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Posted 3/24/2013 3:34pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

This may be the time of year you begin to wonder what ever happened to your farmers? What are they doing? Is it Spring yet?

Yes! Despite the snow lingering in the shade and the chilly winds, the Vernal Equinox has come and gone and the days are now longer than the nights! Chris and our faithful farm crew, Laurene, Dylan, and Ben, have been at work in the greenhouse, getting things started.  The high tunnel we put up last year has new seeds planted in all the beds and there are all sorts of seedlings up in our heated greenhouse.

onion sprouts


chris and graham planting onions

SHARES AVAILABLE IN OUR CSA (COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE) PROGRAM.  We are expanding our CSA for 2013. We are offering 100 shares this year, up from 75, and adding a new pick-up day, Wednesday. We finally got through our waiting list and still have a few openings available for Tuesday or Wednesday pick-up. If you are interested in joining the CSA, reply to this email and we can make it happen. Read all about the CSA under the CSA Menu on our website, http://whitebarnfarm.org/


sample share

PLANT SALE. May 18th and 19th will be our Fifth Annual Plant Sale! Mark your calendars! We grow starts for your gardens in our greenhouse using organic potting soil and feeding only with organic fish and seaweed fertilizer and sunshine, of course. The sale is 10am to 4pm both days.


plant sale

NEW HIGH TUNNEL & MORE CHICKENS. We are going to have a new high tunnel (basically a greenhouse) for cut flowers this year. It will be used for overflow plant sale plants in the late spring and season extension for cut flowers in fall and early spring. It has been almost completely assembled by Chris and Eliot (who is Christy’s Dad, aka “the farm wizard”). This structure is taking the place of the farm's first greenhouse, which has been uprooted and moved to house our new flock of hens. They have merged with the survivors of the old flock and only an intermittent squawk has been heard since they met. We are hoping the larger flock means we will have a better supply of our own eggs this year. In fact, the five eggs a day jumped to nine yesterday so maybe the new ones have started laying? The only thing is that they weren’t that small like first eggs usually are.  We might need a laying box stake-out to get to the bottom of this.

new chickens

BABY GRAHAM. Our son, Graham, is now five months old. He is such a mellow, happy guy and ridiculously cute. He was an intrepid traveler this winter as we visited his great-grandparents and great-aunt and uncle in Texas, his grandpa in California, and his grandma, cousins and aunt in Arizona. The house here in Wrentham is grand central station for our family and farm family so he sees lots of people every day and gets loved and held by so many folks! He does not enjoy farm work yet, however. I can thin about half a tray of seedlings with him in the Baby Bjorn before he is ready to move some more. I have been struggling with being more of a mom than a farmer so far this season.  For years now, my identity and confidence has been derived from my work, so being inside while the crew works in the greenhouse makes me feel somewhat conflicted. At the same time, I had no idea how attached I could become to my adorable baby boy and the last thing I want to do is leave him. We do have plans for a babysitter during the summer . . .  For now Graham is in charge of PR.


teddy graham

OPENING DAY/SATURDAYS IN MAY. We will be open on Saturdays beginning May 4th, 10am to 2pm. Jordan Brothers Seafood will be joining us for those Saturdays. We will have a produce stand at our Plant Sale, May 18 & 19. Then we will be open again the following Saturday, May 25th and then the regular season begins Tuesday, May 28th! That means the CSA starts up and the Roadside Stand is open five days a week: Tuesday to Friday 2pm to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. At that point, Jordan Brothers will start selling seafood on Tuesdays and Fridays (no more Saturdays).

MORNING FARMSTAND. Due to popular demand, we are going to try opening early one weekday a week to accommodate the schedules of busy parents, afternoon traffic avoiders, night-shift folk, etc. It will probably be Wednesday at 10am. Stay tuned for the official info.

SLIDESHOW AT THE LIBRARY. In 2007, the year before Christy started White Barn Farm, she took an odyssey through Europe, working on farms in exchange for room and board (WWOOFing). She is showing pictures and sharing stories about these travels for the Sohoanno Garden Club of Wrentham on Tuesday, March 26th at 7pm at the Wrentham Public Library. No charge but donations to the food pantry are encouraged!

DINNER & DISCUSSION AT ZEBRA’S BISTRO. The other day we got a call from Wrentham resident and owner of Zebra’s Bistro in Medfield, Craig Neubecker. He has gotten many of the plants for his kitchen garden at our plant sale and sometimes stops by our stand to pick up produce for the restaurant. He asked if we would lead a discussion about sustainable food at the Chefs Collaborative Earth Dinner on Wednesday April 17th. Food is our favorite topic, so we are proud to oblige! It will be a 3 or 4  course set menu based on locally sourced ingredients (as much as possible in April). If you are interested in more details, visit http://zebrasbistro.com/ or facebook.com/ZebrasBistro. To learn more about the Earth Dinners visit: http://chefscollaborative.org/about/ or https://www.facebook.com/ChefsCollaborative

 

Posted 12/20/2012 10:28pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Happy Holidays Everybody!  It's finally the last weekend of the 2012 season. It's time to stock up on your local organic veggies.  Carrots are back and this week we have onions and garlic as well. All of the roots store for ages in a plastic bag in your fridge. Winter squash and sweet potatoes will store at room temperature. Honey and coffee are perfect hostess gifts. We cannot wait to see you all. Seafood on Saturday!


 FARMSTAND IN THE BARN

FRIDAY 2PM TO 6PM

SATURDAY 10AM TO 2PM

this weekend, December 21st & 22nd 

This weekend’s market is once again a tremendous group effort:

White Barn Farm is serving up:

  • Salad Greens, Kale, Spinach, and succulent Specialty Asian Greens
  • Red and Green Cabbage. try out the recipe page of our website. type "cabbage" in the search box
  • Beets and Turnips. here's a link to a chocolate beet cupcake recipe
  • Leeks, Daikon Radishes, Spanish Black Radishes, and Watermelon Radishes
  • Butternut and Acorn Squash
  • Long Pie Pumpkins. check out Alton Brown's Pumpkin Pie Recipe
  • Bunches of Popcorn on the Cob. this is Chris' epic popcorn video

Medway Community Farm’s Honeymooning Farm Couple is providing:

  • Savoy Cabbage

From Powisset Farm in Dover

  • Celery Root
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
From Neighborhood Farm in Needham:
  • Red and Yellow Onions

Vanguarden CSA of Dover is rounding out the vegetable parade with:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Parsnips
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Rutabaga
  • Fingerling Potatoes

Burnshirt Valley Farm has stocked our freezer with:

  • pasture raised pork
  • sorry, no beef this week

Sheldonville Roasters is bringing:

  • fresh roasted coffee beans

Franklin Honey just dropped off more:

  • local raw honey
  • handcrafted, bee-based lip balm

Brambly Farms is delivering:

  • fresh eggs

Laurene Hulbig will have:

  • Wreaths handmade from greens collected here at the farm
  • She has also arranged our dried flowers into bunches for $15
  • If anyone ends up getting engaged this holiday season, check out Laurene's amazing floral design for weddings. She can use White Barn Farm flowers, order from the flower market, or use a combination to create exactly what you dream of.  I cannot stress enough how talented she is.  Plus, she is the perfect combination of fun and professional to work with.

And of course, as always, on Saturdays the farmstand features:

  • Jordan Brothers Seafood
Iggy's Bread is baking:
  • Bread, Baguettes, and Foccacia
  • Sticky Buns, Croissants and Bagels on Saturday 
Thank you as always!!

Your Farmers and Future Farmer,

Christy, Chris, and Baby Graham

Graham and his tractor bib

Posted 12/13/2012 4:00pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Hello Again Farm Supporters!

Two weekends left for White Barn Farm Season 2012! We hope your dinners have been enhanced by this year's extended season of fresh produce availability.  It has actually been pretty fun to have an extended season of seeing you all and to enjoy the ambiance in the barn.  Feel free to come park in the parking area in front of the barn. On Friday evening,  we are there until 6pm even though it is dark and the barn door is closed to keep in a little heat - so come on in! Come by Saturday morning from 10am to 2pm for seafood (and all the rest!).  Saturday the farmstand will also be featuring pottery made by the talented Karl Zielgler.  AND Friday, Franklin Honey is dropping off a selection of their soaps that make splendid gifts. I'd say that locally produced soaps, honey, and coffee are truly special gifts - perfect consumables for people that don't need another thing.

 FARMSTAND IN THE BARN

FRIDAY 2PM TO 6PM

SATURDAY 10AM TO 2PM

this weekend, December 14th & 15th and next weekend, December 21st & 22nd 

This weekend’s market is once again a tremendous group effort:

White Barn Farm is serving up:

  • Salad Greens, Kale, Spinach, and succulent Specialty Asian Greens
  • Red and Green Cabbage. try out the recipe page of our website. type "cabbage" in the search box
  • Beets and Turnips. here's a link to a chocolate beet cupcake recipe
  • Leeks, Daikon Radishes, Spanish Black Radishes, and Watermelon Radishes
  • Butternut and Acorn Squash
  • Long Pie Pumpkins. check out Alton Brown's Pumpkin Pie Recipe
  • Bunches of Popcorn on the Cob. this is Chris' epic popcorn video

Medway Community Farm’s Honeymooning Farm Couple is providing:

  • Kohlrabi
  • Rutabaga
  • Savoy Cabbage

From Powisset Farm in Dover

  • Celery Root

Vanguarden CSA of Dover is rounding out the vegetable parade with:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Parsnips
  • Napa Cabbage

Burnshirt Valley Farm has stocked our freezer with:

Sheldonville Roasters is bringing:

  • fresh roasted coffee beans

Franklin Honey just dropped off more:

  • local raw honey
  • handcrafted, bee-based soaps

Brambly Farms is delivering:

  • fresh eggs

Laurene Hulbig will have:

  • Wreaths handmade from greens collected here at the farm
  • She has also arranged our dried flowers into bunches for $15
  • If anyone ends up getting engaged this holiday season, check out Laurene's amazing floral design for weddings. She can use White Barn Farm flowers, order from the flower market, or use a combination to create exactly what you dream of.  I cannot stress enough how talented she is.  Plus, she is the perfect combination of fun and professional to work with.

And of course, as always, on Saturdays the farmstand features:

  • Jordan Brothers Seafood
Iggy's Bread is baking:
  • Bread, Baguettes, and Foccacia
  • Croissants and Bagels on Saturday (sorry no sticky buns this week - baby brain forgot to order on time)
Thank you as always!!

Your Farmers and Future Farmer,

Christy, Chris, and Baby Graham

Posted 12/6/2012 2:04pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Hello Faithful Farm Supporters!

For the last four years, you may have noticed one random December Saturday that White Barn Farm has been descended upon by millions of cars with bike racks on top, a wild course made of fence stakes and caution tape winding around the fields, and thousands of spandex wearing bikers. This is an event put on by my cousin, Thom Parsons, and his cohorts called the Ice Weasels, it is an official CycloCross event and it is a fun and spirited blowout and it is happening this Saturday, December 8th. In the past, we've never been open in the winter, but this year we have too many vegetables to be closed during the races. We are going to be open Friday afternoon from 2pm to 6pm. There will be unimpeded parking and zero chaos during that time.  Feel free to come park in the parking area in front of the barn. If chaos is not your bag, visit us then - we are there until 6pm even though it is dark and the barn door is closed to keep in a little heat - so come on in! If action and excitement is your thing, or if you just plain will stop at nothing to get your fix of fresh produce and seafood, come by Saturday morning from 10am to 2pm.  We're asking the parking coordinators to reserve an area for farmstand shoppers directly across from the front of the house (in front of where we had sunflowers growing this year for anyone who recalls that) - that is , on the side of the street where the tent usually is.  Be patient and take in the fun-loving culture of cyclocross. There will be a couple of food trucks at the race, too, if you feel like having a picnic.


 FARMSTAND IN THE BARN

FRIDAY 2PM TO 6PM

SATURDAY 10AM TO 2PM

This weekend (12/7 and 12/8) and through December 22nd

 

This weekend’s market is once again a tremendous group effort:

Everything but the apples are grown using organic methods.

White Barn Farm is serving up:

Medway Community Farm’s Honeymooning Farm Couple is providing:

  • Kohlrabi
  • Rutabaga

From Powisset Farm in Dover:

  • Carrots
  • Celery Root

Vanguarden CSA of Dover is rounding out the vegetable parade with:

  • Fingerling potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Parsnips
  • Napa Cabbage

Burnshirt Valley Farm has stocked our freezer with:

Sheldonville Roasters is bringing:

  • fresh roasted coffee beans

Franklin Honey just dropped off more:

  • local raw honey

Brambly Farms is delivering:

  • fresh eggs

Laurene Hulbig will have:

  • Wreaths handmade from greens collected here at the farm
  • $30 plain, $35 with a bow, and $45 fully gussied up
  • She has also arranged our dried flowers into bunches for $15

And of course, as always, on Saturdays the farmstand features:

  • Jordan Brothers Seafood
The Big Apple has provided:
  • delicious varieties of Wrentham-grown apples
Iggy's Bread is baking:
  • Bread, Baguettes, and Foccacia
  • Croissants, Sticky Buns, and Bagels on Saturday

Thank you as always!!

Your Farmers,

Christy, Chris, and Baby Graham

Posted 11/29/2012 1:27pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Hello Good Food Lovers!

We hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous. We certainly had a tremendous feast. Now it is holiday spirit time, when we decorate with lights as the days grow shorter and shorter! These short and chilly days really call for comfort food. Warm roasted vegetables, hearty stews, braised meats, rich soups, and sauteed greens. It’s a great time for pumpkin pie with whipped cream – that was my triumphant contribution to the feast this year. It was an Alton Brown recipe with a gingersnap crust – outstanding! Of course it’s also a great time for carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, apple crisp, and beet chocolate cake or cupcakes. All of these delectables can feature locally grown produce.

 FARMSTAND IN THE BARN

FRIDAY 2PM TO 6PM

SATURDAY 10AM TO 2PM

This weekend (11/30 and 12/1) and through December (stay tuned for updates)

 What could we still have in these Arctic temperatures?

White Barn Farm’s full range of produce is winding down but we have fresh greens growing both outdoors and in our new high tunnel and we also have roots in cold storage. 

Luckily, our network of organic growers in the area is able to fill in the gaps!

This weekend’s market is definitely a group effort:

White Barn Farm is serving up:

  • Salad Greens, Kale, Collards, Spinach
  • Red and Green Cabbage
  • Beets and Turnips
  • Leeks and Brussels Sprouts
  • Butternut and Acorn Squash
  • Long Pie Pumpkins
  • Bunches of Popcorn on the Cob

Medway Community Farm’s Honeymooning Farm Couple is providing:

  • Kohlrabi
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Rutabaga

From Powisset Farm in Dover:

  • Carrots

Vanguarden CSA of Dover is rounding out the vegetable parade with:

  • Fingerling potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Parsnips

Burnshirt Valley Farm just brought a new motherlode of:

Sheldonville Roasters is bringing:

  • fresh roasted coffee beans

Franklin Honey just dropped off more:

  • local raw honey

Brambly Farms is delivering:

  • fresh eggs

Laurene Hulbig will have

  • decorated holiday wreaths
  • go see her at Chez Pascal's Holiday Show on Hope St. in Providence on Sunday, December 2nd

And of course, as always, on Saturdays the farmstand features:

  • Jordan Brothers Seafood

Thank you as always!!

Your Farmers,

Christy, Chris, and Baby Graham

Posted 11/15/2012 3:46pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
The Annual Thanksgiving Sale is Upon Us! So suddenly!!!! Time flies when all you do is breastfeed.  We will be holding our sale in the barn again and we will be there both Friday and Saturday. We've collaborated with some other local farms to sweeten the deal for you! Hopefully we can facilitate a one-stop locally grown food stop for all your holiday needs! We have bought in organic cranberries, carrots, sweet potatoes, and parsnips for all of your Thanksgiving Classics. We will also have apples for your pies from Wrentham's Big Apple. We will also have the usual treats: the bread, eggs, coffee, and honey; plus bee products, dried flower wreaths and seafood on Saturday.

We count on your patronage for this important fall sale. We hope our produce makes your feast that much more special and delicious. I know we love to look around our table and point out everything that has come from the farm or a friend's farm. People think we are good cooks, but we have a huge head start because everything is so fresh and was raised with care.  Since we are late as usual advertising our sale, we would greatly appreciate it if you would forward this email to anyone who you think may be interested in picking up some produce for the feast or just mention it on facebook or by the good old-fashioned word-of-mouth.

Park either in front of the barn or at the side of the house in an orderly fashion or park at the Roadside Stand as usual and carefully cross the road.


FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16TH, 2PM TO 6PM, WHITE BARN FARMSTAND IN THE BARN

featuring:

  • Burnshirt Valley Farm's Pasture Raised Pork: sausage, cutlets, kabobs, spare ribs, shoulder
  • Caledonia Farm Grass-fed Beef: ground
  • Brambly Farms Eggs
  • Franklin Honey
  • Sheldonville Roasters Coffee
  • White Barn Farm produce - Butternut Squash, Lettuce, Fennel, Beets, Cabbages, Kale, Brussels Sprouts and much more!
  • Powisset Farm Carrots (organically grown in Dover)
  • Vanguarden CSA Fingerling Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes & Parsnips (also organically grown in Dover)
  • Organic Cranberries from Cranberry Hill in Plymouth, MA
  • IGGY'S Bread
  • Macoun, MacIntosh, and Ida Reds and Spencers for Baking, from The Big Apple in Wrentham


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17TH, 10AM TO 2PM, ANOTHER WHITE BARN FARMSTAND IN THE BARN

featuring:

  • everything above, PLUS:
  • IGGY'S delicious pastries: Sticky Buns, Chocolate, Almond, & Plain Croissants
  • Jordan's Seafood
  • Fresh Herbs grown by Wrentham gardener extraordinaire, Marj Immonen
  • Franklin Honey's Beekeepers with their full line of bee products.
  • Beautiful Decorative Dried Flower Wreaths crafted by Laurene Hulbig, who will also be taking orders for Holiday wreaths.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! AS ALWAYS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! We truly value each one of you!

Posted 11/8/2012 2:42pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

What the heck! It's so easy to have our set-up in the barn and we have lots of produce to sell this week. For all of you who are too busy Saturday mornings to come see us, you can come Friday from 2pm to 6pm!


FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9TH, 2PM TO 6PM, WHITE BARN FARMSTAND IN THE BARN

featuring:

  • Burnshirt Valley Farm's Pasture Raised Pork: sausage, cutlets, kabobs, spare ribs, shoulder
  • Puddingstone Organics Eggs
  • Brambly Farms Eggs
  • Franklin Honey
  • Sheldonville Roasters Coffee
  • White Barn Farm produce - Butternut Squash, Lettuce, Fennel, Beets, Cabbages, Kale, and much more!
  • Powisset Farm Carrots (organically grown in Dover)
  • Vanguarden CSA Potatoes & Parsnips (also organically grown in Dover)


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10TH, 10AM TO 2PM, ANOTHER WHITE BARN FARMSTAND IN THE BARN

featuring:

  • everything above
  • PLUS: IGGY'S Bread and delicious pastries: Sticky Buns, Chocolate, Almond, & Plain Croissants


For all of you suckers for baby updates, Baby Graham is a little angel. He slept in his bouncy chair for two sessions in the greenhouse of breaking up garlic to plant - It all got planted on election day, before this freakish snowstorm. perfect! now here are some pictures:

Bathtime w/ Baby Graham

Our New Family

Ready to Leave the Hospital

Posted 11/2/2012 3:52pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

IMPORTANT!!

The farmstand will be IN the White Barn for the rest of the season.

You may park in an orderly fashion in the driveway in front of the barn and by the side of the house, or you can park as usual by the Roadside Stand and carefully cross the street.

Be Careful! Hardly anyone will stop for you - sometimes not even for an obviously pregnant lady with a wheelbarrow in a thunderstorm!

HOURS for NOVEMBER & DECEMBER:

 Saturdays from 10am to 2pm (Except the Saturday after Thanksgiving - everyone's stuffed)


PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS . . . . .

Floyd says he will try to come down from Barre with pastured pork from his farm, Burnshirt Valley, and grass-fed beef from his neighbor's farm, Caledonia. Let's hope so! Ground beef and italian sausage make such good meatballs. Sausage goes so well with bitter greens too . . . .

there is a CERTAINTY of:

  • Jordan Brothers Seafood. Bobby Jordan called earlier this week to report that he would probably not have any fish to sell Saturday due to the storm - all the fleets were in and the seas remained rough for days after Hurricane Sandy. But! Lucky us, he called today to say some boats have gone out and he will send a truck with what was looking good. That does mean, most likely, a limited supply.
  • Iggy's Bread & Pastries. I should not know how delicious the sticky buns are, but I do . . . 
  • White Barn Produce, Of Course! Chard, Kale, Lettuce, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Turnips, Rutabaga, Radishes, Beets, Cabbage, Potatoes, and many other treats. Fresh Delicious Stuff! Stock up for the week! Fresh stuff lasts long.
  • Sheldonville Roasters Coffee
  • Puddingstone Organics Eggs
  • Franklin Honey
  • From Asparagus to Zucchini cookbooks
Thank you, as always, for all of the wonderful enthusiasm and dedication you all have to good food and our farm! If you feel like browsing some nice recipe ideas, look under the recipe menu on www.whitebarnfarm.org

That is the end of the official news. Now for anyone who has been following the progress of the farm baby:

Baby Graham is doing great. We are probably prejudiced, but Chris and I think he is the cutest thing we have ever seen and we are totally in love with him. The amazing lactation consultants at Sturdy (basically breastfeeding coaches) have me on a healthy path to feeding him well. He is growing and doing just what he's supposed to. We are learning fast and loving every moment. For anyone who missed our earlier announcement, Graham O'Neill Kantlehner was born at 1:15 am October 26 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. He weighed 8lbs 2oz and was 20 inches long. Although I tried to give birth naturally all day and night Thursday, I did end up having a C-section so we didn't get home from the hospital until Tuesday, October 30. He was a little small for his Halloween costumes, but he did wear his pumpkin hat to celebrate. Hopefully tomorrow there will be a moment between feedings and diaper changes when he can come chill at the farmstand. But mommy did hear about an incredible warehouse clear out "fill-a-bag" sale at Zoolittle kids consignment shop (on 152 in Plainville) from 10am to 3pm. So we may have to zoom there to stock up on some cozy stuff for the winter ahead right at 2pm.

Here is the only picture I can manage to upload at this instant. I can hear Baby Graham waking up and he'll be hungry!!

 


 

Posted 10/27/2012 8:30am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

GOOD MORNING FOLKS, our newest sprout has arrived!!! It's a boy! Graham O'Neill Kantlehner was born at 1:15 am October 26 2012. He is super healthy and cute, he must take after his mother. Mama farmer is doing great!!!!

Our new little family is still recovering at the hospital, but you should  come celebrate the fall harvest at white barn farm today from 10-4 for the 3rd annual Harvestween.

The White Barn Crew has been busy harvesting up a storm. Unfortunately, we were not able to get a permit to have coffee and cider as we advertised. But don't miss Franklin Honey's Farmstand, the 4Paws Bake Sale (treats for people today!), Karl Zeigler's Pottery, Jordan Brothers Seafood, and all of the White Barn Bounty. Just bring your own cup of brewed coffee :) Thank you so much for your support!


Pictures and More Info Later!


Take Care! Chris, Christy, and Baby Graham

Posted 10/24/2012 10:44am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Hi Guys! Last Week! Good Grief this Season has passed quickly!! 

Here's a run down of this week's box:

Red Cabbage. At last! A big, hearty red cabbage from White Barn Farm. We finally found a winning variety! These things make me happy. Although these seem like a hearty little basketball, your cabbage should still go in a plastic bag to keep it from dehydrating in the fridge. Feel free to cut off as little or as much as you want to use at a time and then just cut off and compost the brown edge to get into the fresh bit next time. You could make sweet and sour red cabbage and keep it on hand for a side, a delicious condiment for sausages, or a little tang to add to a grain salad. i picture this being a nice item to bring to a potluck sort of gathering, too. The New York Times offers some great information and tasty sounding recipes in their Red Cabbage Article.

Garlic. 1 bulb.

Gilfeather Turnip. This is a large white turnip maybe partially crossed with a Rutabaga. If you have ever heard the lore of the delicious Westport or Macomber turnip, this is basically New Hampshire's version of the same variety. These should store for quite some time and make a wonderful cream soup. Depending on how small you cube the turnip it can be really fast, too. In a heavy bottom pot, I like to cook down onions in butter until translucent, add the diced turnip and perhaps some fresh thyme (and S & P of course - white pepper if the black flecks bug you). Let that cook and absorb a little of the butter/onion goodness, then cover with chicken stock (or veggie if you're veggie). Simmer until the turnips are fork tender. Puree with a hand blender (or batches in a regular blender), add milk or half and half and S & P to taste. Also taste for acidity - a dash of apple cider vinegar can add just enough tang. And taste for sweetness - a drizzle of honey or pinch of sugar can adjust for that. At Al Forno in Providence, they serve their Westport turnip soup with a swirl of applesauce made with the skins so it is a gorgeous pink pinwheel that serves as the sweetness, too. Mashed turnip/potato is a nice twist on plain mashed potato - you can just boil the turnips and potatoes together and proceed as usual with mashers. Turnips are also marvelous for a roasted vegetable. You can try all different shapes for different textures (different size dice, french fry shaped sticks, rounds, half moons of different thicknesses). Just do approximately one size at a time for even cooking. The roasting method is just to toss the cut up turnips with a little olive oil (or organic canola or a combo), S & P, and maybe some fresh chopped thyme or rosemary. Bake at 375 or so for maybe 15 minutes on one side, flip with a spatula, and go another 10 minutes or until fork tender. (The time will depend on the size of the pieces and your oven can probably be betweeen 350 and 425 if it needs to be there for something else you're cooking).

2 Butternut Squashes. Yay squash! Winter Squash likes to store at room temperature. It should last for a month or more as long as there are no dings, scratches, soft spots, etc. If there are any dings - use those ones sooner. There are so many wonderful things to do with squash. Butternut is especially nice because you can peel its smooth skin and then dice it to roast along with roots or to sautee or use in a non-pureed soup or to make Butternut Squash Risotto. There are lots of good pasta dishes with squash, too. Butternut raviolis, Butternut Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage, I even made a bechamel with roasted butternut and cheese to make a baked Butternut Mac & Cheese. Certainly there is no shortage of Butternut Squash Soup recipes! Curried Apple and Butternut is one of my favorites. One of my friends from pre-natal yoga (my due date buddy, in fact!) sent me this recipe for a gorgeous combination of fall veggies: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Butternut and Cranberries.


1 head Fennel. I have been putting fennel in everything lately. I diced and sauteed it with onions to put in some Trader Joe's box of Mac & Cheese along with frozen peas. You know, gotta jazz up the convenience/fast food! Later the same day it was part of the base of my tomato sauce to go with meatballs. I diced onions, carrots, and fennel to throw in the pan after browning the meatballs and deglazing with wine. Once those were softened and happy I added my frozen roasted tomatoes and once it was simmering put the meatballs in to get infused with that delicious tomato sauce. Fennel and Citrus Salad is wonderful, too. Use a mandolin to shave Fennel and Red onion very thin, throw in a bowl and toss with salt to start breaking them down a little. Section ruby red grapefruit over a bowl to catch the juice, throwing the sections in w/ the fennel and red onion. Make a vinaigrette with the juice. Whisk together finely diced shallot or red onion, a tsp of dijon, a splash of vinegar (cider or red wine or something), and the juice. While whisking, drizzle in oil (a combo of olive and OG canola is good) until emulsified. The vinaigrette rule I learned is 1 acid: 3 oil. So if you had 1/3 cup of juice/vinegar use 1 cup of oil. Taste for salt, pepper, and sugar/honey. Toss just enough with your bowl of fennel, onion, and citrus and serve. The veggies are crispy enough to stay in this dressing for several hours before serving or to be enjoyable as a salad the next day and maybe beyond . . . . 

1 bunch Parsley. Chop and add to sauces, seafood, burgers, meatballs, breadcrumbs, tabouleh, salads. Make a gremolata (lemon zest, garlic, parsley) to add some fresh zing to braised meats or just brown rice with olive oil, for heaven's sake.

2 lbs Sweet Potatoes. Another crop we will try to do better with next year, as far as yield is concerned. But these buggers should be just delicious. You can just bake them, put 'em on a plate, cut open, add a pat of butter, some salt and pepper and enjoy. They can be roasted. You could make a sweet potato puree or a soup. I especially like a soup that consists of peeled sweet potatoes cooked to fork tender in chicken stock, a sautee of ginger, jalapeno, and onions, and a can of coconut milk. Combine once the sweet potatoes are cooked, blend, and finish with the juice of a lime, adjust to taste. 


1 bunch Kale. How about this squash and kale soup? You could actually use squash or sweet potatoes. If you've never tried kale chips, the word on the street is that kids like them for a snack . . . At least it would be a funny "trick" to offer to trick or treat-ers.


Celery Root. The ugly rough, brown skinned root that smells just like celery. This is a celery root! AkA Celeriac. It is the same exact species as celery, but varieties grown for celery root have been selected over the ages by vegetable growers/breeders for their roots instead of stems. The roots store marvelously and are another candidate for the roasted root medley (sorry to use that word "medley" it brings back school lunch memories). Celery root/Potato puree is excellent. You could also make a delicious celery root and potato gratin - slicing both veggies thin on a mandolin, blanching then layering with bechamel and cheese and baking with a crumb topping. Deluxe side dish! Celery root is great in beef stew or any minestrone ("big soup"). It is starchier than celery but can still be substituted for celery in mirepoix (the onion, carrot, celery base of so many sauces). Perfect for a braise. Celery root may also be shredded or made into tiny matchsticks for a slaw. The french celery root remoulade is a delicious crunchy slaw often accompanying fried seafood or seared scallops (I might be making up that last part). I think the combo of earthy celery root and sweet crunchy apples makes a nice slaw.

Baby Lettuce. Doesn't the adjective "baby" just suit the moment!!! It does for me! I am scheduled to be induced tomorrow morning at 7:30am. My brother chimed in from Arizona with a line from my favorite film, Airplane, "Good luck. And we're all counting on you." Thanks for all the kind wishes from all of you, too! Looks like the first chance to meet the baby will be on Saturday, November 3rd (We're going to be open Saturdays in November. 10am to 2pm).

1 head Escarole. My secret hero, Martha Stewart, has a terrific page about seasonal produce including wonderful new ideas for escarole. Go to her seasonal produce recipe guide and then press the forward arrow to go from escarole basics to the 19 following pages of recipes! There are links to all sorts of our other winter veggie friends, too!


1 bunch Popcorn. Hang this up somewhere dry and out of squirrel range to be decorative for a few months. By Christmas/New Years it should be dry enough to pop. If it isn't dry enough you'll be left with too many unpopped kernels at the bottom of the pan. If you're feeling impatient throw a few kernels in hot oil and see how they do. I like to push all of the kernels off of the cobs and then store them in an airtight container until popping. The best popping method (in my opinion) is to use a heavy bottomed pan with a lid, cover the bottom with one layer of high heat oil (OG canola, sunflower, safflower, whatever), then one layer of popcorn. Heat, covered on high heat. Don't leave the room but you can do something else for a minute or two. When you hear some action in the pot - sizzling or definitely the first pop, begin to shake the pan back and forth across the burner. I like to hold the lid on firmly to minimize the rattling. Keep it moving until the volume of the popcorn pushes the lid off or the popping slows or god forbid, you smell burnt popcorn. Promptly dump it into a bowl large enough so you can toss it with butter and salt without making a huge mess. Put the pan back on the stove  on lower heat and toss in a couple tablespoons of butter (or olive oil or a combo). When melted toss with your bowl of popcorn and salt. use some dry popcorn from the bottom of the bowl to clean any remaining butter out of your melted butter pan. I like to serve in separate bowls for all movie watchers. Feel free to try nutritional yeast, fresh herbs, curry or chilli powder, dry parmesan, etc to jazz it up. Honey mustard sauce, Buffalo Sauce. My head is spinning!!


Thank you Thank you Thank you for supporting us this year! We really could not operate this farm without the initial financial support and structure you provide for our farm. Thank you so much for bearing with us this year as we've been growing a baby in addition to all of the produce. We will send an email about renewal/cancellation for 2013 very soon.

Truly hoping you have enjoyed your culinary journey through the growing season at White Barn Farm,

Chris, Christy, Baby K, and the farm crew.

p.s. Amabel, you are too much! I cannot believe the adorable knit hats!!! A lemon! and an Egpplant!!! I love them! Thank you so much!