adapted from simplyseasonal.com

Ingredients

1 bunch garlic scapes
⅓ cup olive oil
⅓ cup freshly grated parmesan
¼ cup raw nut of your choice (walnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, pine nuts)
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2-4 tbsp water
salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions

  • Cut off the most woody few inches of the scape stem and discard.
  • Combine your washed garlic scapes, grated parmesan, nuts and lemon juice in a food processor and process at a medium speed until they are roughly chopped. Continue to run the food processor and slowly pour your olive oil in through the opening on the lid of the food processor. Process until all of the ingredients are very finely chopped and beginning to become smooth. If the pesto seems a little thick add 2-4 tablespoons of water until the desired thickness is achieved.
  • Finally, stir in salt and pepper to taste. Serve on pasta, spread on toast, or use in a sandwich.

The Farm Store is a pop-up market set up at each CSA pickup.

What’s Available this week?

*Some Items in the Store may not be on this list

Groundworks Tote Bags! $8

Pasture-raised Eggs $6.29

Grass-Fed Dairy

  • Milk (whole, 2%, skim) $7.99/gallon $4.99/half gallon
  • Yogurt (Plain, Sugar Free Vanilla, Fruit) $5.99/quart
  • Chocolate Milk $5.49/half gallon $2.99/pint
  • Butter: $5.99/half pound – $11.99/pound
  • NEW: Buttermilk $4.29/quart
  • NEW: Half and Half $2.99/pint

Mountain Culture Kombucha $3.49

NEW: Humankind Teas and Lemonades $2.69

NEW: Local Organic Tofu $3.99/15oz pkg

NEW: Organic Soom Tahini $12.95/16oz jar

NEW: Organic Jam $6.39/jar

Rise Up Coffee $12.99/bag

Together We Bake Granola

  • 1 lb Bag $11.89
  • 1/2 lb Bag $5.99

Clingers Natural Nut Butters

  • Peanut $4.99
  • Almond $6.99

Maple Syrup

  • Pint $19.99
  • Quart $29.99
  • NEW: Maple Sugar $19.99/lb

Raw Local Honey

  • Small $9.99
  • Medium $14.99
  • Large $27.99

Hale’s Homemade Salsa $5.99/jar

Sweet Farm Sauerkraut $7.99 each or 2 for $14.99

Kosher Dill Pickles $10.99

Local Organic Apple Cider Vinegar $9.00

Local Heirloom Grain Pancake Mix, Grits and Cornmeal $8.50

 

REGISTER FOR SUMMER-FALL SHARES while Shares are still available!

Cooking well-rounded and nutritious meals can be hard, especially if your kids don’t think they like vegetables.  It’s a real problem…you spend precious time and energy preparing fresh food for your family and then…they won’t eat it!😞

In my experience, joining a CSA can actually help with this problem by making your kids active participants in their food chain!  Kids can accompany their parents to CSA pickups, meet the people who grow their food, meet other families who participate, and go home energized and excited to try some new things!  Our CSA pickups are actually designed to be kid friendly…all the produce is arranged at “kid height,” allowing kids to help their parents select which carrots to take home, or whether they want to eat lettuce or kale this week.

When kids are connected to the farm, they are more likely to be involved in the food preparation and healthy eating at home.  A CSA can really be a valuable and enriching experience for your whole family.

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Nutritionist Julie Negrin, M.S., has the following tips for involving your youngsters in food prep:

1. Create a kids’ cooking station. Seat them at the dinner table or counter away from the heat so that you can whip up dinner with minimal interference.

2. Start small. Give toddlers little tasks that won’t slow down your meal preparation, such as stirring or rinsing off vegetables. You can increase their responsibilities as they age.

3. Give yourself plenty of time and multitask. Take advantage of those long days off from school and find a few recipes for them to cook that just happens to result in a family dinner.

4. Create the menu together. Encourage kids to explore cookbooks and websites for recipes. The more invested they are in the meal, the less likely they’ll whine about it.

5. Keep cleaning equipment close by. Enlisting kids in the cleanup will make the experience more pleasant for everyone — and teach them another essential life skill!

6. Invite a confident cook to help. If you’re a kitchen novice, this is an ideal time to learn alongside your kids. If you’re a confident cook, you’ll have some extra help.

7. Sign up for parent-and-kid cooking classes. You’ll pick up teaching tips, kid-friendly recipes and possibly new family friends.

8. Praise them. Providing for our kin is such a primal urge that kids feel an immediate sense of pride and self-worth when they feed their families, so make sure to gush over their hard work.

9. Accept that not all kids like to cook. Your non-cooking kids can still contribute to the meal by washing produce, cleaning off cans, setting the table, folding napkins, deciding which platters to use, garnishing the dishes, clearing the table and tasting each dish to determine if it needs additional seasoning.

Happy cooking!

We’re here to make it simple and easy for you to eat great local organic produce at home.  We want to help you be healthy and happy!  Join us this Summer…you deserve it!

Winter-spring Compilation

It will probably surprise you learn that a Winter-Spring Produce Share from Groundworks Farm is just as diverse and varied as the Summer-Fall Shares. You can see the official Seasonal Produce Guide here. Everyone works very hard to bring you a local, varied, and diverse Share at every pickup, year-round.

Most people assume they’ll only get a bunch of root vegetables. But roots are only a small part of the story. For example, this is a Share you might get in January:

-Apples, Green Boston Lettuce, Spinach, Broccoli, Red Potatoes, Carrots, Pea Shoots, Baby Kale, Beets, Mushrooms, Thyme, Brussels Sprouts

And, here’s a Share you might get in March (typically the hardest part of the year to eat local in our area):

-Onions, Garlic, Apples, Lettuce Mix, Beets, Gold Potatoes, Rainbow Carrots, Parsley, Spinach, Rutabaga, Alfalfa Sprouts, Frozen Roasted Tomatoes, Japanese Sweet Potatoes

And, remember, these Winter-Spring Shares go all the way through May as well! Here’s a Share you might get in May:

-Strawberries, Rhubarb, Red Potatoes, Asparagus, Swiss Chard, Spring Mix Lettuce, Collard Greens, Easter Egg Radishes, Sweet and Spicy Greens Mix, Mushrooms

Join our community and keep your meals fresh, local, and fun this Winter and Spring! Click here for more information.

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Eating well can be difficult…Life moves fast…and between work and family commitments it can be hard to find the time and energy to create and maintain the healthy eating habits we all want.  It is easy to get stuck in a rut at the grocery store, buying the same canned and processed foods we always eat…because it’s easy.

This is exactly where the Groundworks Farm CSA can help you.  Sign up with us and – RIGHT AWAY – you will bring an ever-changing assortment of the most beautiful local and organic vegetables into your house (at an affordable price too!!).

But, it doesn’t stop there.  Groundworks Farm CSA is there with you the whole way.  We have top notch support and service to help you use your produce and create great healthy, memorable, and easy meals for your family.  Helpful tips, simple recipes, and friendly advice await you at each CSA pickup.

PageLines- week132016.jpgAnd, the CSA pickups are fun!  Pick out your produce with your kids!  Meet other members in your community!  Share your successful recipes and ideas!  Get input from others.  Make some friends.  

We’re here to make it simple and easy for you to eat great local organic produce at home.  We want to help you be healthy and happy!  Join us this Summer…you deserve it!

 

Here’s a throwback to last May, when Kevin was interviewed about our unique CSA program.  10 months later, our community is stronger than ever.  Our on-farm distribution facility is a little nicer now too…

Way to go Kevin, and thank you to WBOC for the VERY nice video!

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Top 8 Reasons to Join a CSA This Year:

  1. Build Community.  A CSA pickup is a community of health-conscious food-lovers who come together each week.  You might make new friends and see old ones at the CSA pickups or seasonal potlucks.  Extra produce is donated to emergency women’s shelters in our communities.  Plus, CSA pickups are fun!
  2. Environmental benefits.  By joining a CSA, you know you’re supporting the most environmentally sustainable food delivery system that exists.  No middle-man, no storefront, short delivery distance, and less waste.
  3. Connection to the land.  Other than becoming a farmer yourself there is no more direct connection to your food, the people who grow it and the land that produces it than joining a CSA.  Ground yourself this year.
  4. Your family will eat more produce.   A CSA provides a constant supply of fresh produce into your home.  You will definitely eat more produce with a CSA Share because you will always have some on hand when you are cooking.
  5. Cooking support.  A CSA provides you with relevant recipes and cooking tips each week to help you make the most of your produce.  Knowledgeable CSA pickup staff are always available to answer any cooking questions you might have.
  6. Try new things.  Get out of your cooking rut and enjoy some vegetables you’ve never heard of.  You’ve got to cook and eat…joining a CSA can make cooking new and exciting every week.
  7. Save money.  You’ll save money by cooking with whole, unprocessed ingredients.
  8. Be happy and healthy!  Overall, I think your family will be healthier and happier when you join a CSA!  Health and happiness = priceless.

Here’s a great article about our organic food donations that we can all feel great about.  Thank you for making these and others donations possible!

Bridges to Independence, which manages the Sullivan House Emergency Women’s Shelter in Arlington, published this great article about our longstanding partnership in their Newsletter this month.

Click HERE to learn more about Bridges to Independence and the work they do in Arlington and Alexandria to help women and families.  They are a great organization to consider for charitable giving.

-Margaret and Kevin

LOCAL FARMER REACHES 100 DONATION MILESTONE

January 11, 2017

Farmer Kevin Brown grew up learning about giving back to the less fortunate. His family lived in Arlington, near Sullivan House – Bridges to Independence’s emergency shelter for homeless women and families – and he remembers bringing gifts to the shelter every year. “At Christmas, Mom would make cookies and we would bring them to the shelter. Then we learned to sew and we brought handmade dish towels and oven mitts. It was important to our parents that we learn about helping others,” he says.

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Brooke Alexander and son Kevin Brown

The lesson sure caught on! Today, Kevin is the owner of Groundworks Farm, an organic farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The farm’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) provides fresh produce to Arlington residents year-round, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, chicken, meat and cheese. Customers pick up their shares each week; any shares not picked up are donated to local charities. Arlington shares are donated to Bridges to Independence, providing the shelter residents with a rare treat for those living in a shelter – fresh produce.

Today Groundworks Farm donates 75 pounds of produce a week to Bridges to Independence, and recently the farm made its 100th donation! Bridges receives enough from Groundworks to provide each family in the shelter with a large bag of fresh fruits and vegetables every week, and often there is extra left over for other families in need. Shelter residents have access to small kitchens, so they are able to store and cook the donated food. Kevin’s mother Brooke Alexander delivers the produce each week, continuing the family’s connection to Bridges.

Says Kevin, “Part of the farm’s mission is giving back. It’s important to me to eliminate food waste and give fresh food to people who really need it. When we share our extra food, it feels like our purpose is a little bigger.”

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It will probably surprise you learn that a Winter-Spring Produce Share from Groundworks Farm is just as diverse and varied as the Summer-Fall Shares. You can see the official Seasonal Produce Guide here. We work very hard to bring you a local, varied, and diverse Share at every pickup, year-round.

Most people assume they’ll only get a bunch of root vegetables. But roots are only a small part of the story. For example, this is a Share you might get in January:

-Apples, Green Boston Lettuce, Spinach, Broccoli, Red Potatoes, Carrots, Pea Shoots, Baby Kale, Beets, Mushrooms, Thyme, Brussels Sprouts

And, here’s a Share you might get in March (typically the hardest part of the year to eat local in our area):

-Onions, Garlic, Apples, Lettuce Mix, Beets, Gold Potatoes, Rainbow Carrots, Parsley, Spinach, Rutabaga, Alfalfa Sprouts, Frozen Roasted Tomatoes, Japanese Sweet Potatoes

And, remember, these Winter-Spring Shares go all the way through May as well! Here’s a Share you might get in May:

-Strawberries, Rhubarb, Red Potatoes, Asparagus, Swiss Chard, Spring Mix Lettuce, Collard Greens, Easter Egg Radishes, Sweet and Spicy Greens Mix, Mushrooms

Join our community and keep your meals fresh, local, and fun this Winter and Spring! Click here for more information.

Supporting local organic farms and food producers is one of the most effective ways YOU
can reduce your own carbon footprint and live a little lighter on the planet.

       Sustainable farming techniques + less food miles
                                                   = less carbon per meal = healthier planet.

In the warm Mid-Atlantic Summer months it’s easy to source local. There’s lots of farmers
markets, Summer CSAs, and local produce on the grocery shelves and the restaurant menus.

But what about eating local the other half of the year, in the Winter and Spring?

The Winter and Spring seasons are actually my favorite time to eat local – hearty soups,
flavorful salads, crisp apples, and succulent roasted root vegetables keep me warm all Winter.
Then with the first blush of spring comes strawberries, asparagus, and the first crisp field
greens as the outside world awakens yet again.

The Groundworks Farm CSA makes it easy to reduce your food miles year-round.  Our
knowledgeable, friendly, and supportive pickup staff is always available to help you keep your
family dinners interesting.  Pick up new recipes,storage tips, and talk cooking every-other
week with our supportive localvore staff and community so your kitchen can thrive all the way
through those cold Winter Months.

Eat local. Save the planet.  Be healthy.  Build community.

Want to see our large Winter-Spring produce diversity for yourself?  Check out our
seasonal produce guide below. I think you’ll find the Winter-Spring seasons to be
just as exciting and diverse as the Summer-Fall.

seasonal produce guide

 

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