What a summer! We are all looking forward to what is promising to be a beautiful sunny weekend - perfect for swimming, grilling, gardening, and all the other summertime things that we have been putting off because of the rain. The nice weather comes at the perfect time too, because our pick-your-own blueberry patch opens today! It will be open daily from dawn until dusk. The berries are sweet and abundant, and it’s going to be a great crop this year.
In the farmstand, we have a full array of colorful veggies: carrots, golden, red, and chioggia (stripy!) beets, red and green cabbage, tomatoes, and zucchini, summer quash, and patty pan squash. Hot peppers and eggplant have started to trickle in, and blueberries have made their first appearance of the season! With so many great veggies available, there are countless possibilities in the kitchen. Part of the beauty of high-summer eating is that so much of what is available is delicious even if you eat it raw! Try out this recipe for chilled cucumber soup. It’s perfect for a hot summer evening.
[ 2013 July 12 ]
Summer is here in full force! Cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, summer squash, and other summer veggie favorites are all starting to make regular appearances in the farmstand. The hot muggy days continue, along with the daily thunderstorms and torrential rains. This weather has been a bit tough for all of us but we have been savoring the scattered sunny days that dry out our fields and lighten our moods. Despite the wet weather, it does seem to be shaping up to be a bountiful summer on the farm, and we can hardly complain when we have such an abundance of delicious food!
[ 2013 July 5 ]
As we wrap up the first official week of summer, we are all trying to get into the groove of the hot muggy mornings and stormy afternoons. Our field crew has been starting the day an hour earlier this week, so that harvesting can be done before the day gets too hot. With so many berries and peas to pick and new crops coming in each week, harvesting and washing and packing all take longer than they did at the beginning of the season.
As summer progresses, our farmstand is really starting to fill up. This week, we will have the first of the carrots, beets, and cabbage. Shell peas and sugar snap peas are here in full force, and the new Yukon Gold and Red Norland potatoes have been delicious! Check out this recipe for Potato-Beet Galette. It’s a great way to put some seasonal veggies and herbs to use!
[ 2013 June 28 ]
Strawberry season is such an exciting time of year. For us, it really marks the transition from spring to summer and, after such a chilly and rainy spring, we are all excited to have these sweet little berries as heralds of a new season. We love the color and sweetness that they bring to our early summer tables, and the fun that comes along with the opening of our pick-your-own patch.
We will be opening our pick-your-own patch tomorrow, Sunday, at 7am. Regular patch hours will be Monday-Saturday 7am-6pm and Sunday 7am-5pm. However, if the weather is bad, or picking conditions are poor, we will close the patch temporarily. Plan on coming early for the best picking and please give us a call or check our website for updates on the status of our patch. Don’t forget to bring your own containers to pick into! Although we will have containers for sale, it’s better for you to bring your own.
[ 2013 June 21 ]
As this cool spring continues, we are crossing our fingers for the sunny days that our strawberries need to ripen. We were hoping to open our pick-your-own fields for Father’s Day but, due to the cloudy weather, we just won’t have enough ripe berries for PYO this weekend. In past years, Father’s Day has aligned perfectly with the beginning of our PYO berry season. This year though, we haven’t been so lucky. This is just another reminder to all of us of how closely tied farming is to the weather. No matter how early we plant, or how carefully we tend the plants, or how much we irrigate, without sunshine the berries just won’t ripen as quickly as they would on warm sunny days.
We do still anticipate a good strawberry season though. It will just be a bit later than usual. Our berries are healthy and abundant, so keep checking in and plan to come pick delicious, organic strawberries soon. All that the berries need are a couple of hot sunny days!
[ 2013 June 14 ]
Early June serves up true summertime weather! As we transition into the warm season, school ends, the lilacs expire, and the smell of freshly cut grass becomes a regular part of existence. Strawberries are starting to come into the farmstand and we enjoy the anticipation of a season full of shortcake and strawberry rhubarb pie.
This week has been all about tomatoes. Our production crew was busy this week planting and trellising close to 2000 tomato plants, including all of our heirlooms, slicers, paste tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and grape tomatoes. While these plants won’t bear fruit until August, we are looking forward to our first early tomatoes, which were transplanted into a greenhouse in April and should be ready for harvest within the next few weeks.
[ 2013 June 7 ]
What a spring it has been! It feels like we have gone from one weather extreme to the next over the past month. We sure were thrown off by the cold last weekend, and while we didn’t get the snow that some of you probably got, the temperature did drop pretty low. We are relieved to report though that we didn’t see any major damage to our crops. Our early strawberries, which are covered in delicate blossoms and young berries, survived the cold, and we harvested the first few quarts yesterday!
[ 2013 May 31 ]
During this rainy week our production crew started tearing out some of the early crops in the hoop-houses and began preparing the ground for summer crops of peppers and tomatoes. Squash and cucumbers have been planted, as well as the first of the basil. As we head into the second week of our CSA, the season has really begun in earnest and the pace of our crew’s days is set to a rhythm of planting, harvesting, processing, and packing.
[ 2013 May 24 ]
We are all looking forward to a beautiful weekend at the Farm. Our summer CSA begins this coming week, our greenhouses are overflowing with flower and veggie plants, and our early strawberries survived the frost. Little green berries are starting to form on the plants and before we know it we will be harvesting the first berries and celebrating at our annual Father’s Day Berry Brunch on June 16th. We have a great variety of bedding plants ready to put in the garden: annuals, perennials, herbs, and veggies. It’s time to get those gardens planted!
Over the past few days our crew has been taking off the row covers that covered many of our early plantings. Underneath were healthy veggie plants as well as a budding crop of weeds! With our summer staff returning from school, we have been able to tackle the weeding as well as some major plantings, including broccoli, asparagus, green beans, and a hoop house of tomatoes.
[ 2013 May 17 ]
Last Farmstand Saturday: December 15 We’ll be open on Saturday between 11 and 3. We’ll have a full array of beautiful winter veggies, new varieties of dry beans (kidney, pinto, black turtle, black coco, Jacobs’ cattle, king of the early, amish soup bean, soldier, cranberry, tiger eye, and calypso!), and pints of fresh sunflower oil! We still have some summer treasures like frozen soup, marinara sauce, and pesto, and delicious bottled jams and pickles. Plus, we’ll be offering 25% off on all of the bought-in frozen and grocery items that we stock, and all of our Mexican pottery will be on sale! We’ll be at the indoor farmers’ market in Norwich on Saturday as well. See you here or there!
[ 2012 December 12 ]