From the Farmer
First of all, we will not have a CSA pick-up on July 4th. If your regularly scheduled pick up is then please plan to pick up on Monday or Thursday. Remember, if you aren’t around for pick-up during that week please send us an email so we can pick accordingly.
We have a new pick-your-own opportunity at the farm, they are called Juneberries.
Probably five years ago we replaced our field of raspberries with an berry called a Juneberry. After the strawberries are done and before the early blueberries, they are ready to be harvested . It’s a unique little berry that looks like a blueberry but tastes like a cross between a blueberry and a dark cherry with a hint of almond flavor in its soft seed.
These berries, which are bursting with high levels of protein, calcium, iron and antioxidants. In fact, they are one of the highest recorded antioxidants capacities of any fruit or vegetable. Put that in your smoothie and drink it! It has been said that they once sustained Native American populations and helped protect European settlers from scurvy.
This week they will be available for u-pick at $4.00/pint. Give them a try, they are very tasty. These berries start of red and turn a blue-black color when ripe and they are easy to pick. Eat them just like they are or if you like they make wonderful muffins, jams and cobblers.
Have a wonderful week,
Many of you know from past newsletters that birds are a real big problem to many of our crops. I know they need to eat to but….. Over the years, we have employed many different methods to keep them out of the corn and blueberry fields, from cannons to birds of prey callers to pop-up dolls to me riding the lawn mower around the orchard in my bathrobe at 6:00a.m. trying to keep them from eating that day’s pick. Now we have a new bird in town, the Scarybird!
It’s so simple yet so effective, and you’ll see more flying over the farm this summer. It mimics a bird of prey, flying around the orchard day and night. It doesn’t need a generator and it won’t drive the neighbors crazy (the cannon was a little much!) We are excited to have her on our team. If you have any questions about them see Charlie. FYI it would work equally as well on boat or on buildings where birds are a problem.
What’s For Lunch?
Our seasonally-inspired farm lunches are available everyday from 11a.m.-4:00p.m.. Here’s the menu and we’ll be adding specials as we go.
In the Farm Stand
Besides our beautiful, organic produce you find plenty of other local products in the farm stand this year. Our deli case is full of goodies coming out of the kitchen. We have local cheeses from Narragansett Creamery and Smith Country Cheese and when we are in our new retail shop we’ll add many more local cheeses. You also find pasture-raised pork, beef and chicken form Lilac Hedge Farm and Chestnut Farm in our freezers. Homemade pies from Ever So Humble Pie Company. Linda and Carolyn are busy in the kitchen everyday making salad dressings, pestos, salads and slaws, hummus, homemade cookies, granola and baking powder biscuits to die for(made with real butter and perfect for strawberry shortcake). And don’t forget our pantry items, pickled beets, old-fashioned peaches and all kinds of pickles.
The greenhouse is full of beautiful plant including organic vegetable seedlings and herbs, gorgeous hanging basket, perennials and flowering annuals for that special container or garden. Need help picking out something that will work for you, just ask one of us and we’ll be glad to help.