Our 2015 strawberry season has come to an end. Many of you commented that this was one of our best strawberry seasons yet, and we agree! Thanks to all who came to pick our berries and attended our festival. Keep in mind, all you berry lovers, berry season is not over! We have started picking the first of the raspberries, and our pick-your-own blueberries will be open in a few short weeks. While our blueberry crop will not be abundant due to weather-related crop damage, you can still anticipate picking some delicious fruit. Check our website for blueberry updates and details about picking.
In other field news, Megan, our Production Manager, is happy to report that the field tomatoes are looking fantastic. If you need some slicers, stop by the farmstand! New potatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, eggplant, and a variety of greens are also filling our produce shelves. Also keep and eye out for summery crops such as peppers and artichokes, which will begin trickling into the farmstand within the next couple of weeks.
Experiment with pairing combinations of our summer vegetables with one of the many varieties of cheese we offer in the farmstand. Try fresh chevre from Hilldene Farm on a cracker topped with our Tomato Chile Jam, or use it as an accent on roasted new potatoes and squash. Brookford Farm’s feta cheese and Parish Hill Creamery’s West West Blue cheese are wonderful complements to crisp summer salads.
[ 2015 July 9 ]
This season’s strawberry extravaganza is winding down. We are no longer selling picked-for-you quarts in the farmstand, but our PYO fields will remain open through Sunday, and perhaps through some of next week. We have several varieties of strawberries to choose from, and the picking is still good. Stop by this weekend for your last chance to pick berries this season. For the 4th of July weekend, all pick-your-own berries will be on sale for only $3.00 per pound. Now’s the time to freeze and jam! Also, our plant sale continues; all of our annuals, perennials, veggie bedding plants and hanging baskets are 25% off.
Have you stopped by our farmstand lately? We are brimming with produce! We will be open regular hours this weekend for your 4th of July party food needs. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue or attending a potluck, we have wonderful ingredients for a locally sourced party menu. Offer your guests an appetizer of our tomatoes and basil with Maplebrook Farm’s mozzarella cheese; purchase a package of Hogwash Farm’s sweet italian sausage for the main entree; make some potato salad with our red, white, and blue potatoes and scallions, or a fresh green salad with our varieties of lettuce or kale. If you’d like to try something new, branch out and try Alison’s recipe for New Potatoes with Peas and Mint!
New in the farmstand, look for sugar snap peas and shelling peas, new potatoes, zucchini and summer squash, and even the first of the season’s cucumbers! Our crew anticipates harvesting our cherry tomatoes soon, too. You’ll find them in the farmstand within the next few weeks. We should even be picking raspberries next week. They are so delicious that they tend to disappear from our shelves quickly, so give us a call to see if we have any available.
[ 2015 July 3 ]
Our 13th Annual Strawberry Festival is tomorrow, June 28, from 10am-3pm, rain or shine! Great local music, excellent farm-made food, and creative kids’ activities are just some of the day’s highlights. Join us in hoping for some sunshine and enjoying our first festival of the year! Check our website for more details and the schedule for the day.
We’ll be open for pick-your-own all day today, from 8am until 5pm. You’re welcome to pick past 5pm, but please plan to finish up in time to pay before the farmstand closes at 6pm. Strawberry season has been fantastic this year and there are still lots of ripe berries out there. It’s time to think about freezing and jamming, baking jam dot cookies, and of course, strawberry shortcake. You can check the status of the fields on our website, or by listening to the voicemail message on the farm phone.
[ 2015 June 26 ]
It’s time for strawberry shortcake, strawberry ice cream, for freezing, and jamming, and just plain eating strawberries. Our pick-your-own patch has been open all week and the picking is fantastic. The berries are sweet and flavorful, and with each sunny day, more ripen. If you haven’t been out to pick yet, come by this weekend. PYO is open today until 5pm, and tomorrow 8am-4pm. We have changed our pick-your-own hours so that you still have time to pick and pay before the farmstand closes at 6pm (5pm on Sundays). As a CSA member, you are welcome to pick the berries for your share even if the fields are officially closed, unless of course it is closed due to lightning.
As always, we will close the berry fields during thunderstorms, or if we get picked out, but you can always check the status of the fields on Facebook, our website, or by listening to the voicemail message on the farm phone.
[ 2015 June 19 ]
We’re having a fantastic strawberry season! We opened pick-your-own for just a few hours yesterday, and we are planning to be open today from 8am-6pm. As always, we will close for thunderstorms, or if we get picked out, but you can always check the status of the fields on Facebook, our website, or by listening to the voicemail message on the farm phone. We hope to see you out in the fields today! It’s going to be a great season.
As a reminder, we love it when you bring your own container for picking strawberries. Just remember, we need to weigh the container before you pick so that we can accurately calculate the price of the berries.
Mark your calendar and come celebrate with us! Our 13th annual Strawberry Festival is just two weeks away on Sunday, June 28, from 10am-3pm. We’ll have delicious farm-made food, wagon rides, lively entertainment, face-painting, kids’ activities, and more. There are more details on our website, including a schedule for the day. Check it out, and we hope to see you then!
[ 2015 June 12 ]
The first week of June is a busy one on the farm. We’ve planted our field tomatoes, more cucumbers, squash, cabbage, kale, and brussel sprouts. As things get busier, the size of our crew increases. Once high schools let out in a couple of weeks, we’ll be at full capacity, with everyone from our morning harvesters to full season crew to office staff doing their part to keep things running smoothly.
Berry season is upon us! We still have two or three weeks to go before we open our pick-your-own fields. You can always check our website or Facebook for updates. We’ll be sure to let you know when we open our fields. In the meantime, we’re picking quarts of delicious berries for the farmstand and farmers’ markets. Despite the chilly weather, it looks like it will be a great strawberry season. The berries we’ve been harvesting have been beautiful and absolutely bursting with flavor. Don’t forget, all of our strawberries (and everything else we grow) are certified organic!
[ 2015 June 5 ]
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 ]