From the Farmer

Week 7 – 6/24/2013

At the Farm Stand

Our Vendor Series has given us the opportunity to meet the people behind the products on our shelves.  In the past few weeks we’ve hosted two bakers and a chef, a milk producer and a livestock farmer; Berkeley Gunnel, the “Smart Blonde” behind the aptly-named flavor of the best whoopie pies in town, and Kate Jansen of Willow Restaurant and the famous veggie pot pies and fruit crumbles we sell out of each week; chef and Willowsford Culinary Director, Bonnie Moore, behind our newsletter recipes and veggie “All Abouts”; Trickling Springs Creamery and their incredible chocolate milk; Bill and Joan Baker of New Asbury Farm and our favorite breakfast sausage; and the most dedicated butterfly enthusiast, bluebird facilitator and cheer-bringer, Donna Quinn, of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Habitat Herald.

There is more to come.  We’ve re-stocked our freezers with lamb sausage, chicken, and grass-fed and finished beef and pork.  Bill and Joan Baker from New Asbury Farm will be here this Wednesday with their lamb.  Mike and Molly Peterson from Mt Vernon Grassfed will be visiting the Stand in July.  There will be a composting workshop and the folks from Cherry Glen are coming with their goat cheese.

New at the Stand: two new flavors of whoopie pie, Ultamint and Passion Fruit, to go with the classic and vanilla.  Now that it’s officially summer, we’re adding Trickling Springs ice cream to the market selection too.  Look for pints of chocolate and vanilla this weekend. 

Also on sale this weekend: Potted plants. We’ve got herb pots for the porch or window sill: tomato plants, milkweed for Monarch Butterfly supporters, and also a fun variety of flowers: Lobelia, Nasturtium, Portulaca, Black-Eyed Susan, Gomphrena and Zinnias. Not sure what to do with a potted plant? Stop by on Thursday nights, 4:00 pm-7:00 pm, for our new Happy Gardening Hour and get some advice and suggestions.

Happy Gardening Hour: Every Thursday 4 pm – 7 pm

We held our first Happy Gardening Hour gatherings this past week and will continue to do so throughout the growing season. This informal gathering offers everyone – CSA members, residents, neighbors, friends and farmers – the chance to chat food, farming and gardening, get a little soil under their fingernails, learn with and from one another, and kick-back in the Farm Garden. Depending on weather conditions, the ages of attendees and expressed interest, we’ll incorporate garden tasks, visits with livestock, garden art, weeding and harvesting, and other activities we brainstorm. Last week we picked blueberries, planted basil, weeded brambles, clipped flowers and herbs, and visited the goats. This week, we’ll spend a little more time talking about chickens, continue painting rocks to label our garden plants, and tend to the brambles again!

The idea for Happy Gardening Hour was born from a growing number of inquiries about volunteer days, farm visits and educational programming. As we strive to meet that demand with some longer term plans and aspirations for the farm, we’re inviting everyone to continue these conversations with us each week while doing a little bit of everything around the farm and garden. 

See you Thursday!

Deb

Meet Your Farmer: Peter Geoghan

Greetings CSA Members,

I grew up in Falls Church, with strong roots in NYC (to any Noo Yawkas out there, Go Yanks!).  My educational focus on International Affairs at James Madison University led me to a couple of study abroad programs in Europe, and a year of teaching English in Seoul, Korea. My travels have exposed me to an extremely broad spectrum of cultures and lifestyles, and opened my mind to a host of possibilities. After returning from my travels and spending some time in a job that just wasn’t for me, I started an internship at a local farm on my days off. The experience proved to be extremely enlightening in a number of ways, and it fell in line with my interest in community building and international development. I am very excited to be continuing my learning experience in farming this year with an outstanding group of people.

Peter

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