Strawberries & More! This amazing strawberry season isn’t over yet! One of our biggest celebrations of the year is Strawberry Festival, this Sunday the 24th, and we hope you will be here! The berry pickers have been out picking every day for three weeks, starting at 6 am (they only got to go home home early on those days it was over 90) and the kitchen is full of assistants and volunteers washing, hulling and slicing the berries in preparation for all the festival strawberry shortcakes, sundaes & smoothies. Strawberries are the special treat that gets the most attention this time of year, but you should also celebrate those new potatoes, fresh peas, and the first summer squash in your shares this week! Sale Mixed hanging baskets are now $20. Strawberry hanging baskets are now $10. Strawberry 6” pots are now $3. Discounts are taken at the register!
Your farm share this week…
- summer squash
- new potatoes
- choice: kale or chard prepack: kale
- strawberries: 2 PYO quarts or 1 quart already picked
A view from the farm
Our Berry Brunch last Sunday was a huge success, and this Sunday is Strawberry Festival! Hope to see you there!
10th Annual Strawberry Festival Family fun! Join us Sunday, June 24, 2012, 10-4 for ongoing horse-drawn wagon rides, strawberry picking, draft horse demonstration, kids’ crafts and entertainment to include Simon Brooks storytelling (10:30, 1:15, 2:30 PM), and a play by the Thetford Elementary School’s 4th grade at 12:30! Live music under the tent by Blackjack Crossing (10-12) and Haywire (12:45-3:45). An organic good food concession offers strawberry shortcake, strawberry smoothies and popsicles, grilled Hogwash sausages, salads, and Strafford Creamery organic ice cream, as well as veggie pizzas made in NOFA-VT’s portable wood-fired oven. The farmstand and coffee shop are also open. A Green Event with a waste recovery station, please bring your own place setting to help reduce waste. Rain or shine! Parking $5 per car. Come by bicycle or on foot and get in free! No pets please. Visit our website for more festival details
Recipe Strawberry season just isn’t complete without strawberry shortcake! You can get one (or two or three) at Strawberry Festival, but what about the rest of the time? We wouldn’t want you to be without, so here is the recipe for our Cedar Circle Shortcakes. Enjoy! We’ve also got two great recipes for those new potatoes, Alison’s Potato, Fennel & Mint Salad and Potato Salad with Young Greens.
Tips Having trouble with cucumber beetles? Here is a tip from Cat on how to manage them. The same tip works for flea beetles. Last week Cat told you how to use garlic scapes, this week she thought you might like to know- how and when to cut them. Last, but not least, here are some suggestions on how to keep your veggies fresh.
Against the Grain We believe in taking risks for the greater good, and farming is a lot about taking risks. Sometimes the risk is an investment of time, labor, and land to develop new energy or agricultural systems or new crops for our region. Sometimes, it means taking a political stand, like in the case of the continuing fight for labeling on GMO’s in Vermont. In case you did not catch the WCAX newscast last week, our own Will Allen was interviewed about growing industrial hemp. He, and Rural Vermont, a fantastic grassroots farmer advocacy group, offer their words of wisdom in this video clip. To learn more about Will’s political activism on behalf of the farm, check out our Food Politics page, and Cedar Circle Farm’s You Tube channel.
[ June 21, 2012 ]