Greetings from Dancing Hen Farm! Welcome Fall!
I hope everyone is enjoying their Week 14 boxes. Week 14 was not an egg week. After Week 14, there are 5 deliveries in our 2019 CSA. Please watch your email accounts for some upcoming CSA announcements.
Attention Chicken Share Members: This week, Week 15 will be a chicken delivery week. On Wednesday, September 25th, please remember to look for a cooler with your chicken at your pick up site. And please leave the cooler at the pick-up site so we can re-use it. Week 17 will also be a chicken week.
Sorry this newsletter is so late in getting out to everyone, we have been experiencing some computer problems here on farm.
The calendar says this is the first day of fall, but the temperatures recently are more like summer. We have been hoping for some rain here on farm. Unfortunately today's cold front seems to be moving through our area with only a minimal shower. "barely enough rain to wet under the trees". I just checked the radar and there are still some storms to our west, so I will keep my fingers crossed we will get a bit more rain.
Our fields are starting to feel the effects of lack of rain. Our fall greens are really suffering and many have stopped growing. We will do our best to get crops to you as they become harvestable. Winter squash and sweet potatoes are new on the harvest list right now. Tomatoes and peppers are starting to slow down a bit. Kale should continue to be available, as should storage crops of potatoes, onions and carrots. We have some beautiful French breakfast radishes sizing up and will be on the choice list soon.
On farm last week we welcomed Farmer Phil back from vacation. Phil and his family spent a week at Ocean City Maryland. It sounds like they had a relaxing time crabbing, eating, visiting the arcade and watching the motorcycles roll into town for bike week. As I have said before Farmer Phil is a key member of our harvest crew. He spends harvest day in our pack house, weighing and portioning items and getting boxes ready to be packed with shares. He is really missed when is away, so we were all happy to him return last week. I also know he was missed at the Back Mountain Farmer's Market as Farmer Don told me customers were asking for him during the markets he missed. So welcome back Phil, you were missed on farm and at market!
In the kitchen, we are gradually shifting from what I call summer food to winter food. Fall and winter for us mean roasts, casseroles, soups and stews. Farmer Don made a really nice pork roast the other week complete with some delicious root vegetables cooked with the meat. We also recently made eggplant lasagna using not only our own eggplant and also freshly canned sauce. Speaking of sauce, canning season is also about wrapped up for this season. We are hoping to can some applesauce next weekend. And we have plans for some sauerkraut a bit later in the fall. Then we will get busy planning meals to use all this preserved food!
We still have bulk/freezer apple orchard pork available. We sell bulk pork by the half or whole. All cuts come individually wrapped and frozen. If you have questions about purchasing freezer pork or if you would like to reserve pork, please contact the farm. Individual cuts of pork will be made available through our buying club.
Wow! Time is getting away from me again. I still have dishes to clean up from supper, so I will sign off until next week. As always, thank you for your support of our small family farm. And from Farmer Don "be safe, be well and enjoy those veggies".