Greetings from Dancing Hen Farm!
We hope everyone is enjoying their Week 17 CSA boxes. Week 17 was an egg week and a chicken share week. Ordering is now under way for Week 18. Week 18 is the last delivery of our 2019 season.
With the CSA and farmers markets coming to an end, I want to a bit about our buying clubs. In the next few weeks we will be beginning our Winter Buying Club. This Winter Buying Club is a pay as you go program and is separate from our CSA buying club. To participate in the Winter Buying Club, you will need to sign onto our website and purchase a free membership. Deliveries are on Friday evening to Bloomsburg and Saturday to Luzerne County locations. You can also pick up your order at the farm. For delivery, we meet you at a predetermined time and location. You will pick up and pay for your order at that time. Around November 1, we will have a fresh supply of pork available on the buying club. Please note, if you are a member of our CSA buying club and have not used all of your deposit, the deposit carries over and you can use it for purchases through the Winter Buying Club. If you have questions concerning buying clubs, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Fall is in the air. We have had a light frost here on farm, marking the end to our summer crops. As we transition from the summer growing season into fall, life here at Dancing Hen Farm starts to slow a bit. We continue to have animal chores and we still have greens growing in our fields, but in general we have more time to work on projects and reflect on this past growing season. We will spend these next few months planning our 2020 growing season.
Fall in the kitchen means we transition from the grill to the soup pot. Last night we had a ham and cheddar soup which had a unique, but good flavor profile as I used a frozen jar of pork stock. I had simply labeled the jar "pork stock" and didn't realize it was left from a pork roast with fennel! I am not sure I would have voluntarily added fennel to the soup, but once it was in the pot there was no going back. So ham and cheddar soup with under tones of fennel it was! It passed the Farmer Don test, as he had two large bowls. Although this soup was tasty, I wish I had saved the stock for a pot of more traditional vegetable soup!
As always, thanks to each of you for your support of our small family farm and local, sustainable agriculture.