June 22, 2021
Volume XIV | Issue No.8
Turnips. Fred de Long/Staff.
IN THE BAG Tidbits from the staff
It is our fourth week of Rushton Farm CSA harvest, and you may have noticed the diversity of vegetables included in your share. While some items may be more familiar, like peas, lettuce and beets, other items might be new to you, such as Joi Choi and garlic scapes. At Rushton Farm, we grow over 150 varieties of fruit and vegetables, some more common than others. All varieties are chosen for their flavor and nutritional qualities. Our goal is to inform and educate our CSA members about all the fruits and vegetables grown throughout the season.
Being part of a CSA is learning about seasonality and appreciating the variety of fruits and vegetables when they are harvested throughout the season. As we continue through the season we will occasionally feature a vegetable in The Wild Carrot and explain why we grow it and how to prepare it. Please feel free to talk to or email the staff with any questions you may have about any of the produce grown at the farm.
Staking and stringing. Fred de Long/Staff.
THE DIRT Notes from the Field
Stakes and String
There is a lot of banging and clanging going on at the farm these days, which is a sure sign that the crops are growing. As the young seedlings leave the comfort of their protected greenhouse environment, we try to acclimate them as best as possible by providing support through staking and trellising them with string. This process helps them to better adapt to outdoor conditions by giving them the best chance for fruitful production. You may also notice some black “plastic” that adorns the beds in our fields. This is a mulch film and is bio-degradable corn starch that has been approved for organic food production. It was developed in the nineties to help warm the seed beds in the spring, provide insulation to prevent moisture evaporation and contain the weeds that compete with our young seedlings.
BREAD FROM MEDIA BAKERS GUILD | Starting this week on Tuesday and Friday these baguettes and more will be offered on a pre-order basis for pickup at the farmshed!
Jerry from Media Bakers Guild will be offering a selection of breads, baguettes and pretzels. Pre-orders can be made by texting Jerry at 484-832-9770 with your bread choices and paying directly by Venmo @jerome-sheehan-2. Orders can be placed by 10am on Monday or Thursday.
The following items are available for pre-order. All of his breads are handmade and sourdough-based. He uses whole grains that are grown and stone-milled locally at Castle Valley Mill in Doylestown.
Baguettes | $4
Country White Loaf | $7
Multigrain | $8
Whole Wheat | $8
Whole Rye | $8
German Style Pretzels | 1 for $3 or 2 for $5
Pretzel Flavors: plain with sea salt, 6 seed, or parmesan baked on top
Check out our event calendar for more
upcoming events and volunteer opportunities!
“Just Show Up" Volunteer Wednesdays
If you are interested in getting your hands dirty, every Wednesday June through October, Rushton Farm hosts a “Just Show Up” volunteer day between 9am and 4pm for weeding, harvesting and other farm activities. No reservations are necessary!
Rushton Sunset Yoga
Wednesdays, June 30th through July 28th
Join us for community yoga classes on the lawn at the Rushton Conservation Center this summer. Linda DiValerio will lead the group in a 60 minute flow overlooking Rushton Farm, surrounded by the sweet sounds of nature, at sunset every Wednesday, beginning the last week of June and through the month of July.
Please bring your own yoga mat, towel, water bottle and any other props you like to include in your practice.
CSA RESOURCES | Click the buttons below to view your pick up days or to learn more about Rushton Farm CSA pick up email communications and safety protocols. Any comments or concerns about pickups, contact Eliza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FARM STAFF Meet the Crew
Fred de Long | Director of Community Farm Program
Noah Gress | Rushton Farm Field Manager
Noja Dijstelbloem | Rushton Farm Intern
Amanda Dunbar | Rushton Farm Intern
Heather Kostick | Rushton Farm Intern
Madison Lin | Rushton Farm Intern
Abby Oswald | Rushton Farm Intern
Our Contact Information
Rushton Farm is part of WIllistown Conservation Trust's Community Farm Program. Our mission is to preserve and manage the open land, rural character, scenic, recreational, historic, agricultural and natural resources of the Willistown area and nearby communities, and to share these unique resources with people of all ages and backgrounds to inspire, educate and develop a lifelong commitment to the land and the natural world.