Let’s talk herbs!

April 2nd, 2015

So Many Ways to Freeze Herbs
…okay, 5
Did you know you can freeze herbs in oil, butter, water, chopped with no liquid? Yes you can! Everyone’s heard of the tried and true method of freezing herbs in water in an ice cube tray, but in oil? Fantastic. Here are several methods for you to try and enjoy – some are best used within 2 months for best flavor, and other 3 to 12 months and just so you are prepared, the colors will darken when you freeze herbs.

  • Mix with butter and freeze: wash, dry, chop herbs, and mix with butter to make herb butter – use any of your favorite herbs! Roll the butter in plastic wrap and refrigerate until hard, then remove butter from plastic wrap and wrap in foil in whatever portion size you prefer, place in freezer container and freeze. Use within 12 months.
  • Ice Cube Method: put 1-2 teaspoons washed, dried, and chopped fresh herb leaves (avoid tough stems) in an ice cube tray, top with water and freeze. Either pat dry/blot your herbs or use a handy dandy salad spinner. When you’re ready to use, defrost cubes, add to salad dressings, tea, or even freeze less in each cube and use to flavor your iced beverages.
    (Note: texture could become mushy so this is a great method for stew, soup, anything where texture is less important, use within 2 months for best flavor)
  • Olive Oil Method: wash, completely dry herbs, and combine herbs with oil in a food processor to make a pureed paste. You will need about 1 cup of fresh herbs to each 1/4 cup of your favorite oil. Fill ice cube tray with mixture and freeze. Do not add water. Remove when frozen into freezer bags and use within 3 months for best flavor.
  • Chop and freeze: Wash and dry, then chop. Freeze in freezer bags without water, try to remove as much air as possible when sealing.
    (Note: these should not be mushy, use within 2 months for best flavor.)
  • Freezing stems/springs/ large leaves: Wash, dry, place on parchment paper on tray in single layer in freezer, and when frozen, remove and put in freezer containers or bags. The best herbs for this are rosemary, parsley, thyme, and bay leaves. (Use within 2 months for best flavor.)

And now for some recipes –

Chimichurri Sauce with Cool Mint Cucumber Water or Icy Mint Green Tea
The Argentinians do it with parsley, other Latin American countries do it with cilantro – your biggest question about this crowd-pleasing Chimichurri Sauce might be which herb to try first… fresh parsley, a combo of parsley with mint, add oregano or cilantro? Or kick it up a notch with extra lemon juice, more garlic, or a smidgeon of red pepper flakes? Serve on grilled steak, chicken, fish, lobster, shrimp, scrambled or on top of eggs, as a marinade, even as part of an open-faced grilled provolone cheese baguette! The combinations are endless – let us know your favorites.
With summer’s abundant fresh tomato and cucumber crops only months away, I plan on mixing it in lightly to make a veggie salad. Don’t even start me dreaming about a just-picked zucchini supply … hello sunshine and zippy spiralized zucchini noodles ala chimichurri!
Chimichurri Sauce
Ingredients:
1 cup chopped parsley (or parsley/mint, cilantro)
3 to 5 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper flakes (optional)
2 tablespoons fresh oregano or cilantro or mint leaves (optional)
2 tablespoons shallot or onion, minced
3/4 cup favorite oil (or olive oil)
3-4 tablespoons red or sherry wine vinegar
3 tablespoons lemon juice (or add more to taste)
Directions:
Two methods – hand whisk to combine OR put all ingredients in a food processor or blender, pulse until well chopped, semi-smooth but not pureed. Mix in foods, toss on veggies, spoon on meats, top cheese sandwiches, no limit to the great combinations of flavors. Please cover and chill for 3-6 hours or overnight.

Be Cool with Mint Cucumber Water
Sip some Mint Cucumber Water all day long, you will love this light flavor. Mix it up and try some other herbs, or throw in lemon slices, or a slice of fresh ginger for variety, sweeten if desired. Put it in your filtered water pitcher and flavor a big batch or add just to your glass. Eat the herbs or strain them out, any which way you make this combination, you will love it! Combine ingredients, let rest 15 minutes, serve and enjoy.
Fun of this recipe is that you can vary amount of mint from lighter taste to stronger one. Add juice of half a lemon or lime for some added zip.
Ingredients:
1/3 cups fresh mint leaves (rough chopped, or mashed, for a lighter mint flavor use 5 mint leaves)
1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced thin
1 to 2 quarts to 1 gallon of water (depending on strength desired)

Icy Mint Green Tea
Serve this hot or iced, or kick it up a notch with some added Sake if you want to sit on your home porch and enjoy the evening, no driving allowed!
Ingredients:
3 green tea bags, or 3 bags green jasmine tea (or 2 tsp loose tea for each 8 ounces)
1 quart boiling water
1/4 cup sugar, or 2 tablespoons honey, or stevia to taste
1 bunch fresh mint leaves, washed (about 1/2)
2 cups cold water
1/2 lemon (sliced)

Make the tea first by mixing boiling water and tea, let steep 10 minutes. Combine tea with rest of ingredients except cold water in a pitcher mixing well until sweetener is dissolved, then add in cold water and mix again. Refrigerate and enjoy. If you want to try cold water method, try combining and letting steep in refrigerator for 3 to 8 hours.

Responsible Adult-Alcoholic version: Substitute some Sake for some of the cold water. Best enjoyed on a porch watching sunset, but not if you plan on driving!

Bite into a healthy lifestyle with Gazy Brothers Farm CSA!

March 18th, 2015

Did you know March is National Nutrition Month®?

Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month is a time to emphasize the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. With healthier habits, we can achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health.

As we head into spring, what better way to make informed food choices than to connect with your local farm? Whether through the CSA or the local farmers’ markets, buying fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the farm means you’re automatically making healthier choices and focusing on the right foods.

Plus, I can say from experience: getting a weekly CSA is fun! If you’re looking for more inspiration to cook healthy meals, you’ve just found it…

Stay tuned for photos and updates on the CSA, nutrition tips, and healthy recipes to help you make the most of your seasonal produce!

-Brianna Farrand

Brianna Farrand is a Master’s candidate in Nutrition and Education at Teachers College Columbia. Currently a Columbia dietetic intern, she plans to graduate in May 2015 and become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

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Week 1 CSA share, featuring: Empire apples, purple carrots, red onions, parsley, and mizuna

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Week 2 CSA share, featuring: red onions, mint, Japanese mixed greens, carrots, and Empire apples

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Week 3 CSA share, featuring: Empire apples, purple and orange carrots, purple onions, arugula, parsley

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Looking forward to winter?

November 21st, 2014

Where can you find us (and our delicious, farm-fresh veggies) this winter?

Tuesdays, 11:00am-2:00pm, January 27 through March 31 at the New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan
http://www.newcanaannature.org/

Fridays, 2:00pm-5:00pm January through the March 6 at Benedict’s Home And Gardens, 480 Purdy Hill Road, Monroe
http://www.benedictsgarden.com/

Saturdays, 10:00am-2:00pm through April at the Greenfield Hill Grange, Hillside Road, Fairfield
https://www.facebook.com/Greenfield.Hill.Grange

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If you’re looking forward to another year of abundant, farm-fresh fruits and veggies, sign up now for our 2015 season! Please email us at gazybrothersfarm@sbcglobal.net for more details. Our registration form can be downloaded by clicking the following link: 2015 CSA Sign-up Form.

Summer CSA box

Where can you find us?

June 23rd, 2014

Want a taste of the farm delivered to your door every week? We’d like to invite you to sign up today for our Fall CSA Program.

Fall Program (October 6-December 8): 10 weeks of greens, stored roots, winter squashes, apples, herbs. Note that weeks may not be consecutive weeks due to weather conditions.
1 box of 5-6 veggies and apples for 10 weeks is $200+ $50 delivery fee, if applicable.

Please email us for more details. Our registration form can be downloaded by clicking the following link: 2014 Registration Form.

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Our farm stand is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. mid-May through mid-October. It is located at the farm, 391 Chestnut Tree Hill Road, Oxford.

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Mondays
Stratford Farmers Market
June 30 through October 27, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
New location Paradise Green off Main Street/Huntington Road

Tuesdays
Seymour Farmers Market
May 13 through November 18, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Community Center, Pine Street

Wednesdays
Darien Farmers Market
May 21 through December 24, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Highway North

Wilton Farmers Market
June 18 through October 1, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road (Route 7)

Rainbow Plaza Farmers Market
May 14 through November 19, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
205 Main Street, Norwalk

Thurdays
Scinto Towers
July 3 through frost, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3 Corporate Drive, Shelton

Tommy K’s Plaza
May 15 through frost, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
144 Oxford Road (Route 67), Oxford

Fridays
Monroe Farmers Market
June 20 through October 24, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monroe Town Green, corner of 6 Fan Hill Road and Route 111

Beacon Hose Company No. 1
June 20 through October 31, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
35 North Main Street, Beacon Falls

Saturdays
New Canaan Farmers Market
May 17 through November 22, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Old Center School Municipal Parking Lot, Maple Street/South Avenue

Greenfield Hills Farmers Market
May 17 through October 25, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
1950 Bronson Road, Fairfield

Oxford Center School
July 12 through frost, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
462 Oxford Road (Route 67)

2014 Season

March 31st, 2014

We’re getting ready for another busy season!

We will be at the May Gardeners Market at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich at 130 Bible Street in Cos Cob May 3rd 9:00am-3:00pm. (Free admission!) We’d love to see you there! Visit the Garden Education Center’s website for more information.

Want to give your mom something beautiful this Mother’s Day? We will be having our annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale at Little River Power Equipment, 114 Oxford Road (Route 67) in Oxford from May 7-11.

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Our 2014 pricing is as follows:
Winter/Spring Program (January 27 – June 15): 14 weeks of greens, root vegetables, apples, alliums, other stored vegetables, then herbs, leeks, spring greenhouse cherry tomatoes and veggies as we move into the spring season! 1 box of 5-6 veggies per week for 14 weeks is $280+ $70 delivery fee, if applicable. Alternating weeks through April. Snow dates available.

Summer Program (July 7 – September 22): 12 weeks of summertime fruits and/or veggies.

Vegetable Share
1 box of 8-9 veggies a week for 12 weeks is $300+ $60 delivery fee, if applicable.
2 boxes of veggies per week for 12 weeks is $550+ $60 delivery fee, if applicable.
Fruit Share
8-12 pieces of fruit per week for 12 weeks is $100

Fall Program (October 6-December 8): 10 weeks of greens, stored roots, winter squashes, apples, herbs. Note that weeks may not be consecutive weeks due to weather conditions. 1 box of 5-6 veggies and apples for 10 weeks is $200+ $50 delivery fee, if applicable.
Summer vegetable share required for delivery of fruit.

Please email us at gazybrothersfarm@sbcglobal.net for more details. Our registration form can be downloaded by clicking the following link: 2014 Registration Form.

We are working hard to get things ready for our spring and summer seasons!

Our greenhouses are growing food to feed our customers as spring kicks off.

Looking forward

November 5th, 2013

Where can you find us (and our delicious, farm-fresh veggies) this winter?

Tuesdays, 11:00am-2:00pm through March 25 at the New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan
http://www.newcanaannature.org/

Fridays, 2:00pm-5:00pm through March 14 at Benedict’s Home And Gardens, 480 Purdy Hill Road, Monroe
http://www.benedictsgarden.com/

Saturdays, 10:00am-2:00pm through April at the Greenfield Hill Grange, Hillside Road, Fairfield
https://www.facebook.com/Greenfield.Hill.Grange

Saturdays, 10:00am-2:00pm through May 3 at the Norfield Grange, 12 Good Hill Road, Weston
http://wintermarket-ct.com/

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If you’re looking forward to another year of abundant, farm-fresh fruits and veggies, sign up now for our 2014 season!

Our Winter/Spring CSA season – 14 weeks, week of January 27 through week of June 15:
Week 1 – January 27-February 1
Week 2 – February 10-15
Week 3 – February 24-March 1
Week 4 – March 10-15
Week 5 – March 24-29
Week 6 – April 7-12
Week 7 – April 21-26
Week 8 – May 5-10
Week 9 – May 12-17
Week 10 – May 19-24
Week 11 – May 27-31
Week 12 – June 2-7
Week 13 – June 9-14
Week 14 – June 15-21
Make up week – June 23-28

Our Summer CSA season – 12 weeks, week of July 7 through week of September 22:

Summer CSA box

Week 1 – July 7-12
Week 2 – July 14-19
Week 3 – July 21-26
Week 4 – July 28-August 2
Week 5 – August 4-9
Week 6 – August 11-16
Week 7 – August 18-23
Week 8 – August 25-30
Week 9 – September 1-6
Week 10 – September 8-13
Week 11 – September 15-20
Week 12 – September 22-27
Make up week – September 29-October 4

Our Fall CSA season – 10 weeks, week of October 6 through week of December 8:
Week 1 – October 6-11
Week 2 – October 13-18
Week 3 – October 20-25
Week 4 – October 27-November 1
Week 5 – November 3-8
Week 6 – November 10-15
Week 7 – November 17-22
Week 8 – November 24-29
Week 9 – December 1-6
Week 10 – December 8-13
Make up week – December 15-20

Please email us at gazybrothersfarm@sbcglobal.net for more details. Our registration form can be downloaded by clicking the following link: 2014 Registration Form.

2013 CSA Season

January 2nd, 2013


Come and see us at the Fairfield County Home and Outdoor Living Expo on March 9-10, 2013 at the Stamford Plaza Hotel! Click the banner above for a free pass to the Expo with our compliments!

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We have been busy cleaning land to expand our growing space. So far, we’ve cleared 4 acres – how many more can we clear before January 30?

If you’re looking forward to another year of abundant, farm-fresh fruits and veggies, sign up now for our 2013 season!

Our Winter CSA season – week of January 7 through week of March 18:
Week1 – January 7-12
Week 2 – January 21-26
Week 3 – February 4-9
Week 4 – February 18-23
Week 5 – March 4-9
Week 6 – March 18-23

Our Spring CSA season – week of April 15 through week of June 17
Sign up deadline February 24, 2013.
Week 1 – April 15-20
Week 2 – April 22-27
Week 3 – April 29-May 4
Week 4 – May 6-11
Week 5 – May 13-18
Week 6 – May 20-25
Week 7 – May 27-June 1
Week 8 – June 3-8
Week 9 – June 10-15
Week 10 – June 17-21

Please email us at gazybrothersfarm@sbcglobal.net for more details. Our registration form can be downloaded by clicking the following link: 2013 Registration Form.

You can also register for our 2013 season online:
Winter CSA
Spring CSA
Summer CSA
Fall CSA

We’re now taking orders!

October 2nd, 2012

We had a very productive spring and summer season, and are working hard to make fall bountiful for our customers.

If you’re looking forward to another year of abundant, farm-fresh fruits and veggies, sign up now for our 2013 season!

Please email us at gazybrothersfarm@sbcglobal.net for more details. Our registration form can be downloaded by clicking the following link: 2013 Registration Form.

Summer 2012

June 17th, 2012

Our farm stand at the farm is open daily from 11am-6pm for your convenience.

Mondays
11am-2pm – Cooper Surgical, 95 Corporate Drive, Trumbull – starting June 18
2pm-6pm – Stratford Farmers Market, Main Street Deluca Field, Stratford – starting June 25

Tuesdays
12pm-6pm – Seymour Farmers Market at the Community Center, Pine Street/Broad Street, Seymour – now open

Wednesdays
11am-3pm – Rainbow Plaza, 205 Main Street, Norwalk – now open
11am-4pm – Darien Farmers Market, Mechanic Street, Darien – now open

Thursdays
11am-2pm – Scinto Towers, Corporate Drive, Shelton – now open

Fridays
3pm-6pm – Monroe Farmers Market, Town Green, Rt 111, Monroe – starting June 22

Saturdays
10am-2pm – New Canaan Farmers Market, South Ave/Maple Street, New Canaan – now open
12:30pm-4pm – Greenfield Farmers Market, Bronson Road/Hillside Road, Fairfield – now open

Summer CSA Season 2012!
Week #1 June 4-10
Week #2 June 11-17
Week #3 June 18-24
Week #4 June 25- July 1
Week #5 July 2-8
Week #6 July 9-15
Week #7 July16-22
Week #8 July 23- 29
Week #9 July 30- August 5
Week #10 August 6-12
Week #11 August 13-19
Wekk #12 August 20-27
Week #13 August 28-September 2
Week #14 September 3-9
Week #15 September 10-16
Week #16 September 17-23

Make Up Week September 24-30

Winter CSA

November 8th, 2011


We will be offering a Winter CSA for our second season! Eight weeks of farm fresh vegetables and apples – every week starting January 16th through March 11th. For the winter season, we’ll have greens, apples, and root vegetables (like carrots, turnips, radishes, beets, and a variety of potatoes)!

Due to the excessive weather conditions inflicted on the farm and personal family issues these past two years, we are taking some time to regroup from the losses and focusing only on the next coming season ahead. We will be offering all seasons, but need to take the winter to evaluate the previous CSA seasons and set a more viable business plan to better feed your families freshly. We appreciate your continued support and patience, as we work through our regrowth of the family farm. So for now, this is what we have to offer and hope it works for your family’s kitchen, schedule, and budget.
Please let us know if you have any suggestions, questions, concerns.
With Many Thanks, Lots of Love, Hugs, Thoughts, Prayers,
The Gazy Family

Please email us at gazybrothersfarm@sbcglobal.net for more details. Our registration form can be downloaded by clicking the following link: Winter 2012 Registration Form.