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!
harvesting in the winter greenhouses, distributing to our winter CSA shares and selling twice a month at the Norwich Farmers Market. But these cold winter days are also our time for…
placing our seed orders, redesigning our washroom and storage area, assessing what we will do the same, what we will change, catching up on our bookkeeping and business planning and…
Hiring the 2016 Luna Bleu Crew!
We have made some more defined farm job positions for the next season. If you are interested in working with us, please go to our Employment Opportunities page for more information.
We are working on getting our sign-up form together and setting up delivery sites. Our new sign-up form will be ready after the first week of February BUT if you sign up for our newsletter now, you can sign-up at last year’s prices. Just fill out the form on the left. I will send you a newsletter with the signup information before Feb 6th. Contact us if you want information on creating a delivery site at your workplace or in your community.
We will be participating in Vermont’s Open Farm week with an open house on
SUNDAY, August 9 2pm to 6pm
We will fire up the pizza oven. Come help make pizzas with Luna Bleu vegetables and enjoy the results.
Farmer guided tours 2 pm to 4:00.
Self guided tours 2-6.
Come see the cows and chickens. Look at the fields of crops, the greenhouses getting ready for our winter crops, the new greenhouse going up in the field, our solar panels… tons of garlic hanging to dry…..
We may come up with more fun activities for the afternoon…. who knows… any willing weeders coming? We will post any updates on our facebook page. (Quick, this is your chance to become a loyal follower of the Luna Bleu page!)
We will have signs directing you to the farm from the intersection of Route 14 and 110 in South Royalton. You can also find us pretty easily by just looking at this google map.
Hope to see you at the farm on Sunday!
For more information about Open Farm Week and other participating farms and activities go to the DigIn website.
Farm Open House this Sunday
Come to the farm this Sunday and help us welcome the beginning of spring. We will fire up the pizza oven and you can help us make pizzas and eat them. There will be an opportunity for a farm tour or two… or three, even though I feel there isn’t too much to show you yet… We do have baby chicks and the greenhouses are starting to fill up…
If you have signed up for a CSA share for this harvest season or winter, we will have a bonus share ready for you (if you heeded the call for RSVP) We started this tradition a few years ago as our winter greenhouse production expanded and greens began to explode in early May. We often have lots of spinach and still some goodies from the root cellar to share with you. It is a good way to lure you to the farm before the regular season begins.
Here are the details
SUNDAY MAY 3 2pm-5pm
Drop in any time during that time.
If you like, bring a favorite pizza topping or grated cheese. We will have plenty of dough, tomato sauce, some red peppers from the freezer… some spinach…
We will have signs from the intersection of RTE 110 and 14 in South Royalton directing you to the farm.
It will be fun to see you!
2015-16 CSA Vegetable CSA Sign-up Form is ready so you can just go ahead and sign right up by clicking on the above link…. but perhaps you would like to read a bit more first…..
This is the time of year that I spend lots of time at the computer…. and it is not my forte… I go a little crazy!
But, I have been putting together our CSA information and thinking about our CSA and our great CSA members and I thought it was time to rewrite some of our CSA page on this website…. It is easy to get so busy making the farm run that we almost forget why we are doing this CSA thing… so here is a bit of philosophy behind the vegetables….
What is a CSA anyway?
CSA stands for Community supported Agriculture. Luna Bleu Farm is one of the oldest CSA farms in Vermont. We were drawn to this business model back in the late ’80’s because it forges a unique bond between farm, farmers and the local community. In a CSA, farmers and shareholders share in both the risks and the bounty of the season. By joining a CSA, members support local agriculture and invest in the local economy.
The price of food in the regular market place often does not reflect the true costs of production or take into account the environmental, social and energy costs. Yet, access to fresh, nutritious, safe food can also be limited by economic class or other social factors. Community Supported Agriculture helps us answer one of the the central questions on our farm:
“How do we provide good food to all economic levels of our community and still remain economically viable?”
We still do not completely have the answer to that question. In fact, maybe more questions arise: what do we even mean by “economically viable”, what else limits access to good food and good eating… and what is Kohlrabi?
So, when you join our CSA, you can help answer some of these questions— the big ones or the small ones. With our CSA we try to make the price work for you. We give you lots of good food and try to make it fun. Many of our members have told us that they really have changed to a more healthful diet when they joined our CSA. Even kids like our vegetables.. Parents tell me that their children eat all of the spinach from the bag before they even get home from the farm. Kids have asked me if they can take an extra bunch of Kale for their share (and how can I refuse!?)…. and lots of them really like Kohlrabi.
CSA gives the farm some wiggle room with production… If there is not enough carrots one week, members might get beets or celery… no spinach? pick chard or beet greens. If there was a crop failure of, say, tomatoes, the loss spread out across 100 families is much less than when it is all carried by just the family farm. (Luckily, with our crop diversity, a complete crop loss is not so likely.)
The Nuts and Bolts
CSA members typically pay for a share of the harvest before the start of the growing season and thus help cover early production costs. Members receive fresh organic vegetables weekly from June to October and may also choose to receive winter crops from November to May– completing the yearly seasonal cycle. In addition, CSA members can purchase special meat and egg shares and other Luna Bleu farm products.
You and your neighbors can help transform local agricultrue and your connection to food. CSA begins to redefine the economics of farming. With CSA, the price of our food better reflects the actual cost of production and the true value of sustainable agriculture while keeping local farms healthy. Our members appreciate where their food comes from and even celebrate in the eating! It is a quiet— but exciting — revolution!
You can find out more about the specifics of our CSA by going to our CSA page!