Farm news, week of Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hi there!

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Photo:
The next batch of scallions is on the way.

On the farm
They say spring is here. A few outward signs are present, but mostly we’ve had one gloomy, damp, chilly day after the next. Kinda hard to get with the spirit of the thing when we’re just wet and cold all the time. The woodstove continues its wintry mission, unabated, to keep us warm. I spent two days splitting more wood last week to keep it fueled.

But we have hope. After the first two days of the local baseball season were rained out in Hagerstown, MD, we snuck out Sunday evening and caught a beautiful twilight game there, a bit over an hour from the farm. The Suns are a Single A affiliate of the Nationals. Last year we got to see Bryce Harper play for the first 3 weeks of the season. Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown is a low-key venue, part of the reason we like it so much. It’s had its moments, though. Until about 15 years ago the team was a Giant’s affilate, and in 1950 that’s where a gentleman named Willie Mays made his way into the majors. (I was a big Mays fan as a kid growing up near San Francisco.)

New online store
We’re still at it, Phil much more than me. It was ten years ago that we built the last store, and I’ve forgotten how much work went into adapting a conventional shopping cart system to our perverted online CSA demands. We want to do everything differently than they imagined, so we look at what they offer, figure out how to get around it in some devious manner, and then plunge on. I think we’re more than halfway there, but we’ve still got a ways to go. We are planning on being up and running by Memorial Day, about 6 weeks away. Fingers crossed.

Remaining spring CSA delivery dates
     APR     12 & 26
     MAY     10 & 24
(the outdoor market and weekly store openings both resume on the 24th)

Produce
You’ll notice quite a few items in the store marked “END,” and quite a few marked “NEW.” That’s about where we are right now: end of last years’ storage crops, start of the new season’s crops. The big attraction now is the sort of in-between offering of greens that slumbered through much of the winter but were ready to jump at the first hint of spring.

Special items this week: Sorrel soup and Easter Eggs!
Sorrel (meaning “sour” in Old French, and also known as Lemon Grass and Schav) is a traditional Passover dish, typically made into a delicious tart green soup, and we have lots of it. We make up a soup pack that includes everything you need and a recipe. The soup is delicious either hot or cold and — as a bonus — it’s easy! The Farmer’s Pick will include the fixins and the recipe also.

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Photo: Our sorrel soup pack.

Also, you may not know it, but our chickens that lay the turquoise eggs are also know as Easter Eggers. We have lots of these colorful eggs stocked up, and have lowered the price to move them. Please try some!

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Photo: Some of our natural Easter eggs.

And now, this week’s CSA produce…

  • Fruit: apples (Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, JonaGold, Pink Lady & mixed).
  • Greens: arugula, rainbow & green chard, cress, dandelions, green & mixed kale, microgreens, mustard, pea shoots, stir fry greens, spinach & 3 types of lettuce.
  • Veggies: beets, carrots, garlic (old & new), horseradish, onions, parsnips, potatoes (Yukon gold & red), radishes (watermelon), rutabagas, scallions, shallots, sorrel soup pack, sweet potatoes & the last of the butternut squash for the season.
  • Herbs: parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme & sampler mix.
  • Mushrooms: crimini, Portabella & shiitake.
  • Eggs, butter, cheese: eggs (brown & heritage); butter; many cheeses.
  • Preserves: apple sauce & butter, maple syrup, honey, canned cherries, jams, jellies, ketchup, salsa, pickles & relish (including kosher dills & stuffed pickled peppers from Mrs. Hege).

Farmer’s Pick: Red oakleaf lettuce, a bag of young mixed kale, carrots, onions, Yukon gold potatoes (2#), a bunch of the year’s first scallions, a big bag of French sorrel and a recipe for a delicious soup, Italian parsley, Fuji apples (2#), and a pint of pickled beets!

Your farmers,
Randy, Chris & Sam @ Star Hollow Farm

General farm info:   starhollowfarm.com.
CSA-specific info:    starhollowfarm.com/csa.
Online store:             store.starhollowfarm.com.

Farm news, week of Saturday, March 29, 2014

Howdy!

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The herbs are mostly all coming back after their winter break.

On the farm
The calendar says it’s officially spring now. There have been a nice day or two here when we could go outside without heavy coats. Canadian geese have been flying overhead. Red crowns of our rhubarb are popping up through the just-thawed ground.

But then we’re back to light snow and sleet and we’re still having nighttime temps in the teens. We actually had to cut more firewood for the house woodstove when usually we’re done by now. Today when I go out on my trip to the orchards and dairies I’ll need to take the new truck again. My plan had been to use the old truck for the Wednesday trips. But I can’t, for the same reason I haven’t been able to use it all winter; it’s not supposed to even reach 32 degrees during the day. Crap. The new truck has a refrigeration unit that can work backwards and generate heat into the rear box to make sure nothing freezes. Well, glad I got that extra feature!

New online store
We’re still at it. We’ll be starting some testing soon, and I imagine within a month we’ll be using it. Phil’s doing a great job with it.  I feel like a real stick-in-the-mud, holding onto the way the old one worked and resisting change.

Produce
Those few sunny days did certainly wake the greens in the high tunnels from their winter slumber. We’re going to have a lot of beautiful greens for you, as well as more of the produce you’ve been getting all winter. You will notice that each week there are a few less items in the storage crop category. I’m sorry but your just going to have to do without Jerusalem artichokes and turnips and such until it’s their time again!

Remaining winter CSA delivery dates
     MAR     29
     APR     12 & 26
     MAY     10 & 24

And now, this week’s online CSA produce…

  • Fruit: apples (Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Nittany, Pink Lady & mixed).
  • Greens: baby arugula, rainbow & green chard, cress, bunched dandelions, green & mixed kale, microgreens, pea shoots, salad mix, stir fry greens, baby spinach & 4 types of lettuce.
  • Veggies: cabbage, carrots (orange & deep purple), celeriac, garlic, horseradish, onions, parsnips, potatoes (Yukon gold & red), radishes (Black Spanish & watermelon), rutabagas, shallots, sweet potatoes & more butternut squash.
  • Herbs: garlic chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sorrel, spearmint & tarragon.
  • Mushrooms: crimini, Portabella, yellow oyster & shiitake.
  • Eggs, chicken, butter, cheese: eggs (brown & heritage); frozen stewing hens; butter; many cheeses.
  • Preserves: apple sauce & butter, maple syrup, honey, canned cherries, jams, jellies, ketchup, salsa, pickles & relish (including kosher dills & stuffed pickled peppers from Mrs. Hege).

Farmer’s Pick: green leaf lettuce, a bunch of Red Rain mustard greens, carrots, garlic, some onions, several parsnips, red potatoes, small herb mix, a bag of JonaGold apples, and a jar of fruit jam or jelly.

Your farmers,
Randy, Chris & Sam @ Star Hollow Farm

General farm info:   starhollowfarm.com.
CSA-specific info:    starhollowfarm.com/csa.
Online store:             store.starhollowfarm.com.

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Star Hollow Farm is a small-scale family farm located in southern Pennsylvania, 100 miles north of Washington, DC. We grow a wide range of produce, mostly in small quantities, more than half of which is sold through our online market & CSA.
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