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CSA Newsletter #3

Posted by Andre Cantelmo :: Friday, June 15 :: 4:19pm

Hello CSA Members!
Hope you have been enjoying all of your farm share choices so far!
I just wanted to share we offer 10% off any addition purchases with us at the Exeter, Portsmouth and Newburyport Farmers Markets as well as in our farm stand. At the markets, we only bring our own veggies and berries, but when shopping in our newly renovated farm stand, the 10% discount extends to any of the additional locally sourced products, including, but not limited to bulk grains, granolas, eggs, meats, dairy products, crackers, and more!
If you have any friends, co-workers, or family members who may be interested in a share after hearing about your first couple pickups, we do still have spots available at all of our pickup locations. We can prorate the cost by the weeks they have missed.
Week #3 Pick-ups
Farm Stand: Any day 9 am to 6 pm Monday 6/18 - Sunday 6/24 
Dover: Tuesday 6/19 3-6:30 pm
Portsmouth: Wednesday 6/20 3-6:30 pm
I would be happy to bag your share at the Dover and Portsmouth pick-ups. Feel free to send me the choices you'd like, I will leave a bag with your name on it for after hours pickup.
Group A Group B
1 pint strawberries 1 bunch kale
2 heads lettuce 1 head lettuce
1 pound tomatoes 1 tomato
1 box mesclun mix 2 heads baby romaine
1 box salanova (baby lettuce mix) 1 bunch scallions
1 box arugula 1 pound carrots


3 items from Group A & 3 items from Group B


2 items from Group A & 3 items from Group B

With the choice system this year, you are welcome to double up on an item & that would count as 2 item choices from that particular group. For example, this week, a full pick-up could include 2 pints strawberries, 1 pound tomatoes and 3 bunches of kale, if you'd like. 

Field Notes:

One practice we use at Heron Pond Farm for weed control is flame weeding. The above picture shows Andre, just after he has finished flaming a row. The flame kills off the weeds that have germinated, giving the crop that we are about to plant a stronger advantage, without having to out compete the weeds for light and nutrients. We do this for our salad greens, peas, carrots and other roots. 

Additionally, we always wash all of our greens. Our salad greens are also spun dry. Almost all of our other products are washed in our wash station as well. A few exceptions include: tomatoes, berries, peas, and green beans.

Vegetable of the Week: Lettuce

Black Bean and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps/Boats


  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups cooked black beans, can substitute chicken, tofu or other protein
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions
  • Optional: your choice of topping: cilantro, shredded cheese, avocado, hot sauce
  • 1 head lettuce, 2 heads baby romaine, or 1 bunch kale


  1. Heat a oil skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until fragrant.
  2. Add quinoa, black beans (or other protein), taco seasoning, and shredded carrots. Cook until heated through and seasoning is evenly distributed.
  3. Turn heat to low. Stir-in diced tomatoes and scallions.
  4. Scoop filling into leaves of your choice and top with any of your favorite toppings. With the butter and leafy lettuce, and kale, you can tuck in the ends and roll the leaves up into mini-burritos. With the romaine and baby romaine lettuces, you will have a lettuce boat.
  5. Note: The baby romaine leaves would make a great appetizer or hors d'oeuvres option.


Health Benefits of Lettuce:

Provided by our friends at White Birch Natural Medicine & Wellness opening this Summer in Downtown Portsmouth

Learn more at: and

Anti-inflammatory agent Antioxidant agent
Protects neuronal cells Antimicrobial agent
Lowers cholesterol levels Controls anxiety
Induces sleep Decreases Cancer Risk

Lettuce, scientifically known as Lactuca sativa, was first cultivated by the Egyptians thousands of years ago. Lettuce contains moisture, energy, protein, fat, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and sugars. The minerals and vitamins found in lettuce include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc along with vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B6, C, A, E, and vitamin K. For thousands of years, this leaf has been cultivated as more than a vegetable. It was also thought to possess medicinal properties by ancient people.

A Message from Short Creek Farm:


We are so thrilled to partner with Heron Pond Farm this year to offer a Heritage Pork add-on to their CSA program, and we want to thank all those who have signed up for shares! CSA members help us squeak through the lean months of March and April when there are so few farmers' markets on the calendar but oh so many mouths to feed on the farm.
We've got a lot of great products in store for this CSA season. Cuts of pork have been better than ever lately, with exceptional marbling and flavor. Seasonal sausages started rolling out last week and will only pick up steam as we head into summer. And we've just added a dry chorizo to our lineup of salami, perfect for starting a paella of tender spring veggies. If all that sounds good, it's not too late: you can sign up for a pork share at any time throughout the season.
Short Creek is at the Exeter farmers' market on Thursday, Portsmouth on Saturday, and both Kittery and Newburyport on Sunday. If you're in the area, please stop by to say hi!
Dave & Jeff


Enjoy your share!

Kelsey and the Heron Pond Farm team 


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