Berry season is on its way! After the warm days we’ve been having, our strawberry plants look great, and the very first of the berries will start trickling into the farmstand within the next week. We will only be able to harvest a few quarts per day to start off with, but before we know it the season will be in full swing. We’re still a few weeks out from opening our pick-your-own fields, but stay tuned! We’ll update our website and Facebook as soon as pick-your-own is open.
This has been a big week at the farm, with more late-spring crops coming in each day. We harvested cilantro, beet greens, swiss chard, and spinach yesterday, and we planted our first cucumbers, squash, and basil as well as our pumpkins and winter squash. Our heirloom tomatoes are being planted in the hoophouses, and we’ll be harvesting the first slicing tomatoes from the greenhouse soon.
This weekend, put those radishes and arugula to use with this recipe for Sauteed Radishes with Spring Greens. And did you know that you can eat radish greens? They work really nicely in this recipe, so this is a great chance to give them a try!
[ 2015 May 29 ]
Next week is the first week of CSA pickups for 2015. The season is shaping up to be a great one so far, and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you!
The farmstand is filling up fast, with all sorts of spring veggies that we’ve been anticipating all year. Yesterday we harvested our first kale, collard greens, mustard greens, bok choy, head lettuce, escarole, and curly endive. We have asparagus, salad greens, and crispy, spicy, perfect radishes. From salads to stir fries to soups and smoothies, there are so many delicious ways to prepare these early season veggies.
Our greenhouses are awash with colors and scents, from stunning annual flowers, to hardy perennials, aromatic herbs, and a great selection of veggie starts. Memorial Day weekend marks the “safe time” to plant annuals in this area, so this is a great weekend for gardening.
This weekend, (today, tomorrow, and Monday) we’re having a sale on 4-inch pots and 4-packs of tomato plants. They’ll be two for the price of one all weekend, so stop by to pick out your favorite heirlooms, cherries, and slicers. We have a great selection and it’s finally planting time!
[ 2015 May 22 ]
On these spring days it’s so nice to feel the warm sun, and know that underneath the snow the bulbs are starting to sprout. As treacherous and mud-season can be, it’s always so welcome after a long winter.
This Saturday is your final Winter CSA pickup. We look forward to seeing you at Tracy Hall between 10am and 1pm. It’s been a great winter for us and we’re so happy that you decided to join us for our first ever Winter CSA. Thank you for your continued support of Cedar Circle Farm and local, organic agriculture. We love that you’re part of our community!
This week, you’ll be getting chermoula in your CSA. Chermoula is a moroccan marinade that is often used with fish, but we’ve found that it goes well with all sorts of things. Yesterday we ate it with chickpeas and it was absolutely delicious and so easy to make. Just cook the chickpeas in water and salt. When you are ready to serve, toss them with chermoula and a bit of the cooking liquid. Boil to reduce the water content a bit and you’ll end up with a wonderful sauce flavoring the chickpeas. It’s a simple vegetarian side dish and would be delicious with a spring spinach salad!
[ 2015 March 25 ]
It finally feels like we’ve rounded the corner to spring. With the return of daylight savings time, we’re back to waking up in the dark, but the longer light in the evening makes it feel like winter’s coming to an end.
Our greenhouses are coming to life as we transplant and seed, and we’re starting to wrap up winter projects and transition toward spring activities. The energy is picking up around the farm as people return from a winter away and get back into the farming rhythm.
Your next CSA pickup is coming up on Saturday, so plan to be at Tracy Hall between 10am and 1pm. We’ll be harvesting sweet winter spinach and baby lacinata kale this week – perfect for late-winter salads!
[ 2015 March 11 ]
What a beautiful sunny day we’re having! It’s a good reminder that spring is just around the corner and that in just over two months the farmstand will open for the season. We are looking forward to greenhouses exploding with color, the deliciousness of tender spring greens, and to seeing you on the farm after this long cold winter.
Our crew has started up work again and in anticipation of your return to the farm, they’ve been busy getting the greenhouses ready for planting. We’ve started seeding flowers for the pick-your-own garden and the very first of the tomatoes. Summertime will be here before you know it.
Your next CSA pickup is coming up on Saturday. As always, plan to be at Tracy Hall between 10am and 1pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
[ 2015 February 25 ]
Happy February and happy Valentine’s Day! With only five weeks until the official start of spring, this is an exciting time of year at the farm. This is when things begin to ramp up for the coming season. Our seasonal crew has started to return to work, seed orders are in, and we’re opening up the first of our greenhouses for spring seeding. The end of winter is in sight!
Your next Winter CSA pickup is coming up on Saturday. Plan to come to Tracy Hall in Norwich between 10am and 1pm. How do you like this new winter share? We’d love to hear how it’s going for you. Are you eating more local food this winter than you have in the past?
[ 2015 February 11 ]
This winter is flying by and we’re already almost a month into 2015. Between seed orders, planning meetings, and Winter Farmer’s Markets we’ve been having a great time on our snowshoes, skis, and skates. We hope you’re all enjoying the winter too!
Your next Winter CSA pickup is coming up on Saturday. Plan to come to Tracy Hall in Norwich between 10am and 1pm.
It’s CSA signup time! It might seem early to be thinking about summer, but here on the farm we’re already getting ready for another season of strawberry picking and summer bounty. CSA sales help us out a lot during these winter months when the our expenses are high (as we buy seeds and equipment) but our income is low. This is why we offer an early-bird discount to people who sign up in January or February. You can read more about this year’s CSA options and sign up online.
We have some exciting job openings this season. If you know anyone who’s interested in working in our fields, kitchen, farmstand, or office please have them fill out our application. Cedar Circle Farm is a fun and inspiring place to work, so check out our website if you’d like more information about the available positions.
[ 2015 January 21 ]
We hope you’re staying warm during this chilly week! Here at Cedar Circle Farm, we’re taking this cold and quiet time to get ready for the growing season. From placing seed orders to hiring staff, there’s a lot to be done in preparation for spring.
Your first Winter CSA pickup is coming up on Saturday. Plan to come to Tracy Hall in Norwich between 10am and 1pm to get your share. Remember, it will be pre-packed so you just need to stop by our table at the market to pick it up.
[ 2015 January 7 ]
Only one more farmstand weekend for the season! We’ll be open Friday (12-6), Saturday (10-3), and Sunday (10-3), then we’ll close down until springtime. It’s been a really fantastic season, but now that winter is coming, it’s time for us to shift gears, head inside, and start planning for next year.
For our last weekend, we’ll be having a sale on grocery items: olive oils, cheeses, chocolates, snack items, and a lot more will all be 20% off. We have a really nice selection of organic and specialty foods, so come by to stock your pantry for the holidays!
Would you like to stock up on winter veggies? A lot of the produce that we have this time of year will store really well in the right conditions. Check out these tips about storing potatoes, onions and garlic, winter squash, and cabbages.
[ 2014 December 10 ]
Happy December! At this point in the season, we are shutting things down, putting away equipment, and making sure that our winter greens stay warm during these cold nights. Many of us are moving our work indoors to do some preliminary planning for 2015.
Our farmstand is still open for two more weekends, and we have just two more CSA pickups for the season. Stop by on Friday (12-6), Saturday (10-3), and Sunday (10-3). We have a lot of great veggies and grocery items to offer. Plus, we now have some of our 2014 dried beans ready for sale. We also have a bunch of gift options – from our own preserves and hot sauces, to organic chocolate, local honey, maple syrup, and Cedar Circle Farm T-shirts and hoodies. A CSA share also makes a great gift!
After taking last week off for the holiday, Doughnut Friday is back on this week. Stop by the farmstand between 3 and 6 to indulge in the most perfect fall snack: hot apple cider and fresh-from-the-kettle hand-made doughnuts.
[ 2014 December 3 ]