Main Season CSA Starts June 10 & 12!

Now that we’ve had a couple sunny days I feel more confident saying that we are going to be having our first pick ups June 10th from 4 to 6 at the World’s Fair Gallery in Providence and at the farm on June 12 from 4 to 6.

We’ve had the winter CSA pick ups at the gallery for a while now and it is really exciting to switch the main season over here too:

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If you were thinking of signing up but haven’t yet please get in touch as soon as possible. You can still go right here to find out more and pay with the paypal, too.

I have more to tell you about in the coming weeks but for now it’s time to get back in the field!

 

 

 

Time to start the early spring CSA, clearly!

snowy farmThis year we will kick it off on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, at the World’s Fair Gallery.

Pick ups at the farm will be happening in the high tunnel on the left starting March 18 (though we have a little bit of preparing to do before then)

If you want more information about this or any of our CSA’s get in touch with me at redplanetvegetables@gmail.com or check out the pages at the top.

 

A couple ways to use that Chinese Cabbage

I know they take up a lot of room in the fridge, so here are two super simple ways to free up some space:

SALAD

first wash it (by swishing it around in a big bowl of water then letting it drain) and chop it up into bite sized strips or whatever. sprinkle salt all over it (I used a smallish cabbage and probably a half teaspoon of salt) and let it sit in a bowl for a few minutes, or in the fridge a couple hours.

make a dressing with a teaspoon of honey, 1/4 tsp or so orange zest, a glug olive oil and splash rice wine or apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper.

add whatever you like to the salted cabbage: shaved radishes or carrots or turnips or roasted nuts or scallions.

mix it up.  top with some parmesan if you want. parsley or chervil is good too.  lasts a couple days in the fridge.

ROASTED

Wash and chop. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Or, if you happen to have a pan of bacon fat and a crumbled red chili, toss it with that. Spread it out on a pan and put it in a 375 degree oven for at least 20 minutes, til it gets soft with a few crispy bits.

If you have other quick easy Chinese Cabbage recipes, add in the comments and I will share them.
If you have ideas for how to organize recipes on this blog, get in touch!

A beautiful day

…to stay inside and work on my plans for the main season this year.IMG_2610.jpg

This week I found out that I was accepted into the Southside Community Land Trust’s farm apprenticeship program; meaning I will be mentoring a prospective farmer who will be working with me full time, for a full year! And it’s going to be a year full of changes. I was deeply inspired by the spirit and the wisdom of Jen Salinetti from Woven Roots Farm at this year’s Northeast Organic Farmer’s Association Winter Conference. Her workshop reminded me of the ideals I had as a beginning farmer (back in 2003!) and showed me what is possible if I recommit to them. Intensive growing, regenerative methods, using mainly hand tools.  The team at Red Planet is better than ever, and I will be making extra efforts to share our progress with you here on the blog. It feels like this Super Blood Wolf Full Moon with a total Eclipse (despite the fact that it won’t be visible tonight) is a good time to set some intentions. So that’s what I did. Stay warm!

 

Early Spring CSA 2019

Time to secure your spot! It always fills up. IMG_1863.JPG

There’s nothing better than those first greens of spring. And we will have various sweet and spicy roots, herbs and leeks and green garlic along with those hearty greens starting in March and going through April.  Additional information can be found on the Winter CSA page, or get in touch with me directly at 401-273-0914.

An Early Spring Share is $175. Payment can be made here via paypal.

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Not too late! Sign up today for your share of fresh Winter veggies.

Our three high tunnels are starting to fill up with all kinds of greens and roots for us to start picking around Thanksgiving time. The image on top is our new high tunnel. It’s almost completely planted now with kale, carrots, radishes, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce and beets. At bottom left the peppers and rosemary are still going strong, while Chinese cabbage, chicory and hakurei turnips are just getting up to speed. At bottom right we just cleared out most of the tomatoes and will put in as much arugula and salad as we can.

So get your share today! There are two types of share:

Early Winter- This membership signs you up for 7 weeks of produce from late November through early January $175   Buy Now Button

Full Winter- Save a little money by signing up ahead of time for both the Early and Late Winter sessions (14 weeks total)  $325  Buy Now Button

Happy Fall!

Winter CSA Starts November 18

Happy Fall!

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First of the winter squashes are coming in. Trying to pick them before the coyotes do!

Attention CSA members, we have our schedule worked out. If you’re all signed up, here are the details on the upcoming season of great food. If you haven’t signed up yet, we’d love it if you could click those PayPal buttons before you get all distracted by apple-picking and raking leaves!

 

  • The first of seven weekly CSA pickups will be on the week of November 18th. Pickups will happen every Sun/Mon through the week of January 6, 2019, excluding the week of Christmas.
  • Providence pickup location will be on Sundays from 4-6 at World’s Fair Gallery (268 Broadway). If you haven’t been, it’s an easy spot to find. Just keep an eye out for the big ole Columbus Theater marquis and the gallery is right next to that.
  • On-farm pickups will be on Mondays each week from 4-6. The address, if you’re new to the farm, is 380 Greenville Ave Rear, Johnston RI.

SIGN UP RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW:

 

Early Winter- This membership signs you up for 7 weeks of produce from late November through early January  $175   Buy Now Button

Full Winter- Save a little by signing up for both the Early and Late Winter sessions (14 weeks total). Late Winter CSA usually starts around March 1st.   $325   Buy Now Button

If you have any questions about this or any topic, don’t hesitate to email us at redplanetvegetables@gmail.com and also visit the Winter CSA page of this blog.

 

Winter CSA Earlybird Discount: One Day Left…

Don’t forget to join now for a deal on this winter’s tasty greens.

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We know, it isn’t even Fall yet and summer’s bounty has filled up the fridge, but Red Planet Farm is well into the work of planting and tending crops for this year’s Winter CSA. We are offering $15 off on both Early Winter and Full Winter CSA shares for anyone that buys a share before September 10th. That’s tomorrow! Buy a share now to get a good deal on delicious, fresh picked produce this winter.

 

 

If it’s been a while since you were a member, our wintertime offerings include arugula, beets, carrots, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, herbs, squashes, kale, swiss chard, radishes, turnips and various other healthy and flavorful things.

Two CSA Membership Types:

Early Winter- This membership signs you up for 7 weeks of produce from late November through early January $175  EARLYBIRD PRICE: $160   Buy Now Button

Full Winter- Save a little money by signing up ahead of time for both the Early and Late Winter sessions (14 weeks total)  $325 EARLYBIRD PRICE: $310   Buy Now Button

Go to our Winter CSA page for more info

Winter CSA Earlybird Discount: One Day Left

Don’t forget to join now for a deal on this winter’s tasty greens.

img_2275

We know, it isn’t even Fall yet and summer’s bounty has filled up the fridge, but Red Planet Farm is well into the work of planting and tending crops for this year’s Winter CSA. We are offering $15 off on both Early Winter and Full Winter CSA shares for anyone that buys a share before September 10th. That’s tomorrow! Buy a share now to get a good deal on delicious, fresh picked produce this winter.

 

 

If it’s been a while since you were a member, our wintertime offerings include arugula, beets, carrots, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, herbs, squashes, kale, swiss chard, radishes, turnips and various other healthy and flavorful things.

Two CSA Membership Types:

Early Winter- This membership signs you up for 7 weeks of produce from late November through early January $175  EARLYBIRD PRICE: $160   Buy Now Button

Full Winter- Save a little money by signing up ahead of time for both the Early and Late Winter sessions (14 weeks total)  $325 EARLYBIRD PRICE: $310   Buy Now Button

Go to our Winter CSA page for more info

Honey for sale starting this week!

If you have been to the farm and walked around you would see the hives set up by the pond. The beekeepers who manage these hives don’t always have honey to sell because a primary focus is on raising queens. See her in the middle with the gorgeous blue spot?bluequeen6-11

This year has been good for honey production and we will have 1 lb jars available at the CSA pick ups for $12.

Let me know if your are interested in other sizes or in any of the other products from our friends at Bare Hand Apiary!