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Posted 11/4/2013 6:42am by Andre Cantelmo.

Good Morning,

             I apologize for not getting this message out yesterday. We had to do some preparation for the cold temperatures overnight. While not unseasonable, when we get down around 25 degrees equipment and crops need more attention than for a frost. Pumps had to be emptied, furnaces checked and crops covered.

            Potato harvest will be done by mid-week, mechanical disruptions notwithstanding. The crew brought in a nice crop of watermelon radishes on Saturday, but only a few of the black spanish radish. We'll probably tackle purple top turnips this week and begin to pull out beets. We hope to borrow a friend's root harvester next week to expedite our carrot and parnsip harvests in particular.

          Andre and Gary spent some time yesterday with the good folks from Seacoast Eat Local harvesting some extra red potatoes for distribution to area food banks. Looked to be around 1500 lbs of red norlands.

         Some of you may know that we have ended our association with the Eastman's Corner location in Kensington. Heron Pond Farm and the owner of the property, KLCT Holdings, have agreed to end our relationship. You will find our produce at all of the outlets we supplied before this season. Our farm stand in South Hampton, CSA and farmers markets in Portsmouth, Exeter, Newburyport, Somerville and Rollinsford, as well as many restaurants.

                 Stay warm and eat well!    Greg


This weeks share:

2 lbs potatoes

1 lb carrots

1 lb beets

6 apples

4 onions

4 leeks

2 winter squash

2 brussels sprouts stalks

2 bags salad greens

1 bunch kale

1 head lettuce

Posted 10/27/2013 10:02am by Andre Cantelmo.

 Good morning everyone! This newsletter applies to the second winter CSA pickup that includes October 28th in Dover; October 30th in Portsmouth and November 1-3 at the farm stand in South Hampton.

  We are now fully engaged in potato harvest with Adirondack Blues now in the cellar and Satina golds coming out now. We hope to be finished by next weekend so that we can start on carrots and beets with much more to follow. Saturday morning was our first hard freeze/frost and brought an end to all tender crops. We still have many root vegetables, salad greens, bunched greens, squash, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi and more. The last of our peppers will appear in this week's share so enjoy. Brussels sprouts are making their first appearance of the season as the sprouts have just started to reach full size. You have probably noticed that our carrots are quite large right now, but don't worry, they aren't tough and have been wonderfully sweet. The variety right now is Napoli, known for its sweetness when the cold weather comes.



                           This weeks share:                                                               

                           2 lbs potatoes 

                           1 lb carrots

                           1 bunch beets

                           4 onions

                           2 winter squash

                           4 peppers

                           1 brussels sprouts stalk

                           6 apples

                           2 bags of salad greens

                           1 bunch kale

                           1 head garlic

                           1 head of lettuce

Posted 10/20/2013 4:19pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   Welcome to the first week of the winter CSA! Pickups are Mondays in Dover from 3:00 to 6:00 and in Portsmouth on Wednesday, also from 3:00 to 6:00. Farm stand pickups in South Hampton are held Friday through Sunday, 10:00 to 5:00. We will have weekly pickups until Thanksgiving, when we move to an every other week schedule.

   The weather will take a turn this week and send us into a very late fall pattern. On the farm we will be harvesting root crops in earnest and covering some of the more tender greens. Summer crops are definitely almost done. Butternut and other winter squash are now in from the field and protected from the predicted late week frosts. You will find the last of the season's peppers and eggplant in the share. Salad greens available include yukina savoy, arugula, baby kale and perhaps a little spinach. We've just started harvesting from our late season lettuce planting. Choices in winter squash include butternut, delicata, Sunshine kabocha, acorn and pie pumpkins.

   You will all receive reminders of your pickups this week that will include a list of pickup dates through the winter. Information on pickup locations can be found on our website under the CSA heading. Enjoy the season, Greg


This weeks share:

2 lbs potatoes

1 lb carrots

1 bunch beets

2 winter squash

4 onions

6 apples

2 peppers

1 eggplant

2 bags salad greens

1 bunch kale

1 head garlic

1 head lettuce

Posted 10/13/2013 1:22pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   Well here we are at the final week of the summer CSA! Always a strange contradiction at this time of year. Cool weather has made inroads but then retreated in the face of summer warmth, but the leaves don't lie. We are still enjoying summer veggies like tomatoes, sweet corn and peppers but in a few short weeks those crops will be gone.

   We look forward to seeing many of you this winter, the more the merrier! It is not too late to sign up. A thank you to everyone and we look forward to your feedback on the season.



                                 Full Share                                                          Half Share

                            1 tomato                                                               1 tomato

                           2 lbs potatoes                                                      1 lb potatoes

                           1 lb carrots                                                           1 lb carrots

                           2 winter squash                                                    1 winter squash

                           4 onions                                                                2 onions

                           6 apples                                                                3 apples

                           4 ears sweet corn                                                 2 ears sweet corn

                           2 sweet peppers                                                   1 sweet pepper

                           1 green pepper                                                     1 green pepper

                           1 bag salad greens                                            1 bag salad greens OR 1 bunch kale

                           1 bunch kale

                           1 lb broccoli

Posted 10/6/2013 2:37pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   It was sure nice to have another round of summer like weather. Many crops responded positively to the warm temperatures. Our last block of sweet corn has now ripened and some of our storage crops grew significantly.

   Tomatoes remain in the share, thanks in part to the warm weather. Sweet corn is back! Early in the week there will be a mix of Montauk and Cameo before we move into Cameo exclusively. We have another flush of broccoli this week. Salad greens continue to yield well and taste great. Eggplant and peppers continue to be abundant. We have to enjoy our summer veggies while they last!

   This is the second to last summer CSA week. We are still accepting registrations for our winter CSA, which begins the week of October 20th. We have an even more diverse offering in store for this winter. Don't miss out!



                     Full Share                                                                  Half Share

         2 tomatoes                                                                     1 tomato

         4 ears sweet corn                                                          2 ears sweet corn

         2 lbs potatoes                                                                1 lb potatoes

         1 lb carrots                                                                     1/2 lb carrots

         1 lb broccoli                                                                    1 lb broccoli

         2 winter squash                                                              1 winter squash

         2 eggplant                                                                       1 eggplant

         2 green peppers                                                              1 green pepper

         4 onions                                                                          2 onions

         6 apples                                                                          3 apples

         1 bag of salad greens                                                 1 bag of salad greens OR 1 bunch kale

         1 bunch kale

         1 bunch hakurei turnips

Posted 9/29/2013 2:25pm by Andre Cantelmo.

     What a great weekend of weather we're having! Not quite like summer but warm enough and no mosquitos. This week the crew finished pulling our onions and shallots out of the field and then jumped over to winter squash. We have butternut, acorn, delicata, sweet dumpling, kabocha and sugar pumpkins. We are a little light on tomatoes right now but the next planting should ripen with this warmth, as will our last field of sweet corn. Our salad greens continue to yield well and we are keeping a close eye on our storage crops for the winter.

     Enjoy this beautiful weather and eat well!   Greg

                      Full Share                                                                         Half Share

               1 tomato                                                                              1 tomato

               2 lbs potatoes                                                                     1 lb potatoes

               1 lb carrots                                                                          1/2 lb carrots

               2 eggplant                                                                           1 eggplant

               2 green peppers                                                                  1 green pepper

               4 onions                                                                               2 onions

               6 apples                                                                               3 apples

               2 winter squash                                                                   1 winter squash

               1 head of cabbage                                                          1 head of cabbage OR 1 bunch kale

               1 bunch of kale                                                                    1 bag of salad greens

               1 bag of salad greens

Posted 9/22/2013 2:01pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   When I look back on the share that started the month it is evident that fall is here. This share has much more of an autumn feel. Broccoli, kale, carrots, apples. It is a great time of the year for cooking, especially with the cool air flowing into New England right now. As a farmer I always tend to cook more this time of year because of the great range of produce and more time with evenings growing shorter. You can't do a lot farming in the dark, although Andre and I have been known to harvest corn in the dark of Saturday mornings!

   We'll try to hold onto the summer veggies, but nature doesn't always make that easy. Sweet corn should be back next week if the upcoming temperatures don't hold back the ripening. We have a late planting of tomatoes that should yield us fruit soon so that we can keep tomatoes in the share. The broccoli was a surprise this week, as we thought it was still a week away. Bunched kale is now abundant and can remain in the share going forward. The carrots have really sweetened up this week. Winter squash just have to harvested, many varieties are sweet and ready to cook.  Beets are still draggin their feet and the beans have suffered too much from dining deer. That battle continues.

    Eat well!   Greg


                      Full Share                                                               Half Share

          2 tomatoes                                                                      1 tomato

          2 lbs potatoes                                                                 1 lb potatoes

          4 onions                                                                           2 onions

          2 eggplant                                                                        1 eggplant

          4 apples                                                                           2 apples

          1 bunch kale                                                           1 bunch kale OR 1 bag salad greens

          1 bag salad greens                                                         1 lb carrots

          1 lb carrots                                                                     1 green pepper

          1 green pepper                                                               1/2 lb broccoli

          1 head cabbage

          1 lb broccoli

Posted 9/19/2013 6:23am by Andre Cantelmo.

    Registration for the Heron Pond Farm Winter CSA is now open! We have a great season of veggies ahead of us. Salad greens, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beets, kohlrabi, cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions, shallots, winter squash, apples and more! Local produce at a non-traditional time of year. These veggies are especially satisfying on days when the temperatures are frigid with snow on the ground. We capture a piece of summer and send it your way all winter. Pickups are available at our farm stand in South Hampton on weekends, in Portsmouth on Wednesday and Dover on Monday. Go to Winter CSA Signup under the CSA heading on our website.

Posted 9/15/2013 12:16pm by Andre Cantelmo.

    It looks we have a cool week in store! Last week was such a mixed bag with a few cool mornings interrupted by a real scorcher and warm nights. We are still waiting for the beets to size so that we can get them into the share but they have resisted so far. Tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini have slowed down with the cooler nights. Eggplant and peppers are still producing well and should stay strong until the first frost. The current carrot planting is solid and should keep us in carrots for a few weeks. Our fall storage carrots and parsnips look excellent. We have lots of cabbage right now and our storage crop looks great, as do the brussel sprouts.  We will begin harvesting our winter squash in earnest this week and we will get them into the share soon.

   In addition to our normal selection of red, white and gold potatoes we now are also harvesting blue and red fleshed potatoes. Try them out this week, they have a very rich flavor. All of our cabbage varieties are tender leafed types that can be eaten raw or cooked. High in vitamin C and delicious! Our greens plantings remain strong with a nice selection of baby kales, baby asian greens and arugula.

     Registration for the winter CSA is now open. We are looking forward to great winter with a wide selection of produce available. Eat well and savor the season.  Greg


                                Full Share                                                                           Half Share

                   2 tomatoes                                                                                   1 tomato

                   2 lbs potatoes                                                                              1 lb potatoes

                   4 onions                                                                                        2 onions

                   4 apples                                                                                        2 apples

                   1 lb carrots                                                                                   1 lb carrots

                   1 eggplant                                                                                1 eggplant or 1 green pepper

                   1 green pepper                                                              1 bag salad greens or 1 head cabbage

                   1 bag of salad greens                                                                 1 bunch Hakurei turnips

                   1 head of cabbage     

                   1 bunch of Hakurei turnips

Posted 9/8/2013 10:53am by Andre Cantelmo.

     We have a few new or returned additions to the share this week. For those not familiar with Hakurei turnips, they are a very mild white salad turnip. You can cook them but they are wonderful eaten raw. Carrots are back now that the next planting has matured. Potatoes are back in the share after a brief departure and we have added a few more varieties to the mix. Beets are very close and almost appeared in this weeks' share. They will likely be chioggia and gold beets. Sweet corn has departed from the share for probably two weeks as a result of all the rain in June. Cucumbers are out because of a disease called Downy Mildew that has ravaged the plants. We have one more planting that may give us some fruit.

    As the weather cools in September the harvest doesn't. This is the most complete month for range of harvest and therefore options for cooking. With most of the summer veggies, greens, roots and many fruits it is a great time for eating. Enjoy the harvest!  Greg


                      Full Share                                                                 Half Share

            4 tomatoes                                                                     2 tomatoes

            2 lbs potatoes                                                                1 lb potatoes

            4 onions                                                                          2 onions

            1 lb beans                                                                       1/2 lb beans

            1 bunch Hakurei turnips                                               1 bunch Hakurei turnips

            1 lb carrots                                                                     1 lb carrots

            4 peaches                                                                        2 peaches

            1 bag of salad greens                                                    1 bag of salad greens

            1 eggplant                                                                    1 eggplant OR 1 green pepper

            1 green pepper

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