Our 20th Season!
HOG Trough Week 1 May 25th 2015
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!
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.