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Posted 9/23/2010 3:00pm by christy raymond.

 

Hi Guys! I've spent the day indoors doing Quickbooks, becoming organized, and scanning cookbooks for recipes to upload. Meanwhile, Chris and Ben have been harvesting the remaining winter squash, the gourds that I interplanted in our sunflower field, and the ornamental and flour corn that we grew. What a gorgeous gorgeous first day of fall/last day of summer. Indeed, what a glorious summer we've had. a real summer's summer.

Don't forget: tomorrow we are showing the Goonies on the barn. Come by at 6:30 for a tour if you want. Movie starts at 7pm. Don't forget to bring your chairs, blankets and treats! Parent-teacher conferences schmonferences. (just joking, everyone). Don't be afraid to come to just the tour or just the movie. Hope to see your happy faces! Park in the field where you pick up and be careful crossing the road. I'm going to send this email now and maybe create some links to new recipes, etc in the version I post on the blog - so check it out tomorrow if you want.

One more reminder: Pick-up hours end at sunset (6:40 this week, a little earlier every week). 
and one more: we happily accept the clean pint/quart containers back, as well as clean egg cartons.

Soybeans. Again! Edamame. Pluck those beans off the plant. Boil in salted water for five minutes. Snack on them with soy sauce or sea salt. If you're feeling ambitious, pop them out of the pods and add them to a salad or make a little smashed soybean humus. Last year, one of our members was really enjoying these cute little beans in a pasta salad.

Napa Cabbage. So good for slaw. Today I decided to stray a little away from my go-to slaw with the peanuts, cilantro, mint, basil, soy, sesame. Instead, I slivered the cabbage, tossed with a little salt and whipped up a dressing of a couple cloves of garlic in the garlic press, a couple teaspoons of dijon, a couple of cider vinegar (now available at the Big Apple!), a good drizzle of Franklin Honey, then whisked in canola and olive oil. I added lemon juice and S&P to taste and finished it with some fresh chopped dill. Voila! A hit! This cabbage is so sweet and crunchy and succulent that you don't have to do much to make it great. A farmstand shopper reported back that her cabbage rolls came out marvelously with the Napa. My aunt used it in soup. We love it in veggie wraps, fish tacos, and buffalo chicken wraps.

Sweet Peppers. Perfect for adding flavor to any stir-fry or pasta sauce. One CSA member told me she has been slicing onions and peppers very very thin then sauteeing in olive oil and putting on top of fish or chicken, baked in the oven. It keeps the meat moist and adds a wonderful aroma to your kitchen!

Red and Yellow Onions. Just enough for a few recipes. Small onions this year. :( We will irrigate them if we have another dry spring/early summer :)

Garlic. Just enough to flavor that kale, make some garlic-rubbed bruschetta, make your own aioli or salad dressing, flavor a pasta sauce.

Fennel. Read what Alice Waters has to say about fennel. The white bulb with the tall, feathery green fronds. The fronds can be used as an herb and would be especially fantastic in a seafood broth. Lobster shells or shrimp shells can go in a stockpot with onion and garlic peels, parsley stems, carrot ends, kale stems, peppercorns, celery leaves. You can make a wonderful fish stew with the strained stock. or chop them fine for a fresh herb to flavor a mixed herb dip or to add to a grain salad or best yet, a salad of the very thinly sliced fennel bulb. I adore fennel. It does have a strong flavor, so distaste for this vegetable is understandable, though I can't imagine not enjoying it in a balanced composition of flavors. One good combination is citrus and fennel. The key is to slice the bulb very thinly. Shaved is a better term. If you have an adjutstable mandoline, that is the best tool for getting the paper thinness. Anyway, toss it with some sectioned orange or grapefruit or blood orange and a citrus vinaigrette. Al Forno would serve tender, grilled calamari over a salad of shaved fennel with a mustard vinaigrette. Magnifique! If you are already a fennel lover, try roasting slices on a baking sheet in the oven, or just slice up the bulb and sprinkle with kosher salt and drizzle with a tasty olive oil - this is an excellent accompaniment to some good mozzarella (like from Narragansett Creamery). That is what I was served at the first lunch I had at an excellent cheesemaking dairy farm I WWOOFed at in Cremona, Lombardy, Italy.

Tuscan Kale. Try cooked kale in an omelet, a soup, with potatoes. I'm going to try to add a couple of kale recipes to the Recipe Menu on the website. I definitely recommend going to that and searching by vegetable for ideas. Here is Creamy Sesame Greens from Whole Foods.

1 lb Tomatillos. Enchiladas Verdes. Make a sauce for chicken, swordfish, or pork. Make a salsa for corn chips. The first step is to remove the papery husk, rinse, then slice in half and roast until collapsed. Once this has cooled you can add diced onion, serrano chili, lime juice, and cilantro for a good salsa.

Tomatoes. I made a yummy side dish for lunch the other day. We were having cheese quesadillas with thin sliced red onion, thin sliced red and yellow peppers, and cilantro. I opened a can of garbanzo beans, drained most of the juice and threw in a bowl with diced red onion, diced sweet pepper, and good, ripe chunks of tomato. I dressed with a dash of vinegar and a good drizzle of olive oil, and finally a good amount of chopped parsley. yum. and some protein for the vegetarians on our crew.

Speaking of parsley. That is this week's herb. Ana Sortun, of Oleana restaurant, has a good idea for a fancy condiment: parsley oil.

Cherry Tomatoes. Snack. or roast briefly for a candy-like treat.

3 Heads of Lettuce, including one head of Romaine. Caesar Salad! Whoopie! Grill some chicken and bread to make fresh croutons with and you just about have a meal. Have one more tomato sandwich or BLT.

Handful of Hot Peppers. Salsa, chilli, Jamaican Jerk, hot sauce, pickled hots, dry the cayenne.

thanks everyone!

 

 

Posted 9/16/2010 10:04pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Hello Farm Friends!

  • Just as we got you all trained on the hours at our farmstand, the northern hemisphere begins to tilt away from the sun . . the Autumnal Equinox is Wednesday, September 22. Day and Night are equal, and thereafter the nights are longer! What I'm trying to say is that it is beginning to get dark before 7 o'clock.

The Hours of the Roadside Stand will be curtailed on Tuesdays and Fridays:

The stand will still open at 3pm, but we will close at sunset.

CSA Members, this is true for your pick-up hours as well.

Saturday Hours will be the same as always, 10am to 2pm.

We plan on being open until the last week in October. Then we will have one more sale just before Thanksgiving. Stay tuned!

 

  • For all you local veggie junkies, check out what our farmer friends are doing: 

Shared Harvest CSA: Locally Grown Vegetables for Winter Eating

 

 

Shared Harvest Winter CSA, a partnership among several small farms, provides locally-grown vegetables for the winter months. Monthly distributions of vegetables take place at Busa Farm in Lexington and at the Bradley Estate in Canton. Two and three month shares are available. What's in the winter share? Apples, dried beans, all kinds of greens, parsnips and 'taters, garlic and leeks and so much more. You will find complete details at www.SharedHarvestCSA.com , including reviews from past shareholders and a subscription form. Contact GrettaAnderson@earthlink.net or 781.507.6602 for additional information.

 

  •  And a reminder to reserve your Thanksgiving Turkey from Brambly Farm:

The O'Harte family of Norfolk raises Bourbon Reds, Royal palms, Bronze Turkeys, all listed Heritage breeds. They also raise Traditional Broad Breasted Whites. They are fed all natural grains and are pasture raised. The Royal Palms are a small type breed and its unusual for them to grow bigger than 14 lbs but they do taste truly delicious. The Bourbon Reds and Bronze can range between 12 - 24lbs and are regarded by many as the best way to give a big family a very special Thanksgiving . 

 

Traditional Broad Breasted Whites usually are between 18-32 lbs. Once in a while there are a few "Extra Large Giant Turkeys" that just forget to stop eating and these can weigh  over 32 lbs.
 
small heritage turkeys 8  / 14 lbs : $65 each 
Medium heritage turkeys   15 / 24 lbs : $80 each
large traditional turkeys  25 / 32 lbs : $95 each
If available "E L G Ts"  over 32 lbs :    $110 each
They will be available on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving for pick up. 
 
If you would like to reserve a turkey please mail your $25 deposit check, made to Brambly Farm, to:
Brambly Farm
84 Cleveland St
Norfolk, MA 02056
Please include the following information: Your name, phone number, email address, and preference of birds (breed and preferred size). Sooner is better for best selection . . . 

The fresh (not frozen) Turkeys will be available for pick-up the Monday and Tuesday just before Thanksgiving (Nov. 22 &23) here at White Barn Farm. We will send a notice with more details about the pick-up to all who have sent a deposit (really, don't forget your email address!).

  • Enjoy the beautiful quality of light that the autumn days bring us! and make sure to celebrate this week's Full Harvest Moon with some tasty eats!!!

Thank you, as always, for your kind support.
Chris and Christy at
White Barn Farm 

Posted 9/16/2010 6:13pm by christy raymond.

Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to say thank you for the awesome response to the announcement our first farm dinner. The 30 seats were filled as of Sunday at 5pm. There is even a short waiting list! Thank you to everyone who emailed to express their interest even if they couldn't attend. It looks like this could be a promising series for the farm. Our idea is to have one farm dinner a month during the pleasant months of the year. Time will tell . . . 

If you do have a reservation, please park at the site of the Roadside Stand, which is right across the street from the farm, 458 South St. (which is 1A) in Wrentham. We are located between Wampum Corner and the center of Wrentham. You should see the big white tent where we have our stand. Park there and carefully walk across the street to the driveway of the white house with green shutters. As soon as you walk in you'll see the big white barn straight ahead. Look to the left down the hill where a large Ash tree stands, and you should see us.

We will begin welcoming guests at 4pm. As soon as everyone arrives we will take a walk around the farm. The ground can be uneven, so I certainly don't recommend wearing heels for the tour.

Gratuities for our volunteer waitstaff and kitchen help are not expected, but will be accepted.

 

Tentative Menu, created by Chef Maue at Tastings Wine Bar and Bistro:
Green Garden Gazpacho
Narragansett Creamery Mozzarella Curd, Sungold cherry tomatoes, lemon basil buds
Mustard Green Salad
house cured bacon, roasted garlic ranch, ground cherries
Honey Roasted Acorn Squash
spiced butternut squash puree, shaved asiago, crispy sage
Stewed Roasted Pork Butt
Multi colored potatoes, garlic chives, fennel fronds
Vegetarian Entree:
Multi Colored Potato and Tomato Ragu
whipped Narragnsett yogurt
Meg's Pumpkin Pie
honey whipped cream
Every vegetable on the menu is grown at White Barn Farm. The honey is from Roger Franklin Honey (and so are the candles on the table). Bacon and pork is being provided by our friend Floyd at Burnshirt Valley Farm in Barre. Both Roger and Floyd will be sitting at the table, so make sure to say hello!
Again, Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Christy and Chris at White Barn Farm

 

Posted 9/15/2010 4:43pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Share # 16

Acorn Squash. These are the acorns that we deemed edible but not storable. The season pushed the winter squash to grow and ripen and die back so fast that these poor little guys were getting sunburned! Some spots were fully soft in the field so we never harvested them, but these we deemed hard enough to cook up and eat this week. We will be distributing storage winter squash in the weeks to come, but this Acorn is to be used this week or so. The weather sure is cooperating to make us in the mood for these fall foods. How about just cutting the squash in half, putting it on a baking sheet and adding just a pat of butter and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup and a little ginger. Here’s a great hot tip: buy a nice piece of ginger at the store and put it in a freezer grade Ziploc in the freezer. Use a microplane grater to shave fresh garlic off the frozen ginger whenever you want. Fresh ginger has so much more to give than our other friend, powdered ginger.

One bunch Soybeans (Edamame). That bundle of leaves with fuzzy little nodules on it is a soybean plant (minus the roots). This is a little project for you and your pioneer family to do while watching TV or listening to a radio show. Just pull those fuzzy beans off the plant and boil them in salted water. Serve them, still in their pods, with a little soy sauce or some cracked sea salt. You put the whole pod in your mouth and use your teeth to squeeze the beans out of their pod, getting the saltiness of the shell in the process. Put a bowl or something out to put discarded shells in. A tasty and kind of fun snack. Healthy, too. Some protein, some fresh green veggie power and no GMO, no pesticides, no herbicides. I will now step down from the soapbox. . .

1 little bunch of beets, with vibrant tops. We wanted to give you a little colorful mix of roots – the two different carrots and some beets. Roasted on a baking sheet, this medley would be a fabulous side dish for any meal. Prepare your sweet tooths!

1 lb carrots, including a white variety, White Satin. The carrot bed these came from was so sparsely populated, due to seeder malfunction or lack of germination due to the dryness, that each carrot turned out big! Whoopie! These carrots, together with celery, onions and potatoes are the perfect base for a nice, hearty stew.

Celery! For cooking. A little less stringy than last year’s, but still no ants-on-a-log material. I made a really tasty stir-fry over the weekend, using our garlic, onions, carrots, celery and finally marinated eggplant and sirloin strips (a simple whisked up marinade: soy, honey, ginger, garlic, touch of balsamic/rice wine vinegar, sesame oil). Celery is a wonderful base for chicken soup or if you really want to feature this veggie, Cream of Celery Soup. The finely chopped celery leaf can be a good herb to throw in a marinade or a pasta salad, tuna, risotto, soup, or a fancy salad. This week is an excellent week to stock up on stock! Veggie stock is a no brainer: Fill a big pot with water and throw in your clean onion and garlic peels, carrot ends, celery leaves, peppercorns, parsley stems, sprigs of thyme, rosemary, sage, whatever. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer for several hours. Strain. Either put into containers to freeze or use right away to make a risotto or soup. Chicken soup with dumplings was mentioned this week. Sounds yummy. If you just roasted a chicken, throw in the carcass to make a really rich stock. It’s so nice to have homemade stock to make your risotto or soups with.

1 eggplant. Perfect for the stir fry, the grill, a pasta sauce.

Half a pound of Anaheim hot peppers (in the bag). Make a spicy salsa by roasting these on the grill or under the broiler, peeling them, and food processing, perhaps with grilled or roasted onions and garlic, too. Use your plum tomatoes, red onion, a squeeze of lime and fresh cilantro to make a delicious pico de gallo. Serve this with some Nachos, with dollops of refried beans, a generous sprinkling of cheese, and diced green peppers and onions.  Sour cream and avocado (or guacamole) could make this a meal. Or do burritos, quesadillas. Anaheims can even be used for chiles rellenos - stuffed peppers. Stuffed with cheese and baked or breaded and fried.

Three Green Bell Peppers. Onions, Peppers, and Sausage. Onions and Green Peppers on a pizza. In a tomato-based pasta sauce.  On a salad. In gazpacho, in a stir-fry, a curry. Stuffed and baked.

1 head garlic. We love our garlic. Sautee with the swiss chard. Put coarsely chopped garlic with the Roasted Veggies for delicious sweet morsels among the other roots. Use in everything. Baba ganouj . . . 

Red and Yellow Onions. Just enough to start a couple dishes with. Salsa and stew.

Swiss Chard. Make a stuffing for a calzone or lasagna. Make an omelet or frittata. or just have it as a side of greens. Chard is good with potatoes - kind of home-fry style.

Cilantro. What a flavor. Essential to salsa. Great to finish a nice stir-fry. I even have a recipe for Pumkin Soup that calls for cilantro.

Three Heads Lettuce. Autumn BLT’s. I think the speckled Flashy Trout Back lettuce is a great base for a goat cheese and roasted beet salad. Torn up tasty lettuce leaves also create a salad with a few grated carrots, some thin shaved red onion, crumbled blue cheese, dried cranberries, and toasted walnuts.

1.5  lbs Juliet Plum Tomatoes. Make a sauce or roasted tomato soup or dried tomatoes or salsa. or just put on salads.
 
Kohlrabi. Peel off the light green skin to reveal the white crunchy inside. Make sticks for snacking with dip or dice to roast in a roasted root medley. or shred for a slaw. bon appetit!
 

Posted 9/9/2010 10:02am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

We are teaming up with Chef Matt Maue at Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro to offer a farm dinner event here at White Barn Farm. We're calling this event Tastings at White Barn Farm, and we hope it is just the first in a series of fabulous farm dinners.

The date is Sunday, September 19th. We will welcome guests at 4pm, take a quick tour of the farm once everyone arrives, and sit down at 5pm. Chef Maue has created a wonderful five-course menu, based mostly on our produce, but also featuring locally raised pork. The meal will be served at a long table outdoors under a tent at the farm. It is BYOB, so we encourage you to select a nice bottle of wine or some good beers to bring.

We are really excited to offer our first official farm dinner event. It took a little time to get approved by the Wrentham Board of Health, so excuse the short notice. If you don't have plans, consider coming! Tell any friends not on our mailing list that may be interested. The cost is $75 and reservations are made through Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro (located at Patriot Place in Foxboro) 508.203.WINE(9463). Please mention any food allergies when you make your reservation. We are offering just 30 places at the table, so call soon!

            

Posted 9/9/2010 9:07am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Hi Everybody!
My computer is back from the shop! Here we go with the emails . . . 
First, I should mention before I forget - reusing containers: if those little green paper pint containers emerge dry and clean at the end of the week, we will happily reuse them. We will also take clean egg cartons to give to Brambly Farm and Pampered Poultry. 
Also, we are teaming up with Chef Matt Maue at Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro to offer a farm dinner event here at the farm.  The date is Sunday, September 19th. We will welcome guests at 4pm, take a quick tour of the farm once everyone arrives, and sit down at 5pm. Matt has created a wonderful five-course menu, based mostly on our vegetables, but also featuring locally raised pork. The meal will be served at a long table outdoors under a tent at the farm. It is BYOB, so we encourage you to select a nice bottle of wine or some good beers to bring. We are really excited to offer our first official farm dinner event and I thought you should be the first to know! It took a little time to get approved by the Wrentham Board of Health, so excuse the short notice. If you don't have plans, consider coming! The cost is $75 and reservations are made through Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro (located at Patriot Place in Foxboro). 

Now, what was in the box:
Eggplant. If it is adding up, consider making Baba Ghanouj, a great dip for pita bread or veggie sticks. Another suggestion was to just salt and rinse slices of eggplant, top with tomato sauce and parmesan and voila. Easier, healthier eggplant parm. My aunt's cousin, Elena, gave me a recipe for Eggplant Caponata - perfect with good bread or to top bruschetta.

Cucumber. A perfect item to dip in Baba Ghanouj. or to put in a pita pocket or veggie wrap along with shredded carrots, sliced onion, maybe pickles, roasted red peppers, sliced tomato, whatever is on hand.

Napa Cabbage. If you didn't try it in the spring, you've got to try the Red and Green Cabbage with Thai-Style Fresh Herb dressing that comes from the book, From Asparagus to Zucchini. This slaw is fantastic. Everyone loves it and it is pretty quick to throw together. You'll need basil, cilantro, and mint for the herbs. Don't worry about the red cabbage, just Napa is still great. Thin sliced Napa is perfect to add crunch to sandwich wraps. It can be added last thing to a stir-fry. If you are feeling adventurous, you can make kimchee, a Korean spicy fermented cabbage, tasty and great for your tummy.

Kale. A little bundle of Tuscan Kale. Hopefully these newfound cool nights and shorter days are giving you that hankering for a little more fall fare. Here is the first taste. Sauteed Kale works really well with eggs and creamy polenta. Search our recipe page on the website for an easy recipe. Kale soup is a Portuguese tradition - a chicken broth based soup with spicy sausage, kale, and onions. I'm waiting for someone to give me their family's super Kale Soup recipe. Anyone?

Sweet Peppers. Not sure if I've mentioned roasting peppers. Rinse the whole peppers then blister their skins - under the broiler or on the grill - turning to ensure blistering on all sides. Then allow to cool (some people enclose them in a covered bowl or in a plastic bag to help steam the skins off. Peel, remove the seeds and stems, and you have roasted peppers. great for a sandwich, pizza, calzone; bruschetta topping with good ricotta (like from Narragansett Creamery); food processing along with roasted hot peppers, a little honey and red wine vinegar for a great salsa/relish. If you have an abundance of sweet red peppers, food process roasted red peppers with feta and a little olive oil to make a wonderful appetizer spread (maybe using the whip in a stand mixer would make it even fluffier?). I experienced this excellent preparation at the Cambridge restaurant, Oleana. The chef, Ana Sortun, is the wife of a farmer! She is also the author of a beautiful cookbook named Spice, excellent for introducing yourself to Middle Eastern, Greek, Northern African, Turkish sort of recipes.

Potatoes: red and blue. Perfect for cutting into chunks and roasting. Finish with some fresh herbs. I imagine a grilled steak, roasted potatoes, and sauteed kale to be a nice dinner. Parboiling, tossing with oil, S&P, and herbs, then grilling the potatoes, is another very tasty way to enjoy our spuds!

Parsley. Big, healthy bunch. Add to the frittata, the baba, the slaw, the taters, pasta salad, tuna, deviled eggs, soup, a sandwich, a grilled fish, an oven roasted fish with lemon. Stuff a roasted chicken with half a lemon, half an onion, and a handful of parsley and other herbs. Tabouli is a good dish that truly features parsley. Search for a winning recipe and let me know. 

Lettuce. BLT. or just mayo, lettuce, tomato. eat 'em while the gettin is good. Salad, of course. Toasted nuts and a good cheese are always good for a hearty salad.

Tomatillos. the little green tomato looking things with the papery husk. Remove the paper! Rinse and roast or stew for best flavor. You can make a wonderful sauce for enchiladas. First, sautee some onions and garlic and a hot pepper if you like, add the diced tomatillos (and perhaps your green tomato) and allow to collapse, add stock (chicken stock is good), and allow to simmer down. That is the sauce. Corn torillas are traditional but a little more breakable so wheat is fine. Dip the small tortillas in your sauce to make it pliable, then put it on a plate and stuff with shredded chicken, picked off the bone, if available (or just use some spinach, chard, kale, whatever to stay with the enchilada verde theme) and roll up along with some shredded cheese or diced soft farmer's cheese. Place these in a baking dish, all lined up and finally cover with the remaining sauce. Bake at 350-375 until heated through, then add a little more cheese on top and uncover and bake for another 10 minutes. Serve with rice and beans if you like. This is certainly the Americanized casserole version. Definitely order the enchiladas verdes at a good mexican restaurant or best yet, a good taco truck on the West Coast. It is nice to clean up the kitchen while the casserole cooks, though.
Roasted tomatillos can also be a fabulous base for a tasty green salsa. Halve the rinsed tomatillos, place in a baking dish with a touch of oil and salt, bake until collapsed and saucy. To make the salsa fine dice onion, a hot chile (like Serrano), and cilantro, cover with lime juice and give a pinch of salt. Allow that to mellow together. Then throw in the cooled tomatillos. taste (add honey or agave nectar if it needs sweetness or is too hot).

Tomatoes. slice, dice, roast, stew. Dry, freeze, can. Check out the recipe page of the website for some new ideas. Raw tomatoes and fresh mozzarella (basically leftover Caprese salad) on cooked pasta with lemon vinaigrette is a perfect quick and easy dish.

Sungold cherry tomatoes. my sweet little darlings. perfect for a salad. or snacking.

Enjoy these shorter days. More time for cooking and reading . . .  
Posted 9/1/2010 8:05am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Howdy Tuesday Members!
Thank you for all picking up, right on time, boxes back, all pleasantness. We love our CSA members and we think our Roadside Stand has the best customers anywhere. Sure, we haven't done a scientific study, but we are so grateful for your spirit of appreciation for good food and the willingness to try crazy vegetable varieties that we are compelled to grow each year . . .  We truly hope that you are enjoying working with all the veggies and that it inspires nice meals that are wonderful to share with the people you love. 

What was in the box?
Finally, no melon to juggle back to the car. It was a good year for melons. That doesn't happen too often in New England, so three cheers for this year's cantaloupe and watermelons!!!

Now, what was IN the box:
3 lbs Red Gold Potatoes. These have the golden inside of a yukon gold and the thin red skin of a new potato. Wunderbar! This would be a great one to mash with the skins on. Just scrub, cut into smaller pieces for faster cooking, and boil in salted water til fork tender. Pour off the water and then leave the lid askew so steam can escape for a few minutes - this is moisture exiting the potato. That means it can be replaced with flavorful milk, cream, and butter (at the restaurant I worked at they would heat the butter and half and half together on the stove so they could add it warm). Certainly lower fat subsititutes/partial subsititutes can help create the right texture: sour cream, yogurt, olive oil. or just throw in some cream cheese and chives/scallions and don't eat a mountain of them. Anyway, mash 'em up and eat 'em. Don't forget to taste for salt and pepper before serving. Roasted Potatoes are always a go-to. Splendid with Rosemary if you have some. If you still have carrots you could roast them together - maybe even add some big chunks of red onion, too. 

Red Onions. these are not cured properly so they will last the longest in the refrigerator (as long as they're not wet) and should be used within a week or two. Finely diced red onion is the perfect base for salsa or a cucumber salad. or very thinly sliced on a beet salad. they are perfect for gazpacho. you can certqinly cook with red onions. The Best Recipe cookbook (from America's Test Kitchen) calls for red onions in their French Onion soup. The best onion rings i've ever tasted came from Cook&Brown Public House in PVD. The chef there soaks them in buttermilk, makes a light batter and serves the modest stack with some sort of out-of-this world mayo. Red onions are great sliced thin on a pizza or tucked into a quesadilla. red onion rings can transform an ordinary turkey sandwich or burger.

Mini-bunch of Swiss Chard. I was dying to put something novel in the share this week and with that back-to-school feeling in the air I thought maybe we could push for something from our fall crops. cooking greens. There is probably not enough to make a side dish at dinner for a family of four. But you could certainly make a delicious frittata: sautee rinsed, coarsely chopped leaves (if you use the stems chop finer and add to the pan before the leaves) with garlic and olive oil. then add beaten eggs and cheese and throw it in the oven (350-75) covered at first, until fluffy and just about solid in the center (20 min?), then topped with parmesan and uncovered for the last 5 minutes to brown it. Yum. Or maybe a morning egg scramble. or if you are making a soup you can cut thin ribbons and toss them into the hot broth when it's a minute from finished. This is especially good in a chicken stock based soup. It could jazz up a parmesan risotto. It could be an element in a veggie lasagna - along with sauteed onions, sweet peppers, diced eggplant, tomatoes, and basil (or pesto if you made it into that).


Tomatoes. If you are tired of fresh tomato preparations, a fabulous method is to roast them. I've been cutting up all of the cracked tomatoes on the farm - not much, just so the centers are exposed - halves for medium tomatoes, quarters for large tomatoes - then putting them uncovered in a ceramic baking dish in the oven at 375-400 with a few pinches of salt and a quick drizzle of olive oil. The high heat cooking just concentrates the sugars and cooks off a lot of the liquid that you would have to stir and stir on a stovetop. If I remember I open the oven and stir with a wooden spoon every 20 minutes or so to help release more moisture and encourage even cooking. If I forget the top layer is usually blackened - but no big whoop - just stir it up and move on to the next step. As far as timing goes, it depends on how thick or thin you want your sauce - just cook longer for more concentrated. I will just refrigerate this product and wait for the next meal to inspire its use. I've made a roasted tomato soup - onions and garlic in olive oil at the base, a few slices of a fresh cayenne pepper, then chopped parsley and basil (I made a pile of the herbs and put in half at this point and saved half for the last second) thrown right into the oil. Next, roasted tomatoes, stock (veggie or chicken are great), then basically just heated it through and let it simmer for a few minutes. Next, puree with an immersion blender or do batches in a blender. If the texture is to your liking, stop there. I decided to remove the seeds and any remaining skin with the foley food mill - i think you could also press it through a sieve. I put it back on the stove to simmer, added salt and pepper and a shot of agave nectar (my newest condiment from ocean state job lot), and finally the rest of the fresh herbs. I did add a little half and half just before I shut it off to add to the creaminess. yum! A roasted tomato sauce for pasta is much simpler. just throw in the roasted tomatoes to a pan with sauteed garlic and onions, add some basil, add the cooked pasta, some parmesan. voila!

Cherry tomatoes: the little orange gems are sungold. the plums are juliet. these are probably familiar by now. juliets would actually be great for a hand chopped salsa, they are not extra juicy so you can add the lime juice salsa needs without making it too watery. they are both excellent dried.

Basil. make that pesto. or a basil oil. or just use it up in all the recipes described above. BLT with basil mayo is fantastic.

lettuce. crispy leaves for sandwiches and salads.

eggplants. finally a decent harvest! if you don't want to do the eggplant parm/veggie lasagna, look into Indian or Asian cooking. cubes of eggplant are little flavor sponges. they can soak up a delicious curry or some garlic and soy sauce. spicy eggplant is good. and if you don't want eggplant this week or if it's too much for one meal. fry it up and freeze it for winter eggplant parm. Marinated eggplant is fabulous on the grill. try minced garlic, soy, a little balsamic vinegar, a spoonful of honey, olive and canola oil, and some chopped basil. i always taste the marinade before adding the meat or veggies - make sure it's good!

cucumbers. some slicers and some picklers. you can certainly eat pickling cukes fresh or do the simple seasoned rice wine vinegar over slices in the fridge trick.  I love a chopped salad with peeled, diced cukes, halved sungolds, finely diced red onion, a crumble of feta, and a balsamic vinaigrette. This would be fabulous served alongside fresh garlic rubbed bruschetta with olive oil and salt. 

Garlic. the first bulb! I've been on a kick of making the bruschetta, mentioned above. I learned this method at Al Forno, where I worked for many years. They make the most excellent bruschetta and it pairs excellently with their littleneck clams cooked in the woodfired oven in a broth of spicy tomato sauce, white wine, sweet onions and butter. Anyway. the concept is this: toasted bread acts like a grater for fresh garlic. just peel a clove, slice off that nub on the bottom and you have a flat suface to scratch on toasted bread. I like to use a good bread and although Al Forno grills their bread, I use the toaster oven in a pinch. Once each slice is scratched with garlic, drizzle with tasty olive oil and finish with a pinch of salt. This can add bulk to any soup or appetizer course and is a fabulous base for an array of cheeses or marinated peppers, olives, whatever.

Sweet peppers. We have been dehydrating slices of sweet pepper to store up for making chili in the winter. Fresh, peppers are super on salad. Sauteed they are the perfect base for any pasta sauce, curry, stir fry, even burrito fillings. They are a nice element on the grill on a skewer. They are an ingredient in gazpacho - a cold vegetable soup, which you have all the ingredients for in your share: chopped red onion, pepper, peeled diced cucumbers, quartered tomatoes. these all go in the blender with juice from a whole lemon or lime, a few tablespoons of red wine vinegar, and a few tablespoons of olive oil. my food processor and blender are broken so the immersion blender did the job in a big stainless steel bowl. you could include a hot pepper if you want it to be spicy. I made ours at lunch and the vegetables were still room temperature from the field, so I ended up adding some of my frozen dried tomatoes as ice cubes. i think it added a little richness, sweetness. i added salt, pepper, a squirt of agave nectar, and some chopped basil, you could add some tabasco and worcestershire. Normally you would chill the soup for an hour or two before serving. This is truly refreshing on a hot day. 

That is all I can remember! Hope you enjoy the extreme of this heat wave and store it up for those short, February days. We are looking forward to rain on Friday. Water for our cover crop seeds!!!
 
Posted 8/30/2010 9:57pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Howdy Farm Friends! First of all, thank you for being on our mailing list! I usually post every email on the blog, so don't be shy to unsubscribe if you find these bothersome and would rather just check www.whitebarnfarm.org at your leisure.
That said, we have great news for Thanksgiving. The O'Harte family of Norfolk is raising our holiday birds!!! If any of you have ever purchased Brambly Farm eggs at the Roadside Stand, you'll be familiar with the farm! Ted, Sandra, and all the children work endlessly raising wonderful breeds of pigs, pheasants, ducks, turkeys, chickens, and rabbits. Breeds that may otherwise be lost in the sea of industrialized meat production. These are truly backyard birds, fed with natural grains (although organic has proven cost prohibitive for this burgeoning business) and out on pasture, pecking around, and being real birds. Here is what Ted wrote to us about this year's Thanksgiving turkeys:

Turkeys
We have four varieties of Turkeys available and we will do our best to suit requests. We have Bourbon Reds, Royal palms, Bronze which are all listed Heritage breeds and the Traditional Broad Breasted Whites. They are fed all natural grains and are pasture raised. The Royal Palms are a small type breed and its unusual for them to grow bigger than 14 lbs but they do taste truly delicious. The Bourbon Reds and Bronze can range between 12 / 24lbs and are are regarded by many as the best way to give a big family a very specialThanksgiving . 
Our Traditional Broad Breasted Whites usually are between 18 / 32 lbs. Once in a while we have a few "Extra Large Giant  Turkeys" that just forget to stop eating and these can weigh  over 32 lbs.
 
Our small heritage turkeys 8  / 14 lbs : $65 each 
Medium heritage turkeys   15 / 24 lbs : $80 each
Our large traditional turkeys  25 / 32 lbs : $95 each
If available "E L G Ts"  over 32 lbs :    $110 each
They will be available on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving for pick up. And we request a $25 deposit to reserve a turkey for the holidays.
 
If you would like to reserve a turkey please mail your $25 deposit check, made out to Brambly Farm, to:
Brambly Farm
84 Cleveland St
Norfolk, MA 02056
Please include the following information: Your name, phone number, email address, and preference of birds (breed and size). Sooner is better for best selection . . . 

The fresh (not frozen) Turkeys will be available for pick-up the Monday and Tuesday just before Thanksgiving (Nov. 22 &23) here at White Barn Farm. We will send a notice with more details about the pick-up to all who have sent a deposit (really, don't forget your email address!).
 
But that's not all! If you are on a quest for tasty and humanely raised pork, take note!
 
Pigs
We've booked in 6 pigs for processing on Sept 27 at Bloods USDA facility in Groton. The pigs will be Tamworth, Berkshire or Large Black or a combination of two of those breeds. They are looking magnificent at the moment and any customer who purchases meat is very welcome to visit on any Sunday to see them on the farm.  Please call ahead first so we can arrange for someone to act as tour guide because some of the pigs are very big here on the farm.
 
We are selling half pigs at $5.25 / lb hanging weight with all smoking / curing and processing included in price.
We are selling whole pigs at $ 5 / lb hanging weight, again, with all fees covered in price.
Expected hanging weights should be from 150 lbs to 200lbs but will be unknown until the day after processing. Bloods do a nice job of the processing but occasional mistakes can and do occur which are out of Brambly Farm's control.  
 
We will have an additional 6 pigs booked in for 25 of October and those are also currently available.
A $100 deposit is requested to reserve a pig or half pig.  Cut sheets will be sent to each customer so that they can have their meat cut to their preferences prior to the processing date.
 
 
Please call or email Sandra or myself  (Ted)  if you have any questions or you want to find out about volume pricing. Looking forward to your reply. 
 

Best regards
 
Ted
Brambly Farms
508 520 2321
 

Posted 8/24/2010 9:46pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Howdy everyone! 
This weather sure brings me back to last year. I just didn't feel ready for it this year. Somehow we scrambled in the harvest for today. Thank you, awesome crew! We have such good sports helping here! It has been a very soggy day. You will probably need to dry off lots of your veggies. Especially the basil - before it goes in a bag in the fridge or a vase in the fridge with a plastic bag tent over it.
You should find in your box:
5 ears of Silver Queen Sweet Corn. a white variety. This weather makes you want a good hot homecooked meal served with some cornbread. Nothing jazzes up cornbread like fresh corn kernels off the cob, maybe some fine-diced jalapenos and some shredded cheese. oh la la 
several sweet peppers (the hot ones were on the table for you to pick out). These are delicious for a salad or a veggie dip. A tomato-based pasta sauce is fabulous if you fry up some onions and peppers first, then add the tomatoes and fresh herbs. The Italian word for pepper is pepperoni :)
2 eggplants. go hog wild . . . . Time for eggplant parm?
bunch of basil
bunch of parsley
red and pink tomatoes. If you're tired of fresh tomatoes, try them roasted and made into a pasta sauce, tomato soup, pizza topping, etc. I've been roasting fairly large chunks of tomato - skin and seeds and all - thrown into a ceramic baking dish, tossed with minimal olive oil, S&P, at 425 convection and baking for about an hour. there is less blackening if you stir once in a while or probably if you choose a lower temp. I am just usually trying to get dinner on the table as fast as possible. For a simple pasta, you can just sautee some onions and garlic, add basil and parsley, then the tomatoes. A quick buzz with the immersion blender is enough to smooth out some of the skins and seeds. Pass through the foley food mill if you're feeling fancy. Adjust for S&P, maybe sweetness (a drizzle of honey did the trick for my sauce), finish w/ fresh parm and voila! What about gazpacho. all the ingredients are here: tomatoes, peppers, cukes, red onion.
1 pint of juliet plum tomatoes. these went into the pints wet, so I would put them in a little bowl or something, dabbing them with a paper towel so they dry off and don't explode. 
1 lb red onions. mini. perfect for gazpacho, cucumber salads, veggie sandwiches, salads with feta, fresh salsa.
2 slicing cucumbers and 3 pickling cucumbers (you can also just eat them - no need to pickle.) At long last, healthy cucumber plants producing great looking cukes! The quickest refrigerator pickle is to just slice the cuke, sprinkle with a little salt and a few tablespoons of seasoned rice wine vinegar. yum. A cucumber, plum tomato, fresh herb and feta is a good salad - great on falafel or with hummus. 
2 heads lettuce. a salad with cucumber, sweet peppers, tomato and feta is outstanding. Shredded carrots and lettuce with toasted nuts and some dried cranberries is super. try sunflower seeds and a tahini dressing.
Bunch of carrots. Raw or Cooked. Roasted is fantastic.  Shredded is great for salads, sandwiches, and wraps. If you have a juicer - try carrot orange, carrot ginger. What about carrot muffins? carrot cake? or just good old carrot sticks. 
Little bag of arugula. Try this primo first-cutting arugula - rinsed and spun dry, sprinkled with salt and pepper, with a good few squeezes of lemon juice and parmigiano shaved with a vegetable peeler. finish with nice olive oil on your plate. yum. simple. arugula can be great to finish a pizza or pasta. it is great to coarsely chop and put on a sandwich or in a veggie wrap.
2 watermelons. some are yellow! they all have seeds.
handful of hot peppers. That magic ingredient for your salsa, curry, gazpacho, asian dish. One member told me today she stuffs the Hungarian Hot Wax peppers with smoked gruyere and grills them . . .

Thanks for being so flexible and seasonal! We really hope you are finding this experience rewarding so far :) 
Posted 8/24/2010 4:29pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Hello Everyone!

Good news for the farm - we are getting rain on the fall crops and it is going to clear out for the weekend! Just in time for Roger and Lauren, from Franklin Honey, to return to the farmstand for another weekend-long appearance.  They will have their own tent, right next to ours, full of their bee products. If any of you have bought the Franklin Honey at the stand (the lighter-colored spring honey), now is your chance to meet the beekeepers! They will be selling their
  • local raw honey (much of which is from the hives they keep right at the back of our veggie field)
  • bee pollen (read more below) so you can add protein and nutrients to a smoothie, for example
  • Lauren's lovely handmade lip balm
  • hand salve (sooo good for gardening hands and feet), 
  • and wonderful scented soaps (great for gifts if you want to stockpile some for last-minute-yet-meaningful gifts)
So, just to make sure you've got it: 
this FRIDAY August 27, 3-7pm     and    SATURDAY August 28, 10am-2pm 
come check out Franklin Honey

What will White Barn Farm have this week?
  • ZUCCHINI and yellow squash
  • SWEET PEPPERS
  • CUCUMBERS
  • BEETS
  • Red Gold POTATOES
  • ONIONS
  • CARROTS
  • PARSLEY
  • BASIL
  • WATERMELONS
  • STRING BEANS
  • FRESH FLOWER BOUQUETS
  • a rainbow of delicious HEIRLOOM TOMATOES and pints of little tomatoes
  • HOT PEPPERS (Hot Wax, Serrano, Jalapeno, Habanero, Cherry Bomb, Tabasco, Cayenne, Thai Hot)
  • limited eggplants, lettuce, arugula
  • and other special guests  . . . 
  • BRAMBLY FARM EGGS & DUCK EGGS from Norfolk
  • EQUAL EXCHANGE COFFEE!

Thank you so much for all of the continued support! We look forward to seeing you again soon!!
Chris and Christy at White Barn Farm