Cooler Weather Brings All Things Fall
After a stifling hot and humid week, cooler weather has finally arrived. With it, comes all things fall – crops, plants, foods, and education programs.
Despite temperatures in the 90s earlier this week, it’s already going to dip into the 30s overnight this weekend. If you brought any indoor plants outside this summer, you’ll want to start bringing them inside at night, when temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Read more September gardening tips from UVM Extension, including information about using cover crops, here!
Fall Cooking Class
Our middle school cooking class starts on Monday, and we still have a few spots left! Each week, students get to make a delicious, nutritious one-pot meal like shepherd’s pie, for example. Scholarships are available; contact Eric for more information.
Students ages 6-11 are guaranteed to have lots of fun exploring unique farm science topics with our educators in our homeschool science program, starting this Tuesday, September 11 at 1pm! Each class uses hands-on activities, inquiry-based investigations, games, and experiments to explore a wide variety of farm-related science topics: arachnids, soil macroinvertebrates, our relationship with the Connecticut River, and apple orchard management.
From the kitchen
- Corn chowder
- Creamed corn
- Vegetable soup (corn, pepper, tomato, chard, basil, and other seasonal vegetables)
- Potato cheddar bread *a new weekend baked good!
- Cedar Browns, our own spin on hash browns
You’ll find everything you need for a Sunday brunch in the farmstand this weekend: local eggs, sausage, and bacon, Cedar Browns, and zesty brunch mix!
Also note: Our daily focaccia has new, fresh packaging!
From the fields
Now that the weather is cooler, you’ll start to notice a flush of greens in the farmstand (lettuces, bok choy, tatsoi, spinach), which thrive in the cooler temperatures. Speaking of cooler temperatures, we started harvesting winter squash earlier this week! The Red Kuri will need to cure in the greenhouses for another week or so, but you’ll find some delicata and spaghetti squash in the farmstand starting this weekend!
The fall cover crops we planted last week have begun to sprout! Oats were planted in the first field you see when you look out from behind the farmstand, and just behind that field you’ll see a mixture of oats and peas. We’ll mow the field next month to make space for our pick-your-own pumpkin patch!
Calling all volunteers!
Our 16th Annual Pumpkin Festival is less than a month away, and we are looking for community members interested in helping serving food, being a tour guide for wagon rides, and helping with arts and crafts, face painting, waste recovery, etc. Volunteers get free admission, lunch, and a coupon for a 20% discount in the farmstand, valid through the end of 2018.
- Saturday, Sept. 8 – Little Farmers (10–11am)
- Sunday, Sept. 9 – Knife Sharpening (10am–2pm)
- Monday, Sept. 10 – Cooking for Middle Schoolers (3:30–5:15pm)
- Tuesday, Sept. 11 – Little Farmers (10–11am)
- Tuesday, Sept. 11 – Homeschool Farm Science (1–3pm)