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August 2, 2022

Lexington Community Farm
52 Lowell Street, Lexington, MA

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What's in Your CSA Share this Week

 

Summer CSA Week 9

  • Chard
  • Summer Squash
  • Carrots
  • Fresh Onions or Scallions
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant

From Riverland

We're partnering this year with Riverland Farm in Sunderland, MA to bring you some extra veggies for your CSA share. They are a 40 acre, women-run farm, growing certified organic fruit and vegetables for a small CSA and wholesale accounts. Check out their website to learn more!
  • Mini Watermelon (yellow and red varieties)
  • Green and Purple Bell Peppers

Pick Your Own (PYO) this week

  • Italian Basil or Thai Basil [Nearly all of our clippers have disappeared! Please bring your own scissors or clippers for the CSA pick your own this season.]
  • Shishito Peppers

Flower CSA week 3!

If you signed up for a flower share, please visit the farmstand during open hours for details on where to harvest and how to harvest your flowers for the week. Bring your own clippers!
 

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 LexFarm farmstand we will have the famous Busa corn, local blueberries, Lexfarm tomatoes, and many more seasonal goodies. 

We will also have BBQ staples including Kind Roots veggie burgers, River Rock beef patties, Archway Farm hot dogs, gluten free rolls, and Hillside Harvest hot sauces. Come by and say hello! Please bring your own bags.

Please remember to bring your own bags! 

LexFarm Grown
Tomatoes - Cherry and Slicing
Herbs - Basil, Cilantro, Parsley
Eggplant - Fairytale, Italian, Asian
Summer Squahs - Patty Pan, Zucchini, Yellow crookneck
Cucumbers - Striped Armenian, Pickling, Slicing
Peppers - Shishito, Bell, Poblano, Jalapeno
Scallions
Carrots
Chard
Celery
Sweet Potato Vines
Green Beans
Bitter Melon

Vermont and Massachusetts Grown Produce
Apples (Grown using Integrated Pest Management)
Watermelon
Blueberries
Peaches

Farm Stand Hours
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 - Thai Basil Eggplant


You've probably noticed by now that the basil on the farm is absolutely thriving. Typically it has succumb to downy mildew at this point in the season, but it's somehow still kickin. We grow two types of basil, italian and thai, and I encourage you to try them both in your home cooking! Thai basil eggplant stir fry is one of my favorite ways to cook up eggplant, and one of my favorite ways to use a lot of herbs, sometimes I throw in a protein or some extra veg like peppers or cabbage. 

This recipe was originally published on Epicurious

Ingredients
  • 3 medium-sized Chinese eggplants, halved and chopped into 1"-1.5" pieces (in the CSA share this week!)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 large green bell pepper, sliced into thin strips (in the CSA share this week!)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped into large pieces (in the CSA share this week!)
  • 3 Thai or serrano chiles, finely chopped (we'll have some hot peppers in the farmstand this week)
  • 3 tbsp chopped garlic (we'll have garlic in the farmstand)
  • a generous handful of fresh Thai basil leaves, roughly chopped (PYO this week)
  • 4 tbsp mild-flavoured oil, like canola or sunflower; NOT olive
For the sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp brown or palm sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm water (or stock)
  • 2 tsp corn starch mixed with 4 tbsp cold water
Instructions

Mix fish sauce, soy, water and brown sugar; set aside. Heat wok on medium-high heat. Add 2tbsp oil, and eggplants. Fry for 2 minutes on either side, or until they begin to brown and turn soft. Remove from wok. Add 1 tbsp oil to wok. Add onions, and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until soft and glossy. Remove from wok. Heat remaining oil. Add garlic and chiles, and fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add sliced pepers and onions; fry for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Return eggplant to the wok, and toss to combine. Add sauce to the wok, stirring for 1 minute. Toss in basil. Add corn starch, cooking until the sauce becomes thick and coats the vegetables. Serve immediately over hot rice.

Notes From The Field




If you're growing tomatoes in your garden perhaps you've seen this monster of a creature, the tomato hornworm (pictured left). These caterpillars rapidly defoliate tomato plants, their feeding can be identified by loss of leaves starting at the top of the plant. They camouflage well as they are bright green, and can grow up to 5 inches long before transforming into a moth. 

We've starting seeing tomato hornworm damage on our tomatoes, which happens every year. When we see a hornworm we squish it, but there's another way to kill them that I find fascinating. Pictured on the right is a parasitized tomato hornworm. A parasitic wasp has laid eggs under it's skin and they are growing out of the back of the hornworm. The baby wasps feed on the hornworm and eventually kill it is as they hatch.

Because of the hot dry weather most pests are thriving on the farm. When we see nature hard at work it makes our jobs just a little bit easier.
 

Mushroom CSA Fall Sign Up


We are thrilled to partner with Fat Moon Mushrooms again this fall to offer a weekly mushroom CSA share. Produced nearby in the Merrimack Valley, these certified organic fungi are a delicious addition to any dish. Each share is one pound of mushrooms and the varieties change each week based on availability. Varieties include Shiitake, Oyster (blue, brown, black pearl, yellow), King Trumpet, Lions Mane, Chestnut and Pioppino. 

This CSA share will run for 10 weeks from September 8th through November 10th with pickups at LexFarm. This CSA costs $165, which comes out to $16.50 per week, well below the retail cost of mushrooms by the pound!

Registration is open to all who wish to sign up! Please visit here to sign up and learn more about mushrooms.

August Music Series - This Wednesday!


Sunset concerts return to LexFarm in 2022!   Free!  Bring your chairs/blankets and picnics and celebrate music’s magic in our fields.

First Concert:

Wednesday, August 3, 6-7 pm (rain date-8/9)
Evelyn Blush, vocalist and guitarist.

 

Evelyn Blush is a Los Angeles native artist based in the Greater Boston area. The daughter of two hard working immigrants from Nicaragua, she is inspired by the voice and struggles of POC, immigrants and all minorities including herself. Growing up in Church allowed her to tap into a deeper spiritual level, discovering the healing power music has. She often blends many sounds such as RnB, hints of Jazz,

Soul accents, Rock and a hint of what she likes to call "Tracy Chapman/Lauryn Hill Folk". She has a deep passion for spiritual, emotional healing and growth of the individual through music. Evelyn Blush believes that music is one of the most powerful remedies for a broken soul. For her, music has the power to bring people together. 

This talented artist overcame countless obstacles on the way up, working every day to be a voice for her community and to keep their musical dream alive.

Second concert: 
Wednesday, Aug 31, 6-7pm, (rain date-9/1)
Coffee to Cocktails Duopop, bluegrass and roots music
, on guitar, harmonica and mandolin.

LexFarm thanks the Lexington Council for the Arts for a grant which helps support this concert series. The Lexington Council of the Arts is a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  

Fall Youth Programs - Enrollment has Started!

Youth program registration for fall 2022 is open! LexFarm youth programs offer many opportunities for hands-on learning and play in a beautiful farm setting. Based in the LexFarm learning garden, our classes expose children to all aspects of the growing cycle: planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting. We explore the wildlife at the Arlington reservoir and visit with the animals at neighboring Silk Fields Farm. This coming fall we're excited to be expanding our offerings to serve children age 2 through 3rd grade, adding a new Art in the Garden class and also extending our season by running classes from mid-September through early December.

Join us for some outdoor adventures on the farm this fall, and read more on our offerings here.                                  

Farm Friends Wednesday 9:30am, 2-3 y/o with caregiver, 6 wks, 9/21-10-26
Farm Friends Wednesday 10:45am, 2-3 y/o with caregiver, 6 wks, 9/21-10-26
Art in the Garden - Monday Morning , 4-6 yo, 9:30-11:30. 9/12-11/7, NEW CLASS
Farm Explorers  - Tuesday Afternoon Session 1, 4-6 yo, 2:45-4:45, 6 wks, 9/6-10/11
Farm Explorers  - Tuesday Afternoon Session 2, 4-6 yo, 2:45-4:45, 6 wks, 10/25-12/6
Farm Explorers - Thursday Morning Session 1, 4-6 yo, 10-11:30, 6 wks, 9/8-10/13
Farm Explorers - Thursday Morning Session 2, 4-6 yo, 10-11:30, 6 wks, 10/27-12/8
Farm Scouts  - Friday Afternoon Session 1, K-3rd graders, 2:45-4:45, 6 wks, 9/9-10/14
Farm Scouts  - Friday Afternoon Session 2, K-3rd graders, 2:45-4:45, 6 wks, 10/28-12/9

Get Involved on the Farm
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In addition to the hoop house, there are many other opportunities for inidviduals, families and groups to learn what it takes to grow the local food we all love. We welcome volunteers who can work independently after minimal training with the farm crew.  

Youth Crew - For high school students ages 16 and older.  Join the Youth Crew to learn what it takes to grow healthy, fresh produce, and to run a certified-organic farm. 

       4 Thursday mornings in August, 9:00 – 11:00 am
       August dates: 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25  1 spot left!

Field Work on Wednesdays and SaturdaysPut your hands in the dirt and do a little farming. 

       Wednesday afternoons, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, adults 18+

       Second Saturday morning of each month, 10:00 am – 12 noon, all ages, 3 dates left!

Community and corporate groupsBring your community or work group onto the farm to get outside and work as a team while helping LexFarm on important projects that require a lot of hands.  

       Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays, for 2-4 hours.

Check out our new Volunteer webpage and sign up for one of the activities described above or others. We look forward to seeing you on the farm! 

Featured Vendor: Off Our Rocker Cookies


We are excited to welcome Off Our Rocker Cookies to the LexFarm farmstand.

 
Herbivores and Carnivores can't resist the Uncommon Sweet Potato Cookie Sensation!  Off Our Rocker cookies are plant based, gluten free, and soy free Offered in a variety of flavors, our nutrient dense, preservative free cookies can be enjoyed for breakfast, pre or post workout or any time of day healthy snack. Powered by women & "Seniorpreneurs" over 55 who seek to inspire others to create, believe and make the leap off your rocker! 

Did You Know…Fun Facts About LexFarm


Did you know that LexFarm is a birding “hotspot”?

Bring your binoculars the next time you visit LexFarm and take some time to admire all the different kinds of birds and their songs. LexFarm and the neighboring Arlington Reservoir are home to hundreds of different bird species.  According to ebird.org, over 138 bird species have been identified at LexFarm and 220 bird species have been spotted at the Arlington Reservoir.



 

  Red Winged Blackbird © Kathrine Dia (from ebird.org)
 

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 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.
If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or to add another member of your household to our mailing list, send an email to csa@lexfarm.org.

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
Grace Jackson, Farm Crew
Gina Maffei, Farm Crew
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
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