This page contains news, event information, and other items added by the market managers.
peas and beets
Pea season has begun. It’s hard to guess how much will be available before picking so if they’re sold out and you want some you could request an amount in the comment section and we might be able to provide. This applies to a lot of the crops.
Enough beets are sizing up to begin offering those, and eggplant are back with the first flush from the field.
Blueberries may begin next week.
Planting in the field and greenhouse continues, as do the weeds. It’s busy month on the farm!
I hope people are enjoying this sunny fourth of July.
We have a few new veggies this week. The carrots are the vole-approved ones from the hoop house. They were so approved by those animals that there aren’t many left and this is a one-off event, until the field carrots are ready next month. These carrots will tend to be baby/small sized. And it’s the last of the vole-approved scallions in the hoop house this week. More from the field are on the way.
We also have some tomatoes ripening in the greenhouse. The variety is Bigdena. They’re grown in composted soil like in the field, but started in early March and kept warm and coddled while the cold winds blow. Their price reflects this special treatment which allows us to start having tomatoes long before the field ones are ready.
Regarding squash – We’re beginning to get some squash, but it’s production can be very unpredictable due to the temperature and type of squash. Like this morning is in the sixties and rainy, instead of sunny and 80, which makes a big difference in the rate of growth.
SO, IF YOU ORDER SQUASH WE’LL TRY TO GIVE YOU THE VARIETY YOU WANT, BUT WILL SUBSTITUTE ANOTHER IF WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH OF YOUR FIRST CHOICE. For example, if you order 5 lbs. of zucchini and we only have enough to give you two pounds, we’ll make up the difference with golden zukes and/or cousa. IF YOU ONLY WANT THE VARIETY YOU ORDERED PLEASE SAY SO IN THE COMMENT SECTION. I hope this makes sense. If not, please ask for clarification.
Thanks for your orders and, as always, questions and comments are welcome. I’ll send an email soon about how the online market is set up this year in terms of what, why, and how much we’re growing.
This is a reminder that this season orders are due by Thursdays at 8:00 AM.
This is very helpful for harvesting.
If you miss that time please place your order by Thursday evening at 8:00 PM.
Cucumbers and more
We’re adding a few new items this week, including cucumbers. We have two varieties in the hoophouse that produced their first flush of fruit in the last few days. Some of the vines are almost six feet tall already and it was quite a sight to see all the cucumbers hanging in the air. Both plant and fruit seem to grow by the minute, especially in the heat. I’ve picked them all and put them in the cooler for this week’s market.
We also have chard, arugula, and parsley, in addition to the salad mix, lettuce, and basil.
The Sakura cherry tomatoes are producing more, while new eggplant are developing slowly so there’s none on offer this week.
To all those in school, teachers and students, congratulations on the end of another year!
extended ordering time
If you missed the 8:00 AM order deadline, it’s not too late!
When the number and size of orders increase it will be very helpful to have orders in by Thursday morning.
For now, you could order by Thursday evening (today) and that will work.
To those who did get their orders in by this morning, thank you.
Salad mix, lettuce, and more
Such weather we’ve had! This roller coaster has made for a bumpy start and it may be take a few weeks to get into a regular harvest rhythm, but we do have a few more items to offer this week.
*PLEASE ORDER BY THURSDAY MORNING JUNE 15 AT 8:00 AM.
DUE TO A LATE AFTERNOON OBLIGATION ON FRIDAY, ORDERS WILL BE READY FOR PICK UP AT THE FARM BY 3:30 AND AT UNION MILL BY 4:00.
There’s some nice lettuce and the first cutting of salad mix from the field. The scallions are from the hoophouse where the voles got first dibs on them, but thoughtfully left us some. They weren’t so considerate about the early carrots in the hoophouse.
The cherry tomatoes in the greenhouse are just coming in so we can offer a small amount to start.
And the basil is still growing well in the greenhouse, while the first flush of eggplant is over, with more to come later.
All in all, the field crops are looking good, despite the cold and rain. And heat. Just a little slow in growth.
Thanks and enjoy,
Ignore Eggplant price in email
Speaking of dusting things off, my brain appears to need it, too. Please ignore the description and price for the eggplant given in the email. The website now has the correct info.
Basil and a few eggplant
We still haven’t officially started the season as we wait for dry, warm weather to bring on the early greens.
But meanwhile, we continue to have some very nice basil in the greenhouse.
We also have 16 eggplants from the greenhouse, another experiment like the early basil. They’re small – between 1/2 and 1 pound – and mild and tender.
The market on the website is up and running so if you’re interested in either of these items you can order online.
PLEASE ORDER BY 8:00 THURSDAY EVENING. (Ordinarily, the weekly email will be sent out on Tuesdays.)
*PICK UP WILL BE THIS FRIDAY 5:00 – 8:00 AT UNION MILL AND 4:30 – 7:00 HERE AT THE FARM.
It’s not much to offer, but at least we can dust off the ordering system and make sure it’s functioning.
The season has begun
Despite the freezing temperatures and damaging winds the first seeds of the season have sprouted. These are tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, which will all be grown in the greenhouse. Onions and leeks will be sown in flats in the greenhouse mid-month, followed by carrots being seeded in the ground in the unheated greenhouse on the Spring Equinox. Off we go!
That fierce wind caused some minor damage to the greenhouses, as well as knocking out power and bringing down trees that blocked a couple of roads here in town. Hopefully, that’s enough weather drama for awhile. We have all we need of that politically these days.
I’ll be sending out emails regarding the next CSA share payment to those who still have a balance due.
Thank you all for payments already made.
This is to let you know, finally, that we have 23 pounds of honey in one pound jars. The price is $10/pound.Please order by Wednesday, December 14.
And please order by email. After I have your orders we can arrange a convenient pick up time and payment.
Pick up is here at the farm or I can drop it off at the Union Mill in the usual place (the lobby of Union Mill, the entrance of which is opposite the back door of Nature’s Green Grocer.)
I was surprised to get honey in light of the drought, but the bees managed, and it seems thicker than last year (less water?)and less prone to crystallizing.
Meanwhile, the greenhouses have new covers, there’s a large pile of compost under a tarp in the field, I picked up a couple of yards of potting soil the other day, and the garlic is waiting for spring under a blanket of snow.
May the new year prove fruitful.