It has been a chilly and rainy few days, and we’ve been busy getting ready for even colder weather to come. Although nearby towns have already been reporting snow flurries, we’ve had a relatively warm fall here on the farm. We have had just a few nights with freezing temperatures. In preparation for winter, the last of our cover crops have been planted, and we’ve been bringing in big harvests for storage.
Over the past couple of weeks we have been harvesting our new crop of dry beans. We have had a good harvest so far, and we hope to have about 10 different varieties, including pinto, tiger eye, and black turtle. This past week we also harvested the first of this season’s sunflowers, which we will dry and eventually press into oil. We are all sold out of our 2013 sunflower oil, but look for the new batch this winter!
Come to the farmstand for our case sale this Saturday! Cases of potatoes (russets, desiree, blue gold, yukon gold), winter squash, onions, beets, carrots, and cabbage will be 20% off! We’ll have these items boxed up on Saturday, but if you’re planning to pick up your CSA on Friday or Sunday, we will be happy to honor the sale on either of those days as well.
[ 2014 October 22 ]
It’s time to start carving jack-o-lanterns, planning Halloween costumes, and drinking hot cider. Our pick-your-own pumpkin patch is now open during farmstand hours, so come on by. Fall is such a beautiful time of year for a walk through our fields, and the perfect time of year for a hot drink and a sweet treat from our cafe!
This past weekend we celebrated pumpkins and the fall harvest during our 12th annual Pumpkin Festival. We were thrilled to see so many of you there with your families and friends and we are full of thanks for those of you who volunteered your time to help make this festival the best one yet. And a big thank you also to all of our hardworking staff (many of whom came back from school for the weekend to help out). We’re so lucky to have such a great team of people!
[ 2014 October 15 ]
What a beautiful and bountiful fall! The foliage has been stunning, and with the warm weather we’ve been having, little bits of summer are continuing on. The tomatoes and sweet peppers just keep on producing. And the sweet corn! Here it is mid-October and it’s still as delicious as ever.
[ 2014 October 8 ]
Summer has come and gone, and we’re settling into sweater-wearing, soup-making, leaf-peeping season. Cold misty mornings and the first leaves starting to fall remind us that winter is on its way, and that we have to make the most of these sunny days.
This coming week is the last week of our summer CSA. What a great season it has been! Thank you all for sharing it with us. For those of you who are continuing on with the full season or fall share, please remember that CSA pickups in the farmstand switch to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning the week of October 11. You don’t need to commit to a specific day; come when it’s convenient for you during any of those three days.
Here on the farm, fall means long days spent harvesting storage crops and pickling, preserving, and freezing everything that will keep us going through the winter. Carrots, beets, winter squash, potatoes, turnips…our storage rooms are quickly filling up! It’s been a good growing season and our fall crops are fantastic!
[ 2014 September 26 ]
Fall weather has finally arrived, and we expect our first frost any day now. With the chillier temperatures, our bounty of peppers, summer squash, and eggplant is coming to an end, making way for cold-loving crops. Leaf broccoli, yukina savoy, and beautiful mixed mustard greens will add some spice to your stir fries, while beets, potatoes, carrots, and onions all lend themselves to warm veggie roasts and stews.
While the first frost means the end of many summer crops, some crops like brussels sprouts improve after a freeze. If you grow brussels sprouts it’s time to top your plants. Read this tip to find out more about pruning your sprouts.
Onions, onions, and more onions! We’ve had our best onion harvest ever. Our production crew has been busy cleaning, grading, and boxing them up for storage. We currently have 40 pound boxes of yellow onions on sale for $60. Stock up for fall and winter!
[ 2014 September 19 ]
We’re still enjoying the bright colors and perfect flavors of summer but the pace of our days has begun to change a bit as we move toward fall. We’ve been bringing in big harvests of fall veggies, and our crew has been spending afternoons cleaning onions and garlic for the farmstand and CSA. Last week was the last big planting week of the season. We have been busy planting cover crops, and all of our early strawberries for the 2015 season were put in the ground.
Tomatoes are beginning to wind down, and we have started cleaning out some of the tomato hoop houses to make way for fall greens. We still have a few weeks left of summer, but we’re already doing a lot of planning for our Fall CSA. We still have some shares available, so be sure to sign up in the farmstand or online. It’s promising to be an outstanding fall, so don’t miss out!
[ 2014 September 12 ]
We’re just starting to head into that perfect time of year where summer meets fall and we get the best of both seasons: melons, peppers, tomatoes and mums, hardy greens, and cool, crisp mornings. At this intersection of seasons, the farmstand is overflowing with goodness. We still have cases of tomatoes available, so if you have the time to can or freeze them, be sure to come by while supplies last! Canning tomatoes can be a fun project for a late summer day, but freezing tomatoes is a great (and very easy) alternative.
We also have a two for one sale on cantaloupe in the farmstand this weekend. It’s been a great year for melons and they are sweet and delicious!
[ 2014 September 5 ]
It’s back to school time already. The farm is beautiful this time of year, with the early morning mist rising off the river, the fields of sunflowers in full bloom, and all of the reds and yellows and oranges of the peppers and tomatoes brightening the green fields and the farmstand. The hot weather earlier this week was perfect for ripening our late summer crops and we’ve been enjoying the warmth and the sunshine.
From our kitchen this weekend, we will have raspberry ricotta scones and brown butter granola scones, in addition to muffins, cookies, granolas, honey vanilla meringues, and more. Special for Labor Day weekend, we will have morning buns on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. As always, be sure to come by the coffee shop early in the day, as these decadent treats generally sell out before noon.
Cilantro parsley pesto is also back this weekend. It pairs well with so many of the late summer veggies that we’re harvesting right now. So be sure to pick some up when you come in to do your shopping.
[ 2014 August 29 ]
As August starts to wind down we say goodbye to all of the crew members who are heading back to school. Whether picking, weeding, or working in the kitchen or farmstand, everyone has worked so hard and made this summer a fantastic one. We will miss them and hope to see many at Pumpkin Festival and again next season!
While our crew is getting smaller, there is still a lot to do around the farm, and we are looking to fill a few positions in the farmstand and coffee shop and on the production crew. If you’re interested in working at Cedar Circle Farm, please fill out our online application. We would love to find someone who is interested in returning in the spring for the 2015 season, but that’s not a requirement!
It’s tomato time! Today is the day that we dedicate to the celebration of the heirloom tomato. From 2-4pm today we will be hosting our Annual Tomato Tasting down by the river (under a tent, in case of rain!). There are still spaces available, so if you would like to join us for an afternoon of music, art, tomatoes, and mouth-watering appetizers, please give us a call or stop by the farmstand to sign up. Tickets are $25.
The farmstand is overflowing with the colors of summer and we are enjoying the huge selection of tomatoes that late August has to offer: heirlooms, slicers, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, “dragon eggs”, and more. We’re offering a case discount ($25/case) on heirlooms and slicing tomatoes so come in to take advantage of the sale. And put those tomatoes to use with this recipe for tomato coconut soup or this one for fresh salsa.
We’re also excited to introduce pick-your-own grape tomatoes, which we just opened for the first time yesterday. We have a hoophouse full of delicious little tomatoes that are waiting to be picked. Just stop by the farmstand to get pint containers and head across the street to the pick! Check out Larissa’s blog post for more information about pick-your-own tomatoes and about our new moveable hoophouse.
[ 2014 August 22 ]
Late summer is a busy time of year, filled with back-to-school preparations and final summer vacations. Here on the farm we are approaching the peak of the summer growing season.
The farmstand is overflowing with tomatoes, eggplant (on sale this weekend for $1/lb!), sweet corn, cucumbers, and soon, the very first melons of the summer. We harvested garlic last week and it’s now drying in the barn. We had a good harvest, and this crop will see us through the rest of the summer, the fall, and much of the winter. Once it’s dry, some will be set aside and used for seed in the fall, and the rest will go to the farmstand, CSA, and kitchen.
This week, the first of the red, yellow, and orange peppers ripened up for harvest. We really love our sweet peppers, and this year we’re growing a lot more of the long “bull horn” or “Carmen” peppers than we have in the past. They are so sweet and flavorful and they really are worth trying out. This week we’re starting to see some really nice hot peppers as well: jalapeños, peppinos, and serranos are ready to add some spice to your summer cooking! Try out this recipe for Will’s salsa or this one for tomato gazpacho.
[ 2014 August 15 ]