What’s Available

This week we have baby lettuce, spinach, baby arugula, baby bok choi, green curly kale, rainbow chard, parsley, zucchini, new red potatoes, new yellow potatoes, basil, red beets, yellow beets, garlic, sweet fresh onions, cabbage, kohlrabi, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, jalapeno peppers, husk cherries, elderberries, leeks, broccoli, mini butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and carrots!

baby kale plants for winter harvest, photo by Adam Ford

baby kale plants for winter harvest, photo by Adam Ford



Bulk Buying Opportunities!

Whenever we have plenty to offer bulk buying discounts, I let our CSAmembers and their friends and family know about veggies available if you do any preserving. If you are interested in any items when I list them, send me an email and I will get them packed up for you to pick up when you pick up your share. Bulk availability comes and goes, so if you are planning on doing preserving, don’t wait: they get spoken for quickly.This week we have:

  • jalapenos: $6 per pound or $20 for 4 pounds

  • parsley: $14 for 10 bunches or $22 for 20 bunches *pesto and chimichurri*

  • rainbow chard: $25 for 10 bunches or $40 for 20 bunches *we use this like spinach, freeze in small batches for winter quiches, omelettes, pasta dishes, etc*

  • sweet basil: $12 per pound *I make my basil pesto go farther by using half basil, half parsley. There will be a limited amount of basil available each week for bulk buying, so reserve your interest now, and I will confirm what week it will be ready*

  • heirloom tomatoes: $35 for 10 pounds

  • elderberries: $60 for 10 pound bag of frozen berries (available fresh, not frozen upon request)

  • cabbage: $1.50/pound

  • carrots: $2/pound

  • red beets: $2/pound

  • garlic: $12 per pound we have both seed and table garlic available

If you have an interest in mini roma tomatoes in bulk, or heirloom seconds in bulk, please get in touch. We have a few restaurants who are scooping them all up, but I can reserve some for you with enough heads up.

mini butternut are ready!, photo by Adam Ford

mini butternut are ready!, photo by Adam Ford

CSA Details

You can pick up your share at the farm on Thursdays and Fridays from 8 am to 7 pm. (Veggies will be displayed in the cooler to pick out.) Walk into the barn, check off your name on the right, and turn left to find all your veggies in the cooler.  You can pick up your share from the Rutland Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm. You can pick up your share at the Ludlow Farmers’ Market on the Okemo Mountain School Lawn between 4 pm and 7 pm. Please do not come before 4 pm: The market has challenging neighbors and the entire market’s permit will be revoked if products leave the market before 4 pm.

Ryan watering the transplants for the winter tunnel, photo by Adam Ford

Ryan watering the transplants for the winter tunnel, photo by Adam Ford

Photo Tour of the Farm

We are running around with fewer team members than we are used to this time of year, so please enjoy this photo tour of the farm instead of a verbal update:

Soraya often munches on a head of garlic, photo by Adam Ford

Soraya often munches on a head of garlic, photo by Adam Ford

the best part about having a tool on the farm that perpetually breaks is that Sky can happily “fix” it for us all the time, photo by Adam Ford

the best part about having a tool on the farm that perpetually breaks is that Sky can happily “fix” it for us all the time, photo by Adam Ford

an elusive red pepper, photo by Adam Ford

an elusive red pepper, photo by Adam Ford

we got two big loads of compost delivered last week, one for the new high tunnel which has already been spread, and another for one of the new 40’ x 100’ garden blocks Ryan created this year… he is going to try doing a no till section to see if we can move in that direction for certain crop rotations, photo by Adam Ford

we got two big loads of compost delivered last week, one for the new high tunnel which has already been spread, and another for one of the new 40’ x 100’ garden blocks Ryan created this year… he is going to try doing a no till section to see if we can move in that direction for certain crop rotations, photo by Adam Ford

Sky gets super excited to see Ryan (or the tractor) after day care, photo by Adam Ford

Sky gets super excited to see Ryan (or the tractor) after day care, photo by Adam Ford

when a weed flower is this magnificent, I can’t be that upset to have thistle in our fields, right?! photo by Adam Ford

when a weed flower is this magnificent, I can’t be that upset to have thistle in our fields, right?! photo by Adam Ford

husk cherries ready to blow with our new leaf blower, scoop up, and then winnow! photo by Adam Ford

husk cherries ready to blow with our new leaf blower, scoop up, and then winnow! photo by Adam Ford

Fun Fact Of The Week

Ryan walked well over 1 mile today using the push seeder to see the spinach, lettuce, arugula, and mesclun for harvesting this fall. That means, if all our greens grew in one long line, versus in several rows per bed, we would be growing well over 1 mile of baby greens this fall. Wow.

Have a great week!

ESF Team: Kara, Ryan, Sam, Sam, Cindy, Dan, Casey, and Cindy