Waltham Fields Community Farm
CSA NEWSLETTER 2016
Week 19 of 20
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In This Issue
Waltham Fields 2016 Winter Shares are quickly selling!
Pick up dates are Nov. 5th, Nov. 19th & Dec. 3rd.
CSA PICKUP DATES AND TIMES
 
COME ONCE EACH WEEK ON ANY OF THESE PICK UP DAYS
Wednesday, October 12-Oct. 19, 2:00-6:30PM
Thursday, October 13-Oct. 20, 2:00-6:30PM
Saturday, October 15-Oct. 22, 9AM-2PM
 
Any shareholder is welcome to pick up on any of the above days! You don't have to let us know when you're coming. Feel free to switch back and forth from week to week if that works best for you, or choose a day and stick to it for most of the season. We'll be happy to see you whatever day you come to the farm.
WHAT'S IN THE SHARE - Our Best Guess
This is our best guess at this point. Actual crops may vary from what's listed here due to a variety of factors. 
  
In the Barn (Picked for You)
Greenhouse Production Supervisor, Naomi, with our garlic sizing tool.
Arugula
Beets
Bok choy
Cabbage-savoy or green
Collards
Frisee
Loose greens
Kale
Lettuce
Potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Daikon radish
Spinach
Swiss chard
Tatsoi
Salad turnips

Pick Your Own (PYO): 
Last of the tomatillos & chiles, parsley & Perennial Herb & Flower Garden

RECIPES
We have a ton of great recipes on our website, including many different suggestions for sweet potatoesClick here to check them out!
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
Week 19: End of Season Notes from the Field Crew
By: Heidi Blake, Stacey Daley & Allison Ostrowski
 
         "There were many signs this week that told my reluctant mind that the farming season is tapering: the smokey grey mist that hovers over the fields on chilly mornings, the absence of tomato plants in the fields, the blanketing of tender lettuces and greens with row cover to ward off frost damage, the spreading of cover crop seed to replenish the soil, and the very last harvest of eggplants and peppers. While I welcome Fall admittedly with some hesitation, I am so full of gratitude for the abundance the soil has shared with us this season and for all the "harvest highs." I realize the time to let the farm rest is near. I am also grateful for the honest, hard working, caring, creative and hilarious men and women I have had the incredible pleasure to work, sweat and laugh along side this season and now consider my friends. I knew getting my hands dirty again on a farm would be beneficial in many ways but I could not have anticipated just how much this farm, and those that tend it, would nurture my spirit.  Finally, a shout out to Jack and all of this season's weed crew... your mighty skills in the field have been missed during these weeks without you (but, excited we got Bekah back!!)."

-Stacey, for the 2016 Field Crew

Toscano kale
Assistant Farm Manager, Anna Kelchlin, harvesting ginger last week




















         "Today I unrolled a bale of row cover that I very well may have rolled up this spring as a volunteer.  We were covering some of the more vulnerable crops like lettuce and fennel from a potential overnight frost.  I don't quite remember what we were uncovering in the spring, but the threat was of too much heat being trapped under the remay and the crop bolting before it was harvested.  This leads me to believe it was probably lettuce.  Full circle.   

        It seems so long ago that we were harvesting tomatoes all afternoon in the full sun and heat of August.  Watermelon brigade, sitting on the back of the transplanter feeling like Lucy in the chocolate factory when we couldn't get the plants in the ground fast enough.  Weeding the amaranth jungle at Lyman and having an afternoon dip in the pool at the Weston property we rent land from.  The last four months have flown by, the days and weeks blending together in the nicest of ways.  WFCF is a great community and I'm lucky to be a part of it.  

Thanks for an amazing season!"
-Allison, for the 2016 Field Crew

Farm Manager, Erinn Roberts, and quite sizable Daikon radishes
         
Field Crew member, Heidi Blake, and a kale harvest
















         "As the Autumn air crispens, the summer's crops senesce, and the last week of the CSA approaches, the tenure for us on the farm's field crew is nearing its end. When we first took to the fields and to the greenhouses as the farm's team of ready seeders, transplanters, harvesters and doers of an array of other tasks, we had little idea of how things would unfold this season. After three-plus months of laboring shoulder-to-shoulder with the farm team, I can heartily share that it has been a wonderful season, one filled with lots of learning, laughter, and camaraderie along with many, many pounds of crops harvested and cared for.
 
            In reflecting on this season and giving thanks to all who have helped make it happen, I want to share something that I recently came across that captures what I'm feeling at this end-of-season time. It's from the "womenwhofarm" Instagram. I have modified the passage a bit:
 
            'Someone has said that 'farming isn't rocket science - it's harder.' It's the ultimate interdisciplinary pursuit. One has to wear so many different hats - botanist, historian, naturalist, businessperson, pathologist, poet - the list goes on, which is what keeps it engaging and also, at times, overwhelming. The more you learn, the more you realize you don't know. There are good days and bad days and that's why having a supportive community of fellow farmers, CSA members and colleagues is key to surviving this crazy thing we do. Some shared tears, laughter and camaraderie go a long way.'
 
         It is with tremendous gratitude that I say thanks to the CSA members and to the farm team and staff, who all help make WFCF the treasure that it is. I will long remember and cherish the season of 2016 - even with the drought!"
 
Sincerely,
Heidi, for the 2016 Field Crew.

Savoy cabbage
WHAT'S IN THE BARN 

Landgrove, VT- Smoked Maple Syrup
  
Sugar Bob infuses the richest and darkest pure maple syrup from their very own maple sugaring operation with hardwood smoke to create this magical and all natural addition to your cuisine. Nothing else is added to this smoky syrup.

Probably not for your pancakes, but when used in small amounts and blended with savory ingredients, Smoked Maple Syrup is a transformative secret addition to the gourmet experience.

See recipes here using smoked maple syrup including salad dressings, meat marinades and vegetable stir-fry. 
 
All of our retail products are available for sale to the public. For our own produce offerings, we prioritize giving shareholders a good return on their investment and meeting our food assistance goals (22% of what we grow - which should amount to $80,000 of produce for low-income households this year).
Early in the season, crops for sale to the public will be those that we have an abundance of, and later in the season, if production is going well, we hope to operate as a full-fledged farm store with a wide range of vegetables available to the public during our weekly CSA distribution hours.
Simple Daikon Noodle Soup

Ingredients
Instructions 
  1. Sautee daikon and cauliflower in cooking/sesame oil.
  2. Add water and kombu. Boil and then turn down to low heat.
  3. Add mirin, soy sauce, sugar, and oyster sauce. Add one tablespoon at a time. Taste often and adjust the amount.
  4. Add a mixture of corn starch and water to thicken the soup. Salt and pepper.
  5. Add cooked noodles. Serve with chopped scallion. 
IMPORTANT SHAREHOLDER INFORMATION

What's In The Share
Each Tuesday we'll send out a CSA newsletter letting you know our best guess for what will be in the share, for the items we're harvesting for you as well as for pick-your-own (PYO) crops. All shareholders need to check in with us in the Distribution Barn before picking up their share. Notice and respect the amounts indicated for the vegetables in the barn & in PYO and do not take the same vegetable twice unless otherwise advertised. 

If it's your first time picking up a CSA share let us know when you check in and we'll help guide you through your first pick up. Also, please feel free to ask us questions anytime. We're here to help you!

Bring Your Own Bags or a Box
Please remember to bring your own bags or a box to the farm to pick up your CSA share! We strongly encourage the use of reusable bags/boxes for all vegetables on the farm. If you forget your bags or want some really great ones, we have reusable Waltham Fields Tote Bags for sale in the barn for $4, with proceeds supporting our food assistance & education programs. 

Pick-Your-Own Crops
All shareholders are welcome to pick-your-own anytime during daylight hours, and you don't have to do your PYO when you pick up the rest of your share. Like last year, each PYO crop will have a number assigned to it. We'll have sheets of paper available each week with a map and a list of crops that are available to harvest on it, along with where the crops are located and the amount allowed and harvest tips. PYO sheets will be available at all times at the PYO stand on the south side of the Distribution Barn. Please respect the quantity and limits so that there is enough for everyone!

If You Need to Miss A Pick Up
If you can't pick up a share one week, we are not able to allow you to double up on another week. But you can send friends or neighbors to get your veggies on any week you can't make it yourself. Have them check in under the last name of the primary shareholder for your share. You don't need to let us know they're coming. They will just check in under your name at the CSA barn. If no one picks up your share, the veggies will be included with our weekly donations to hunger relief organizations. 

For Those Splitting a Share
If you are splitting a share, please remember that you need to pick up the whole share at one time each week. It is NOT acceptable for one partner to come at one time and pick up half the share and another to get the other half later. You'll need to coordinate with your share partner to figure out how to divide the share up, either by taking alternate weeks, meeting up at the farm to pick up the share together, etc. 

Dogs on the Farm
Dogs are welcome on the farm but are not allowed in the CSA barn or in the vegetable fields per health department regulations. Dogs must be leashed and owners must clean up after them. 

Share Pick Up Questions
More questions about share pick up? Check out our CSA FAQs! You can also contact Lauren Trotogott, our Distribution Coordinator. 
Quick Links
Waltham Fields Community Farm Staff

Year-Round Staff:
Shannon Taylor, Executive Director
Marla Rhodes, Volunteer & Development Coordinator
Erinn Roberts, Farm Manager
Anna Kelchlin, Assistant Farm Manager
Alexandra Lennon-Simon, Education & Outreach Manager
Lauren Trotogott, Distribution Coordinator
Kamelia Aly, Bookkeeper & Office Coordinator

Seasonal Staff:
Assistant Grower: Janelle Plummer
Greenhouse Production Supervisor: Naomi Shea
Equipment Supervisor: Dan Roberts
Field Crew: Heidi Blake, Stacey Daley, Allison Ostrowski, Andre Tufenkian
Learning Garden Educators: Autumn Cutting, Alannah Glickman, Jack Leng
CSA Assistant: Danielle Barmash

www.communityfarms.org
240 Beaver Street
Waltham, MA 02452