By Analiese Paik
Convenient to more communities than ever, Sport Hill Farm’s organic CSA is a wonderful way to eat local-in-season. Farmer Patti Popp grows many varieties of vegetables and fruits, including heirloom vegetables like deer tongue lettuce, Romanesco broccoli (looks like green cauliflower), and green zebra striped tomatoes. Late season goodies like sauce tomatoes and sweet corn are perfect for freezing or putting up. Don’t be put off by new varieties; Patti always shares easy and delicious recipes with CSA shareholders.
New Pick Up Schedule & Locations This Year
Pick ups are Tuesdays from 12-3 pm and Thursdays from 4-7 pm at the farm in Easton, and Fridays at Wakeman Town Farm in Westport from 1-7 pm and B’nai Israel in Bridgeport from 11:30-1 pm.
Please don’t sign up for this CSA unless you truly understand and accept what it means. You are committing to receiving 21 weeks of fresh-picked produce (and some late summer melons and ground cherries) from Patti’s fields from the first week of June (typically) through mid October. That means eating in season and all that implies: no corn or tomatoes until late summer (she’ll tell you when it’s ready by email), abundant lettuce at the beginning of the season (aren’t we getting ready for swimsuit season anyway?) and vegetables you may have to become familiar with cooking for the first time like garlic scapes, collard greens, beets, and orange cauliflower. She’ll send you lots of recipes and also posts them on the farm’s Facebook page.
Here are two examples of weekly pick ups from Patti:
CSA Pickup Week #5 : (2) Heads Green Romaine (1) bag beet greens (1) summer squash (1) zucchini (1) bag broccoli (1) head escarole (1) bunch garlic scapes
CSA Pickup: Week #12: ½ doz. Sweet corn; (2) summer squash (1) eggplant (1) cucumber (2) sweet peppers (1) pint cherry tomatoes ; (1) bunch swiss chard ; (5) garlic bulbs
If the Sport Hill Farm organic CSA is a good fit for you, jump on this because the deadline for registration is March 31, 2013. A 50% deposit will secure your share. To learn more about Sport Hill Farm’s CSA program or to request a registration form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crop Cash Programs is sold out as of 3/8/13.
If the CSA doesn’t suit your needs, choose the Crop Cash Program instead. I have found the Crop Cash Program convenient for buying extras like eggs, milk, fruit but it can be used for anything they sell. This is essentially a farm credit program that allows you to stop by the farm stand during regular retail hours and buy produce, fruit, eggs, bread, honey and any additional local products she sells without having to carry around cash. A boutique selection of artisan food products available in the barn includes and Arethusa Farm’s milk and yogurt. $250 buys $275 worth of goods and $90 buys $100. Please email email@example.com for an application form. Deadline is March 31, 2013.
Open 7 days a week in season, the farm stand is located inside a state-of-the art barn where visitors can shop in comfort for everything from asparagus and lettuce in the early spring to garlic, corn, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and squash in high summer, to hardy greens, at least three kinds of winter squash, celeriac and pumpkins in the fall. Fruit from local farms and Red Jacket Orchards is brought in as a one-stop shopping convenience. Last year the cherries, plums and strawberries were fantastic. Apples, including rare heirloom varieties, and Seckel pears have arrived for fall.
Campers from the summer farm camp run by The Unquowa School visit the farm to learn where their food comes from. A wide variety of on-farm programs and special events, including canning classes and lunches at the farm, help reconnect adults with out food roots and teach us new skills (private events are welcome).
Sport Hill Farm, Easton (follows organic growing practices)
596 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT 06612