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Claire Fountain

Claire Fountain

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Thursday, 15 March 2012 18:29

Winter & Spring!

What wonderful weather we have been blessed with this...entire...winter! And now...spring is in the air! Yesterday was certainly a taste of things to come, and with these last few winter shares (the the Forager Shares!) we start to look ahead to the coming season. We can't beleive it's time for another Spring sign up, but it is! The excitement has been building around the farm, and we're ready for a killer season after being knocked back

This week's share consisted of:

  • beets
  • yukon gold potatoes
  • onion
  • sunchokes
  • carrots
  • parsnip
  • greenhouse mesclun
  • braising greens including rainbow chard and lacinata kale from our hoop house
  • apples
  • pears bosc
  • organic Freekeh (roasted green spelt)
  • Hawthorn Valley kimchi 
  • Featheridge Farm eggs
  • local honey

Don't forget to sign up for Summer 2012 Shares! Just select your location, and the sign up sheet will pop up...and you're all set!

IMG 8168Also, we are offering a Paisley Farm Special.... the Forager Share!

This four week share will start April 18; the pick up days will be April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9. The share will contain 3 lbs of foraged items. Starting with ramps on the first delivery, and will include fiddlehead ferns and nettles as they become available. The share will contain ramps every time and fiddle heads as the spring progresses, finishing up with the nettles. Hopefully there will be other surprises as well, such as greenhouse micro greens and pea shoots. These are not exactly foraged but a nice addition spring salads and plates.

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Sunday, 19 February 2012 23:40

Week 4, Winter CSA

imagesWeek 4 shares below! You got spelt berries with this share as well! An exciitng share with pear cider, sunchokes, and bacon for the pork folks!

Read more about Sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) here.

Vegetable Share:

  • 2 lbs. Russian Banana Potatoes
  • 2 lbs. Sweet Potatoes
  • 3 lbs. Yellow Onions
  • 4 Honeycrisp Apples
  • 4 Winesap Apples
  • 5 Bosc Pears
  • 1 Half Gallon Pear Cider
  • 1 Dozen Omega Eggs
  • 2 Parnsips
  • 2 Large Carrots
  • 1/2 lb. Sunchokes
  • 2 Purple Karoubi
  • 1 lb. Spelt Grain

Cheese Share
1 8oz. Feta
1 small wedge of Berkshire Blue

Pork Share Option 1 : Bacon & Hot Sausage
Pork Share Option 2 : Bacon, Hot Sausage & Spare Ribs

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Monday, 02 January 2012 18:40

Welcome 2012!

rootvegetableparty 300x300Go Winter CSA Go!

 2011 was a year of up and downs (can you say Irene?) but we are happy to have been given some unseasonally warm weather in early December which helped us plant more!  In terms of winter shares, there will always be a consistent items that are guranteed to be available but other items are subject to availability. That being said we always will make sure you have a hearty share with variety and the top produce (or pork, or cheese!) we have! Unlike the summer CSA, winter shares allow us the chance to again support and strengthen our local New York farm communiites by bringing in items like pork, cheese and some produce items from neighboring farms. We are proud to have the ability to source from other farms and growers in the our upstate area for these shares in addition to the goods we grow on our own land for you!

The first Winter share this year (Jan. 4) will consist of the following though some items are subject to availabilty as noted above:

  • 1 Quart of Maple Syrup Beautiful 100% dark amber maple syrup; a real cold weather treat!
  • 1 dozen omega eggs
  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • 2 Acorn Squash
  • 2 pounds of Beets
  • 2 pounds of Red Onions
  • 5 Large Russet Potatoes
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 Parsnips
  • 9 apples (3 of each kind - Empire, Jona Gold & Rome)
  • 3 Red Bartlett Pears
  • 4 Small Heads of Garlic
  • 1 bag of Red Leaf from our field
  • Pork for those with a pork share
  • Cheese for those with a cheese share

Grains and dried beans will be in future shares along with other exciting winter share items! Have a recipe you're inspired to make with a share? Have a question about an item? Please let us know, we love to help or hear your food stories! 

Get excited about a great new year!

Here is a quick Root Soup that can be changed and adjusted to your tastes. Think of this as a base, and feel free to add meat or finish with a sprinkle of parmasen cheese!

This recipe first appeared in the Stearns Farm Newsletter. It uses leek, celery, turnip, sweet potato, and carrot. Other roots such as rutabaga, celeriac, or white potatoes can be substituted, though the intensity of sweet potato and carrot work nicely with the touch of lemon juice. Serve with slices of whole-grain bread.

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 leek (white and light green parts only), coarsely chopped

1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

Salt, to taste

1 turnip, cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 carrot, cut into 1/2-inch dice

2 quarts vegetable stock

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Method: In a soup pot over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil on medium-high heat. Add the leek, celery, garlic, and salt, Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until softened.

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Monday, 26 December 2011 19:46

Boxing Day

In case you did not have enough holidays, today is Boxing Day. Not a typical American holiday but nonetheless, here is a UK inspired recipe that can easily use up some of that Chritmas ham. If only it was snowing, this would be a wonderful cold night meal... so enjoy today for Boxing Day or save for a snowy New York evening to come!

indexLargeBoxing Day Ham, Potato & Leek Pie Serves 4 - 6


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 leeks, finely sliced
  • 2 large potatoes cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour , plus extra for dusting
  • 300ml (1 1/4 cups) chicken or ham stock
  • 100ml (slightly less than 1/2 cup) pot crème fraîche (or use leftover double (heavy) cream)
  • 2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
  • 200g (7 oz) cooked ham , shredded
  • 4 bay leaves , optional
  • 375g (13.3 oz) pack puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten, to glaze (or use cream)


Heat a large frying pan, melt the butter, then add the onion and leeks. Cover, then very gently cook for 15 minutes until soft. Add the potatoes after 5 minutes cooking.

Stir in the flour, turn up the heat, then add the stock, stirring until the mix thickens a little. Take off the heat, then stir in the crème fraîche, mustard and ham. Season to taste, then cool, if you have time. Spoon the mix into a large pie dish, adding a couple of bay leaves. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.

Roll out the pastry on a floured surface to the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut a pastry strip the same width as the lip of the dish, wet the edge of the dish with egg, then fix the strip around it. Brush the top with egg, then lay over the remaining pastry.

Trim pastry to the edge of the dish, then ruffle the cut edges with the knife blade to help the layers rise. Cut a few slits to let the steam escape, decorate with bay leaves, if you like, then brush all over the top with egg. Can be done up to a day ahead, keep chilled. Bake for 30 mins until risen.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, Jan. 2009 

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Saturday, 24 December 2011 17:55

Merry Christmas from Paisley Farms!

Picture 8 A Very Merry Christmas from Upstate Farm & Paisley Farms! 

We hope you are all blessed this holiday season with good times great food and all the merriment you need!

The winter CSA begins right as the the new year kicks off... and if you have not signed up, go for it now! Or spread the CSA love by choosing to give our shares as a gift certificate! Instructions for all options outlined on the sign up sheet.

Sign up is still open presently and to secure every share, please have all sign ups in by Jan 1st. The Winter CSA and other share options will remain open past the first delivery date (Jan. 4) though service charges will apply (remianing shares after a late sign up are prorated.)

So deck your halls, jingle your bells or light a menorah and enjoy. Thank you for your support through every season and holiday. We love being your farmer.

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