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Heron Pond News 11/14/2017

Posted 11/13/2017 2:12pm by Andre Cantelmo.
Winter certainly took its time, but we got a good dose of it this last weekend. Woke up to 19 degrees on Saturday morning. Most farmers would be sad about that, but we know the good stuff that happens with that cold. The Brussels sprouts and parsnips will sweeten up nicely. We have stayed away from harvesting the parsnips, wanting them to get cold enough to get those sugars going.  Thank goodness we can get some in time for the Thanksgiving shares.

The crew has done a great job getting all the other roots that would have taken a hit out of the field in front of this cold front. I know I have said it a bunch of times this year, but I need to say it again, this crew rocks the house. They continue to impress not only in the amount of work that they can get done, but in the way they do it. Thursday and Friday last week were so much fun. The joking and leg pulling going on while moving at an impressive speed was an honor to be a part of. The hard work had its toll on me, I was beat. Of course, I would do it all again with this fun bunch.

We had a shareholder that was concerned about some of the offerings in the share last week. Wanted to take the time to let you know how the winter crops are faring. Our greens, lettuce, and choi where pushed forward with the warm October. That has left us in a place where the greens we normally have in the month of November are just not around. However, we have seven greenhouses, totaling just over 17,000 square feet of greens planted. We normally have these ready to go starting in January. With the warm fall we will surely be able to have some of these in the December shares. All that being said the value of the shares for the winter are not in danger of coming up short. After this week we will have ten more winter pickups. If they each totaled just $28.70 in value (for the partial share), you would break even on your investment in us. Looking at our crop availability and the way the greenhouse should come in, we feel that the share should exceed the breakeven mark. 

See you this week!
Locally yours,
This Weeks Share

CSA Share 11/14/2017-11/19/2017

This week brings us two different kinds of shares. Those of you who pick up in the farm stand will be picking up your Thanksgiving share. It will have a bunch more in it so you have enough to put on a show of local food this holiday. For those of you who pick up in Dover and Portsmouth you will have one more pick up before Thanksgiving. We move those to Monday (11/20) in Dover and Tuesday (11/21) in Portsmouth. This will give everyone a chance to travel and cook for Thanksgiving. Have a great holiday!
Dover & Portsmouth Pickups
                        Full      Partial
Apples             4               2
Squash             1               1
Roots               4               2
Brussels           1               1
Leeks                1               1
Onions             1#           1/2#
Kale                   1               1   

Farm Stand
                       Full      Partial
Apples             4               2
Squash             2               1
Roots               4               2
Brussels           2               2
Leeks                2               1
Onions             1#           1/2#
Kale                   1               1   
Celeriac             2              2
Irish or sweet   2              2
Rutabaga or      1               1 


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