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October 11, 2022

Lexington Community Farm
52 Lowell Street, Lexington, MA

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What's in Your CSA Share this Week


Summer CSA Week 19
  • Collards or Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Leeks
  • Butternut Squash
  • Acorn or Jester Squash
  • Sweet Potato
  • Storage Radishes 

From Riverland Farm

  • Brussel sprout stalks
  • Green or Napa Cabbage

From Atlas Farm

  • Potatoes

Pick Your Own (PYO) this week

  • Flowers
  • Tomatoes

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 we have fall strawberry plantings available in front of the farm stand! The cooler weather and slower pace of fall and winter make it the perfect time to plan your summer garden. We also have seeds and fertilizer available for sale in the cozy farm stand. 

LexFarm Grown
Tomatoes - Cherry, Slicing, Plum, Heirloom
Herbs - Basil, Parsley, Cilantro, Rosemary
Peppers - Shishito, Bell, Poblano, Jalapeno
Greens - Chard, Kale, Collards, Lettuce
Daikon
Sweet Potatoes
Winter Squash
Scallions
Leeks
Fennel

Vermont and Massachusetts Grown Produce
cauliflower
butternut squash
red potatoes
russet potatoes
delicata squash
spaghetti squash
plums* 
raspberries*
heirloom apples*
pears*

* indicates it is not organic. 

Everything is certified organic, unless stated otherwise.


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 - Kale and Winter Squash Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

If you made it to our annual Harvest Fest the other weekend you may have stopped by the tasting booth where Katie Walter from Two Aprons Cookery was serving up farm fresh samples of delicious easy meals. This dish is perfectly seasonal and can be made with your csa share this week!
 

Ingredients: Serves 4 as a side


1 pound winter squash, like acorn or butternut, peeled and seeded (In the CSA share this week, could be done with sweet potatoes too!)
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 large bunch kale (about ¾ pound), chopped very small (In the CSA share this week)
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped (optional)
3 tablespoons cider vinegar (try our Vermont made Apple Balsamic Vinegar in the Farm Stand!)
1 tablespoon minced shallot (we've got some in the Farm Stand)
¾ teaspoon Dijon Mustard
¾ teaspoon honey (available in the Farm Stand)
 

Directions:

1. Cut the squash into thin (1/4” thick) slices. In a large saute pan, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over
medium heat. Add the sliced squash in a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Cook the
squash until fully browned – about 4-5 minutes on the first side, flip, then another 2 minutes on
the opposite side. Repeat with remaining squash, if not all were able to fit in the pan.

2. In a small or medium-sized jar (with a lid), combine all the vinaigrette ingredients: vinegar,
shallot, Dijon, honey ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper and 1/3 cup olive oil. Shake well to
combine.

3. In a large bowl, combine the squash, kale, dried cranberries, and walnuts (if using). Add
dressing to taste (you may not use all of it). Stir well to combine and serve, seasoning to taste
with salt and pepper. Leftover dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Instagram: @twoapronscookery
Website: twoapronscookery.com

Farm Bucks Expire on October 22! 

Please remember to use your Farm Bucks by October 22.  Stop by the farm store to check your balance and stock up on delicious fall vegetables and fruit.




 

Notes From The Field


Pictured here is a row of green lacewing eggs on a scallion. We've never seen so many lined up like that before and it was very exciting to witness. Green lacewings are a beneficial insect that prey on aphids, thrips, and a number of other pests during their larval stage of life. We love seeing them this time of year because around now aphids are emerging on some of our leafy greens. Hopefully these green lacewings can get to them before they cause any significant damage!

This week we're cleaning up the farm. A huge thank you to the volunteer crew that cleaned our greenhouse this past weekend and folded up all our pathway tarps. We finally have the time to fix things that have broken throughout the season and look ahead to next year and think about what we want to change. Wildly enough we're already placing orders for woody herbs, potting mix, and even straw mulch for next year. The cycle of farming never ends!

-Miranda

Fall/Winter CSA Information

As the Summer CSA wraps up next week and daylight hours get shorter we're transitioning to winter hours at LexFarm so mark your calendars!
 

Farm Stand Hours


Week of October 24th - Week of December 12th we are open Fridays and Saturdays only
Friday: 12-5
Saturday: 9-2
 

Fall/Winter CSA Pickups


The Fall/Winter CSA is sold out for the season. If you purchased a share below are the pickup days. Pickups are every other week, and must be picked up during Farm Stand hours (outlined above)

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

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

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!

Help Plan the Future of Lexington’s Open Space and Recreation

The Conservation and Recreation Departments are updating Lexington’s Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP). It is important that they hear from folks who are interested in preserving and maintaining agricultural land, especially LexFarm. 

Two Ways to Share Your Voice --

Community Survey (Lexington residents only)

The Community Survey is now available to all Lexington residents. The survey covers many spaces in Lexington. Note your interest in LexFarm or agricultural land whereever it makes sense. Survey responses will play a significant role in future planning. 

Email (Residents of Lexington or surrounding communities)

If you live outside of Lexington or would like to provide additional feedback to the Town about how much you value LexFarm, please email your comments to conservationcomm@lexingtonma.gov.

Include the following information: your relationship(s) with LexFarm (member, shareholder, customer, volunteer, etc.), years of residence in Lexington (if applicable), and what LexFarm means to you. If you are not a Lexington resident, be sure to provide your town of residence.

Some people have described the farm as a gem or oasis. Others have mentioned the importance of local food, a working farm, sustainable farming practices, organic produce. And, still others have emphasized a sense of community.  

LexFarm and LexArt are working together to fight hunger!



Our partnership with LexArt Ceramics Guild to fight hunger is still underway. Many stunning handmade bowls donated by artists from the LexArt Ceramics Guild are on display at our farm store. You can still purchase these bowls during our regular hours. Enjoy your soup in a one-of-a-kind artwork. Best of all, 100% of the proceeds go the food pantry.

LexFarm at Lexington Discovery Day


On a quintessential Autumn day last weekend, Lexington celebrated Discovery Day. LexFarm was there and we met with 'friends of the farm' and and made new ones.  Children enjoyed racing veggies down our very own veggie track, while we handed out free seed packets and garden advice to passers-by and shared LexFarm's many achievements tihs year.

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