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Friday, 14 October 2011 19:28

Fall Colors Everywhere upstate….

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It is certainly fall here in Tivoli. Trees are all different colors of red, amber, orange and golden. A beautiful sight indeed. It is also a wonderful time to venture to upstate! Come for a day trip and drive around the winding hills and take in the clean air and stunning postcard like scenery. Also, this weekend is the Official Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck NY.

Don’t forget about the EatNYC event going on October 25 for National Food Day!

Please keep helping farms and farmers in any post Irene efforts you might come upon. We should all see the connectedness and community that farming in the Hudson Valley and NYC has developed. Keeping those ties strong in times of need is always important. Thank you again from us and all the farmers we work with.

If you’re in NYC this weekend and looking for another food event we think will be a total blast (with good food too!) Check out the NY Food Film Fest. This is for the Farm to Film to Table.

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Saturday, 08 October 2011 19:24

EatNYC event for Food Day 2011!

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We have some really wonderful news to share with all of you about an event taking place on Food Day, 2011. Read more about Food Day here, but it is a day for us all to continue the fight for eating real food.
Goals include:
•    Reduce diet related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods
•    Support sustainable farms & limit subsidies to big agribusiness
•    Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
•    Protect the environment & animals by reforming factory farms
•    Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids like this 
•    Support fair conditions for food and farm worker

Read more below about EatNYC, an evening event at our school location to celebrate the first national Food Day!
“Having made a commitment to educate our students about nutrition and sustainable food systems, we are writing to inform you about EatNYC, an evening event at our school to celebrate the first national Food Day. This event will be a fundraiser to support the work being done to fight childhood obesity. Proceeds will be donated to The Ground Up Campaign to support their work in delivering edible indoor academic gardens to schools in order to educate students about nutrition and the environment.

Our event will include restaurants offering samples of locally sourced and/or healthful items from their menus.  It will also feature exhibits from some of the New York City based organizations striving to improve food systems and nutrition awareness.  Throughout the event, we will show episodes of Avis Richard’s “LUNCH NYC,” a television series exposing health conscious individuals, organizations, and events in New York City.
Prominent organizations such as Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps, the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food in partnership with Candle 79 and Candle Café, as well as, Chef Bill Telepan’s organization Wellness in the Schools have all committed to participating thus far. We are also in the process of securing some dynamic keynote speakers for the evening.

We are still looking to recruit restaurants for this event. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Attached is a copy of the exhibitor flyer that can be shared with restaurants who may be interested in participating. Also, we are now selling tickets for EatNYC ($25 per adult, $10 for children) at the front desk or you may get them online at  This event will be held on the evening of October 24th at 6:30 PM in the prep school gymnasiums.

We hope to see you there!

Thank you,
Simone Hristidis
Head of the Lower School

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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:22

September almost over! Shares

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Hello from the farm and some humid days! We are still working through the loss of so much of our planted crops this year…but appreciate your continued understanding and desire to help.

Shares this week:

  • Curly Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Red Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Festival Squash
  • Peppers
  • Corn
  • Herbs (rosemary, thyme or sage)


  • Honeycrisp Apples
  • Plums
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Thursday, 22 September 2011 19:21

CSA Shares!

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This week we are still trying to get the shares going strong despite the Irene horrors, we and all farmers who suffered losses, are dealing with. Thank you again to all those who have reached out to help. We are thinking about opportunities to open the farm and allow our incredible members to come help out. Your big hearts are more than appreciated.


  • Winter squash, either delicata or butternut
  • Corn
  • Onions
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Potatoes
  • Herb, purple sage
  • Peppers (Columbia grammar is getting zucchini instead of peppers)


  • Prune plums
  • Bosc pears

Cheese share: is jersey girl Colby

Can you all believe it is winter squash and pear time already? The seasons changing is such a glorious part of living in the Hudson Valley. We have to say though, we hope it warms up a little for a few days to allow us to replant and get some more things going! Thank you again. Please keep in touch with Paisley Farms on our facebook page. Love,

the farm

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 19:19

Post Irene & our CSA

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To all CSA members:

We are down but not out!

We are sending out this email to inform you about the extent of damage to our farm and what that will mean for the remaining season. All of our Fall crops have been wiped out. This includes all winter squash, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, beets, carrots, summer squash and various greens. What is left on the farm now are leeks, onions (that were harvested prior to the hurricane) as well as a few odds and ends that escaped the floodwater. As I compose this letter, the fields are still wet. Our tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers were submerged as recently as 48 hours ago. At one time we were hopeful we could salvage these crops but the additional inches of rain we got last week allowed the river to overflow a second time one week after the hurricane. After this mornings inspection we are hopeful of salvaging enough peppers and possibly some tomatoes for next weeks’ deliveries.

All sites will be receiving deliveries this week and next week. To augment the weekly share we will be delivering produce that we purchase from farms who were on higher ground as well as some produce from farms outside the sphere of the hurricane. This will be paid for with funds intended for salaries of the farm employees as well as additional funds from Mike, Jan and Upstate Farms. We have also documented our losses with the federal and state agencies if any money becomes available. We have filled out forms, gone to meetings, and taken photographs that will meet any requirements necessary for grants or funds to help get the farm back in shape. It is unlikely but not impossible that there will be funds to cover any of our product losses. However if we are eligible for funds it involves a lengthy process that will not help us in the immediate future.

We are also replanting. It is still too wet to direct seed into the fields. The day after Irene we planted 5,000 heads of lettuce and 5,000 other types of various greens (swiss chard, kale) in the greenhouse. These will be transplants that we hope to set out in the field in the next two weeks. Hopefully these greens will be ready to harvest in 4 - 6 weeks.

In addition to all this we will be erecting a 35 X 100 foot outdoor grow-house or high-tunnel to help us extend the season. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help raise this greenhouse is welcome to come help. The date will be announced. We will continue to update you on the situation as we learn more.

For the next two weeks we will have a respectable amount of produce from our resources described above. There may be gaps or even a shortened season depending on how far resources take us. In the meantime we are grateful for the calls and emails of support from our members. Your continued support can assure you that we will be here next year. Please feel free to email us, we would love to hear all suggestions, ideas or complaints, our door is always open. Thank you for being so understanding.

We welcome your help as well! We have received a large response from those wanting to come help us erect the growhouse. What wonderful members we have, with full hearts. We are trying to plan a day that this can take place. Thank you for your continued support and moving forward all needed information about shares and what is happening on the farm… flooded or not…will be on the blog!

Also, Just Food has been putting out a great deal about what farms are dealing with and how CSAs work to share this burden when natural disasters hit. Here is a piece that is worth reading. Thanks again,


Paisley Farm

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Friday, 26 August 2011 19:16

Listen to Mike & See the Farm!

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We were lucky enough to have some special guests on the farm a few weeks back…. and lovely footage to share as well! Days of Taste, a group that is making films and connecting children with the food they eat was kind enough to include us and Paisley Farm.

Everyone seems to love the land and nature is a special place not only for solace, but also for the honest, pure way of how food was meant to be grown and consumed. Here is a clip where Mike talks about the beauty of having children come to the farm…. enjoy!

We can’t wait to see more! Keep up the inspiring work guys!

Farmer Mike Kokas

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Friday, 26 August 2011 19:07

Week 11 & Hurricane Prep?!

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Though we’re just as confused with how a hurricane is making its way to New York… we hope you are all safe and sound this coming weekend. Batten down the hatches, have some candles on hand and all will be sound after the storm. Many a market is closing this Sunday but we’re watching the fields carefully as we might get 12 inches of rain or more…. wow. Who knew it could even rain that much?

The shares this week are missing greens… but for good reason. We were hit my hail at some point, and the greens suffered. Those damaged have all been replanted and we will have plenty more for the rest of the season. For this week we have:

Week 11 Share

  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Beefsteak Tomatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Corn
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Basil

Fruit: Pluots, Watermelon
Omega Eggs
Cheese: Kunik from Nettle Meadow Farm

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Saturday, 13 August 2011 18:40

Week 9, Feeling fine!

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Forgive the silly rhyme, but the late summer is coming along ever so nicely. For those of us who love tomatoes, this is THE time of year. Last week was National Farmer’s Market week, so we hope you all also got out to a market or two. The CSA is a wonderful step to local food sustainability, but markets also offer chances to interact with other local goods… we’re all in this together! This week….

Week 9 Shares

  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Regular Cukes
  • Lemon Cukes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Cabbage
  • Corn
  • Beets to some
  • Herb of some nature…


  • Donut Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Strawberries,
  • Nectarines
  • Plums to some

Omega Eggs

Cheese: Stella Vallis Tomme from Amazing Real Live Food Co.

We would love to know what you all have been doing with the shares, the cheese or anything else delicious you might dream up! Share thoughts here or on ourPaisley Farm Facebook page!

Other News:

Cheese! Want to learn more about the cheese this week? The Amazing Live Food Co. says this about the Stella Vallis Tomme cheese for this week:

Aged four to six months, this classic from the French Alps is reproduced here in the Hudson Valley.  Our Tomme has a natural, edible rind, which is washed in the early part of its life for the betterment of a combination of yeasts and molds that dominate its surface flora, and guide its nature out of its infancy.  The pate is soft through the center and pliant, yielding robust nutty flavors with hints of tropical fruit in the background and upon the finish.  A slightly salty note suggests excellent pairings with sweet, wet fruits… like local apples.”

Supper Club Y’all…

On Saturday, August 20th… there is a Paisley Farm-to-Table Southern Dinner happening as part of the Ted & Amy Supper Club. This event promises to have good food and great company (and plenty of good wine I hear!) Check it out here.Thanks to Karol at d.b.a for sharing this info!

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Thursday, 04 August 2011 17:39

Week 8 Already!

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Summer has settled in completely and want a beautiful sun drenched July we are having. It is hot, but we are working to keep all the vegetables hydrated and properly watered. This week’s share is a bounty to be sure!

Week 8 Share:

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Lemon Cucumbers
  • Regular Cucumbers
  • Onions
  • Zucchini or Squash (Pattypan)
  • Green Beans
  • Corn
  • Cabbage
  • Swiss Chard
  • Eggplant


  • White Peaches
  • Yellow Nectarines
  • Sugar Plums
  • Yellow Plums
  • Blueberries

Omega Eggs

Cheese: Old Chatham Shepherding Company’s Hudson Valley Camembert & Mapledale Farm Gouda

What an exciting breakdown of summer vegetables and fruits a plenty. The blueberries have been a treat this year, as every year and plums are always good for out of hand eating… or making jam! Plum jam is easy to make. It is not too sweet and perfect for those who enjoy jam that is a little more tart than candy-sweet.

Looking for a Summer Read?

We might be blessed to be eating some of the Northeast’s most delicious tomatoes… but what about the sad story of the taste less mass produced tomato? In “Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit” by Barry Estabrook… this topic is covered in an aye-opening expose.

Read more & Purchase here

Pot Lucks Are the August Thing to do!

Hopefully everyone in Willimsburg’s d.b.a CSA will be able to make it to the Pot Luck tonight! Thanks again to Karol for her enthusiasm and continued support of the farm, good food and building community!

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Sunday, 12 June 2011 17:40

CSA Talk & Recipes from npr!

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Here is a great article from npr about farm share boxes (which is a CSA like we have.) The article also has recipes for the taking in past posts (just scroll down the page, oh the beauty of the internet)

Check it out here.

“The concept of Community Supported Agriculture was introduced to the United States from Europe in the mid-1980s and has built in momentum and popularity especially during the past decade, particularly for those living in cities or suburbs without gardens. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, data collected in 2007 indicated that 12,549 farms in the United States reported marketing products through a CSA arrangement.

A CSA share typically is provided weekly, with pickups or deliveries on a designated day and place, or at the farm. One Bay Area farm used to arrange for the weekly pickup at a San Francisco restaurant. You could grab your box and have a cocktail and a chat with the farmer who had brought in that week’s haul.

That spirit of community is what motivates Lisa Moussalli, who, along with husband Ali, owns Frog Bottom Farm in Pampin, Va. The Moussallis run a 200-share CSA and sell at two local farmers markets. She said Frog Bottom’s aim is to grow “honest, delicious food” and provide families “with most of their staple vegetables, with enough diversity to keep things interesting.”

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