Stout Oak Farm

Jun 29, 2015

CSA Week #3

THIS WEEK'S SHARE
Sugarsnap Peas

Bok Choi
Red & Green Lettuce
Kale
Baby Lettuce Mix
Scallions*
*not included in Wednesday shares


RECIPE IDEAS
Scallion Pancakes

Kale Chips
Bok Choi Fried Rice with Coconut Milk
Kale Spanikopita (amazing!!)
Green Smoothie Tips
Sesame Roasted Snap Peas
Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas



Read this week's CSA Newsletter > It's Pea Season!




Jun 23, 2015

CSA Week #2

THIS WEEK'S SHARE
Rainbow Swiss Chard
Scallions
Greenleaf Lettuce
Redleaf 'Lovelock' Lettuce
Pink & Purple Radishes
Kale


RECIPE IDEAS 
Chopped Salad with Gorgonzola and Radishes
Kale Chips
Crustless Swiss Chard Pie
Swiss Chard with Scallions
29 Lettuce Wrap Ideas
Fried Rice with Kale and Scallions
10 Ways to Eat Radishes





Jun 15, 2015

CSA Week #1

THIS WEEK'S SHARE
Green & Red Lettuce
Radishes
Kale
Arugula
Baby Red Russian Kale
Napa Cabbage*
Choice of Herbs*

*not included in Wednesday shares

RECIPE IDEAS 
Kale and Cheddar Scrambled Eggs
Kate's Kale
Napa Cabbage with Noodles and Peanut Sauce
Summer Slaw with Napa Cabbage
Roasted Radishes
Top 5 Uses for Arugula Besides Salad
12 Great Kale Salad Ideas

>>> Read the full CSA Newsletter Here 

 

 

Jun 8, 2015

CSA harvest begins next week!

If you signed up for a Weekly Vegetable Share, mark your calendar for your first pickup day! 

      Tuesday CSA Pickup starts June 16th, 2 - 6pm
      Friday CSA Pickup starts June 19th, 2 - 6pm

CSA members pick up their shares on the same day each week. If you're not sure which day you signed up for, please email Kate at stoutoakfarm@gmail.com and we'll let you know. 

Typically we begin our CSA harvest the first or second week of June, but this year our crops need a little more time to catch up with where they should be. Thanks to our fantastic farm crew, our spring crops have been seeded and transplanted on schedule, but the growth of virtually all of our plantings have been delayed by this spring's extremely dry soil conditions.

Last week's rain was tremendously helpful to all of our field crops.  Our lettuce and kale (and everything else) are growing quickly now.  Next week, there will be plenty of greens ready for CSA harvest, and for sale at the Farm Store too!






May 27, 2015

let's talk about the weather

Rain can't come soon enough.  I know I'm not alone in saying this.  I just can't really think about anything else right now, so I decided to write about it.

In early April, the last of snow melted and the ground finally thawed.  It hasn't rained much since.  We've been planting our spring crops, more and more every week, trying to stay on schedule with our planting calendar.  With limited water available at our farm, we are doing all we can to keep these spring plantings alive, and hoping the weather shifts in our favor, sooner rather than later.

Despite the dry conditions in the fields, many of our early crops have roots deep enough to find some moisture well below the soil surface.  It's the younger transplants that are struggling - the ones we've planted in the last two weeks.  We're also still waiting for many of our direct seeded crops (like carrots, turnips, and baby greens) to germinate.  This isn't likely to happen until it rains.  It's clear that the harvest of many of our crops will be delayed this year, and there's not much we do to change that.  Our focus right now is keeping the young plants alive, and adapting to the situation as best we can. 




Ever since we moved to the farm in Brentwood, we knew we would eventually need a deeper well, or another significant source of water.  The old "spring" that feeds our existing shallow well only provides us with enough water to take care of the basics (watering the greenhouse, washing vegetables, water for the house, and watering in transplants in the field).  If we run any irrigation in our fields, we will quickly run out of water.  Drilling a well has been on the list of capital improvements we need to make, but we haven't been able to make it happen yet.  Our lack of water supply is a risk - a resource issue we've been managing all along.  We've adapted many of our systems, crop choices,  and planting strategies to our limited water situation. We also set up rainwater collection tanks so we can collect water off of our giant barn roof. The problem is that it needs to rain in order for that to work.  So now drilling a new well has moved to the top of our list, and we need to make it happen soon.