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Early Birds

 

The Early Bird Discount ends on April 15th. That is TOMORROW!!!! Get your application HERE. Remember – You can pay on-line with a credit card too. Just visit the farm’s CSA Payment Page HERE.

One Weeks Veggies & Fruit
If this is your first CSA experience you are probably wondering what “5-8 Seasonal Veggies” means. Tomatoes? Kale? Radishes? What kinds of veggies can I expect?
It might be easier to list the veggies that our farmer doesn’t grow, but here is a list of the produce we have received in past seasons.
Mixed Salad Greens
Lettuce – Bib, Boston, Butter, Romaine
Arugula
Garlic Scapes
Carrots – Orange, Yellow, Purple
Beans – Green, Purple, Yellow
Fava Beans
Cannellini Beans
Soy Beans
Eggplant – Purple, White, Japanese
Peppers – Green, Red, Yellow, Purple, Italian, Mini Bell, Hot
Corn
Summer Squash – Crooked Neck, Patty Pan, Zucchini
Beets
Swiss Chard
Collard Greens
Kale
Husk Cherry Tomatoes
Radishes – Red, Black, Daikon
Okra
Scallions
Onions
Shallots
Basil
Spinach
Potatoes – White, Yellow, Red, Blue
Cabbage – Green, Savoy, Red
Kohlrabi
Cucumbers
Turnips
Watermelon
Cantaloupe
Sweet Potato
Ginger
Garlic
Parsnips
Winter Squash – Acorn, Spagetti, Delicata, Butternut
Jerusalem Artichoke
Tomatillo
Fennel
Snow Peas
Celery
Chicory
Dandelion Greens
Bok Choi
Perslane
Tomatoes – Cherry, Roma, Heirloom
And I am sure I missed some!

 

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We are co-hosting a tree give-away with Susty Q on Sunday May 4th! Would anyone like a Free Tree? 

Great news! The farm is offering the Early Bird Discount until APRIL 15th!!! Get your membership form here.

And remember – You can pay on-line at the farm’s web site too: http://www.norwichmeadowsfarm.com 

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Hot Dog Cheese Chicken is the Early Bird

Be an Early Bird!

Sign up now to get the Early Bird Discount! 

Get your application HERE

Zucchini

What can you do with that CSA summer staple? 

Roast it – Pickle it – Marinate it – Cook it on the grill – Stuff it – Make muffins – Bake bread – Shave it into salads – Sauté it – Ratatouille – Zucchini Corn Relish – Zucchini fries – A layer in Lasagna – Quiche - Hide it in Chocolate cookies – And so much more! 

What’s your favorite thing to make with zucchini?

 

Early July Share

Are you worried that your share is going to be more veggies than your family can reasonably eat? You are not alone. “Too many veggies” is the most common issue we hear from members in their first year. There are worse problems to have, but still, no one likes to see good food go to waste. One great answer – save it for later.

Screeeeeeech! I hear you stop reading. “Sure,” you say “It is all well and good for the seasoned CSA member to say ‘save it for later’, but I don’t can/pickle/preserve/etc!” I could proceed by hi-lighting the benefits and ease blah blah blah, but I’m owning up to the truth: solutions like canning, preserving or pickling take time and energy and can be outright intimidating. Besides, there is an easier way – The Freezer!

Some veggies require special preparation to freeze, but some of the most common that we receive in abundance take little to no prep at all. Here is a quick (incomplete) list:

Peppers – Wash, core and cut – drop into a freezer bag – you can enjoy them all winter long. Bonus – no worrying about the dirty dozen ranking!

Zucchini & Summer Squash – Wash, slice, freeze. This is a terrific way to save them for winter soups and casseroles. Do you have a favorite Zucchini Bread recipe? Grate and freeze in the portion your recipe calls for.

Bok Choi – Wash, chop, freeze. Enjoy in soups and stir-fry.

Basil – Wash, dry, lay leaves flat between layers of wax paper in a freezer bag – Fresh basil flavor all winter long.

Greens – to freeze Kale, Swiss Chard or Collard Greens just wash, blanche (Drop in boiling water for a min), rinse in cold water, squeeze dry, bag and freeze.

Green Beans – Clean, blanch, cool, bag, freeze.

That doesn’t sound so hard does it? Your CSA share could be cutting your grocery bill clear into 2015! Ready to join, click here for an application.

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Have you ever wondered why our farmer offers an early-bird discount? It isn’t just because he is a nice guy (though he is). Early enrollment helps the farm by increasing cash flow at a time of year when expenses tradtionally outnumber sales. Fertilizer, seeds, operating greenhouses, lots and lots of labor… All of those costs add up fast. By enrolling early everybody benefits. Download a copy of the 2014 application HERE.

 

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