Hurricanes that miss their mark, first frost, and the last two weeks of harvest. So many things to sigh and or exhale about this time of year. Like the trees this fall the season seems to have turned with the flip of a switch. Last week we were still in our short sleeves at […]
Hurricanes that miss their mark, first frost, and the last two weeks of harvest. So many things to sigh and or exhale about this time of year. Like the trees this fall the season seems to have turned with the flip of a switch. Last week we were still in our short sleeves at 7am and now we are rolling out the row fabric to keep the greens going while the temperatures dive. It's all dramatic and exciting if we step out of our working, but minute by minute we make our small adjustments and keep getting the day's work done. With all of my worrying and wondering about water this this year I have not had a moments doubt about our crew. We somehow ended up with some of the best people on the planet this season and their efforts every hour of each day made this season a great success.
Stock the Freezer SaleWe have a fall "Stock the Freezer" sale going the next couple weeks. Buy 10 pounds or more of our ground pork, ground beef, or ground lamb for a dollar off per pound. 10lbs Pork or Beef for $70, 10lbs lamb for $60... We also have 10lb flats of frozen tomato seconds for $10.
Last Week of Mushroom Share...Our mushroom farmer had a calendar error and did not deliver the last week of mushrooms last week. Make sure not to miss yours this week.
Thank you for signing up for 2017!!Our appreciation is deep for everyone who has signed up with us for 2017. CSA is a unique collaboration between your families and this farm. By joining now you put your money where your mouth is, supporting local organic food. You also get a great deal. Where else can you buy fresh local organic produce for around $1.50 per pound, pick flowers and strawberries, and swap recipes with the people who grow your food? Thank you! Still need to sign up? Here's the link.
When is the Season Over?We are planning to have our last harvest of the regular farm season the week of October 24th. The last pick-ups will be Tuesday the 24 and Friday the 28th.
What's in the Share?Lettuce Asian Greens Jale Arugula Chickories Carrots Sweet Dumpling Squash Kohklrabi Hakuri Salad Turnips Red Cabbage
Be careful what you wish for. For a couple weeks I have been hoping out loud for a couple three days of hurricane blow off. This is that nice fine rain that comes soft and constant and soaks the soil without washing a grain of sand away. We commonly get this kind of precipitation in […]
Thank You for Signing up for 2017Thank you to those who have signed up online in the past week! Knowing we can count on your shares early allows us to refine our plans for crops, order seed before the winter rush, and take advantage of end of the year pricing on big ticket items like soil, fertilizer and supplies. Most importantly it helps us focus on making the farm productive and healthy. If you haven't signed up yet here's the link.
Cipolinni OnionsThese little flat onions are pure magic. Sweeter than your standard onion they are great roasted in the oven, cooked slow on the stovetop or caramelized.
What's in the ShareLettuce Mix Tatsoi Baby Bok Choi Chard Spinach Carrots Delicata Radishes/salad turnips Cippolinni Onions
A PoemThings we don't have to worry about in a hurricane...
Problems with Hurricanes
A campesino looked at the air And told me: With hurricanes it’s not the wind or the noise or the water. I’ll tell you he said: it’s the mangoes, avocados Green plantains and bananas flying into town like projectiles. How would your family feel if they had to tell The generations that you got killed by a flying Banana. Death by drowning has honor If the wind picked you up and slammed you Against a mountain boulder This would not carry shame But to suffer a mango smashing Your skull or a plantain hitting your Temple at 70 miles per hour is the ultimate disgrace. The campesino takes off his hat— As a sign of respect toward the fury of the wind And says: Don’t worry about the noise Don’t worry about the water Don’t worry about the wind— If you are going out beware of mangoes And all such beautiful sweet things.
Another summer comes to a close and a light frost comes in on cue, even after a couple of blistering days last week. Expect it when you least expect it… Look for great greens in the weeks ahead as we move into our last month of harvests. We have the last of our tomatoes this […]
Time to Sign Up for Next Season!It's been an extraordinary season with some of the best crops of tomatoes, melon and squash we have seen in twenty years of farming. As we work through the unknowns that make up a successful farm season the one thing we can count on is all of you coming to the farm, happy to see what we have done. As farmers we love knowing exactly where our food is going and sharing stories with you each week about your fantastic grilled veggie pizza, wowing your dinner guests, or the successes in figuring out how to get the kids to eat cabbage (roast it!) In turn, we hope that you value knowing and seeing where your food is grown and the weekly experience of just being here in this beautiful place. Maura and I hope you will join us again for another year of great food and real community here at Crystal Spring Farm. Follow this link to sign up for the 2017 season.
Oysters come to Crystal SpringFor few weeks this fall we are offering a preordered oysters from our friend Lincoln Smith and Long Reach Oysters in Harpswell. These are native eastern oysters grown from seed over the past year on rafts off Great Island. We have sampled a few and they are briney with great flavor and good size. They will be delivered to the farm each Friday and ready for CSA pickup. Prices are 1/2 dozen for $9, a dozen for $16 and 3+ dozen for $15/per. Please send me an email order by the end of Tuesday for delivery on Friday. Here's a link to Lincoln's website.
What's in the ShareLettuce Mix Asian Greens Kale Napa Cabbage Chickories Green Tomaotes Sweet Potatoes Watermelon Radishes Onions
What's in UpicHerbs and Flowers...both waning
2-3 green tomatoes about a tablespoon kosher salt 1 cup cider vinegar 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons whole mustard seed pinch of celery seed 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1 yellow onion sliced 1 green and 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced Slice tomatoes to about 1/2″ thick, removing stem and blossom ends and […]
Its the last fews days of an exceptional summer. Sometimes I speak of biblical plagues on the farm like unstoppable pests, unrelenting drought, etc. This summer my references trended more toward the miracles. Like wine from water or feeding everyone with a few loaves and a couple fish, we have pulled an amazing amount […]
Watermelon RadishThis new addition to the farm lineup is a favorite. These big radishes and flavorful and beautiful. It's hard not to take a photo before you enjoy them. Our favorite way right now is sliced thin with a splash of rice vinegar. We put them out anytime of day and the kids go nuts.
What's in the ShareLettuce Fennel Kale Chard Arugula Chickories Hot mustard Gold Beets Peppers Watermelon Watermelon Radishes Bok Choi (big!) Acorn squash
What's in UpicButter beans (use like edamame) Flowers Herbs...
The transition to fall is here and we have the produce to prove it. After a rip snorter of a storm on Sunday the switch was thrown and here we are. The farm woke up to 39 degrees this Monday morning and I had to start my day finding the hoodie I have forgotten about since […]
What's in the ShareSpinach Carrots Radishes Asian Greens Cabbage Winter Squash Tomato Leeks
What's in UpicEdamame Cherry Toms (waning) Flowers/Herbs
September is the busiest month for us. Not because of the farm, or rather not only because of the farm. This month our kids go back to school and Maura goes back to her counseling job at the middle school in Topsham. As luck would have it everyone began their school schedule today! Please find […]
What's in the ShareTomatoes Cabbage Fennel Carrots Garlic Beets Peppers Cucumbers Arugula Kale
What's in UpicFlowers Herbs Cherry Toms Edamame
What's in the ShareTomatoes Carrots Beets Watermelon Cukes/Summer Squash Peppers Tatsoi
What's in UpicCherry toms Herbs flowers Tomatillos
More good rain this weekend and after it a cool dry breeze that said very clearly fall is coming. That air felt great but are not quite ready to transition yet. We still have weeks of tomatoes, peppers and watermelon (solidly summer crops) coming to you. Our other big transition is the loss of our […]
Late Fall ShareWe still have shares in our late fall CSA. This is our "I don't want to stop coming to the farm just yet" share. Here's how it works... Every other Tuesday in November and December (including the Tuesdays before Thanksgiving and and Christmas) we will harvest fresh greens from our greenhouse along with carrots, cabbage, bok choi, chard and pair them up with storage crops like sweet potatoes, winter squash and beets to make a hearty share that will hold winter off. Like our yogurt, bread and cheese shares? You'll be able to continue these during these months as well (sign-up for these will be in September). For more info and to sign-up click here.
PorkWe still have some whole and half hogs available but they are going fast...if you are thinking about filling your freezer with high quality local meat that was raised with care grab a form at pick-up or fill one out here and get it back to us.
What's in the ShareTomatoes Lettuce Asian Greens Kale Melon Peppers Broccoli Scallions Basil
What's in UpicCherry Toms Herbs Flowers
All streaks must be broken and after setting a dryness record for us at this farm (14 years) we are so happy to have moisture. The storms on Friday and following rain on Saturday and Sunday brought us just over 1.5″. Not enough to dig us out of a drought but surely enough save the […]