2022 CSA – Week #11

Keep farming, feed people, build community
Aug 22, 2022
Notes From the Farm
Tickets are on sale for our twelfth annual Dinner on the Farm here at Massaro, set for Saturday, September 10, at 4:30pm. Proceeds directly support our food donations to hunger relief organizations. Purchase tickets and see more details at this link.
It was very satisfying to harvest our little bit of sweet corn last week, and we are happy to partner with Clover Nook Farm in Bethany once again this year to bring you a bit more corn this week. Along with the corn we’ll have tomatoes, basil, yellow squash, cucumbers, leeks, peppers, beans and carrots. In mid summer the root crops we intend to harvest in summer are limited to carrots and beets. The extreme heat has been tough on them and the carrots are a bit smaller than we typically harvest, but it is time to pull them out of the ground and we are glad to have them in the mix. The summer beets will likely follow in a couple weeks. We’ll of course plan for more carrots and beets in the fall, plus potatoes, sweet potatoes, radishes and turnips starting in September. The summer’s conditions delayed the planting of some of those fall crops, but the potatoes and sweet potatoes get planted early in the season, and we hope to begin the potato harvest later this week with a group of incoming first year students from Yale. For a number of years we have participated in the Yale ‘Harvest’ program, which sends groups of students out to local farms for a few days as part of their orientation program. We’ll have a group of 10-12 students camping on the farm and helping us in the field later this week, plus another group making day trips to the farm as well. Traditionally we’ve had these groups begin to dig up our potatoes among other things, and we’ll set them to that task this year as well. Hopefully we’ll have plenty to enjoy starting next week!
-Farmer Steve and our Farmers: Alyssa, Alanna, Ariel, Cass, Hali, Kayla, Leah, Maddie, Maia, MC
This Week’s Anticipated Harvest:
Carrots, Cucumbers, Mixed Tomatoes, Yellow Squash, Leeks, Sweet Peppers, Green Beans, Basil
Sweet Corn from Clover Nook Farm
Cherry Tomatoes
Fruit Option:
No fruit this week. Farmer Wayne at High Hill Orchard is taking the week off and getting married! Fruit will resume the following week, and we’ll extend the fruit option one week later in October to make up for the missed week.
CSA parking area/pickup images
See images below for an overhead view of the pickup areas at Massaro and at District.
Recipes and Cooking Ideas
Tomato Leek Quiche
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 zucchini or yellow squash
  • 1 1/2 C. of milk
  • 3 tbsp. of pine nuts
  • 4 sheets of phyllo dough
  • 3 eggs
  • 1medium of leek
  • Basil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
1. Cut the tomatoes in thick slices; season them with salt and lay them out to let their liquid drain. Cut the zucchini in to strips, then cut these strips into cubes.
2.Thinly slice the leek and sauté it in a tablespoon of olive oil; season with salt then add the zucchini and sauté everything together for a few minutes.
3. Trim the sheets of phyllo dough to obtain 4 squares with 10-inch sides.
4. Line a square 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper; then line it with the phyllo dough squares, letting each slightly hang over one side of the baking pan.
5. Dry the tomatoes and lay them on the bottom of the baking pan with the cut-side up; distribute the zucchini and leeks all around and sprinkle with pine nuts, which you should have lightly toasted in a pan. Mix the milk with the beaten eggs, a few chopped basil leaves, and a pinch of salt; pour the mixture into the pan and bake at 350°F for 35-40 minutes.
CSA Pickup Instructions and Reminders
Reminder emails from GrownBy: GrownBy sends reminder emails ahead of your CSA pickup day each week for our 20-week subscribers, and uses a default of picking up alternating weeks, beginning with either week 1 or 2 for our 10-week subscribers. We know that many people switch pickup days as needed, and have a different pickup plan than the alternating weeks. As a result, you may receive some reminder emails that don’t match with your pickup plan or changes. Know that we are working with GrownBy to make adjustments to the auto reminder emails. Thank you for patience and understanding on this.
On-Farm Pickups – Tuesdays and Friday, 2:30-6:30pm
Safety is our top priority for everyone on the farm, and Covid remains a risk in our community. With that in mind we’ll plan to move forward with two options for our on-farm CSA pickup, and will adjust as needed during the season:
  1. Outdoor, drive thru pickup: Pull in to the barn yard area between the red barn and white house for a drive thru pickup of your CSA, which will be bagged for you in advance.
  2. Barn pickup, fill your own bag, masks optional: Park in the parking area on the north side of the barn, walk down the steps and and enter the barn through the east barn door entry. Our harvest will be set out in bins with instructions for you to select and bag your own produce. Staff and/or volunteers will be there to help you as needed. Please bring your own bag or box. Please help protect our staff and community, do not enter the barn if you are sick, have tested positive for covid in the last 10 days, or have had a known high risk exposure.
  • ALWAYS DRIVE SLOWLY at the farm – there is often programming here for kids, and the farm family with young children live here.
  • When U-Pick crops are available, we recommend doing U-Pick first, then picking up your CSA when you are done.
  • See map in the section above.
Delivery to District – Wednesdays, 3:30-7:30pm
  • Located at 470 James St. at State St.
  • Go to Door 004 for District Athletic Club (see map below).
  • CSA boxes will be stacked through the door and down the hall in the gym kitchen area.
  • Pick up time is 3:30-7:30pm on Wednesdays.
  • Take only one box of produce unless otherwise indicated, all boxes will be the same. Return your box each week and pick up a new one.
NEW: Summer Flower & Dahlia CSA, 12 weeks – bring a home a beautiful bunch of flowers each week along with your produce. In July and August we’ll harvest a great mix of flowers grown here at Massaro, then in September and October you’ll receive dahlias from our friends at Two Meadow Farm (North Haven) and Off Center Farm (Woodbridge). Bunches will vary week to week as we bring in flowers of different colors, shapes and sizes.
Limited availability; farm pickup only (Tuesday or Friday), $180 ($15/week). Start date Tuesday, July 19; end date Friday, October 7. To reserve your flower CSA, email csa@massarofarmcsa.org.
Egg CSA Subscriptions – sold out; will make more available if possible
  • Pickup along with your vegetables on your regular pickup day and location.
  • Massaro egg cartons can be returned to us as long as they are in good, clean condition. We are not accepting non-Massaro egg cartons at this time.
Fruit Option
  • 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
  • Our eggs, honey and tomato products will be available each week as long as we have them. Purchase at pickup along with your produce. Note – we reduced our flock of laying hens, and egg availability may be limited.
  • Products from our partner farms and local vendors may be available as well.
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 csa@massarofarmcsa.org 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: Please do bring a reusable bag or box to take your produce home in. We will have compostable bags available for you if needed.
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 or District 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 our 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 at the farm. 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 will be at the Q House market in Hamden on Wednesday afternoons beginning in late June, and some weekend markets again beginning in August.
Payment plans, and final payments: If you signed up through GrownBy for weekly or monthly payment plans, your card will be charged automatically. Please make sure your card is up to date. If you paid by check and you still have a balance for the CSA, please send in your final payments, or email your payment plan to: csa@massarofarmcsa.org.
Build a Farm Pavilion
For years, we’ve been dreaming of a sturdy structure that can host the increasing number of farm visitors. Now, thanks to partnerships with Haynes Group and Emmett O’Brien Technical School, the farm will erect a 20′ x 32′ post-and-beam pavilion in September. If you visit the farm this summer, you’ll likely see the foundation and lumber staged for this project.
This new structure, located in the farm’s Learning Garden adjacent to our new parking area, will provide year-round gathering space for 75-100 guests and expand our sustainability footprint with two composting toilets.
Etch your place in farm history by purchasing a brick that will form the foundation of the pavilion! Revenue raised through the sale of bricks will provide matching funds already received for this project from The Crippled Children’s Fund and Paul and Judy DeCoster.
4″ x 8″ Brick – $100
8″ x 8″ Brick – $250
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