Health Hero Island Farm
Islands Farms CSA

CSA Newsletter offering recipes, farm news and news from our growers.
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August 15, 2013
Some photos of the fun we had at the NOFA Summer Conference in Massachusetts last weekend: Maddy on a tarp slip 'n' slide after the torrential rain flooded the swale  around the camping area; Calvin's face after his first pie eating contest...he finished last but couldn't be happier with some homemade organic blueberry pie in his tummy!


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.


News from Health Hero Island Farm

Our gardens are booming! The fields and pastures are recovering well. The cattle are fattening up. All is well on Health Hero Island Farm.

We were sad to see our new friends and family go this weekend. Hannah, Madeleine and Calvin went to Massachusetts to the Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference Friday through Sunday with Joan, Jesse and two interns from two other local farms, Yard and Sophie. Joan's family -  Michele, Drew, Scout, and Cole - joined us for the first day of the conference. It was nice to have just a little more time together before parting ways. We hope their farm vacation becomes an annual tradition!

The Conference was a lot of fun and information-filled as usual! My focus was on season-extension, and I'm all excited now to finish getting my fall crops in the ground and under cover for winter. It's so amazing how many different foods you can grow through the winter in unheated greenhouses and low-tunnels. Some of you will be enjoying those fresh winter vegetables!

By the way, it's not too late to extend your local-eating season. If you're interested in staying with the CSA beyond October, we have several options available including vegetables and fruits only...but I encourage you to venture into local meats and value-added products too if you can! Contact Hannah for more information if you're interested. Thank you!

Garden Updates
I was so amazed at how much everything grew just over the weekend. The cabbage crops especially are looking beautiful. I picked our first kale for my morning smoothies, and a couple of meals already. I just love it! We'll be bringing our kale to your shares in the next week or two after it grows just a bit more.

Emily planted our next section of dwarf snow peas. The first planting for fall eating is growing very well with excellent germination. The rains and cooler temperatures are just what the garden needed.

The greenhouse continues to produce well. Tomatoes and cucumbers in your shares this week are from our little greenhouse. Today, I had to use a ladder to prune and clip up some of our taller tomatoes. We'll let the current greenhouse plants keep going until the end of September, when we'll prepare the space for our winter crops.

Grazing Scoop
The cattle are gaining weight better. We've done two more weigh-ins since the first one, and are very pleased with the improvement. Eric and Jesse are moving the cattle more frequently now, twice a day. Jesse is going to be solo this weekend when our family goes on a camping trip. He and Eric have been planning out the moves for the weekend and have taken some pasture walks to check on the condition of the pastures. The grass is looking good - even better than expected!

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: Ground cherries, cilantro, Thai basil pesto, tomatillos, variety of hot peppers
Certified Organic
M.R. Harvest
Grand Isle
This week: Red onions
Certified Organic
Health Hero Island Farm
South Hero
This week: Rattlesnake pole beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, and carrots
This season from Maplewood Organics: 100% grass-fed organic beef (for year-round members)
Certified Organic
This season: Fruit
10 Tomatillo Recipes
Click the heading above to go to recipe
These look so delicious!
How to Eat a Ground Cherry
Mmmmm. I bought an extra pint of these just for ME! Yum!
Darby Farm
This week: Cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, cantaloupe, blue potatoes
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
Beet Greens and Carrots with Quinoa
Just adjust the recipe to how much greens you have. Add in any other greens you have on hand.
Click on the heading above to go to recipes
Savage Gardens
North Hero
This week: Garlic
Certified Organic
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 week: Flower bouquets
30 Second Garlic Cilantro Sauce
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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