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2020 November CSA – Week #1
November 2, 2020
Misato Rose and Green Meat Watermelon Radish
Notes From the Farm
Our 20-week CSA season is complete, and we now begin our 3-week November extension. A few spots are still remaining, please email csa@massarofarm.org to secure your spot.
Our online store will remain open, with weekly pickup on Fridays, 1:30-6:30pm. We’ll offer our produce (a bundle of kale, radishes and salad mix this week) along with our tomato products, plus milk, eggs, cider, pork, cheese and more from others.
In the CSA this week we’ll have winter squash, potatoes, carrots, kale, chard, fennel, salad mix, parsley, green peppers, radishes or salad turnips and beautiful watermelon radishes.
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:
Winter Squash, Potatoes, Carrots, Kale, Chard, Fennel, Radishes, Watermelon Radishes, Parsley, Green Peppers, Salad Mix
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 6, 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)
2021 CSA Registration and November Extension
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.
November CSA Extension Option
We are excited to offer a 3-week November CSA extension, for a limited number of subscriptions, with pickup at the farm on Fridays, 1:30-6:30pm (no Tuesday farm pickup); Wednesdays in New Haven at District, 3:30-6:30pm.
  • Farm pickup price: $90
  • New Haven price: $97.50
To sign up, please email csa@massarofarm.org or simply bring payment to the farm. Crops you can expect in the November CSA extension include: lettuce, kale, salad/braising greens mix, spinach, arugula, chard, carrots, beets, watermelon radishes, garlic, potatoes, bok choi, dandelion greens, and perhaps more peppers and eggplant if conditions allow. Pickup dates will be as follows:
  • on the farm, Fridays, November 6, 13 and 20; 1:30pm-6:30pm
  • at District, Wednesdays, November 4, 11 and 18; 3:30pm-6:30pm
Recipes and Cooking Ideas
Fennel, Radish, Green Pepper Salad
Salad Ingredients:
  • 1 bunch Radishes, sliced thinly
  • 1 Small fennel bulb, sliced thinly
  • 3-4 Mini bell peppers (or one large), chopped
  • 2 Scallions, chopped finely
  • 1.5 Cup of chopped lettuce or salad mix
Dressing:
Instructions:
  • Prepare the radishes by slicing off the tops and bottoms.
  • In a medium salad bowl, combine sliced and chopped vegetables.
  • In a blender mix all dressing ingredients.
  • Add the dressing before serving.
Quick Pickled Watermelon Radish
adapted from seriouseats.com
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar (120ml)
  • 1/2 cup water (120ml)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (13g)
  • 8-10 medium to large watermelon radishes, peeled and sliced thinly crosswise (or use any radish, salad turnip, or mix of them all!)
Directions
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar until sugar and salt are fully dissolved. Add the radishes and toss to coat.
  • Lay a clean paper towel on the surface to keep the radishes submerged. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes before serving. Pickled radishes can be packed into a jar with their brine and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
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 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: 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 csa@massarofarmcsa.org
(203) 736-8618
41 Ford Road, Woodbridge, CT
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