Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall is upon us..............

........And decor and pumkins are in, in full force. Each day another variety and another size are here. They range from Jack-B-Little to our medium size giants. The colors and textures are a sight to behold. Like our other squash the majority are edible and mighty tasty too.
We have yellow, bronze, maroon, and daisy mums that come in a range of shades and sizes. Mini, small or large for all landscape pleasure. We also have some spectacular Autumn Decor for your home to start the Holiday season.......from tall corn stalks, indian corn and gourds to bees wax candles. .
How about those fall fruits!........ They are back again.
Honey Crisp, Galas, and Pears oh my!
The most delicious fruit to tantilize your palate is here.

Don't forget to take a peek into the cooler. We have such great fall items as Apple cider, in all different sizes. While supplies last, we have Concord and Niagra grapes, as well as fresh local figs. And for a real treat we are now carrying Amy's Pumpkin roll with a delectable creme cheese filling, Nogeeshik's pecan pie, Mary Jane's coffee cakes, and My House Cookies large and small pies.

For the cooler nights of the fall we have corn for popping and delicious candied apples.

Starting the first weekend in October we will be offering hay rides on the farm. They will be held on Saturdays' at 3pm and Sundays' at 2pm. The cost of the ride will be $7.50 for those who are riding and for those who who like to stop at the pumpkin patches and pick pumpkins , these will be charged by the pound. Please call and reserve your spot for they go quickly.

CSA for the Week of September 26th is:

1 9oz. Pumkin Butter
1 9oz. Raspberry Butter
1 lb. of green beans
4 bulbs of Garlic
2lb. Sweet Potatoes
1 Red Onion
1 Yellow Onion
2 lbs. of Gourds
1 qt of Tomatoes
2 #1 Tomatoes
2 #2 Tomatoes
6 ears of Corn
1 Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Neither Wind, nor Rain or Hurricane...............

........will slow us down. Irene tried to ........but was not very successful. Sunday the 28th Irene helped the Brandywine Creek into SIW and manage to leave a layer of mud everywhere. With the help of a great crew, they rose to the occassion on Monday, and assembled a tent out in the parking lot to be able to service our customers while the clean-up began. We were back in the stand by Tuesday and back to full service by Wednesday.
This week we are battling the rain once again. We have plenty of corn, tomatoes, squash and zucchini. Our cooler is full with Claudio's fresh mozzarella, pesto, parmigiana, and olives; Di Bruno's various cheeses, Abruzze and Garlic and Herb cheese spreads.....and let's not forget those great Local pies and cookies for dessert.
CSA for the Week of September 5th:
          6 ears of Corn
          4 bulbs of Garlic
          1 lb. of Green Beans
          1 lb. Squash or Zucchini
          1 Red Onion
          1 White Onion
          1 Red Tomato
          2 #2 Tomatoes
          3 Sunflowers

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Every Day's a Holiday!

Good day all! It looks like we will see a bit of sunshine in between the raindrops. Unfortunately our weather has caused a small set back as to the appearance of our famous Doc Martin Lima Beans. We will keep you posted as to the new arrival time.
Our ketchup, heirloom sauces and soups are now in stock! We hope to see you this weekend!

CSA for the Week of August 15, 2011

3lbs. Squash
6 ears of Corn
2 Hierloom Tomatoes
2 Red Tomatoes
2 #2 Tomaotoes
2lbs. Potatoes
1 White Onion
1 Red Onion
3 Spring Onions
1 Eggplant
3 bulbs of Garlic
1/2 Cantaloupe
1 Bunch of Zinnias
1/2 Sugar Baby Watermelon

Monday, August 1, 2011

Welcome August!

It may be August but the Tomatoes and the Corn just keep on coming. Good Ole Doc Martin Limas have made a cameo appearance, soon to be seen on a regular basis.
We now have our mini watermelons on hand and boy are they sweet!

Looking forward to seeing ya all this week!!!

CSA for the Week of Aug. 1st:

3lbs. Yellow Squash
2 Cucumbers
6 Corn
2 Lopes
7 Tomatoes : 2 Heirlooms, 2 Reds and 3 #2 Reds
2 Wite Onions
2 Spring Onions
1 Red Onion
1 Eggplant
3 Bulbs of Garlic

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Check it out!!!!!!!!!

Saturday and Sunday........Two days only...........


Heirlooms, Regular and Cherries

$1.75 per lb.

Come on down!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Hierlooms, Hierlooms everywhere........

Get a Great Special this week on Hierloom tomatoes!!!!!
Purchase 4lbs or more and get your Hierlooms at $2.00 a lb.

Monday, July 25, 2011

C.S.A. for the Week of JULY 25th, 2011

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend at the beach or by a pool! Crazy, lazy days of Summer. Need to beat the heat, come on down and have some fresh melon of either kind. The berries are still thriving, and the cooler is full of all sorts of delightful snacks.

The CSA for this week is:
2 lb. Squash
2 Cukes
6 Corn
1 Eggplant
2 Cantaloupes
2 red Tomatoes
1 Heirloom Tomato
2 White Onions
1 Red Onion
3 Garlic bulbs
1 lb. Green Beans
1 bunch of Zinnias

Monday, July 18, 2011

HOT, HOT, HOT..........Hot Fun in the Summertime!!!!!

The temperature may be rising, but the corn is coming down from the field every few hours to assure the freshest taste possible. It was great to see all of you this weekend. Thank you.
Mary Jane's coffee cakes will be back for the weekend. We would also love for you to try some of our new cheese spreads and hummus that will be here for the weekend as well. Please all stay cool and hydrated this week.

The C.S.A. for this week is:

4 lbs. Squash
2 Cucumbers
1 Eggplant
1 Cantaloupe
3 Tomatoes
2 White Onions
1 Red Onion
2 Garlic Bulbs
1 bunch of Zinnias

Recipe of the Week!

Viennese Cucumber Salad

Makes about 4 cups

2 large seedless cucumbers (about 2 pounds)
1 tablespoon salt
1/3 cup white-wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 garlic clove, forced through a garlic press
1 teaspoon dill seed

Score cucumbers lengthwise with a fork and slice thin, preferably with slicing disk of a food processor. In a large bowl toss cucumbers with salt and let stand 1 hour.

In a small saucepan bring vinegar and water to a boil with sugar, garlic, and dill seed, stirring until sugar is dissolved, and let dressing cool. In a colander drain cucumbers and rinse under cold water.

Drain cucumbers well, squeezing out excess liquid. In a bowl combine cucumbers with dressing and marinate, covered and chilled, at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours.

Have a Great Week!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Good Friday Afternoon!

Come and enjoy a wonderful weekend riding through the Brandywine and enjoying all the local flavor........ Speaking of local flavor ............ There is nothing like the great taste of Local Peaches and succulent plums to enjoy after a great ride or walk. Heirloom tomatoes are now available along with our regular tomatoes. Great picnic items to go along with the tomatoes would be our fresh Basil, mozzarella and then dirzzled with some of the world famous Claudios balsamic vinegar..........mmmmmmm, what a way to savory a meal. Don't forget to pick up frequent buyers card when you are makng your next purchase. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the great weather. :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

CSA for the Week of June 27th, 2011

Once again it's Monday and the start to a great week! As we head towards the July 4th weekend we will be stocked with some of your favorite items. We will have some samples out this week to enhance your palate. These will be items you will want to share with your favorite friends and Family.
So come and visit us this week to say hello and sample some of the delectables for the first big outing of the summer.

Our list for the CSA this week are:
4lbs. of squash,
4 bunches of garlicscapes,
3 cucumbers,
1 bag of lettuce,
4 ears of corn,
1 bulb of fresh garlic,
and two beautiful sunflowers.

Recipe of the Week:

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chile and Lime

  • 6 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder or ancho chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 8 ears of corn with husks
  • 2 lime, halved or quartered
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Mix sour cream, fresh lime juice, chili powder, and coarse kosher salt in small bowl to blend. DO AHEAD Can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover and chill.

Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Remove outer husks from corn, leaving inner pale green husks attached. Fold back inner husks; remove corn silk. Sprinkle corn with salt and pepper. Rewrap inner husks around corn. Grill corn until husks are charred and beginning to pull away and corn is tender, turning frequently, about 10 minutes. Grill lime quarters until lightly charred, about 5 minutes.

Pull husks away from corn to expose kernels. Place corn and lime on platter. Brush corn with cream-lime mixture. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

CSA for the week of June 20th: We have turned the CORNer into Summer!

Yes it is here! Put your ears to the table and listen, for the CORN is here. This week for the CSA we will be offering the following: 3 lbs. of squash, 3 bunches of garlicscapes, 3 cucumbers, 1 bag of lettuce, 2 quarts of peas, and three ears of CORN!
Our recipe for this week is for squash and zucchini:

Scooter's Saute

Use enough squash and zucchini for the size of your family. (family of four)
2 large yellow squash
2 large zucchini
1 large Vidalia onion
3 cloves of garlic
2 medium sized tomatoes
1/2 lb of fresh mozzarella
fresh Basil to taste
1/2 tsp. of oregano
salt and pepper to taste

In a deep saute pan drizzle olive or safflower oil and 3 gloves of chopped garlic, and saute. Cook until browned and leaving a great aroma around the kitchen. Add a large onion chopped and continue to saute on medium heat until onions are caramelized. Add squash and zucchini that has been sliced in circles and then quartered. Let the squash and zucchini cook until softened. Add fresh chopped tomatoes and basil, spiced with a bit of oregano, salt and pepper. Let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes. Five minutes before you are ready to serve add small 1/2 inch cubes of mozzarella, remove from the heat and serve.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Addition to Our CSA List!

Many of you have expressed an interest in both giving and receiving recipes for the "101 ways to make squash," and other veggies greats. Starting with our next CSA list we will be making an addition of : "Recipe of the Week." During the week we will accept recipes from whom ever would like to submit them, we will pick one to enhance the veggies for that week and share it with all our friends. ......all others that are submitted will be added to our new recipe section. So if you have a great recipe, send it on in. :)

We did receive a recipe that will enhance your Garlicscape collection. It was sent in by Ashley Bird. Like many others she had never cooked with them before and found a very yummy one!


Makes about 1 cup
Roughly 10 Garlicscapes, finely chopped
1/3 to 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan (to taste and texture)
1/3 cup of slivered almonds ( you can toast them lightly, if you'd like)
About 1/2 cup olive oil
Sea salt

Put the scapes, 1/3 cup of cheese, almonds and half the olive oil in the bowl of a food processor ( or use a blender or a mortar and pestle). Whir to chop and blend all the ingredients, and then add the remainder of the oil and, if you want, more cheese. If you like the texture, stop. If you'd like it a little thinner, add some more oil. Season with salt and enjoy!

Good Morning All!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

CSA for the Week of June 13, 2011

Hi all! It looks like things are starting to pop. This week our CSA list is growing......literally. It consists of 2lbs. squash, 2 bunches of garlicscapes, sprig of Basil, a bag of lettuce, a quart of peas, and let us not forget those kittens!!!!!!!
............. Once again a reminder that on June 21, 2011 at 6 p.m. sharp we will be having the first Farm Tour of the season. Come and join us for a relaxing scenic ride in the evening sun. We'll be looking forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Welcome to the 2011 Season!

June 6th was our opening day this year. We would like to say "Thank you to our CSA members," and a warm welcome to both our loyal old friends and all the new customers. The weather is a bit warm and the growing season is upon us. Come and say hello and see what we have.
This weekend we will be carrying some of the old time favorite pies, cookies, and other delights. We also have some beautiful new bird houses, hand painted and made from our own gords, amongst our seasonal and local vegetables.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Join our CSA for 2011!

A typical weekly share in late July or August

We are now offering CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscriptions for our 2011 growing season. Our CSA usually has 20 weeks of our sustainably grown veggies and fruits, from mid-June until Halloween. Our specialties include corn picked fresh all day, everyday, over 30 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, over 10 types of cherry tomatoes, raspberries and blackberries, heirloom melons, eggplant and squash, sweet onions, softneck garlic, all kinds of potatoes, tender lettuces and greens, beets, green beans, edamame, heirloom cukes, all the fall decorations and pumpkins, and gorgeous flowers.

If you have never been a part of our CSA you need to read this! We do things a little different than other CSAs.

What is Community Supported Agriculture? Historically CSAs charge you money in the winter and give you whatever they pick (their choice) every week throughout the growing season. In addition, members had to work a certain numbers of hours on the farm to share in the experience. This helped to educate the members about what it takes to produce their stuff and why some crops failed and others didn’t. Some people even like that kind of thing!

We do charge you in the winter and we do give you stuff in the summer. That is where we part paths with the CSA Fundamentalists. We don’t require you to work on the farm in the summer though we would welcome you with open arms. Summer camp for the Kids? Ha! I encourage you to at least come see that we really are growing fruits and veggies on the farm. We don’t pick out your stuff for you and don’t put it a box for you. You come to our produce stand and pick out your share from our displays using the white board to see how much of each item you are entitled to. 
We do not grow everything organically, but many of our crops are never sprayed. We are very careful about what we do use to control problems that arise from time to time, and use far less than we did in the past. Some crops are more susceptible to insects and diseases and we recognize that. This is called Integrated Pest Management or IPM and we have been practicing it for 25 years. It requires a lot more management and a lot less chemicals (organic or synthetic). And best yet, every bit of our ground that is rotated in to crop production is fertilized with compost that we make here on the farm. 

If you agree to become a member you pay SIW in the winter and I give you fruits and vegetables that are grown here on the farm, once a week, throughout the growing season. The idea is that you help us when we don’t have any money coming in and eat healthy all summer! You pick up your goodies on Tues., Wed., or Thurs. We are pretty strict about this as they are our slower days. However, if you absolutely can’t make it one of those days we have been known to accommodate! You also get a discount on items we don’t grow(like yummy peaches and cheese from Phiily) and any other SIW produce over your allotment, ie 200 ears for your 4th of July shindig. Plus you get all the free compost you want (actually we have a 100 ton limit, sorry). If you don’t have a truck we would be glad to lend you one. If you need me to deliver it, I can and it costs $50 for about 3.5 yds.

Typically we start to get a few things in mid June, most things in July and continue through October. Your choices diminish in October as the month wears on, but there is still plenty to choose from. 16 full weeks and 4-5 with not as much. The first two weeks are lean, but be patient.
You also share in the ups and downs of the growing season. If we have a crop failure you are out of luck. If we have a bumper crop you will get extra. We try to keep an updated board with what you are entitled to each week. If you are cornfused by something or notice an omitted product on display PLEASE ASK FOR HELP. We do make mistakes. Substitutions are not permitted as some items (the ones you like more) are not as plentiful as others. If you take extra someone else may get short changed.
I usually have one or two farm tours in June or August. It is usually at 4:00pm until whenever. It is a good time to ask all those questions that have been keeping you up at night. And to see where your food comes from. Kids are welcome!

In 2011 a share will cost $565 if paid by Feb. 29th.  and $600 anytime after that, until we fill up.  Some members split it with a friend and alternate weeks with them. That works fine for us. 
Assuming a 16 week season (this year it was 20 weeks) you are paying $35 per week and the other weeks are free. If you take what you are entitled to it is well worth it. Even if you don’t take all the items or miss a few weeks it is still a good deal. If you are out of town feel free to tell a friend or neighbor to pick up your stuff, it’s yours! Checks are due by February 29th or sooner. We don’t like to borrow any more money than we have to. 
If you have any questions at all or would like to sign up, please e-mail me at

- HG Haskell