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Posted 6/27/2018 11:45am by Amy Philson.

Who put in the request for rain every Wednesday this summer?  I hope you cancel it for next week so it doesn't ruin everyone's holiday celebration!  Remember that your CSA pickup will be on Thursday next week.

To help you "know" your farmers better, we are highlighting Harmony Grove Farm in this week's newsletter.  Monty and Akemi Hoffman farm near Harrisville and Clintonville.  This is what they share:

My great-great grandfather started this farm sometime in the mid 1800s. There was a one-room school house built on the farm in 1872 that was called Harmony Grove School. Farming has been always a part of our family. We embrace the lifestyle and value the peace and quiet of living.
 
Here at Harmony Grove, we primarily grow lettuce, salad greens, and strawberries in pristine greenhouses. The new greenhouse, 96 x 34 ft, built spring of 2013, throws light around beautifully. It's a very peaceful and quiet space.
 
Growing hydroponically, we use a looped water system to control the amount of water for each plant. It's a clean system that uses 100% pure minerals and no harmful chemicals or pesticides. We practice IPM (Integrated Pest Management), which uses beneficial insects, like ladybugs, to keep populations of harmful insects at a manageable level. Here at Harmony Grove, like so many other greenhouse operations, the biggest threat is aphids, but they are no match for the thousands of ladybugs that are released at a single time!
 
 
From seed to fully grown, it can take two months to grow the lettuce. But with 4,100 spots, we can harvest constantly. Demand for all natural produce is high in the market for beautiful, local lettuces. In order to keep operations going year-round, the greenhouse is heated using wood, propane, & coal.
 
In the dead of winter, we do what we can to control temperatures in the greenhouse, but can't control the amount of sunlight the crops get. Lack of sun slows production significantly. During the winter, we spend a lot of time to maintain the best environment for the greens. In spring, all attention moves to maintaining the system and growing.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 2 heads lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 bag pea shoots (or barese chard) from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 bag kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 napa cabbage from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 bunch radishes OR bag of broccoli OR kohlrabi from Detweiler Farm
  • 3 Choice from Grateful Life Farm, Detweiler Farm, Bushel and a Peck Farm, Glacial Till Farm, and Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 Herb Choice from Bushel and a Peck Farm and Springfield Acres

Small Share

  • 2 heads lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 bag pea shoots (or barese chard) from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 bunch radishes OR bag of broccoli OR kohlrabi from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 Choice from Grateful Life Farm, Detweiler Farm, Bushel and a Peck Farm, Glacial Till Farm, and Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 Herb Choice from Bushel and a Peck Farm and Springfield Acres

Mini Share

  • 1 heads lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 bag pea shoots (or barese chard) from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 bunch radishes OR bag of broccoli OR kohlrabi from Detweiler Farm

CSA Recipes

Roasted Kale and Chickpea Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Broccoli

Lemony Lentil and Chickpea Salad with Radish and Herbs

Spring Radish Salad

20 Lettuce Wrap Recipes

There are lots more recipes on our Pinterest boards if you need more inspiration.

It's the kind of day that I want to curl up with a book and a cup of tea (have you tried the fennel/mint tea?  It's delish!), but I'm afraid that other duties are calling my name instead.  At least I'll make some tea.

Amy

 


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