Please take a moment to fill out our 2013 member survey–click here. It only takes about 3 minutes, and it is completely anonymous. Your feedback will help us plan better for next season!
What’s Happening at the Farm
Once again, the time has come to end the main-season share…sniffle. I hope you have all enjoyed the journey this season. I hereby dub it the Year of the Onion! There is always something each year that performs above and beyond all history and expectation, and this time it was onions–due to a great field, good weed control, and secret seasonal mojo, a field of onions that usually yields 4,500 pounds put out over 3 tons of onions! The other crops have done well too–over the course of our 22 week season, we have given out to our CSA over 3,800 pounds of tomatoes, 2,000 melons (that’s about 10,000 pounds the farmers have thrown at each other, from the field into the truck!), 1,625 quarts of strawberries, 3,500 lettuce heads, 1,800 pounds of carrots, and much more! Our crew of 7 has put in over 9,000 hours of labor, and volunteers have logged in 1,100 hours too.
We are so proud of this season, and thank you all for being a part of it! Without the CSA program, our farm would not be successful. If you haven’t taken a moment to fill out our member survey, please do so now–tell us what you think, and help us plan for next year. With love, Jill, Sean, Dave, Katie, Bryan, Steve, Mike, Carl, and Elliot.
If you would like to renew for next season, fill out our app here and mail it with your $100 deposit to HOG PO Box 256, Brookhaven, NY 11719
Starting in November we will again offer our version of a winter share (Holiday Share perhaps?) to give you your veggie fix through the holiday season. The share goes from November through mid-December and costs $200. Pickup will be at the farm only, on Wednesday evening or Saturday morning. If you are interested please send me an email! Space is limited, and reserved for current HOG members only at this time.
In other news, our HOG bags are on sale again, through the end of the distribution season. They make a fantastic stocking stuffer, stylish candy bags for trick or treating, and wonderful teacher gifts. Stock up now! They are $6 each or 2 for $10.
Volunteer Work Hours
Volunteer work hours are complete for the season! I will be tallying up hours this week and emailing those who have completed fifteen for the $100 refund. There are three ways we can give you your refund: you can roll it over as a deposit for your 2014 share, you can get a check, or you can choose to donate your refund to the HOG Capital Improvement Fund.
In Season Now
Swiss chard or kale
celery root–this knobby, gnarly cousin of celery can be roasted, mashed, or grated and eaten raw. Taste just like celery!
rutabaga–in the turnip family, this veggie is delicious in soups, roasted, or mashed!
Our fruit shares are provided by Briermere Farms in Riverhead. If you are finding yourself with too many apples and pears, chop them roughly (leave skin on) and cook them on the stove with a little water. Once they are soft, run them through a food mill and voila, fresh applesauce! Works with apples, pears, or both!
apples–mix of red delicious and golden delicious
Pick Your Own
Please come pick lots of fresh herbs to freeze for the winter! Just chop them finely, place them in an ice cube tray, cover with boiling water, and immediately freeze. The boiling water blanches the herbs and improves their flavor. Once the ice cubes are frozen, remove from the ice cube tray and put in a plastic bag. This works for any herb you might want to pop into soups or sauces this winter.
soybeans–10 stems per share, out in the 3rd field (LongMeadow 1)
flowers–don’t forget the dahlias!
cilantro–new cilantro and parsley is back where the basil was!
thyme–limit 1 handful
parsley–no limit–look for the fresh stuff out where the basil used to be