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September 27, 2022

Lexington Community Farm
52 Lowell Street, Lexington, MA

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What's in Your CSA Share this Week


Summer CSA Week 17
  • Collards or Kale
  • Bok Choy or chard
  • Cilantro or Parsley
  • Salad turnips
  • Arugula
  • Scallions
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes

From Riverland Farm

  • Lunchbox Peppers and Purple Bell Peppers

Pick Your Own (PYO) this week

  • Cherry Tomatoes or Green Beans
  • Hot peppers or Shishitos

Flower CSA week 11! (second to last week)

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 farm store we are excited to showcase a delightful array of fall squashes. We have honeynut squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, butternut squash, and pie pumpkins. Happy fall!

LexFarm Grown
Tomatoes - Cherry, Slicing, Plum, Heirloom
Herbs - Basil, Parsley, Cilantro
Eggplant - Fairytale, Italian, Asian
Peppers - Shishito, Bell, Poblano, Jalapeno
Greens - Chard, Kale, Collards, baby kale, arugula
Scallions
Fennel
Husk Cherries
Lemongrass
Tomatillos
Carrots
Green Beans

Vermont and Massachusetts Grown Produce
Acorn squash
Butternut squash
Honeynut squash
Spaghetti squash
Pie pumpkins
Red, gold, and blue potatoes
Rosemary
Onions
Lettuce

Heirloom apples*
Plums*
Asian 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 - BLT


It may seem like a simple sandwich, not worthy of a recipe, but I'd like to argue that it's the greatest sandwich of all time and should be consumed in abundance this time of year. There's a very short window of opportunity in MA where tomatoes are still coming in, but it's cooled down enough to grow good lettuce again. That window is now so hop to it. This is dinner in my house for the rest of the week and I have no regrets.

Ingredients
1 perfect heirloom tomato (I would recommend the yellow pineapple variety we have)
1 head lettuce (we'll be harvesting some romaine this week, perfectly crisp and crunchy)
1 loaf of bread (perhaps a Bread Obsession loaf from the farm stand)
Bacon (we've got some in the farm stand!)
Mayo (I prefer the Japanese Kewpie variety)

Instructions
I know everyone knows how to make a sandwich so I'm not going to write much here. The only tip I have is to slice the tomato, salt it, and put it on a piece of paper towel or a dish towel to absorb the excess juices. This will lead to a more structurally sound sandwich that isn't sliding around with each bite. Besides that, just throw it all together and enjoy!

Notes From The Field


Fall is such an interesting time for food in the northeast. You can go to a grocery store on the first day of September and be greeted with pumpkins, potatoes, and squashes. It's like supermarkets are trying to give the illusion that the consumer is buying seasonal produce, but they couldn't be further off. Meanwhile on the farm we're in peak tomato harvest, the eggplant are abundant, and sweet/hot peppers are just starting to ripen. The butternut squash and sweet potatoes are still in the fields, their harvest dates not for another week or so.

At this point in the month, our winter squashes are finishing curing and will be edible soon. It will be perfect timing, as our tomatoes are on their way out and our summer crops are slowing down because of colder nights and disease pressure that always comes this time of year. With these cooler temperatures we're able to grow leafy greens again without them bolting. We're reveling in the abundance of the harvest. Each week we say goodbye to a different crop that has been with us all season (like the lemongrass pictured here). It's bittersweet and exhilarating to know we had a spectacular harvest and to no longer have to tend to something in the ground. As the hours of daylight shorten and crops go down, our workload starts to decrease and us farmers can finally take a moment to breath.

-Miranda

Puppet Shows in the Learning Garden! Two family fun events this fall!

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 first show was well received.  Here's our final show. 

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

LexFarm's Annual Harvest Festival! This Sunday!!!

Sunday October 2, 2022, 10am - 1pm

52 Lowell St, Lexington

Plan to join us as we come together to enjoy and celebrate the farm with these activities:

  • Children's activities, run by our educators 

  • Food vendors: Del Sur Empanadas, Tubb's Doughnuts and Rancatore's ice cream highlighting LexFarm produce, finger food in the farmstand

  • Katie of Two Aprons Cookery Cooking Demo, LexFarm produce tasting
     
  • Live music: Local band Backpocket, blues, soul, funk and rock
     
  • Create flower bracelets
  • Info Tables: how to support your local food system: Info on sustainable farming, gardening, farm education sampler

  • Scavenger hunt -  2 different age groups

  • Shop in the farm store

  • Visit Silk Fields Farm, open for guests to view their chickens, goats, and alpacas. 

And more!

Come enjoy the company of our farm community!


*Overflow parking: Park on one side only of Lillian St., Haskell St. or Litchfield St.

*Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs on the farm, so it’s best to leave your four-legged friends at home.

Volunteer to Glean

Gleaning means to gather leftover produce after a harvest. Surplus produce sometimes remains in the fields, where it is eaten by animals, damaged by pests or spoils. 

This summer, we invited a small, group of volunteers to rescue surplus food after Friday’s harvest. Our farmers identify the veggies or herbs available and instruct us on how to harvest them. The results were beets, broccolini, cucumbers, eggplant, swiss chard, zucchini and basil, all delivered to the Lexington Food Pantry.  

Your help is needed. This is a "bite-sized" volunteer activity (2 hours) that is incredibly rewarding and has an immediate impact.  Contact volunteer@lexfarm.org to learn when there's food available to glean. 

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)

The survey does not provide fields for comments so if you'd like to provide additional feedback to the Town regarding LexFarm, please email conservationcomm@lexingtonma.gov. If you live outside of Lexington, consider sharing how much you value LexFarm as well. 

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.  

Visit LexFarm at Discovery Day - Rescheduled for October 8


Lexington Discovery Day (rained out in May) is rescheduled for Saturday, October 8 from 10 am tp 3 pm.  Join us as we take over Mass Ave in Lexington Center for a day of music,  games, entertainment, food, and fun! 

LexDoingGood Community Event on October 22

Fun and free! We invite you to join LexFarm at 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!

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
Grace Jackson, 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