Rogowski Farm Trip
On June 9th, we made the trek to the Rogowski Farm in Pine Island, New York.  We straggled in to the barn by twos, threes and four or more, and each group joined those already enjoying their oatmeal banana pancakes, omelets and orange juice.  We headed out to the fields to participate in the “certified naturally grown” certification process.  We were busy learning about planting, soil testing and how the farm controls pests.  Meanwhile, the kids got busy enjoying the black mud! It was wonderful to see the new plants green and flowering between the great furrows of black dirt.  We tasted all kinds of greens, from mustard to pepper grass and quelites.

Cheryl and her crew were wonderful, knowledgeable and engaging, not to mention dedicated, making us feel lucky indeed to be linked up with Rogowski Farm.

New Egg Farmer — Porter Ridge Farm
The Yellow Hook CSA is very happy to announce that we have partnered with Porter Ridge Farm for the 2012 season. Caroline and Josh have a flock in pasture in Hebron, NY. They allow the flock to free range in the woods outside their pasture almost every day, and feed a locally raised layer mash with no hormone, and no antibiotics. The chickens have access to grass and bugs and are given lots of treats like squash and pumpkins. Eggs from chickens that have access to grass and bugs lay eggs that are rich in Omega 3’s, have less bad cholesterol and more good cholesterol, contain CLA (conjugated linoleic acid a cancer preventer) and more vitamin D.

  

The Quelite Greens Can Be Cooked Like Spinach

Just saute the quelites in olive oil with garlic and/or onions.  This coveted green, sometimes called Lamb’s Quarters, is extremely high in Vit. A (280% RDA), Vit. K (1100%), Vit C (100%), Calcium and Manganese (50% each). See quelites recipe.

Working the Farm Fields 

On Saturday, June 25 Yellow Hook CSA members, believe it our not, were working the fields.  Yes it’s true, we were removing  beetles from potato plant leaves. The weather was agreeable, the farm fresh breakfast was a treat, the complimentary homemade ice tea and lemonade hit the spot, our farming work was real, the kids loved it, the adults loved it more, picking herbs was our take home gift,  Cheryl is great, Cheryl’s brother is awesome,  can’t wait to return.
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What’s CNG?

Geared toward small-scale, direct-market farmers using natural methods, Certified Naturally Grown uses the National Organic Program (USDA Organic Standards) as a starting point for certifying farms. Certified Naturally Grown farmers and beekeepers share a commitment to work within the natural biological cycles that are necessary for a truly sustainable farming system – a system that works in harmony with micro-organisms, soil flora and fauna, pollinators, plants and animals. Learn more from the CNG website
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