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Posted 7/18/2014 8:37pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Over the last week we've had all sorts of weather: very hot, hot and humid, stormy and now mild and dry. The heat has brought on the squash and cucumbers in quantity at last. The blueberries have also started to ripen with this weather and the rain. Tomatoes continue to yield well from all of our protected culture, including more heirlooms.

  On the farm, we continue to plant, harvest and tend our many crops. Although we won't be eating them anytime soon, many of our late fall and storage crops require our attention right through the summer. Hand weeding, mechanical cultivation and irrigation to fill our barn with carrots, beets, celeriac, butternut and much more for the colder months.

  Next week we hope to bring beans back into the share. Our first two plantings were a little weak, but they look good after that. We expect salad greens to return and our early onions are bulbing nicely. There may even be some green peppers on the horizon. It is getting to be that time of year!

          Greg

                      Full Share                                       Half Share

                 4 tomatoes                                          2 tomatoes

                 1 lb new potatoes                                1/2 lb new potatoes

                 3 summer squash/zucchini                    2 summer squash/zucchini

                 2 cucumbers                                        1 cucumber

                 1 bunch scallions                                  1 bunch scallions

                 2 bunches kale                                     1 bunch kale

                 1 pint of blueberries                             1/2 pint blueberries          

Posted 7/11/2014 7:40pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   We have had some great growing weather lately and many summer crops are starting to come around. We've had a trickle of squash, cucumbers, eggplant and even peppers. The squash and cucumbers should become a regular feature with next weeks share. Eggplant and peppers in another two to three weeks.  Beans have started to produce and are in the share this week. Tomatoes continue to ripen in the greenhouses with a few heirlooms maturing as well.

  For those not familiar with new potatoes, you are in for a treat. New potatoes require much less cooking and have a smooth, buttery flavor that you won't forget and don't want to bury under other stronger companions in a dish.

   Enjoy,   Greg

         Full Share                                         Half Share

       4 tomatoes                                         2 tomatoes

       1 lb new potatoes                               1/2 lb new potatoes

       1/2 lb green beans                             1/2 lb green beans

       2 bunches kale                                   1 bunch kale

       1 bag swiss chard                               1 bag swiss chard

       1 bag salad greens                             1 bunch scallions

       1 bunch scallions

Posted 7/5/2014 4:58am by Andre Cantelmo.

  It doesn't often happen that July 4th is a washout. As I write this newsletter early Saturday morning the rain is still falling. This rain has certainly ruined many holiday plans but as a farmer I couldn't be happier. To say that the soil was dry before this rain would have quite an understatement. Early in the week we were in a mad scramble to get the water flowing everywhere possible. Yet in the span of only 24 hours we received enough rain for all of that pressure to ease. Here on the farm we'll give our thanks for this otherwise foul weather.

  The tomatoes continue to be harvested in abundance from our greenhouses. We hope that this harvest will continue as our later houses come into production. Our first planting of sugarsnap peas has burned out in the heat and drought, but the second planting appears ready to grab the baton. Our cabbage started to mature last week and is now abundant enough to offer in the share. Our summer cabbages are mostly varieties with thin, tender leaves that can be used in salads and slaws in addition to cooking. The kohlrabi is this weeks full share is not like that you may have tasted in the winter. The spring kohlrabi has more of a cabbage like flavor and can be eaten raw or cooked.

  Eat well and enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend,   Greg

 

             Full Share                                       Half Share

     4 tomatoes                                            2 tomatoes

     1 lb sugarsnap peas                               1/2 lb sugarsnap peas

     2 heads lettuce                                       1 head lettuce

     1 head cabbage                                      1 head cabbage

     1 bunch kale                                           1 bunch kale

     1 bag chard                                             1 bag chard

     1 bag salad greens

     1 spring kohlrabi                

Posted 6/27/2014 9:01pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  The tomatoes have really come on this week and sugarsnap peas are cranking. For those not familiar with sugarsnaps, they are an edible pod pea. Just take off the tiny stem and you are good to go. They are great raw and we often cook them gently in stir fries. Greens continue to be abundant and diverse. Beets are not quite abundant enough and potatoes need some rain. We received very little here on the farm, about 1/3 of an inch. Irrigation begins in earnest this week!

  Yes, strawberries are nearing an end and won't make the share this week. With the warmth our planting won't produce enough through the week for the CSA. They don't call them 'June bearing' berries for nothing! Folks that pickup at the farm stand on Sunday however, will receive berries since they missed out Sunday before last.

 We picked just a few zucchini and summer squash this week from our tunnel. I personally hope that cucumbers are not far behind! Lots of planting happened this week: brussels sprouts, storage cabbage, last field tomatoes, squash, melons and cucumbers. Next week we will plant our winter squash and sugar pumpkins. It is great to have some summer weather and come into some real harvests. We look forward to much more.

   Greg

 

       Full Share                                      Half Share

    1 lb sugarsnap peas                      1/2 lb sugarsnap peas

    3 tomatoes                                    1 tomato

    1 bunch kale                               1 bunch kale or 1 bag chard

    1 bag chard                                   1 head lettuce

    1 head lettuce                               1 bag choi

    1 bag choi                                     

                  

Posted 6/21/2014 4:28am by Andre Cantelmo.

  We have reached the longest day of the year although summer feels like it just started. The plants, both weeds and crops, certainly recognize the long days. The warmth, sun and long days of the last week have pushed many crops along and the weeds have taken advantage of all the opportunities we have created for them. The dry weather has given us ideal conditions under which to cultivate aggressively in our crops to diminish the weed populations. The flip side is that it is suddenly past time to set up irrigation on many crops. We'll be quite busy next week tackling these projects.

  The strawberries are really coming in right now. We are still picking our early berry, Wendy, and have moved into the Jewell as well. Greenhouse tomatoes have finally given us a flush of fruit. Greens continue to be strong. No baby greens this week, the weeds won that battle, but they will return soon. We harvested our first beets and sugarsnap peas this week. Not many of either crop, but the peas at least should appear in the next share. The new tastes of season are starting to come along now.

   Greg

 

        Full Share                                        Half Share

   1 quart strawberries                              1 pint strawberries

   1 tomato                                             1 tomato

   1 head of lettuce                                  1 head of lettuce

   2 bunches of kale                                 1 bunch of kale

   1.5 lbs of swiss chard                            3/4 lb of swiss chard

   1 bag of bok choi

Posted 6/14/2014 6:02am by Andre Cantelmo.

  Last weekend it sure felt like summer, but by late week we seemed to be transported back to early May. Our leafy crops have no objections to this sort of weather but it is not ideal for ripening most other crops. The greenhouse tomatoes have been slow to ripen and the conditions are ideal for molds on the plants. Strawberries appreciate the water but don't get red very quickly with clouds and temps in the 60's.

  That being said, we will probably get strawberries into the share this week. I haven't included berries on the list because we have to be sure there are enough for the whole CSA. I believe that we are close, and if so there will be a quart in the full share and a pint in the half share.

  Hopefully we can have tomatoes in the share next week and we'll keep an eye on the beets and new potatoes. Your salad green this week will vary depending on the day. It could be arugula, kale or yukina, all in the baby leaf stage.

  Enjoy,   Greg

         Full Share                                        Half Share

    1 bunch swiss chard                             1 bunch swiss chard

    1 bag of salad greens                         1 bag of salad greens

    2 heads of lettuce                                1 head of lettuce

    2 bunches of kale                                 1 bunch of kale

    1 lb of red potatoes

Posted 6/7/2014 5:46am by Andre Cantelmo.

  Life here at he farm is moving along with lots of planting, weeding and now harvesting. We have a much wider diversity of greens available this week as the sun moves us towards the solstice. The strawberries have just started to show some red over the last few days and we can't wait to start picking! Sugarsnap peas are in flower and have some very small peas formed but are not yet ready. Beets continue to size and we'll check on the status of the new potatoes this week. Summer is coming!

  A few reminders: the share below is for the week starting Sunday the 8th and ending on Saturday the 14th, with all the pickups in between. Those with a farm stand pickup today, the 7th, will work from last weeks list. As new members will have discovered, your shares are not boxed so we encourage everyone to bring their own reusable bags.

              Greg

 

     Full Share                                                          Half Share

    1 lb red potatoes                                1 lb red potatoes

    1 lb parsnips                                      1/2 lb parsnips

    2 heads lettuce                                   1 head lettuce

    1 bag of salad greens                        1 bag of salad greens

    1 bunch kale                                    1 bunch kale OR 1 bag of choi

    1 bag of choi

Posted 5/30/2014 6:16pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Here we are at the beginning of another season! Spring had a late start but we are sticking with our traditional start date for the summer CSA with a small share to get things going. Carrots are from our fall storage crop. Not as pretty, but just as sweet. Parsnips are from our spring digging. Broccoli raab and choi ( a mix of Mei Quing and Bok Choi) are from our outdoor spring planting. Great for sautees and other cooking, or even a salad. Leeks overwintered in the field under our great snow cover and we are sending the last harvest from that planting your way.

  For farm stand pickups we start on Sunday June 1st. Our hours at the stand are 9:00 to 6:00 daily. Please come on the day you selected for pickup. If you need to change your day, just let us know for the next share.

  Dover pickup is on Monday June 2, Portsmouth on Wednesday June 4 and Newburyport on Thursday June 5. All of these pickups run from 3:00 to 7:00. Specific details for these pickups will be in your reminder email the day before the pickup. Please give a hearty welcome to our new CSA point person, Beth Fossum. Some of you may have met Beth at the Portsmouth or Newburyport markets in May. Welcome aboard!

  Possibilities for next week: kale, chard and lettuce. We have picked our first greenhouse tomato this week, but only one!. A few weeks for those treats. Sugarsnap peas, beets and new potatoes several weeks away. We'll keep you posted about what else is on the horizon.

    Best, Greg

 

This weeks share:

           Full Share                                             Half Share

     1 lb carrots                                                  1/2 lb carrots

     1 lb parsnips                                                1/2 lb parsnips

     1 bunch broccoli raab                                    1 bunch broccoli raab

     2 choi                                                          1 choi

     4 leeks                                                        2 leeks

Posted 5/25/2014 7:56pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Winter was long, spring has come and once again the harvest has started. The HPF crew is hard at work planting and tending your crops. While we haven't exactly had summer weather, the temperatures and rain have brought some greens to harvestable size: Choi, broccoli raab and soon salad greens. Our overwintered leeks are also ready, along with carrots from storage and spring dug parsnips.

   Summer pickups will begin Sunday June 1st at the farm stand. First Dover pickup will be on Monday June 2nd, Portsmouth on June 4th and Newburyport June 5th.

   Farm stand hours will be 9:00 to 6:00 beginning June 1st and shares can be picked up any time during our business hours. We ask that you pickup on the day of the week that you selected when registering so that we can plan our harvest accordingly. If you would like to change your day, just let us know.

   Pickups in Dover, Portsmouth and Newburyport run from 3:00 to 7:00. Our pickups are set up farmers market style to allow you to select your produce from that week's list. If you are unable to pick up during the regular hours at Dover or Portsmouth, we do bag up shares and leave them for that night and the next morning. If you do not pickup within that time, your shares will be donated. We are unable to leave bagged shares at our Newburyport site.

  We will send out a newsletter each Friday or Saturday with news from the farm and the following week's share list. Since our share week begins with the Sunday farm stand pickup, folks who pickup at the stand on the following Saturday will have their list a full week in advance. We'll do our best to get the newsletter out on Friday, but at times it just won't happen until Saturday.

  Look for a newsletter later this week with details about next weeks' share list and other important information about your shares. We will also send out pickup reminders the night before your designated day.

  We're looking forward to a great season of veggies!  

  Greg

 

Posted 3/27/2014 6:09am by Andre Cantelmo.

   Good morning everyone! Although winter isn't yet done with us, this season's winter CSA is coming to a close this weekend. Thankfully, we still have plenty of wonderful veggies to keep our kitchens stocked.

    With the end of the share in mind, we have included five pounds of potatoes in this share. We are now down to only green cabbage, as we finished the last bin of red last week. The frozen veggies and fruit that remain are a mix of all the different choices available over the winter. We would love your opinion of the frozen items. Which ones you liked best or did not like.

    If you haven't already signed up for the summer share, please consider doing so soon. It may not feel like spring, but we are moving forward on the farm with all of our normal activities. Within a few weeks we will be planting outside in earnest and tending all of the crops that will sustain us this summer and until this time next year.

    Thank you for a great season.    Best, Greg

 

This week's share:

5 lbs potatoes (or half that many fingerlings)

3 lbs carrots

1 lb parsnips

1 lb purple top turnips

1 cabbage

1 kohlrabi

2 onions

1/2 lb shallots

1 bag of salad greens

1 package of frozen fruit/veggie (many choices)