August 22; Week 10

Tomatoes like heat... and so do a bunch of other summer vegetables. Therefore, they're taking their time to ripen. We'll have to continue to settle for the cherry tomotoes until the bigger ones are ready to be picked. Same story for melon. Plenty out there, just not ripe yet.

The good news is that some of the equipment we weren't able to use has been repaired and that's making farming a whole lot more fun and efficient.

At the end of the week, we bid farewell to Sea who returns to Mt. Holyoke to continue studies. Sea's been an absolute dream member of the community this summer. We'll look forward to welcoming them back for The Wastelands performance at the end of September and with any luck at all, next summer, too.

What an absolute pleasure to host LuSa Organics' Mother-Child retreat last weekend. The whole farm smelled great as they conconcted products for health and well-being. Check out the website for some awesome locavore lovelies.

What Today's boxes: Basil, kale, carrots, sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, onions , garlic. Full shares also get broccoli.

Week 9; August 15

Half Share members will see a recovery from last week- when the pickings were a bit slim. All boxes contain

  • basil curly parsley kale broccoli string beans cucumbers zucchini or summer squash Full shares also have patty pan summer squash

Thursday Flower shares will be delivered this week as well.

Last week's mystery herb on TH was fresh oregano! Hope it was put to good use.

5 or 10 lb Ground Beef from our friends at Thistledown Farm are still available. We will deliver with your share. Thanks to those who have already taken advantage of this special offer! Duck and Chicken will be available soon.

Chickens are on a laying break. We are only collecting less than half a dozen each day which are promptly put into use here at the farm.

Welcoming LuSa Organics Mother-Child retreat at Orchard House Folk School today. Can't wait to smell the goodness of their creations wafting over on the breezes.

Week 8; August 8

It's a wonder to create a meal on the farm. Like you, I never know what will be brought in as the medium for the alchemical process of preparing a meal. Lately, I've been seeing a lot of parsley. Remembering it as a garnish ONLY during my childhood, I was resistant to working with it. But today, there was no more room in the fridge, and I didn't think the chickens would want it any more than I did, so I took out my Vitamix and went to town. Two recipes to share: Gremolata: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-gremolata-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-193008 and, chimichurri: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/chimichurri/ I tried the chimichurri with a bit of fresh ham roast with lunch and can vouch for it heartily.

We're sharing the garden with critters. The deer and rabbits are getting more than their fair share. Still, so much more is coming your way as the season continues. We anticipate the tomatoes will start to ripen by next week and the onions will be big enough to harvest. Garlic has been curing for you and you'll see that in the box next week as well. For today's boxes:

  • basil
  • curly parsley
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • green or yellow zucchini or yellow crookneck squash
  • cucumbers
  • carrots
  • sungolds (cherry tomatoes)
  • Full shares also contain: cabbage and peppers

Flower shares are going out today and for the two flower share members who were on vacation last Thursday (coming this Th).

Have a great week. Christina

Ground Beef offer

CSA MEMBERS~ Want meat? Thistledown Farm, a small family owned farm in Stillwater, MN is offering 10 lbs of 100% grass fed lean ground beef for $70 to our members. The Scottish Highland cattle they've been raising for 20 years has never received any additives, hormones or antibiotics. We'll deliver with your share. Send a message to Christina if interested.

Week 7: August 1

In the box today:

  • Kale
  • Italian parlsey, mixed basil
  • Italian fennel
  • string beans
  • cuumbers
  • green or yellow zucchini,
  • cherry tomato (sample size)- more to come!
  • And for full share boxes: kohlrabi, broccoli and peppers

We're delighted to have the capable and extra hands of a Great River School student this week- Henry has come for an artistic retreat and is helping out half days in the garden. He's pitched his tent and brought music and paints along.

We'd welcome anyone who wants to come help out in the garden for a morning to join in from 8-12 and stay for lunch. Email to arrange!

Flower & maple shares on Thursday this week and Tuesday next week.

ENJOY!

Thursday shares Week 6

See This week's full post for a sense of what's going on at the farm. Lily is your driver this week and as it's her first time on the TH route, deliveries may be slightly delayed.

In the box: Flat parsley, basil and Italian fennel. Kale and collards. Cabbage and kohlrabi. Cucumbers, green or yellow zucchini or yellow crookneck squash. Full shares only contain string beans and peppers.

Week 6: July 25

Greetings from your farm! As astounding as it seems, this is the last week of July. We are in the throes of planning for Fall school groups and keeping up with the garden. This weeks delivery (#6), also marks the third way point of the season. The garden continues to give generously. The best way I know how to honor the abundance and goodness is to use as much of it as I can in our food at the farm. Your most interesting task this week will be how to incorporate the fennel. It can be braised or broiled very simply, chopped and added to slaws and salads or baked with pasta or eggplant dishes. Do post your discoveries.

Today's box contents:

  • Basil & Italian parsley
  • kale
  • collards
  • Italian fennel
  • green beans
  • cucumbers
  • zucchini
  • cabbage
  • kohlrabi
  • Full Shares contain sweet bell peppers

Of note in the Buttermilk Falls Folk School (sibling project to the CSA) realm are preparations for a Fall 2017 performance of The Wastelands at the farm. Currently in residence indefinitely, artistic director Walken Schweigert is working to bring his experimental folk opera together in the farm setting. It will be performed onsite on September 29, 30 and October 1. The Wastelands, inspired by Dante’s Purgatorio and Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison's The Architect's Brother, is first in Children of the Wild's "Rewilding Cycle."

Following Dante and Virgil through the seven stages of Purgatory, The Wastelands explores the seven stages of grief in a time of violent political and environmental unraveling. Guided by visual, musical, and kinesthetic poetry, The Wastelands travels through places in a process of rewilding: abandoned factories, overgrown shipyards, and sacrifice zones. By viscerally engaging with sites of particular ecological grief, The Wastelands unveils the many faces of our cultural grief: sexism, racism, homophobia, queer-phobia, colonization/colonialism, classism, ethnocentrism, and anthropocentrism.

We'd love to see you here for one of the performances. Times will be announced shortly. There is no cost to attend, and a hat will be passed after each show.

Week 5: July 18

Greetings on a sweltering afternoon from the farm. In the cool morning, our garden team of four harvested the following for your boxes:

  • basil
  • ruffled kale
  • collards
  • kohlrabi
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • young leeks
  • zucchini
  • cucumbers

Full share folks will also see (taste!) peppers

We'll be focusing on weeding this week as the forces of growth catapault everything green into high gear indiscriminately. Working to tame the weeds is a constant when you're gardening organically. There are no quick or foolproof solutions. We work with our hands and hand tools to liberate the plants from weeds that can rob them of the light and soil nutrients they require for optimal growth.

What a pleasure to share the garden with participants in the Art of Curiosity Romp & Retreat with Uncle Bear Klein. The Folk School hosted this residential weekend retreat that featured foods sourced from the garden and a curiosity practice that included gathering raw produce and cooking a meal together on Sunday. See more about from this engaging facilitator whom we are planning to welcome back periodically for more workshops. Visit Uncle Bear's Rodeo on You Tube for some inspiration.

130 people came through to visit the farm on the Co-op Farm Tour on Saturday! We welcome you all to make arrangements to come visit the garden (and pick a few weeds), animals and hiking trails replete with waterfall and spring!

Thank you for being with us for this year's CSA season. It's because of you that we do what we love tending the garden and stewarding this incredibly rich and generous piece of land.

July 4, 2017 Week Three

Good morning from the farm. We are pleased to be able to deliver to those of you who are home for this long holiday week. Lily is on her way now. In the box:

  • Salad mix containing green & red leaf lettuce
  • Baby Red Russian kale
  • Collard greens
  • Head lettuce
  • snow peas
  • Kohlrabi
  • Flat leaf parsley
  • Strawberries

And in full shares,

  • cabbage
  • sweet peppers

We've been doing a lot of hosting at the farm this week- a 40th birthday celebration, Voyageur Outward Bound, a wildcrafter, a pair of artists, a mother of one of our interns who is a professor, and now a big family reunion. We're told that we can expect a grand fireworks display tonight from them at the retreat house, so look foraward to that! The waterfall just flows and flows refreshing us all.

I wanted to be sure to alert you to our next public retreat offering! It's called The Art of Curiosity and takes place July 14-16. Click on Folk School on the webpage for details. A couple spots remain and scholarships are still available. If you need a reset...come and romp! I plan to attend as I can always use a fine tuning on the critical curiosity front.

Other news of note- tomatoes are trellised, flowers are coming on and strawberry harvest is nearing its end. We won't have basil for another week or so... and cilantro not till fall.

The interns have been singing over your vegetables, herbs and fruit in the fields as they work and I am sure you will be able to taste their joy in your food. Enjoy!

Christina, Carter, Sea, Lily, Medha, & Monty (Walken has been away this week- performing at Electric Forest in Detroit)

Thursday Shares - Week Two

A rainy harvest today! That's okay with us. Saves time on watering and everyone is clean, dry and warm now preparing for dinner. Tomorrow's boxes contain:

  • Salad mix containing red and green leaf lettuce, baby kale and baby mustard greens.
  • Kale
  • head lettuce
  • snow peas
  • scallions
  • garlic scapes
  • strawberries
  • and for full share folks: green or colored bell peppers

Week 2

Today we delivered a simlar box to last week. Look for Salad mix: red leaf lettuce and green leaf lettuce. Kale, head lettuce, scallions, garlic scapes, snow peas and strawberries. The report from the field is that we have been hosting a robust group of deer and bunny rabbits. Our livestock guard dog, Almo, does his best to guard not only the farm animals, but also the fields. Still, with over 5 acres of gardens, he misses the mark at times. We've noticed they like lettuce cores especially. The extremely hot temperatures in May wiped out the baby radishes. It's lovely radish weather now, but we didn't get a new crop planted in time. Kohlrabi is coming along and you should see some of that next week, so start mining for recipes! Our St. John's-Solstice Festival on Sunday shone under clear skies. Walken provided the music and even composed a new song for the occasion. Sea stilted to Walken's strolling violin music, Artist Mary Plaster installed luminaries and soaring puppets for each of the directions/elements, Lily led the fairy walk, Medha set up an herb potting station and Carter led garden tours. Do check out the photos on Facebook. Right now, we're basking in a harmonious summer spell at the farm. We hope that comes through in the boxes we bring you. As always, rinse your veggies and email any questions or requests my way.

Blessings of the Summer from the crew at Buttermilk Falls.

First Regular Season Delivery

Yesterday, our three hardworking and joyful spirited interns converged, in three designs of flannel shirts, at the path to the big multi-acre garden where they lovingly tend your produce. There, they met Carter, Buttermilk CSA's lead farmer (also donning flannel) and their teacher for this summer. Joined by first time volunteer from Osceola, Jonathan K., they plucked snow peas, put together the elements of a salad mix with red and green lettuce, baby kale, arugula and spinach, bok choi, tat soi, and beet greens. Lovely garlic scapes, which can be used in pesto or chopped as a flavorboost in stirfry, are artfully bundled. These sturdy, curly wonders freeze nicely and if all else fails, make a whimsical addition to the kitchen window vase.

For us out here on the farm, it's akin to the first day of school. I welcomed them into the farmhouse for first harvest lunch- Soba or brown rice noodles with Sesame paste, a cucumber and black sesame seed salad followed by Strawberry Coeur de la Creme on crackers as a special treat. We thanked Jonathan for being here and after a rest, Monty (our lifesharing resident of over 20 years at the farm) joined the interns for strawberry picking. Strawberries have been the theme for the past couple weeks here. We are freezing many, eating many and sharing many. I've canned three batches of strawberries with only minimal success, made ice cream (coconut & dairy), smoothies, dacquaris and syrup.

In "House Garden", head lettuce was carefully harvested. Lily reported that deer have been interfering by munching on the cores. Kalebundles in different varieties can be consumed raw or cooked. For last night's salad at the farm, we rolled leaves tightly together and cut them in thin strips with a very sharp knife.

I'll be sharing the contents of the box with you weekly along with bits of information about what's happening at the farm, the people who live here, garden progress and setbacks, recipes and inspiration.

Lily is leaving at 8 this morning to come your way. She'll start in Stillwater and wrap around through the eastern suburbs and St. Paul, ending in the St. Croix Valley. On Thursday, I'll take Minneapolis and points west. The whole route takes about 6 hours, so I expect most all boxes to be delivered by 2 or 3.

All the vegetables have been rinsed, and you will want to give them a thorough wash before use. Please remember to return your box next week (uncollapsed) or better yet, bring a bag or box to your site for pick up and leave the box there.

Please join us if you're able this Sunday, 6/25, from 4-7 to celebrate St. John's - Midsummer- Solstice. We'll be hopping the bonfire to seal intentions for the harvest season, heading into the woods/waterfall in search of signs of the fairies, crafting, singing, playing and enjoying food in community. Bring something to add to the meal and your own plates, cups, utensils. We'll have strawberry lemonade, salad and bread to share.

It is our pleasure to be YOUR farm, Cristina, Carter, Monty, Walken, Lily, Medha & Sea

Last Regular Season Delivery- Week 18

Well, this is it! To you, we extend our heartfelt thanks. For being a CSA member first of all, and most notably, for choosing Buttermilk as yours this year. We hope our boxes have nourished you and your loved ones, and that you feel good about the investment you made in the earth, yourself and our non-profit. Please follow us on Instagram @phillyfarmwisc and on Facebook under Buttermilk Falls CSA & Folk School Retreat and Philadelphia Community Farm.

If you took one vacation week, you'll receive a box next WEDNESDAY. If you took two weeks off, you'll get boxes for the next TWO WEDNESDAYS.

In the box this week: Salad mix of arugula, baby lettuce, tat soi and spinach, cilantro, banana pepper (Sweet), turnips, beets, daikon radishes, bok choi. Half Shares will see delicata and acorn squash and full shares contain butternut, fancy pumpkins (Fancy doesn't mean beautiful!) and a sweet green bell pepper.

See notes in your box for more information on renewing early to have a share box donated in your name and ways to stay connected and be supportive of the non-profit we run serving children, the elderly and people of all abilities.

THANK YOU, ALL. Christina, Carter, Mariah, Michael, Monty, Maegen & Emily

Week 17~

What a week! We have had a bit of frost out here even though the temperatures didn't get down to freezing. Between that and our kind feeding of the deer, we're bringing you a few things that needed rescue. Most notably, tiny lettuce heads.

Other produce in your boxes today: Cilantro- a great & fragrant harvest Chinese cabbage Chard Carrots Beets Turnips Daikon radish Butternut squash Sweet pepper (green bell and/or banana)

Full shares also contain dill and acorn squash.

At the farmhouse, we made pickled beet and radish matchsticks that will be welcome accompaniments to tacos and other main dishes, some carrot/cilantro fritters, and sesame-chard scrambled eggs with a ginger-garlic soy sauce. We hope your kitchen adventures yield nourishment and joy!

Thursday shares

Please look to the Tuesday blog for updates. Your boxes tomorrow contain: baby lettuce and greens mix that includes tatsoi, mustards and baby kale. Use either in a salad, or cooked. Lettuce greens are still a bit gritty from the morning rains. Cilantro, dill, carrots, beets, daikon radish, summer squash, sweet peppers and pumpkins. Full share members also received string beans and delicata winter squash.

Thursday shares: week 15

As a reminder, there are 18 weeks in the regular season. If you put your share on a vacation hold for either one or two weeks, you'll receive deliveries after the regular season ends.

Please note our upcoming Michaelmas celebration on Sunday from 4-7 at the farm. Details in the previous post.

Farmers have begun to move to other necessary tasks such as fencing as the weed growth has slowed considerably. Washing squash can be a chilly task! But we take coffee breaks and breathe a bit more freely than we could in the throes of August.

Today, look for a salad mix of lettuce leaf, tatsoi, frilled mustard, red mustard and arugula, Italian parsley, string beans, radishes, carrots, turnips, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash and butternut squash. Full shares also contain cilantro.