Final Week of Summer CSA 2014!

Sunday, October 19th
The Eighth Annual Hatchet Cove Farm 
CSA Potluck, Cider-Pressing, Garlic-Popping Get-together!  
When: Starting at 1pm on October 19th. 
Where:  At the Farm.  1133 Finntown Rd, Warren, ME 04864 (2.1 miles off of Rte. One) 
What to Bring:  Food to share, a plate/cup/silverware to eat off of (paper versions will be here if you forget), a chair or blanket to sit on, apples to press.  
If there’s interest we will give a tour of the farm at 2:30  
Bulk Storage items (Winter Squash, Onions, Garlic, Shallots, etc.) will be available to purchase.  
Enjoy the fall weather, watch the pigs go nuts when they eat your leftovers, have great conversations while your fingers are busy with garlic… come spend the afternoon on the farm!   

We can’t thank you enough for being a part of this farm.  Without our members, Hatchet Cove Farm wouldn’t be the kind of place it is.  The CSA allows us to farm in a way that feels right to us and takes our values into account.  We get to focus on the soil and water quality on the farm, on feeding as wide a cross-section of our community as possible, on producing the healthiest, freshest produce we can, on supporting the farming aspirations of our apprentices, on raising livestock in a humane and caring way, and on so much more.  Our CSA members allow us to focus on those values and make a living at the same time.  Thank you.

It was definitely a crazy full-moon kind of week on the farm.  Our poor year-old steer, Moose, went missing on Monday afternoon.  Hannah finally found him, alive but about ten feet underground in an old, dry well (click here for a picture) that we barely knew existed, much less knew that anyone or anything could ever access it.  So while the sun set and the huge moon rose on Monday night our amazing neighbors came out with backhoes and straps and we all worked to try and get him out of the well.  Long story short, the next day we finally got him out, and the following morning he even stood up.  Poor guy has been through the wringer but at least we got him out of that unbelievably tight space.  In this midst of it all was the torrential rain and windstorm, one of the adolescent chickens finally laid an egg, the pigs escaped their fencing, Eli had his 9th birthday, and there were still crops to harvest, wash, and deliver!  What a week.

We’re feeling really excited about the fall CSA this year.  It’s been a number of years since we’ve had such solid quantities of storage crops, and we look forward to getting fall members stocked up for winter.  Also, on Sunday, October 19th, at the annual CSA potluck/cider-pressing/garlic-popping afternoon, we’ll have bulk storage items available for sale.

There are still a number of spots available in the fall CSA, so if you’re planning on joining please sign up via this link or on our website.  http://tinyurl.com/fallcsa2014

Thank you again, and for those of you in the fall share we look forward to seeing you during the coming month!  As always, we hope that you enjoy some wonderful meals this week and into the winter made from your HCF produce. And we hope to see you all at the farm on Sunday the 19th!

With love,

Reba and the HCF crew

CSA Week 18 of 18:  Spinach or Mesclun Mix, Carrots, Beets, Potatoes, Red Onion, Yellow Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Cherry or Big Tomato, Winterbor or Lacinato Kale, Baby Orange Hubbard Squash

This week’s recipe:  Barley, Kale and Kidney Bean Stew

Cheese Week 18 Notes haven’t arrived yet… will send them along as soon as they do!

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