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Posted 9/8/2015 11:19am by Josie Hart.

Dear Shareholders,

We hope you are enjoying the melons from last week. This season's winners for me so far has been the striped German tomato (the huge light yellow and orange heirloom) and the lemon cucumbers! They make a great combo - instead of a caprese salad, slice up some fresh tomatoes and layer them on slices of cucumber with olive oil, a splash of chopped cilantro and fresh ground salt/pepper. 

*Coming up for the fall: cabbage (red, napa, green) broccoli, collards, winter squash and leeks!

The fruit share will be transitioning from peaches to apples and finally to cider and apple butter. We will continue to have occasional fresh mushrooms and gorgeous fresh flowers for sale as well. 

honey available now!
Yes the honey this year is more plentiful than usual (this year our beekeepers harvested close to 600 pounds and usually they harvest 400). Please do your best to bring exact change with you. If you do not get honey this week, we will have more opportunities in the future weeks. The honey is raw and straight from the comb.

Here are the 2015 prices:

Quart: $20.00
Pint: $10.00
1/2 pint: $5.00

We are currently not selling sauce tomatoes but as we slow down on tomatoes we may have a limited number of seconds tomatoes for sale next week depending on how harvest goes Monday and Tuesday. If you are interested in seconds tomatoes for sauce (these are bruised and overly ripe tomatoes that you can cut up for sauce or soups) we will have a limited number for sale starting next week.

produce list for sep. 7-11

chard or kale
tomatoes
peppers (sweet and hot)
garlic
summer squash
cucumbers
arugula and lettuce mix
carrots
cilantro
leeks
melons

featured recipe: easy kale or arugula salad

1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar or honey
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 cups mixed salad greens
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1/2 cucumber, sliced
Add all ingredients to list

Directions
In a medium salad bowl, stir together the lemon juice, sugar, olive oil, salt, and pepper until the sugar is dissolved. Add the salad greens - if you are using kale, shred the kale and let it sit if you can 20 minutes. Then massage the kale, tenderize it by gently beating it with a spoon. Don't do this with salad greens or arugula! Then add the diced mint, and cucumber to the bowl and toss together.

Summer Squash Fritters with Basil & Lemony Sour Cream

Okay enough with the constantly healthy CSA recipes! Lets get fried! Just a few minutes - and a handful of ingredients - to fritter greatness! These simple summertime fritters are the perfect way to make use of this prolific yellow squash.

yield: 10 FRITTERS

 Fritters:
  • 2 medium summer squash, grated (about 4 cups grated)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, lightly packed, chopped, plus more basil for topping if desired
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil for cooking

Sour cream topping:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream (low fat or full fat)
  • Zest from 1 small lemon
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch kosher salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium bowl, toss together the grated squash and the salt. Line a fine-mesh sieve with several layers of paper towels or cheesecloth. Add salted squash to the sieve and place over a bowl to drain. Let sit for five minutes then gather up the sides of paper towels or cheesecloth and gently squeeze the liquid out of the squash (there will probably be quite a bit).
  2. Add the egg to a medium bowl and beat lightly with a fork. Add the flour, basil, onion, black pepper, and the squash. Stir with fork to combine.
  3. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 - 2 tablespoons of olive oil, enough to lightly coat most of the bottom of the skillet. Once the oil is hot, add fritter mixture to pan in approximately 2 tablespoon increments, working quickly to spread the fritter into a round shape before it begins to cook. I usually cook 3 fritters at a time; any more and the pan gets crowded and it's hard to manage them all. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until golden brown, and flip to cook the other side until golden and the fritter is cooked through, about 1-2 more minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Add more oil to the pan and repeat with remaining batter.
  4. To make the sour cream topping, add the sour cream, zest, juice, and salt to a bowl and stir to combine.
  5. Serve fritters right away, topped with a drizzle of lemony sour cream and garnish with basil leaves if desired.

     Thank you for all your support of our farm and local farmers.
     Here's to great food and to the bounty of summer!
Posted 8/28/2015 3:22pm by Josie Hart.

Dear shareholders,

Wow, what great produce we had last week! Watching everyone leave distribution on Tuesday and Thursday was something to remember. There were peaches, eggs, greens, vivid tomatoes and interesting veggie shapes in the hands of many smiling people. What did you prepare with your bounty? Email your recipes and we will send them out so everyone can share your ideas.

I set out to make pasta sauce this week with all my tomatoes (I grow a few plants of my own) because they had started accumulating. I had a great big pot of sauce going and slow cooked throughout the day. When it was finished, I took a bite and realized I had made tomato soup (or risque bisque), not pasta sauce! What did I do wrong? Then I realized: I didn't squeeze out each tomato before putting them into the sauce pot. So after cooking for awhile the juice had really come out and it got quite runny for sauce but PERFECT for soup. So I added a tiny bit of bacon grease, a splash of cream and used my immersion blender. It all works out! That's the great thing about CSA cooking. You learn so much throughout the season about how to cook fresh because you have so many beautiful veggies to use! If you want to preserve some of your tomatoes, this link from Food in Jars features five preserving recipes: http://foodinjars.com/2011/09/five-ways-to-preserve-large-tomatoes/ 

Just a reminder, Tuesday's pick-up is back at York Street, and will be for the rest of the season.

produce list for September 1-4
* this list is tentative and subject to change

tomatoes
white onions
bell and hot peppers
cucumbers
kale
summer squash
beets
mint
melons

featured recipe: beet, avocado and pea salad

This is a recipe adapted by True Roots Farm from the cookbook "Plenty More," written by London chef Yotom Ottolenghi. The ingredients here are favorites and this recipe is daring, yet simple and really quite delicious.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 medium beetroots
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tb white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp hot sauce- your choice
  • 2 avocados
  • handful of parsley or cilantro
  • handful of mint
  • 1 cup peas, fresh or frozen, blanched and refreshed under cool water
  • 2 handfuls of salad greens (lettuce, arugula, or massaged kale)
  • salt & pepper

Wash and de-stem beets. Wrap in foil and place in a 400º oven. Roast for 30-40 min, until easily pierced by fork. Let cool slightly. Slice or chunk. Place in a large bowl. Add the onion, vinegar, oil, sugar, chili sauce, 1 tsp salt and some black pepper. Toss gently. Top with avocado slices, cilantro, mint, peas and salad greens. Toss lightly again, and finish with a drizzle of olive oil.

Thanks to our Chatfield farmers who among a million things, have been working to make our Veteran Reintegration Program a success!

A special thank you to Jamie Wickler and Chris Krabbenhoeft who are responsible for the weekly classes we offer on various sustainable agriculture topics. This is the first season we have partnered with Veterans to Farmers to offer post 9-11 veterans the opportunity to learn about farming, marketing produce, farm stands in food deserts, horticulture and public gardens.

Here are most of the graduates from our very first educational farming program here at Chatfeild Farms standing with our Market Grower, Chris Krabbenheoft.  

Posted 7/9/2015 2:28pm by Josie Hart.

 

Dear Shareholders,

As a quick reminder, we have a limited amount of fresh cut farm bouquets for sale! No where in Denver will you find such beautiful bouquets for only five dollars each! Help support Chatfield by purchasing a bouquet today! We accept cash or check or if you forget you can do an IOU.

See you at 4 -7p.m.!



Posted 7/7/2015 1:03pm by Josie Hart-Genter.

Dear shareholders,

We will be at St. John's Cathderal tonight for distribution due to an event taking place at the Gardens. Distribution will be from 4-7 p.m. like every other week. St. John's is located just 6 minutes from the Gardens at 1350 Washington St, Denver, CO 80203 

Farm-fresh cut flowers for sale! $5 You won't find flowers these beautiful anywhere in Denver for only $5! Please support the Chatfield Farms by purchasing a cute Mason jar bouquet today - limited supply. Until our plants size up a bit leaving the rubber band on the stems helps keep it together. Please bring cash or check.

See you at St. John's!



Posted 7/6/2015 11:58am by Josie Hart-Genter.

Dear Shareholders,

We hope you all had a great holiday weekend! We apologize for sending our newsletter out a bit late - we were unsure with the sporadic weather what was going to be ready. Every day on the farm lately has been very dynamic! We hope you all enjoyed the fresh garlic we handed out last week - what an amazing and potent flavor burst!

harvest list for july 6 and 10

chard
head lettuce
garlic or garlic scapes
mint
basil!!
chives

**no fruit share this week - later in July!

featured recipe: bulgur and mint lettuce cups

Bulgur and chickpeas have complementary amino acids, so this lemony salad offers you a complete protein package. You can prepare coarse bulgur by simmering it or by soaking it. Simmering will yield a softer, fluffier grain — and bigger portions.

1 cup medium or coarse bulgur

2 cups water

Salt, preferably kosher salt, to taste

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 cup diced cucumber

1/2 cup finely chopped basil and parsley mixed

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

1 15-ounce can chick peas, drained and rinsed

1 small bunch chives or 2 spring onions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced or chopped, soaked for five minutes in cold water and drained

(small strong lettuce leaves for serving)

1. For coarse bulgur: Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the bulgur and salt to taste, reduce the heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Remove from the heat, and allow to sit undisturbed for 10 minutes.

For medium bulgur: Place the bulgur in a bowl with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pour on 2 cups hot or boiling water. Allow to sit for 20 to 25 minutes, until most of the water is absorbed. Drain and squeeze out the water.

2. Meanwhile, mix together the lemon juice and cinnamon, and salt to taste. Whisk in the olive oil. Toss with the bulgur in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, toss together, taste and adjust seasonings. Serve with small leaves from the heart of a head of lettuce. Use the leaves as scoops.

Yield: Serves five - six

 

 chatfield concerts - tickets available 

Enjoy watching the sun set over the foothills at Chatfield while you listen to great live music. Chatfield celebrates the 80s and 90s with Culture Club; Under The Sun Tour with Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6; and Yes + Toto.  

Culture Club, Monday, July 20, 6:30 p.m.
Under the Sun, Tuesday, July 28, 6 p.m. 
Yes + Toto, Sunday, August 30, 5:30 p.m. Gates open an hour and a half before show time.

**More information and tickets are available at concerts.botanicgardens.org       



Posted 6/19/2015 6:19pm by Josie Hart.

Dear Shareholders,

We hope you all have a wonderful Father's Day Weekend - we wish you all the best! Also Happy Summer Solstice and first day of summer! Now that we have had some sunshine, gotten more crops planted, we are getting excited for the heat to help the crops produce. We hope you enjoy the fresh produce this weekend with freinds and family!

Important reminder:
If you have not yet ordered eggs with us - we are sold out. Our egg farmer is at capacity but thank you all for your interest. We do not need any egg cartons brought to us at this time.

Please look for a separate email about our fruit share as it has slightly changed this year due to late season frosts with our fruit growers, Ela Farms. We will be sending out information soon about the selection of fruit and the timing!

produce list for june 22 - 26 

head lettuce
beets
chard 
sage
(depending on how the weekend goes, possibly addtitional items)


*egg pick up this week

 

featured weekly recipe: beans 'n' greens

3 cups black eyed peas
butter or any oil you like (bacon grease too)
1 large onion
a few garlic scapes, minced
1 teaspoon fresh herb (oregano, chives or parsely)
1 bunch swiss chard
sat and pepper to taste

Put peas on to cook in water. Heat a little oil in skillet. Add onions and garlic scapes, sautee with herbs until tender - not more than a few minutes. After cooking peas for half/hour add onion mixture and chopped greens and cook for 20 - 30 minutes longer until peas are soft. Season with salt and pepper and/or red pepper flakes. Mkaes about 8 servings.

chatfield classes -  sign up now !

Permaculture and Your Home Garden Sat, July 18, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $55, $52 members Permaculture (permanent agriculture, permanent culture) is an ecological design system that combines the best of natural landscaping and edible landscaping. It aims to build a site that sustains itself and the gardener. This class will provide an overview of the principles and techniques of Permaculture and how they can be implemented to create a home landscape that nourishes the body, spirit and the earth. The afternoon session will include a hands-on experience using Permaculture techniques

Instructor: Mary O’Brien http://catalog.botanicgardens.org/Selection.aspx?item=2415&sch=53703   

 

Growing and Using Plants for Dyeing Fri, Aug 7, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $67, $62 members DBG Chatfield has a dye garden full of a variety of plants that give color to natural fibers. Spend the day learning about dye plants, how to use them for color and the proper procedures for natural dyeing. Each participant will spend time harvesting dye material from the garden and then learn to cook for color. Everyone will go home with fabric samples naturally dyed from the garden!

Instructor: Donna Brown http://catalog.botanicgardens.org/Selection.aspx?item=2475&sch=55424  

 

Posted 6/5/2015 10:13am by Josie Hart.

Dear Shareholders,

Distribution Time: 4-7 p.m.
We know the pickup time window may be difficult for some shareholders, but we are unable to stay past 7 p.m. because distribution days are very long for the farm team- we start harvesting at 6:30 a.m. and don't conclude the day until 8 p.m.

If you can't make it to distribution between 4-7 p.m., please find someone who can help out with pick up. Thank you!

Farm Updates
Important information is regularly updated on our website. We had several concerns lately about missing the emails from us. Make sure to check your junk folder or the "promotions" tab if you have Gmail. You can add Small Farm Central to your contacts/favorites and that should ensure emails will go into your main inbox. 

We apologize for the mix-up regarding eggs last week, free range, fresh farm eggs will be here this week, for 20 weeks!

produce list for june 8 - 12

broccoli raab
bok choy
hakurai turnips 
spinach or salad mix
fresh herbs - tbd  

featured recipe for june 8 - 12

Miso Pickled Hakurei Turnips
Last year we sent out a butter/miso/honey recipe for the first round of turnips so I thought sticking with miso woul dbe a good idea! 

Hakurei Turnips are mild, sweeter turnips that usually lack the bitterness of other varieties. They are quite tasty, lightly sautéed, roasted, or pickled. Reserve the greens to sauté with eggs or other braising greens.

1 bunch hakurei turnips, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon miso paste
½ rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon crushed black peppercorns
½ inch ginger knob, peeled and grated
2 scallions or green onion, thinly sliced

Combine vinegar, miso, sugar and pepper. Stir until miso and sugar dissolve.
Place turnips, ginger, and scallions in a pint sized mason jar.
Pour vinegar mixture over turnips. If there isn’t enough liquid to cover them, add water.
Refrigerate for at least an hour before eating.

 



Posted 4/27/2015 12:33pm by Josie Hart.

 Hi Everyone,

Happy Spring! We are so grateful for all this moisture! Mid-May we will start sending out a weekly e-News to share updates of what's going on down at the farm. We are expecting to start both of our weekly distributions towards the last week of May OR the first week of June. We have planted our cool season crops and they are starting to size up! Broccoli, onion, kale, chard and lettuces have all been transplanted. Beets, carrots, salad mix, hakurei turnips, bok choy and broccoli rabe (just to name a few) have been seeded and they are popping up over the soil.

Each distribution will be 4-7 p.m. Please bring your own bags and we suggest recycled salad containers or ziplocks for your greens. The whole process will take about ten minutes and as we add produce it may take more time to go through the pickup line.

York St. pickup: please park on the top level of the parking garage between York and Josephine streets directly across from the main entrance of Denver Botanic Gardens. Our tables will be at the south end of the top level.

Chatfield pickup: please park in the upper dirt lot and walk down past the ranch buildings to our wash stand (right after the chicken coop on the left).

We cannot accommodate early pickups and will always open right at 4 p.m.

If you have questions please email josie.hart@botanicgardens.org.

Thank you everyone and we will see you soon!

 



Posted 3/20/2015 5:35pm by Josie Hart.

 

Dear waitlisted folks,
We wanted to share with you a few additional farms that have CSA shares for sale if you are still looking to purchase a farm-share for this season. Please DISREGARD this email if you have already bought a share with us or another farm.

GOLDEN/LAKEWOOD:

http://goldenacrefarm.com/csa/ 

Golden Acres Farm - a locally run, small scale CSA with multiple pick up locations.

WHEATRIDGE:

This very sweet family farm only has a few shares left - pick up on the farm in Wheatridge.

http://clearcreekorganics.org/?q=csa/shares 

 

HIGHLANDS RANCH, AURORA, BROOMFIELD, ETC.

Lora's produce is beautifully grown and high quality with many pick up locations.

 http://www.lorasnourishingproduce.com/csa-veggieherb-share/ 

Thanks everyone, this will be the last email you receive from us if you are not a member - our shares are sold out. Have a wonderful spring!

The Chatfield Farm at Denver Botanic Gardens

 

 

Posted 2/9/2015 3:00pm by Josie Hart.

 Dear friends,

You are receiving this email because you signed up on our 2015 waitlist to purchase a CSA share and be a part of the Denver Botanic Gardens - Chatfield Farm. Starting today you can purchase a share. Please use the link below:

Sign up now! 

...or head to our homepage and you will see member options there. You have to purchase a veggie share (either a full share or supporting share) before you purchase the additional shares we offer (eggs, fruit, jam) however you can purchase a meat share individually.

All the information and prices are posted before you check out. Another choice you will have is paying in full for your share or signing up for a payment plan that automatically is taken from your account at the beginning of each month.

If you have a problem purchasing your share please email josie.hart@botanicgardens.org for assistance.

The wait list is on a first come, first served basis. We recommend buying your share as soon as possible to avoid being left out. We typically sell out in under 4 weeks.

Thank you!