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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)

Posted 3/10/2014 5:30am by Andre Cantelmo.

  The warmth of the March sun has finally started to make a difference, although not enough to alter this week's forecast! That aside, the warmer days with bright sunshine have made both people and plants happier. We are busy seeding in the greenhouses and making preparations for much more to come this spring. Onions, shallots, leeks, herbs, celeriac, artichokes make up just part of the list. We expect to plant our first round of greenhouse tomatoes this week, which we always see as a spring milestone.

   Some familiar veggies on the list this week and at least one new one: shallots. We uncovered several boxes of these in storage underneath onions and will get them cleaned up for you this week. Greens will include yukina, arugula (wild & smooth leaved) early in the week, possibly followed by spinach and pink lettuce mustard later in the week.

   For those of you in Portsmouth and Dover, this week will mark your last pickups! Your schedule runs ahead of the farm stand because we sneak an extra pickup in ahead of Thanksgiving for your locations. We hope that you will join us this summer in the CSA. We will be at the same locations as this winter. Prior to the summer CSA you can find us in March and April at the Seacoast Eat Local winter markets and in May at the Seacoast Growers Association markets.

   Folks at the farm stand will have their last winter CSA pickup March 28-30.

   Enjoy the sun when you can and eat well!    Greg

 

This week's share:

2 lbs potatoes

3 lbs carrots

1 lb parsnips

1 lb purple top turnips

1 kohlrabi

1 head of cabbage

4 onions

2 shallots

1 bag of greens

Posted 2/23/2014 4:17pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  A glimpse of this weeks' forecast has convinced me to remember fondly the weather of the last several days and focus on the positive: spring will come (at some point) and the days are getting longer. Fortunately, we still have plenty of crops in storage and, more importantly, salad greens are waking up and deciding to grow. We are by no means swamped with greens but we are finally getting some good cuts.

  Although we have plenty of storage crops yet to eat, this will be the last offering of watermelon radishes in the share. Last season we ran out before Christmas, so it is an improvement to make it this far. Next season we'll aim for the entire winter. Greens this week will again be a mix of varieties: yukina, arugula, pink lettuce mustard and kale.

       Enjoy,   Greg

This weeks' share:

2 lbs potatoes

3 lbs carrots

1 lb watermelon radish

1 lb purple top turnips

1 lb parsnips

4 onions

1 kohlrabi

1 head cabbage

1 bag of salad greens

1 frozen item (choice of several different)

Posted 2/21/2014 8:16pm by Andre Cantelmo.

On Saturday the Seacoast Eat Local farmers market at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford will bring together farmers and local producers from all over the seacoast for a great day of local food and products. The market is open from 10:00 to 2:00. You can find an amazing array of locally grown vegetables, meat, honey, syrup, cheese, prepared foods, crafts and much more. Come on out and enjoy the fare and the sun in this bright and cheery setting. We could all use a little of that this winter!

You can also find our farm this Saturday at the Armory in Somerville for the winter market. Another great market featuring many great local products. The market is open from 9:30 to 2:00.

You can find our produce and other local foods every weekend this winter at our farm stand on Route 107A in South Hampton. Roots, onions, cabbage, kohlrabi, salad greens, apples, meat, dairy, honey, syrup and bread. It's all there!

Posted 2/9/2014 6:27pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Thank you to everyone who made it to our annual potluck on Saturday night. It was great to see so many familiar faces and meet some new folks. We really appreciate your feedback about the shares and the farm in general. We will do our best to incorporate your suggestions in to this years' share.

  We are finally turning the corner with greens! This week we will start with lettuce mix for everyone in Dover and Portsmouth and probably move to yukina and arugula at the farm stand. For those in Dover and Portsmouth, we promise that you will see arugula and yukina in the shares ahead. Also this week you will have frozen strawberries. Hard to go wrong with strawberries!

   Last week the first of this summer's onions were sown in the greenhouse. Sweet onions, Ailsa Craig, are first on the list. This week we will also be sowing herbs, flowers and continue with the onions. We have been preparing our greenhouses for the season and before long many of them will be filled. Here we go!

                    Greg

This weeks' share:

2 lbs potatoes

3 lbs carrots

1 lb purple top turnips

1 lb parsnips

1 lb beets

4 onions

1 head of cabbage

1 bag of salad greens

1 bag frozen strawberries

Posted 2/7/2014 2:07pm by Andre Cantelmo.

Reminder about the Heron Pond Farm Annual Meeting

Join us in creating the farms future!

Pot luck and Fellowship 6:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, Feb, 8, 2014 South Hampton Town Hall, 3 Hilldale Ave, South Hampton, NH

Bring the kids!

Farm Fan: Introducing our new FarmFan program for our most loyal customers! We'll give you points for shopping and we'll send out updates via text message right before each market with availability 

information. This is our way to keep you informed and to say "thanks" for spending your hard earned dollars at our stand. Simply log on to: http://farmfanapp.com/heronpond/signup

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 to get started, find us at the market, give us your phone number when you shop with us.   Your reward Points can be redeemed for cash or get some cool Heron Pond Farm gear.  

Eastmen’s: Heron Pond Farm left Eastmen’s corner November 1, 2013.  We started that venture with an eye for creating a larger more sustainable farming community.  Now that we have moved on we need to discuss what is right direction for Heron Pond to go in order to continue to achieve it’s goals.

Winter CSA: Update on what the cold winter has meant for winter growing.  How are we all liking some of those frozen food treats?

Three Season (52 weeks) CSA: We have talked about this before.  What is the best way to split the year into seasons? How do we give good value but remain profitable with CSA?

Dairy Share how we would do it?: Now that Anna (Andre’s wife) is putting together a Dairy share for Appleton Farm, is there an opportunity for Heron Pond Farm to offer one as well?  Is there a need?

Survey:  We have been working with a consultant provided by the Fair Food Network and The New Hampshire Community Fund.  These surveys will help us shape the farm in a way that is right with you.  Please take the time to fill them out.

What do we need more of?

What do we need less of?

What should we bring back? What should we drop?

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

The Heron Pond Farm Team.  

Posted 1/28/2014 3:01pm by Andre Cantelmo.

We here at Heron Pond Farm want you to be in on all the fun going on. To that end we have stepped up our posts to Facebook and twitter. You can like us on Facebook on our page here:  https://www.facebook.com/heronpondfarm.  Or follow us on twitter: heronpondfarmer.

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Coming this Summer one of our farmers will be writing a food blog. Full of great recipes and feedback about the farm.  We hope you will join us.

 

Thanks

Andre

 

Posted 1/26/2014 6:17pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   That thaw was nice, but here we are right back in the arctic. Although we have had some warmth, this winter has had more severe cold than we have seen in some time. It has become a real chore to make sure that all of our storage crops are safe and sound. We've worked hard to upgrade our facilities, but it is an ongoing process and with more storage crops than ever it has kept us on our toes. 

   The cold and clouds that started right before Thanksgiving have also contributed to the relative lack of greens this season. Our greens are grown largely without furnace heat, relying instead on solar warmth. We had to harvest our January greens for December needs, leaving us with very little this month. That will soon turn around with the arrival of ten hour days in early February. Not ony do the plants recognize this milestone on the solar calendar, but if you listen closely your neighborhood birds will let you know that they too welcome this increase in daylength. Look for greens to be back in the mix next month.

  On Saturday February 8th our annual CSA potluck will be held in the evening at South Hampton Town Hall. We'll get a chance to socialize and talk about last season and the season to come. There will be a kids room so that youngsters can stretch their legs. More to come on that event.

                                  Greg

 

This week's share:

2 lbs potatoes

3 lbs carrots

1 lb beets

1 lb parsnips

1 lb purple top turnips

1 head cabbage

1 kohlrabi

4 onions

2 heads garlic

1 bag frozen HPF eggplant or 1 bag frozen HPF corn

Posted 1/17/2014 9:39am by Andre Cantelmo.

     Last call for the Early Bird Special!

     Through the end of this weekend we are offering discounts on our Summer 2014 CSA shares. If you register and pay in full by the end of this weekend the prices are $500 for a full share ($50 off) and $300 for a half share ($25 off). You can register in person at the farm stand this weekend or go to our website.

     Your early payments help the farm run smoothly all spring by paying for the many early up front costs that we incur for seeds, fertilizer and other supplies. A successful spring makes for lots of great produce and many happy eaters!

                                      Greg