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I had never belonged to a CSA before I came to Tait Farm. I read about them, knew of some, and had friends and coworkers who picked up their shares weekly and absolutely loved being a part of it. We, however, were lucky enough to have a plot of land large enough to grow more than enough of our own produce.
Continue Reading: Field Notes: Rainbow Carrots in November
Posted by Erin McKinney on 11/10, 2011 at 09:00 AM
There is an impatient feeling in the chilly, Fall air here in the fields. The heavy, wet snow that came down on Saturday had us curiously waiting to see how all the crops carried the weight.
Continue Reading: Field Notes - Early November
Posted by Erin McKinney on 11/03, 2011 at 08:30 AM
This week as we are adding more fall greens to the selection of choices, we are embarking on a project that will provide us with the ability to extend the season and have even more greens!
Continue Reading: Field Notes
Posted by Erin McKinney on 10/25, 2011 at 06:00 AM
The approach of the Fall frost has us hustling around the fields, trying to get everything prepared for it. There is the first frost, which will knock out most of the common annuals such as peppers, summer squash, eggplants and if you still have ‘em, tomatoes.
Continue Reading: Field Notes
Posted by Erin McKinney on 10/10, 2011 at 07:00 AM
The rain has brought with it cooler temperatures, and I’ve heard several people expressing their excitement for the upcoming fall. I, however, really enjoy the heat and the beauty of the middle of summer.
Continue Reading: Field Notes and a Recipe for Pan-Fried Green Tomatoes
Posted by Erin McKinney on 08/11, 2011 at 10:30 AM
It’s the middle of summer, and that means it’s time for garlic! From spring garlic to garlic scapes, and fresh garlic to stored bulbs… it’s one of our favorite year-round crops. And now is the time to hurry up and get it out of the ground and hang it to cure.
Continue Reading: Field Notes: Summer Garlic and a Recipe for Pepper Packets
Posted by Erin McKinney on 08/02, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Field production is running a bit behind schedule this year, but this seems to be the case for most farms in the area. The “schedule,” of course, is always just an ideal planting time, when really we fall to the mercy of the weather in the end. But better late than never is the case this summer, as we are just now harvesting our spring turnips and beets.
Continue Reading: Field Notes: Beet Salad
Posted by Erin McKinney on 07/06, 2011 at 10:00 AM
The soil in the fields has been through so many changes already this year. It has been pounded and compacted by torrential downpours in early spring and then dried to a hard-as-a-brick state after a few weeks of really dry, hot days. This constricted the root development of a lot of crops, which, unfortunately, leads to a poor yield when the roots of crops like radishes are what you are looking to reap.
Continue Reading: Field Notes: Mid-June Radishes and Berries
Posted by Erin McKinney on 06/16, 2011 at 01:38 PM
It’s not that it’s been a bad year for farmers in our region, or that it’s going to be one, but it sure has been a rough spring. We’re still seeing the somewhat disappointing effects of it, but it will soon be behind us. And, fortunately, summer season is looking great!
Continue Reading: Field Notes: A Hopeful Start to Summer
Posted by Erin McKinney on 06/08, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Tait Farm’s CSA, Community Harvest, kicked off its main season in mid-May with a bang! To see the excitement on our CSA members’ faces when they picked up their “share” of asparagus, Swiss chard, salad mix, and more was so gratifying. We work hard to produce this food, and people couldn’t wait to get home to eat it. Ideas spouted left and right for favorite green garlic recipes and grilled asparagus.
It’s a comforting bustle of people who love being a part of our CSA. Eating is something we all have to do everyday anyway, and when the ingredients are fresh, organic, and seasonal, it adds a whole other ingredient to the meal: contentment.
Continue Reading: Field Notes: Strawberry-Rhubarb Dessert Bars
Posted by Erin McKinney on 06/03, 2011 at 09:21 AM
There are two times during the asparagus season that I enjoy picking it: the first time and the last time. Don’t get me wrong; I love asparagus in every way, shape, and form on my dinner plate, but the tedious task of picking it twice a day can make a person jump for joy at the end of its season.
Continue Reading: Field Notes: Asparagus Season and Recipe for Vegan Hollandaise Sauce
Posted by Erin McKinney on 05/12, 2011 at 03:08 PM
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