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GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Share in the work to create a farm that is economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable
  • Share the risk and share the bounty
  • Make decisions together
  • Ensure that the size of the farm holds in balance considerations of land, community, and farm viability
  •  Work together to nurture a friendly and creative community

How is Spring Hill Adjusting for Covid-19?

After talking with the Core Group, participating in several national and regional on-line sessions with fellow farmers and food system experts, and reading the CDC guidelines, we believe we can safely and reliably grow food for Spring Hill members. As of now, the CDC has concluded that “food is not a likely vector” of the corona virus. Paying attention to already established food safety recommendations with extra care in sanitizing surfaces will guide us in producing safe, healthy food.

For the time-being, we are cancelling on-farm community activities, including Spring Hill’s beloved member-based harvest/delivery system. Instead, for the 2020 season, only Patty, Mike and Erin (perhaps with some limited hired help) will be working on the farm. They will pack the bags on delivery days using recommended safety protocols, and all the vegetables will be delivered to pick-up sites by one driver in a single van. 

Pick-up Site Protocols
As we care for ourselves and each other in this time of COVID-19, we ask you to observe the following:

1) Read all e-mails from the farm so you are aware of any updates.

2) If you are sick, STAY HOME!!  Some options if you are sick:  cancel your bag, re-schedule the delivery, or request that a Spring Hill volunteer make a contact-free vegetable delivery to your home.

3) Wear a mask while you are picking up vegetables.

4) Sanitize your hands with the provided sanitizer before entering your Spring Hill pick-up site.

5) If at all possible, we ask that only ONE person from a household pick up a share.

6) Practice social distancing while at the site, including one person at a time in porch/garage, and allow for a minimum of six feet between people while waiting.

8)  When you check off your name at the pick-up site, take a pencil from the “new” container and place it in the “used” container.  You are of course welcome to bring your own pencil/pen.

9) If you touch it, please take it!  Only touch and take one bag.  Same deal with any extras!

10) A box for empty bags from the previous week will be provided at each site.  Place your empty, washed bag in the box.

12) We ask that this year, only Spring Hill members pick up vegetables.  If you are unable to pick up your bag (vacation, out of town, etc.), e-mail the farm to cancel your bag.  We will bring those vegetables to our local food shelf or a food shelf in the Twin Cities. (As always, we are happy to change weeks for the every-other-week share or shift the day in a given week for the weekly shares.)

Please refer to the e-mail sent on June 30th that will have any additional protocols relative to your pick-up site. 

Week #5 Tuesday, August 4 – Friday, August 7, 2020

Farm News

The rain has stopped at last!  What a relief.  We had 15 inches of rain in one month here on the farm.  That’s just under half of what we might expect in a year.  It was too much. 

We are beginning to dig out and that feels good.  We sat down and re-worked our fall planting plans to adjust for the fact that we were unable to get into the fields to plant for most of the last month.  Finally, we got the fields prepped and even transplanted a few of the things that have been sitting on our hayrack begging to be planted, a red napa cabbage, a green cabbage and some leeks for the fall.  Next up is a round of beets, some Bright Lights chard and a kale mix.   We mowed down several plantings of broccoli that succumbed to disease in the wet conditions and, having harvested the crops in our spring field, we were able to mow down what had become a weedy mess, getting it ready for a cover crop.  We may even be able to tackle some things that have been on the to-do list for weeks, it seems:  fence the winter squash, write thank you cards, wheelhoe in the cabbages, make hay, trellis the raspberries. 

It hasn’t been an easy year. I think most of us can say that.  Even though we’re not seeing some of you each week, we are so cognizant of your support of us and of this farm.  We knew this year was going to be different. With the core group’s help and the support of our pick-up site hosts, we put together a plan and logistically, it’s all working.  Of course we miss seeing you.  Of course we miss the rich conversations and the yummy potlucks and all the work we did together.  But, we’re working with what we’ve been given and we know you’re there with us.  We feel that strongly and it’s important to us.  We love getting your notes and e-mails and seeing the pictures you’re posting on Facebook.   They are what carries us as we head out to the field. 

It has been good eating lately though, hasn’t it?  Mike and I take turns cooking and this is the time of year when it’s really fun and easy to cook.  I love that.    Refrigerator pickles, roasted vegetables, simple salads, fresh salsas, coleslaw have all been making their way to our table.  Kristin’s recipes, Larry & Katy’s cooking videos from the website and Jess’ compilation of recipes on Spring Hill’s website have all been useful.  Check them out!

I hope you are all well.  Stay in touch.  We love hearing from you.  

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Recipes

Thank you so very much to Kristin Dyrhaug who shares her love of cooking with us each week gathering recipes and resources. What a gift!!

THIS WEEK…

Swiss Chard with Roasted Garlic – serves 6 (denisonfarm.com)

  • Roasted Garlic:
  • 10 large garlic cloves, halved
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ lbs. swiss chard, washed & dried
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped white onion
  • 2 serrano chilies, stemmed seeded, and finely chopped (or use red pepper flakes; omit if you prefer no spice)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cored and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup water
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make a double layer of aluminum foil about 6 x 6 inches square. Place the garlic in the center and bring up the sides a little to form a cup. Drizzle over the olive oil and add the oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring the sides all the way up and twist together to make a firm seal. Place in the oven and roast for 20 to 25 minutes. The garlic should be tender and golden but not dark brown. Open the top so the garlic will stop cooking and set aside. 
  2. Remove the leaves from the stalks of chard, finely chop the stalks and roughly shred the leaves. Set aside.
  3. In a large heavy skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and chilies and stir for about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes, then add the chard ribs and leaves, salt, and water. Cover the pan and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, for 10 minutes. Remove the lid, add the roasted garlic cloves, and increase the heat to high. Stirring occasionally, cook until the chard is tender but not watery, 8 to 10 minutes more. Taste for seasoning and serve immediately.

Steamed Parsley Potato with Cucumber (NY Times)

  • 8 small red-skinned potatoes, about ¾ pound
  • 2 large firm cucumbers
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley (or cilantro?)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Juice of ½ lemon

Using a sharp knife, cut the potatoes in half and peel some skin off, leaving a band in the center for color.  Trim off the ends of the cucumber and remove the skin. Cut the cucumbers into 2-inch rounds. Quarter each slice lengthwise and remove the seeds. Put the potatoes in the rack of a steamer over boiling water and steam for 10 minutes. Add the cucumbers and steam for 3 minutes more. Do not overcook.  Heat the butter in a saucepan and add the potatoes, cucumbers, parsley, salt and pepper. Add the lemon juice and toss. Heat for 30 seconds.

Potato & Green Bean Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette – (denisonfarm.com)

  • 3 potatoes, cubed
  • 1/1 -3/4lb green beans
  • 1-2 sweet pepper, diced
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 clove of garlic, pressed
  1. Boil the cubed potatoes for 10-15 minutes, or until fork tender.
  2. As potatoes cook, prepare the vinaigrette by combining all ingredients in a jar and shaking until the ingredients combine and the dressing thickens (the mustard will help the emulsification process).
  3. Remove the potatoes from the pot with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl to cool. Leave the water in the pot.
  4. Blanch the beans by placing them in the boiling water for 1-2 minutes, until slightly cooked but still firm. Drain the beans and immediately dip them in a bath of ice water to stop the cooking process.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the diced peppers, potatoes, and green beans. Toss with the vinaigrette and serve.

Recipe Links: Tomatoes! 
https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/tomato-cucumber-and-avocado-salad/
https://www.loveandlemons.com/fresh-tomato-recipes/
https://www.epicurious.com/recipes-menus/our-22-top-rated-tomato-recipes-gallery

More Recipes Featuring Vegetables We Grow…

Arugula | Basil | Beets | Bok Choy | Braising Mix |Broccoli | Broccoli Raab | Brussels Sprouts | Cabbage | Carrots | Cauliflower | Celeriac | Chard | Cilantro | Collards | Cucumbers | Eggplant | Fennel | Garlic | Green Beans | Jalapenos | Kale | Kohlrabi | Leeks | Lettuce | MelonOnions | Parsley | Parsnips | Pea VinesPeppers | Potatoes| Pumpkins | Radishes | RhubarbRutabagas | Scallions | Spinach | Sugar Snap Peas | Sweet Potatoes | Tomatillos | Tomatoes | Turnips | Winter Squash | Zucchini  |

Harvest Day

Due to Covid-19, visits to the farm in 2020 have been put on hold. You can read more about it here.

Sign up for Your Harvest Day

Not only does your visit to the farm increase the sense of community we all enjoy, but the harvesting/packing/transport of veggies is an essential part of our success. We truly rely on your participation! Many members report appreciating connecting to the land where their food is grown as well. The sooner you sign up the better (more options and helps out our delivery coordinator).

  • Check the sign-up calendar. Find a date where there are openings.
  • Contact the delivery coordinator. Let them know your name and the date.. It’s also helpful to know the size of your vehicle and how many people will be coming with you.
  • Mark this date on your calendar!
  • Consider arriving a little early for Meet & Greet.

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