Wednesday June 17, 2015

“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” 
― Laura Ingalls Wilder


Like the first beets of the season. Simple, sweet, tender, and earthy. It’s the simple things. And spring greens, lots of greens!

Here we are again at the start of the 2015 season. The CSA begins tomorrow! We hope you all have survived the winter and are excited for the new growing season ahead of us. We are very much looking forward to seeing all of your sweet faces and sharing the fruits of our labor with you in the upcoming weeks.

What to expect in your share this week:

  • Tat Soi
  • Bok Choi
  • French Breakfast Radishes
  • Curly Kale
  • Spicy Salad Mix
  • Head Lettuce
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Beets
  • Hon Tsai Tai
  • Oregano, see how to dry and store oregano here


We have lots of spring greens for you this week! We know this amount of greens can feel a little overwhelming for some. Here is a delicious recipe for “Simple Lemony Spring Greens” that is a lovely addition to most meals. 

Wishing you a beautiful day,

Your farmers at Hunts Brook Farm







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October 15, 2014

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,

We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”
― Humbert Wolfe


Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.
I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.
But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.
I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?
Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.
Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who’s to say where
The harvest shall stop?” 
― Robert Frost

“No, we will not be giving you leaves as one of you crop shares this week.  We loved this poem and wanted to share it with you.”

With love in our hearts and a few tears in our eyes we post this as our last CSA pick up of 2014.  Our members truly become part of our family.  You are appreciated and we work for you!   The work  load becomes lighter when we hear the joy from you about your experience.  As Farmer T says “It makes our hearts sing”.

We are working at bringing Healthy ~ Beautiful ~ Food, to you even in the winter. The above picture shows our high tunnel that is full of winter spinach and braising asian greens.  Farmer Nicole and Dig are working on planting the greenhouse with delicious winter salad greens.  If you look close you can see row covered beds.  Those are late planting of beets and carrots to offer up this winter. We are a “work in progress”!   Farming is deep in our hearts and soul.

You can find our produce this winter at the Winter Madison Farmers Market on Fridays at the Madison VFW 3-6, also retail at  Foodworks in Old Saybrook and Fiddleheads Food Coop in New London.

Pardon our lapse in CSA blogs late this season, we will try better next year. In the mean time check in for farm updates via this blog throughout the winter.

With love from your farmers,

Nicole, Digga and Teresa

This Weeks Share:

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Asian Greens
  • Bok Choy or Tatsoi
  • Potatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Green Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Rutabaga
  • Scallions
  • Radishes or Hakurei Turnips
  • Fennel
  • Butternut Squash
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Herb Bundle
  • Hot Peppers
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October 1, 2014


“She is Out Standing in Her Field”

photo 2



Sorry for the belated blog entry folks. We have been rather busy and tired and skipped a few weeks!

The season is definitely winding down. There is LOTS of field clean up happening and cover crop seed going down where there has previously been lots of crops.  The leaves are starting to change and we have just a few weeks left for CSA and markets. There is still lots of food growing in our beloved fields, although the crops ferocity of growth slows a bit as the days get shorter and cooler. Luckily the weeds slow down too.

This time of year is bittersweet. As much as we love what we do, we always look forward to some respite. Our bodies slow down and lots of rest in necessary to prepare for the next season. The 2015 planning is already on track and we are looking forward to the preparation. And I personally am a little too excited about cozying up to our wood stove with a cup of hot tea on those upcoming chilly mornings! Wishing you all a wonderful week…

On behalf of the HBF crew,


The goodness this week:

  • Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Kale, Collards, or Bok Choi
  • Beet Greens
  • Zucchini
  • Winter Squash
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Peppers
  • Hot Peppers
  • Herbs


Nicole’s Farmy Bolognese Sauce


1 qt. cooked down farm tomatoes

3 large carrots pureed in a blender

1/4 fresh herbs… any combination of basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and/or marjoram

2 cloves minced garlic

1 minced red onion

1 lb. local ground beef


Sautee the garlic and onions in some olive oil for a few minutes and then add the beef. After the beef is cooked add the herbs and continue to cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and carrots and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve over pasta and add some parmesan. This dish is to die for!


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September 3, 2014


“Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education.” 
― Alice Waters


Hello from the farm ~ nothing much to report today except that we are feeling blessed that days like today were limited this summer. (HOT and HUMID) !!!!

I did have to remind myself as the sun started to come out of the hazy clouds this morning that I will miss “all of this” in a few months time.

I have been mindful and shredding extra zucchini for the freezer as well as roasted tomatoes and freezing them. It all seems to go by quickly.  The above photo seems like yesterday but alas ~ no.  Sam started kindergarten last week.  On that note take a moment and enjoy all that is.

Stay cool,

Farmer ~ T

This Weeks Share:

  • lettuce
  • radishes ~
  • spaghetti squash ~
  • potatoes
  • cucumbers
  • sweet carmens
  • green peppers
  • onions
  • garlic
  • tomatoes
  • zucchini
  • zephyr squash
  • dandelion greens ~
  • eggplant
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August 20, 2014


“Let your children grow up to be farmers. Let them know what it is like to be free from fluorescent lights and laser pointer meetings. Let them challenge themselves to be forever resourceful and endlessly clever. Let them whistle and sing loud as they like without getting called into an office for “disturbing the workforce.” Let them commute down a winding path with birdsong instead of a freeway’s constant growl. Let them be bold. Let them be romantic. Let them grow up not having to ask another adult for permission to go to the dentist at 2 p.m. on a Thursday. Let them get dirty. Let them kill animals. Let them cry at the beauty of fallow earth they just signed the deed for. Let them bring animals into this world, and realize they don’t care about placenta on their shirt because they no longer care about shirts. Let them wake up during a snowstorm and fight drifts at the barn door instead of traffic. Let them learn what real work is. Let them find happiness in the understanding that success and wealth are not the same thing. Let them skip the fancy wedding. Let them forget four years of unused college. Let them go. Let them go home.” Jenna Woginrich


The excerpt above is from a recent article on the Huffington Post blog called, “Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers”. It was written to counteract another recent article in the New York Times called, “Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers”.

When I read the New York Times article it made a lot of sense to me. It’s difficult to make a living by being solely a farmer. It can feel overwhelming at times. When my husband and I found out we were going to have our first child, it made perfect sense that one of us had to work outside of farming. We would never be able to buy a house or have a savings otherwise.

My first farming job lasted 8 amazing seasons and it really changed my life. After the first year I knew that this job was my path in life (most people thought I was nuts). One of the farm owners there used to say, “farms eat money”. That always made me feel nervous about starting my own farm. After working for 11 years on 3 different farms I know that this statement is true. The expenses on a farm are astronomical. If a tractor breaks, it could mean costing you a huge chunk of your profits for the entire season. If there is a hail storm you could lose many crops. There could be a pest or disease that wipes out any vegetable or animal. Any of these scenarios can happen in a moment. There are the crops we grow that make us money, and then there are others we grow because our customers love them or we love growing them and we sacrifice that profit.

All that being said, there is a reason farm owners and their farmers keep going. It is a truly AMAZING profession. And most of us farmers make enough money to stay afloat. Farming is a lifestyle choice. We choose to sacrifice a bit of $$ to be outside all day doing something we believe in. We choose to nourish ourselves and our community. We choose to push our bodies to physical limits. We choose to walk around barefoot all day if we like. We choose to wear our pajamas to work if we see fit and no one ever notices:) I can honestly say that I rarely have a work day that I don’t enjoy to the fullest. 98% of my days at work I LOVE my job. I hope that whatever profession my children choose, they do what they are most passionate about and take pride in, especially if it means being a farmer!

On behalf of the HBF crew,


The goodness this week:

  • lettuce
  • beets or carrots
  • dandelion greens
  • sweet peppers
  • hot peppers
  • summer squash
  • onions
  • garlic
  • herbs
  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • radishes
  • collards
  • yukon gold potatoes


Pasta Primavera

3 carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips
2 medium zucchini or 1 large zucchini, cut into thin strips
2 yellow squash, cut into thin strips
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 green pepper, cut into thin strips
1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
chopped fresh parsley or basil
1 pound pasta
15 cherry tomatoes, halved or 2 large tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

On a large heavy baking sheet, toss all of the vegetables with the oil, salt, pepper, and herbs to coat. Transfer half of the vegetable mixture to another heavy large baking sheet and arrange evenly over the baking sheets. Bake until the carrots are tender and the vegetables begin to brown, stirring after the first 10 minutes, about 20 minutes total.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

Toss the pasta with the vegetable mixtures in a large bowl to combine. Toss with the tomatoes and enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten. Season the pasta with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and serve immediately.


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AUGUST 13, 2014

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.”
― Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting


Sharing Carrots with Friends is what it is all about !

The above photo is from a few years back on CSA Wednesday.   August is a great time to take a moment and enjoy all that we have.  As you may have read in our previous blogs,  July is a rough month.  The wonderful Universe gives us the month of August to slow down (just a bit) and have moments to remember as we head into the fall.   For farmers the “gift” of even a 1/2 hour to look up at the clouds or take a dip in the pond is like a life time of happiness.  May we all take a moment this August day to take in all that is around us and be thankful. We appreciate you and send you “warm august winds” .

~ Your Farmers

This Week:

  • Carrots
  • Summer Crisp Lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Magda
  • Zephyr summer squash
  • Kale
  • Radishes
  • Green Peppers
  • Sweet Carmen Peppers
  • Italian Red Onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Garlic
  • Parsley
Try these easy baked gold potatoes with garlic from a famous New York restaurant.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pounds small Yukon Gold potatoes, halved
  • 6 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley


Preheat the oven to 400 F. Brush a baking sheet with 1 tablespoon of the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.Arrange the gold potatoes on the baking sheet, cut side down, and bake for 45 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl.Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until crisp and lightly browned; do not let the garlic get too brown or it will be bitter.

Pour the garlic and oil over the potatoes, add the parsley and toss. Season with salt and pepper and serve at once.

Yield: 8 servings

Recipe Source: Chef Sascha Lyon, Balthazar’s (restaurant), New York City, New York, USA
Reprinted with permission.

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AUGUST 6, 2014

A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables.

The harvest awaits under the CSA tent (A.Gross)

The harvest awaits under the CSA tent (A.Gross)

This article below is about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and is ~ FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Keeping up with my CSA-Opinion-The Boston Globe

How is your CSA share working out for you?!  This is a good question. The idea seems lovely when you sign on but does it fit into your life the way you had hoped?  We, as farmers, are always working for you and wonder this very same question.  We usually do a survey at the end of the season but we think it might be better to ask at this time of year. What is working out? What is not? How would you like it to be, if not the way it is now?

You are our main priority and you matter. Please  let us know your thoughts!

Don’t forget to perhaps shred your squash this week and put in the freezer. No need to blanch, just shred and put in freezer bags. We use it in the winter in our soups/stews or omelets etc…

Wishing you a wonderful week,

Your farmers at HBF

This Week:

  • Cabbage (simple homemade sauerkraut recipe here)
  • Carrots or Beets (to go boxes)
  • Fresh Onions
  • Garlic
  • Zucchini
  • Summer Squash
  • Magda Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Peppers
  • Hot Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Kale or Green Beans (to go boxes)
  • Herbs
  • Fennel
  • Melon ~ grown by our good friends at Provider Farm in Salem


Easy Roasted Summer Vegetables

YIELD: Serves 4


1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 medium fennel bulb, chopped

1 large zucchini or yellow squash, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

3 medium beets, cubed into 1/2-inch pieces

1 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

8-9 turns freshly ground black pepper

1 ear fresh corn, shucked and sliced into kernels

1/2 medium yellow or red onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup fresh basil or parsley leaves, chopped


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with olive oil.

Add red and yellow bell pepper, zucchini and carrot pieces to baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Toss lightly to coat. Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove baking sheet from oven and toss in fresh corn, onion and garlic. Drizzle with a little more olive oil. Bake an additional 15 minutes, or until vegetables are lightly charred and tender.

Remove dish from oven and sprinkle vegetables with parmesan cheese (if desired) and chopped basil. Serve hot or cold.





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