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CSA for Fall, Volunteers for Tour, and Salad Love…for 8.30.2014

For the love of fall….We know there is still almost a month left of summer, but with Labor Day around the corner and the deliciously cool mornings of late, we have tasted fall and are invigorated.
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Bed prep and fall planting is continuing at a manic pace.
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We aim each season to have a full selection of our fall vegetables up until Thanksgiving. This work now allows the harvest of that food then.
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A note about CSA today: Our Community Supported Agriculture members, as CSA stands for, are the lifeblood of our farm. Seriously. The 50 or so current members allow us to get our season started in January – beginning the tens of thousands of plants that become our community’s food throughout the main season. These trusting, invested CSA members then allow us to start the preparations for fall in July and August. Thank you!
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We are humbled by the willingness of our CSA members to share in the risk of small scale, biological vegetable growing.
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Now preparing for the end of our 4th season in business, we feel good about how we have been able to show our community that in hot, drought summers, cooler, wet summers, and in between, we have been able to deliver our CSA members an appropriate, delicious, nutritious return on their investment.
bouquet CNG sign We are ready to add more CSA members to our lovely little farm, and want to encourage you to join us in this relationship. Shares are now available for Fall Farm Shares – you get in return a weekly share of vegetables for the months of October and November (9 weeks). Details and sign up on our website.lettuce
(Pictured above is the salad love. Yum oh yum.) 
Pick up is on Wednesday afternoons, and on-farm pick up is always the preferred location. Additional pick up options are in the works for Church Hill (at Central Montessori School), at a private home in the Wamsley/Hull/Newby’s bridge area (Creekwood Neighborhood), and at Glenmore Yoga & Wellness in the West End. If enough shares are purchased for a given location, we will make it a drop off/pick up spot. Learn more, spread the word, and sign up on the CSA page of our website.DSC_0008
Metal roof for the barn will be delivered soon, and framing out the downstairs work areas continues…squeezed in when we can around normal farm work. It’s a slow process, and a labor of love, but each day is a day closer to this space being usable and making almost all farm activities better!

Final note today: Our farm is participating in the first annual Richmond farm tour weekend – 12 biological/organic farms are all on tour the same weekend: September 20-21, 1-6 pm both days. Hosted by the VABF and Ellwood Thompson’s, the event is still in need of volunteers to handle ticket taking/check in of tour goers at each farm. Volunteer one day and you get a free pass to tour farms the next day – plus you get to hobnob with some of your favorite farmers as part of behind-the-scenes event management. Learn all you need to know here, and sign up to volunteer (maybe even here at our farm? We’d love to have you help out.)
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This Week’s Harvest:

Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Chard, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Microgreens, Mint, Okra, Peppers (jalapeno, sweet yellow, padron), Salad mix, Summer Squash, Sunflowers and Mixed Bouquets, Tomatoes (red slicers, cherries, and paste, plus economy bulk options) …plus our Naturally Leavened Bread and Pepper Jelly.

~ Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork Crew

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Recipe Suggestions: (always cataloged on our Recipe Page)
Summer Squash “Pasta” with Garlic & Basil
Simply Roasted Okra
Green Beans with Red Onion & Mustard Seed Vinaigrette
Green Beans with Roasted Tomatoes & Mustard Seeds
Asian Salad Dressing
Sweet Peppers – keep it simple. We love these most when diced and combined with diced tomatoes, plus a little salt and garlic.

We continue at two farmers’ markets this Saturday: South of the James in Forest Hill Park, from 8am – 12pm, and the Brandermill Green Market in Market Square from 9am – 12pm.

2014 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Saturday at our farm, at the Brandermill Green Market , or at the South of the James Market in Forest Hill Park.

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VABF Richmond Farm Tour
Richmond Biological Farm Tour Weekend: September 20 & 21, 2014

Shake the Hands that Feed You!
Saturday & Sunday, September 20 &
 21, 1 PM to 6 PM

We will be participating in this inaugural weekend of farm tours in the greater metro Richmond area. Load up your car with friends and family (one ticket covers everyone!) and head out for a day — or two — of meeting farmers and seeing where and how your food is grown. Learn more here and stay tuned for the complete list of farms on tour.

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