Pick-Your-Own, Farm Market & CSA

Weekly Update

February 21th, 2015

Greetings!

Thursday was a perfect spring day. Bees hummed and danced around my hands as I worked, eagerly searching out the white blossoms of arugula nodding in the breeze. I reveled in bright sunshine, deep blue sky, balmy air and greening grasses, roosters crowing and strutting about as the hens foraged against the back drop of white-capped peaks and fields yet asleep. I marveled at the beauty of the brilliant green seedlings emerging so mysteriously from black soil in the greenhouse. Oh, the joys of spring!

We plan to be open this Saturday, February 21st, from 10 am until 2 pm. Yes, we know it is supposed to snow but as of this writing, it isn't anticipated to be that significant until later Saturday afternoon.

Let us remain hopeful for the warmth of spring even as winter comes roaring back from the north country! Fresh greens are much more abundant now. Spinach, chard, kale, arugula and mustard greens all have the rich flavor and sweetness of winter with the tender succulence of spring. Frittatas, saute, salads, pestos, pastas..so many simple and delicious ways to partake! Pair them with cannellini beans, sweet shaved butternut squash and parsnips lightly cooked. The baby kale is especially sweet, tender and richly flavored....and without any hint of bitterness. Our mustard greens have a touch of spiciness against a sweet background. So delicious for salads or saute. Have you tried arugula pesto?

spinach in the hoophouse

Of course, other flavors abound this time of year as well. Let our roasted chilis warm you as you watch the snow fall. Or perhaps the sweet nuttiness of roasted parsnips and carrots or the savory richness of potatoes roasted with leeks and rutabaga. Soups and stews are easy "one-pot" meals that really satisfy. Our popcorn makes a great fireside snack!

We plan to be open this Saturday, February 21st, from 10 am until 2 pm. Yes, we know it is supposed to snow but as of this writing, it isn't anticipated to be that significant until later Saturday afternoon. Besides, we have distinct memories of 6-12" snowstorms headed our way that produced less than an inch! (Two years ago this April and others). Yes, we will have the pellet stove fired up! Do check our Facebook page before heading out.

Spring will come when it will...but it will come. Meanwhile, enjoy the gift of this moisture and the stark beauty it brings. I will be reminding myself of that as I tromp through the snow!

Here's what's growing in our hoophouse

CSA enrollment continues. CSA helps provide the farm with funds towards the rather significant up-front costs of farming during the leanest time of the year. The pay-off comes in the form of fruits and vegetables that are field fresh, ripe and delicious. Savor flavor and quality that you just can't get from a grocery store. Further information is available on our CSA page. E-mail us with any questions that you might have at berrypatchfarms@skybeam.com.

We appreciate and value your support as we strive to provide you with an alternative to conventional food systems. Recipes are shared to encourage you to explore new and delicious ways of putting more fruits and vegetables on to your plate.

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