James has been dreaming and scheming about a monthly farm program that he is calling Full and By First Hand. On the first Thursday of the month he will be leading a mini-farm tour starting at 5. This week, the piglets. See where they live, how they root, help out with feeding and water chores, ask the questions you’ve been wondering about. Each month will showcase a different part of the farm or animal group. Plan a little extra time in your farm visit tonight to join him on his walk!
Farm to Fridge
Susie Smith of Dak Bar will be at the farm tonight giving samples, answering questions and signing people up for her brand-new Farm to Fridge Venture. Each week you can pick up fully cooked, ready to bake meals, right here during your farm share pick up. Ingredients are from Full and By, deliciously prepared by Susie. Take them home for a convenient Thursday evening meal, or stow in your fridge or freezer for a later day. Visit www.flyingpancakescatering.com for more info, bring your questions and appetites tonight.
The vegetable fields are filling out. Tomatoes, squash and cucumbers went into the field last Friday. The potatoes are just surfacing and the broccoli and cabbage plants are growing beautifully. We planted our field corn this week as well as 7 varieties of heirloom dry beans. The first planting of sweet corn has germinated and is looking good. And, our final calf of the season was born on Sunday, another healthy bull calf. We have a lot of extra tomato plants. If you are interested in putting one or two outside of your kitchen door ask at the share tonight for details on the varieties.
In the Farm Shares
In the veggie share: Asparagus, head lettuce, mesclun mix, leaf lettuce, prize choi asian cabbage, radishes, arugula, rhubarb, beet greens, potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips, celeriac, dried sage, wheat berries, whole wheat flour and dry beans. Next week: kale, chard and more spinach. Very soon: strawberries, bunching onions and garlic scapes.
In the meat share: All cuts of pork and beef, half and whole broiler chickens in the freezer. Lard and leaf lard are available.
- Full and By Farm: Fully Green Hillsides (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Full and By Farm: Spring Greens (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
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- Full and By Farm: Seeds and Seedlings (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)