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In-Season Update, End of August

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By , August 23, 2013 4:50 pm


Zestar Apples are an exceptionally crisp early apple, available now at the market!

Our list has stayed mostly the same since last week, with the addition of prunes & apples! We have Jerseymac, Paula Red, and Zestar in the market right now. Zestar is a relatively new variety, developed to beat other early varieties with crispness and flavor. It’s a delicious, sweet, juicy apple.

  • Tomatoes
  • Peaches
  • Prunes
  • Plums
  • Eggplant
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe (big & small)
  • Pickles
  • Sweet Corn
  • Red Peppers
  • Green Peppers
  • Hot Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Locally Grown Potatoes
  • Locally Grown Blueberries

 

This is canning season, right through most of September! The time of year for putting all of this fresh produce up in jars or in freezer bags. Drying, jamming, pickling, stewing, and saucing! Call us at 637-2600 to place an order for pecks, 1/2 bushels, or bushels.

 

Peaches are beautiful this year - large, sweet, and juicy!

Fresh prunes are delicious eaten as a snack, stewed, roasted, or baked into desserts.Tim and Linda Kirby discuss the harvest of the day.Dill pickles, sweet pickles, relishes, salad..... yum!

 

 

 

End of the Season Produce

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By , December 17, 2011 7:19 pm

The end of the season is nearly here! Stock up on produce while these quality homegrown fruits and vegetables are still available.

APPLE UPDATE:

  • We’ll have Jonagold, Empire, McIntosh, Macoun, Cortland and Twenty Ounce apples until we close on December 24th.
  • Varities we’re getting low on: Red Delicious, Crispin, and Northern Spy.

To store apples for a long period of time, it’s important to keep them around 33-35 degrees F. Because of their sugar content, apples won’t freeze at 32 degrees. If freezing does occur, it will have an affect on the quality so be sure to keep them from temperatures below 30 degrees.

You could also enjoy the flavor and nutrition of apples throughout the winter, preserved as applesauce, dried apples, apple butter or apple juice. Click here for safe, simple recipes from the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Over the years our customers have told us about storing their apples in large coolers, like the kind you would take to a picnic or on a camping trip. Storing apples in an insulated container like a cooler will help to maintain an even temperature, and keep the apples from freezing. In a cooler, your apples could be kept in a place where they might freeze otherwise, (in a garage, shed, or on a porch). I’ve also heard of people wrapping each apple in newspaper to keep them from bruising or

spreading rot. It is important to make sure all of your apples are free of rot, because it will

eventually spread in long term storage.

VEGETABLE UPDATE

With the mild weather we’ve had this December, cold season vegetables have lasted quite awhile. As temperatures finally drop into the appropriate December range, crops are experiencing one freeze too many. What we have now is it for fresh vegetables!

As of December 17th, we have a good stock of Romanesco, Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale and Brussel Sprouts, Butternut and Acorn Squash.

To enjoy these healthy veggies throughout the winter, check out the website of the National Center for Food Preservation. They have some great articles on freezing vegetables (like broccoli) and the proper way to blanch.

Locally grown potatoes are another great item to stock up on at this time of year. Right now we have seven 50 lb bags of red potatoes, as well as one 50lb bag and two 10lb bags of white. potatoes.  To properly store potatoes, keep them in a well ventilated, dark place

While your here, be sure to check out our selection of locally made gifts, stocking stuffers, and unusual gift-giving ideas! It’s always worth a stroll through the greenhouse to enjoy some holiday color from the poinsettias too.

The Peak of Harvest Season!

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By , September 20, 2011 9:10 pm

Below is a listing of everything available from the fields and orchards at Kirby’s Farm Market for the end of September and early October! Call to place orders for large quantities (585)637-2600.

Decorate for Fall: Little white and orange Pumpkins, Gourds, Pie Pumpkins, tons of beautiful Mums, and Straw Bales. Soon to come: cornstalks and a fun variety of big pumpkins!

Kirbygrown Vegetables: Acorn Squash, Delicata Squash, Swiss Chard, Kale, Garlic, Sweet Corn(done by Sept 30th),  Eggplant, Cucumbers, Green Peppers, Red Peppers, Sweet Hungarian Peppers, Hot Peppers

Kirbygrown Fruit (done by early October): Tomatoes, Peaches, Nectarines, Prunes, Pluots

Kirbygrown Apples: Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Cortland, Gingergold   (Coming soon, dates are Approximate: Twenty Ounce 9/23, Empire 10/03, Golden Delicious 10/05, Macoun 10/05, Red Delicious 10/08, Jonagold 10/10, Crispin 10/15, Northern Spy 10/15)

Locally Grown Produce: Potatoes, Onions, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots

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It’s Canning Season!

The weather right now couldn’t be better for canning. Spend a few hours in a steamy kitchen with baskets of gorgeous fruits and vegetables, putting them up for the coming winter, and you will relish every cool breeze. But you’ll relish the satisfaction of putting up your own fruits and vegetables for a delicious and healthy winter even more!

Some of the most popular things to put up this time of year: stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato juice, canned peaches, canned pears, peach jam, applesauce, and apple butter. Every family has their own traditions. Last week the Kirby family canned tomatoes and peaches, this week we’re making salsa! What preserving traditions do you have?

Freezing produce instead of canning is a great alternative. Quick, easy and definitely less steamy! You can freeze just about anything, but peaches, tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, and sauces work wonderfully.

Follow this link to read tons of great information on preserving, canning and freezing fruits and vegetables form the experts at Cornell Cooperative Extension. They have fantastically comprehensive lists that will inspire you to make the most of the fresh fruits and vegetables so unique to WNY!

 

Is CSA Right For You?

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By , April 5, 2011 1:24 am

CSA Informational Meeting

Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00 pm

Location: Our greenhouse at the Market (map).
We hope you can make it to our first meeting! Topics for discussion include our farming practices and what you can expect from a CSA share with Kirby’s. Then we will open the floor to questions! Your feedback will help us make decisions throughout the season, starting with our first meeting.

A few details about our CSA Shares

  • There are 50 Shares available
  • All produce we grow will be included as permitted by Mother Nature, including fruit!
  • Choose a Half Share or a Full Share.
  • A share can be paid for in one or two payments.
  • Your first payment is required to reserve your share.
  • Shares will include additional market benefits.
  • Members must commit to picking up their share on Tuesday 1pm – 7pm or Saturday 1pm – 7pm.
We are still in the process of calculating a price. We will publish that information by Friday April 8th.
Click here to visit our page on localharvest.org for more information, including a list of the fruits and vegetables we grow and a description of our farm.  And, if you are new to the idea of Community Supported Agriculture, check out this article at Local Harvest.

The Last Fruits (and Vegetables) of Summer

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By , September 15, 2010 9:15 pm

September is such a beautiful month! Gorgeous skies, brilliant greens and golds, and so much beautiful produce. It is a month that contains the slow blending of summer into Autumn and we see the signs everywhere we look.

Fresh sweet corn is piled next to dewy cauliflower and cabbage. The last pecks of Cresthaven peaches fill a table beside rows and rows of apples. Bushels of tomatoes disappear one by one, transformed into jars of brilliantly red sauces and salsas, while pumpkins and gourds appear up on every table.

Today is definitely part of that transition, on the cusp of a new season. Growing up on a farm, I’ve lived with the urgency of the seasons all my life: savor every bite, and then put it up before it’s gone! Because, before too long those cardboard greenhouse tomatoes are all we’ll have.

Therefore, I consider it my personal obligation to make sure our customers understand – that this is your final warning. Snow! Sleet! Ice! I would be the last person to disparage winter (I love it!), but there is one thing that winter doesn’t have: fresh produce.

Don’t miss your last chance on all of these delicious fruits and vegetables: sweet corn, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers and of course, peaches (there are only about fifteen pecks left!).

But hey, if you’ve missed out on a crop or two (I only have about two bags of frozen strawberries to look forward to this winter) don’t worry yourself too much. They all come right back around again.

The Great Pickle Debate

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By , July 6, 2010 9:00 pm

Arguments may not be as fierce as cat vs dog, superman vs spiderman, or chocolate vs vanilla, but I know more then a few people that get pretty passionate about their pickles.

Sweet or dill?

In my opinion, it’s best if sweet pickles are kept very far away to save plenty of room for dill. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been notorious for my love of dill pickles. And there are always plenty around since the Kirby family puts up dozens of jars every year (in fact I’m eating one right now, from this very jar).

However you like your pickles, this is the year to try making them yourself! As with everything else, the season started early and we already have bushels of pickles ready to be partnered with garlic, vinegar and salt. The Ball “Fresh Preserving” website has a great variety of recipes. Instructions are clear and straight forward enough to take all the intimidation out of the process.

Call ahead to place your order for 3-4″ pickles or 5-6″ pickles. We pick on Wednesday and Friday, so they’re available to pick up those days after 3pm or the following day. (585)637-2600

If you’re as anxious as I am to bite into a refreshing pickle, here’s a recipe that only takes a day or so.

Garlic Fridge Pickles

  • 8-10 Kirby pickles, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • Put everything but the pickles into a clean, shiny, quart  canning jar. Swirl it all around until the salt melts and everything is nicely combined. Add the pickles. Pack ‘em in there (but gently) til the jar is full with an inch to half inch of head space. If the liquid does not cover all of the sliced pickles, top it off with enough cider vinegar to do so. Cover tightly and store in the fridge. Now you have to wait at least four hours to enjoy your pickles, but 12 hours would be better.

Tossing in some other ingredients like a handful of chopped fresh dill leaves, red pepper flakes or a 1/2 tsp of mustard seed would be fun too. This is a pretty loose recipe, so you might find that you have an extra pickle, but when is that a problem? Let us know if you try it out!

Not into pickles? Cucumber salads are a great hot summer day dish (the 90 degree weather this weekend definitely does not motivate us to turn on the stove). Here are a few dozen recipes from tastespotting to inspire you!

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