Health Hero Island Farm
Islands Farms CSA

CSA Newsletter offering recipes, farm news and news from our growers.
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August 1, 2013
Photos clockwise from top left: Delicious carrots; Sunflowers...can't wait until they bloom; Madeleine and Calvin, happy after eating juicy plums; Hannah posing for Madeleine with a yummy dwarf snow pea.


HHIF Islands Farms CSA is a multi-farm CSA offering products almost exclusively from the Lake Champlain Islands

Saturday, August 3rd, 11:30-1:30
South Hero Land Trust Annual Meeting

Health Hero Island Farm, 350 West Shore Road, South Hero, VT 05486
*Also know as the Sawyer Bay Farm

With Eric Noel as the Keynote Speaker, talking about the plans for the Sawyer Bay Farm and the importance of new innovations to protect the land and water.

Potluck picnic, wagon ride and tour.
No RSVP necessary. Just come, share a great meal, and see the farm.

We hope you can make it! Come out and tour the farm, meet some neighbors and EAT!

Save the Date

Sunday, August 25th, 3:00-6:00PM
Lake Champlain Islands Farm and Food Festival
@ Health Hero Island Farm

Come spend an afternoon with your family on the farm and enjoy:

  • The Missisquoi River Band
  • FREE pizza from the Northeast Organic Farming Association traveling pizza oven with all local toppings
  • FREE local popcorn
  • A spell-binding storyteller
  • Engaging activities for all ages
  • Face painting
  • Mini-classes, demonstrations and tastings by Islands Farmers and producers
The event is FREE to the public. Invite your family and friends and come spend the afternoon with us.

Green CSA Bags
Please remember to return your green CSA bags each week. Just leave them at your pick-up site. Thank you!

News from Health Hero Island Farm (and what we had for dinner)
Oh my gosh it's dry! With all the rain of May and June, I didn't think I'd be saying that. I'm really hoping for rain to finally fall today. Even with watering, the gardens are parched. Rain would be welcome right now. Harvesting the carrots was a real challenge with the ground so dry and hard. What I managed to get out of the Earth sure tastes great!

We had steamed carrot coins last night with melted butter....mmmmmmmmm.

I also lightly sauteed red onion (ours aren't ready this one at Sweet Clover Market) with summer squash and zucchini then put the pan under a hot broiler to finish it off. Yum! Put all the vegetables together over some lentils seasoned with sea salt, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Ended with grass-fed beef burgers - a very satisfying meal.

We're very happy that Joan and Bob will be joining us at the farm for about a week. They'll be here for the picnic on Saturday along with some family who are coming to see the farm for the first time. It promises to be a full and exciting week.

Garden Updates
The seedlings we planted are doing really well. I'm astonished at how much they've already grown. The squash plants we rescued have made a stunning come-back. If you can make it to our picnic Saturday, you can walk around the gardens and see for yourself all of the beautiful plants!

We're keeping up with the weeding and have a few more plantings to do before the fall: spinach, lettuce, more carrots, some herbs. When we're tired of tomatoes, we'll prepare our greenhouse for winter greens -  mostly kale and spinach.

Upcoming projects include building a new high tunnel greenhouse with an NRCS EQUIP grant (a USDA program), building end walls for our small greenhouse, applying minerals to the gardens in the fall along with cover crops.

Grazing Scoop
All of the big red cedar posts are pounded! Yippee! Eric finished this week while Jesse was away for vacation. He also put together all of the braces. There are still some parts to finish up, but we're nearly there.

We are getting closer to our plan for adding minerals to our biggest open field. We had a talk with our friend today and got some preliminary recommendations. As soon as the fence is finished, Eric will be able to get the subsoiler ready and start using it in the fields.

We have some cattle leaving this week, so we'll get to use our newly constructed low-stress cattle handling system again. Frequent use gives Eric the opportunity to work out the kinks in the system, fine tuning it until it's the best it can be.

Come on by for a Farm Tour Mondays at 9:00AM. We share some of our history with you, offer some information about the kind of farming we're doing, take you on a walking tour when you get dirty in the garden (if you choose), meet the chickens hands-on, and enjoy a garden tasting. We hope you'll join us one day!
Admission is now $5 per CAR.
Please RSVP by calling or emailing

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Health Hero Island Farm is a four farmer operation: Eric and Hannah Noel and Joan Falcao and Bob Fireovid. HHIF is producing some food for our Islands Farms CSA, but is also bringing other area farms together to create our first multi-farm year-round CSA.

Coming soon: Interviews with each of the Islands Farms farmers! What do you want to know? Email us or post a question on our Facebook page and we'll include your question! PLEASE!
Blue Heron Farm
Grand Isle
This week: Cucumbers, basil, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce mix, and lamb (for year-round members)
Certified Organic
M.R. Harvest
Grand Isle
This week: Green cabbage, large tomato andparsley
Certified Organic
Health Hero Island Farm
South Hero
This week: Beet greens, peppers and carrots
This week from Maplewood Organics: 100% grass-fed organic beef - roast and brisket (for year-round members)
Certified Organic
This season: Fruit
Super Easy Eggplant Tomato Bake

Peel and chop your eggplant and add it to your vegetable sautes. You can also roast it to add to tomato sauce. Puree or leave in chunks.
Click on the headings above to go to recipes
Darby Farm
This week: New potatoes
Certified Organic
Hackett's Orchard
South Hero
This season: Fruit and value added apple products
Canamak Farms
Grand Isle
This week: 100% grass-fed beef - ground (for year-round members)
Pomykala Farm
Grand Isle
This season: mixed vegetables
World's Best Braised Cabbage
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I can't wait to make this dish!

Easy to Make Sauerkraut
This is SOOO good for you and tastes awesome. All you need is a cabbage, some sea salt and a glass jar or two.
Savage Gardens
North Hero
This week: Garlic, fingerling potatoes
Certified Organic
Pasture-raised chicken and eggs (for omnivore & year-round members)
Wally's Place
South Hero
This week: Bread (for omnivore & year-round members)
Neighborly Farms
* Randolph, VT
This week: Organic
Cheese (for year-round and omnivore members)
Certified Organic

*(no cheese producers in the Islands)

Blue Thumb Farm
South Hero
This season: Blueberries and flower bouquets
Paprika Parsley Potatoes
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I just love paprika with potatoes!
For more recipes and with any questions about the contents of your share, please contact Hannah at or (802) 378-5194.
Also, if you find and use great recipes not included here, please share them on our Facebook Page, for other members to try out.
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