Can it really be mid-September already? Cooler days, some hints of color in the trees, the passing of those height-of-summer crops like green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, and summer squash? Really? At this time of year, the attention of many an organic farmer turns to Unity and the approach of MOFGA’s annual Common Ground Fair. If you’ve never checked out the fair, you really should. There’s the usual fair stuff: tons of food (all organic, all from Maine), music, activities for the kids, arts and crafts, and loads of award winning critters and crops to view in the barns. But it’s also a great opportunity to network and learn. There are numerous classes, lectures, and demonstrations to check out related to farming and gardening, environmentally sensitive living, social and political action, and much more. It’s also, obviously, a lot of fun and a chance to see friends and other farmers. We will be at the fair in force this year. Our old farming pal from Connecticut, Nicole Totino, is coming up for a visit the week before the fair, and she and Sonya (with Lydia in tow) will be volunteering up there on Friday and Saturday. Rachael, too, is going up to volunteer on Friday and scope out the festivities. I’ll be joining everyone after market on Saturday and spending the rest of the weekend up there. Perhaps we’ll run into you!
Also happening that week, on Thursday, September 23rd (also the first day of autumn), is our next potluck here at the farm. Come on over between 6 and 8 PM, bring a dish to share and a good appetite, and meet and mingle with your neighbors and fellow CSAers. If the weather is good and it’s not too cool, we may try to eat outside one last time this season.
Ever wanted hens of your very own? A taste of that farm ambiance right in your own yard? Fresh eggs awaiting discovery just steps from the kitchen? We might just have the answer for you. We’re looking to clean house of our older hens and thought we’d toss out the idea of having folks take them home rather than trying to, er, process (read: butcher) the whole lot. We have approximately 45 hens available. We raised them from day or two old chicks during our first two seasons; the brown and white Rhode Island Red/White Rock cross hens are 2.5 years old and the black Black Star hens are 1.5 years old. They’ve been on organic feed for their entire lives. The gals are still laying eggs but not as often or consistently as they did in their prime. If you were to take a few home, you could expect 3 or 4 eggs a week from each hen. We’d be happy to provide chicken care tips and advice, too. They are really very easy to care for, and this could be a great way to dip a toe into the world of having hens with little investment, for these birds are free for the taking…just come and get as many as you’d like!
Those veggies are calling…lots of choices this week as we transition from summer into fall. Your CSA share this week includes the following:
2 lbs of potatoes (Carola or All-Blue or a combination)
1 lb of zucchini/summer squash -OR- 1/2 lb bag of beans
1 lb of sweet onions
1 pint of husk cherries -OR- 1/2 lb bag of brassica mix
1 bunch of beets -OR- 1 bag of carrots (1 3/4 lb)
1 green or red cabbage
1 bell pepper -OR- 1 eggplant
1 hot pepper
1 bulb of garlic
Mixed beefsteak and heirloom tomatoes (up to 8 lbs)
Herbs: 1 bunch of basil -OR- dill -OR- cilantro
Bread shareholders received a loaf of Honey Oatmeal bread this week. The goodies for sale at pick-up this week include eggs, flowers, pizza dough, pancake mix, bran muffins, corn muffins, chocolate chip walnut cookies, zucchini relish, and more! Eat up!