Weekly news from the farm!


Greetings Everyone,

This week in our news feed this article appeared about a new certification for farms called Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC) standard.  This is exciting for us, because so many people want to buy into sustainably raised food, yet many people are unlike you and don’t know their farmer.  This new certification will provide a means for eaters in choosing to purchase sustainable food at the grocery store!!! We at MHO haven’t yet found the time to read the regulations, but we certainly believe we should be following standards for regenerative agriculture. We do feel that with the incorporation of animals into our production mix, we are able to build our soils using compost made from the farm.   This process is an ecological way in building our soil fertility by not having fertilizers shipped to the farm. As this certification becomes main stream, we hope that our grocery stores will seek out foods that are certified ROC so that you’ll be able to vote with your dollars for sustainably raised food when you aren’t buying directly from the farmer. 

We know from experience it is more expensive for the farmer to implement ROC production practices, so we’ve been asking ourselves if the consumer would pay a higher price for their food? In our wildest dreams, we can imagine that once the millennial generation are our legislators, they’ll implement policies that divert subsidies from farms producing commodity crops to vegetable farms using ROC farming practices. That way good healthy food would be more affordable to the less affluent all the while addressing climate change.

Here is a link to the online store to place your order.

Your Farmers (and cleaning staff),
Carl and Julie

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What is new or abundant this week!

A few cantaloupes are ripened for your shares!! We harvest these ripe, just when they slip from the vine, but they’re no guarantees of the flavor.   You may wish to leave these your counter top to further ripen, but keep an eye out because the melon can over ripen fairly quickly. Cantaloupe is normally eaten as a fresh fruit, as a salad, or as a dessert with ice cream or custard. Melon pieces wrapped in prosciutto are a familiar antipasto.  If you happen to get one that isn’t peak texture nor flavor, you can make cantaloupe mojitos, that are sure not to disappoint.

We’re harvesting delicata squash!  This is among our favorites when first harvested but they don’t store long! This squash is a winter squash so it has a hard skin. For a winter squash delicata has a fairly thin skin so it works very nice sliced and roasted or stuffed. This squash is excellent as a main entree when stuffed with wild rice, with kale and sausage, or with tomatoes, peppers and corn.  An easy “go to” side that works for almost all of our winter squash varieties is by either roasting or grilling them. This squash is tasty simply baked, and while many recipes suggest using sugar for basting the squash pulp, we feel winter squash is sweet enough that we normally baste with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. You might be interested in this simple recipe for slice and roasted squash rings because it highlights the flavor of the squash.

This Weeks Farmer’s Choice!

Above is our version of this Tex-Mex Stuffed Peppers.  We used fresh paste tomatoes because they’re flavorful, along with rice and ground beef (you can easily substitute beans), garlic, scallions and most certainly roasted peppers!  Because why not stuff peppers with peppers?  A opossum ate half of nearly all our sweet peppers, so naturally we stuffed the other half. 

This week’s Farmer’s Choice Share includes: (share contents are subject to change based on our actual harvest.)

We’re offer both a Farmer’s Choice Veggie (FCV) and Farmers’ Choice Veggie & Meat (FCVM) Share.  Items common in both shares are listed first, followed by items specific to the veggie share the finally the veggie/meat share. The Farmer’s Choice Veggie & Meat share normally has smaller portions of vegetables. )

The following are included only in the veggie share:

  • Winter Squash: Acorn:   Great for breakfast.  listed in the online store. Fabulous with the char removed and eaten as a snack!   

The following are included only in the meat share

What’s happening on the farm!

Our washing machine broke over a week ago and we were a bit nervous about being able to replace it in between guests because Lowes no longer has the unit we use in stock.  Luckily, we got a new one installed (kind of) the night before guests arrived so we could wash all the linens and bedspreads before their arrival. The new model we have has a larger washer and spins more efficiently, so that we have cut the duration for doing laundry in half.  Who would have thought?  

It has been so wet at the farm, with rain showers nearly every day, so after harvesting each variety of winter squash, we’re laying them on racks and using fans to dry them. Above is Sunshine Winter squash, that is among our favorites! If you’ve purchased this squash, be sure to thoroughly cook it because the natural sugars will caramelize into delicious sweetness without needing any brown sugar.

Most of the butternut squash has been harvested! We’ll hold this for a few weeks while they sweeten during curing!  This also allows any scars to heal and the skin to further harden.  It’s best to cure this variety for 2 months so the pulp sweetens up.  We will most likely be selling these before they fully cure just so you can begin eating them.  While they might not be the sweetest after a shorter curing time, they are definitely sweeter than many other cultivars.

We finally were able to direct seed arugula, radishes and turnips!  It has been incredibly hard being able to find the time in between cleaning accommodations, where the soil is dry enough to seed these delicious fall crops.  We’re hopeful they will mature into nutrient dense foods for your shares! We’ve lost a good bit of our fall crops because of the wet weather but we’re still hopeful that we’ll have enough food to make it worth your time in ordering from us!

Thank goodness we have some fall greens growing in our greenhouse!  The field greens aren’t growing too well because of all the rain has caused anaerobic soil conditions which means the amount of oxygen used by soil biological organisms exceeds the amount of oxygen diffused into the  soil profile.

Can you spy a skipper on this zinnia?

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