The Fresh Picked
For anyone who is picking up a turkey order today at Westwood middle school and ordered a 14 to 16 pound turkey please come between 12:15 pm and 1 o'clock.
Thank you we really appreciate it!
Dear CSA Member,
We are so excited to roll out our 2017 CSA Season! We are opening registration up before Thanksgiving, to give you a little more time to sign up at a discounted rate. We are offering all past CSA members an automatic 5% discount off your CSA share until January 1st.
We are asking for a $50 downpayment if you are not paying in full at time of registration. All PayPal or credit card payments will have a 3% processing fee. We are happy to set up a payment plan as well and you may also send a check which will not incur a processing fee.
PLEASE REMEMBER: You DO NOT have to pay the balance at time of registration, however, in order to get the discount you must sign up by Jan. 1 and pay the $50 downpayment.
NORMAN'S REFERRAL PROGRAM IS STILL IN PLAY, REFER A FRIEND AND GET $15 MARKET BUCKS WHICH YOU MAY USE TOWARDS YOUR CSA PAYMENT.
We have to change the last day for turkey orders today, so please order today if you have not yet.
Order through this link http://www.normansfarmmarket.com/store/thanksgiving-turkeys
Norman's Farm Market
Hello Winter CSA Members,
The CSA runs for 6 weeks, it started this past weekend. Dates are 11/11 - 12/18.
Saturdays at our Westland MS location from 11am-2pm
Sundays at our Jones Mill Roadside stand from 11am-2pm
You may do one makeup share, as long as we have enough product to do so.
Sorry for any confusion that may have happened this weekend.
Dear CSA Member,
We are open for the CSA today at Geneva, please keep in mind that if it starts storming with high winds and hail then we will close early. We hope we can last through the duration, but this is just a heads up.
Both CSA's are scheduled for tomorrow as usual.
DEAR CSA MEMBER,
Due to the Jewish Holidays this year, Ohr Kodesh parking lot is being used for each Tuesday in the month of October (same as last year). So the best way we can work with this change is to extend our Sunday CSA by one hour, starting at 11am and ending at the same time, 3pm. The dates for this change will be October 2, 9, 16, and 23rd. We will not be at Ohr Kodesh October 4, 11, 18, and 25. We hope you can make our Sunday pickup from 11am-3pm at North Chevy Chase Elementary School, however, if you cannot make Sunday pickup, you may come to any other pickup throughout the week or our Jones Mill stand any day during the week from 9am-5pm. We will resume with our regular Tuesday pickup on November 1.
Thank you for understanding,
Sorry! I had my kids BTSN mixed up with Westland:)
BTSN is Thursday, September 15th and that is the day we will be open from 4-6pm at our roadside stand. Tomorrow is regular hours and location.
Dear CSA Member,
Thursday, September 8th, we will temporarily change the time and place for pickup at our Westland Middle School location. Due to the schools Back To School Night, we will set up the CSA at our roadside stand at the entrance to the school and we will begin 30 minutes earlier at 4pm and end at 6pm. We cannot stay until 7pm because the school needs all the parking spaces available. If you cannot make it during those hours you may come to a CSA today or the Bethesda pickup during the day tomorrow. You may also come this weekend to the stand or the CSA on Sunday. If you cannot make any of those then we will allow you to double next week. Next week we will be back to our regular location and times.
Thank you for understanding,
Dear Sunday CSA Member,
The wrong reminder emails were sent last night, it was still for the Early Share members. If you are not signed up for the Mid Season then please excuse that email. If you are signed up for the Mid Season please come to pickup. If you have not signed up as of yet but would like to, please come to pickup and we will add you in!
This week at the farm things have really taken off and we are picking like crazy trying to keep up. The rows of vegetables have shot up and filled out so that it’s hard to imagine just a few weeks ago they were just babies. The plants are loaded with blossoms and as you clear aside a few leaves you notice loads of fruit developing nicely. The cucumbers, squash, and beans are ready to pick, in fact this week we have picked about 200 cases of them. Where is that Peter Piper when you need him? The cherry tomatoes are just days away, as is the eggplant. Beefsteak and heirloom tomatoes are just around the corner along with the peppers. There is a tired feeling which seems to emerge at the end of each day echoed on the faces of the farm crew. But it is a good feeling to be at this stage of the game where the plants look healthy, the vegetables taste amazing, and we are using “almost” everything we pick in the CSA and at the stands.
“Almost” because it would seem we may have made a few miscalculations in what a plant would yield. We had planned on producing about enough for 50 bushels of beans per week, but now we are thinking that soon we will have about 100! Whether it’s the fertility of the soil or the variety we selected we are not sure. But either way it’s probably a good problem to have. Our business was built on the creative problem solving of having to move a surplus of product while the stopwatch of its perishability factor goes tick tock. In this case whatever we don’t get to pick will add nitrogen back into the soil. Who knows maybe a little “Pick Your Own” Party at the farm.
Can you pickle that? The next crop which seems to be kicking off more than it’s fair share are the pickling cucumbers. Despite the name these cukes are for more than just pickling. In fact, I personally prefer them to the slicers for cucumber salads because they have fewer seeds and a thinner less bitter skin. We also grew this great little persian cucumber variety called “Diva”. They are about the size of the kirby “pickling” cukes but thin smoother skin, a great crunch, and practically seedless. If you get a chance, give these guys a try. In the meantime, now is the time to pickle. Let us know if you can use a case. $25/ half bushel and CSA Members get 15% Off.
This week I received a lesson on squash blossoms as well. Every morning we harvest the blossoms of the zucchini plants. We pick them early in the morning when they start to open because by late morning they are spent. There are male and female flowers. The blossoms look almost the same except there is a difference in the center of the flower and the females are the ones producing the fruit. We harvest the male blossoms as not to disrupt the zucchini harvest as much. Speaking of which, what a harvest it is. We have a great selection of a variety of squash. Gorgeous dark green and gold zucchinis, striped Italian heirloom varieties, and adorable little patty pans. My personal favorite, the bonita. It is a light green slighly shorter and slightly chubbier version of the typical dark green zucchini. I love cooking bonita squash on the grill because it’s a bit more firm and even a bit more flavorful than the other squash. Also really nice in a saute. Definitely give them a try. This week we are running a bonita squash special at the stands and are piling it high to watch it fly. That’s all for now. Thanks for reading our newsletter and have a great week everyone.