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Farm News for Saturday, April 14, 2018

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Star Hollow Farm
Adams Morgan FARM MARKET & CSA

notes for the week of
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
on Instagram@starhollowfarm.pa

Hello all!


[photo] The last time I was down was such a beautiful day I stopped off at the National Cathedral on my way out of town, just to see their beautiful gardens and enjoy the day.

Farm news...
We're getting lots of seeds going in the greenhouse; greens are really coming on in the high tunnels; berry canes are getting trimmed in the fields; and it's time to clean out two year's worth of manure from the hen house. Oh boy!

Updates:

  • How to get our store to 'remember' your credit card info. That was a question last time. The answer? Use PayPal! It is safer for you and it remembers all your info so you don't have to re-enter it each time. And we're already paying for the privilege (via the percentage cut they take) so you might as well!
  • Chickens & eggs. Last week I took our two-year-old birds to see Nevin the butcher. Chickens will lay eggs for years, but every year the percentage of eggs laid per bird goes down. A new flock is due here in about a month, giving us time to clean things up for them. To make up for not having our own eggs, we've got eggs from flocks at the Byers and Martins farms, both of which wander on grass and lead as good a life as domestic hens can.
  • Stewing hens. Thus we take this opportunity to remind you that buying good eggs from us, from hens that lead the good life, inevitably ends badly for them. While not everyone is nuts about stewing hens (used for broth and soup), we actually need you to help us use them up, the final round in the circle of sustainability. To eat eggs but refuse to eat their layers when their time has come doesn't really add up in the end.
  • Food safety. Just want to remind you all to handle produce you get from us as recommended by USDA. This is especially the case when buying the frozen hens from us. Please keep them refrigerated or re-frozen until you are ready to use them.
  • Alice from market. Many of you will remember Alice, the tall blonde woman that was a cashier and helper at our market for many, many years. She and her husband Robert and son Oliver came to visit last time I was down and we had a very nice lunch at Mintwood. They now live in San Salvador and have run a business there for about 5 years. They are happy and well!
  • Our schedule. We're down in your neck-a-da-woods April 14 & 28; May 12 & 26; and then resume our weekly schedule at the beginning of June.

Please tell your friends...
We're open for new members! If you like what we do, please let them know we'd love to have them join us!


[photo]
The greens are doin' it now!

This week's produce ...

Same message as last time: the storage items are disappearing and the greens are popping up to fill the gap.

  • Kits: roasted carrots & potatoes, parsnip & apple soup, sorrel soup, turnip soup, and seconds roasted roots.
  • Greens: arugula, beet greens, dandelions, mixed kale, bagged lettuce mix, microgreens, mixed mustards, pea shoots, spinach & our stir-fry greens mix.
  • Veggies: dried Lima & black turtle beans, beets (red & Chioggia), carrots (orange & purple), garlic, Jerusalem artichokes, onions (2 kinds), parsnips, cayenne peppers, potatoes (4 kinds), black Spanish radishes, rutabagas, shallots, sweet potatoes and turnips.
  • Herbs: cilantro, parsley, sorrel, and one or two each of several other herbs.
  • Apples: Fuji, Gold Rush, JonaGold, Jonathan, Pink Lady & seconds (we've got lots... what about making some apple sauce?).
  • Poultry & Cheese: Stewing hens (2 sizes), chicken & duck eggs, the usual cheeses.
  • Miscellany: cider, apple sauce, honey, maple syrup, blueberry & strawberry jams.
  • Firewood


[photo]
A lot of our garlic bulbs are going soft. To try to get something out of them, I did something new: stuck whole bulbs in a bed in the greenhouse. They're up!

Hope you're having a good week! See you Saturday.

Thanks for your support,
Randy, Chris & Sam
at Star Hollow Farm



[photo]
It was a frosty morning, but things warmed up pretty decently!


[photo] This is the creek down from the house.

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