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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

Posted 1/12/2014 11:47am by Andre Cantelmo.

    It seems safe to say that this is our 'January thaw.' In addition to our usual work of harvesting and washing veggies we are doing some clean up around the farm and planning for the season ahead. Seed catalogs are making the rounds and ideas for new or improved crops are tossed about. In a few weeks our time in the greenhouses will dramatically increase, marking a true start to the new season.

    We hope that you have and will enjoy some of the frozen goodies that are part of the share this winter. We plan to make it a regular feature of the winter share in the future. This week's peaches are from Apple Hill Farm, where the apples and peaches we offer through the CSA and farm stand originate. Another piece of the summer captured for a delicious treat during our 'tropical' January weather!

                       Greg

 

This weeks share:

2 lbs potatoes

3 lbs carrots

1 lb beets

1 lb parsnips

1 lb purple top turnips

1 lb watermelon radish

4 onions

2 heads garlic

1 kohlrabi

1 cabbage

1 package frozen Apple Hill peaches

Posted 12/29/2013 9:16pm by Andre Cantelmo.

Hello Heron Pond Farmers!


Registration for the Summer 2014 CSA season is now open . You can register on the Heron Pond Farm web site.

We’ve held our prices and so, once again, a full vegetable share costs $550 and a half share costs $325 (n.b. this is more like a 60% share because the share value usually includes items that can’t conveniently be offered in half the quantity or weight of a full share). A full share is generally enough vegetables and fruit for 2 to 4 people from June to mid-October.

We are offering an EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. You will get $50 off the full share price and $25 off the half share price, if you pay the balance in full by January 19. (Anything postmarked by that date is acceptable.)

As part of the on-line registration process you can pay by credit card using PayPal. Please note there is a 3% fee for the transaction. Alternately, can avoid that fee by mailing a check to Heron Pond Farm, 299 Main Avenue, South Hampton, NH 03827, or by dropping it off at our stand in South Hampton (Winter hours: Friday-Sunday, 10:00 to 5:00). Please note, there will be an additional $30 fee for pickup at any of our remote locations—Dover, Portsmouth, and Newburyport—to offset the cost of transportation. Finally, we require that any balance from a previous season be paid prior to registering for the new season.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is about partnership. By paying for a “share” in the middle of the winter, you are investing in the farm and in the season. The money you pay now is “seed money”—literally and figuratively—because, in fact, we use it to buy for seeds, as well to pay for the million and one things necessary to start planting in the spring. You share the rewards of good weather and a large harvest and you share the risks that can come with bad weather and pests. In return you receive locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables from each week’s harvest at a significant discount from the retail price. Those of you who take advantage of the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL will receive the food at, effectively, our cost to grow and harvest it.

We also invite our members to become involved with the farm. Please visit and let us get to know you! Check out the new barn, the Haygrove Tunnel in the mid-field, and our awesome Kress cultivator. Meet the team, including Zaga, the cat.

We are looking forward to a great year.

Best wishes to you and yours in 2014!

Andre & Greg



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Posted 12/29/2013 11:41am by Andre Cantelmo.
  We have come to the end of a tumultuous year at the farm that saw many changes. We are thankful for the opportunity to grow beautiful, delicious vegetables and to have so many great people committed to growing and eating this produce. We are looking forward to the upcoming season and all the great food the year will bring forth. Thank you for all of your support.

  Your shares this week include a little piece of summer. Our very own garlic scape pesto! Enjoy this treat to remember the season that is past and look forward to the one ahead.

   Happy New Year from everyone at the farm!     

This weeks share:

    2 lbs potatoes
    2 lbs carrots
    1 lb beets
    2 brussels sprouts stalks
    1 butternut squash
    1 head cabbage
    1 kohlrabi
    4 onions
    2 heads garlic
    6 apples
    1 package of HPF garlic scape pesto  
                        
Posted 12/20/2013 12:53pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   Our farm will be participating in several great markets this weekend.

   On Saturday you can find us in Rollinsford, NH at Wentworth Greenhouses from 10:00 to 2:00. Besides a wide range of vegetables, you can find local meat, eggs, milk, cheese and bread. Also available are some great local products that would make perfect gifts.

   We will also be in Somerville on Saturday from 9:30 to 2:00 at the Armory. This winter market has plenty of local food and some really interesting prepared foods.

   We will be at the Tannery in Newburyport on Sunday for the winter market. This market is unique for being held in a heated tent constructed on site by David Hall and his staff at the Tannery.  The market offers a fine array of local products with many great gift ideas. While there you can also visit many of the great shops that are part of the Tannery. Find us there Sunday from 9:00 to 1:00.

  Lastly, our farm stand in South Hampton is open this weekend from 10:00 to 5:00. All of our delicious veggies plus many other local farm products.

           Happy Holidays from everyone here at the farm!

Posted 12/17/2013 3:04pm by Andre Cantelmo.
from the greenhouse!
 
If you are looking for a unique gift for people who want their food local and fresh from a farm they know and trust, a Heron Pond Farm Gift Certificate might be just the right thing. Our Gift Certificates are redeemable at our farm stand in South Hampton and at our stand at farmers' markets.  

For a very special gift, reserve a full share or half share in our Summer 2014 CSA with convenient daily pickups at our farm stand in South Hampton, and weekly pickups in Dover and Portsmouth.

You can order a certificate on our website or contact us directly by email to <stephen@heronpondfarm.com> or call 603-944-9405. 

All of us here at Heron Pond Farm wish you and yours a joyous holiday season!

Posted 12/15/2013 3:57pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Recent Decembers have been so mild that it was easy to forget the month. The weather of late has really reminded us that we live in New England! This share very much fits in with the character of the season. Snow covers the ground and the temperatures are frigid, but the light and heat of summer made these veggies possible.

  Last weekend before the freeze set in the Saturday crew was able get some more parsnips out of the ground and into storage. Thank you to Kevin, Trevor and Carter. These should last us most of the winter with many parsnips remaining in the ground for spring harvest. We did miss our chance to harvest more leeks, but if we find ourselves in the midst of a thaw we'll run out and grab them. 

   Best wishes and a joyful holiday to all!   Greg

 

This weeks share:

2 lbs potatoes

2 lbs carrots

1 lb parsnips

1 kohlrabi

1 head cabbage

2 brussels sprouts stalks

2 butternut squash

4 onions

6 apples

1 bag of kale or 1 bag of lettuce mix

Posted 12/13/2013 6:49am by Andre Cantelmo.

   The weather outside may be frightful but this weekend you can find great local food in several very delightful places!

   Our farm stand in South Hampton is open every weekend Friday through Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00. In addition to our many vegetables we also have local products such as apples, honey, syrup, jams & jellies, meats, eggs, cheese, milk and bread. You can also find our veggies and many other great local products at Exeter High School on Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 as part of the Seacoast Eat Local winter market. Local farm products, crafts and prepared foods will be available with many great gift ideas. Also on Saturday we will be at the Somerville Farmers Market at the Center for Arts at the Armory on Highland Avenue. This market is held every Saturday through the winter and brings together farms, prepared foods and crafts.

   Don't let the weather keep you home!

Posted 12/2/2013 6:26am by Andre Cantelmo.

  Hope that everyone had a great holiday. We stopped all work on the farm from Thursday to Saturday and are all feeling more rested now. We will be busy for the next several weeks getting ready for winter, although it already seems to be here. Equipment has to be put away and crops properly stored for the winter. The only significant harvests left in the field are brussels sprouts, leeks (you will see more of these next share) and parsnips (if we can get them before spring).

  This week's cabbage is Deadon. I prefer to pronounce it daydon, as the more obvious pronunciation seems ill suited to a delicious vegetable. It has a slightly savoyed leaf that is very suitable to salads or cooking. While the outside leaves are a beautiful purple, the inside is more of a creamy white. It is the last cabbage we harvest from the field because of its cold hardiness, in fact some folks overwinter this variety.

         Enjoy,  Greg

 

This Weeks Share:

2lbs potatoes

2lbs carrots

1lb beets

1lb watermelon radish

2 winter squash

2 brussels sprouts stalks

4 onions

6 apples

1 head cabbage

Dover: Bok Choi  Portsmouth & Farm Stand: kale