June…. Still lots of salad greens, chard, spinach… nice to have radishes, kohlrabi, rhubarb and broccolini…. but really what is exciting to me is the emergence of GARLIC SCAPES—- those are the little curled scallion-looking things on the left.
Time to Plant Your Garden.
We grow healthy, vigorous, organic seedlings for you to plant in your vegetable garden. Our specialty is probably tomatoes. We grow some very reliable hybrids and a bunch of fun heirlooms. They come in 41/2 inch pots so they are well started to get a jump on our relatively short growing season in this area. We do the same for eggplants and peppers to give you a good shot at a good yield. You will also find basil, parsley, cucumbers, squash, broccoli, lettuce, onions and leek and more for your garden.
We are open at the farm in South Royalton this Memorial day weekend from 1pm to 5pm– Saturday, Sunday and Monday. And the same the following weekend June 3-4 and Monday June 5.
We bring plants to the Norwich Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9-1. We should have a good selection Memorial Day weekend and Saturday June 3. I think we will still have some good plants the following weekend if you are late getting the garden in.
Luna Bleu Farm Open House Sunday, May 7 2pm to 5pm
Come to the farm and celebrate the upcoming harvest season. We will be firing up the pizza oven for the first time this year! Come help us roll out the dough and build pizzas. Tim will most likely be manning the oven. It is a great opportunity to hang out and chat with him. Bring your favorite pizza topping or grated cheese.
Suzanne will be giving farm tours. We can check out what is happening in the greenhouses and in the fields and say hi to all of the animals. Careful, we might put you to work moving the chickens or transplanting baby lettuces or basils!
Everyone who has already signed up for the 2017 CSA season will be able to pick up a bonus CSA share at the open house. We expect to be distributing nice bags full of beets, carrots and onions and spinach, radishes, parsnips, kale, bok choy……. not a bad haul for the beginning of May!
You can still sign up for the 2017 CSA season that begins in June. We are looking forward to another bountiful season. You can opt to pick up weekly shares of vegetables at the farm, or for an additional fee, delivered to one of our community drop-off sites or workplace CSA sites.
Now is the time to sign up for your 2017 CSA share! I know there is snow on the ground, but we are starting to crank up the greenhouse to plant seeds for seedlings for the Harvest Season Shares! Find out more about our CSA here and sign up with our 2017 CSA Sign Up Form
Winter on the Farm….. many think it is a quiet time, and I suppose that it is … relatively… But, really there is lots going on…. and when I get time, I will get to the computer and let you know about it. These days I post more current info on our facebook page, so feel free to check that out. Otherwise, explore our website to find out more about us, our CSA and Employment Opportunities.
Garlic Scapes – With the warm days of summer upon us, garlic scapes are making their first appearance! Garlic scapes are the beautiful green curly tendrils that sprout from the stem of garlic. The scape is the immature flower stalk and harvesting it forces the garlic plant to devote its energy to producing a larger bulb. The scapes have a mild garlic flavor and are delicious chopped like scallions and put in omelets, stir-fries, rice, pasta or basically anywhere you would use garlic cloves. They also are great tossed whole with a little salt and oil and thrown on the grill. Try this Garlic Scape Pesto recipe with your next bunch of garlic scapes.
Garlic Scape Pesto
• 6-7 garlic scapes, roughly chopped
• 1/3- 1/2 c. olive oil
• 1/3-1/2 c. grated parmesan or asiago cheese
•1/3-1/2 cup pine nuts or walnuts or experiment with another type of nut
salt and pepper to taste
Using a food processor, combine scapes and nuts and chop to a coarse paste. Add cheese and olive oil and blend until relatively smooth (it doesn’t get as smooth as basil pesto). Serve on pasta, or just as a spread on crusty bread, a pizza topping, a dip for other vegetables. Makes a little more than a cup of pesto.
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Two big events to start off the growing season: A fundraising Contra Dance for Vermont Farm Share and our Spring Open House. Fundraising Contra Dance Saturday, April 30th, 2016 7pm-10pm Seven Stars Center, Route 14, Sharon VT just next to … Continue reading
You may think it is early to sign up for a season’s worth of vegetables, BUT it is actually the PERFECT time to sign up for a CSA share. Now is the time we are just beginning to seed crops for the next harvest and it is easier to plan when we know how many CSA members we will have. We offer a full year of CSA vegetables with our Harvest Season Share from June – October and our Winter Share November -May
If you are ready to sign up, here is the 2016 CSA Veg Form
If you want to know more about our CSA, just head over to our CSA page. We hope you will consider joining our CSA community. It is a great way to deepen your connection with local agriculture!