Radix Farm

Radix Farm Radix Farm uses sustainable farming practices to grow healthy and delicious produce for folks in the Washington, DC area. Radix Farm was in business from 2009 to 2015.

We have closed our doors and moved onto other adventures.

Operating as usual

Last harvest day for Radix Farm!!! And what a beautiful day it was! See you at the Petworth Community Market  on Saturda...
11/21/2015

Last harvest day for Radix Farm!!! And what a beautiful day it was! See you at the Petworth Community Market on Saturday from 9am to 1pm. We'll have all your Thanksgiving supplies.

Food Storage: 20 Crops That Keep and How to Store Them
11/12/2015
Food Storage: 20 Crops That Keep and How to Store Them

Food Storage: 20 Crops That Keep and How to Store Them

Garden writer Barbara Pleasant provides detailed instructions for food storage, including curing and storing onions, potatoes, leeks, cabbage, apples, squash and other produce that will last all winter.

Hey folks! Get out and enjoy this warm November weekend at the Petworth Community Market ! We have turnips, radishes, ba...
11/07/2015

Hey folks! Get out and enjoy this warm November weekend at the Petworth Community Market ! We have turnips, radishes, baby lettuce mix, pea shoots, sweet potat, broccoli, butternut squash and green tomatoes!!! We are here until 1!

Wonderful final full week of work and end of regular CSA pick ups last week!  Celebrated with potluck lunch at the pond ...
11/02/2015

Wonderful final full week of work and end of regular CSA pick ups last week! Celebrated with potluck lunch at the pond and an annual game of duckpin bowling! Thanks so much to Don, Lisa and Jason for all your hard work this season. Colleen, Rio, and I (Kristin) will finish out the season at the Petworth Community Market through November 21st. See you there on Saturdays!

Halloween market throwback.  Fun Times!
10/30/2015

Halloween market throwback. Fun Times!

Forget the pumpkins! Who knew that Kale was actually the quintessential Halloween food!?!  Make sure to visit us and gra...
10/29/2015

Forget the pumpkins! Who knew that Kale was actually the quintessential Halloween food!?! Make sure to visit us and grab some kale for yourself at the Petworth Community Market this Saturday and have a Spooky Saturday!!

The Halloween Matchmaker Sitting in Your CSA Box!

With Halloween this Saturday, many observe the spooky traditions enjoyed on this evening. One probably overlooked, however, involves a seasonal vegetable received often during the fall months: Kale.

Yes, this trendy salad green was used as a matchmaking tool in historic Scotland and Ireland. October 31 marks the last day of the ancient Celtic calendar. According to ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, the supernatural, including spirits, were free to roam the night and into the morning of November 1. This represented the blurring of lines between this world and the next. Celts believed the presence of these spirits allowed for the Celtic priests to better predict the future.

During the festival to ward off bad spirits, the youth would participate in superstitious activities that they believed to bring good fortune and predict their marital statuses. One of these festivities, Pou (Pull) the Stalks, required the young, eligible men and women to uproot kale stalks while blindfolded. After choosing their respective stalks, each stalk would be analyzed to discern information about each participant’s future spouse.

Characteristics of the stalks revealed signs about their future partner. For example, a short and stunted stalk meant the participant’s future spouse would be just that, short and stalky. The flavor, as well, determined the disposition of the potential partner such as bitter or sweet. Moreover, the amount of dirt remaining on the stalk post determined the dowry size one was to expect from their future husband or wife’s family. If the root was clean, poverty was in store.

Today, kale is no longer viewed as a clairvoyant tool that could give websites like Eharmony a run for their money. If you would prefer to eat kale instead of utilizing its predictive powers, here’s a recipe for Colcannon, a traditional kale dish cooked on Hallows’ Eve.

Remember though, if someone finds a mysterious ring in her food, she will be the next to marry. However, beware of the thimble -- this forecasts a life of loneliness. The safest bet may be just to stick with candy.

Happy Halloween!

Colcannon
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.

Ingredients:
4 russet potatoes
2 Tbsp salt
5-6 Tbsp unsalted butter (extra butter needed for serving)
3 lightly packed cups of chopped kale
½ cup of minced green onions (about 3 green onions including their greens)
1 cup of milk or cream

Steps:
Place the potatoes in medium pot. Fill the pot with cold water so the potatoes are covered by at least an inch.
Add salt and bring to boil. Boil potatoes until tender (15 to 20 minutes.) Drain in the colander.
Set pot over medium-high heat. Melt the butter in the pot, adding the greens once hot. Cook the kale for 3-4 minutes. (The kale should be wilted and given off some of its water.)
Add the green onions and cook for 1 minute longer.
Pour in the milk or cream and mix well.
Add the potatoes. Reduce heat to medium.
Mash potatoes with a fork or potato masher, mixing them with the kale.
Add more salt for taste if necessary. Serve hot with 1-2 Tbsp of butter in the middle.

Variation: Sub out half of the potatoes for parsnips. Add chives, leeks, or bacon too.

This recipe was first published by Simple Recipes:
http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/colcannon/

About the painting:
Entitled “The Cromartie Fool” by Richard Waitt, this portrait depicts the jester of a Scottish laird who presided over Halloween festivities. After men and women pulled out the stalks of kale, they would make torches out of them by placing candles at the top. This portrait is displayed in the National Galleries of Scotland. More info:
https://www.nationalgalleries.org/collection/artists-a-z/w/artist/richard-waitt/object/the-cromartie-fool-pg-3256

(This update from Rachel Willis, Small Farm Central's intern.)

Hey folks! Yes it is a rainy and cold day out here but we are nonetheless working hard to harvest all these great veggie...
10/02/2015

Hey folks! Yes it is a rainy and cold day out here but we are nonetheless working hard to harvest all these great veggies for the Petworth Community Market tomorrow!!! Don't let the rain keep you from enjoying naturally grown russet potatoes, fresh kale and the last of the year's heirloom tomatoes, eggplant and sweet peppers! Grab those galoshes and umbrella and we will see you all tomorrow!!

Radix in the morning.
09/17/2015

Radix in the morning.

Wow!!!! Look at those totally awesome Radix Farm T-Shirts! I wish I had one of my very own!Well now you can! These spiff...
09/15/2015

Wow!!!! Look at those totally awesome Radix Farm T-Shirts! I wish I had one of my very own!

Well now you can! These spiffy farm jerseys are on sale at your CSA drop and the Petworth Community Market for only $15!!!

Beautiful week on the farm picking okra, teaching a great group of urban gardeners about my favorite tools of the trade,...
09/09/2015

Beautiful week on the farm picking okra, teaching a great group of urban gardeners about my favorite tools of the trade, and giving Rio a grand tour of the operation.

Colleen and Don getting flower bunches ready for Saturday's Petworth Community Market!  Come on by to get these beauties...
09/04/2015

Colleen and Don getting flower bunches ready for Saturday's Petworth Community Market! Come on by to get these beauties and much more. We'll have greens and summer squash and winter squash and deals on tomatoes. See you there, 9am - 1pm.

Join us for a class at the farm this Saturday, Sept 5th!  Kristin will be teaching one of  DC Dept of Parks and Rec Gard...
09/02/2015
Hand Tools: Choose the Right Garden Tool for the Job at Radix Farm

Join us for a class at the farm this Saturday, Sept 5th! Kristin will be teaching one of DC Dept of Parks and Rec Gardening workshops to help you choose the right tools for your garden. Sign up online today! (There will be DPR transportation provided)

Ever wonder which tool would be best for you and your garden? Which tool will be most comfortable or most efficient? Join us at Radix Farm to trial and test various hand tools, hoes, a wheel hoe and more. Participants will be able to try out tools, hear tips on tool ergonomics (be nice to your bac…

THEY'RE BACK!!!!! The greens are back on the table!!! We have arugula, tatsoi, salad mix, broccoli raab, sweet potato gr...
08/28/2015

THEY'RE BACK!!!!! The greens are back on the table!!! We have arugula, tatsoi, salad mix, broccoli raab, sweet potato greens, dandelion greens, red russian kale and chard. Get em tomorrow at the Petworth Community Market! We will be there from 9am-1pm!!!

Radix Farm's cover photo
08/27/2015

Radix Farm's cover photo

The first round of winter squash are out of the ground and curing in the greenhouse!
08/27/2015

The first round of winter squash are out of the ground and curing in the greenhouse!

Officially beginning harvest on the last row of potatoes for the year!!
08/19/2015

Officially beginning harvest on the last row of potatoes for the year!!

What a beautiful evening for a summer CSA drop! In this week's share: Eggplant, summer squash, cucumber, sweet peppers, ...
08/11/2015

What a beautiful evening for a summer CSA drop! In this week's share: Eggplant, summer squash, cucumber, sweet peppers, hot peppers, ground cherries, sweet potato greens, tomatoes, garlic, sunflowers and melons!!

Hey folks! Its not too late head down to the Petworth community  market and grab some delicious heirloom tomatoes, peppe...
08/08/2015

Hey folks! Its not too late head down to the Petworth community market and grab some delicious heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. We have bulk tomatoes on sale 10 pounds for $25 and bulk pickling cucumbers on sale! We are here till 1!

It's potato season!! Luckily this year we have a fancy new middle buster to make potato digging quick and easy!
08/06/2015

It's potato season!! Luckily this year we have a fancy new middle buster to make potato digging quick and easy!

It might be hot now. But fall greens, here we come!
07/27/2015

It might be hot now. But fall greens, here we come!

TOMATOES AND CUCUMBERS!!!! Stop by the Petworth Community Market this morning and grab tomatoes for 5 pounds get the 6th...
07/25/2015

TOMATOES AND CUCUMBERS!!!! Stop by the Petworth Community Market this morning and grab tomatoes for 5 pounds get the 6th one free AND cucumber 5 pounds for $10!!!!!! We are here till 1pm!

Oh boy its canning time! TUESDAY and THURSDAY CSA MEMBERS, we will be selling tomatoes and cucumbers for canning and pic...
07/21/2015

Oh boy its canning time! TUESDAY and THURSDAY CSA MEMBERS, we will be selling tomatoes and cucumbers for canning and pickling this week at your CSA drops!

Tomatoes are 6 pounds for $15 OR 10 pounds for $25

AND

Pickling cucumbers are 5 pounds for $10!

Everybody loves Radix Farm's melons!
07/16/2015

Everybody loves Radix Farm's melons!

Cherry tomato sale at Petworth Market today! $4 a pint or 2 pints for $7!
07/11/2015

Cherry tomato sale at Petworth Market today! $4 a pint or 2 pints for $7!

Our tomatoes are piling high this Forth of July and the eggplants are just starting to pop! The peppers are still a few ...
07/01/2015

Our tomatoes are piling high this Forth of July and the eggplants are just starting to pop! The peppers are still a few weeks away, but are growing fast on this beautiful sunny day!

A little rain wont stop us and don't let it stop you from coming out to the Petworth Community Market ! Get everything y...
06/27/2015

A little rain wont stop us and don't let it stop you from coming out to the Petworth Community Market ! Get everything you need for your 4th of July cookouts! We will be here today until 1pm!

The tomatoes are here! Come visit us tomorrow morning at the Petworth Community Market and grab some of your favorite na...
06/26/2015

The tomatoes are here! Come visit us tomorrow morning at the Petworth Community Market and grab some of your favorite naturally grown tomatoes! See you all there!

WELCOME TO THE FARM!  Rio Julian Carbone-Weinberg was born Tuesday, June 16th, at 1:11 p.m. to Kristin and Yofi.  Weighi...
06/22/2015

WELCOME TO THE FARM! Rio Julian Carbone-Weinberg was born Tuesday, June 16th, at 1:11 p.m. to Kristin and Yofi. Weighing in at 7 pounds 6 ounces, Rio is home getting to know the farm and doing great. He hopes to be working at Market soon!

Summer is on! All your favorite summer veggies are beginning to roll in and our Tuesday pick up members are enjoying the...
06/09/2015

Summer is on! All your favorite summer veggies are beginning to roll in and our Tuesday pick up members are enjoying them all!

Still looking for a CSA for the year or know a friend who is? Sign up today for our Tuesday and Thursday CSA drops! For more info on joining email us at [email protected] or visit our website!

Good Morning folks! Come visit us at Petworth Community Market and start off this beautiful day with some of our fresh, ...
06/06/2015

Good Morning folks! Come visit us at Petworth Community Market and start off this beautiful day with some of our fresh, delicious and especially nutritious salad greens! Today's special buy one bag get a second for only $3.00!! What a deal! See you all there!

Loading up on veggies and seedlings at the Tuesday CSA pick up!
06/02/2015

Loading up on veggies and seedlings at the Tuesday CSA pick up!

Morning harvest for the Petworth Community Market.  Come see us tomorrow (9am - 1pm).  We'll have lots of kale, salad gr...
05/29/2015

Morning harvest for the Petworth Community Market. Come see us tomorrow (9am - 1pm). We'll have lots of kale, salad greens, strawberries and more!

CSA starts this week! Strawberries, salad mix, kale and more farm fresh produce will be available.And lucky you!!  We're...
05/25/2015

CSA starts this week! Strawberries, salad mix, kale and more farm fresh produce will be available.

And lucky you!! We're still taking new CSA members for pick up on Tuesdays outside of St. Stephens Church or Thursdays outside of Big Bear Cafe. Contact [email protected] if you're interested. Or click on the Sign Up tab on our FB page.

Strawberry SALE at the Petworth Community Market on Saturday!  Buy a few pints or pick up a flat (15p pints) for $50 and...
05/22/2015

Strawberry SALE at the Petworth Community Market on Saturday! Buy a few pints or pick up a flat (15p pints) for $50 and make some jam or strawberry rhubarb pie this weekend.

We're bringing a few new veggies this week: Chinese cabbage, the best kohlrabi i've had in years, broccoli, plus lots and lots of salad fixins, beautiful romaine and butterhead lettuce, and much more! Come see us between 9am and 1pm.

Address

Ritchie Marlboro Rd
Upper Marlboro, MD
20774

Telephone

(202) 744-0373

Products

Diversified veggies, herbs, flowers, and mushrooms.
Including: Arugula, beans, beets, bok choi, broccoli, broccoli raab, cabbage, cardoon, carrots, chard, chicory, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, endive, escarole, fennel, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, lufa, melons, mustard, okra, onions, bunching onions, peas, peppers, potato, radicchio, radish, spicy mesclun mix, spinach, summer squash, sweet potato, tat soi, tomato, turnips, winter squash, basil, oregano, mint, parsley, shiitake and oyster mushrooms.

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