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October 18, 2022

Lexington Community Farm
52 Lowell Street, Lexington, MA

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What's in Your CSA Share this Week


Summer CSA Week 20
  • Butternut Squash or Jester Squash
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Chard or Kale 
  • Sage, Thyme, or Parsley

From Riverland Farm

  • Onions
  • Cauliflower or Romanesco
  • Sweet Potatoes

Pick Your Own (PYO) this week

  • Flowers

All produce is certified organic, unless specified otherwise.

 

All items are subject to change. We make our best guess about which veggies will be ready to harvest and when, but sometimes the weather and other factors do not cooperate.

Bring bags to take home your veggies!

Fresh in the Farm Store

This week in the farm stand we are loving locally made snacks. We have the perfect healthy lunch box staples from Effie's biscuits, Vermont smoke beef sticks, AMG energy bites, and Hurricane flats popcorn. Stop by the farm stand and tell us about your favorite snacks.

LexFarm Grown
Tomatoes - Cherry, Slicing, Plum, Heirloom
Herbs - Basil, Parsley, Cilantro, Rosemary
Greens - Chard, Kale, Collards, Lettuce, Broccoli Rabe, Spinach
Daikon
Sweet Potatoes
Winter Squash
Scallions
Leeks
Fennel

Vermont and Massachusetts Grown Produce
Heirloom apples *
Plums*
Pears*

* indicates it is not organic. 

Everything is certified organic, unless stated otherwise.

 

 

Summer Farm Stand Hours end October 22


Wednesday, 2 pm - 7 pm
Thursday, 2 pm - 7 pm
Friday, 2 pm - 7 pm
Saturday, 9 am – 2 pm

What to Cook this Week - Butternut Squash Cauliflower Soup


This recipe was originally published on Food and Wine, it serves 12, so pairing it down might be a good idea. It would also freeze really nicely!
 

Ingredients

  • 3 medium butternut squash (about 5 pounds)—halved, peeled and seeded

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • One 2-pound head of cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets

  • 3 quarts vegetable stock

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • Flat breads and crème fraîche, for serving

Directions

  1. Cut 4 of the butternut squash halves into 1-inch chunks; cut the remaining 2 squash halves into 1/4-inch dice.

  2. Melt the butter in a large, heavy saucepan. Add the onion. Cover with a piece of crumpled wax paper and cook over moderately low heat until the onion is softened, about 10 minutes. Remove the wax paper. Add the curry powder and season with salt and pepper; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Raise the heat to high, add the honey and cinnamon and bring to a boil. Stir in the large chunks of squash and the cauliflower until coated with the spices. Add the vegetable stock and bring to a simmer. Cook over moderately low heat until the vegetables are very tender, about 40 minutes.

  3. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Return the soup to the saucepan. Add the heavy cream, cover partially and simmer over moderately low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season the curried squash soup with salt and pepper.

  4. Meanwhile, in a steamer basket set over boiling water, steam the finely diced squash until just tender, about 8 minutes. Lightly season the diced squash with salt.

  5. Ladle the soup into shallow bowls. Garnish the soup with the diced squash and a dollop of crème fraîche and serve hot with the flat breads.

Farm Bucks Expire on October 22! 

 
This is the last week to use your Farm Bucks. Stop by the farm store to check your balance and stock up on delicious fall vegetables and fruit.

                    

 

Notes From The Field


It's week 20, the final week of our 2022 Summer CSA. Our crew has had a great year and it has been a true joy to provide a weekly CSA for you all. We farmed a little differently this year, attempting to go 100% no till didn't go according to plan, but we got pretty close. We saw our plants thrive in beds covered in compost and straw mulch. Farming for the soil is clearly the way to go.

It didn't rain at all this summer, for over two months we barely got a drop. Crops suffered, but nature prevailed in less than ideal conditions. We got an even better sense of what farming during climate change looks like; it's unpredictable. Each year, we face new challenges we never thought would be problems for us in New England. With each passing season, we hope to make LexFarm a more resilient place to grow food for our community and we couldn't do that without your support.

Through it all, we had some real successes; we even took to calling out "Success!" in the fields when something went right. We had an abundance of strawberries, our eggplant almost died and then had the comeback of the century, and our pickling cucumbers did fantastic. We grew orange peppers without them being decimated by pepper maggot and our tomato trellis didn't fall over until the end of September! Our leeks grew to the height of a five year old and our chard was so big it could have been used to build a small shelter. We started working with nature for pest prevention and saw incredible results and an amazing dedicated group of volunteers assembled a exterior walk-in cooler and built us a hoop house.

Thank you everyone for a wonderful season. We hope to see you around the farm and in the Farm Stand this fall and winter.

-Miranda

Fall/Winter Farm Store Hours and CSA Information

As the Summer CSA wraps up this week and daylight hours get shorter, we will transition to Fall/Winter hours at LexFarm. Mark your calendars!
 

Fall/Winter Farm Stand Hours

Week of October 24th - Week of December 12th, the farm stand will be open Fridays and Saturdays only.
Friday: 12-5
Saturday: 9-2

 

Fall/Winter CSA Pickup Dates

The Fall/Winter CSA starts in early November. Shares are availableat the farm stand every other week, and must be picked up during Farm Stand hours (outlined above) on the dates listed below. 

November 4th - 5th
November 18th - 19th
December 2nd - 3rd
December 16th - 17th


Note that the Fall/Winter CSA program is sold out for the season. CSA sales for 2023 will be announced in January.

Final Puppet Show in the Learning Garden! 

Let Margaret Moody Puppets carry you into different worlds with the flip of a hand. Join us at LexFarm for a family fun event!

The Trolls and the Tree
Two trolls agree to take care of the fairies' woodland garden. But when there's not enough space for their breakfast nook, what should they keep -- their deluxe toaster or the fairies' cherished tree?  Margaret Moody Puppets will delight with an interactive environmental puppet show accompanied by Arlington musician Peter Lehman on lute. Best for ages 5 to 10, 35 minutes.

Date: Saturday, 10/22 (rain date 10/23)       
Time: 10:30am
Location: LexFarm Learning Garden
Purchase tickets by credit card or cash at the event: $5/person or $15 max per family


Cohosted by Arlington Mothers Out Front

LexDoingGood Community Event on October 22 - Stop by LexFarm Table

Fun and free! We invite you to join LexFarm and the Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL) on October 22, from 10 AM- 1 PM for LexDoingGood, a first of its kind community event at the Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road Lexington, spotlighting the people and organizations working to make Lexington a better place to live and work. Performances from local arts groups—including Lexington ChamberMusic Center, SNAP, and the William Diamond Fife & Drum Corps—will be held throughout the afternoon. Free and open to everyone.  Hope to see you there!

Please Return our Clippers to the Farm Stand


Last week, we lent out clippers for PYO flowers. Three (3) clippers did not make it back to the farm store. Please look to see if you accidentlally dropped them in your bag, and return them to the farm stand ASAP so that other shareholders can use them. The ones pictured below are similar in style to the ones we lent out.


               The Best Flower Clippers That We Use Everyday.                       Our second favorite pair of clippers.

Farewell and Welcome


Our beloved farm store manager, Alexandra Wolf, has a great opportunity with Patagonia, one that will combine her interests in sustainable food and clothing. Her last day is October 22. Please join us in wishing all good things to Alexandra in her next professional endeavor!

Very fortunately, our farm store assistant, Maya Ron, will continue in thiis role through the remainder of the season. And, Kat Kyuchukova, LexFarm's senior farm crew member, will step in to manage the farm store. Kat has worked in various establishments getting food out to the community, from her favorite high school bagel shop to her college campus café. Since she has started farming, she has enjoyed using the off season to work in coffee shops in the Boston area, and is excited to bring her experience from the field to the farm store. Please give Kat a warm welcome in her new role at LexFarm.. 

Visiting the Farm


The community is always welcome to walk around our farm between dawn and dusk. Our fields connect Lowell Street to Silk Fields Farm, the Arlington Reservoir walking path, and the ACROSS Lexington D path. Many birds overwinter on our farm, and a list of recent species spotted can be found here. Come visit!

A few farm guidelines -- Please stay on farm roads and respect the farm rules, listed on our info kiosk. Refrain from touching the crops or equipment. Please do not visit the farm if you are not feeling well. Unfortunately we cannot allow dogs on the farm, so it's best to leave your four-legged friends at home.

Contact Us


For general inquiries about the organization and the farm, email info@lexfarm.org.
For the CSA, email csa@lexfarm.org.
For the farm store, email farmstand@lexfarm.org
For education classes, email education@lexfarm.org.
For volunteering, email volunteer@lexfarm.org.

Please know we do our best to respond in a timely fashion, but are in the fields more than we are at our computers and sometimes our response time is delayed.
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Staff


Pamela Tames, Executive Director
Allison Ostrowski, Farm Manager
Miranda Lachman, Assistant Farm Manager

Alexandra Wolf, Farm Retail Manager
Rachel Curtin, Educator
Chamara Sandaradura, Bookkeeper

Katerina Kyuchukova, Assistant Grower
Maya Ron, Assistant Farm Retail Manager
Anna Slager, Farm Crew

Board of Directors


Mary Rose Scozzafava, President
Mark Gabrenya, Vice President 
Mark Manasas, Vice President
Tharshini Mathew, Treasurer
Sheila Chen Lawrence, Clerk
Lisa Farrell
Eric Helmuth
Patrick Johnson
Sarah Krissoff
Nyree Bekarian Mack
Maria Sagan
Susan Schiffer
Ping Shen
Jill Melendez Young