Upinngil CSA Newsletter (Fourth Weekend in October)

Dear Upinngil Patron,
 With just over a week until Halloween, we’re your place for pumpkins! The dry summer made for a fantastic pumpkin (and squash) year. You can see our Best in Show prize-winning pumpkins on the Farm House steps. We save those prize pumpkins for their seed, which we’ll plant for next year’s crop. As you can see in the photo Upinngil team below we have a new heifer-calf born early Thursday morning, and as I type this another cow is in labor with a calf due any minute. Come visit the calves this weekend and help us with name ideas. We have a new outdoor calf pen just out the backdoor of the store.
 In the Farm Stand showcase below we share the produce you can expect to find at Upinngil between now and the end of the year, and if you scroll to the bottom you’ll find a photo of some educated pigs!
 A heartfelt thank you from the year-round team here at Upinngil. Left to Right: August, Isaac, Jodie, Simon, Kelli, Sorrel, Everett, Clifford, Sarah, and Calf, as yet unnamed : )

This week’s Farm Lunch:

Main Dish: Chicken in shiitake mushroom cream sauce
Sides: Squash-slaw and oven roasted Nicola potatoes
Dessert: Panna Cotta with raspberry Rhubarb sauce
Farm lunch is a weekly, year-round tradition. Every Thursday Sorrel makes lunch for the family and employees. Next time you see us chowing down at the picnic table come over and say hi : )
(recipe attached)

Farm Stand Showcase:  What to expect between now and December 31st!
 Upinngil is open year round. The Farm Stand, weather permitting, will be open through Thanksgiving. If you’re a CSA member, your Upinngil CSA swipe card will continue to work through December 31st 2016. For the remaining weeks of the year you can expect to find salad mix, winter squash and potatoes which you can use your CSA card to purchase. Upinngil-made wreathes and swags will appear in early December and can also be purchased with your CSA card.
Some details:
  • Salad Mix will be harvested on Tuesday and and Fridays for as long as we have it outdoors, then there will be a gap as we wait for our winter mix (just planted) in the hoop house to mature hopefully by early December.
  • In order to fill our “greens gap” we hope to have other local greens alternatives from Wingate Farm, Queens Greens, or the Kitchen Garden
  • We are still doing our winter squash special, “Fill a basket for $20,” we’ve been told it’s the best deal around, and a lot of the specialty squashes are going fast. So if you want buttercup, delicata, or acorn squash, better come and get it soon! We still have tons of butternut squash, we’ll probably have it to sell all winter.
  • Our potato harvest was tiny compared to past years, blame it on the drought. Thus our potatoes are smaller than usual, and we don’t have very many. We’ve already sold out of three of our six varieties, remaining varieties are Chieftain, Russet, and Nicola. If you want Upinngil Potatoes for your thanksgiving meal, get them now and store them in a dark place (room temp is fine if just a few weeks).


On the Farm Stand this weekend:
  Everything on the PRODUCE screen of the register (also listed below) is available for purchase with your CSA Share.
  • Pie Pumpkins and Jack O’Lanterns
  • Winter squash (Buttercup, Butternut, Delicata, Acorn Jester, and Spaghetti squash)
  • Shiitake Mushrooms (find them in the milk fridge)
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Red Slicing Tomatoes
  • Sauce Tomatoes (easy sauce recipe attached)
  • Garlic
  • Swiss Chard
  • Kale
  • Beets (Kitchen Garden, Sunderland)
  • Turnips (Kitchen Garden, Sunderland)
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage (Kitchen Garden, Sunderland)
  • Peppers
  • Onions (Jebb Webb, Greenfield)
  • Salad Mix (find it in the milk fridge on Tuesday & Fridays)
  • Spinach (Kitchen Garden, Sunderland)
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Baled straw (time to start thinking about fall mulching, and garlic planting)
  • Potatoes (in farm store)

Upinngil’s heritage breed Berkshire hogs can be found if you wander out the backdoor of the Farm Store and follow the farm road out just over the hill. You might find Isaac and young August reading aloud to these happy hogs.  August has decided that the pigs should be literate. This is the third book we’ve read to the pigs in the last month, August insists!

What to Look Forward to:

We’ve planted the winter salad mix in the hoop house after adding lots of organic soil amendments as recommended by the UMass soil testing lab. We’ve planted our favorite variety of spinach, claytonia, and red leaf lettuce, and we’re excited about trying out a couple new varieties of green leaf lettuce. Hopefully we’ll be able to pick the first tender greens in mid-December.


Please don’t hesitate to email or call with questions.  Throughout the week we post breaking news on the right hand side of the website.

We look forward to seeing you in the coming week,

The Upinngil Crew

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