Early Sign-up campaign ends Friday, 10/28. Farm news. This week's share. Recipe for roasted carrots. 2023 CSA FAQ's.
Fox Creek Farm CSA Newsletter, week of October 24, 2022
In this newsletter:
Early Sign-up campaign ends Friday, October 28
Recipe: Roasted carrots
2023 CSA Frequently Asked Questions
Early Sign-up Campaign Ends Friday, October 28
Did you renew your Fox Creek Farm CSA share yet? Our early bird special ends on Friday, and all it takes is a small deposit to lock in your 2023 share price.
Sign up now for the best price we can offer – we have no idea how national and global dynamics will influence our costs for labor, seeds, fuel, and supplies, but we foresee a continuation of an upward trend.
We expect to have to increase the 2023 share price between now and the start of the harvests in June of next year. Renewing your share is easy on our website:
This is the last regular newsletter for the 2022 growing season. Our farm plan worked: there are hardly any crops left in the field to harvest, and throughout the harvest season, the CSA shares were a great mix of produce. The heat and drought provided a big challenge, but we managed not to lose any crops (or to dry up the irrigation pond). Strategizing on what to irrigate, and a major change over from overhead to drip irrigation made all the difference. Farming as a game of chess, anticipating every next move!
By Friday, Richard and Barryton will be on their way back to Jamaica. And after working together for 6 seasons, it’s kind-of saying goodbye to good family. Without their dedication and hard work, we would not be able to run the farm. We’re already looking forward to their return early April!
Packing 375 shares per week is no small undertaking. This year it went remarkably smooth, thanks to our packing shed dream-team. Thank you to Sarah, Julian, Kay, and Greg. To a job well done!
Without Karl, we would have a hard time getting our produce to the SiCM Food Pantry in Schenectady this season.
And then of course there is Mike, our delivery truck driver. He took the unexpected challenge from going part-time to full-time and ran with it this year. He says he is dreaming about the routes, and is doing a wonderful job (saving us a lot of stress).
But without you, dear CSA member, this whole farm adventure would come to a screeching halt. Thank you for enjoying our produce. For stepping up to the challenge of trying new vegetables, and for making Fox Creek Farm an important part of your eating experiences.
And for us: after this week we’re starting with the harvests for our first winter CSA in Fox Creek Farm’s history. Getting the farm ready for snow: cleaning up and maintaining equipment. Making plans for the next growing season, and breaking ground for another barn.
Enjoy the last regular harvest of this season,
Raymond and Sara
P.S.: We’ll be sending out a short and sweet end-of-season questionnaire next week. We would like to hear from you – your feedback helps us improve the CSA!
Expected harvest & U-pick update
For this week, we will bring you Potatoes, Onions, Garlic, Beets, Nantes Carrots, Lettuce, Swiss chard or Kale, Popcorn, Butternut Squash, and Parsnip (for the full shares, only).
The apple variety this week is Golden Delicious. We hope you enjoyed trying familiar and new apple varieties that came with the apple share add-on!
Recipe: Roasted Carrots
We came across this roasted carrot recipe in the NYT. The roasting brings out the sweet flavors of the carrots – and the optional herbs make for a nice contrast!
1.5 pounds carrots, peeled quartered or cut into sixths lengthwise depending on the size, then into 2-inch lengths (what counts is that you want carrot pieces about the same size)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped (optional)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
½ teaspoon oregano (optional)
3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Oil a sheet pan or a baking dish large enough to fit all of the carrots in a single layer. Place the carrots in a large bowl, and toss with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and optional thyme and oregano.
Spread in an even layer in the prepared pan or baking dish. Cover with foil, and place in the oven for 30 minutes. Uncover, and if the carrots are not yet tender, turn the heat down to 375 degrees and return to the oven for 10 to 15 more minutes until tender.
If desired, add the parsley, stir gently. Adjust taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.
2023 CSA Frequently Asked Questions
There were some recurring questions about our 2023 CSA proposal. We forgot that some of our current members are not familiar with how our pick-up sites used to work pre-COVID. And our fee for our pre-packed sites also got a lot of questions.
What is “Market Style”? At a Fox Creek Farm Market Style pick-up site, you’ll pack your own share. We will bring crates with produce and indicate how much of each kind of produce you can take. If you don’t like some kind of produce, you don’t have to bring it (or not take as much as you are allowed to), or trade produce in our exchange box. At the market-style sites, all left-over produce at the end of the pick-up time will be donated to hunger relief efforts.
Why do you apply a fee to the pre-packed sites? To cover for the extra labor and materials it takes to pre-pack CSA shares. The fee varies by location: at some sites we can use our reusable crates, while at other locations, we need to use cardboard boxes. This is a one-time charge, of course.
The first winter share pick-up will be on Monday, 10/31 here at the farm (or pick up on Tuesday, self-serve). If you did sign-up for the winter CSA, look out for an email with pick-up instructions. We expect to send out that email on Saturday, 10/29
We still have a few shares available if you are interested. The winter share runs for 8 weeks, to the week of December 17, and costs $ 200.