Happy New Year!

We are still busy…

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…

Planning for the 2016 growing season…2015-11-20 11.21.27

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.

FullSizeRender(4)Ready to sign up for the next CSA season!?…

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.


 

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Vermont Open Farm Week August 3-9

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.

Storage cabbage in the field

Storage cabbage in the field

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.

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Come on Over

Farm Open House this Sunday

Pizza looking good

Pizza looking good

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!

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New Year— getting ready for the NEW season

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No we haven’t died…. there is just always that time between the busy end of season wrap-up and the slow-down of winter that we kind of go dormant.   There is definitely less time to get onto the computer because there is more time with family, books, food, glossy seed catalogs, sleep……

With winter farmers markets,winter CSA and our regular animal chores we still stay busy with the business of farming but it is a slower time.   It is a little hard to get down to the nuts and bolts of planning and gearing up for the next season… but we are getting there.

STAY TUNED for 2015 Harvest Season CSA and 2015/16 Winter CSA sign up forms… that is one of my next big tasks!

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A short breather before a Big Finish

Our CSA pickups are on a one-week break this week, as we gather in the fall storage crops for a Big Finish for all next week.

Enjoy this weird and warm weather and see you next week!

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Hot Peppers and Tomatillos

Today we put hot peppers into the CSA share boxes… but they were all together in a bag, segregated from your sweet peppers that has free rein in the box…  Here is a photo of some of the types you would have gotten.  In general, the smaller the pepper the hotter the flavor…. with the types we grow anyway.   If you can’t use all these hot peppers at once, you could freeze them or pickle them… they do keep pretty well in a bag in the refrigerator too.

The Anaheim peppers in this photo look very much like the sweet Carmen peppers that we also grow.  That is why we keep your hot peppers separate in a bag.   You will also have gotten some ripe red sweet Carmen peppers in your share… I think they are delicious!

Here are some hot pepper recipes from a previous post (oh, you will recognize the photos too…..  reuse, recycle!)

TOMATILLOS!

These funny little husked fruits are relatives to the tomato and a staple in Mexican and Central American cooking.  I forgot to take a photo today so went on the internet and found this photo along with some interesting info and recipes on the Gourmet Sleuth website.  You can also find our favorite salsa verde recipe from a previous post.

Tomatillos

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Pickle Time Recipes

Here are two great recipes for making pickles—one uses a hot pickling mixture to make quick refrigerator pickles, the other a salty brine to lactoferment them.

Lactofermentation is a natural process of fermenting vegetables (and fruits!) with naturally occurring lactic acid. It has the added bonus of producing millions of wonderful probiotics. It is also a slower pickling process, so in the meantime I like to make the quick pickles to eat on sandwiches, with salads, and just straight out of the jar.

These two recipes use cucumbers and also work very well with any fresh crunchy vegetables like carrots or peppers, sliced very thin.

Sweet and Sour Quick Pickles

Ingredients

3-4 small cucumbers, cut into thin rounds

Pickling liquid

1 cup distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons yellow mustard seeds
1/2 cup cold water

Heat vinegar, sugar, salt and mustard seeds in a small pot, allowing to simmer until sugar dissolves. Add water to cool the mixture.

Pour liquid over cucumbers and refrigerate. They will start to taste pickle-y in a few hours and are best the next day. Store for up to a month, submerged in liquid.

Garlic Dill Lactofermented Pickles

Ingredients

3–4 medium cucumbers, sliced into quarters
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
2 cloves garlic, whole

Brine

1 quart water
1–2 tablespoons salt

Fermenting cucumbers for pickles is super easy, but there are a couple of things that will aid in success. First, make sure the cucumbers are fully submerged in the brine. I will often use a clean stone, but you can use anything like a smaller jar filled with water or even a bag filled with brine (in case it leaks).

The second is that at this time of year, vegetables will ferment very quickly. Be sure to check on your jar frequently—every day would not be too much. Not only will you make sure to not overferment, but you’ll also get a sense of how the flavors and textures changes over time.

In the jar, add cucumber, dill, and garlic. Pour in brine until full, leaving a half-inch free at the top. Weigh down cucumbers and cover with cloth.

Check on cucumbers often, and when they taste pick-y and sour, enjoy . . . and refrigerate immediately!

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