Week 14 Share

This Week’s Share:
Individual Share Chose 6

* Hearty White Onions
* Collards
* Parsley
* Red Russian Kale
* Purslane
* Potatoes
* Lemon Basil
* Baby Bronze Arrowhead Lettuce
* Apples

EXTRAS:
Cucumbers, Leeks, Curly Kale, Chanterelles, Okra
Jersey Seafood Available This Week!

We will have a limited amount of FRESH off-the-boat fish, 20/30 scallops, and little neck clams.

All fish is local NJ Seafood from the Barnegat Bay!

We have 3 Shares Available:

* Captains Share: Includes 4 doz clams, scallops, and fish PRICE: $80
* Fin Fish Share : Between 2 and 4 pounds of fish depending on type PRICE: $40
* Shellfish Share: 4 doz clams and between 2 and 5 pounds of scallops (20/30) PRICE: $55

We have a limited quantity so first come first served!

Please contact Megan to place your order to be picked up at distribution.

Did you order your organic chicken for this week yet?

Click here for our easy online order form.

Potato Diggers Needed!

We’re planning a big potato harvest this week and we need volunteer diggers. If you can help on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, please contact Megan or call the farm.

Potato-Kale Galette

Almost three years ago, I clipped a recipe from Gourmet that added kale to a fairly standard potato sidedish. With a beautiful bunch of kale in hand from the CSA’s Week 2 distribution and the weather on the cool side, I had the perfect opportunity to try that recipe for a potato-kale galette.

I’ll admit upfront that I made changes to the recipe. I didn’t blanch the kale first; it seemed like overkill. I just stripped the leaves from the stems and sauteed them in olive oil on medium heat. (I chopped, blanched and froze the stems for some later purpose.) I also didn’t finish the dish on the stove because I didn’t have time to mind a pan this afternoon. Instead, I buttered a round cake pan, layered it with the potatoes, kale and more melted butter, and put it in the oven at 375. I put a piece of foil over the pan for the first 30 minutes, but then took it off for the last 30.

Did it work? I’ll let you be the judge.

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Come Celebrate Earth Day with Upper Meadows Farm!

earthdayWe will be throwing a potato planting party on Saturday April 25th to celebrate Earth Day.

All of the details are here on our e-vite!

Tater time!

We are getting our seed potatoes ready for planting! This year we are planting some old standards and a few new additions.

Potatoes are one of our stalwart crops here at Upper Meadows. We plant by hand and harvest by hand. This is a ton of work, or as most often the case, several tons of work when we harvest. The attention to detail is part of what insures a great crop.

The first step starts all winter long when we burn firewood in our kitchen stove and the other stoves here on farm, as well as when we were boiling down maple syrup. It is the wood ash that becomes a valuable material. We cut the potatoes, making sure the pieces are not smaller than a ping pong ball and that each piece has at least two eyes. These are the two critical criteria for a good plant start. Next we dip the cut potatoes in wood ash to cauterize the wound and provide a bump of micro nutrients right at the new potato root zone.

Frankly, I can’t wait for the first baby potatoes and we hope to dig the first ones in July. 2007 early potato sample basketWe are scheduling planting parties and it is a great opportunity for volunteer help. This year we are planting Caribe (purple skin, white flesh), Dark Red Norland (dark red skin, white flesh), Red Gold (red skin, yellow flesh), Sangre (brilliant red skin and bright white flesh), All Blue (blue skin, blue flesh), Kennebec (yellow skin, white flesh), Purple Majesty (purple skin, purple flesh), Purple Viking (purple and pink skin, white flesh), Island Sunshine (yellow skin, yellow flesh) and All Red (red skin, red flesh). This comprises 2,800 pounds of seed potatoes, which will plant close to two acres of potatoes.

I cruised the fields today and expect that we’ll be getting our potatoes in ahead of schedule this year.  Thanks to Bonnie, Megan, Steve, Loren, and Deliska for leading the charge and cutting seed!

A Place To Get Dirty

One of the most e-mailed stories on the New York Times‘ Web site this week has been a Jane Brody column, “A Little Dirt Is Good For You“. Jane’s take–and that of a lot of researchers–is that a child’s immune system benefits more from contact with a bit of dirt than from living in an ultra-clean environment.

How does this connect to the CSA? I have a decent-sized suburban backyard and there’s even a “mud corner”, so my kids play in dirt a lot. They help plant and pick from my meager garden beds. But when we joined the CSA last year, they got a chance to connect with an awful lot of dirt–and they had a blast. They dug weeds out of the zucchini patch and disappeared into a large field of native New Jersey blackberries with brambles twice as tall as they were.  In both cases, they did a lot of what Leonard likes to call “rigorous product testing”. And yes, they got dirty, very dirty.

Since we made the decision to renew our CSA share, the kids have been making plans for their time on the farm this year. My little guy wants to get back in the blackberries; my older son is determined to help with potatoes and chickens. I’m stocking up on laundry detergent.