Summer Shares Week 13! Mums Out Front, Fall Shares Starting Soon

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Summer Shares Week 13!

What a beautiful stretch of fall weather we have been having. You can tell that it is coming on because the wind has picked up, which will start to be a little biting soon, but for now it makes a perfect working day in the sun. I could go on and on about how much I love to work in the fall. There is a different air about the farm, the farmers are able to relax a little knowing that there is an end in sight, and the fall crops start to reach fruition. I often consider myself lucky to spend the fall up here, considering I was raised in Maryland. Count me in with the peepers, because after 10 years I still can’t get enough of it. Despite the beautiful days, we are still getting plenty of rain at night. Today I was weeding with my boots in a puddle. It feels like there have been more days spent in puddles than not this year, but regardless we will keep putting together the best basket we can for you. Starting with…

Bok Choy is back in shares this week. From afar the bed of bok choi looked absolutely gorgeous last week, but as we got up close we noticed that all of them grew a little funky. It shouldn’t have affected the flavor, but if you also thought the stalk was a little long, it was. Cherry Tomatoes will be in everyone’s basket once again this week. We are probably in the last week or two of Cucumbers. They are starting to fade in the field and the greenhouse. Eggplant will be in all shares as usual this year. The same goes for Garlic. For the first time this year members will get Leeks! They are looking pretty in the field at the moment. Lettuce Heads are coming back into shares after a long hiatus! Onions are a mainstay for the rest of the season. Apparently it will be the week of the sweet Peppers after seeing our harvest today. There will be two kinds of sweet peppers in shares, as well as a bell pepper and jalapeno. The sweet peppers are either Red Carmen, Yellow Escamillo, or a miniature snacking pepper that is delicious sliced up and put on pizza. And finally, Tomatoes will be in shares hopefully until the end of shares.

The Specialty Greens share this week will be receiving Arugula and the Herb Share will receive Basil. Arugula and basil will also be available in the farm store.

This weeks shares will go out: Tuesday 9/14 & Wednesday 9/15
Pick up is in the barn anytime after 3:30pm

Some veggies may come with limited pest damage. We are committed to operating as a 100% Spray and Pesticide Free farm, and one of the results of that is occasional pest problems. Typically the extent of the damage is small holes nibbled by insects, and we will never pass out vegetables that have lost their nutritional integrity due to pest damage. We hope you will understand!

A ? signifies a crop that we pass out over a couple of weeks. This could be because it is just starting to come in and is not yet producing enough to pass out to everyone in the same week, or because the crop produces smaller amounts over an extended period of time (like in the case with broccoli). We make sure that everyone receives an equal share, even if it is passed out over a few weeks. If we do not pass out a crop to every basket on a share day, we make note where we left off and resume in that spot the following week.

What to Expect Week 13:
Bok Choy
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Eggplant (Fairy tale, Italian, or Japanese)
Garlic
Leeks
Lettuce Heads
Onions
Peppers (Bell, Frying, Snack size, & Jalapeno)
Tomatoes

Chard Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Kale Share: 15 Week Share Only
Herb Share: Basil
Specialty Greens: Arugula
Egg Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Coffee Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Bread Share: Cinnamon Raisin
Lettuce Mix Share
Flower Share

Anticipated Basket Week 14 (Subject to Change):
Bok Choy
Carrots
Cucumbers
Cherry Tomatoes
Eggplant
Leeks
Peppers
Summer Squash & Zucchini
Tomatoes?

Chard Share: 15 Week Share Only
Kale Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Herb Share: Parsley
Speciality Greens: Brassica Mix
Egg Share: 15 Week Share Only
Coffee Share: 15 Week Share Only
Lettuce Mix Share
Flower Share

 

2021 Fall CSA Shares

The farmer’s favorite share! Our fall share is full of storage veggies to last you through the winter. Winter squash, sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, and more, the fall share is the culmination of a long growing season.

Shares will run for 8 weeks from the first week of October until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Pickup on the farm Tuesdays after 3:30pm.

Pickup locations available in: Keene, Swanzey, Peterborough, and Harrisville.

Click Here To Sign Up For Fall Shares!
 
 

Plant Stand Reopens Thursday With Lots of Fall Decor!

It’ll feel like spring all over again! We are setting up our fall plant stand on Thursday. The stand will have decorative squash, pumpkins, hay bales, mums, asters, decorative kale, millet, and more!

 

Recipe of The Week

Leeks and Peppers with Linguine

Ingredients

1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated linguine, uncooked
2 medium leeks
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
Garnish: fresh Italian parsley sprigs

Directions

Cook linguine according to package directions; drain and set aside.
Remove and discard green tops from leeks. Cut white portions in half lengthwise, and cut into 1/4-inch slices.
Sauté leek and bell pepper in hot oil in a large skillet 5 to 6 minutes or until tender. Stir in tomatoes, salt, and pepper; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Stir in linguine and parsley; cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with cheese. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.
 

Fitzwilliam Farmers Market Every 3rd Saturday of the Month!

We had a great time at Fitzwilliam’s first farmer’s market! We plan to be there every month for the remainder of the season. At the moment, dates are:

Saturday, August 21st
Saturday September 18th
Saturday, October 16th

 

Farm Store is Open!

The store is seeing more and more variety every week! There are always veggies, eggs, and meat available from Tracie’s and Elephant Rock’s Farms, as well as a broad selection of local goods!
This week the store will have:

Summer Squash and Zucchini
Lettuce Mix
Basil
Kale
Chard
Fennel
Beets
And much more!
 

Cut, Split, and Dried Cord Wood for Sale!

We have lots of cordwood available for the winter time. If you are interested, please contact Tom at elephantrockfarm@icloud.com

 

Pork Ribs, Shoulders, Loins, Sausage, Bacon, and More!

Our meat freezer in the store is chock full of pork products from the pigs next door! We spent the whole summer taking our unmarketable veggies over to feed the pigs, and now our customers can bring it home! We’ll have baby back ribs and pork shoulders for anyone planning on barbecuing for memorial day weekend! There is a limited selection in the store, but if you would like to place a bulk order, shoot me an email and I will pull out more from our storage freezers.

 
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