Farm Day this Saturday…first cucumbers are in!…5.9.2015

With temps around 85 degrees this week it is hard to hang on to the memory that April was unseasonably cool. Quite below average. Then came the beginning of May, and in a pattern not unknown to central Virginia, it feels like we skipped straight to summer.
But we still get to relish the spring crops! Radishes, kale. Hearty greens mix, collards.
Plus our CSA members get to benefit from our love of growing very early cucumbers. They aren’t cheap or easy to get this early, but they are so delicious. 20150507_080813[1]
(If you can manage to admire more than just the cucumbers, you will notice that we put mis-matched socks on our baby. We think he prefers it this way.)
20150507_081253[1]Because this season is getting a later start than previous ones, most of our vegetables that we are currently harvesting are going to our CSA members. (Shares are still available if you wish to sign up!) We had cucumbers yesterday for some of our Farm Share CSA members, and more will be picked Friday for Market Share CSA members to order. Then all Farm Share members will get some next Wednesday.

Our harvests this spring in general are good, and we are growing and picking more than we have in any previous years, but some things are just not ready yet.
This tomato photo is not an example of something that is usually ready by now – but it is a nice tease for us all of the deliciousness that lies ahead. Swing through this weekend to check on how everything is growing:

Please do plant to join us this Saturday for our Farm Day * Plant Sale * Tour * Open House. We are excited to share with you all the newest additions here and to provide a walking tour in which we describe in detail our growing practices, our Certified Naturally Grown status, our passion for high nutritional content in the vegetables (and how we go about accomplishing this), and our general farm-geeky thoughts about soil science and plant health. Saturday, May 9th. 1:00 – 5:00. Tour @ 2:30. See details at the very bottom of this message.
janet greenhouse
(Photo above by Tisha Lyn Photography, from a few weeks ago. See the cucumber plants behind Janet? Those little things are the fruiting plants in the above photo of our baby with the cucumbers, taken this morning!)

Available for Market Share CSA members to choose from this week: Chard, Cucumbers, Microgreens, Radishes, Salad…and Pepper Jelly, Fermented Jalapenos, naturally leavened Hearth Baked Bread. PLUS Plants: Basil, Parsley, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Eggplant (variety details on ordering page).
janet sylvie field
2015 Market Share CSA Members: Reserve your selection online to pick up on Saturday, May 9 at our farm, at the Brandermill Green market, or at the South of the James market.

**Anyone may order select goods from us, through Fall Line Farms, Richmond’s online farmers’ market. You can use discount code “broadfork” to earn a complimentary 6 month subscription.

Recipe ideas:
Chard, Salad & Microgreens– make a heartier meal out of it by taking the grain bowl approach, inspired in us by the Bon Appetit magazine: Start with our greens (raw salad or chard, or perhaps even lightly wilted chard), add a well seasoned grain to one section of the bowl, a crispy or juicy protein to another section, maybe a roasted vegetable to another third of the bowl, and then top with sprouts, nuts, seeds, and dressing (such as the Turmeric-Tahini dressing they recommend). Think of it as salad, kicked up a notch.

The beautiful (and organic!) t-shirts and/or hoodies that we wear at market? You can now order them directly from the printer, in the size and color of your choosing! See our online shirt shop to place your order. We can’t wait to see you sporting these! Huge thanks, as always, to the talented Jennifer Strader for drawing the artwork for us.

Enjoy ~ Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew
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20150506_125911[1]Farm Day is Saturday, May 9th! 1:00 – 5:00pm. Open Farm/Open Barn. Plant Sale. Guided Tour at 2:30. Apiary (honeybee hives) interpretation. Food samples featuring our veggies. Lemon-Honey popsicles, $1 each, for the young and young at heart. Shop from our full selection of vegetable and herb transplants for your garden. Check out the new barn, featuring farm stand and CSA member pick up area, and join in a guided walking tour of our abundant vegetable farm in Chesterfield county to learn how we manage the soil and plants for optimum health, nutritional content, and overall deliciousness! Please plan to join us, and spread the word! {No fee for the tour. Family friendly. Please – no pets.} plant sale farm tour 2015-05


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