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We're on for 2017!


Greetings,

There’s been enough interest in the CSA for us to go ahead with next season. Thank you very much to all who signed on again.

I’ll be in touch in the new year about making the first payment to your account which will be due Jan. 15, 2017.

If you’re getting this email then you have an active account and don’t need to create a new one or make any changes.

We could still use more members! If you know of someone who may be interested please send them to our website or have them get in touch with me at 878-2063 or tim@newfieldfarm.com.

Thanks again and here’s to a fruitful year in 2017!

Tim

A fuller explanation about online market


Greetings,

When I sent out individual emails I didn’t want to clutter them up with too much information. Now for the clutter.

Here’s why I’m making the change and some more details about how it will work.

The online market had been set up 10 years ago as a kind of offshoot of our main market in Newton, Ma. We grew enough for Newton and then some and the surplus was available for the online market. That’s more or less how it worked and as a result we didn’t have to require a definite commitment from online market members. Now without Newton (after 29 years there it was time to stop) that no longer works. In order to know how much to grow I need to know how many people want to join at a certain level of payment. With that information I can use the sales records from the website for the past nine years to get a good idea about how much to plant. And then I’ll plant more to be safe.

If there’s enough interest then this will work. If not, then it’s back to the drawing board. I’m asking people to respond by next month – by October 15th – so I’ll know if the market will happen and I can start planning and ordering. And if it doesn’t look like it can happen then I can let everyone know and you can start figuring out an alternative for next season sooner than later. But hopefully this will work, one way or another!

Meanwhile, I’ve already heard from some people whose helpful questions and comments have led to some tweaking of the membership structure. The shares now begin at $200 and increase in $50 increments up to an unlimited amount (In theory. In fact I suppose we would cap a share at $5000. Any takers?) And I’ve eliminated the limited number of shares per membership level.

And to clarify in response to one person’s question, when you make your payments before the season begins they go into your account on the website. The balance is reduced each time you order until your account is empty. It’s possible you could add additional funds and continue to order, but there’s no guarantee that will work and at this point it’s safer to assume that that won’t be the case.

In terms of ordering, the market will work just as it has in the past. You go to the website, see what’s available, and then order what you want at the price listed.

That’s it for now. This is a work in progress so as always your questions and comments are welcome. For more details see the Q and A section of the website. http://newfield.locallygrown.net/faq (sorry if this isn’t a live link)

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Tim

My apologies!!


Hi again,

I’m very sorry that my last email showed names. It was supposed to go out as an unidentified group email.

Again, my apologies.

Tim

HONEY, BULK ITEMS, AND MORE


Greetings,

Such a stretch of beautiful weather and a beautiful fall as we wind down the 2015 season.

We finally bottled the honey. There’s a ONE POUND LIMIT PER HOUSEHOLD, but if you want more add a comment to your order and if there’s some left at the end of ordering ON THURSDAY we might be able to add more to your order. YOU CAN ALSO ORDER JUST A HALF POUND JAR WHICH IS THE WAY IT’S OFFERED ON THE WEBSITE.

There’s still some spinach, bok choy, arugula and kale.

Let me know if you have any questions about the bulk order or anything else.

Enjoy,
Tim

BULK ORDER UPDATE


Hi,

Having harvested for our last farmer’s market of the season on Monday, I can see that there isn’t as much “bulk” left in the field for the bulk order as in previous years.

I plan to harvest what root crops remain over the weekend and on Monday so I can list exactly what we still have to offer on the website on Tuesday. And hopefully by then we will have extracted the honey so we can offer some of that as well.

THE WEBSITE WILL BE UPDATED NEXT TUESDAY NOV. 3. ORDERING WILL BE THE USUAL TIME OF TUESDAY NIGHT UNTIL THURSDAY EVENING AT 8:00. PICK UP WILL BE FRIDAY NOV. 5.

I’ll send a reminder next Tuesday.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Thanks,
Tim

THREE ITEMS: PLEASE READ


Greetings,

THERE IS NO ORDER THIS WEEK. Our daughter’s horse Blue is having leg surgery on Friday and I need to be around to help with the logistics. It should be a straightforward procedure and recovery.

THE BULK ORDER WILL BE FRIDAY, NOV. 6.
We’ll have a discount on potatoes, onions and carrots for orders of 10 lbs or more. You can also order smaller amounts of those, as well as whatever other produce is still available. Ordering will be from Wed., Oct. 28 to Wed., Nov. 5.

I’ll send out a reminder this Wednesday.

ABOUT NEXT YEAR. I’m taking a break from farming in 2016! I plan to resume again in 2017.

WE’LL STILL HAVE U-PICK BLUEBERRIES NEXT YEAR.

My first full season farming was in 1975. I’ve farmed 36 out of the last 40 years since that time, the last 29 being here at New Field Farm. Time for a break. There’s also a lot to do around the farm and house that never gets done because it’s too cold and snowy in the winter and I’m too busy the other three seasons. And we could take a summer vacation!

This idea has been brewing since last year, and while the difficulties of this season, such as a bad ankle, porcupines, labor shortage and whatnot didn’t cause the decision, they did help affirm that the time was right.

I’m mentioning this now so you’ll have time to decide where to get local produce for next season.

I’ll get in touch in the fall of 2016 to see who might be interested in joining the online market again.

THANK YOU SO MUCH !! for your support for however many years you’ve been with us. It’s a privilege and an interesting challenge and a deep satisfaction to be able to farm (for all that I grumble about the weather and such) and you all have helped to make it happen. I hope we kept up our end of the bargain providing fresh, organic produce.

Thanks,
Tim

GINGER, and a mighty freeze


Greetings,

The temperature here Monday morning was around 19 degrees and that brought an end to the parsley and chard. Other crops in the field had multiple row covers and tarps laid over them and came through okay. We harvested that day for our Tuesday market and Meridian and Madeleine carried on with cold hands and good humor.

IF YOU ORDERED GINGER DON’T FORGET TO PICK IT UP EVEN IF YOU DON’T PUT IN A REGULAR ORDER.

The beets are now sold by the pound. The garlic is getting smaller, but is still visible to the naked eye. There are still a few cabbages and the lettuce from the hoophouse is still nice.

The annual BULK ORDER will be the first week of November.

Thank you for your orders.

Tim

Ginger order clarification


Hi,

I want to be sure that I’m clear about the ginger/turmeric order.

The ginger and turmeric need to be ordered this week and will be picked up next week. If you want some you can let me know in the comment section of your regular order for this week.

Or, if you’re not ordering veggies this week, you can email me how much ginger you want.

If you just order ginger and/or turmeric then that’s what you will pick up next Friday, Oct. 23 at the usual time and place. If you also order veggies next week then the ginger or turmeric will be added to your regular order.

And again, the ginger is $12/lb. or $6 per half lb. and turmeric is $16/lb. or $8 per half lb.

If you have questions please let me know.

Thanks,
Tim

Ginger and Turmeric


Greetings,

For several years we’ve gotten beautiful FRESH GINGER from Old Friends Farm down in Amherst, Ma. They also have fresh TURMERIC.

ORDERS WOULD BE PLACED THIS WEEK FOR PICK-UP NEXT WEEK, FRIDAY OCTOBER 23.

PLACE YOUR ORDER IN THE COMMENT SECTION OF YOUR REGULAR ORDER – OR – IF YOU’RE NOT DOING A REGULAR ORDER THEN EMAIL ME YOUR ORDER.

We offer both in 1 lb. or 1/2 lb. amounts. GINGER IS $12/LB or $6/ 1/2 lb.

TURMERIC IS $16/lb or $8/ 1/2 lb.

BOTH FREEZE VERY WELL AND KEEP THAT WAY A LONG TIME.

For some info about fresh ginger go to
http://www.oldfriendsfarm.com/about-our-ginger.html

We’ll be harvesting some nice lettuce and arugula from the hoop house this week.

Chard, bok choy, and spinach are also still doing well.

Garlic is winding down, with mostly just small bulbs left. The snow didn’t melt from the field where the plants were until the third week of April so the bulbs never sized up the way they usually do.

Enjoy this beautiful time of year and thank you for your orders.

Tim

Weblog Entry


Greetings,

A few small green cabbages survived the porcupines (I caught another tonight in the kale)so we have some to offer.
There’s some nice Summer Crisp lettuce that got nipped by frost so we’re offering that for a bit less than usual.

The hoop house has a nice stand of lettuce, kale, arugula and spinach so we’ll see how long we can offer greens into the fall.

Still lots of onions, potatoes, carrots, leeks, kale, chard, spinach and bok choy.

Looks like we’ll have a little honey to offer again this year once we extract it.

Enjoy the beautiful autumn and thank you for your orders.

Tim