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Spring in the greenhouseOur new greenhouse is full of trays of seedlings, getting ready to be moved out for hardening-off and then planted in the field!
Trip to the UKFarmer Liz here - I'm in Scotland visiting family, before the spring gets going at home. They have an outdoor year-round farmers' market here in Edinburgh, which is beautiful!
Building the new greenhouseWe have been busy putting up our new greenhouse! The frame was delivered before Thanksgiving, and we have the frame completely up - this week we're doing the endwalls and hoping to get the plastic on too. Come by anytime to check out our progress - it's right next to the new barn in the Cuvilly parking lot, you can't miss it.
fall on the farmIt's been a busy summer and fall at the farm - we've been out in the field and not keeping up with our blogging! Here's a look at some of what we've been up to.
Local, Sustainable, CommunityLast Wednesday, Three Sisters Garden Project had the pleasure of hosting our friends from Chive Events and Catering. Chive is a full service, zero waste, sustainable events and catering business located in Beverly MA. Chive sources all their food from local and sustainable farms and purveyors and prides themselves on developing strong relationships with all their suppliers. Three Sisters is grateful to be one of the farms on Chive's menu each week...
GRILLINGLots of recipes this week for grilled veggies! It's way to hot to cook inside...
CSA week 5: fresh onions & Picadilly FarmA note about carrots: by early spring it became pretty clear to me that with all the challenges of a first-year farm, growing our own carrots would be too much. Carrots thrive when planted into a nice smooth seed bed (the seeds are tiny, like a pencil point or even smaller) and between the high volume of rocks and the heavy sod still breaking down and becoming incorporated into the soil, we decided to source our carrots elsewhere, supporting another farm instead...
CSA week 4! fennelYou can find some great recipe ideas here at The Kitchn, another excellent resource for using what you find in the CSA share. Here's a fennel & beet salad (beets are in the share this week also) and a simple recipe for braised fennel & shallots. There's even a tutorial on how to cut it!
CSA week 3: July 4th slaw recipesFor your napa & arrowhead cabbages coming in the share this week, here are few great slaw recipes we love. From Smitten Kitchen, a cabbage & lime salad that calls for spinach but you could use this week's kale or chard instead. And her "Dead Simple Slaw", more of a traditional (and easy!) way.
(Cover photo: an earlier view of our greens field where the cabbages have been growing.)
Cultivation stationOur cultivating tractor, the Super A, saw some action this week, cleaning up the weeds in our onion field. The onions and leeks are looking beautiful after some rain last weekend (with more to come tonight & tomorrow, hooray!) and relatively weed-free...
hummus from SWISS CHARD stems? indeed.Found & shared by CSA member Kellie, this is a great recipe idea if you're looking for a home for those beautiful stems on your swiss chard - seen in last week's share and coming again next week! Might work with kale stems, too.
CSA week 2: napa cabbage & hakurei turnipFrom one of my favorite veggie-friendly food blogs, Smitten Kitchen, here's a great recipe for a salad with napa cabbage. You can include the sweet white turnips (hakurei turnip) from this week's share in the salad too, plus any of your other greens.
CSA week 1: Scallion recipeMark Bittman’s Shrimp In Green Sauce: This is a recipe from our fabulous greenhouse volunteer Paula, in case you are hunting for something to do with your scallions in this week's share.
killdeer nest in the fieldWe found this right in the middle of the onions this week - I was cultivating the row with our smaller tractor and somehow missed the nest! All the eggs are intact...
irrigation stationWe have a well on the farm, finally! After an incredible winter, with snow lingering on the fields well into April, we got pretty hot and dry almost immediately - temperatures in the 80s by the first week of April ...
Raised beds take shapeOur mini pick-your-own area took shape last week & this week: 5 raised beds built out of reclaimed/recycled wood by one of our amazing volunteers.
volunteers!We have had an incredible burst of volunteer labor over the past few weeks, with folks coming up to the fields to help with planting, watering, and removing rocks. A lot of work on some hot and dry days! Thanks to everybody who has come out to help.
SEEDLING SALE! May 16 & 23Join us for our spring seedling sale! Saturdays May 16 & 23, noon-2pm at Cuvilly, 10 Jeffrey's Neck Road in Ipswich. We'll have flowers, herbs & veggies for sale.
Tractors, part 1: SMALL!Weeds are one of the biggest challenges for an organic farmer, and a light-duty tractor that helps manage weeds and keeps crop yields high is essential. These tractors went out of style in the 1960s and later. Ours is a Farmall Super A, with a gas engine. We are thrilled it's here: bring on the weeds.
Three Sisters in the Ipswich ChronicleFrom the article: "The Three Sisters Garden Project, at the Cuvilly Arts and Earth Center on Jeffreys Neck Road, will belong to the citizens of Ipswich via community supported agriculture shares, supplying local food pantries with fresh produce and educating the community about sustainable agriculture ..."
Meet Assistant Grower Amy HulbertAssistant Grower Amy Hulbert is an ipswich native who as a child was fortunate enough to experience her grandfather’s farm for a few years before the farm closed in the early 1980’s.