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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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close-up of caponata

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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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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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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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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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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Pigs, ginger, and tractors, oh my! Summer interns on life at the farm

Another exciting season is underway here at the Hampshire College Farm! This summer we have a terrific group of interns helping with everything from growing turmeric to breeding pigs to changing the oil in a tractor. One rainy morning over a hot cup of coffee and some doughnuts we asked them about their experiences so far and their future plans.  April Nugent, Ben Matcho, Lee Graves, Owen Aptekar-Cassels, Fiona Helen
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Nancy Hanson in field harvesting veggies

Nancy Hanson – 2017 Carol and Blair Brown Staff Excellence Award Winner!!

  Congratulations to the Farm’s own Nancy Hanson, CSA Manager and 2017 winner of the Carol and Blair Brown Award for Staff Excellence!! This prestigious, community-based award recognizes a staff member’s exceptional contribution to the College. As one letter of support says, “At Hampshire College, Nancy has provided exceptional service, created cross-campus connections, fostered diversity and i
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Butternut Squash Part II: or, another great option for your Thanksgiving table

I am probably not the only one who is sad that there are no new CSA vegetables this week. I will miss my weekly trips to the CSA barn, not to mention all the lovely vegetables in my kitchen. I suspect that I'm also not the only one, though, whose CSA share will last at least a few weeks into the future.
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Sri Lankan Butternut Curry

Butternut squash has been a staple in my kitchen for years, decades, even, I’ve used butternut squash into soup and risotto. I’ve roasted it and steamed it and pureed it. I’ve added it to pasta and salad. I’ve used it in lieu of pumpkin in bread and pie both. It is, as you probably know, extraordinarily versatile.
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The Hampshire CSA’s youngest fans

One group that has a yearly share in the Hampshire CSA is Hampshire's Early Learning Center. Each week, children come to collect the share--if you've ever wondered why there are tiny shopping carts in residence at the CSA barn, here's your answer! Casie Smith, the Early Learning Center's director, sent along some photos of her charges enjoying their share. Here's what she has to say.
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Carrot Salad, Two Ways

Carrots are another stalwart of the CSA share--there at the beginning and there at the end, there to be weighed out weekly in 2 pound increments. Unless you keep on top of them, the carrots have a way of multiplying in your refrigerator, and when you go to look for something, you find three or four identical bags, each holding 2 pounds of carrots of varying degrees of freshness.
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Beets in the most unexpected places

Beets are another vegetable that hang around for the length of CSA season. You may use your beets in salads or soups. You may pickle your beets, shred your beets, roast your beets. But I'd wager that you probably haven't yet used your beets in chocolate cake. It's time for that to change.
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Be More Cheerful; Eat More Kale

First things first, on this last day of October: Yay Red Sox!! And Happy (Hampshire) Halloween! It's only too bad that the weather outside is not in tune with the festive celebrations we should be having today. The weather is cooperating, though, with the recipe I'm going to post. Damp, chilly weather makes soup almost an imperative.
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Broccoli Rabe, Potato and Rosemary Pizza

I have to admit that before last week, I was a broccoli rabe neophyte. I’d heard of it but never eaten it. That has now changed, and I’m glad.
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Spectacular Sweet Potatoes

First things first. The sweet potatoes that Farmer Nancy Hanson and her crew have grown this year are fabulous.Truly delicious. If you haven’t done so yet, go home and roast some of the sweet potatoes in your share and eat them as they are–or with butter or goat cheese or salt or whatever else you might like atop a spectacular sweet potato.
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Pasta with Roasted Winter Squash and Greens

October is the time when blogging along with the CSA gets tricky. I look at the list that Farmer Nancy puts out on Facebook and wonder whether I can possibly make a mustard green-green tomato-kohlrabi-sweet potato casserole, or some such, just to use as many vegetables as possible. Alas, no. Each week, it's a choice.
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