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Farm Happenings for December 17, 2020

Posted on December 15th, 2020 by Janet Aardema

Happy Last Farm Share of 2020! As we enter the darkest week of the entire year, and with the upcoming conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, we naturally spend more time reflecting and pondering. The universe is so large, but our daily actions and interactions ground us in the present and connect us with each other. Thank you for choosing to connect with us through food! We cherish our opportunity to grow food that nourishes our neighbors, and we consider ourselves the luckiest people around. (Though we often need to work hard to remember that on the long, physical work days with challenging weather conditions! This time of year, we try to forget that days like that exist in our farming season.) THANK YOU for being so careful about the food you choose for yourself and your household. We know you have a multitude of options...thank you for choosing us!

For some members who just signed up, this is the first week of your Winter Farm Share - Welcome! You'll receive an email like this each Tuesday morning before you have a share scheduled to pick up later in the week. NOTE: Individual members' schedules may be different due to how every-other-week shares fall on the calendar, AND we are closed for Farm Shares from Dec 20 - Jan 3. Log in to and click on "Deliveries" to see your specific schedule. 

GIFT CARDS are now an option in the "Extras" section! Thanks for spreading the love. 

Options continue to abound this week as we sit on the precipice of the leanest time of our farming year. Enjoy your options! REMINDER: We will close for sales between Dec 23 and Jan 4. (That means the FarmStand will stay open until approximately Dec 23, or until sold out. We won't harvest again until Jan 3, and then only if weather and plants allow.)  

For the first time we are offering a vegetable that we did not grow: You can get Butternut Squash grown by our friends at Twin Oaks Farm in Louisa, Certified Organic, through your share here. They are an Organic seed and research farm and grew thousands of these Butternuts as part of their research to see how this variety grew in Organic conditions. Yet they aren't a market farm and thus had no way to sell the squash. We felt it was appropriate and beneficial for everyone to offer it to you here! Our favorite way to enjoy them is to peel, slice thinly, and roast on a greased baking sheet, single layer of squash slices, topped with sea salt. Here's what it looks like in our family kitchen before and after cooking (plus the way we like to set up a salad bar every night...this photo shows the last of our sweet peppers that we ate last weekend): 

Check out our Pinterest page of recipe ideas (organized by vegetable) for suggestions on how to prepare these goodies. And if you get stuck and need the simplest guidance, just remember that everything is delicious tossed in a pan with some fat (oil, butter, etc.) and salt. 

Blessings on your meals, and KEEP ON masking up and washing your hands, plus staying home whenever possible ~

Janet, Dan, & the whole Broadfork crew (Julie, Caity, Karen, Diana, Rachel, and the kids: Sylvie, Joren, Elletta, and Beckett)
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