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blueberries and beans


Hello,

To all who ordered blueberries and/or beans, our apologies. I hadn’t expected so much rain last night and today and we were unable to pick the blueberries because they were too wet.

If you have the time, tomorrow should be sunny and we’re open for u-pick blueberries from 8 to 6.

As for the beans, the heat, humidity and rain caused a fair amount of mold and the yield was too low to make it worth picking.

We do what we can, nature does the rest.

Thank you for your orders.

Tim

What's new


Greetings,

We’re adding red potatoes and eggplant this week. The latter is just beginning so there are only a few. The cherry tomatoes are also still only getting going so I’m guessing we can pick ten pints by Friday from the hoophouse, especially with the (finally!) cooler weather slowing them a bit.

We did have cherry tomatoes ripening in the field as well as the hoophouse last week, but our persistent companions the wild turkeys found the field ones and picked all the red ones. I now have an electric fence around the tomato patch.

U-pick blueberries are still abundant and available Wed. to Sun. 8 to 6.

We got an inch and a half of rain last night and this morning which is good all around. There were incredible tropical downpours in the Boston area where we were at farmer’s market today.

Thank you for your orders.

Enjoy,
Tim

What's cookin' (besides us)


Greetings,

This week we’re adding blueberries, scallions, all three kinds of peppers, a few cherry tomatoes, and some fresh garlic.

U-pick blueberries are available Wed. thru Sunday 8:00 to 6:00.

We’re pulling some garlic early from an unusually weedy bed rather than wait until the usual time which is in a couple of weeks. (We try to be very vigilant about weeding, but this summer has been especially challenging with all the rain)It’s very nice when it’s so fresh, but a bit harder to peel. As I mention on the market page, the price is $8.80/lb, but we charge $1.00 a bulb since people usually only want a bulb or two, and then adjust the price of the bulb up or down depending on it’s weight. I hope that makes sense!

The peppers are in their first flush so we can offer a certain number of each.

As for the cherry tomatoes, they’re just getting started so I only listed 12 pints this week to be safe.

I’m leaving shell and snap peas up, but this is definitely the last week because of the heat. We’ll only try to fill orders if the quality is decent.

Carrots are coming, but slowly. Maybe next week.

I hope everyone is holding up in the heat and humidity. It can be hard to think straight.

Thank you for your orders.

Enjoy,
Tim

U-pick blueberries


Hello,

This is just a quick note to say that we’re open for u-pick blueberries now Wed. to Sun 8 to 6. The price is $2.30/lb for online market members. ($2.60/lb. for non-members). Please bring your own containers.

This means that if you’re coming to pick up your order today you can also pick blueberries if you have the time. Next week we’ll offer them online as well.

Thanks,
Tim

What's new


Good morning,

We’re able to add all our lettuces this week as well as cucumbers, sugar snap peas, tomatoes from the greenhouse, and salad mix.

The salad mix may only have the baby lettuces and not the mustard greens. Flea beetles snuck under the row cover over the first planting of greens and filled it with holes. We may be able to get some from the second planting.

The squash sometimes goes through boom and bust cycles. It’s on the slow side now so if you order we’ll give whichever varieties are available. And hopefully have enough!

Next week we’ll have blueberries, both you-pick and we pick.

Last week we had a rush on Chioggia beets so we have to give them a break this week for the remaining ones to size up a little more.

Thank you for your orders and may we get a whole week of sun sometime this summer!

Enjoy,
Tim

harvest time


Greetings,

Blueberries are beginning to show some color, tomatoes are turning in the greenhouse, cucumbers are sizing up, potatoes are flowering, garlic bulbs are getting bigger, and the lettuce patch is a pretty mix of colors.

After a long winter, a late spring, and a rainy June the harvest has begun. It’s a modest beginning because of the cold and wet in early June which slowed crops down, surprisingly even our lettuce and salad mix.

We have three kinds of beets, three kinds of squash, swiss chard, two kinds of parsley, some very nice basil, and shell peas.

Depending on the amount ordered I may have to limit the peas, but order what you want and hopefully we can provide the full amount.

PLEASE NOTE – orders need to be in by 8:00 Thursday evening. Late orders are okay if you forget, but 8:00 is best. Orders placed Friday morning are too late.

Pick-up is here at the farm from 4:30 to 7:30 and at Union Mill in Peterborough from 5 to 8.

Please make checks out to Tim Winship.

Call or email if you have any questions.

Despite the challenging weather, the crops are hanging in there and hopefully the season will be in full swing soon.

Thank you and enjoy,
Tim

End of the season


Greetings one last time in 2012,

The season is now truly over. I’ll get in touch in the New Year about the 2013 season.

Meanwhile, enjoy the holidays, have a good winter, and thank you all once again for your support.

Tim

last order


Greetings,

PICK-UP for the last order will be NEXT WEDNESDAY 11/14 at the same time and places as usual – both the farm and Union Mill. ORDERS CAN BE PLACED anytime between now and Tuesday 11/13 at 8:00.

I’ll send out a reminder email this Sunday. Let me know if you have any questions.

There’s not too much to order, but I thought we would have one last go-round.

I can’t do an order this week because the water line to the wash shed is frozen. Next week is supposed to be milder.

We’ve harvested the last of the cabbage, gathered up the remaining onions from their curing racks, and put several layers of row cover over the carrots. Leeks and kale are still out in the field. The deer are starting to nibble on the kale which seems to be one sign that they know what’s coming. They always leave it alone until there’s not much else to choose from on the farm. Or maybe they just prefer it after it’s been through some hard frosts.

Also, the garlic has been planted, cover crops sown, irrigation lines put away, and soon the greenhouse and hoop house will be cleaned out and closed up for the winter. We have a wonderfully large pile of wood chips from the people clearing limbs for PSNH which will get spread as mulch on the blueberries this fall or in the spring.

After everything has been cleaned up and put away – let it snow.

Enjoy,
Tim

Almost over


Greetings,

Between last week’s bulk order and our last market today in Newton there’s not too much left in the field or barn.

We still have carrots, red and green cabbage, leeks, Winterbor and Lacinato kale, and a few Ailsa Craig, Tropea, and Copra onions. The prices given are for any amount.

We’ll have an order this week. Next week I’m away. After that, if we still have some produce, I’ll offer it as long as it lasts or until there’s no more interest. Any orders placed week after next or later would have to be picked up at the farm.

We went from the hot March to the May freeze, from the July drought to the torrential rain and hail of early August, through the gauntlet of pests and diseases, and throughout the season, wild turkeys. In the end, thanks to your support, we had the best online market yet, and our best season overall. Thank you for trusting us to provide fresh, organic vegetables and blueberries for another season.

Gratefully,
Tim