Winter is over and now comes spring.  Through all of the fluctuations of March (70 degree days, 0 degree days, rain and snow) our sugaring season went pretty well.

We thank the sugar maple trees for all of their sap that they gave us and we thank all of our friends and family who showed up to help collect and boil!

You may purchase some of the Conway liquid gold at our farm stand on S. Shirkshire Rd. or receive it in your first, June box share.

 

And now on to growing vegetables . . .

This season we will be launching a local farm box home-delivery service!

Our local farm box program is designed to make fresh, local food accessible to all. We believe that minimizing the distance between the food eater and the food grower builds greater health and social integrity.  Developing a personal relationship with those who eat the food that we grow is important to us.   Building a direct connection between grower and consumer allows us all to better understand our environmental and social impact.

We understand that getting to the farmers’ market or the local grocery store can be difficult when living rurally. Though our western Mass. Population is spread out, it is a strong community that we are committed to supporting. We want everyone in this beloved region to enjoy the foods of the land and to lead healthy, sustaining lives.

We are proud to offer a financially accessible, convenient and flexible-schedule farm box program to the community that we love. You can expect high quality, freshly picked, delicious produce infused with good vibes delivered with a smile.

 

We now have an email subscription!  Sign up at the bottom of our home page and receive news about what’s fresh and in-season!

We will keep you updated with: 

  • What to expect at the Greenfield and Northampton Farmers markets
  • What is for sale at our farm stand and store in Conway
  • What will fill the New York farm share boxes
  • When you can buy maple syrup and other preserves
  • When upcoming farm dinners will be happening
  • General farm news and facts

Tomorrow (11/7) will be our last day at the Tuesday Northampton Market.  Come see us and get your late season groceries like: kale, broccoli raab, brussels sprouts, broccoli, fennel, salad mix, arugula, winter squash, garlic, radishes, turnips, peppers and eggplant. . . and eggs of course.

We will also be selling our very own garlic braids — great for decorative or culinary use.  It’s never too soon to start thinking about holiday gifts!

Our last Greenfield Market will be on Saturday, November 18th at the Four Corners Elementary School (21 Ferrante Avenue, Greenfield , MA) from 10am-1pm.

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See you soon!

The rich season finale

This last farm box is full of autumn treats.  The October box will include:

  • Kale
  • Broccoli raab
  • Salad greens
  • Leeks
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Fresh, young ginger
  • Garlic
  • Bay leaves
  • Crisp apples
  • Farm fresh eggs
  • Apple cider
  • A bouquet of flowers
  • Hungry Ghost bread

For our full diet members:

  • Grace Hill Farm cheddar cheese
  • A jar of honey
  • Sage Farm hot Italian sausage

This month’s bulk option is:

  • Hot peppers (jalapeño, padrón, habanero), great for making hot sauce! $2.5/lb
  • Bok choy, make kimchi! $1.75/head.

Email us with amounts desired.

We will be delivering to your home on Sunday, October 8th.

Below are a few recipe ideas for the seasonal produce you received in your NYC farm box or at our farmers market stand.

 

Open Face Heirloom Tomato Sandwich

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 thick slice white bread (Pullman is ideal), lightly toasted
  • Olive oil (for drizzling)
  • 1 beefsteak and/or yellow tomato, thinly sliced
  • 2–3 thick slices feta
  • Oregano leaves (for serving)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

Place bread on a plate; drizzle with oil. Add tomatoes, feta, and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with more oil.

Recipe by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen

 

Extra Flaky Scallion Pancakes

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Ingredients:

  • For the Pancakes:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting work surface
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Up to 1/4 cup toasted sesame seed oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced scallion greens
  • For the Dipping Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chinkiang or rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely sliced scallion greens
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • To Cook:
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt

Preparation:

  1. Place flour in bowl of food processor (see note). With processor running, slowly drizzle in about 3/4 of boiling water. Process for 15 seconds. If dough does not come together and ride around the blade, drizzle in more water a tablespoon at a time until it just comes together. Transfer to a floured work surface and knead a few times to form a smooth ball. Transfer to a bowl, cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap, and allow to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature, or up to overnight in the fridge.

  2. Divide dough into four even pieces and roll each into a smooth ball. Working one ball at a time, roll out into a disk roughly 8-inches in diameter on a lightly floured surface. Using a pastry brush, paint a very thin layer of sesame oil over the top of the disk. Roll disk up like a jelly roll, then twist roll into a tight spiral, tucking the end underneath. Flatten gently with your hand, then re-roll into an 8-inch disk.
  3. Paint with another layer or sesame oil, sprinkle with 1/2 cup scallions, and roll up like a jelly roll again. Twist into a spiral, flatten gently, and re-roll into a 7-inch disk. Repeat steps two and three with remaining pancakes.
  4. Combine all the sauce ingredients and set aside at room temperature.
  5. Heat oil in an 8-inch nonstick or cast-iron over medium-high heat until shimmering and carefully slip pancake into the hot oil. Cook, shaking the pan gently until first side is an even golden brown, about 2 minutes. Carefully flip with a spatula or tongs (be careful not to splash the oil), and continue to cook, shaking pan gently, until second side is even golden brown, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Season with salt, cut into 6 wedges. Serve immediately with sauce for dipping. Repeat with remaining 3 pancakes.

From Serious Eats.com

 

Lacto-Fermented Peppers (sweet or hot)

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Ingredients:

  • Sweet peppers
  • Sea salt
  • Filtered water
  • Seasoning of choice: cumin or cayenne, peeled garlic, sliced onion; cilantro or parsley, etc.

Preparation:

  1. Dissolve 3 tablespoons salt per quart of water.
  2. Rinse peppers with water and remove stems and cores. Cut into thin strips or 1/2 to 1-inch squares.
  3. Place a bit of seasonings, if using, at the bottom of each jar. Fill the jar about halfway with peppers. Add in a bit more seasonings. Fill the rest of the jar with the chopped peppers, leaving 1-2 inches headspace.
  4. Pour brine over peppers and seasonings until covered.
  5. If necessary, weigh the peppers down under the brine to keep them submerged. Cover the jar with a tight lid, airlock lid, or coffee filter secured with a rubber band.
  6. Culture at room temperature (60-70°F is preferred) until desired flavor is achieved. If using a tight lid, burp daily to release excess pressure.
  7. Once the peppers are finished, put a tight lid on the jar and move to cold storage.

From cultures for Health

 

Tomato, Arugula, Cucumber and Avocado Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 english cucumber, sliced
  • 3 roma tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ cup red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup feta cheese

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl combine avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion and arugula. Gently toss.
  2. In a small bowl whisk the olive oil, and lemon juice. Add to the veggies and toss.
  3. Serve with crumbled feta cheese.

From “The Recipe Critic”

 

In this month’s September farm box you can expect:

  • Arugula
  • Spicy salad greens
  • A bunch of of lacinato kale
  • Scallions
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • A bunch of fresh thyme
  • Concord grapes
  • Hart Farm eggs
  • Fresh cut flowers
  • Our very own tomato sauce
  • Hungry Ghost bread

For our Full Diet members:

  • Bear Meadow Farm’s Apple cider vinegar
  • Grace Hill Farm Wild Alpine Cheese
  • Eden Pond Farm chicken breast

This month’s bulk item is:

2nds Tomatoes and/or hot peppers.  Make pasta sauce or hot sauce!
$2/lb for tomatoes, $2.50/lb for hot peppers (email us with specific order amount).

We will be delivering to you on Sunday, September 10th.

The beginning of September is a very special time.  It is a moment in the season that feels effortless.  Everyday there is a new item to add to the harvest list and by the end of the week there is a spectrum of color lighting up your table and enriching each meal.
We hope you encounter this easy indulgence when cooking your fresh, Hart Farm veggies.

If you haven’t signed up for your September box share please visit our NYC Box Share page.