Thanksgiving markets, luffa, pumpkin centerpieces, salad greens and more!
Happy Friday! Before I launch into my weekly news from the farms, I need to tell you about some updates to our schedule.
This weekend, our schedule is normal. We'll be at the Pike Central Farm Market on Saturday, the Olney Farmers Market on Sunday, and have contactless pickups at Tanglewood Flower Farm on both evenings.
On Tuesday, we'll be at two special Thanksgiving markets and have a contactless pickup at Tanglewood:
Tuesday, 11/24, 11 AM-2 PM at Sibley Hospital in DC. The farm stand will be in its usual spot, next to the patient pick-up/drop-off circle outside Building C.
Tuesday, 11/24, 9 AM-1:30 PM at the Pike Central Farm Market in Rockville. The market will be in its usual spot in the parking lot of the REI at 910 Rose Avenue.
Tuesday, 11/24, 4-7 PM contactless pickup at Tanglewood Flower Farm in Ashton.
You can order until 5 PM Friday for pickup this weekend, and until 5 PM Sunday for pickup on Tuesday.
Next weekend, we won't be at any markets. I'll send an email in early December to tell you about our plans for the month.
And now for the weekly updates!
It's been a busy week at the farms. We had our first hard freeze and lots of wind! The greens survived the weather just fine and we picked all the peppers we could before the frost. The growers at Tanglewood Flower Farm sourced pumpkins for centerpieces, and we collected the first round of dried luffa from the barn loft. We're also labeling jars from our summer canning spree and roasting peppers to can this weekend.... We'll bring these treats to the Sunday and Tuesday markets, no promises about Saturday. When they're available for order, I'll add them to the website.
Meanwhile, this week's vegetable harvest includes bite sized loose greens, full sized bunched greens, peppers, and sweet potatoes. Here's the scoop.
Your business supports several local, sustainable farms and a vibrant community of people who take great pride in growing nutritious food. All items are grown in Maryland - most within 20 miles of the markets. Everything is grown according to the rules of the National Organic Program. Honey is raw (not heat pasteurized) from bee hives in Silver Spring, Ashton, Laurel, and Brookeville. Grains are from fields in Ashton, Beltsville, Newburg, and Leonardtown (Leonardtown is furthest away - it's ~60 miles south of DC). Here's what you'll find at the farm stands this week:
- Cut Flowers (Tanglewood Flower Farm in Ashton)
- Large mixed bouquets, centerpieces in pumpkins, and dried arrangements that will last a year or more.
- Grains (Purple Mountain Grown in Takoma Park)
- Old fashioned rolled oats, oat groats, rye flour, hard and soft wheat flours, popcorn, and brown rice.
- Honey (Charlie's Bees in Silver Spring)
- Raw (not heat pasteurized) honey from hives at small farms in Ashton, Brookeville, Laurel, and Silver Spring.
- Bunched greens (Blueberry Gardens in Ashton and Somerset Produce in Ashton)
- Collards - limited quantity, not available for pre-order
- Kale - limited quantity, not available for pre-order
- Salad greens (Somerset Produce and Blueberry Gardens)
- Lettuce heads - green and red heads
- Spicy salad mix - a mix of mild and spicy greens
- Tatsoi - a dark leafy green that functions like spinach
- Tokyo bekana - a very mild mustard, similar to romaine lettuce
- Peppers (Somerset Produce)
- Hot peppers: adjuma, cayenne, habanero, and lemon drop
- Green and purple peppers
- Sweet peppers: mini and full sized varieties in red and orange
- Sweet potatoes (Somerset Produce)
- Beauregard - classic sweet potato with moist orange flesh
- Covington - similar to beauregard
- White bonita - sweeter and drier than beauregard
- Treats from the kitchen (Local Growers Alliance)
- Tomato sauce
- Tomato jam
- Peach jam
- More to come....
I think that's everything!
You can find this bounty at one of our markets and you can order online!
I hope you're well and to see you at the farm stand :)
Thank you for your support.