me, I couldn't believe what we (me, my husband, my kids, the CSA members, everyone in the kitchens) have created.  If we could all just eat for three weeks what we produce here...vegetables, fruit, fermented vegetables, bone broth, juice, local honey, eggs, Amish butter, grass-fed cheese and maybe a few indulgences, we could heal the world, at least our guts. Probably the world.

And isn't that a start? Healing the world?  At least our guts.

I'm developing a very strong gut.  I hope you are too!

Enj
oy!

Lisa & Albert & Jacob & Tyler

P.S. The 2015 form is on the website.


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Open House -- May 2

April 30, 2015


“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ~ Ruth Reichl


News from the Farm: Open House - Saturday, May 2

Please join us for our Open House at 27 Utter Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ on Saturday, May 2 from 11-3pm and sign up for Hesperides Organica 2015 CSA

See what's cooking in the kitchens. 

Also joining us will be:

MoGreen Juice -- freshly pressed juice
No Fuss Lunch/No Fuss Family -- school lunches and family dinners
Red Ribbon Pretzel Company -- chocolate covered pretzels and munch (great Mother's Day gift!)
Farmhouse Kitchen -- sauerkraut, kimchi & other fermented vegetables
Lowland Farm -- grass-fed beef and pastured pork
Nana's Sweets -- bean pies
Mortgage Apple Cake -- apple & rum cakes
and our newest processor, Linda, will be giving out samples of bone broth.  She plans to offer these to CSA members once the season begins.

The 2015 CSA begins on Wednesday, June 10 and will run for 24 weeks until November 18.  It's a great way to eat more vegetables!


Enjoy!

Lisa & Albert & Jacob & Tyler

P.S. The 2015 form is on the website.


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Gently Going Into the New Season

April 25, 2015


"Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts".  ~ Charles Lamb


News from the Farm: The New Land, Chapter 2, Gently...

It was a good weekend at the New Land, 243 We got the water pump working (I felt like Helen Keller, water! though it still needs a little tweaking since you'd have to have the muscles of the old version of Arnold Schwarzenegger in order to get any). I found two shovels (just a little paint, they'll be great) and another golf ball. And a New York Yankees baseball cap. And a pair of headphones (that actually work – I did clean them off with some hard-earned water from the pump).

But the highlight of our weekend (you can see how exciting our lives our up here) was when one of the neighbor farmers stopped in with his 130 horsepower John Deere (what an honor that would have been in the old days to have someone visit with 130 horses in tow...today, it's just a...yawn!) and told us that a prior owner had planted three rows of asparagus some years back. He wanted to show us where it was planted, so we jumped the ditch bank (he hopped right over, I got a soaker (wet sneaker), to the field where he thought they were.

Of course, there's no evidence of it yet. Just hope. But we marked it off and will not disc there again until we know for sure. He's sort of a shy farmer and I think it was his way of welcoming us to the neighborhood (and I'm sure he'll appreciate us keeping the weeds down and  from blowing onto his fields...it's not just fences that makes great neighbors!).


Asparagus is another one of my “favorite” vegetables. (Here's a great appetizer recipe if you happen to be a carnivore) and one if your are not). I remember driving around the country roads of Illinois in the backseat of a Ford Falcon with my mother and siblings (no seat belts!) looking for wild asparagus (wow, Stalking the Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons celebrated it's 50th anniversary in 2005!) We'd scope out the possible sites in the fall (by looking at the mature plant) and try to remember those locations for the spring shoots. I can't remember how much we got or even eating it (I wasn't much for vegetables then), but it was “speared” in my brain.

I'd like to grow it for the CSA, but it comes too early. And it's probably not practical to have a pickup for just one item. But if it does come up...we will definitely include it in the “Pick-Your-Own. Along with a lot more of cool stuff...horseradish, rhubarb, lovage, borage, Holy Basil, yellow beans and more!  Rather than plant these specialty items (they are not for everyone) and hock (sell) them off to restaurants or Farmer's Markets, I want them to be for our members (membership has it's privileges, so says American Express and Hesperides Organica.) Some members really want this stuff. And I do too. 

I'm not really looking for a million bucks. I already have it. In love. (My husband and kids are great! And so is the Black Dirt).  I just want 400 people this year (we could accommodate 10,000 with the land we have!) who get it. Get us. And vegetables.

I would love any one who has been on this journey with me (you know who you are) join again, for the season. Why not split a share with someone else. It'll only be $15 a week if your picking up in Hawthorne, $16 other locations. (And you can come up to the farm...just to get your feet on some Black Dirt).   This is as close as I can I can get to free (and I do it believe it should be free..air, water and food) . It barely covers the gas to get back and forth from here to the farm...and you driving to pick up these really great vegetables.

Honestly, I think our vegetables are worth it. Aren't you?

 

Enjoy!

Lisa & Albert & Jacob & Tyler

P.S. The 2015 form is on the website.


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Don't forget the Open House on Saturday, May 2 from 11-3pm at 27 Utter Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ.   

The New Land

April 13, 2015




“The land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it's the only thing that lasts".....Gerald O'Hara




News from the Farm: The New Land:  The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful
 
Finally, the weather cooperated and we were able to begin working the New Land (243 we call it...Round Hill Road).  It's one thing to see it under the snow, dreaming of vegetables and herbs, it's a whole other thing to get the tractor, disc, box blade and tiller moved and dive in the Black Dirt. The whole moving thing makes me very nervous ...tractors, trailers, chains, forklifts and more chains...ever since my finger was pinched and nearly de-fingered while unloading some new equipment. It was only seven stiches and it recovered nicely, but the trauma lives on. 

I was surprised how good in shape the fields were considering how long it's been since they were farmed (1996 I learned this weekend, onions).  And it's amazing what a tractor and disc and a few hours can do.  (This particular tractor is equal to 32 horses and only required 10 gallons of diesel fuel for many hours work).   And it was surprising to see how big that weeping willow tree grew in just 18 years.  So big in fact, that we needed to prune several of the dead branches.  It's probably not the best thing to leave it growing in the
Black Dirt, but it's so beautiful and it'll be nice to have some shade...for us and you, the CSA members when you visit the farm to pick your own vegetables. 


The Good:
  • Lots of road frontage.
  • Lots of parking (a previous landscaping owner dumped a lot of gravel with plans to build a large garage).
  • Short rows. (Some of the rows can be very long out here in the Black Dirt, so long that some members didn't want to bother walking the length of the field to collect some basil).
  • Water & electricity.  At least the potential for both.
  • A weeping willow tree.
The Bad:
  • Lots of garbage. (I picked up at least 8 contractor bags of bottles, beer cans, plastic bags, Styrofoam cups and junk).  And because we have so much road frontage (good) there will also be lots of people throwing stuff out their windows...littering (bad).
  • It's wet. That's the first thing that he (a retired local farmer) told me.  "These fields are wet. You need to ditch (this is not a simple or inexpensive task) every year.  And make sure you get it ditched right, with the water flowing the right way," he said pointing to the direction that the water needs to flow to.
The Beautiful:
  • The view.  We still have the same expansive Big Sky view of High Point Monument in New Jersey along with the prevailing, and I do mean prevailing, winds (the wind tunnel we call it).
  • The Weeping Willow Tree. I don't know what to name her (but I know it's a she).  I too have suffered from the weeping willow affliction...depression.  Not so much that I've had to be "farm-aceutically" medicated for it...well, maybe I have.  I think this whole farming thing has saved me!
  • Friends.  And community. And Mustafa.  I still have some of his seeds. 

     
 
 
Enjoy!

Lisa & Jacob

P.S. The 2015 form is on the website.

P.P.S. Above photo is of my
friend, Mustafa,  who grows the most wonderful Bangladeshi greens and pinks (it's like red spinach and will turn your sauce pink like Cat in the Hat Comes Back.  We do too!)  And we hope you do too.  Come back...to another year).

Keep up with us on Facebook.  

Don't forget the Open House on Saturday, May 2 from 11-3pm at 27 Utter Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ. 

Here's to Spring...It's Here, I Swear

April 10, 2015



 "Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone."  ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau


News from the Farm: Here's to No More (s)Now...

On April 1, I woke up to another layer of snow.  Well, just an inch. One on one. April's Fools.  But it covered the grass and trees and was just depressing. I like a winter wonderland, to a point.  And then, come March 21, the equinox, I've had enough.  No more snow, please!  Fortunately, the sun is on our side. She  melts it quickly and quietly.  I almost didn't notice it gone.  I was too busy checking on my plants and bringing more seeds. To the greenhouse.

I was too busy on Kirby Town Road. Passing Apple Lane Drive.  And Whilig and High Barney (remember Barney?) Roads.  And Pilgrim Corners.  And Carboy (oh, boy!) Road.  And Topnotch (because aren't we all?) and Shoddy Hollow (aren't we all?) Roads.  And finally to Bull Road.
My destination. The green, green house.

After a ride (I hate driving, especially highways), I always like getting out of my car.  Into the fresh air.  And into whatever my next step is. Sometimes, I just can't believe it.  How long I've been doing this.  Vegetables. (This is our seventh year.  Seventh Heaven? Yes!)  I've had a lot of jobs in life, but honestly, this is the most rewarding. And interesting (every year brings a new opportunity and multiple challenges).  And fulfilling. Literally! Filling full. 

 Mostly, I guess, it's because I like eating them so well.  Filling up on...vegetables. (Several times per day).  How many do you eat per day?   I try to eat some for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  If a quarter cup = 1 serving, I try to eat 14 servings per day.  Not enough! 

And so, after getting out of my car, and stretching my legs,  I was refreshed seeing all my seeds sprouting, the green of it.  It's so green.  And warm.  And promising.  Of another season.  I hold so much hope for all these vegetables.  And the CSA.  And our new pick-your-own fields. 


Enjoy!

Lisa & Jacob

P.  We recently changed our insurance (a long but worthy story) company.  And the one that we changed to really appreciated our business.  And it made me feel good. And so, I want to acknowledge all our long-term CSA members.  You know who you are.  Thanks so much...


P.S. The 2015 form is on the website.

P.P.S. Keep up with us on Facebook.  


Don't forget the Open House on Saturday, May 2 (postponed from April 18 due to cool weather conditions) at 27 Utter Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ.