We’re almost one month into summer and we’re loving every minute of it – sunny days, cool nights, rainstorms, and bounty of delicious produce. This is a fun time of year at the farm. Our whole summer crew is here for another few weeks before the first of them start heading back to school.
Blueberry season is now officially underway. We opened our pick-your-own patch yesterday morning and the picking is fantastic and the berries are sweet. Our patch is open every day from dawn until dusk. However, we will close if there is a lightning storm. It looks like we have some beautiful days ahead of us, so come get the blueberries you need for your pies, preserves, and for your freezer!
And while you’re out picking, stop by to check out the Willing Hands Garden toward the back of the blueberry patch. This one-acre plot is run by community volunteers and produces a few tons of organic produce each year for local families in need.
New from our fields this week, we have onions, fennel, dill, leeks, eggplant, peppers, and the very first of the raspberries and blueberries. And this week, we have a special on slicing cucumbers: $15 for a 25 lb box (about 45 cucumbers). Come get some while they last! Not sure what to do with so many cukes? Try this chilled cucumber soup or pair them with some other summer veggies and lemon tamari dipping sauce in this recipe for fresh spring rolls.
[ 2014 July 18 ]
Strawberry season has come to an end, too quickly as always. But, while we’ll miss the berries’ juicy sweetness, this is the time of summer when the produce really starts to roll in, and we have so much to look forward to!
As we move farther into July, we harvest a greater variety of produce from the fields each day: cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, celery, beautiful cabbages, tomatoes, basil, and so much more summer goodness. We will soon be picking the first fresh onions, green beans, and fennel. Take advantage of this week’s CSA basket with this recipe for fennel and onions grilled with parmesan. And, stay tuned because blueberries are on their way! The crop looks great this year and we hope to open pick-your-own within the next ten days or so.
[ 2014 July 11 ]
After the hot and stormy week, the cooler weather this weekend is a welcome break. It should be perfect for working in the garden.
Today and tomorrow, all annuals, perennials, and veggie plants are 50% off. We still have a good selection to choose from, so stop by to pick up what you need to fill in your gardens.
As the warm weather continues and the summer produce comes in we are all reminded why we are willing to brave New England winters. It’s suddenly all worthwhile as we welcome the bounty: new potatoes, zucchini and summer squash, tomatoes, basil, carrots, beets, salad greens and the very first of the cucumbers and shell peas. In the farmstand, we have everything you need to complete your dinner, from local and organic meat and dairy, to pasta, rice, condiments, high quality organic oils and vinegars, and so much more.
[ 2014 July 4 ]
This weekend we celebrate organic strawberries. It has been a great season for berries so far, and the picking has never been better. Our pick-your-own patch is open today and will be open tomorrow as well, for our 12th Annual Strawberry Festival. There are so many berries. Come by in the morning and spend your afternoon freezing and jamming!
In the farmstand, we have a great selection of early summer veggies including lettuce mix, spinach, spicy arugula, radishes, snap peas, cabbages, and scallions. And we just harvested the very first beets and carrots of the season! Our salad greens are perfect right now and are delicious dressed with scallion-scape dressing or strawberry vinaigrette, which will be available in the farmstand tomorrow.
[ 2014 June 27 ]
With the first day of summer upon us, strawberry season is in full swing. The berries are sweet, ripe and delicious, and we opened our pick-your-own patch yesterday. The patch is open daily from 8am until the ripe berries are picked out. We will close it during thunder storms or if there are not enough ripe berries. So, always call the farm or check our Facebook page before you head over. We tend to have a lot of traffic on the days we are open for pick-your-own, so it’s not unusual for us to have to close the patch for a full day or two in order to allow more berries to ripen.
We love organic strawberries! Did you know that conventionally-grown strawberries use over 300 pounds of dangerous chemical pesticides per acre? Each year we have four to five acres of certified organic strawberries and use no pesticides on them. When you buy our berries (and other produce) you’re supporting a safe and supportive working environment, healthy soil, and you’re investing in a sustainable future. When you come to the berry patch, check out our display comparing conventional and organic strawberry farming. The display is based on this chart from Will’s book, The War On Bugs.
[ 2014 June 20 ]
As the first day of summer approaches, the days are still getting longer and we’re enjoying the cool evenings, bright colors, and crisp greens. The strawberries are ripening and we have been picking them for the farmstand and farmer’s markets for almost a week now. They’re sweet and flavorful and we just can’t get enough of them!
This weekend, all of our perennials are 20% off. Be sure to stop by to get what you need to fill in your gardens!
Tomorrow, Sunday, June 15 is Father’s Day. We’ll be celebrating on the farm with our Annual Father’s Day Organic Berry Brunch. Come share a delicious meal with your family and friends, and listen to great live music by the Last Resort. And, even though our PYO fields are not yet ready, you can still take a wagon ride around the farm. The forecast is looking good, and it promises to be a lively (and tasty!) event.
Our 12th Annual Strawberry Festival is coming up on June 29. Our festivals are big events and there’s a lot that goes into making them run smoothly. Did you know that it takes more than 50 volunteers, in addition to our own farm crew, to put on one of our harvest festivals? Join the team this year and volunteer with us! To register, fill out this form. A big thank you in advance to everyone who plans to help out! We couldn’t do it without you.
[ 2014 June 13 ]
The beginning of June is always a busy time on the farm. Our production crew has had a full week of planting, and many of our late summer and fall crops like pumpkins, peppers, and field tomatoes, have already gone into the ground. While we’re eagerly anticipating strawberry season, we’re busy harvesting and processing all of the delicious spring veggies that are coming in from the fields.
The weekend forecast looks perfect, and our greenhouses are bright and colorful. It’s going to be a great weekend for working in the garden. Be sure to stop in to pick up what you need for your annual, perennial, and vegetable gardens. Today and tomorrow, all hanging baskets are $5 off! We still have a great selection of stunning mixed baskets.
This week we have been preparing for our upcoming Father’s Day Berry Brunch. This year’s menu has a few new twists, and promises to be more delicious than ever! Be sure to come by the farm on Sunday, June 15 to celebrate Fathers and the first of the season’s berries!
[ 2014 June 6 ]
June is here and it’s time to get your gardens planted. The geraniums, gerbera daisies, impatiens, dahlias, begonias, fuchsias, and more are ready to go into your gardens. We also have a great variety of perennials and veggie and herb bedding plants. And our hanging baskets and living wreaths look fantastic!
June also brings the promise of sweet juicy strawberries. Our strawberry plants are covered in flowers, and the first little green berries are beginning to form. We will start picking for the farmstand in just a few weeks and, shortly thereafter, we will open our pick-your-own fields. When the time comes, check our website and Facebook page for pick-your-own hours and availability.
We’re looking forward to celebrating fathers and the first strawberries of the season with a relaxing outdoor brunch at the farm. Our Fathers’ Day Berry Brunch features farm-flipped pancakes with fresh berries, vegetable frittata, Hogwash Farm sausages, fresh orange juice, live music from the Last Resort, and more. Registration is not required for this event.
[ 2014 May 30 ]
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer for gardeners, as the threat of frost should have passed and it’s now considered safe to plant your gardens. From veggies and herb starts, to organic seeds, to annuals, perennials, soil amendments, and gardening tools, we have what you need to make your garden grow.
[ 2014 May 23 ]
As summer approaches, the pace really picks up around the farm. Artichokes, onions, leeks, lettuces, and the first of next year’s strawberries have all been planted. The earliest of this season’s strawberries are beginning to bloom and we’re already looking forward to our Father’s Day Berry Brunch and Strawberry Festival!
We have a lot to offer in the farmstand right now: spring greens, scallions, radishes, the very first of the asparagus, local and organic meat and dairy, organic grocery items, and more. Try this recipe for roasted radishes or this one for black bean salad. Almost all of the ingredients (including our own sunflower oil) are available in the farmstand!
Our greenhouses are full of beautiful annual and perennial flowers, herbs, and veggie bedding plants. Our hanging baskets are bursting with color, ready to brighten your porch or yard. Now’s the time to start planning your summer garden!
From our kitchen this weekend, look for ginger cream scones, brown butter granola scones, and delicious morning muffins! And the much anticipated coconut date bars are back for the season! These gluten free treats are a farm favorite and are a great snack for cyclists.
Our 2014 CSA season begins on Wednesday. If you’ve signed up to pick your share up at the farmstand, remember pickups are between 11am and 6pm Wednesday through Friday. If you don’t remember what day you signed up for, or if you want to check your balance, you can check your status online.
Did you sign up to have your CSA share delivered to one of our offsite locations? Check below for a reminder of which day we deliver to your location.
- DHMC, Heater Road - Thursdays
- Hypertherm, Heater Road - Thursdays
- Hypertherm, Great Hollow Road - Thursdays
- DHMC - Fridays
- River Valley Club - Fridays
[ 2014 May 16 ]