HOG Trough Week 1

May 25th, 2015

Our 20th Season!
HOG Trough Week 1 May 25th 2015
ODD Week
Please remember to bring your own bags to pickup, and return berry boxes and egg cartons whenever you can! If you forget your bag, HOG bags are available for $6 each or 2 for $10.
What’s Happening At the Farm this Week
Welcome to the first HOG CSA share of the season! We are looking forward to a great one! If you are new to the farm, here’s how it works-every week from now through the end of October, we’ll pick a variety of items from our fields to give out each week. The size and composition of the share changes throughout the summer, but in general we include 6-10 different items. You’ll get to enjoy the variety and bounty of a vegetable season on Long Island! All our produce is picked fresh the day of your pickup-aside from a quick dunk in cool water, your veggies are going straight from the fields to your home. You can’t get produce fresher than that! We will send out this newsletter every Monday–in it you’ll find a quick farm update, a list of what may be in the share (subject to change, but in general a pretty good guide of what to expect) our u-pick items, and a recipe or two.

Even though pickups are just beginning, we have been tilling, discing, planting, seeding, weeding, compost turning, and more since February! This spring started off cool and slow, but everything is catching up nicely. We haven’t had much rain though, nothing near the inch a week we like to see in the spring. Each day ends with the ritual of moving irrigation pipe and starting the pump. We started our markets earlier this month, Saturday mornings in Bellport next to It’s Only Natural and Rocky Point Farmer’s Market on Sundays. Remember CSA members get a 10% discount at the markets!

Your pickup coordinators will guide you through the process of picking up your share. Please remember to bring your own bags! If you miss a share, your veggies will be donated. If you need to change your pickup day, please email or call by Sunday nights. If you would like us to pack a bag for you, we need at least 24 hours notice, and please leave a bag labeled with your name at the greenhouse! You can find other information in our Member Handbook.

We have a great crew, with Steve, Elliot, and Lauren returning part-time for another season. Daniel has been a new and welcome presence full time, learning the ropes of the spring roller coaster! And of course we have a slew of volunteers including Chris, Rachel, Stephanie, Heidi, and more!

We are looking forward to another great season–the farm’s 20th!
Jill and Sean
Volunteer Work Hours
Members are welcome to volunteer all season, and if you complete 15 hours or more you receive a $100 refund! May and June is the perfect time to volunteer-lots of projects, cool weather, limited bugs. Workdays are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-5pm, and Saturdays 9-12. Drop us an email if you think you might come, so we can be sure to have a project ready!
Projects this week include:
weeding-all of LongMeadow 2 needs a hoeing!
asparagus beetle picking–the best prevention is handpicking the beetles off our asparagus
potato weeding and beetle scouting-a crop of nutsedge is coming up with the potatoes, some come help us dig em out! potato beetles are also beginning to appear, and these bugs will devastate the potato crop. ours are resistant to the organic pesticide. we’ve been able to keep them in check by scouting, so stop by and help us look (great for kids!)
In Season This Week
Your share may contain:
lettuce mix–a young and tender mix of lettuce and shungiku
arugula or purple bok choy–spicy and delicious for salad or cooking. Don’t mind the insect holes–it’s been a very active spring for flea beetles, and they love any brassica crop!
radish-pink, purple, or shunkyo.
thyme, oregano, sage–choice of a fresh herb bunch
asparagus–as usual we will get asparagus to every share, either this week or next week!

Fruit Share

Our fruit shares are provided by Briermere Farms in Riverhead, and include fruits we don’t grow at the farm, like peaches, raspberries, blueberries, apples, pears, apricots and more! Fruit Shares will begin in a few weeks–there is still time to sign up! Email me if you’d like to add a Briermere Fruit Share to your pickup!

Pick Your Own
At the HOG all of our herbs and flowers are u-pick. Please come anytime, avoid picking if there is heavy rain, bring your own clippers if you can, and be sure to leave the gates as you found them! Also please be gentle with the plants–all of our herbs are meant to last for the season, so please clip gently and only remove a few stems from each plant. With care these beds will last all summer!
oregano–no limit, take what you can use
sage–no limit, take what you can use
chives–no limit, take what you can use.
thyme–no limit, take what you can use
On the Way
Coming up in the next week or two.
head lettuce
kale
chard

Share 1 Recipes

May 25th, 2015

We always love to hear what you did with your share this week! If you have a great new recipe you’d like to share, please send it to us at mail@hamletorganicgarden.org
Arugula Pesto
This recipe is great on toast, pasta, or as a salad dressing
2 cups (packed) arugula leaves (about 4 ounces)
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced (green garlic or scapes work too!)
lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste
Blend arugula, pumpkin seeds and Parmesan cheese in processor until almost smooth. With machine running, gradually add olive oil; process until well blended. Season pesto to taste with lemon zest, salt and pepper.

Membership is closed for 2015

May 1st, 2015

Membership in the 2015 CSA season is now closed.  For more information, or to get on our waiting list, please email Jill at mail@hamletorganicgarden.org

HOG Trough Week 18

September 22nd, 2014

HOG Trough Week 18 September 22nd 2014
Even Week
Please remember to bring your own bags to pickup, and return berry boxes and egg cartons whenever you can! If you forget your bag, HOG bags are available for $6 each or 2 for $10.
Whats Happening at the Farm
I tallied work hours and contacted everyone who completed 15 hours this season, thank you everyone for all your help this season! If you believe you’ve completed your hours, but haven’t heard from me, please contact me, I may not have record of your hours.
Renewal applications for 2015 are coming up next week! As in past years, we are not expanding our membership, so if you want to renew please do so early to ensure you keep your spot! I open memberships to the waiting list in January.
Need a little extra produce? We sell on Saturday mornings in Bellport next to It’s Only Natural and Rocky Point Farmer’s Market on Sundays. Remember CSA members get a 10% discount at the markets! And stop in at Lillian’s for 10% off of all purchases $30 or more at It’s Only Natural the health food store in Bellport! Lillian also has a great selection of bulk grains, and beans that she can order at a discount for CSA members, so stop in and order what you need!
Sean, Jill, and the HOG
In Season This Week
arugula
cauliflower or radicchio
cabbage
lettuce
carrots or beets
onions
garlic
potatoes
sweet dumpling squash
Fruit Share
Our fruit shares are provided by Briermere Farms in Riverhead, and include fruits we don’t grow at the farm, like peaches, raspberries, blueberries, apples, pears, apricots and more!
Pick Your Own
At the HOG all of our herbs and flowers are u-pick. Please come anytime, avoid picking if there is heavy rain, bring your own clippers if you can, and be sure to leave the gates as you found them! Also please be gentle with the plants–all of our herbs are meant to last for the season, so please clip gently and only remove a few stems from each plant. With care these beds will last all summer!
ALL TOMATOES (cherries, paste, heirlooms)–limit 2 qt mixed
beach plums–limit 1 quart–check out this great article about beach plums from npr.
New UPick Area!–it includes okra, hot pepper, tomatillos, husk cherries, and cherry tomatoes. The hot peppers, okra, and tomatillos are ripe and ready to pick! The cherries and cherry tomatoes need another week or two. It is by the u-pick chives, please enjoy, take what you can use!
flowers–no limit
cilantro–there is new u-pick cilantro by the chickens in the back. limit 1 bunch
dill–there is new u-pick dill by the chickens in the back. limit 1 bunch
basil–no limit, take what you can use
parsley–no limit, take what you can use
oregano–no limit, take what you can use
sage–no limit, take what you can use
chives–no limit, take what you can use.
thyme–no limit, take what you can use
marjoram–no limit, take what you can use
On the Way
sweet potatoes
cauliflower
kale
cabbage

Share 18 Recipes

September 22nd, 2014

We are collecting recipes for our cookbook throughout the season, so we would love to hear what you did with your share this week! If you have a great new recipe you’d like to share, please send it to us or print out a recipe template!
Honey-roasted Sweet Dumpling Squash
2 sweet dumpling squash
1 small red onion, sliced
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons honey
Salt and pepper, to taste
Method:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Melt butter in a small pan over low heat. Add onions and honey and whisk well. Cut squash in half, and place on baking sheet, cut side up. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Divide honey mixture evenly into each squash. Baste squash with mixture every 15 minutes.
Roast until squash is golden brown and easily pierced with a fork.

HOG Trough Week 17

September 15th, 2014

HOG Trough Week 17 September 15th 2014
Odd Week
Please remember to bring your own bags to pickup, and return berry boxes and egg cartons whenever you can! If you forget your bag, HOG bags are available for $6 each or 2 for $10.
Whats Happening at the Farm
I can’t believe it’s week 17 already! This season has flown by, and it has been such a bountiful and productive one! Our regular CSA share goes through the end of October, which this season will be week 23. There is still a few spots available for our holiday extension, which continues the share through mid December. The extension is $200, if you are interested in extending your share, send me an email!

This Sunday there will be a yoga class at the farm, to benefit our local Food Not Bombs. Find more information here!

Need a little extra produce? We sell on Saturday mornings in Bellport next to It’s Only Natural and Rocky Point Farmer’s Market on Sundays. Remember CSA members get a 10% discount at the markets! And stop in at Lillian’s for 10% off of all purchases $30 or more at It’s Only Natural the health food store in Bellport! Lillian also has a great selection of bulk grains, and beans that she can order at a discount for CSA members, so stop in and order what you need!
Sean, Jill, and the HOG
Volunteer Work Hours
Volunteer hours for a work refund have come to a close! I will be tallying the hours and contacting members who have earned a refund this month!
In Season This Week
spinach
radicchio or broccoli
carrots
beets
radish
onions
peppers
spaghetti squash
garlic
Fruit Share
Our fruit shares are provided by Briermere Farms in Riverhead, and include fruits we don’t grow at the farm, like peaches, raspberries, blueberries, apples, pears, apricots and more!
Pick Your Own
At the HOG all of our herbs and flowers are u-pick. Please come anytime, avoid picking if there is heavy rain, bring your own clippers if you can, and be sure to leave the gates as you found them! Also please be gentle with the plants–all of our herbs are meant to last for the season, so please clip gently and only remove a few stems from each plant. With care these beds will last all summer!
ALL TOMATOES (cherries, paste, heirlooms)–limit 2 qt mixed
beach plums–limit 1 quart–check out this great article about beach plums from npr.
New UPick Area!–it includes okra, hot pepper, tomatillos, husk cherries, and cherry tomatoes. The hot peppers, okra, and tomatillos are ripe and ready to pick! The cherries and cherry tomatoes need another week or two. It is by the u-pick chives, please enjoy, take what you can use!
flowers–no limit
cilantro–there is new u-pick cilantro by the chickens in the back. limit 1 bunch
dill–there is new u-pick dill by the chickens in the back. limit 1 bunch
basil–no limit, take what you can use
parsley–no limit, take what you can use
oregano–no limit, take what you can use
sage–no limit, take what you can use
chives–no limit, take what you can use.
thyme–no limit, take what you can use
marjoram–no limit, take what you can use
On the Way
sweet potatoes
winter squash
cauliflower
kale
cabbage

Share 17 Recipes

September 15th, 2014

Roast Broccoli and Red Pepper
broccoli florets
1 red pepper, sliced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt
black pepper
Preheat oven to 400°. Place broccoli, sliced bell pepper, sliced garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper on a jelly-roll pan; toss to coat. Bake vegetables at 400° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring after 5 minutes.

HOG Trough Week 16

September 15th, 2014

HOG Trough Week 16 September 8th 2014
Even Week
Please remember to bring your own bags to pickup, and return berry boxes and egg cartons whenever you can! If you forget your bag, HOG bags are available for $6 each or 2 for $10.
BULK TOMATO SALES!–canning and freezing tomatoes are available for sale this week! They are $2.50 per pound, please preorder via email!

Whats Happening at the Farm
The seasons are shifting, if not weather-wise, at least share-wise! Winter squashes are ripening, broccoli, turnips and cabbages are ready, and the days are shortening!

Need a little extra produce? We sell on Saturday mornings in Bellport next to It’s Only Natural and Rocky Point Farmer’s Market on Sundays. Remember CSA members get a 10% discount at the markets! And stop in at Lillian’s for 10% off of all purchases $30 or more at It’s Only Natural the health food store in Bellport! Lillian also has a great selection of bulk grains, and beans that she can order at a discount for CSA members, so stop in and order what you need!
Sean, Jill, and the HOG
Volunteer Work Hours
Volunteer hours for a work refund have come to a close! I will be tallying the hours and contacting members who have earned a refund this month!
In Season This Week
escarole or frisee
broccoli or napa cabbage
hakurei turnips
carrots
tomatoes
peppers
spaghetti squash
potatoes
onions
Fruit Share
Our fruit shares are provided by Briermere Farms in Riverhead, and include fruits we don’t grow at the farm, like peaches, apples, blueberries, pears, plums, and more!
Now that it is stone fruit season, let me pass on my secrets for ripe and delicious stone fruit. This works for apricots, donut peaches, white peaches, regular peaches, plums, etc. Once I get the bag, I’ll go through it and pull out the ripest fruits, or fruits with a small amount of damage. These go on the counter to ripen. The rest go into the fridge. As we eat the ripe fruits, I’ll pull more out of the fridge so we have a continuous supply of ripe fruit! If bad spots start to form, I’ll cut it off and eat the good part. If I am fruited out, and can’t possibly finish the bag before the next share arrives, I’ll slice the fruit into wedges, and freeze on parchment paper in a single layer. Once the fruit is frozen, we transfer to a bag in the freezer! Viola, fruit to enjoy in smoothies all winter.
Pick Your Own
At the HOG all of our herbs and flowers are u-pick. Please come anytime, avoid picking if there is heavy rain, bring your own clippers if you can, and be sure to leave the gates as you found them! Also please be gentle with the plants–all of our herbs are meant to last for the season, so please clip gently and only remove a few stems from each plant. With care these beds will last all summer!
paste tomatoes–limit 2 qt
cherry tomatoes–limit 1 pint
beach plums–limit 1 quart
New UPick Area!–it includes okra, hot pepper, tomatillos, husk cherries, and cherry tomatoes. The hot peppers, okra, and tomatillos are ripe and ready to pick! The cherries and cherry tomatoes need another week or two. It is by the u-pick chives, please enjoy, take what you can use!
flowers–no limit
cilantro–there is new u-pick cilantro by the chickens in the back. limit 1 bunch
dill–there is new u-pick dill by the chickens in the back. limit 1 bunch
basil–no limit, take what you can use
parsley–no limit, take what you can use
oregano–no limit, take what you can use
sage–no limit, take what you can use
chives–no limit, take what you can use.
thyme–no limit, take what you can use
marjoram–no limit, take what you can use
On the Way
sweet potatoes
winter squash

Share 16 Recipes

September 15th, 2014

Herb and Parmesan Spaghetti Squash
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 shallots, diced small
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 spaghetti squash
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. With a small sharp knife, prick squash all over. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until tender when pierced with knife, about 1 hour 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. When cool enough to handle, halve lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Scrape squash with a fork to remove flesh in long strands. In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium. Add shallots and garlic and cook until softened, 7 minutes. Stir in thyme and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add squash and toss to combine. Cook until warmed through. Stir in parsley and Parmesan and season with salt and pepper.

HOG Trough Week 15

September 15th, 2014

HOG Trough Week 15 September 1st 2014
Odd Week
Please remember to bring your own bags to pickup, and return berry boxes and egg cartons whenever you can! If you forget your bag, HOG bags are available for $6 each or 2 for $10.
Need a little extra produce? We sell on Saturday mornings in Bellport next to It’s Only Natural and Rocky Point Farmer’s Market on Sundays. Remember CSA members get a 10% discount at the markets! And stop in at Lillian’s for 10% off of all purchases $30 or more at It’s Only Natural the health food store in Bellport! Lillian also has a great selection of bulk grains, and beans that she can order at a discount for CSA members, so stop in and order what you need!
Sean, Jill, and the HOG
Volunteer Work Hours
Volunteer hours for a work refund have come to a close! I will be tallying the hours and contacting members who have earned a refund this month!
In Season This Week
lettuce
carrots
cukes or zukes
tomatoes
peppers
eggplant
onions
potatoes
melon
Fruit Share
Our fruit shares are provided by Briermere Farms in Riverhead, and include fruits we don’t grow at the farm, like peaches, apples, blueberries, pears, plums, and more!
Now that it is stone fruit season, let me pass on my secrets for ripe and delicious stone fruit. This works for apricots, donut peaches, white peaches, regular peaches, plums, etc. Once I get the bag, I’ll go through it and pull out the ripest fruits, or fruits with a small amount of damage. These go on the counter to ripen. The rest go into the fridge. As we eat the ripe fruits, I’ll pull more out of the fridge so we have a continuous supply of ripe fruit! If bad spots start to form, I’ll cut it off and eat the good part. If I am fruited out, and can’t possibly finish the bag before the next share arrives, I’ll slice the fruit into wedges, and freeze on parchment paper in a single layer. Once the fruit is frozen, we transfer to a bag in the freezer! Viola, fruit to enjoy in smoothies all winter.
Pick Your Own
At the HOG all of our herbs and flowers are u-pick. Please come anytime, avoid picking if there is heavy rain, bring your own clippers if you can, and be sure to leave the gates as you found them! Also please be gentle with the plants–all of our herbs are meant to last for the season, so please clip gently and only remove a few stems from each plant. With care these beds will last all summer!
cherry tomatoes–limit 1 pint
New UPick Area!–it includes okra, hot pepper, tomatillos, husk cherries, and cherry tomatoes. The hot peppers, okra, and tomatillos are ripe and ready to pick! The cherries and cherry tomatoes need another week or two. It is by the u-pick chives, please enjoy, take what you can use!
flowers–no limit
cilantro–there is new u-pick cilantro by the chickens in the back. limit 1 bunch
dill–there is new u-pick dill by the chickens in the back. limit 1 bunch
basil–no limit, take what you can use
parsley–no limit, take what you can use
oregano–no limit, take what you can use
sage–no limit, take what you can use
chives–no limit, take what you can use.
thyme–no limit, take what you can use
marjoram–no limit, take what you can use
On the Way
sweet potatoes
winter squash