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Thai red curry in a glass bowl on wooden table

Thai Red Curry Recipe

  Thai Red Curry (gluten-free, opt. vegan, contains coconut) by Wm. Josiah Erikson NOTE: This is a very flexible recipe – almost any vegetables can be substituted or added, depending on what is in your fridge or to your taste. Additionally, the chicken in this recipe can be replaced with another meat, substituted with tofu or tempeh, or left out altogether. Jasmine or basmati rice is best, but regular whit
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sliced delicata squash

Roasted delicata squash

Delicata Squash   Do you hate squash? If so, it might be because you haven’t yet tried delicata. This stripy winter vegetable with a delicate (and edible) rind is indigenous to North and Central America. The flavor is lighter and sweeter than that of many other squashes; in fact, it is commonly cooked very simply as a side dish by roasting it in olive oil with a little salt and pepper. You can also toast t
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Caponata (Eggplant) Recipe

Caponata     Caponata is a classic Sicilian eggplant dish, somewhat like a sweet and sour version of ratatouille. If you haven’t done much cooking with eggplant before, be aware that it absorbs both flavors and oil – you may need to add additional olive oil (or water) if your pan starts to look dry before you add the tomatoes. This recipe also benefits from being made ahead of time and sitting f
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Fennel salad

Easy Fennel Salad Recipe

Easy Fennel Salad Recipe (vegan, gluten-free) by Nancy Hanson   Fennel is one of the items we get the most questions about during the CSA share pickup. It is an aromatic and flavorful herb in the carrot family and tastes somewhat like a milder and sweeter version of anise. Fennel is popular throughout the world, particularly in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines, and can be grilled, sauteed, braised, stewed, or
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overflowing angel food cake

A Few Basic Cooking Tips

A Few Basic Cooking Tips   In a hurry? Don’t just crank up the heat, which will cause your food to be burned on the outside and raw on the inside – yuck! Instead, cover the food with a lid or tin foil, which will trap the heat and speed up the cooking process. For better or for worse, this will also trap moisture; if the food needs a crispy exterior, remove the covering and turn up the heat for a few minut
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tomato salad in bowl

Tomato season is here!

Tomato season is here! Yahoo!!! Tomato season is here! We asked for recipes using CSA vegetables, and you answered. Here are the first two recipes, courtesy of CSA member Dawn Beckman. Got a great CSA-focused recipe? Send it (with photo is best, if possible) to farm@hampshire.edu. Can’t wait to hear what you’re cooking up!   Tomato Salad (vegan, gluten-free)   Ingredients 1 quart of cherry tomat
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buckets of collard and chard

New this semester – cooking tips, recipes, and what to do with your CSA share!

Are you a new student CSA member? Don’t know a chef’s knife from a paring knife? Can’t tell the difference between collards and chard? Never fear, the Food, Farm, and Sustainability Blog is here for you!   This semester, we will posting weekly recipes, cooking skills, and announcements of classes or other events to help you learn how to cook (or become a better cook than you already are), how t
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First harvests coming in

All of our hard work is starting to pay off, with the first harvests coming in! This year we are doing some experimental cucumber and melon trials for Johnny’s Seeds, so we’ve been taste testing ripe cucumbers like there’s no tomorrow. Peppers are starting to ripen, and tomatoes won’t be too far behind. And, of course, there are plenty of flowers and herbs for veggie CSA members in the pick yo
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display of CSA vegetables

Free Veggie CSA shares for Hampshire College students!!

FundCom and the Hampshire College Farm are excited to announce that in order to increase food options for students, we are offering FREE Hampshire College Farm Vegetable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Shares to mod residents – sponsored by the Student Activities Fund! Individual Mods in Prescott, Enfield, and Greenwich are eligible to sign up for free CSA shares beginning on August 1. Share availability
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laughing farmers covered in mud

Welcome to fall ’18!

Dear students, faculty, and staff, Welcome (back) to Hampshire College!! We hope you had a lovely summer and are settling into the rhythm of the new semester. Lots of things have been going on here at the farm. We have a new litter of piglets and two new barn kittens (Bert and Ernie) who are getting bigger every day. Our staff and student crews have been (and will continue to be) working hard to plant, grow, hoe, and
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Farming’s Future: Welcome to the New Summer Farm Crew!!

Another busy season is underway here at the Hampshire College Farm. This summer we have a terrific group of hardworking interns helping with everything from raising chickens to pounding tomato stakes. One hot afternoon, while cooling off over some ice-cold drinks and popsicles, we asked them about their experiences so far and their future plans. Blue DuRard Keller, a Hampshire College student, says that he has romant
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Students learning about tractors

What’s happening at the farm?

There are so many things happening at the farm right now, it’s hard to keep track! First, we want to welcome our new summer student crew. These terrific students work hard all summer long planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting to bring the Hampshire College community its fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers for the dining hall and the Hampshire College CSA. They also help tend the animals – including
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Farmer waving from tractor

Faces Behind Your Food Presents: Farmer Jason Dragon

Welcome to the third of our Faces Behind Your Food interviews, this time with Jason Dragon, Assistant Director for Vegetables and Student Outreach. We hope this series has helped you learn more about the folks behind your food here at Hampshire College. Hopefully we will be able to continue this series next semester. In the meantime, thanks for watching!
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Welcome to Mo Phelon, Assistant Director for Livestock and Pasture!

Please join the Hampshire College Farm in welcoming our new Assistant Director for Livestock and Pasture, Maureen (Mo) Phelon! Mo joins us from Westfield, MA, where she and her family raise Milking Shorthorn show cattle and shorthorn beef, along with a combination of many other farm animals. Her passion for working with animals encouraged her to attend SUNY Cobleskill and continue on to Cornell University, where she
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Hampshire College Farm Summer Internship

Hampshire College Farm Summer Internship Starting date: May 21, 2018 Ending date: September 3, 2018 Pay rate: $11/hour The Hampshire College Farm Summer Internship Program provides a hands-on working and learning experience designed for college students interested in sustainable agriculture. Interns will work alongside farm staff to carry out daily operations of the farm’s diverse pastured livestock and organic veget
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What’s new? A Hampshire College Food Systems Panel… and Cooking Class!

Here at Hampshire College we continue to make progress on our food systems work. Earlier this fall our Food Systems team conducted a survey of first year students in the dining hall, and discovered that few of them had a good grasp on what exactly the Hampshire College food system was or how it worked. To remedy this, we worked in conjunction with the Bon Appetit Fellow, Shira Kaufmann, and came up with both a Food S
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Hampshire College Food Systems Panel

Recently, the Kendall Food Systems Intern and Farm staff conducted a survey in the dining hall to find out what students want to know about the Hampshire College food system. In response to questions that we received from the survey, we are planning to hold a panel on November 29th (note new date) from 3:30-4:30 in the middle room of the dining commons. Please join the staff of the dining hall, the farm, the Kern Cen
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red and golden roasted beets

Help! What do I do with all of these vegetables…??

So you are doing your part to support the Hampshire College Farm and you bought a CSA share. Thank you! Every week you pick up an exciting array of delicious, ripe, organic produce (some of which is unfamiliar to you – but hey – it looks so good!)… and then you don’t quite know what to do with it. Sadly, it sits in your fridge and slowly shrivels and rots until eventually you toss it in the co
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Hot pepper poppers recipe by Shannon Rosa

This delicious recipe for hot pepper poppers come to us courtesy of Hampshire Farm CSA member Shannon Rosa. It can be made using both hot peppers and bacon from the farm.     Recipe: A variety of peppers (I used 8 jalapeño, one Hungarian yellow and one poblano.) 8 oz of cream cheese 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 finely minced spring onion 1/2 pound of bacon, slices cut in half, extra fat trimmed f
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On flowers

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” – Victor Hugo. The PYO flower garden is ready. Enough said.
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