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Posted 10/10/2010 7:42pm by Andre Cantelmo.
               Full Share                            Half Share
2 tomatoes                                       1 tomato
2 lbs potatoes                                   1 lb potatoes
2 winter squash                                 1 winter squash
6 ears sweet corn                             3 ears sweet corn
2 onions                                           1 onion
5 apples                                           2 apples
1 shallot                                           1 shallot or garlic
1 garlic                                             1 bunch carrots
1 bunch carrots                                  1 pepper or eggplant
2 peppers or eggplant
1 bunch chinese mustard                    1 bunch chinese mustard
1 choice from greens below              1 choice from greens below
Osaka purple mustard, Arugula, or pink lady mustard
2 choices (full share only)
Choose from radishes, kale, bok choi, napa cabbage, chard

Well, we have come to the end of the season thankfully with many of our summer veggies in tow. It was wonderful to get to know many of the new members this season and meet again with returning members. We look forward to seeing many of you for our winter share. Andre and I will be organizing a potluck meeting in November to socialize and discuss the summer CSA. Details to follow.
There are a few new items on this weeks' share list. Chinese mustard is very similar to the summer jean we used to grow, and is also a great stir-fry green. Arugula is traditionally eaten as a salad green, often mixed with lettuce. This round is delicious, but may be a little sharp for those not accustomed to it. Pink Lady mustard is new for us. It is quite mild and could be eaten in a salad. Osaka purple mustard is best lightly sauteed, just to wilting and then remove from heat. Enjoy, Greg
Posted 10/4/2010 5:11am by Andre Cantelmo.
        Full Share                                   Half Share
4 tomatoes                                     2 tomatoes
2 lbs potatoes                                 1 lb potatoes
6 ears sweet corn                         3 ears sweet corn
2 winter squash                             1 winter squash
3 peppers or eggplant                    1 pepper or eggplant
2 onions                                       1 onion
1 bunch carrots                              1 bunch carrots
1 shallot                                       1 shallot or garlic
1 garlic                                         
4 choices                                      2 choices

Choose from: beets, bok choi, napa cabbage, kale, radishes, escarole, or kohlrabi


The summer crops are mostly holding on well. We wanted to have green beans back in the share, but a week ago they started to develop quite a bit disease and it has been difficult to find good beans since. Our fall broccoli planting that didn't suffer the fate (drought and woodchucks) of its early season predecessors may provide the summer share with its bounty for the last pick-up. However, those with a winter share should see lots of this crop. Andre tells me that the radishes are quite mild for those interested. The beets are not only very tasty right now but absolutely beutiful. A colorful and delicious meal is just the trick for livening up the gloomy forecast this week. Enjoy, Greg 
Posted 9/28/2010 6:32am by Andre Cantelmo.
This year, we're proud to expand the offerings of our Winter CSA to include handmade, artisan bread from a very local baker -- Life is Sweet Baking Company, which is located here in South Hampton. Martha Bogart, who owns and runs the bakery, is committed to using only the finest ingredients, many of which are both local and organic. She uses organic flour that isn't treated with potassium bromate, a chemical that's outlawed in Europe because it's recognized as a potential carcinogen, and is dedicated to making healthy breads that taste really good.

Through the CSA, you have the option of choosing from several premium breads -- Multigrain, which is chock-full of quinoa, amaranth, millet, and oats; Gluten-Free Multigrain for those with a gluten intolerance; Cinnamon Swirl, a light, soft loaf with a beautiful swirl of cholesterol-aiding cinnamon; White Bread; and Corn Bread, a perfect accompaniment to any winter soup. While you're at it, add on a Baguette. With its soft, chewy interior and crunchy exterior, it works well with any meal, though most admit they eat it o the way home. For more information about Life is Sweet's breads, become a fan on Facebook, or make sure you stop by the farmstand in South Hampton next Saturday and Sunday, October 2ed and 3ed from 9 a.m. to noon for a free tasting of all the breads available through the CSA.
Posted 9/26/2010 4:41pm by Andre Cantelmo.
         Full Share                                     Half Share
4 Tomatoes  (cherry toms swap when avail) 2 Tomatoes
2 lbs potatoes                                        1 lb potatoes
2 winter squash                                      1 winter squash
4 onions                                                 2 onions
6 ears sweet corn                                    3 ears sweet corn
1 bunch carrots                                       1 bunch carrots
4 apples                                                 2 apples
1 shallot                                                1 shallot or garlic
1 garlic                                                 
2 peppers or eggplant                              1 pepper or eggplant
3 choices                                               1 choice

Choose from: Turnips, beets, kohlrabi, chard, kale and escarole

We hope that the weather will give us some more time for summer crops, although there is no better time for cooking than when the temperature drops. Sometimes our household gets tired of sweet corn and other summer veggies in September, but when the weather gets that autumn feel, we remember that soon we won't be able to enjoy them in our meals. Don't let the moment pass.  Enjoy, Greg
 
Posted 9/19/2010 7:56pm by Andre Cantelmo.
   Full Share                                             Half Share
4 Tomatoes   (can swap 2 toms for cherries)  2 Tomatoes
2 cucumbers                                             1 cucumber
2 lbs potatoes                                          1 lb potatoes
1 bunch carrots                                        1 bunch carrots
4 ears sweet corn                                     2 ears sweet corn
2 winter squash                                        1 winter squash
3 onions                                                  1 onion
1 shallot                                                  1 shallot or 1 garlic
1 garlic                                                   
4 apples                                                  2 apples
1 green bell pepper or 2 sweets                  1 green bell or 2 sweets
3 choices                                                  1 choice

Choose from: Turnips, kale, chard, escarole, or kohlrabi

The cool weather has put the beans in suspended animation, hopefully they'll be ready for next week. Tomatoes look good and the reduction in corn is only temporary, lots yet to come. Our fall kale has just come on and should be delicious. For those not familiar with the term winter squash it refers to storage squash like butternut, acorn, delicata and kabocha (the types we have) as well as buttercup. Enjoy the flavors or fall.  Greg
Posted 9/12/2010 10:18am by Andre Cantelmo.
    Full Share                                          Half Share
4 Tomatoes    (1 pt cherry for 2 toms)    2 Tomatoes
2 cucumbers                                       1 cucumber
2 lbs potatoes                                    1 lb potatoes
2 onions                                            1 onion
1 shallot                                            1 shallot or 1 garlic
1 garlic                                             2 apples
4 apples                                           2 sweet or 1 green pepper
2 sweet or 1 green pepper                   1 kohlrabi
1 kohlrabi                                          1 winter squash
2 zuc/ss or 1 winter squash                
6 ears sweet corn                              3 ears sweet corn
3 choices                                          1 choice

Choose from: chard, beets, bok choi, napa cabbage, escarole

What a difference a week can make, as hot as it ever gets to unseasonably cool. It will slow down the summer crops but its great weather for cooking. The beans will come back next week and carrots will likely make an appearence. Peaches are done for the season but the apple diversity will increase. Right now we have butternut, acorn and delicata squash but we will add a few more kinds later in the month. We are busy seeding fall and winter greens and getting ready for some of the big storage crop harvests to come. Enjoy the season, Greg
Posted 9/8/2010 6:28am by Andre Cantelmo.

Hello Heron Pond Farmers!

For all of you that have been waiting for the open registration to begin for the winter CSA, it is here! We will now accept all applicants to the CSA. You can register for our winter program now by mailing in a winter registration form or by using our online registration. We use the member assembler because It helps us keep things organized. If you do have any problems with our online registration process please let me know.

Andre

Posted 9/5/2010 11:12am by Andre Cantelmo.
          Full Share                                    Half Share
4 tomatoes                                      2 tomatoes
2 zucchini or ss                                1 zucchini or ss
3 cucumbers                                    1 cucumber
2 lbs potatoes                                  1 lb potatoes
1 lb beans                                        1/2 lb beans
4 peaches or apples                         2 peaches or apples
2 shallots                                         1 shallot
2 sweet or 1 green pepper                  1 sweet or 1 green pepper
6 ears sweet corn                              3 ears sweet corn
1 kohlrabi                                         1 kohlrabi
1 bok choi
2 choices                                          1 choice
Choose from: Napa cabbage, chard, beets or raddichio

Crops look great for the fall! The winter squash, beans, greens, late corn and cucumbers to name a few are in fantastic shape. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for a long, mild autumn.  Enjoy, Greg
Posted 8/29/2010 7:46pm by Andre Cantelmo.
        Full Share                                  Half Share
3 tomatoes                                      1 tomato
2 cucumbers                                     1 cucumber
2 zucchini or ss                                1 zucchini or ss
4 peaches or apples                          2 peaches or apples
4 onions                                          2 onions
1 garlic or shallot                              1 garlic or shallot
1 lb beans                                        1/2 lb beans
2 lbs potatoes                                   1 lb potatoes
1 head bok choi                                1 head bok choi
2 eggplant or peppers                       1 eggplant or pepper
6 ears sweet corn                              3 ears sweet corn
2 choices                                         1 choice
 
Choose from: Chard, beets, kohlrabi or napa cabbage

Beans and greens are solidly back in the mix! Our friends at Apple Hill Farm are now harvesting apples so you may choose those instead of peaches. We are in between tomato plantings, thus the lower amounts of tomatoes in the shares. Our second planting should be in full swing soon. We're keeping an eye on the carrots and as soon as the weather cools we'll bring in some early winter squash from the field. Enjoy, Greg
Posted 8/22/2010 6:11pm by Andre Cantelmo.
            Full Share                                Half Share
6 tomatoes                                     3 tomatoes
2 zucchini or ss                                1 zucchini or ss
2 cucumbers                                    1 cucumber
2 lbs potatoes                                 1 lb potatoes
4 onions                                         2 onions
1 head garlic                                   1 head garlic
1 eggplant                                      2 sweet peppers or 1 eggplant
2 sweet peppers
6 ears sweet corn                            3 ears sweet corn
4 peaches                                      2 peaches
1 head bok choi                        1 bok choi or 1 bunch beet greens
1 bunch beet greens

When cherry tomatoes are available this week you may exchange 2 tomatoes for one pint of the cherries. Beans are in but not in enough quantity to supply everyone, they should be good to go for next week. In just one week the irrigation turned the potato crop around and we now have them back in the share to remain for the duration. Many of the sweet peppers available are the Jimmy Nardello and Carmen sweet italian frying peppers. Prepare them as their name suggests and you won't be disappointed. Some of the beet greens will have actual beets on them, but they are just starting to size.  Enjoy, Greg
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