Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Change of Location: Big Red Farmstand in front of Edith Chapel, Wed. August 21 & Sat. August 24, 1pm to 6pm

Hello friends,
Photo by Laura Schinagle

We want to thank everyone who came out to the farm this summer.  We are gratified by the interest shown in our little farm, both by Lawrenceville faculty and staff, and by members of the wider Lawrence Township community who saw our sign and stopped by, and we're delighted to find so many people who share our belief in the importance of seeing where our food is grown, and of talking face to face with the folks doing the growing.

Turns out there's no pot of gold at the
end of a rainbow; it's a chicken run!
Now, with the approach of the school year, and all the extra demands on members of the Lawrenceville School community that it brings, we have decided to move the Big Red Farmstand onto the school campus.  We'll keep our same hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and for the time being we'll be located in front of the Edith Chapel.  We'll still be open to the public; if you're coming from off campus, enter through the main gate on Rt 206 (opposite Craven Lane and the Lawrenceville Post Office), and bear right into the circle.  The Chapel is about halfway around the circle, and you'll see signs for the farmstand.

ON THE FARM: Bulk Tomatoes Still Available!

Roma tomatoes make the best sauce!
If you've been thinking about freezing some tomato soup or sauce, or doing some canning, but worrying that you've missed the peak of tomato season, you haven't!  The tomatoes are still ripening faster than we can pick them, and we'd love to share some of them with all of you.  We'll offer a discount for any amount over 10 pounds, and this offer holds until the harvest slows down (we'll let you know!).  Here's what to do:

  • Choose Roma (plum) tomatoes, regular slicing tomatoes, or both
  • Order at least 10 lbs, up to 25 lbs
  • Email us your order at NO LATER THAN Tuesday 9pm for a Wednesday pickup, or Friday 9pm for a Saturday pickup.  We'll have your tomatoes packed and ready for you at the farmstand.
  • Bulk pricing is as follows: Big Red Farm Share members $1.50 per pound; everyone else $2.00 per pound (regular retail price is $3.00 per pound).

Juliet tomatoes

So, let's face it, those Juliet tomatoes we grow are an awkward size.  They're too big to be a grape tomato that you can sprinkle on your salad, and they're too small to be a real Roma.  They're very tasty, though, so I'm always looking for good ways to use them (besides making sundried tomatoes).  This week, I found two!

Juliets are the perfect size for this galette, and are less juicy than cherry tomatoes, so they don't add extra sogginess to the filling.  Savory galettes are some of my favorite things to make and eat; you can change the filling to reflect whatever veggies are in season, and they look impressive despite being pretty easy to put together.  (Tomato, Corn & Summer Squash Galette)
A member of the English
Department in an
unguarded moment

The second recipe comes from a really beautiful cookbook called Tender, by Nigel Slater, which is full of lovely photographs and elegant vegetable-centered recipes.  This is the first dish I've made from that book, but it certainly won't be the last!  I used a mix of Juliets and cherry tomatoes for this.  (Baked Peppers with Tomatoes)

Finally, we want to share our favorite way to make pizza during the summer, especially for a crowd of people!  Try pizza on the grill at your next outdoor get-together.


This week, we hope to have the following available on Wednesday and Saturday in front of the Chapel from 1pm to 6pm:
  • Basil - $2.50 bunch
  • Beets - $2.00 lb
  • Chard - $2.50 bunch
  • Cherry Tomatoes - $3.50 pint
  • Eggplant - $3.00 lb
  • Eggs - $5.00 dozen (limit 1 dozen per customer)
  • Flowers - $2.50 bouquet
  • Hot Peppers - 2 for $1.00
  • Okra (limited quantity) - $2.50 pint
  • Colored Peppers - $4.00 lb
  • Green Peppers - $0.75 each
  • Roma (plum) Tomatoes - $3.00 lb
  • 'Juliet' (mini-plum) Tomatoes - $5.00 quart
  • Heirloom Tomatoes - $4.00 lb
  • Scallions - $1.50 bunch
  • Slicing Tomatoes - $3.00 lb
  • Summer Squash - $2.00 lb
  • Tomatillos - $2.50 pint


Going North on 206, turn right at the Community Garden, and follow the gravel road back to the left. You'll see signs for parking. Bring your shopping bags and walk through the woods to the barn (there will be signs for that too).

Hope to see you at the farm!

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