CSA Pick-Up: June 18-22

Here is what we have for pick-up this week:

  • Strawberries
  • Peas
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Green Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Swiss Chard

We also still have some native plants available for purchase as well as one variety of Honey (farm field 1lb. $12) and our Moose Hill CSA Cookbooks ($5). We accept cash, card, or check.

If you have not signed up for your work hours yet you can do that here on our Sign-up genius. Our biggest need is harvesting/weeding (specifically Wednesday mornings to bring in the harvest on our biggest pickup day) but if that doesn’t work with your schedule, we can always use your help whenever you’re available.

Reminder for you that we ARE open for distribution on 4th of July, which falls on a Wednesday this year. Please remember that if you cannot make it on a certain week, we invite you to send a friend, family member, or neighbor to collect your share. If you cannot find someone and you could pick up your share on a different distribution day in that same week, with advance notice, we can switch your pick-up day for that week. We must receive an email at moosehillcsa@massaudubon.org by at least noon the day before your regularly scheduled pick-up time (no phone calls). The email should include the distribution day you wish to switch to within that week.

Questions? Check our FAQ, and our website for more info or email us at moosehillcsa@massaudubon.org.

CSA Update: A few things

We wanted to reach out to you about a few things that are going on and that we need some help with.

  1. We made a mistake on the sign-up genius for this coming Monday and did not create slots to help with distribution. Sorry for the short notice but, if you can make it for a distribution slot this Monday the 18th from 3:45-7:15 that would be a great help. We have three slots available. To RSVP send an email to moosehillcsa@massaudubon.org.
  2. As most if not all of you know we have peas and strawberries here!!  Pyo for peas will start Wednesday the 20th. Also a new variety of Radishes are here. We will post a full list of what to potentially expect by Monday morning. As the season progresses, we may periodically need to make changes to what you receive at distribution – it’s hard to fully predict that we will have exactly the same things available Monday and Friday (a lot can change in a week in the fields) but for the most part, the list is what you can most likely expect.
  3. We are also in need of clean towels/rags/shirts or cloth of any kind. After the harvest is brought in we use wet towels to cover everything to keep it cool and fresh. As the harvest grows more towels are necessary, so, if you have anything to contribute, bring it down to the barn next time you are around.
  4. Just a reminder that we can not take back and re-use strawberry pints, rubber bands, egg cartons, etc. We appreciate your thoughtfulness but in order to be sure that we can stay as a certified organic farm, we must use new and clean materials only.
  5. Another reminder for you that we ARE open for distribution on 4th of July, which falls on a Wednesday this year. Please remember that if you cannot make it on a certain week, we invite you to send a friend, family member, or neighbor to collect your share. If you cannot find someone and you could pick up your share on a different distribution day in that same week, with advance notice, we can switch your pick-up day for that week. We must receive an email at moosehillcsa@massaudubon.org by at least noon the day before your regularly scheduled pick-up time (no phone calls). The email should include the distribution day you wish to switch to within that week.

Thanks for all of your help so far. We look forward to the rest of the season as our harvest grows more and more every week. Keep an eye out for more recipes coming and some storage tips. Our weekly pick-up list will be up soon too.

See you on the farm,
–the Moose Hill Team

 

Slow Grow

Ever wonder how the weather affects our crops? As we have all been aware, the weather the last few months has done a lot of roller-coasting. Really hot, then cold, lots of rain, and then not so much.

With a less full sun days, and not much rain over the last few weeks, our crops have been slower to grow than we anticipated. It can make the start of our season feel a little slow – we have variety in what is coming in, just not always the bigger sizes we all love seeing in our early season greens!

However, the radishes have been a mix of larger and smaller sizes – but they are a root vegetable and thankfully we have great soil for these root veggies!

But, you might be wondering how we deal with little rain, or quick rainstorms, which often run off the vegetable mounds rather than soaking in to properly water our crops. In the fields by the Barn, we do some drip irrigation. Not all of the vegetable are irrigated, just some that will truly need it. In our upper field, we have no irrigation – we must rely on good soil health to best maintain those fields.

If there is something you have been wondering about, be sure to mention it to us – the Farm Apprentices. We are happy to share more information through the blog on the successes and challenges of farming organic!

And, as always, thank you to the shareholders who have helped us down at the farm thus far – we have enjoyed getting to know you and it has been a very fun start to the season!

CSA Pick-up: June 11-15, 2018

For this weeks harvest we have two new additions: Strawberries are ready and we also have Swiss Chard!

Plus, still on the list is:

  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Lettuce
  • Green Onions

Our beets and our summer squash will be coming next.

squash flower

Also a reminder that we can take cash, check (made out to Moose Hill or Mass Audubon), or Visa/MasterCard for any of the following items that we have:

  • Native Plants (while supplies last or until the end of this month)
    • $7 for perennials
    • $10 for ferns
  • Honey
    • $10 for 3/4 lb. Wildflower
    • $12 for 1lb. Farm Field
  • Maple Syrup for $12 a bottle
  • Moose Hill Cookbook for $5

sunset at the barn

For those of you who purchased a fish share, please remember to pick-up Monday 4-7 pm at the Barn.

See you at distribution!

 

A few recipes

Hello all! Having all of this food calls for creativity. Here are a few recipes I have been using with the past weeks harvest that I think you’ll enjoy.

Quick Pickled Radishes:

I know many of you often are asking “What am I going to do with all of these Radishes?!” This recipe is quick and easy and makes a great snack that keeps fresh for weeks. It also mellows out the flavor of the radish a bit so if you aren’t usually a fan of radishes, you might enjoy this flavor.

source: Cookie+kate, Celebrating whole foods!

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch radishes
  • ¾ cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (this yields very spicy pickles, so use ½ teaspoon for medium spicy pickles or none at all)
  • ½ teaspoon whole mustard seeds (optional)-
  • Optional add-ins: garlic cloves (some of your spring garlic slices will work great, that is what I used) , black pepper(corns), fennel seeds, coriander seeds (I used powder instead of seeds here because that’s what I had and it worked fine)

Instructions

  1. To prepare the radishes: Slice off the tops and bottoms of the radishes, then use a sharp chef’s knife or mandoline to slice the radishes into very thin rounds. Pack the rounds into a pint-sized canning jar. Top the rounds with red pepper flakes and mustard seeds.
  2. To prepare the brine: In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, honey or maple syrup and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, then pour the mixture over the radishes.
  3. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. You can serve the pickles immediately or cover and refrigerate for later consumption. The pickles will keep well in the refrigerator for several weeks, although they are in their most fresh and crisp state for about 5 days after pickling.

Sautéed Kale:

This makes a great side for any meal of the day. I had mine on the side of some spring garlic fried eggs I made with some of the green onions we’ve been handing out as well.

source: Allrecipes!

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (Your spring garlic will work great with this)

Directions

  1. Soak kale leaves in a large bowl of water until dirt and sand begin to fall to the bottom, about 2 minutes. Lift kale from the bowl without drying the leaves and immediately remove and discard stems. Chop the kale leaves into 1-inch pieces.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic until sizzling, about 1 minute. Add kale to the skillet and place a cover over the top.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally with tongs, until kale is bright green and slightly tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

Arugula Beet Goat Cheese Salad

One of my recipes that I learned from a close friend. This is a great way to use the arugula we’ve been giving out and is a staple in my diet right now. You can also add in some of the Kale, Tatsoi, and Lettuce here. A nice crisp refreshing summer salad.

Ingredients:

  • ~1 cup of arugula leaves
  • 1/4 cup of chopped beets, raw or cooked (I prefer the crunchiness of the raw beet)
  • 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon candied pecans (optional)
  • Goat cheese crumbles (as much as you like, I love goat cheese so I load it up)
  • raspberry vinaigrette

Directions:

Super easy. Once you have all of your ingredients prepared simply add them all to a bowl or plate, toss or mix, and serve.

Radish Chips

one question we often get at distribution is: what is a good radish recipe?

There are actually a lot of great radish recipes out there, but one of my personal favorites is radish chips. Here is how you make them…

Ingredients:
– 10-15 Radish’s
– 1 tbs. olive oil
– ½ tbs. honey
– ½ tbs. cinnamon sugar mixture

Instructions:
1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Slice the radishes approximately 1/4 inch thick and put them in a microwave safe bowl. When you are done slicing, microwave for about 30 seconds to soften them up. Drain any liquid, and add them to a larger bowl.

2. Add the olive oil, honey, and cinnamon sugar. Mix well to coat all of the radishes. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure they are evenly spread out and not stacked on top of each other.

3. Cook for 15 minutes at 350, then remove the radishes and flip them over. Reduce oven temperature to 225 and bake for another 20 minutes. You will notice they will begin to shrink in size and crisp up, which is a good thing! Remove from the oven, plate and serve.

A simple recipe with a big payoff! Yum!

CSA Pick-up: June 4-8, 2018

Hello shareholders!

The season is well under way here at Moose Hill! We are proud to welcome aboard two new farm hands this season – Mel and Jessica.

Here is what we have for distribution this week…
– Red Russian Kale
– Radishes
– Spring Onions
– Spring Garlic
– Lettuce Varieties
– Arugula

Coming soon we will have some delicious strawberries and peas!

Remember to collect your eggs, for those who ordered them, and to bring bags for your vegetables.

Reminder: Cape Ann Fresh Catch offers fresh caught local fish delivered right to the barn at Moose Hill Farm for pickup on Mondays from 4-7. For those interested, sign-up can happen at any point and is done directly through Cape Ann Fresh Catch.

2018 CSA: Distribution begins this week

Greetings Shareholders,

We are your new Farm Apprentices and we have been busy all spring, learning the lay of the land, and working alongside Ward’s Berry Farm farmers to get everything ready for production and distribution.

Jesse Parker comes from Granby, CT and went to school to Plymouth State University for Environmental Science. He is now here at Moose Hill to pursue his passion for organic agriculture.

Matt Trapp started work at Moose Hill back in March as a maple farmer. Since then he has done everything from trail maintenance to seeding to giving tours to the public, and he can genuinely say this is the best job of his life!

Our first days of distribution are upon us, here is what we will have available for pickup:

  • Arugula- peppery green good in salads
  • Tatsoi- Japanese green very similar to baby spinach
  • Two varieties of Radishes including French Breakfast
  • Red Russian Kale
  • Spring Garlic
  • Spring Onions
  • Lettuce varieties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honey from our hives and our very own Maple Syrup will be available for purchase.

We will have eggs fresh from Chip-In Farm available for pick-up for those who ordered them. If you have not yet ordered eggs and you are interested, let us know during your first pick-up and we can get you signed up for the next week. More information available at the first distribution.

Cape Ann Fresh Catch offers fresh caught local fish delivered right to the barn at Moose Hill Farm for pickup on Mondays from 4-7. For those interested, sign-up can happen at any point and is done directly through Cape Ann Fresh Catch.

A not-much-used option in the past, the Share Bin will be in full swing this year! If you have more of a particular produce than you think you will need, you can donate it to the share bin for another shareholder to take home if they are interested in it. This helps to manage any excess without being wasteful and gives you a chance to stock up on extras of your favorites, if they are available. By moving things to the Share Bin throughout the evening, everyone has a chance throughout distribution night to get extras, or share their extras, with fellow shareholders.

Also, new this year, we will have a farm stand set up on weekends!  If you have any friends that are on the fence about signing up for a share and want to see what it is all about, or are just looking for some fresh produce for the week, send them down to the Moose Hill Farm Barn Saturdays and Sundays from noon-2:00pm, or until our freshly harvested vegetables run out, whichever comes first.

If you have not done so yet, our work hours calendar is up and available for sign-up and can be done through our sign-up genius here.

Questions? Check our FAQ, and our website for more info or email us at moosehillcsa@massaudubon.org.

We are looking forward to another great season with the CSA!

New things at Moose Hill Camp

Spring is here! Although as I look out the window this morning on April 2nd, I am watching the snow fall. Despite the snow outside, we here at Moose Hill Camp, are getting ready for summer camp 2018! We have several new programs and special weeks that we are offering this summer. As you plan your summer for your kids, consider having them join our community for one week or multiple weeks. Here are the new programs we are offering this summer. If you have any questions about any of these programs, or anything else about our summer programs, please contact Shawn at smoriarty@massaudubon.org.

ART CAMP:
Writing: July 2-6. Week 3
Learn how to express yourself in words and pictures and craft your own book! You will learn how to create stories from beginning to end, and learn about telling stories with pictures. During this week, campers will spend time exploring Moose Hill’s property to find some inspiration for their stories regardless if the story is nature themed or not. Campers will also learn how to make their own paper from natural and recycled materials. We will use writing prompts and also learn about the process of telling a story.

Organic Art: July 23-27. Week 6
This week campers will spend the week harvesting materials from the landscape to make their own art and materials. We will be making our own charcoal, inks/ dyes, pens, brushes, and paper. While we will also use modern materials, the goal is to learn how to make some basic art tools that you can use at home.

Music Week: August 6-10. Week 8
This week we will be making our own music in a variety of ways. Monday and Tuesday we will get to explore music in nature, and several simple instruments. We might even make a few simple instruments. Then, Wednesday through Friday we will have Maine folk musician Doug Day as a musician in residence. On early Friday evening after camp, Doug will be giving a free concert with the campers who can be here playing a combination of his songs and ones written that week. Here is a little more about Doug from the Maine Arts Commission and the Sweet Chariot Music Festival.

SCIENCE CAMP:
Climate Science: July 2-6. Week 3
This week the campers will be looking at the Climate and Climate data from here in Massachusetts. Climate is a big topic, and we will look at breaking it down into smaller portions so we can get a good understanding of what is happening with our weather over a long period of time. We will also be using Mass Audubon’s State of the Birds as one of the resources in exploring climate effects in Massachusetts.

Conservation Science: July 16-20. Week 5
There are many ways that people help take care of and protect the nature of Massachusetts and beyond. During this week we will be looking at who are some famous conservationists and what they did to help save certain areas of nature. We will also be talking with some folks who are actively in the field doing conservation work. We will spend time exploring an invasive species removal project that we have going on here on Moose Hill.

Earth Science: July 30-August 3. Week 7
There are several systems that operate in the natural world in synchronicity. During this week, in addition to exploring Moose Hill, campers will learn about the water cycle, food web, geology, weather, and the atmosphere. While out on camp, they will get to see Earth Science up close and personal.

GARDEN CAMP: Ages 7-9. Weeks 5-10 (July 16-August 20)
We have had Farm camp for several years. And we had a number of younger campers express an interest in learning about farming. And so, we created Garden Camp. Garden Camp will be based at the Farm House which is just across the street from the main nature center at Moose Hill. We will have several raised garden beds that we will be learning about, tending, and harvesting from. Campers will get to plant, take care of plants in various stages of growth, and harvest vegetables from the garden. Garden campers will also explore Moose Hill’s extensive trail system and, of course, we will visit The Farm at Moose Hill during the week.

NATURE ADVENTURE CAMP: Ages 12-15. Weeks 2-10. (June 25-August 20)
This new program is for our older campers who still want to be outside and explore while learning some new skills. Nature Adventure Camp campers will get out and explore parts of Moose Hill that not many people get to see. This group will be small in size, no more than 6 most likely, and big on exploration. In addition, campers will be learning navigation skills, and basic survival skills around shelter, water, and fire. This group will be a small community that will really get to know Moose Hill in a different way.

Spring is coming!

The beginning of March has certainly come in like a lion! In just under two weeks we have seen three major storms – Quinn, Riley, and Skylar – that each packed their own wallop to New England. After a storm of heavy rain and high winds, we dealt with heavy, wet snow, and finally a blizzard. Here at Moose Hill, we are truly ready for Spring to arrive – how about you?

It’s hard to believe that the Spring Equinox arrives on March 20. What we do know is that people will be ready to shake off this end of winter blitz and dive into warmer days and longer sunlight! Need a little inspiration as to what to do? We have you covered – come and take a hike at Moose Hill, breathe in the fresh air, bask in the sunshine and warmth, and enjoy time in the outdoors. Want a little more than just a hike? We have you covered there too – check out our programs and register for something today. What a great way to welcome in the new season!

Maple Sugaring Weekends – March 17, 18 and 25. This popular special event sells out each year so be sure to register an ensure your spot!

Family Programs – night hikes, star gazing, egg hunts and more!

Kids Programs – drop off programs that will get your child out and exploring a number of different themes.

Adult Programs – a number of ways to get out on the sanctuary and explore, plus a Mead making class; who could ask for anything more?

Summer Day Camp – are you already looking ahead to the summer? Want some great options for time spent in the outdoors, making friends, connecting with nature, building experiences? We just bet we have a camp session that your kid(s) would love! Never done camp with us? Join us at an Open House, meet our Camp Director Shawn, and have all your questions answered.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) – The Farm at Moose Hill offers 18 weeks of fresh, organic vegetables. Shares are selling fast so don’t delay on your registration. Curious about our CSA? Join us for an Open House to learn more – you can even register that night.

We look forward to seeing you here soon!