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Fox Creek Farm CSA Newsletter, week of June 17, 2019
In this newsletter:
  • Farm News - last Saturday's farm tour. 
  • Arugula recipes (pesto and salad)
  • What happens to missed CSA shares?
  • Part-time delivery driver wanted (Tuesday, Thursday)
  • Winter storage shares still available!
  • Come and enjoy your farm
  • U-pick, and this week's share 

Farm News

After a successful first week of harvesting and delivering our CSA shares, we took some of our CSA members for our weekly field check on a beautiful Saturday morning.

Each week we go out to check on the crops to see what will be ready for harvest for the shares. It's also a good time to get up close and personal with bugs - is the flea beetle situation still under control? How's the new planting of summer squash doing? Are the carrots somewhat on schedule?

Although at times we're stuck on one part of one field with regular work (for example, thinning 300' of carrots), this weekly walk gives us the opportunity to take in a 'birds-eye-view' of everything currently going on. It's very satisfying to have the opportunity to take in the greater picture!

To those who joined us on the tour - we hope you learned a thing or two, and thank you for your great questions! Remember, you can visit your farm any time - there's just a couple of rules to go by, which you can find in this newsletter.

To great food and good eating,

your farmers,

Raymond and Sara

Missed CSA shares ...

As you know, you can always send someone else to pick up your CSA share in your place. But if you cannot find someone else, and miss the weekly pick-up, your share will go to feeding the hungry.

For example, we are working together with the Squash Hunger project from Capital Roots. Their volunteers report to most of our sites at the end of the pick-up time, collect all left-over produce, and deliver it to food pantries or shelters in the area. So your Fox Creek Farm CSA produce always finds a welcoming home!

Arugula recipes
Arugula is part of the mustard family, and has a distinct peppery mustard taste. It goes well with a soft goat cheese (chevre) on toast. We like to break out the kitchen blender and make arugola pesto. Great with some pasta or on toast. And an excellent way to find a home for some left-over garlic scallions!

Arugula Pesto

Ingredients:
2 cups loosely packed arugula
¼ cup walnuts
1-2 Garlic scallion(s), chopped
2 T parmesan or Romano cheese, more to taste
Salt and black pepper
¼ cup olive oil

Directions: Combine the arugula, walnuts, garlic, cheese, and salt and pepper to taste in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Gradually add the oil through the feed tube of the processor with the motor running, until the mixture is a smooth paste.

Arugula salad with lemon and shaved parmesan

Arugula is also a very nice salad ingredient. This recipe is just a suggestion (serves 2):

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups arugula
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese

Directions: In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, and salt and pepper. Add the arugula to the bowl and toss. Top with the shaved Parmesan and more pepper taste. .

We are looking for a part-time delivery driver!

We have an opening for a part-time (substitute) delivery driver for our Tuesday and Thursday routes. Tuesday goes from the farm to downtown Albany and Schenectady and back to the farm, for about 3 hours of work. Our Thursday route goes from the farm to Altamont, Schenectady, Clifton Park and back to the farm, for about 4 hours of work. Tuesday route needs to leave the farm at 11:00 AM, Thursday at 1:00 PM.Some lifting involved, up to 50 lbs. Comfortable with driving a large stepvan (USPS truck). Attention to detail. $ 20/hour.

Interested? Give Raymond a call at (518) 872-2375, or send him an email at farmer@foxcreekfarmcsa.com

About the winter storage shares ...

Over the winter, we decided to add a second optional winter storage share to our offerings. It’s another bushel of winter storage crops, which we will deliver two weeks after the first winter share. If you’ve signed up early, you are probably unaware of this opportunity.
 
If you like to add either our first winter storage share, or both winter storage shares to your 2019 Fox Creek Farm CSA share, please visit our winter storage share page on our website to sign up

To the Winter Storage Share Page

Upcoming farm events:

Next up is our garlic harvest festival, which is our signature hands on seasonal event here on the farm for our CSA members. We'll invite you to come and help bring in the 2019 garlic crop, and join us for an always outstanding potluck lunch. And ,,. we barter garlic for your help!

Although it's still a little early to predict the exact date, it will be either Saturday July 20, or Saturday, July 27: mark your calendars!

Come and enjoy YOUR farm


We invite you to come and visit - the farm is a beautiful place, and you can come anytime. No appointments necessary. But please keep in mind the following:

* Fox Creek Farm is a working farm. While we love for you to come and visit, there are times when we really need to keep working. You might come at a time when the fields have just dried enough to go and cultivate, or when we are getting tomorrow’s harvest ready. We appreciate your understanding!

* Please drive slowly on our farm road as sight lines are limited. Slowing down avoids problems with other CSA members, or collisions with our horse and carriage.

* All our fences are electric. They keep the deer out, and the horse and chickens in. Touching any of these fences really hurts

* You can walk by the fields, but please stay on the grass.

* Children need to be supervised at all times.

* No swimming or wading in the ponds.

* Don’t feed the horses or goats, or enter the pasture.

* Dogs are only allowed on-leash only. Clean-up after your dog.
 

In this week's share, and U-pick update

[Due to an editorial error, we promised you this last week, but forgot to include it in the newsletter. This week we're doing a better job!]

This week, everyone will receive lettuce, mesclun, spinach, arugula, and garlic scallions. We are rotating broccoli, summer squash and radishes

Flowers and tomatoes don't like frost, so we planted the U-pick not until the 3rd week of May. The plants are growing, but it will take a little bit of time before the crops are ready for harvest.

Thank you for your support of our family farm!

We pride ourselves in providing our CSA members with an outstanding experience. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any of your questions or concerns regarding the farm. 

Sara and Raymond Luhrman, Fox Creek Farm CSA
182 Fox Creek Farm Road, Schoharie, NY  12157

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