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Brave the elements–it’s worth it

About a month ago, this little gem arrived in my inbox from Farmer John at Camps Road Farm. This is too good not to share.

I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right

How’s that for a click-baity email subject line? I’m two cups of coffee in and I cannot help myself.

I know what you’re thinking, “It’s cold and rainy outside, I want to stay inside and be snuggly.” Well, if you’re not thinking it, I know I certainly am. But then picture this:

The temperature is dropping down to 5 degrees tonight after the 50 degree yesterday. There’s freezing temps, black ice, and frigid winds in the forecast. It’s ok though because this morning you went to the New Milford Farmers’ Market and you’re roasting a chicken from Camps Road Farm.

Your house is full of the comforting aroma of roasted goodness. The temperature in your house is that much more comfortable with having the stove on. As you sit and enjoy the glass of beer you got from Kent Falls Brewing Company you dream about eating the pickles you got from Mountain View Farm, and the potatoes and spinach you got from Fort Hill Farm.

You can’t wait for dinner so you take the edge off by dipping bread from Wave Hill into hummus from Riverbank Farm. Dinner hasn’t even happened yet and already you’re looking forward to the steak and eggs you’ll have for breakfast tomorrow from Happy Acres and Kimberly Farm.

What I am saying here is, food is joy. There are a collection of people who have made it their job to make sure you get that happy feeling in your belly. We would love to see you this morning.

New Milford Farmers’ Market
East Street School
50 East St. in New Milford (right on 202 near CVS)
From 9 – 12:30

While this is a shameless plug for the market, I hope you enjoyed the picture I painted here. I certainly enjoyed writing it. It’s time to go pack the van. I hope to see you soon.

Cheers,
Farmer John

Indeed John, your vivid imagery certainly motivated me to get out and brave the elements! While I have enough local food stores on hand to get through nearly the entire winter, I still like to get out there and see what the farmers have for us in the winter. But damn, it was cold! Thanks John for getting me out of my comfort zone to get some more fixins for comfort foods.

See you at the New Milford Farmers Market.

2013 CSA – Weeks 18-20

And still more food from my Sport Hill Farm 2013 CSA. Here’s the bounty from weeks 18, 19, and 20.

Week 18 – 10/3/2013

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  • 1 head of tatsoi
  • 1 bunch of Brussels sprout leaves
  • 1 acorn squash
  • butternut squash
  • zucchini
  • 1 bunch of baby beets with greens
  • 1 bunch of Hakuri salad turnips
  • several peppers
  • eggplant
  • 1 bag of potatoes with garlic bulb
  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 bag of mixed baby greens

Week 19 – 10/10/2013

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  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 bunch of collard greens
  • 1 bunch of Tuscan kale
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • bok choi and tatsoi
  • fresh lima beans (to shell)
  • eggplant
  • 1 bag of potatoes
  • butternut squash
  • 1 watermelon

Week 20 – 10/17/2013

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  • 1 (huge) head of cabbage
  • bok choy & tatsoi
  • peppers
  • 1 bag of purple potatoes with a garlic bulb
  • 2 heads of lettuce
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 4 ears of corn
  • leek
  • 1 bunch of broccoli rabe

2013 CSA – Weeks 15-17

Here’s the bounty from weeks 15, 16, and 17 from my Sport Hill Farm 2013 CSA. The problem with playing catch-up weeks after the fact is relying on a less-than-reliable memory and less-than-great notes. Still, lots of excellent, organic, farm-fresh food has been coming in!

Week 15 – 9/12/2013

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  • several ears of corn
  • several sweet peppers
  • eggplant
  • bag of potatoes (with a garlic bulb)
  • bag of yellow beans
  • bag of Juliet tomatoes
  • bag of Sungold tomatoes
  • several Big Beef tomatoes
  • several Orange Blossom tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of Tuscan kale

 Week 16 – 9/19/2013

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  • 6 ears of corn
  • 1 bunch of dandelion greens
  • 1 bag of mixed hot peppers
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 bunch of Hakuri salad turnips
  • 1 bag of cranberry shelling beans
  • 2 Asian eggplants
  • 1 bag of salad mix greens
  • 4 tomatoes, mix
  • 1 bag of green beans
  • 1 bag of potatoes

 Week 17 – 9/26/2013

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  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 bunch of salad turnips
  • 1 bunch of curly kale
  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 bag of shelling beans
  • 1 bag of Satina potatoes
  • 3 eggplants
  • 1 bunch of bok choy
  • 4 sweet peppers
  • 4 tomatoes, mix

 

 

2013 CSA – Weeks 9-14

Mea culpa. Today is catch-up day. Weeks 9 through 14.

Week 9 – 8/1/2013

I was on vacation that week, but this was the share:

  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber
  • Asian Eggplant
  • Round Eggplant
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Escarole
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Hot Peppers

Week 10 – 8/8/2013

  • 6 ears corn
  • 1 bag potatoes
  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 round eggplant
  • 1 Asian eggplant
  • 2 hot peppers
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 head lettuce
  • 4 red slicing tomatoes
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard
  • 1 bunch dandelion greens

Week 11 – 8/15/2013

Coriander-crusted pork tenderloin and roasted golden beets
Coriander-crusted pork tenderloin and roasted golden beets
Amazingly simple recipe here.
  • 6 ears corn
  • 1 bag potatoes
  • 1 head cabbage
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 sweet Italian peppers
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 bag hot peppers
  • 1 bag tomatoes
  • 1 bag sun gold tomatoes
  • 1 bag golden beets
  • 5 red slicing tomatoes
  • 1 bunch collards
  • 1 bunch kale

Week 12

scarole
Escarole and bean soup
  • 1 bunch escarole
  • 1 bunch  kale
  • 6 ears corn
  • 1 bag string beans
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 Asian eggplant
  • 4 green Thai eggplant
  • 1 bag sun gold tomatoes
  • 1 bag Juliet tomatoes
  • 1 bag red cherry tomatoes
  • 1 rose and 1 striped German heirloom tomatoes
  • 5 red slicing tomatoes
  • 2 Biscayne peppers
  • 2 bell peppers

Week 13

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  • 1 bag potatoes
  • 2 bags cherry tomatoes: sun gold and red
  • 8 slicing tomatoes: red and yellow
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • bell peppers
  • 1 bag string beans
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 6 ears corn
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard

Week 14

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  • 1 bag of arugula
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 bunch of radishes
  • 4 sweet peppers
  • 6 ears of corn
  • 8 tomatoes, red and yellow
  • 2 Asian eggplant
  • 1 bag of string beans
  • 1 bag golden cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bag red cherry tomatoes