Health Hero Island Farm
Islands Farms CSA

CSA Newsletter offering recipes, farm news and news from our growers.
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August 8, 2013
Photos clockwise from top left: Cole and Scout with delicious sweet Italian peppers; Our Raffle winner, Kathie, with the Health Hero crew; Cole putting together a birdhouse with Michele; Emily showing the children how to plant the kale seedlings.


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

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
We've had visitors all week...working visitors! Joan and Bob, Joan's daughter and son-in-law (Michele and Drew) and grandchildren (Scout and Cole) all arrived last Friday night so that they could all attend South Hero Land Trust's annual celebration on Saturday. The event was a HUGE success, drawing over 120 people - the largest crowd ever for SHLT's Annual Picnic. We were so thrilled with the positive energy and enthusiasm about what we're doing on the farm, and are so grateful to everyone who attended.

We've all been busy as you'll see in our photo spreads this week. The children have been helping with harvests and planting and spiffing up our beach. Michele and Drew also worked very hard down by the shore to create a retreat for all of our families AND built over 20 bird houses to attract more birds to the farm. (They'll eat flying insects that bother the animals and the humans here).

AND the whole crew including our kids have been camping at the farm all week. Madeleine and Calvin were taken under wing...I've hardly seen them all week! They're having so, so much fun with our new extended family. We feel deep gratitude to Joan, Bob, Michele, and Drew for helping so much all around.

Garden Updates
We have started picking Rattlesnake Pole Beans! We grow these beans for the Intervale Food Hub and for all of you! I've picked 80 pounds so far myself in three pickings. Natalie will pick next and then Eric while I'm at a conference this weekend.

The cabbage family crops are looking good! I can't wait to harvest our first kale. Another dose of rain would help them along even more. Emily showed the children how to plant the last of the seedlings this week and they dug in and planted part of a row.

Carrots are very difficult to harvest still with the ground so hard and dry. The children helped dig some early this week, then Emily, Natalie and I harvest them for your shares this week. Joan has some ideas about how we might amend the soil in the row we use for carrots next year to make them easier to grow and harvest. We sincerely hope you enjoy them this week!

Grazing Scoop
The BIG news this week is that Eric and Jesse FINISHED building the permanent fence around our north field - all 8,000 feet (3 strand!) around the perimeter of an 80 acre field. It looks and works great!

There was another big cattle move this morning early from the big north field to a pasture on the hill. Most of the gang was up early to help and watch and follow along behind. It was a beautiful morning to walk the farm.

Photos clockwise from top to bottom: Madeleine and Scout harvesting potatoes; Scout and Madeleine with their prizes- Yukon gold potatoes left and small red onions right; Calvin with his decorated birdhouse.
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: Cherry tomatoes, cilantro, pesto, lettuce mix, variety of hot peppers
Certified Organic
M.R. Harvest
Grand Isle
This week: Green cabbage, purple basil
Certified Organic
Health Hero Island Farm
South Hero
This week: Rattlesnake pole beans, cucumbers and carrots
This season from Maplewood Organics: 100% grass-fed organic beef (for year-round members)
Certified Organic
This season: Fruit
Coleslaw - No Mayo!
Click the heading above to go to recipe
Very close to Hannah's own coleslaw recipe.
Gluten-Free Cabbage Rolls
Get creative with your stuffing. Try no grain at all and just vegetables and grass-fed meats.
Darby Farm
This week: Tomatoes, eggplant, garlic, onions, zucchini
Certified Organic
Hackett's Orchard
South Hero
This season: Fruit and value added apple products
Canamak Farms
Grand Isle
This season: 100% grass-fed beef - ground (for year-round members)
Pomykala Farm
Grand Isle
This season: mixed vegetables
Baked Stuffed Eggplant

Be creative! Adjust this recipe to what you have in your share - Make logical substitutions to make a delicious main dish.
Click on the headings above to go to recipes
Savage Gardens
North Hero
This season: mixed vegetables
Certified Organic
Pasture-raised chicken and eggs (for omnivore & year-round members)
Wally's Place
South Hero
This season: Bread (for omnivore & year-round members)
Neighborly Farms
* Randolph, VT
This season: 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
Cilantro, Hot Pepper and Garlic Vinegar
Click on the heading above to go to recipes
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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