Thanks to Megan Van Dyk for reporting on our new partnership with Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen!

Construction at at Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen heats up

Here’s a sneak peak of what we look forward to at Jockey Hollow…Ralston Farm pork kidneys served with Cotechino and Cannellini beans

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We hope to offer new “Farm-to-Restaurant” CSA shares at Jockey Hollow in Morristown and Arturo’s Osteria in Maplewood this season.  More info will be available when we have ironed out details

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Happy holidays from Ralston Farm! 
Hope you’ve been enjoying our wintry weather – We are now offering the Home Cookin’ for the Holidays Share!

We still have lots of nice roots in the ground and even some nice greens (as long as some of this snow melts and we can harvest them!)

The “Home for the Holidays Share” will be our last produce offering for the 2013 season -

Please reserve your share as soon as possible – we look forward to hearing from you!

Please expect a bulk selection (10 lbs total) of roots – including carrots, beets, rutabaga, celeriac, leeks and (hopefully!) kale, spinach, chard or mustard greens -
If we are able to harvest enough greens for 1 lb for everyone, the share will be $35 – it all depends on the weather!

If not, the share will be $30 and any available greens will be for sale in addition to the share at pick up.

Pick-up will be inside the farm greenhouse on:

Friday, December 20 or Saturday, December 21st

Between 12 PM – 6 PM

Please reply to this email by Tuesday December 17 to let me know which day you plan on picking up your share –

Payment will be made at pick up – we accept cash or checks to Ralston Farm, LLC
 
Bacon and sausage will be for sale at pick up – Limited quantities available – all pork is $10/lb

Eggs will also be available in limited quantities (many of the ladies are taking a little winter vacation from laying right now)

We will also have some great little holiday gifts for sale, including:
Candied Ginger Tins
Lemon Verbena Tea
Dried Hot Peppers and Chili Flakes

 

Ralston Nurseries will also have U- Cut Christmas Trees for Sale this weekend and next weekend.  Cut a tree in our summer chicken pasture and help clear the field for more vegetables! 

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Looking for fresh, local food? 

Stop by our Farm Stand!  We are open most Saturdays from 10 AM to 6 PM during the summer.

To receive updates on what will be available at the Farm Stand, please join our e-mail list by contacting bennett.haynes@gmail.com or call 908 334 8018

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It’s been a while since we last posted here on the blog – guess it’s been a busy season!  For more regular updates, please join our e-mail list by contacting: bennett.haynes@gmail.com or liking our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ralstonfarm

The 2012 season saw a lot of growth – we’ve expanded our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to 65 members, regularly sell produce to Arturo’s Osteria in Maplewood and Rob’s Bistro in Madison, and have kept our Farm Stand open into this winter.  We even got to sell our produce at the Chatham Farmers Market this November.

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Through the winter months, we will continue selling produce, meat and eggs on Saturdays at our Farm Stand.  Please look for our woodland-raised pork this January.

Next Saturday, December 22, please stop in for a selection of mustard greens, kale, carrots, parsnips, garlic and other winter crops – sure to make your holiday meals much more tasty!

 

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Our summer Farm Stand is now open Fridays and Saturdays from 9-6 – stop by for some fresh summer vegetables!

We offer a wide range of heirloom tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, greens and herbs.

To join our Farm Stand mailing list, please e-mail: bennett.haynes@gmail.com


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Great share this week!

Here’s a list of what to expect in this week’s share:
Garlic scapes!
Bok Choi
lettuce
swiss chard
kale
sugar snap peas
scallions
basil
and maybe a few “wild” surprises

We love growing garlic and love the flavor of fresh garlic scapes even more!  What are scapes?  Here’s a great little intro and a nice garlic scape pesto recipe:

http://unsophisticook.com/garlic-scape-pesto-recipe/ – Garlic scape pesto is a real treat, try adding some basil as well!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup garlic scapes, buds removed and chopped
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Refrigerate covered for up to two weeks. The flavor will mellow some as it sits.

We also have big, beautiful chard this week – which is a delicious green that can be eaten cooked or raw.  I recently got a copy of The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food by Ian Knauer.  Both of these recipes below have been adapted from his book.

Shredded Chard Salad
It’s unusual to eat chard raw but if you slice the leaves very thinly, it makes for a tasty salad green. And a very healthy one, to boot. 

1 bunch chard (about 6 ounces)
½ small garlic clove
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
½ tablespoon finely chopped shallot
1/2  fresh chile pepper, very thinly sliced (optional)
Black pepper
¾ cup fresh mozzarella, coarsely grated

1. Wash and dry the chard leaves. Remove the stems, then stack the leaves in a pile, roll them up tightly, like a cigar, and thinly slice crosswise into very fine strands. 2. Mash the garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt. Whisk it with the oil, vinegar, shallot, chile (if using), ¼ teaspoon salt, and freshly ground black pepper in a large bowl. Toss the chard with the vinaigrette. 3. Sprinkle with mozzarella, season with more salt and pepper to taste, and serve. Makes about 2 servings.

Easy Sauted Chard – serves 4
2 large bunches of Swiss Chard (1 1/2 lbs)
2 slices of thick-cut bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves (can substitute with garlic scapes)
salt and pepper
2 small scallions, thinly sliced

separate the chard leaves from the stems, cut the stems into 1-inch pieces.  Cook the bacon with the oil in a large skillet, over medium heat, turning occaisonally until the bacon starts to brown.  Add the garlic, chard stems, salt, pepper and saute, stirring occaisonally until the garlic is brown.  Add the chard leaves by the handfull, turning over with tongs so they wilt evenly.  Once the leaves are wilted, let them cook until the water they produce evaporates.  Toss in the scallions, season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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