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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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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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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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red calf in straw

Update from the farm

I want to start off this blog post by acknowledging that there has been a lot of uncertainty and anxiety at Hampshire College in the last couple of weeks, due to the recent announcement about some potential future pathways for Hampshire as an institution, including seeking a strategic partner and perhaps not admitting an incoming fall class. While we are heartened that the broader community has applauded the courage
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baby turmeric roots

Ginger turmeric applesauce recipe

  What says “fall” in New England more than wandering through an apple orchard, picking an array of delicious apples, and taking them home to make homemade applesauce? But who says you have to stick to that same old standard recipe year after year? Check out this great applesauce variation, courtesy of Associate IT Director Sarah Ryder, using baby ginger and turmeric from the Hampshire College Farm.
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2 butternut squash pies with whipped cream

Amazing butternut squash pie recipe from Jason Dragon

  Harvest time is here!! We are in full gear here at the farm, sending all kinds of delicious food to our CSA members and the dining hall. I recently put out a call for recipes utilizing our farm products, and here is an amazing one from Assistant Director for Vegetables Jason Dragon. We made two for our LLC dinner last night (12 people) , and they were a big hit. (Sorry, the photo doesn’t quite do them ju
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basket full of garlic bulbs

Roasted Garlic Recipe: Healthy and Delicious

    Roasted garlic recipe   Delicious, delicious garlic – so tasty, and so good for you! Did you know that garlic has been used for food and health benefits for over 5,000 years, dating from the building of the Giza pyramids? Many claims have been made through the centuries about the health benefits of garlic, ranging from respiratory improvements to lowering blood pressure. Not being trained in medic
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Members of food system panel sitting at table

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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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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Holiday Baking, Part I: The Lash Family Stollen

It may not be officially winter yet, but it certainly feels that way. It’s cold and snowy out, and Christmas is fast approaching. Since there are no more fresh CSA vegetables to write about, we’ve decided to spend a bit of time focusing on holiday baking.
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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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