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Posted 10/29/2012 6:23am by Andre Cantelmo.
    Due to the impending storm we have cancelled the Dover winter CSA pickup and rescheduled it for Thursday from 3-6 at the same location. The farmstand will also be closed on both Monday and Tuesday due to the weather. We will re-open Wednesday at 9:00. The Portsmouth CSA pickup will proceed normally on Wednesday.  Thanks, Greg
Posted 10/22/2012 9:57am by Andre Cantelmo.

   Welcome to all of you as we begin this winter's CSA season! For those who are new to the CSA these messages containing the share list will also include some details about work going on at the farm and a little forecasting about what veggies are coming soon. For now let me say a few things about pickups for those who are new to the CSA. If you are a member in Dover or Portsmouth and aren't familiar with the pickup site you can go to our website and find the CSA drop down menu. There you will find maps and directions to those sites. During the winter our pickups are from 3:00 to 6:00 at these sites. At the farmstand the we open Friday through Sunday on pickup weekends. Hours right now and for several more weeks are 9:00 to 6:00 but will change to 10:00-5:00 by mid-November ( we'll post the change). Deep in the winter Sunday will be a self serve situation as the farmstand will not be staffed on that day. It is good for the sanity of the farmers!

   This Week:  Dover 10/22, Portsmouth 10/24 and Farm Stand 10/26-10/28!

    Before last weeks freeze we managed to harvest quite a few sweet and green peppers to enjoy this week and last. You will find two of those in your share this week. Most of the cauliflower is of the Romanesco type: green with spiralled points all over the head. It has a nuttier flavor than regular cauliflower and is far more interesting visually. The beets are just coming to size so they are quite tender and have nice greens. We have a beautiful crop of leeks this year and it has been great to substitute them for onions in many dishes. The brussels sprouts have had a few frosts to enhance their flavor, although some of us like them anytime! Some of the winter foods that we have offered in the past will be in the shares soon: kohlrabi, rutabaga, carrots (of course!), turnips, radishes, parsnips, shallots, celeriac and of course many different greens.   

      Enjoy, Greg

  

       This weeks' share:

       2 lbs potatoes

       2 lbs cauliflower

       6 apples

       2 butternut squash

       1 brussels sprout stalk

       4 onions

       2 leeks

       2 peppers

       1 bunch beets

       1 bunch kale

       1 bunch parsley

Posted 10/22/2012 7:38am by Andre Cantelmo.

The seasons go on! Today is the first pick up for the winter CSA in Dover with Portsmouth and the Farm Stand to follow latter in the week. If you are still looking to split a full winter share please contact me so I can update my list, we may still be able to match you up. The farm has never looked better going into a winter season. Heron Pond share-holders should see the highest diversity of winter food yet. There is still room in the winter CSA if you would like to join. Many of you have asked about a smaller share for winter. Because of the nature of the winter program, it is impossible to cut it half and have a viable share. Nevertheless, we have come up with an idea that may work and would like your feedback on it. Anna has come up with a “lean and green share.” It would be all the greens and half of the roots. The cost of this share would be higher then a true half share. We think we can put it together for around $400. We need to know what you think. Is this something that would work for those of you looking for a smaller winter share?

 

Contact us and let us know.

 

Andre and Greg

Posted 10/22/2012 6:58am by Andre Cantelmo.

Thank You CSA Members!

 

We have had a great summer season. While Greg and I have not done the numbers yet, it looks like our shareholders made the best return on their investment in quite some time. The diversity of the food in the share was up as well and of course we all got to enjoy the flavors of a good growing season.

 

Heron Pond Farm saw many benefits from our CSA program. The steady flow of capital kept us out of dept, and the steady membership allowed us to increase our product line. You all have been great for morale. In addition to the many shareholders that have sent us notes, comments, and even a few treats; the daily smiles and waves from all of you is incredibility uplifting. The most common comment we hear is “thank you for all you do.” From the bottom of the staffs hearts let me say thank you for all you do that gives what we do meaning. Together we truly are building our community through local agriculture.

 

The seasons go on! Today is the first pick up for the winter CSA in Dover with Portsmouth and farm stand pick ups coming latter in the week. If you are still looking to split a full winter share please contact me so I can update my list, we may still be able to match you up.

The farm has never looked better going into a winter season. Heron Pond share-holders should see the highest diversity of winter food yet. There is still room in the winter CSA if you would like to join. Many of you have asked about a smaller share for winter. Because of the nature of the winter program, it is impossible to cut it half and have a viable share. Nevertheless, we have come up with an idea that may work and would like your feedback on it. Anna has come up with a “lean and green share.” It would be all the greens and half of the roots. The cost of this share would be higher then a true half share. We think we can put it together for around $400. We need to know what you think. Is this something that would work for those of you looking for a smaller winter share?

 

Summer 2013 is on its way! While you are thinking about how much you loved your 2012 share, take the time to register for next summer. You can do it online now. Be sure you are in the right season when you sign up. As we did last year, there is an early bird discount for those of you that pay in full by January 15 2013. Early registrations help the farm continue to grow. It also helps us plan the following years crops. If you can't pay in full please do still register. As always we will work with anyone that needs a payment plan to enjoy all the benefits of local food.

 

Sincerely,

Your Farmers Andre and Greg

Posted 10/15/2012 6:44am by Andre Cantelmo.

    Well here we are at the last week of the summer CSA! As if to firmly mark the end of the summer season we had a freeze/frost on Friday night into Saturday morning. It was the earliest we've recorded here in five or six years, although historically just about normal. We appreciate all of your feedback and compliments on the shares this season. We always aspire to do better and need your participation to do so. The winter share begins next week for those who have signed up and there is still time to register if you have not yet. Hope to see you all this winter.  Greg

                 Full Share                                                       Half Share

      2 butternut squash                                               1 butternut squash

      4 peppers                                                            2 peppers

      4 onions                                                             2 onions

      2 leeks                                                               1 leek

      4 apples                                                             2 apples

      1 Brussels Sprout stalk                                        1 Brussels sprout stalk

      2 lbs potatoes                                                     1 lb potatoes

      1 lb carrots                                                         1/2 lb carrots

      1 lb cauliflower                                                    1/2 lb cauliflower

      1 bunch kale                                                      1 bunch kale OR 1 bag of greens

      1 bag of greens

     

Posted 10/11/2012 7:33pm by Andre Cantelmo.

     We are fast approaching the end of our summer CSA and will soon begin our winter CSA program that will carry us through the end of March. We have grown, and will continue to grow through the winter, a wide variety of salad and cooking greens, including spinach, kale, chard and asian greens. We will also have many different root crops including potatoes, carrots, celeriac and rutabagas. Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage are being harvested now and through the end of the year. Onions, shallots, garlic and leeks are in the mix of produce that will fill your winter shares. Apples from Apple Hill Farm in Concord, NH will appear in shares until late in December.

    Pickups are available on Monday in Dover, Wednesday in Portsmouth and on weekends at the farm stand in South Hampton. Visit our website at heronpondfarm.com for more information under the 'CSA' heading. We look forward to seeing you this winter.

                                  Greg

Posted 10/8/2012 5:59am by Andre Cantelmo.

     We have a few new additions to the shares this week. Leeks are in and ready to be included in your fall cooking. We've harvested our butternut squash and they are available this week. We normally don't release them until they begin to get that nice tan color that indicates ripeness, and most of them have that now. The broccoli and cauliflower part of the share may include not only the traditional kinds but also purple and romanesco cauliflowers. The purple is self explanatory, but the romanesco for those who aren't familiar is quite different. The head is lime green with numerous spiralled points that make it look almost geometrically perfect. This cauliflower also has a nuttier taste. The greens bags will begin to include some salad greens late in the week and by next week we should be safely into salad greens. We may have only one more week of sweet corn and peppers after this week so enjoy them while they are here!       Greg

 

                       Full Share                                                              Half Share

        10 ears sweet corn                                                            5 ears sweet corn

         2 winter squash                                                                1 winter squash

         4 peppers                                                                        2 peppers

         4 apples                                                                          2 apples

         4 onions                                                                          2 onions

         2 leeks                                                                            1 leek

         1 Brussels sprout stalk                                                    1 Brussels sprout stalk

         2 lbs potatoes                                                                 1 lb potatoes

         1 lb carrots                                                                      1/2 lb carrots

         1 lb broccoli / cauliflower                                                  1/2 lb broccoli / cauliflower

         1 bunch kale                                                                 1 bunch kale OR 1 bag of greens

         1 bag of greens

Posted 10/1/2012 6:41am by Andre Cantelmo.

      Starting to feel like fall around here! According to weather records our high temps were below normal on 18 days in September. Many of the summer crops are acting accordingly. Last September we were laden with tomatoes and cucumbers in September, but not this year. On the other hand we've had beautiful broccoli, kale and carrots. This week you'll see the first of our brussels sprouts! The sweet corn will be in good supply for this week and probably another before we are at risk of a frost.

      We have already sown greens outside to be harvested in November and December and this week we will make our first sowings indoors for mid-winter harvest. Of course, we've been growing the winter storage crops for many months now. If you haven't enjoyed roasted potatoes and beets and a fresh spinach salad in the middle of January while the snow flies you don't know what you are missing!

                                                  Greg

 

 

                Full Share                                                             Half Share

        6 ears sweet corn                                                      3 ears sweet corn

        2 acorn or delicata winter squash                               1 acorn or delicata squash

        2 sweet peppers                                                        1 sweet pepper

        4 onions                                                                   2 onions

        4 apples                                                                    2 apples

        2 lbs potatoes                                                          1 lb potatoes

        2 lbs carrots                                                              1 lb carrots

        1 lb green beans                                                      1/2 lb green beans

        1 brussels sprout stalk                                              1 brussels sprouts stalk

        1 bunch kale                                                           1 bunch kale or bag of greens

        1 bag of greens

Posted 9/23/2012 8:17pm by Andre Cantelmo.

 

     The shares are beginning to look suspiciously like fall and perhaps that is appropriate considering the date. Tomatoes are certainly becoming scarce and the weather is too cool for cucumbers, zucchini and summer squash to ripen in any quantity. Beans don't seem to mind and the sweet corn keeps coming. We'll so some scouting this week to see if we can get some leeks or early maturing brussels sprouts into the shares.

     If you are interested in the winter CSA and haven't signed up yet, please visit our website and follow the online registration. We've got a great array of food planned for the winter.   Greg

 

                   Full Share                                                        Half Share

       3 tomatoes                                                                  1 tomato

       6 ears sweet corn                                                      3 ears sweet corn

       2 acorn or delicata winter squash                               1 acorn or delicata winter squash

       4 onions                                                                    2 onions

       4 apples                                                                      2 apples

       2 lbs potatoes                                                           1 lb potatoes

       2 lbs carrots                                                              1 lb carrots

       1 lb broccoli                                                              1/2 lb broccoli

       1 lb green beans                                                     1/2 lb green beans

       2 sweet peppers                                                        1 sweet pepper

       1 bunch kale                                                         1 bunch kale OR 1 bag baby choi

       1 bag baby choi

Posted 9/17/2012 7:16am by Andre Cantelmo.

This weeks share:

 

                Full Share                                                             Half Share

    4 tomatoes                                                                    2 tomatoes

   10 ears sweet corn                                                          5 ears sweet corn

    4 onions                                                                        2 onions

    2 lbs potatoes                                                               1 lb potatoes

   2 lbs carrots                                                                   1 lb carrots

    1 lb broccoli                                                                   1/2 lb broccoli

   1 pepper or eggplant                                                       1 pepper or eggplant

   1 acorn squash                                                               1 acorn  squash

   1 bunch basil                                                                  1 bunch basil

   4 apples                                                                         2 apples

   1 bunch kale                                                                1 bunch kale or head of cabbage

   1 head cabbage