Join our 2014 CSA

 

 

 

 

 

What better way to start the new year, than by reserving your share of this season’s freshest, most delicious and nutritious local vegetables?!

Our flexible market-based CSA allows you to shop with a declining credit at our Farmers Market stands in Storrs and Hartford’s West End.  We do not pre-package anything, so just come and shop as you would for the things you like. We will keep track of your purchases as a declining balance.
As usual, you are free to customize the size of your share over $100, and all members receive a bonus.
Share Tiers:
· $100-$199 add 5%
· $200-$399 add 10%
· $400 and over add 15%

  • The CSA balance will be used only for vegetables and flowers.
  • The CSA balance will be used exclusively at our market stands at the Hartford West End (Tuesdays 4-7), Storrs (Saturdays 3-6).
  • There are 22 weeks in the market season (28 in Storrs).

This is a particularly exciting time to support Sweet Acre.  The big news for 2014 is that we’re buying a farm!!  By February we will be this owners of a  six acre farm in Lebanon, CT.  Over the last three years we have incubated our business on rented land first in Mansfield and this last season in Hampton, CT.  The goal has always been to reach the point where we could pursue a permanent location to grow our farm.  The cost of owning even this small acreage will be a challenge, but will also grant us the stability to develop better infrastructure, grow perennial crops (i.e. berries, asparagus, fruit trees), and manage the long term health of our soil.  As we move into this next phase we rely even more on the support of our community to ensure the sustainability of our farm business.  There is very little we are changing in the structure of our CSA, but we encourage you to carefully consider your food costs and challenge yourself to take greater advantage of the local, organically grown, fresh and delicious products available during Connecticut’s growing season.  The hope of the new small farmer (us), is to replace as many of your trips to the Stop & Shop as possible by offering you a wide variety of fresh produce, and selling at markets that offer a diversity of products like dairy, meat and baked goods.  2014 is the year to learn about the storage produce that you can hold onto into the Winter, ways to preserve the Summer’s harvest through canning, freezing and drying, and try to grow something yourself!

Don’t hesitate to be in touch with us if you’d like further information, or have questions about our CSA or our farm.  Checks are payable to Sweet Acre Farm at 130 Station Road in Hampton, CT 06247.

Stay Warm!

Jonathan and Charlotte

 

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Baby Goats!

We have officially reserved our 2 baby goats at Beltane Farm in Lebanon, CT!  We went out to meet and spend some time with the little ladies this week, and will be taking them home in May once they are weaned.  We plan to breed them this Autumn and be milking them in early 2014, though just for our own consumption (no official milking parlor, approvals by the powers-that-be, etc., at the farm just yet).

Meet Ann & Capella!

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Market Week 9/20/11

  • Lettuce Mix
  • Spicy Green Mix
  • Swiss Chard
  • Kale (winterbor (curly), red russian, and lacinato)
  • Leeks
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant (Italian, Japanese)
  • Pepper (Sweets and Hots)
  • Red Onions
  • Shallots
  • Winter Squash
  • Flower Bunches
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Eggs

Lots more greens coming out of the ground, but for now they are still selling out fast!

 

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Stuffed Round Zucchini

A recipe to delight your friends or disgust your enemies.  A versatile recipe for the all too often neglected round zucchini.

Ingredients:

  • 4 small-medium round zucchini
  • 1 bunch red long onions chopped (about a cup)
  • 2 Tbs chopped garlic
  • 2 Tbs peeled/chopped ginger
  • 2 Tbs peanut oil (or canola)
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seed
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seed
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seed
  • 1 hot pepper
  • 1 cup yesterday’s rice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Chop tops off zucchini and scoop out the inside with a spoon leaving about a 1/4″ of flesh on the skin.  Chop scooped zuke.  Measure spices and set by stove.  Heat a pan on medium high heat.  When hot, add the spices and stir for 30 seconds.  Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly.  Add the garlic and ginger and stir for one more minute.  Add the zucchini, coat with the oil and continue cooking for 2 minutes.  Add the rice to the pan and mix thoroughly.  Cook for another 2 minutes.  Scoop mixture carefully into empty zucchini shells until overflowing.  Cover with the tops and place in a lightly oiled pan into the oven.  Cook for 10 minutes until the shells are cooked but not limp.  Let cool and serve.

You can use this recipe as a side dish, or use larger zucchini as a main course.  Of course you can substitute any spice mixture you like, or grain for that matter.  Try couscous and fresh herbs, or quinoa and spicy fresh peppers.  Endless possibilities!

 

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Hey Hartford! Come get your veggies!

Beginning this week, Sweet Acre Farm will now be bringing our fresh-picked vegetables and home-boiled maple syrup to the West End Market twice a week! Tuesdays and Fridays, 4-7pm. We are very excited to see our Hartford customers on a more regular basis. Come stop by the stand to see what’s new this week, or pick up some of your old favorites.

Our eggplant harvest has begun! We will have Italian and Oriental Charm varieties at Storrs market today, and more at Hartford’s West End market on Tuesday.

First Eggplant Harvest

Oriental Charm and Traviata Eggplant varieties

Our Sun Gold and Washington cherry tomatoes are still holding out on us…..our harvest last night yielded only enough for a couple of hungry farmers. But, don’t worry, the plants are covered in fruit and blushing like a prom date so we should be bringing them to market by Friday at the latest. Man are they sweet!

In other news, our first batch of chickens has been processed and packed into our brand-new freezer. We had no trouble finding each of the delicious birds a home and we will have 50 more for sale in about a month. Let us know if you’d like to try out a heritage chicken raised on fresh pasture and organic grain – I bet you’ve never tasted one like it before.

Chicken tractor

Alabama Greys in their chicken tractor

Hope to see you at market soon, and in the mean time, keep shaking that rain stick!!

C&J at Hartford's West End market

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Market Week June 25

On sale this week:

  • Bok Choi
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Fennel
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce (Red & Green Butterhead, Red & Green Leaf Lettuce, Romaine)
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Radishes
  • Squash
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnips
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Market Week June 18

Sweet Acre Farm Fennel Sweet Acre Farm Napa Cabbage New Vegetables on the block:

Summer Squash, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi, Fennel, Parsley, and Basil!

 

Old Standbys and recent additions:

Head Lettuce: Green Leaf, Red Leaf, Green Butterhead, Red Butterhead, Romaine
Kale (by the bunch)

Chard (also by the bunch)

Scallions

Hakurei Turnip

Radish

Napa Cabbage

 

And from our micro-boilery…

100% Pure Maple Syrup

 

And Keep in mind…

3 weeks until chicken is available for pre-order

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Market Week June 11

On Sale This Week:

  • Arugula
  • Beet Greens
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Lettuce (Red & Green Butterhead, Red & Green Leaf Lettuce, and Romaine)
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Radish
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnip Greens
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