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Farm News for Saturday, November 10, 2018

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Star Hollow Farm
Adams Morgan FARM MARKET & CSA

notes for the week of
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Hello all!

[photo] Yesterday and this morning we had nearly two inches of rain. A seriously gray, dreary time. Then while I was working on our availability spreadsheet at my desk, where I can look out on the gardens, it went from gray to clear blue sky and sunshine in about five minutes. Yay! Then half an hour later the fog rolled in, and shortly thereafter it was dark.

On the farm
There is still farmwork happening, but it begins to shift emphasis from looking ahead to cleaning up what was left behind. Our outdoor crops are all in, except for the sunchokes, winter roots (radishes, turnips, beets & carrots) and some late cabbage. All over are piles of vine crops and the tops of everything else, waiting to be hauled to the compost bins. The high tunnels and greenhouse continue to produce some greens and herbs, though everything slows way down with the short days and gray skies.

[photo] Frozen stewing hens in our freezers.

Chicken scratch...
You will notice one significant change in the store this week. Almost gone will be our Star Hollow eggs; in their place will be Berry Blossom farm eggs. And there are more frozen stewing hens available. What's this all about? With the end of our DC deliveries within sight, we've needed to make plans for what happens to our flock of layers, which we would have no reason to keep through the winter. (That would be a big expense and lot of work with no significant sales opportunities.) So we talked to friends and soon heard from a farmer about 15 miles away that he would love to get most of our birds before winter is full-on. That was about the best option we could have hoped for, making $3 a bird instead of paying $3 a bird to have them butchered. He picked up most of our flock last Saturday morning, while I was driving down to DC with your orders.

Stewing hens. We have had these available during the colder months ever since we started raising birds over 10 years ago. What we've found out, however, is that there is not a great demand for them, and we are often lucky to break even on them. That's too bad, as it makes sense to us that, for sustainability's sake, if you like to eat eggs -- and that means that birds are grown to lay and need to die when they're done -- eating the bird is the "closing of the circle." I'm sure some won't like that line of thinking, but that's how we see it. We have over 50 frozen birds from last spring, beyond what we can eat ourselves. We've offered more than half of those to the Food Rescue in Adams Morgan, and have 20-some left. They make great stock, and are not terribly tough: we eat much of the meat off the carcass after making stock. Care to help us out for raising all those birds for your eggs? (Food for thought...)

Our remaining schedule for Adams Morgan is...

  • November, 11/10, 11/17 and then Thanksgiving Saturday off.
  • December, the first 3 Saturdays (12/1, 12/8, 12/15). And that's it.

This week's produce will include...

  • Greens: arugula, cabbage, kale, lettuce (2), pea shoots, spinach & our stir-fry mix.
  • Veggies: Black Turtle dry beans (just a few left), beets (2), carrots (2), cauliflower, celeriac, garlic, horseradish, a lemongrass pack, onions, parsnips, potatoes (5), radishes (2), shallots, sunchokes (plus a pickle pack), sweet potatoes (2) & winter squashes (5).
  • Herbs: cilantro, lemongrass, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage & sorrel.
  • Fruit: Fuji, Granny Smith, Jonathan, Mutsu/Crispin, Rome, Stayman Winesap & York Imperial apples. (Say, partner, how d'ya like them apples?)
  • Poultry & Cheese: stewing hens (sale!), eggs, plus 4 cow cheeses and 3 goat cheeses (this is the end for demi-sec and ash logs).
  • Miscellany: cider, honey (2) & maple syrup!


Have a great evening and hope to see you Saturday.

Thanks for your support,
Randy, Chris & Sam
your Star Hollow Farmers


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