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Friday, July 14, 2017

Week 6

We had technical difficulties with the blog last week and we were unable publish the our weekly update. We apologize and hope the issue is resolved. Thanks for your patience.

With warm weather and plenty of rain, almost everything is growing very well. The peas came and went in a flash and the tomatoes seem to shoot up inches everyday. Some of the summer crops are coming in very nicely, like zucchini and cucumbers, and others show promise of bounties to come. The weeds seem to grow just as well as the crops, but our steady and dependable crew is always up for the challenge. I can’t say enough about the tremendous effort they put in everyday.

There have been a few questions about limits on items in the share and if those limits will change. We typically limit things like greens and bunched items because of the amount of labor that goes into growing and harvesting those vegetables. Our goal is to put out a high quality and diverse share each week. By imposing limits on the more labor intensive crops we are able to do a better job on the farm overall and have a more consist quality and diverse offering.

We updated our CSA handbook to include the new “flexible day” policy, which you can find here: http://www.thetrustees.org/assets/documents/places-to-visit/2017-FINAL-Shareholder-Booklet.pdf. As a reminder, we no longer need to know which day you’re coming to pick up your share or if you need to switch pickup days from week to week. We only allow one pickup per week but the choice of day is up to you. If you cannot make it for one of the weeks, you can always send a friend to pick up your share for you.

This week the share will include:

Arugula
Baby kale
Broccoli raab
Baby bok choi
Mustard greens
Head lettuce
Green curly kale
Rainbow chard
Radishes
Scallions
Fennel
Red cabbage
Green cabbage
Beets
Zucchini
Summer squash
Cucumbers

Please remember to bring your tote bags! The shareroom is open Monday & Thursday 2-7pmTuesday and Friday 12-5pm.

News from the Creamery


Introducing Round Piont, a new cheese created by our resident Cheesemaker. Round Point , a soft, full-flavored cheese.   It is now available at the store and will be part of the Cheese Share! 

We are excited to announce our new Cheese Share starting the week July 10th.    It is not too late to sign up!!   Sign up at the store or email screighton@thetrustees.org.   




Get 2 cheeses selected by our Cheesemaker on a biweekly basis.The share is open to all Trustees members and includes 10 weeks of cheese over 20 weeks (every other week).   You can get details and sign up at the store. Cost is $150 (retail value is $200). A Cheese Share also makes a great gift!



Upcoming Programs and Events: 


Friday Night Dinners: Join us for dinner by Chive and music in the Stone Paddock. The family-friendly dinners feature food grown or raised on our farms (as well as other local area farms.)  Dining on the farm is one of the best ways to enjoy the flavors of the season! Ticket prices include full dinner buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, and dessert. Beer and wine is available for purchase.   Sign up now! 


Saturday July 15:   Natural Parenting Expo will be happening in the Stone Paddock from 10-4.  Stop by or see their info here.  There is an admission for the event itself.

Sunday July 16:   For many years, local horsemen have hosted carriage driving events on the Farm.  This year, the Waldingfield Driving Trail (an event of the Carriage Owners of New England and the American Drive Club) will have an "obstacle" in  the center of the Farm.  Come between about 1:30- 4:00 to watch.   Carriages will be coming through the Farm in 5-10 intervals.   

Saturday Hay Bale Hangout: 
Every Saturday  10AM-2PM Member Child: $5 Nonmember Child: $10


Join us at Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by anytime between 10AM – 1:30PM for fantastic farmyard meet and greets! Hands on activities start at 10AM and run every half hour.  Once you’ve paid, stay for an hour or all day! Cash only please. No additional cost for adults. 

Camp Update


The first two weeks of camp were a great success!   Highlights included a farm to table dinner (cooked by the campers) and a visit from a local veterinarian who showed campers how to care for animals. 

We are still enrolling for Farm Camp!  Openings in one week sessions! 

                                       

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