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Carversville Farm Round Up: March 30

WELCOME tess – one of our two veggie apprentices

In keeping with CFF tradition, 10 Questions About You has returned!

This week, we start with Tess – our youngest apprentice!

1) How long have you been an apprentice at CFF?

I have been an apprentice for a week and a half.

2) What made you want to go into farming?

I spent some time at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in the summertime and loved every minute of it. I have always loved being outside and getting dirty, so I knew farming was for me.

3) What is something you have experienced here that you never expected?

One thing that we have done that I never expected to do was learn how to grow mushrooms on logs. It was definitely a fun, but tiring experience.

4) What is your favorite season and why?

My favorite season is Spring. I love the cool, yet warm air everyday. Back home, I just love opening my window in Spring, and falling asleep to the peepers at night.

5) What is a typical day for you at CFF?

A typical day for me at the farm starts off with a morning meeting with everyone at the farm. Then, I go off with my Supervisors and the other vegetable apprentice, Summer, to go plant seeds in flats that are then transferred over to the Greenhouse for further growth. We then water the plants in the Greenhouse and take care of anything else that can further prepare us for the Season.

6) How do you unwind after a long day at the farm?

After a long day, I like to settle down at home with a cup of tea and a good book.

7) What is something you can’t wait to make using ingredients from our farm?

I personally can’t wait to make a smoky squash pasta with different greens.

8) What’s a quote you live by?

“It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

9) What advice would you give to someone thinking about going into farming?

I would say, that farming is very challenging at times. Some days you want to just give up and walk away. However, what makes it worth it is seeing your vegetables transform from a small little seed into large beautiful works of art. Not only do you feel the pride and joy of this transformation, but also everyone around you does.

10) If you had to pick, what’s your favorite piece of equipment we have?

My favorite piece of equipment is definitely the transplanter. I love riding on the back of it and trying to put plants into the holes in the rows of dirt as fast as I can.


CFF Recipe of the Week

Reverse seared Pork Chops


  • 2 bone in pork chops, thick cut
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp turbinado sugar
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp neutral flavored high heat oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • several sprigs fresh thyme



Preheat oven to 250°F. Season pork chops with salt, sugar and pepper. Put chops on baking sheet and cook in oven until center of chop is approximately 110°F (about 30 minutes) for medium. Heat oil in skillet on high until smoking. Add chops to skillet and sear until they begin to brown. This will take less than 2 minutes. Turn chops over, add butter, garlic and thyme to skillet. Spoon mixture over chops for about 2 more minutes until a lovely brown crust forms. Transfer to plate and allow to rest up to 5 minutes before serving. Serve with pan juices. Enjoy!


CFF Sweatshirts are still AVAILABLE!

Since it seems that winter isn’t going away anytime soon, a CFF hoodie is necessary. What better way to stay warm then in a CFF sweatshirt.  Sizes range from Small to X-Large. Sweatshirts are $35.00 and we accept cash, check, or credit card. Merchandise can be purchased directly from the farm by contacting Stephanie at

Remember, 100% of the proceeds go to feed the needy in our own backyards.

By partnering with several Bucks County food pantries, Broad Street Ministry, Coalition Against Hunger, Cathedral Kitchen and Face to Face Germantown, people throughout the Philadelphia area are benefiting from our nutritious harvest.


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