October 3, 2010 by Dave Llewellyn
The summer is really giving way to autumn as of this writing. Some of our heat-loving crops are slowing down and we’ve begun distributing cool weather crops like spinach, leeks and arugula. Several weeks remain in the CSA season with lots of great food to come – winter squash is curing in the greenhouse, while cabbages and broccoli are growing in the field.
We are thinking of expanding our fields in 2011. The CSA has been a big hit and we’d like to serve more people in the community. In addition to adding additional CSA shares, we would also like to help supply the Haldane Farm to School effort and increase donations to area food banks. With those goals in mind, we are drawing up business plans with the hope to open up an additional five acres. This expansion will also allow us to offer a wider range of produce.
More details to follow after our Harvest Season!
July 31, 2010 by Sara Grady
We’ve mentioned purslane on this blog before… A delicious and nutritious “weed”.
And although it’s not in a Glynwood CSA share, you may find it at a farmers market, or even growing wild. (Wildman Steve Brill and Local Forage both have information on recognizing it.)
And if you can’t locate it, this recipe would still be lovely with a substitution (watercress is perfect, or even a baby green like arugula or spinach).
July 28, 2010 by Dave Llewellyn
The last lettuce transplants. Garlic and onions curing.
This has been a fine season for our heat-loving crops. It has been a challenge working in this weather, so I tip my cap more than ever to our hardworking crew. There was a stretch there when we were battling drought and irrigating section by section, for 20 consecutive days. These things must happen to keep the crops alive in heat spells like we’ve had.
It has been a pretty excellent season so far. The relative failure of the spring broccoli keeps us humble though: the broccoli took a beating from the heat, so we are not seeing much of that. We can look forward to fall broccoli though, which was transplanted today.
July 27, 2010 by Sara Grady
It’s zucchini season! This recipe is simple, quick, and delicious. It also features our CSA farmer Dave’s favorite food… cheese!
2 lb.s zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/8- inch thick slices
salt (kosher salt if you have it)
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves sliced garlic
1 tbs chopped rosemary and thyme mixed
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
July 21, 2010 by Sara Grady
These refrigerator pickles are a great way to preserve and enjoy zucchini from your CSA share. If you pack your pickles into sterilized jars, they can last for months in your fridge.
1 pound zucchini
1 small yellow onion
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 cups cider vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed yellow and/or brown mustard seeds
Scant 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
May 21, 2010 by Ken Kleinpeter
Pastured chickens at Glynwood Farm. Photo by Frankie Kimm.
As we begin the summer, the pace of activities on the farm is ever quickening.
Winter life on the farm is more contained, more focused around a couple places: the new barn where the cattle, sheep and goats wintered, the chicken houses and the pig houses. When the pastures are covered in snow, we carefully feed out the hay we fretted over making last summer – and then fret whether there will be enough to get us through the winter. Soon we will be fretting over getting in this year’s hay, and spreading the composted manure the animals made from last from last year’s hay, which adds fertility to the fields for next year’s hay. The cycle continues…
May 17, 2010 by Krystal Ford
It was a warm and breezy day, with blue skies and clouds as fluffy as the sheep themselves for Glynwood’s annual sheepshearing day.
Our annual sheep shearing day is a community-wide celebration at Glynwood Farm. Photo by Caroline Kaye.
Sheep are very skittish, so part of the entertainment of the shearing includes trying to corral ten sheep into the holding area in the barn. We learned this the hard way as we ran up and down the field trying to coax them in the right direction – leave one tiny gap and the sheep will run right through it! Ken, the Glynwood farm director, changed the game plan and organized ten of us into a circle, slowly closing in until the sheep were herded into the pen. Ken and Mary, a former intern, took care of the hard part, shearing the sheep. After one sheep was sheared a little girl watching exclaimed, “the sheep is naked!”
May 17, 2010 by Dave Llewellyn
Starting this week, dozens of young farmers-in-training from all over the Hudson Valley will begin convening weekly to learn more about their trade. CRAFT, or the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training, provides the means for supplementing on-farm training in a cooperative effort with a number of participating farms. A CRAFT visit is an operational tour, a talk or demonstration on a specific farm management topic, a networking opportunity for young farmers, and an occasion to socialize.