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Volunteer of the Week: Kathy Rauth, Rockland Farm Alliance summer camp and education program at Cropsey ... - Rockland County Times

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Volunteer of the Week: Kathy Rauth, Rockland Farm Alliance summer camp and education program at Cropsey ...
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BY BARRY WARNER. Several years ago, activists and local officials maneuvered to preserve 25 acres of the historic Cropsey Community Farm in New City. Almost half of that area [12 acres] is currently farmed using organic and sustainable methods by the ...

Week 3 from Valley Flora!

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Week 3 from Valley Flora!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Buzzing on the Farm...
  • Leafy, Greenie Goodness!
  • The California Honeydrops July 18th!
  • Strawberry U-pick is Open
  • Summer Farmstand Hours
June salad!
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What's In Your Share This Week:*
  • White Russian Kale
  • Hakurei Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Asparagus
  • Head Lettuce
  • Broccolini
  • Kohlrabi
  • Cilantro
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Mizuna
  • Braising Mix
*Harvest Basket contents may vary among pickup sites in a given week depending on what's ripe and ready on the farm. Don't worry - if something is on the list but not in your tote, you'll get it soon!

The VF Crystal Ball - What Might be in your Share Next Week...
  • Broccoli and/or broccolini
  • Fennel
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Turnips
  • Sunflower Shoots
  • Rainbow Chard
  • Baby Carrots?
  • Cabbage?
Leafy, Greenie Goodness!
On a farm like ours there's a season for just about every vegetable, 365 days a year. If you're getting a Harvest Basket from us right now you've probably noticed that it's greens season! All the leafy things - chard, kale, head lettuce, salad greens, pac choi, arugula, mizuna - love this time of year with its long days, mild temperatures, and soft rain. The proof is in the lid-lifting green loft of your tote this week. Eat salad every day, three times a day! Put lettuce in your smoothie (if you wince at the thought of green smoothies, mild lettuce like romaine is something you'll never know is in there). Make tricked-out salads for lunch and dinner (last night ours was a big bowl of lettuce dressed up with feta, quinoa, hard boiled eggs, candied walnuts, hakurei turnips and tender sticks of kohlrabi). I don't know about you, but after a winter without lettuce, I can't get enough of it in June.

All those bunched and bagged greens can go the same way - into smoothies, into salads - but the fastest way to disappear them is to cook them. A bunch of kale or collards or chard wilts down into a fistful. With a little blending, a little steaming/stir-frying, and a little chewing you can get through that Harvest Basket, no problemo. Sí se puede!

If you're new to kohlrabi, a couple tips:
  1. You can use the leafy tops like kale.
  2. You should peel it - a sharp knife or veggie peeler works great.
  3. I think it's yummiest raw - crisp, sweet, tender, juicy, mild.
Also, a reminder that all of the produce you're receiving right now is best kept in the fridge, in plastic bags (high humidity, nice and cold). Leafy greens and head lettuce will last longer than a week that way, and the dense stuff like kohlrabi, turnips and radishes will keep even longer (weeks and weeks!) especially if you cut the tops off and store the roots separately.
The California Honeydrops at the Farm July 18th!
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The California Honeydrops at the Farm July 18th!
Clear your calendar for July 18th cuz the California Honeydrops are coming back to play the farm for the third year in a row! They've recently been on tour with Bonnie Raitt, and have been setting dance floors on fire from Australia to Poland to New Orleans. Don't miss these guys - tickets are going fast!

Wednesday, July 18th
6:30-10:30 pm

$25

All ages & family friendly, kids under age 10 are free.
Food and drink will be available for purchase from local vendors.

Tickets are available at the Valley Flora Farmstand, the Port Orford co-op, the Langlois Market, and Freedom Graphics in Bandon.
 
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Strawberry U-Pick Is Open!
We saved some of last year's strawberry patch and it's open for u-pick! Be forewarned that the patch is a little feral - kinda wild and messy in its second year - but lots of red, ripe berries! Our new patch is not ready for u-pick yet, but hopefully within the next few weeks. Bring your containers and get the first berries of the season!
The Farmstand is Open for Summer Hours!
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-pick Strawberries
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags!

Please note our hours are slightly changed from year's past, closing at 2 pm instead of 3 pm

 
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Experiencing Northern Michigan: Creating Culture at the Crosshatch Skill Swap on Earthwork Farm in Lake City - 9&10 News

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Experiencing Northern Michigan: Creating Culture at the Crosshatch Skill Swap on Earthwork Farm in Lake City
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Experiencing Northern Michigan: Creating Culture at the Crosshatch Skill Swap on Earthwork Farm in Lake City .... What's incredible about Grand Traverse Distillery is that they revel in crafting a truly made in Michigan product—meaning “local grains ...

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center's Let's Get Movin' Program Kicks Off Community-Supported Agriculture ... - East Boston Times-Free Press

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The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center's (EBNHC) Let's Get Movin' program is teaming up with local farms again this year to bring the Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program to Eastie. At last week's Eagle Hill Civic Association (EHCA ...

Xochimilco: Keeping Mexico City's Agricultural Treasure Afloat - Culinary Backstreets

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Xochimilco: Keeping Mexico City's Agricultural Treasure Afloat
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The chinampas, made by building up layers of mud from the lake bottom and other organic matter, were built to maximize the arable land for agricultural production. The food ... By working with top restaurants around Mexico City and connecting them to ...

Xochimilco: Keeping Mexico City's Agricultural Treasure Afloat - Culinary Backstreets

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Xochimilco: Keeping Mexico City's Agricultural Treasure Afloat
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That's cheap compared to CSA shares in the United States, but a significant premium compared to prices at Mexico City markets. Murad says there are plenty of consumers willing to pay more for organic, locally-sourced produce, and that they work to keep ...

Strawberry season has begun: Local farms release schedules for pick-your-own operations - The Recorder

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Strawberry season has begun: Local farms release schedules for pick-your-own operations
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Warner Farm's new 1½-acre Greenfield strawberry field, located just across the road from where a popular Hatch's Patch attracted pickers in the 1980s and '90s, is operated by Sunderland's Warner Farm, which is also moving its you-pick operation from ...

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