Season Notes The walk across the lawn has suddenly gotten a little louder as the beginnings of fallen leaves are scattered across the still green grass. Sweet cool wind tempers warm sunshine as winter squashes begin their dramatic entrances starting with the daringly orange pumpkins. Chilly nights remind us to make sure we have our firewood stacked, our tomatoes canned, and to cherish the still summertime warm days. This time also feels like the start of something new. Back to school. A new season of holidays. Fall and winter are community gathering times. Whether you come for a morning cup of coffee or after work to grab your vegetables for dinner, the last official week of summer is the perfect time to visit us.
[ 2012 September 12 ]
Field Notes The field crews donned their almost forgotten rain gear at the beginning of the week, but were back to their t-shirts and shorts by Thursday. We are appreciating all that this season has to offer- the rain, the sun, the cool nights and warm days. The transition in to autumn fills the farmstand now with colorful peppers, rainbow roots, scrumptious greens, perfect pumpkins, and wonderful treats from the farm kitchen. As the summer winds down, we wish for safe and amazing travels to Julie in the kitchen and Lauren in the farmstand, who are going off to places far and exciting to continue their great work. It’s also time to start getting ready for our Pumpkin Festival which is only a month away!
[ 2012 September 4 ]
Good Day Sunshine Vermont in September is magnificent, right? The days are warm, the nights are cool and fresh food is abundant. Still loving the sweet cherry tomatoes, but the signs of fall are all around. Pumpkins and mums have arrived in the farmstand, as well as apples and apple cider from Champlain Orchards. The farmstand and Hello Cafe are moving to their fall schedules, which means they will be closed on Mondays. It’s a bit late to plant any significant fall food crops. You might be able to sneak in some spinach and other fall greens, especially if they’re under cover, or you could plant a cover crop to protect your soil over winter, but really it’s time to just enjoy the harvest.
[ 2012 August 30 ]
Sweet Summer Harvests It’s late summer we are savoring this beautiful weather. The field crew is shrinking as our talented staff returns to school. Special good luck to Gioia, who many of you know from markets and who has been a part of the field crew for years, as she heads off to new adventures!!! Tomatoes are still in abundance, peppers are beginning to show their stuff. Beautiful jams, lemon artichoke hearts, and dilly beans are in the farmstand! We are all busy preparing for Tomato Tasting, and it should be a fantastic event with great weather, great music and great food!
[ 2012 August 22 ]
Tomatoes in all colors, shapes and sizes are in the farmstand! Slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and even dragon eggs. There are cases of paste tomatoes, 20lbs for $30, perfect for canning! The summer is moving along smoothly and the kitchens seem as busy as ever preserving the harvest. Melons have arrived in the farmstand, along with Dilly Beans and Will’s Marinara!
[ 2012 August 18 ]
Farm Notes Warm weather and intermittent rain have made for ample harvests this year! The field crew is working steadily, and the farmstand shelves are heavy with produce. The wide variety of tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes and peppers will ensure your meals are colorful and tasty adventures. For the seasoned chefs, there are even tomatillos and okra! From our kitchens come Baba Ganesh (our take on Baba Ganoush), Caramelized Vegetable & Almond Salad, Will’s Salsa, Curtido, Basil Walnut Pesto, and many flavors of jam including: Peach Vanilla Lavender, Maple Blueberry and Plum. We are so grateful for the gifts of the season!
[ 2012 August 11 ]
Such Bounty! The blueberries may be slowing but the fruit just got bigger! Our fields are filling up with baby plants, the farmstand is bursting with the flavors of summer with the arrival of field tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and heirloom tomatoes! Eggplant, beans, peppers . . . oh my! The farm kitchen has been canning and freezing like crazy! Look for our own honey, bottled jams, fresh curtido, and soon we’ll have pickles, dilly beans, and more in the farmstand!
[ 2012 August 4 ]
Farm Notes Between the rains last week, the farm crew tended tomatoes and harvested garlic. A smattering of heirloom Brandywine tomatoes graced the farmstand, whetting our appetites for the bounty of field tomatoes that will arrive soon. The farm kitchen is basking in the glory of a super successful and delicious Kitchen Table dinner in the field, and is busily prepping and canning the increasing bounty coming in from the fields.
[ 2012 July 23 ]
Farm Notes The beginnings of the warm weather crops like corn, hot peppers and eggplants are appearing in the farmstand. Wheat and rye harvests took place late last week despite the crazy storms on Wednesday. The guys used the combine to harvest the rye and the horse-drawn reaper/binder for the wheat. Cat made a video of Thursday’s rye harvest. The rye will be turned into Trukenbrod bread on Monday. We are looking forward to some delicious sandwiches on Tuesday!
[ 2012 July 18 ]
Sweet Notes Music notes, floral notes, flavor notes, & written notes have all been gracing the farm lately. Out in the fields, the farm crew is working tirelessly and the bounty of your shares is evidence of their hard work. The sun is shining, people are smiling, bellies are full of yummy veggies, and it’s a beautiful (if a little exhausting) time of year.
[ 2012 July 11 ]