Monday, February 27, 2012

McCann's Farm E Newsletter February 2012

The McCann’s Farm

February 27, 2012

Volume 1, Number 1

“You, as a food buyer, have the distinct privilege of proactively participating in shaping the world your children will inherit.”
― Joel Salatin, Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer's Guide to Farm Friendly Food

Wintering over

Though we are not complaining about the warm weather the farm could really use some colder weather. A good freeze of the ground helps kill bacteria and pests each winter. This makes a longer period of time when pest and fungicide control are not needed.

All is not lost though………… at The McCann’s Farm we use lots of leaf mulch which can also help us control bacteria that can live in the soil. The new leaf mulch each year places a barrier between the soil and the plant. Of course as the mulch breaks down we have to reapply.

It would be so much easier to just have mother nature freeze the ground for us!!!!

Seed Selections

Are you a home gardener? Looking for great seeds. I know here at the farm the seed catalogs are perused for weeks. We love looking at the older varieties coming back into fashion and reading the latest and greatest farming techniques.

A few of our favorite seed websites are

Winter Recipes


· 1 bunch kale

· 1 tablespoon olive oil

· 1 teaspoon seasoned salt


1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.

3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

The McCann’s Farm

1065 Aura Rd.

Elk Township, NJ 8343


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Easter at the Farm

As children the McCann family has always enjoyed a great Easter Egg hunt. This year you and your family can join us!!!

We will open on the week end before Easter for wagon ride visits of the farm. Ride includes rides past Calvary and the Empty Tomb, hunt eggs in the field, visit our barnyard animals. The spring goats and bunnies will be just the right size for little visitors.

Open for Easter Egg Hunts : 3/30, 3/31, 4/1, 4/5, 4/6, 4/7


We will have seedlings for sale beginning late April. You can plant the same varieties of vegetables you enjoy purchasing form us. The greenhouse is great with activity this time of year.

New for 2012

As you probably know we grow LOTS of varieties of hot peppers. This year we will include 2 new varieties: Mushroom pepper and balloon pepper. Both are in the mild category.

We have also added Delicata Squash, White Eggplant and “Grandma’s Pick” heirloom tomato