|Sheep stay toasty warm, get their backs scratched, |
and snack on delicious beet tops
It seems to me that we just started with fall, and now winter is coming! In recognition of the cold weather, we'll be giving ourselves a treat and setting up the farmstand in the front foyer of the chapel this week, rather than outside under the oak tree.
Tuesday morning brought snow flurries, and Tuesday afternoon brought our first really cold day harvesting for the farmstand. Fortunately, we had some extra help from a couple of football players who, their season over, came along to give our regular farm crew a hand (thanks, Phil and Gareth!). We also took our harvested greens over to Irwin dining hall to wash, which made all the difference. The coldest job on the farm is washing produce in the late fall; after submerging our hands in cold water on a cold day for a couple of hours, it's hard to remember why we ever thought this farming caper was a good idea. Now, an indoor washing area with warm water, and being able to feel our hands in November? That's luxury! Many thanks to our friends at Sustainable Fare for opening their kitchen to us as we approach the end of our season.
Yes, that's right -- only two more farmstands this year! Our last regular farmstand will be next Wednesday, November 20th. The following week, the week of Thanksgiving, we will have veggies available on a by-order-only basis. See below for details.
One further piece of housekeeping: Later this week, you'll be receiving a short online survey asking various questions about your experience as a Big Red Farm customer (or not) during the 2013 season. We'd really love to hear from you, even if you didn't make it to the stand this year (Were we open on an inconvenient day or at an inconvenient time? Prices too high? Nothing you liked? Baby insufficiently cute? Let us know). We hope you'll take a couple of minutes to complete the survey; we'll be using your feedback to plan for next season, so please tell us what you think!
The Big Red Farmstand will not be open for regular hours on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but never fear! If you're going to be in town and would like some fresh local veggies for your Thanksgiving table, you can pre-order from the farm. We'll pack your order, and you can pick it up on Wednesday morning, November 27th. Watch for our order form, which we'll send out next week once we have a better idea of what will be available. Thanksgiving pre-orders must be placed by 9pm on Monday, November 25th.
ON THE FARM:
|Lining up and pounding in|
the ground stakes
|Brandon with the chickens|
in their summer quarters
I know I already did this, earlier in the season, but here I go again, with apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson: in the late fall, a young man's fancy (or anyone's fancy, really) lightly turns to thoughts of soup. Hot soup, with lots of chunky ingredients, simmering on the stove, then served in a big bowl with a big spoon and some good bread alongside. Nothing could be better, especially if you've been outside for awhile, doing something strenuous! (Lentil Soup with Sausage, Kale and Garlic)
AT THE FARMSTAND:
This week, we hope to have the following available on Wednesday, in the foyer of Edith Chapel, from 1pm to 5pm:
- Beets - $2.50 lb
- Carrots - $2.50 lb
- Celery - $2.00 each
- Kale - $2.50 bunch
- Lettuce - $2.50 head
HOW TO FIND US:
The Big Red Farmstand will be located on the Lawrenceville School campus for the fall, at Edith Chapel. Enter campus by the main gate on Route 206 (opposite the Lawrenceville Post Office and Craven Lane) and bear right into the circle. The Chapel is about halfway around the circle, and you'll see our sign. Don't forget your shopping bags!