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News from the Farm
January & February 2018

Dear farm friends and CSA members -

We are deep into winter here at the farm. Our winter piglets were born in the barn, but after a day or two were running around outside soaking up the sun with their mama Mae.

We finished building our 5th greenhouse (funded through a grant with the Natural Resources Conservation Service). Prepping & planting the greenhouse for spring, starts soon!!

Our farmers are in the kitchen each week making nourishing farm products - including a new recipe revealed below!

In this newsletter, you can also meet Liz White and read her story - Liz farms at FFF year-round, 3 days a week and works the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers' Market for us from November - April. She originally found out about the farm through being a regular customer at the market. 

Lastly, we are busy finishing up our seed orders, planning, organic certification and getting excited for the 2019 growing year!

Find some updates, news, cooking ideas & farm photos below!


-All of us at Freedom Food Farm 

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What's New!

New products from the kitchen! 

Carrot Ginger Soup - a winter favorite & quick meal is back! 

 Golden Bone Broth - made with our ginger & turmeric (first batch!)
Perfect for sipping and full of immune supporting foods. 


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Winter Piglets born on Chinese New Year! 

2019 is fittingly the year of the pig
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Where to find us this season:

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers' Market:
Saturdays from 9am-1pm

Somerville Winter Farmers' Market:
Saturdays from 9:30am-2pm


Farm Store:
Friday 2-6 | Saturday 10-2

*Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food*
Meet our farmers - learn about what brought them to FFF & what they love about it. In this newsletter, meet Liz White!



Liz says she’s “always had a knack with animals.” Growing up in North Attleboro, she started working at horse farms when she was ten, mostly mucking out stalls to earn riding time. She had her own horse then, an Appaloosa named Royal, and worked at a farm in exchange for boarding her horse there.
 
She was used to farm smells and animal sounds from a young age, but it took a little longer for her to find organic vegetable farming. “I wasn’t the healthiest growing up,” Liz says, describing how digestive issues and colds in her youth eventually drove her to learn more about nutrition. She got a taste for organic farming when she was living in northern California in her early 20s, becoming more interested in organic agriculture and the differences between growing food sustainably and all the monoculture crops she saw at some California farms. In her words, she felt pulled towards “living closer to what keeps me alive.” “I saw CAFOs [concentrated animal feeding operations] that really opened my eyes to the differences between what some people see as farming and what it really is,” Liz says. She became a vegetarian the first time she saw a CAFO – it was a veal farm in Florida – and stopped eating meat for 12 years. “I think farming in general is a way to be more in tune with what it takes to make you live…I want to know what it takes to make a person’s heart pump,” Liz says. “Most of us are so separate from that right now. We’ve pushed those things out of our way to focus on things that seem more important. But it’s a rat race out there.”
 
Liz started working at Freedom Food Farm as a volunteer and joined the team as a part-time farmer two years ago. “I love the rhythm of things,” Liz says. “There’s different rhythms and cycles to farming…the slow cycle of the season and the faster rhythm of a particular crop, and the quick, quick, quick of harvest and market. I like that our systems try to work together.” She went back to eating meat after about a year on the farm. “It’s different, being able to participate in caring for them,” she says of our animals. Liz is also a certified canine behaviorist in Massachusetts. She worked as a manager at a dog daycare for a few years and now works with dogs in private sessions. She thinks about animal well-being the same way she thought about improving her own health through nutrition – humans and animals are dependent and linked to their environment and their food consumption and eating well is a critical part of maintaining mental and physical well-being.
 
Her favorite farm job is harvesting herbs – “it’s the best smelling thing you can do on the farm!” – and kimchi is her favorite farm product. “Fermenting is super cool,” she says. “It’s amazing that we grow what’s in the jar, the farmers who harvest it are the ones who go to the kitchen and put it together. It’s really seeing the full cycle.”
 
Liz says that farming is going to be her future. “Once you identify yourself as a farmer, it isn’t your occupation. It’s a mindset and a way of life,” she says. She encourages more people to communicate with one another by thinking of themselves as producers. “Sell to each other and trade!” she says. It’s an important way to decentralize from the corporate food system and build real community – what local, organic farming is all about.

 
Recipes from the Field & Pasture:

Featured Farm Ingredients:  Rutabaga & Pork Ribs

Roasted Rutabaga with Maple Syrup & Thyme 
Farm Tip > When the rutabaga softens a little, it sweetens even more! They are great as a roasted vegetable, added to soups or stews, or mashed with some butter / cream.

The Secret to Crockpot Ribs (+ slow cooker recipe)

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Vinegar Ribs


FARM TIP: Our ribs pair great with rutabaga of course, but also a raw winter slaw is a perfect side - try to simple chop or grate - cabbage, kohlrabi, carrots + celeriac and add your favorite slaw dressing!
 

Winter Farm Store Hours:
Friday 2-6 | Saturday 10-2

471 Leonard Street, Raynham, MA 02767

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Find us this winter at local farmers' markets too!



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