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August 9, 2022

Lexington Community Farm
52 Lowell Street, Lexington, MA

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What's in Your CSA Share this Week

 

Summer CSA Week 10 

  • Chard
  • Summer Squash
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Lemongrass or Celery

From Riverland

  • Mini Red Watermelon
  • Green and Purple Bell Peppers

Pick Your Own (PYO) this week

  • Italian Basil or Thai Basil
  • Green Beans

Flower CSA week 4!

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 will have fresh fruit including blueberries, blackberries, peaches, cantaloupes, and plums. We will also have summer favorites like Lexfarm tomatoes and Busa corn. 

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 remember to bring your own bags! 

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

Vermont and Massachusetts Grown Produce
Cantaloupes-organic
Blueberries-organic
Blackberries-conventionally grown
Peaches-Grown using Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Plums-Eco grown

From Busa Farm
(Not Organic)
Sweet Corn

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 - Watermelon Tomato Salad


This recipe just screams summer. With tomatoes coming in and it being too hot to turn on the stove or oven, this is the type of dinner I reach for after a long hot day.

This recipe was originally published on Love and Lemons

Dressing:
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon minced ginger
Salad:
  • 3 heirloom tomatoes, sliced into wedges - tomatoes will be in the share this week!
  • 5 cups cut watermelon (about 2-inch triangles) - in the share this week
  • 1 thinly sliced jalapeño and/or a few Thai chiles - We'll have some hot peppers in the farmstand
  • 2 tablespoons Thai basil or regular basil - Great way to use the abundance of basil that we have!
  • 2 tablespoons toasted cashews
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • Sea salt, to taste, if desired
  • Lime wedges, for serving
Instructions:
  1. Make the dressing: In a small bowl, combine the tamari, lime juice, vinegar, garlic, and ginger.
  2. Arrange the tomatoes, watermelon, and jalapeños on a platter or in a shallow bowl. (This salad should not be served in a deep bowl because the flavorful juices will sink to the bottom.) Drizzle with the dressing and top with the basil, cashews, and avocado. Season to taste and serve with lime wedges.

Notes From The Field

We got our storage onions out of the ground and into the greenhouse to cure last week. You know onions are ready to harvest when their stems start to feel soft and they flop over. This signifies that the onion is done growing, all the energy and water from the stems photosynthesizing has gone to the bulb, and it is ready to harvest. Typically when 50-70% of the onions have flopped it's a sign they are all ready to come out of the ground. They bruise really easily during this stage, so we tell our crew to treat them like raw eggs.

The next step is curing, which creates the papery layers around an onion, allowing them to store for months on end. These layers protect the inner onion from pathogens that could cause the onion to rot. Curing also concentrates the onions flavor and makes them more potent. These onions will cure for 3-4 weeks before their papery stems will be removed and they'll be ready to eat!

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 Free Music Series 


Sunset concerts. Bring your chairs/blankets and picnics and celebrate music’s magic in our fields.

Second concert: 

Wednesday, Aug 31, 6-7pm, (rain date-9/1)

Coffee to Cocktailspop, bluegrass and roots music, on guitar, harmonica and mandolin.

Lisa and Jay Anas as the duo Coffee to Cocktails, play a wide variety of musical genres, such as classical, pop, bluegrass and roots on guitar, harmonica and mandolin. 

Lisa has been singing all of her life; in a wedding band, small combos, as a church soloist, and also solo and group classical and operatic recitals in several Boston area venues. Jay was nothing more than a guitar wanna-be for decades. Together for 20 years, they rarely ever paired their talents.

The onset of Covid-19 gave them lots of down time and their lives truly became one endless cycle of morning coffee to  evening cocktails.  They began rehearsing songs between the two beverage times. The name stuck.  You can also see them at area Farmers’ Markets, the Arlington Beer Garden and the Annual Arlington Porchfest.

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Thanks to all who came to hear Evelyn Blush.  She is an amazing singer songwriter who selflessly shares her heart through her music. 


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, 2 spots left
Farm Friends Wednesday 10:45am, 2-3 y/o with caregiver, 6 wks, 9/21-10-26, 2 spots left
Art in the Garden - Monday Morning , 4-6 yo, 9:30-11:30. 9/12-11/7
Farm Explorers  - Tuesday Afternoon Session 1, 4-6 yo, 2:45-4:45, 6 wks, 9/6-10/11, 3 spots left
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, Sold out
Farm Scouts  - Friday Afternoon Session 2, K-3rd graders, 2:45-4:45, 6 wks, 10/28-12/9, 3 spots left

Get Involved on the Farm
Updated

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, All spots filled!  Thank you!

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+ Many spots.

       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! 

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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