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Monday, August 13, 2018

Week 10: Harvesting Onions

Another hot and humid week has me singing songs of praise of our wonderful and dedicated crew. Weeks like these take a lot out of everyone. Despite the weather, we all put forth the effort and focus to keep things moving right along here. Please be sure to thank the crew for all their hard work and dedication to the farm!




This week we pulled most of our storage onions, which are now curing in the greenhouse. We were very fortunate to have the help of a group of kids from our Farm Camp. These lucky children spend a week at the farm gaining real hands on experience in a variety of farm activities, while also offering their help. We enjoyed working them and are pleased to have our onions out of the field.





This week the share will include:

  • Head lettuce
  • Curly kale
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant 
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Watermelon
  • PYO herbs
  • PYO flowers
  • PYO cherry tomatoes


Despite our best efforts to keep a good stash of scissors for the pick your own field, every week many go missing. We encourage you to bring your own scissors if you plan on picking.
As a reminder, our hours for pickup have changed to Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:30-6:30PM. We are also open for pick your own on Saturdays, 8AM-Noon. Shareholders are free to pick up their share any day that best suits their schedule, and do not need to commit to the same day each week. Additionally, shareholders do not need to tell us which day they will be picking up.

Vegetable of the week!

TOMATOES are the fruit of the plant in the nightshade family. Fresh tomatoes contain 95% water! They are low in carbohydrates (4%), which consists mainly of simple sugars and insoluble fibers. Tomatoes are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K and folate. Studies show that tomatoes and tomato products may reduce the risk of heart disease and several cancers. They are also considered to be beneficial for skin health, and may protect against sunburns.

Pico de Gallo Recipe:
6 small or 4 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 fresh onion, chopped
1-2 seeded and diced hot peppers (optional!)
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/3 cup diced fresh cilantro
1/2 lime, juiced (can add more)
1 garlic clove, minced
Optional spices- cumin, corriander, cayenne, paprika, pepper)
Heavy pinch salt

Mix all ingredients together, refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Homemade BBQ Sauce:
3 lbs tomatoes, cored
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cups chopped and seeded green bell peppers
1 jalapenos –chopped
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/3 cup white vinegar
2 - 3 TBSP packed brown sugar or honey
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp each dry mustard and paprika
1/2 tsp kosher salt
pinch red pepper flakes

Core tomatoes & cook until softened and run through a food mill to remove the peels and seeds (or use a food processor and then strain the pulp through a fine mesh strainer). In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine tomatoes, celery, onions, green peppers, and jalapeno peppers. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat, cover, and boil gently until vegetables soften, about 30 minutes. Use an immersion blender, blender or food processor to make the mixture smooth. Return pot and heat to a low boil, stirring occasionally, until the sauce reduces by half (about an hour). Stir in vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, and spices to the sauce.  Increase heat to medium and boil gently, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes. Again, blend until smooth, and heat on low to desired thickness. Let cool and refrigerate and/or freeze into desired portion sizes.

Farm Store News

The store has Appleton milk from our own cows. Try whole, low-fat, or cream top. Cream top is whole milk that is not homogenized -- most people shake it hard before serving. Please remember to bring back your glass bottles!

We also have Appleton cheeses -- 2 hard and 2 soft varieties -- as well as an ever-changing selection of cheeses, meat products (from the farm), and gifts. You can also sign up for Farm events, right at the store!

Farm Events & Programs
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Wee Farmers
Tuesday, August 14
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Wee Farmers
Thursday, August 16
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Friday, August 17, 2018
Appleton's Friday Farm Dinners with A&B Burger
Friday, August 17
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Wagon Rides at Appleton Farms
Saturday, August 18
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food
Hay Bale Hangout
Saturday, August 18
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Appleton Farms Family Camp Out
Saturday, August 18
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food

Monday, August 6, 2018

Week 9: Rain Provides Relief and it's Time for Watermelons!

We received some much needed rain over the weekend, which allows us to give the irrigation pump a rest, at least for a few days. Our sandy soil, which is great for growing vegetables, dries out quickly in hot, dry summer conditions. Some of our crops were showing signs for water stress, as storm after promised storm seemed to pass north of us over the past few weeks. Luckily, we are well set up to to get water on our crops in an efficient and effective manner. We had irrigated most of the driest fields on our farm by the time the rains came on Saturday.







This week we start harvesting watermelons! Our sandy soil and the slightly dry conditions help with sweetness and make for some pretty tasty fruit. We also start harvesting potatoes and green bell peppers this week!





The share will include:


  • Head lettuce
  • Rainbow chard
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Cucumbers
  • Yellow squash 
  • Zucchini
  • Onions
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Green peppers
  • Watermelon
  • PYO herbs
  • PYO flowers
  • PYO cherry tomatoes



Despite our best efforts to keep a good stash of scissors for the pick your own field, every week many go missing. We encourage you to bring your own scissors if you plan on picking.
As a reminder, our hours for pickup have changed to Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:30-6:30PM. We are also open for pick your own on Saturdays, 8AM-Noon. Shareholders are free to pick up their share any day that best suits their schedule, and do not need to commit to the same day each week. Additionally, shareholders do not need to tell us which day they will be picking up.


Vegetable of the week!


Eggplant is part of the nightshade family, which also includes tomatoes, bell peppers, and potatoes. Although the fruit comes in all shapes, shades and sizes, generally eggplant is known for its pleasantly bitter taste and sponge like texture. It's filled with fiber, copper, B vitamins, and manganese. It's perfect while in season from August through October!

Eggplant Two Ways!

Maghmour (Lebanese Moussaka)
2 Large Eggplant, cubed
1 1/2 cups cooked drained chickpeas
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Large Onion, diced
5 Cloves Garlic, minced
Two Cups Chopped Tomato
1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
1 Teaspoon Smoked Spanish Paprika
1 Teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
1 Tablespoon Dried Mint, or 2 tablespoons fresh minced
1 - 2 Cups Water

Heat oven to 400 and toss eggplant with 2 TBSP oil, roast until tender and browned (20-30 minutes) In a large pot, heat remaining 2 tbsp oil and add onions and a pinch of salt, saute about 15 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, add tomato, tomato paste, paprika, eggplant, chickpeas and mint. Bring to a simmer and cook 20 minutes. Add additional water as necessary to maintain a stew-like consistency. Serve with rice, potatoes, or crusty bread.

Eggplant Chips with Tahini Dip
For chips:
1 eggplant, thinly sliced
Sea salt
2-3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tsp. turmeric
Pinch of cayenne powder (optional)
For dip:
1 heaped tbsp. tahini
1-2 tbsp. cold water
1 tsp. raw honey
1 small clove of garlic, minced (optional)
Olive oil
A sprinkle of paprika
Thinly slice eggplant, line on cooling rack over sink and and sprinkle with salt, let sit for 2 hours or over night. Pay dry each eggplant, place on sheet pan, and heat oven to 350. Mix oil with spices and brush over both sides eggplant and cook until browned and crispy, 30-40 mins. Mix first four dip ingredients together until smooth and syrupy, adding more water if necessary. Pour a dash of oil in the center, sprinkle with paprika and serve with chips.


In the Farm Store


The store has Appleton milk from our own cows. Try whole, low-fat, or cream top. Cream top is whole milk that is not homogenized -- most people shake it hard before serving. Please remember to bring back your glass bottles!

We also have Appleton cheeses -- 2 hard and 2 soft varieties -- as well as an ever-changing selection of cheeses, meat products (from the farm), and gifts. You can also sign up for Farm events, right at the store!


Farm Programs & Events



Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Wee Farmers
Tuesday, August 7
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Wee Farmers
Thursday, August 9
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Friday, August 10, 2018
Appleton's Friday Farm Dinner with CHIVE Events
Friday, August 10
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Hay Bale Hangout
Saturday, August 11
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Wagon Rides at Appleton Farms
Saturday, August 11
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Meet a Dairy Farmer
Sunday, August 12
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Wagon Rides at Appleton Farms
Sunday, August 12
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food
Earth Oven Bread Culinary Workshop
Sunday, August 12
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Farms & Food, Lectures & Workshops


Monday, July 30, 2018

Week 8: Harvesting Melons

It’s everyone’s favorite day of summer. The first melon harvest seems to happen during the most hot, humid week of the year when nothing could be better than a fresh melon. We usually slice a few open right in the field and marvel at how sweet and refreshing a warm melon can taste in late July! Then comes the toss. We harvest out of the same field over an extended time and so we try not to trample down the plants too much. So to harvest, one person literally tosses the melon from the field to the edge, where another person catches it and loads it into a bin. While normally everyone on the crew is eager for a turn to drive the tractor, that’s not the case during melon harvest! There’s too much fun to be had throwing melons.

The share this week:
  • Head lettuce
  • Escarole
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Fresh onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Yellow squash
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Canteloup
  • PYO flowers
  • PYO herbs
  • PYO beans





Despite our best efforts to keep a good stash of scissors for the pick your own field, every week many go missing. We encourage you to bring your own scissors if you plan on picking.

As a reminder, our hours for pickup have changed to Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:30-6:30PM. We are also open for pick your own on Saturdays, 8AM-Noon. Shareholders are free to pick up their share any day that best suits their schedule, and do not need to commit to the same day each week. Additionally, shareholders do not need to tell us which day they will be picking up.



Vegetable of the week!

Escarole is a type of chicory, similar to endive and radicchio, featuring flavorful and slightly bitter leaves. It is less bitter than other chicories. The inner, light colored leaves are suitable for salads and outer, dark leaves for cooked dishes. It is high in vitamin A, fiber, iron and calcium.

Wilted escarole

1 head escarole
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Vinegar of your choice

Cut escarole leaves into wide strips. Saute in olive oil, covered, until wilted and bright breen, a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper and add a splash of vinegar. Makes a great side dish!

Escarole and walnut salad

1 head escarole, sliced
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
2 tsp dijon mustard
¼ cup olive oil
⅓ cup toasted walnuts
Salt and pepper

Stir together vinegar and mustard, then whisk in olive oil. Toss escarole with vinaigrette and sprinkle with walnuts. Season with salt and pepper.

In the Farm Store

The store has Appleton milk from our own cows. Try whole, low-fat, or cream top. Cream top is whole milk that is not homogenized — most people shake it hard before serving. Please remember to bring back your glass bottles.

We also have Appleton cheese — 2 hard and 2 soft varieties — as well as an ever-changing selection of cheeses, meat products (from the farm), and gifts. You can also sign up for Farm events, right at the store!


Events on the Farm

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Tuesday, July 31
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Thursday, August 2
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Farms & Food, Lectures & Workshops
Thursday, August 2
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Saturday, August 4, 2018


Saturday, August 4
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Seasonal Celebrations
Saturday, August 4
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Sunday, August 5
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Sunday, August 5
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food

Monday, July 23, 2018

Week 7: An Abundant Harvest





As we wait for tomatoes to ripen, summer is in full swing with fields a patchwork of green and harvests an abundance to enjoy. The sunflowers poked their happy faces out this week at the crest of our pick your own field and bring joy to us each time we pass by them. There’s a beautiful cover crop of buckwheat at our Underhill field, which is in full bloom and a haven for honey bees and pollinators of all kinds. The first round of fall broccoli and cauliflower went out this week it will surely enjoy the rain and cooler weather. In the bustle of summer, one can’t help but to pause and enjoy all the beauty!




This week the share will include:


  • Mixed greens
  • Radishes
  • Head lettuce
  • Rainbow chard
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Fresh onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Yellow squash
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Cabbage
  • PYO herbs
  • PYO flowers
  • PYO sunflowers





Despite our best efforts to keep a good stash of scissors for the pick your own field, every week many go missing. We encourage you to bring your own scissors if you plan on picking.
As a reminder, our hours for pickup have changed to Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:30-6:30PM. We are also open for pick your own on Saturdays, 8AM-Noon. Shareholders are free to pick up their share any day that best suits their schedule, and do not need to commit to the same day each week. Additionally, shareholders do not need to tell us which day they will be picking up.


Vegetable of the week!


Beets are a member of the goosefoot family, along with crops like swiss chard and spinach. The taproot is beloved for it’s brilliant color and sweet taste. There is a great variety of shapes and colors, including red, golden and candystripped. Beetroot is high in fiber, folate, and manganese. It’s often used as a red food colorant.


Roasted Beet Salad


Ingredients: beets, ½ cup parsley, ¼ olive oil, 2 tbsp red wine vinegar, salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 400 F. Put whole beets in a baking pan with a couple splashes of water, cover tightly with tin foil and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until beets are easily pierced with a knife. Peel beets and cut in quarters. Whisk together vinegar and oil, add beets and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.


Beet Cupcakes


Ingredients:
1 medium beet (you'll need 1/2 cup puréed)
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola or coconut oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup + 1 heaping Tbsp flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder + more for topping
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
Preheat oven to 375, Wrap beet in foil, drizzle on a bit of oil, roast for one hour or until tender. Once cool, remove skin and either grate or puree beet, measure out 1/2 cup. Use rest for beet hummus or beet burgers! Line a muffin pan or grease a cake pan. Whisk milk, sugar, oil, vanilla and beets- beat until foamy. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and slowly add to wet ingredients. Pour smooth batter into liners or pan, 3/4 full, and bake 22 to 25 minutes for muffins, longer for cake, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely, dust with cocoa powder or frost and enjoy!


Farm Store News

The store has Appleton milk from our own cows. Try whole, low-fat, or cream top. Cream top is whole milk that is not homogenized -- most people shake it hard before serving. Please remember to bring back your glass bottles!


We also have Appleton cheeses -- 2 hard and 2 soft varieties -- as well as an ever-changing selection of cheeses, meat products (from the farm), and gifts. You can also sign up for Farm events, right at the store!


Farm Programs & Events
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Wee Farmers
Tuesday, July 24
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Wee Farmers
Thursday, July 26
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Friday, July 27, 2018
Appleton's Friday Farm Dinner with CHIVE Events
Friday, July 27
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Wagon Rides at Appleton Farms
Saturday, July 28
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food
Hay Bale Hangout
Saturday, July 28
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Meet the Machines and Summer Picnic
Sunday, July 29
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Meet a Dairy Farmer
Sunday, July 29
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Wagon Rides at Appleton Farms
Sunday, July 29
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food