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Posted 1/31/2013 11:54am by Andre Cantelmo.

What happens when you farm in the winter?  You have to deal with all sorts of things that you take for granted in the summer time.  Like the fact that all your cleaning supplies won’t end up frozen at the bottom of your bucket.  Next time we will be sure to empty these when we are done for the day.


Posted 1/24/2013 6:27am by Andre Cantelmo.

     I think that this weeks' weather can be officially described as really damn cold! It seems like quite a few years since lows near zero happened this many days in a row. Work on the farm doesn't require that much time be spent outside but the process of loading and unloading veggies from one heated place to another is mighty cold. Despite the cold the crew has been able to harvest greens from the greenhouses. We have needed a temporary heat source to defrost the greens when we start harvesting before 11:00 or so but it can be surprisingly warm for a few hours in the middle of the day even without the heat. We have also had to heat the root cellar for the first time this winter.

    There is nothing new in the share this week except that you will all have the option of spinach or chard for a green this share. I don't believe that either of those greens have been in the share for a while. There are many good recipes out there for wheat berries. This week at our CSA meeting/potluck held in Dover, there was a delicious meatless chilli made with wheat berries (Thanks Heidi!). It can also be eaten as a grain in place of foods like rice or quinoa. At home we have prepared it in the crock pot with chicken stock. Experiment and have fun.

    A big thanks to all of our shareholders who made it to the South Hampton or Dover meetings recently. Andre and I really appreciate getting your feedback on what can kind of share that you would like to see. And it is always nice to chat with everyone while enjoying great food!



This weeks' share:

                        Full Share                                                Half Share

      2 lbs potatoes                                                        1 lb potatoes

      1 lb carrots                                                         1 lb carrots or 1 lb beets

      1 lb beets                                                            1 lb wheat berries

      2 lbs wheat berries                                             1 kohlrabi or 1 head cabbage

      1 lb purple top turnips                                            1/2 lb onions

      1 kohlrabi                                                              1 head garlic

      1 lb onions                                                           1 bag of spinach or chard

      2 heads garlic

      1 head cabbage

      1 bag of spinach or chard

Posted 1/22/2013 8:12am by Andre Cantelmo.

A few Shareholders have express concern that they are missing the registration deadline for Heron Pond Farms CSA. Nothing could be further from the truth. The approaching deadline is for the early bird discount only. We hope to be restringing people all spring if we can. Efforts are being made to increase the amount of members we can offer the CSA to.


There is no need for you to have your registration post marked by tomorrow to be part of the CSA. The deadline is for the early bird discount. We give a discount to those that can pay in full early. This gives the farm some needed funding during the seed buying season. Our registrations remain open till spring. Some years we can still let people in after the program has started. You can however register right now through our online member sign up


Registration for the Summer CSA began in November. Looking at our email generator program I see there were two emails sent to let members know that registration had begun. You were not able to register for a meat share at that time as New Roots needed to see what there crop would look like. We also have made announcements on Facebook and Twitter. Some of our emails do end up as spam in some systems. That is why we have switched to Amazon SES (simple email service). The Amazon service allows us to verify that our bulk email is being sent by a person and not robo-spam. I am sorry for any inconvenience that you may have had.


The truth is that Greg and I have always been very flexible about money. Our focus has always been about getting local food into as many peoples hands as possible, even if we need to work with them to make it happen. Although we need a deadline for the early bird discount we have always given it to folks that came in close to that date; we let people work out an individual payment plan that fits their needs; let folks carry a balance with us if they are going through rough times; and give shares away to families that need them.


I hope this clears up any confusion that may have come up. It is not the end of the registration season but the beginning. We hope that you will tell as many of your friends as possible about your experience being part of the Heron Pond Farm CSA so that they may join us too! Bringing more folks into the CSA moment helps us to continue building community through local agriculture.





Posted 1/21/2013 7:30am by Andre Cantelmo.

Greetings from Heron Pond Farm.


This is just a quick note to inform all returning members that the early bird registration discounts have been extended. Our CSA meeting in Dover is tomorrow, Tuesday the 22ed. All those registering by then or having there registration forms post marked by then will receive the discount. Discounts are $50 off full share price and $25 off half share price.


Thank you all so much for being a part of our farm.



Posted 1/18/2013 6:10pm by Andre Cantelmo.

Hello from the Farm!


I seem to have written the wrong date on the mailing I sent out for the CSA meeting at the South Hampton Town Hall. The meeting is tomorrow, Saturday, the 19th from 5:30-7:30 as it has been stated in all our other communications. Sorry for any mix up. I hope many of you will be there to help plan the future of Heron Pond Farm.



Posted 1/18/2013 10:17am by Andre Cantelmo.

   You can find us and our veggies at three markets this weekend. We'll be at Rolling Green Nursery tomorrow from 10 to 2 and also in Somerville at the Armory from 9:30 to 2. On Sunday we'll be at the Newburyport market from 9 -1 at the Tannery. In addition to our own veggies you can find many other great vendors at these markets with a wide array of local products. Come and check it out!


Posted 1/13/2013 8:19pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   Happy New Year from everyone here at the farm!

    We'd like to announce two upcoming potluck meetings for CSA members. The first will be held Saturday January 19th at the South Hampton Town Hall from 5:30-7:30. For those unable to attend the meeting in South Hampton, we've scheduled a meeting on Tuesday January 22nd in downtown Dover at 1 Washington Street Suite 457 also from 5:30 to 7:30. These meetings are an opportunity to talk about all things CSA: what new produce you liked, what you did not like; new varieties for the upcoming year; our new farm store and much more. Hope that you all can join us.  Greg

Posted 1/10/2013 7:18am by Andre Cantelmo.

     Although we didn't have much of a freeze, this would appear to be our 'January Thaw.' With the warmer temperatures this week we have gone into the field for more brussels sprouts and if it continues as forecast we will be able to harvest more leeks for storage into February. The cold weather and snow (and perhaps a few angry farmers) did discourage the deer from eating the leeks and digging up the parsnips. With any luck we will have parsnips to enjoy in mid/late March!

    The crops in the damaged greenhouses have recovered a little better than expected. Before they were repaired we got some snow and ice on top of the covers immediately over the greens. Despite the repairs and the furnaces running to keep the temperatures above 40, the cold weather and low sun angle conspired to keep almost everything frozen. We had to physically throw the ice to sides of the greenhouses and in some cases cut the covers into pieces to remove them. Some of the greens that appeared crushed have rebounded, including this weeks' bok choi.

    We've scheduled two meetings this month for CSA members. On Saturday the 19th at the South Hampton Town Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 and for our members in Dover and Portsmouth a meeting on Tuesday the 22nd in Dover at 1 Washington Street Suite 457 from 5:30 to 7:30. Both meetings will be potluck style and we'll discuss both the summer and winter CSA's. We'll be handing out flyers about the meetings at the upcoming pickups and reminder emails will be sent out.



                Full Share                                                             Half Share

     2 lbs potatoes                                                               1 lb potatoes

     1 lb carrots                                                                 1lb carrots or 1 lb beets

     1 lb beets                                                                     1 rutabaga

     1 lb purple top turnips                                                    1 celeriac

     1 rutabaga                                                                    1 leek

     2 celeriac                                                                       1 garlic

     2 leeks                                                                        1 pt brussels sprouts

     2 head garlic                                                               2 onions

    1 pt brussels sprouts                                                     1/2 lb bok choi

    1 lb onions

    1 lb bok choi

Posted 12/27/2012 6:21pm by Andre Cantelmo.

Hello everyone!


We here at Heron Pond Farm hope all of you have had a great holiday season so far. We are all looking forward to the new year and what it will bring.


This last week has brought some excitement to the farm. Two of the big houses that we make use of at Barker's farm have lost there covers in the high winds of a week ago. This has placed a large amount of the greens that we count on for January and early February at great risk. Greg did not go to the York farmers market last Saturday. Instead, he spent the day putting down double the hoops and covers over the greens. He made great use of the sheets of plastic that had been ripped off the houses, cutting it up and laying it over the row covers to give the plants a little more protection. His efforts have paid off big time. This week the greens in the share will be dubbed “Greg's Greens!”


We have a crew set up to fix these houses this Friday, Saturday, and Monday. The crew must get the houses covered before next weeks very low temps ruin the crop. I have spent the last few days getting all the materials together for the job. Special thanks must go out to the folks at Ledgewood Farm for having the plastic on hand to cover the houses. Hopefully all will go smoothly over the next few days so that we may all continue to enjoy fresh greens this winter. Prey for calm. No wind!




This weeks share follows the photos.


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Full Share                                                                         Half Share


2lbs of Potatoes                                                               1lb of Potatoes


2 Heads of Garlic                                                            1 Head of Garlic


2 Onions                                                                         1 Onion


2lbs Carrots                                                                    1 Carrots or Beets


1lbs Beets                                                                       1 Cabbage


1 Cabbage                                                                      1 Bag of “Greg's Greens”


1 Bag of “Greg's Greens”                                              Choose 3 of the following:


1 Celeriac                                                                       1 Celeriac


1lb Purple Top Turnips                                                  1lb Purple Top Turnips


1 Kohlrabi                                                                      1 Kohlrabi


1lb of Black Spanish or Watermelon radish                   1lb of Black Spanish or                    

Posted 12/21/2012 7:13am by Andre Cantelmo.

   Our farm will be at several holiday markets this weekend. We'll have our usual winter array of salad greens, kale, cabbage, brusssels sprouts, potatoes, leeks, onions, shallots and many different root vegetables. These markets are also great places to do some holiday shopping with many interesting vendors that offer more than just local food.

   Seacoast Eat Local market at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford, NH from 10 to 2 on Saturday.

   Somerville winter market at the Armory from 9:30 to 2 on Saturday.

   Gateway winter market at the American Legion Hall in York, ME from 9 to 12 on Saturday.

   Newburyport winter market at the Tannery from 9 to 1 on Sunday.


   Come and enjoy all of the local products and holiday cheer.   Greg