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Aug 29, 2022
|Notes From the Farm
The drought and heat continue here as last week saw plenty of thunder and lightning storms pass over us without releasing more than a few drops of rain. We keep farming nonetheless, and last week we did it with the company of two groups of incoming Yale first-year students, one of which camped on the farm three nights, and the other making day trips here to help us out. Potato harvest was at the top of the task list for them, as it is a great group task, and we’ll begin to share out the first of those potatoes this week. Potato seed pieces were set in the soil back in May and covered with layers of chopped leaves as they grew. We still have more to harvest but so far it looks like we have a nice yield of potatoes, which we should be able to enjoy for a number of weeks ahead. It feels good to be able to add this new item in to our distribution (and bring lettuce back in too!) as the heat and drought has limited some of our harvest options recently. Making a tomato and potato curry is one of my favorite ways to celebrate this first potato harvest of the season. Check out the recipe idea in the section below.
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.
-Farmer Steve and our Farmers: Alyssa, Alanna, Ariel, Cass, Hali, Kayla, Leah, Maia, MC
|This Week’s Anticipated Harvest:
Potatoes, Leeks, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Mixed Tomatoes, Yellow Squash, Leeks, Peppers, Basil
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
Potato Curry with Coconut Milk
Adapted from www.threelittlechickpeas.com
- 1 large leek or small onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1 can (14 ounces) full fat coconut milk
- 2-3 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1 pound potatoes, ¾ inch diced
- 2 cups frozen peas (optional)
- 2 cups fresh spinach or chard or other cooking greens
- chopped fresh cilantro
- sriracha or other hot sauce
- Measure out the curry powder, salt, garam masala, ground ginger, and ground red pepper into a small bowl.
- Sauté onions with a pinch of salt in a large pot until they are translucent and starting to brown. For oil-free cooking, add a few tablespoons of water or vegetable broth as needed so the onions don’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Otherwise use a neutral-tasting oil.
- Then add the crushed garlic to the onions and sauté for a minute.
- Then add all of the seasonings (curry powder, garam masala, salt, ground ginger, red pepper) and cook until aromatic, which may take about 30 seconds to a minute. Turn down the heat if needed so the seasonings don’t burn.
- Add the coconut milk and deglaze the pan, scraping off any brown bits from the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.
- Then add the crushed tomatoes and potatoes to the pot. Then turn up the heat until your mixture is bubbling and then lower the heat to a simmer.
- Occasionally stir the potatoes so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
- Cook covered at a simmer for about 15-25 minutes or until fork-tender. The potatoes may take longer to cook in this thick tomato-based curry versus a thinner soup. Start checking for doneness at the 15-minute mark. Insert a fork into a potato and it should have little resistance.
- When the potatoes are done add the peas and spinach. Cook until the spinach is wilted and the peas are warmed through.
- Serve over rice, garnish with fresh cilantro.
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:
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
- 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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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