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Farm News for Saturday, December 16, 2017

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Star Hollow Farm
Adams Morgan FARM STORE

notes for the week of
Saturday, December 16, 2017
on Instagram@starhollowfarm.pa

Hello all!

Two pics from the farm today. Outside was about 25 degrees with wind and occasional snowflakes; inside was about 50 and still. Where would you rather work?

On-the-farm ...
Things are going well enough here. It's been nice to have a few "off" weeks where we can get some other things done around here, and maybe work a little slower. Thinking about my day today, spending time in the packing shed trimming and packing lemongrass while the cold wind blew outdoors. I wondered how many Pennsylvania farmers were working with their lemongrass in December? Ten years ago I'd have said ZERO; now I couldn't say.

The local weather forecast is calling for a low of 15 tonight. As our farm is low and the cold settles here, we're usually 5 to 10 degrees below their forecast in the winter. We could be seeing our first single-digit night. Hope Sam has lots of firewood up in his cabin!

Our upcoming schedule ...
This is our last market week of 2017. Usually it works that we also come down between Christmas and New Years, but the way our farm conferences work this year, we'll not be back until the first week of January. So we'll be every-other-week starting January 6 until the end of May. During that time period, order pickups will be from 10-1, but this week is still 9-1. The specific dates (in case you want to mark your calendar) are...

  • Jan. 6 & 20; Feb. 3 & 17; Mar. 3, 17 and 31; Apr. 14 & 28; and May 12 & 26.

And remember...
That means ordering extra to get you through our absences. Here's one new item from us that might help...

...Chris' Sunchoke refrigerator pickle pack. We provide the recipe & the veggies, you add the spices & vinegar.

This week's produce ... (new or back)

  • Greens: arugula, cabbage (green & red), Claytonia(Miner's lettuce), cress, kale, lettuce (Bibb heads & lettuce mix), microgreens, spinach & our stir fry greens mix.
  • Veggies: beets, carrots (orange & purple), fennel, garlic, horseradish, kohlrabi, leeks, onions (sweet & red), parsnips, parsnips (& soup kit), dried cayenne peppers, potatoes (several kinds), winter radishes (3 kinds), roasted roots pack, scallions, shallots, sorrel soup pack, sunchokes (plus a sunchoke refrigerator pickle pack), sweet potatoes, turnips (& soup kit) & winter squashes (3 kinds; the end for Delicata).
  • Mushrooms: Portabellas (!!!).
  • Herbs: garlic chives, cilantro, dill, lemongrass (including a freezer-pak), parsley, rosemary, sorrel & our mini-sampler.
  • Tree fruit: apples (lots of varieties, plus our mixed pack) & bosc pears.
  • Eggs: Yup.
  • Cheese & butter: Yep.
  • Preserves: Yipper.
  • Firewood. Yeah.

There you have it. Enjoy!

Thanks for your support,
Randy, Chris & Sam


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