2020 CSA- November Week 3

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2020 November CSA – Week #3
November 16, 2020
Notes From the Farm
This week marks our final CSA harvest of 2020 and the last chance to stock up from our online store before Thanksgiving. Pickup orders this Friday between 1:30-6:30pm. Greens and roots will last for weeks without issue if stored properly, and our tomato products have a two-year shelf life. We’ve made a number of our produce items available in the store for this week, including carrots, potatoes, radishes, turnips, lettuce, salad mix and kale. We’re also offering a Pickling Roots Pack, with 10 pounds of mixed roots, and a Salad Bundle, with bunches of green and red romaine lettuce and mixed mustard greens. You can also purchase milk, eggs, cider, pork, cheese, coffee and more from other local vendors through our store. The store will be closed next week for Thanksgiving, and will reopen for pickup on Friday, December 4.
We’ve swapped some of our crops with our friends at Provider Farm in Salem, CT, so we can include cabbage in the CSA this week. That will go along with a great mix of greens and roots including lettuce, kale, salad mix, bok choi, carrots, potatoes, beets and radishes. Thank you for extending the CSA season with us!
Registration for our 2021 CSA is open. Print out the Registration Form and bring it or mail it to the farm, or sign up on our website. More details about the 2021 CSA in the section below.
-Farmer Steve and our Farmers: Alyssa, Alanna, Anneke, Cass, Jessie, Kayla, Mary Claire
This Week’s Anticipated Harvest:
Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots, Lettuce, Kale, Salad Mix, Radishes, Watermelon Radishes, Beets, Bok Choi
Online Store: Click here
Note: No mushrooms available this week
For on-farm pickup only
  • Store closes Wednesday at 8pm
  • Orders placed this week will be ready for pickup on Friday, November 20, 1:30-6:30pm.
Products available from: Before and After Farms (Woodbridge), Mystic Cheese Co.(Groton), Seacoast Mushrooms (Mystic, certified organic), Five Acre Farms (partnering with farms in CT, NY and VT)
Store will be closed next week for Thanksgiving.
Store will reopen for pickup on Friday, December 4.
2021 CSA Registration is Open
2021 CSA Registration Form – click to download, or sign up at our website.
Registration for our 2021 CSA is now open exclusively to you, our current subscribers.  In early November we will open up registration to the general public. By signing up and making payment for the 2021 CSA now you:
  • Ensure your place in our CSA is secure;
  • Provide funds to pay our staff and purchase supplies to operate the CSA;
  • Allow us to focus on farm tasks, having completed CSA sales before spring.
Registration forms will be available at the farm or you can download, fill them out and bring them to the farm or mail them in.  You can also sign up online at our website. The CSA sold out in 2020, be sure to secure your spot now!
If you are able, please consider making an additional payment to our CSA, to help cover increased operational costs and support our ongoing commitment to donate at least 10% of our harvest to local hunger relief, which is more important now than ever. Both the CSA registration form and website have a place to make an additional payment.
Payment in full is requested for the CSA whenever possible. However, we are happy to work with you on a payment plan to fit your needs. Note there is a discounted price for payment by check or cash, which saves us about 3% in transaction fees.
CSA start date is expected around June 15, 2021 depending on conditions. Exact start date will be confirmed and communicated by the first week of June.
Recipes and Cooking Ideas
Mustard Greens Saag Paneer
adapted from foodandwine.com
  • ¼ cup ghee
  • 1 yellow onion (medium chopped )
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 serrano chiles (stemmed, seeded and minced)
  • 1 piece fresh ginger (2-inch peeled and minced)
  • 2 tablespoons dried fenugreek leaves
  • 3-4 bunches leafy mustard greens(stemmed and chopped )
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • ¾ cup heavy cream (plus warmed cream for serving)
  • 1 pound paneer or halloumi cheese (cut into -inch pieces)
  • Steamed basmati rice (for serving)
  • Step 1
In a large saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons of the ghee. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Add the garlic, chiles, ginger and fenugreek leaves and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. In 3 batches, add the mustard greens, letting each batch wilt before adding more. Stir in the garam masala and season with salt and pepper. Scrape the greens into a medium bowl and let cool slightly. Wipe out the saucepan.
  • Step 2
In a food processor, pulse half of the greens with half of the heavy cream until finely chopped. Return to the saucepan and repeat with the remaining greens and cream. Keep the saag warm over very low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Step 3
In a medium nonstick skillet, heat 1/2 tablespoon of the ghee until shimmering. Add half of the paneer and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining ghee and paneer. Fold the paneer into the saag and cook over low heat until warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes; season with salt. Transfer to a bowl and drizzle with warm cream. Serve with steamed basmati rice.
Make Ahead
The saag paneer can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated for up to 4 days. Or freeze in quart containers. Reheat gently.
CSA Pickup Instructions and Reminders
On-Farm Pickups – Tuesdays and Fridays, 1:30-6:30pm
  • Come on your selected pickup day of either Tuesday or Friday.
  • Wear a mask when you come to pickup, please use extra caution, extraordinary hygiene and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others at all times.
  • Pull in to the barn yard parking area between the red barn and white house.
  • DRIVE SLOWLY – farm family with young children live here.
  • Mind the cones. Stay in your vehicle.
  • If the driveway is full, please use the overflow parking area on the other side of the barn (as shown in the parking area image). You can either wait there until others have departed or walk down the path to the barn to pick up your CSA, keeping a safe distance of at least 6 feet from others.
  • We will greet you at a safe distance outside the barn, take your name, and bring out your produce.
  • We will place it on a table for you to pick up or we can set your order in the trunk of your vehicle while maintaining social distance.
  • There will be no U-pick on the farm this year.
  • If you plan to walk the trail, please park in the additional parking area on the north side of the barn. Maintain distance from others you encounter on your walk.
Delivery to District – Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30pm
  • Located at 470 James St. at State St.
  • Go to Door 004 for District Athletic Club.
  • CSA boxes will be stacked against the wall just inside the door.
  • Pick up time is 3:30-6:30pm on Wednesdays.
  • Wear a mask when you come to pickup, please use extra caution, extraordinary hygiene and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others at all times.
  • Take only one box, do not touch any others, all boxes will be the same.
  • There will not be any clipboards to check your name off on.
Fruit Option – FINISHED for 2020
  • Comes from High Hill Orchard in Meriden.
  • Typically begins in early July once blueberries are ready to harvest.
  • Pickup along with your vegetables on your regular pickup day and location.
Farm Store – for on-farm pick up only; not available for New Haven delivery
  • We will continue to offer additional items through the farm store each week (milk, eggs, mushrooms, meat, etc.) as much as possible.
  • Pickup along with your vegetables on your regular pickup day.
  • Do not sign up for an additional pickup time slot.
Communications: We send out a weekly CSA newsletter during the harvest season, and additional messages throughout the year.  Please read them. There is often helpful information in them, or important updates that might answer questions you have.  We try to keep our website updated with those newsletters, and we also share news, stories and photos on facebook, twitter and instagram.
If you have a question, request, feedback, or need to be in touch for any reason, emailing us at [email protected] is the best means of communication. This email is checked regularly, and we do our best to respond quickly. We’d love to talk with you when you are here on the farm and we can usually be found around the barn during CSA pickup hours, so grab our ears, pick our brains, chat us up or tell us what’s on your mind!
Bags: We will be pre-bagging or boxing your produce for the first time this year. Still it may be helpful to have additional bags for some items, particularly additional orders from the store.
What if I miss a week?: If you are not able to make it to the farm to pick up your produce on a given week, you are welcome to have someone else pick up it up for you. Simply have them come to the farm on your behalf. Any produce that is not picked up will be donated, so know that it is put to good use! If you do miss a week, please understand that you are not entitled to additional produce on another week.
Produce Donations: Part of the farm’s mission and commitment to the community is to donate produce to local hunger relief organizations, which is more important than ever right now. To make this happen, we harvest additional produce for donation on CSA distribution days. Any produce not picked up by our CSA members is added to that donation. Thus, if you can’t make it one week to get your vegetables, know that your produce will go to people in need and is never wasted.
Want more of our produce?: As our harvest allows, we will offer additional produce for sale through our weekly online store. If you don’t see something you want available in the store, please do let us know when you are here and we’ll see if we can offer it. We are not currently attending any farmer’s markets.
Final payments: If you still have a balance for the CSA, please send in your final payments, or be in touch to work out a payment plan. Email [email protected]
(203) 736-8618
41 Ford Road, Woodbridge, CT