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Posted 2/5/2018 11:13am by Elizabeth Longendorf.

Hey Folks,

Although the CSA deliveries are about to start for the winter. We still have space available! We very much appreciate it if everyone spread to the word about of awesome program!!

*If you are a late sign up we will prorate your share for the weeks that have been missed.


I am attaching some pictures below of our winter CSA share sizes. These pictures are actual CSA shares that will give you an idea of the amount of produce you may receive each week.

Small Winter Share (6 items)
Medium Winter Share (10 items)
Thanks For Your Support!!!
Posted 2/2/2018 7:50pm by Z Farm Life LLC.

Hey Folks!

First of all I would like to thank you all for your much needed support! If you are receiving this email than you have signed up as a member of our 2018 Winter CSA Program.

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The CSA Store Goes Up Every Friday 5pm - Sunday 5pm (If You Forget To Order Or Choose Not To, We Will Pack You A "Farm Choice" Box So You DOn't Miss Out)
If You Will Be Out Of Town Or Do NOT wish To Receive Your Delivery Any
Week Please Email US Right Away
First Deliveries Begin Wednesday February 7th 8am (You Do Not Need To Be Home To Receive Your Share)
CSA Tips:
1. Un-box and Un-bag all produce as soon as you can to let it breath and prevent slimy mold :(
2. DO NOT wash your veggies until you are ready to eat. Any dirt os a protective layer that prevents your produce from rotting right quickly. Wash as you use them.
3. Return Your Box Each Week. If it it broken or for some reason you can not return, please let us know so that we will send another. Until the box is returned or we are notified your produce will be left in a bag.
4. We recycle plastic grocery bags and CSA bags, so if you have any lying around in good condition send them our way. We try to be as sustainable as possible.
5. If you have any comments or questions feel free to email us any time or leave a note in the NOTES SECTION of your order form. (We are farmers and are often in the fields... not the office. We have a very small staff that have learned to be "jacks of all trades" so please be patient. Our office days are usually Mondays) Thanks and ENJOY!!!
Veggie Of The Week: FENNEL

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fennel & Lemon

Serves 4

  • 2 poundsbone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (4 to 6)
  • 2small fennel bulbs (1 to 1 1/4 pounds total)
  • 4large cloves garlic
  • 1Meyer or regular lemon
  • 2 tablespoonolive oil
  • 2 tablespoonsdry white wine
  • 1 teaspoonkosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooked rice or bread, for serving (optional)

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 425°F. Place the chicken in a large bowl; set aside.

Trim the stalks and fronds off the fennel bulbs and set aside the fronds. Cut each bulb in quarters through the root. Cut each quarter into 1-inch-thick slices. Add to the bowl with the chicken. Mince about 1 tablespoon of fennel fronds and add to the bowl.

Mince the garlic and add to the bowl. Finely grate the zest of the lemon into the bowl. Juice the lemon and add the juice to the bowl. Add the oil and white wine, season with the salt and a generous amount of black pepper, and toss to combine.

Transfer the chicken mixture onto a large baking sheet. Arrange the fennel around the outside and place the chicken pieces closely together in the center. Pour any remaining juices from the bowl over the chicken.

Roast until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of about 160°F and the fennel is tender and beginning to brown around the edges, about 30 minutes. Take the pan out of the oven and cover with aluminum foil. Let it rest for about 5 to 10 minutes before serving with rice or bread if desired.


Roast Pork Loin with Fennel & Apples

Author Melissa Belanger

Yield 8


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 pound pork loin
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 2 fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, sage, garlic, lemon zest, salt & pepper to form a paste.
  3. Rub paste onto pork loin to evenly coat.
  4. Place fennel, onion, apple and lemon juice a large baking dish or dutch oven. Stir to combine. Season liberally with salt & pepper.
  5. Place pork loin on top of mixture and bake for 1 hour 30 minutes - 1 hour 45 minutes or until pork has reached an internal temperature of 145˚F.

Recipe by Simply Whisked at


Oven Roasted Fennel, Potatoes, Carrots and Onions
Author: Wholesome and Savory Eats
  • 1 large fennel bulb - chopped with stems and fronds removed
  • 5 to 6 small/ medium-sized potatoes - quartered (fingerlings work well also)
  • 16 ounce bag of baby carrots
  • 1 large onion - cut in rings
Seasonings/ spices:
    • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
    • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
    • 1 teaspoon crushed dried Rosemary (or a few sprigs of fresh Rosemary)
    • 1 teaspoon organic no salt seasoning
    • Sea salt - to taste
    • Freshly ground black pepper - to taste
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons Avocado oil
    • 1 cup vegetable broth (use a good low salt broth or homemade)
    • ½ lemon - squeezed and juice reserved
Powered by ChicorInstructions
  1. In a large baking dish add the chopped fennel, potatoes, carrots and onions. Dress the vegetable mix with oil and seasonings and toss together well to coat the vegetables.
  2. Add a cup of vegetable broth and place in the oven.
  3. At about the half hour mark check on your vegetables to ensure that they have enough liquid (as oven temperatures may vary). Using a spoon move them around a bit so they cook evenly. Add a little liquid if needed.
  4. Place the vegetables back in the oven and cook for an additional 15 to 20 min or until done. Remove from the oven
  5. Squeeze the reserved lemon juice over the vegetables and your dish is ready to be served.
  6. Enjoy!


Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Fennel and Leeks
Brussels sprouts, fennel and leeks are tossed with oil, cider vinegar, spices and roasted.
Author: Cathy Roma |
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1½ pounds brussels sprouts, bottoms trimmed, bruised or browned outer leaves removed, then halved
  • 1 large fennel bulb, core removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 large leek, white and pale green parts only, thinly sliced and rinsed thoroughly
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp Chinese five spice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine oil, vinegar, brown sugar, five spice, salt and pepper in a large bowl and whisk well.
  3. Add brussels sprouts, fennel and leeks to the bowl and gently toss to coat.
  4. Spread vegetables on a parchment-lined sheet pan and roast for about 30 minutes or until golden brown and tender.
  5. Sprinkle with salt to taste and serve immediately.
Posted 1/31/2018 4:42pm by Elizabeth Longendorf.

Sign Up Today For The Winter CSA Delivery While There Is Space Left!

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Posted 1/15/2018 1:57pm by Z Farm Life LLC.
We are currently taking sign ups for new members for our Winter CSA program! Sign up today! 
New to CSA's?
A CSA Plainly Put, Is A Share In Our Farm 
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Many small farms depend on their CSA programs to raise money for start up costs during the time of year that farmer's just aren't making any money. Farming is a costly business. We put every dime into the ground before anything is harvested and there are no guarantees for farmers. Risky business, huh?CSA programs are not only a way to connect farmers to their customers and vice versa, but also a way to ensure that we are producing for a good reason. Because we are a REAL small farm, we depend on the CSA income to finance every upcoming season. We plan all of our crops and harvests with our cherished CSA members in mind. It is because of our CSA program that we are even able to continue farming each year.Our farm offers multiple CSA programs throughout the entire farming year. Each CSA season is aligned with our actual harvest times. Therefore, we are considered a true-to-season agricultural program.  
Benefits of a CSA program:
1. Get to know your farmer.
2. Be confident in where your produce is coming from
3. Eat Clean! The less hands that touch your produce the better. No more than two of our staff members touch your produce from harvest to your family's table.
4. Help support a REAL Small Farm
*Unlike many other CSA programs 90% of the produce we offer is grown and harvest by us, on our farm. We do bring in some local tree fruit when available. We also offer our members a CHOICE of veggies each week. We do not choose for you, unless you want us to! We are an experienced farm, not a Hobby Farm. We are very proud of what we do and have endless gratitude for our loyal and totally awesome members! The Z Farm has been running a CSA program for over seven years now.
 We are currently taking sign ups for new members for our Winter CSA program!
Email Lacey for questions:
 Winter CSA 2018
Our Winter CSA runs 12 weeks. We offer various winter greens such as kales, collard greens, spinach and herbs. We offer root veggies from our very own root storage as well as field harvested produce. We also bring in citrus fruits harvested in-season from Florida.During the duration of the CSA program, you will have a chance to purchase local specialty items as well. Free Range eggs, canned goods and other local items are just a few examples of the specialty items we have to offer.
We offer 3 different share sizes to fit your needs!
Small 6 item share
Medium 10 items
Large 14 items
**We are the only CSA in Baltimore that delivers right to your home! We also work with Drop Off Hosts to create pick up locations at their offices, churches, schools and many more. More information for Drop Off Hosts can be found under our "Drop Off Host" tab.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me! Spread the word to your family and friends! Sign up while you still can!!!
Posted 1/1/2018 10:21am by Elizabeth Longendorf.
Posted 11/9/2017 6:36pm by Z Farm Life LLC.


Thank you so much for your support! I am overwhelmed by the excitement for the turkeys and Thanksgiving veggie box. We are selling so many turkeys, we are almost sold out! If you are interested in a Free Range Turkey this Thanksgiving, please order by the end of tomorrow. You may still sign up for the Thanksgiving veggie box until next week. This box can make your farm-to-table holiday dinner complete! It also makes a great sustainable gift. 


Don't forget to sign up for the Winter CSA!




Thanks for your support!


Posted 7/12/2017 9:15am by Elizabeth Longendorf.

Support The NEW Essex Volunteer Fire Department!

Eat, Drink and be Merry:)

To Order Tickets Click Here!!!

First Come First Serve!!!

Posted 6/18/2017 9:24pm by Elizabeth Longendorf.


I am glad to announce that this week is the first week of the Summer CSA! This upcoming weekend you will be able to pick your produce up at the market you signed up for. When you arrive at the market and find our table, just sign in under your name in the CSA binder. Then you can take your items from the tables. Don't be shy if you don't know what something is or how to cook it! Our staff will answer any questions you may have. We look forward to working with you this summer!


Thanks for your support!

Posted 6/18/2017 9:19pm by Elizabeth Longendorf.


I am excited to tell you that the Summer CSA begins this week!! The staff here at the Zahradka farm is super excited to begin providing you with quality produce that is grown and packaged with love. Tomorrow the first list will be available online at Just log into your account and place your order! The store will be available until 6 am Tuesday morning. If you forget to place your order, we will pack you a Farm Choice box so you won't miss out. After the first week we will introduce a variety of specialty items that can be ordered with your weekly share as well.

Your share will be delivered on the same day each week. It will be hot many of the days that we deliver this summer. I strongly advise everyone to leave a cooler out for their share. This will prevent wilting and sweating of sensitive produce. If you do not leave a cooler outside, we will leave a crate with your CSA share. Place this crate anywhere that you want us to leave your share and we will put your bag in it each week. You may place your used bags from the CSA in the crate or your cooler and we will collect them each week.

I look forward to working with you this summer. Please include any special delivery instructions for our drivers in the notes section of your order form. If your building requires a passcode, please include this in your notes section.

Thanks for your support!

Posted 6/15/2017 3:15pm by Z Farm Life LLC.

Hello cherished CSA member!

If you are receiving this email, then you are part of our Columbia home delivery route. Your share will be delivered on Thursdays each week. If you have any special delivery instructions for our drivers, please email

Each week you can log onto and place your order. You can place your order any time between 6 am Monday to 6 am Tuesday each week. If you forget to place your order, don't worry! We will pack you a Farm Choice box and it will be delivered to you.

Thank you so much for choosing the Zahradka Farm CSA! We appreciate your support!

Thank you!

Farm Stand Hours

Farm Stand Hours - October 31st

Friday: 10-5pm

Saturday: 10-5pm

Sunday: 10-4 pm