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Posted 9/10/2012 7:02am by Andre Cantelmo.

     We sure have some crops in great abundance this week. Sweet corn, broccoli, and cabbage in particular but also potatoes, carrots and onions. Cucumbers have fallen out of the share because the whole planting was killed by a plant disease called Downy Mildew. It comes up with storms from the south and kills the plants in as little as 4 or 5 days. Hopefully we'll have cukes from the next planting. Tomatoes are also suffering from a few different blights but we hope to have them through the end of the month. As the weather cools down we will begin harvest of our acorn, butternut, delicata and kabocha squash and get those into the shares.  Greg

 

                 Full Share                                                               Half Share

     4 tomatoes                                                                   2 tomatoes

     12 ears sweet corn                                                         6 ears sweet corn

     2 lbs potatoes                                                               1 lb potatoes

     2 lbs broccoli                                                                 1 lb broccoli

     2 lbs carrots                                                                  1 lb carrots

     4 onions                                                                       2 onions

     4 peaches or apples                                                       2 peaches or apples

     2 zucchini or summer squash                                          1 zucchini or summer squash

     1 eggplant or pepper                                                     1 eggplant or pepper

     1 head cabbage                                                            1 head cabbage

     1 head garlic                                                                1 head garlic

                                     For both Full and Half choose one:                                                   

                         bunch of kale or bunch of chard or bag of greens

Posted 9/3/2012 4:18am by Andre Cantelmo.

         This weeks' share:

 

                        Full Share                                                            Half Share

                   8 tomatoes                                                              4 tomatoes

                   4 peaches or apples                                                 2 peaches or apples

                   8 ears sweet corn                                                     4 ears sweet corn

                   2 lbs potatoes                                                         1 lb potatoes

                   4 onions                                                                 2 onions

                   4 cucumbers                                                            2 cucumbers

                   2 green peppers                                                      1 green pepper

                   1 bunch carrots                                                       1 bunch carrots

                   1 lb broccoli                                                            1/2 lb broccoli

                   1 bunch kale                                                    1 bunch kale or 1 head cabbage

                   1 head cabbage                                                    

                   1 bunch hakurei salad turnips

Posted 8/27/2012 4:40am by Andre Cantelmo.

      While this may be the last week of summer, most of our summer veggies haven't gotten the news and are going strong. Eggplant and beans have departed the share only temporarily. Although the deer, coyotes and porcupines have done their best to eat all of your corn we continue to harvest many nice ears. Tomatoes look good and have thus far been spared the late blight. As for cucumbers, the crew is beginning to wish they had never seen one. We are either drowning in cukes or struggling in vain to find some, and right now we are drowning! Enjoy your summer feasts.    Greg

 

               Full Share                                                              Half Share

            8 tomatoes                                                           4 tomatoes

            6 ears sweet corn                                                   3 ears sweet corn

            4 peaches or apples                                               2 peaches or apples

            4 onions                                                               2 onions

            2 lbs potatoes                                                       1 lb potatoes

            2 zucchini or summer squash                                  1 zucchini or summer squash

            6 cucumbers                                                          3 cucumbers

            1 bunch carrots                                                     1 bunch carrots

            3 peppers                                                              1 pepper

            1 bunch of kale                                                 1 bunch of kale or 1 bag of greens

            1 bag of greens

Posted 8/19/2012 7:48pm by Andre Cantelmo.

      Here we are deep into August and the summer vegetables look great. We finally have a healthy and productive cucumber planting to carry us into the fall. While not super abundant on the farm right now, the sweet corn is delicious. The fall plantings of corn look great and should extend into October. We are beginning to pull the onion crop for curing and it looks fantastic. For the last several weeks your shares have included the Ailsa Craig sweet onions. Soon we'll have red and yellow onions as well as shallots.

     Enjoy the season,  Greg

             Full Share                                                              Half Share

      8 tomatoes                                                                  4 tomatoes

      6 ears sweet corn                                                          3 ears sweet corn

      2 lbs potatoes                                                              1 lb potatoes

      4 peaches or apples                                                      2 peaches or apples

      1 lb green beans                                                           1/2 lb green beans

      4 onions                                                                       2 onions

      6 cucumbers                                                                  3 cucumbers

      2 zucchini or summer squash                                          1 zucchini or summer squash

      2 eggplant                                                                    1 eggplant

      2 green peppers                                                            1 green pepper

      1 bag salad greens                                                        1 bag salad greens

      1 bunch beets                                                               1 bunch beets

Posted 8/14/2012 4:20am by Andre Cantelmo.

   As we near the end of the summer we are saying goodbye to many of our summer help who are off to college. This leaves the farm without enough hands to harvest, plant and weed this fall. We are looking for several candidates to join our field crew this fall and perhaps stay through the winter to help with our winter growing. Experience is preferred but not necessary. An interest in farming and local food issues is helpful. We work in heat, cold and rain without regard for the clouds of mosquitos and deer flies. Lifting as much as 50 or 60 pounds is a regular duty in the course of this job. The positives are a fun and interesting outdoor work environment surrounded by plants and produce. We are also committed to teaching those who would like to become farmers. 

  If this opportunity sounds like a fit for you, contact me at greg@heronpondfarm.com

 

               Thanks, Greg

Posted 8/13/2012 4:33am by Andre Cantelmo.

       More rain and we're glad to see it. Tomatoes are not only coming from the greenhouse now, but are yielding well in the field also. We are just starting into a nice planting of cucumbers, zucchini and summer squash for those who have missed them the last few weeks. We are temporarily out of greens, but for those with farm stand pickups you can see the next planting in the field next to the farm stand. Making this a short message, have to get outside to the fields.  Greg

    

             Full Share                                                      Half Share

   8 tomatoes                                                          4 tomatoes

   6 ears sweet corn                                                 3 ears sweet corn

   4 peaches                                                           2 peaches

   2 lbs potatoes                                                     1 lb potatoes

   1 lb snap beans                                                   1/2 lb snap beans

   2 zucchini/ sum squash                                        1 zucchini or sum squash

   1 cucumber                                                         1 cucumber

   4 onions                                                             2 onions

   1 eggplant                                                          1 eggplant or 1 green pepper

   1 green pepper                                                    1 bunch carrots

   1 bunch carrots                                                    1 bunch chard

   1 bunch chard     

Posted 8/6/2012 4:13pm by Andre Cantelmo.

Winter registration for the 2012-13 is here!  All returning members will have two weeks to register for veggie, meat, or bread shares before the general public has a chance to sign up.  There are two hundred winter shares.  With four hundred summer shareholders, pulse returning winter members, these shares will fill up fast! So register here now.

 

Winter CSA’s are not for everyone.  The increase of winter growing in our area has brought a new kind of local option for our CSA shareholders, that of the winter CSA. There are a lot of questions that pop up when considering joining a winter program. Here are the most common ones. If you have any other questions about our winter CSA or CSA's in general, feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.

 

What is in a winter share?

 

Heron Pond Farm grows food in the winter. We use six greenhouses to get us through the deep winter months of January and February. We also employ a system of season extenders to have fresh green veggies from outside late in the fall and early in the spring. This makes our winter shares more then just root crops. Combined with a good supply of storage apples this year our shares give you the opportunity to eat local all year long. To see complete list of what was in the 2010-2011 winter share visit our website.

 

How can I get a half share?

 

Due to the nature of the type of shares we put together for winter we do not do half shares. If you would like to split a share with someone we can help organize that for you. There are folks in each of our pick up locations looking to split a share. Heron Pond Farm can help pair you with someone from your area and even help get you registered. In general one of the shareholders picks up the share and does the splitting. You make a new friend and get great food!

 

How do pick ups work?

 

Each location will be set up farm stand style. We do not pre-box shares with our CSA. You will be able to pick out the food you want guided by a pick up list. When you arrive you will be greeted by one of the farmers from Heron Pond. They will help you get signed in and give you a list of the food in the share that week, or it will be on the “share wall.” Feel free to ask the farmers any questions about what is going on at the farm. We try to keep everyone up to date about our season.

 

Where can I pick up my winter share?

 

Winter shares are picked up at the same locations as our summer shares. We have Dover, Portsmouth, and South Hampton pick ups. The Dover (Monday), and Portsmouth (Wednesday) pick ups are from 3:00-6:00. The South Hampton location is open on the weekends from 9:00-5:00 and you can pick up your share either day.

 

What happens if I miss my pick up?

 

If you are a farm stand pick up you can just come either day of the weekend. Sometimes shares can be bagged and left in the side room for pick up. Off farm pick ups are bagged and left at your pick up site for 24 hrs. After that time they are donated to others. If you have a need that does not fit in with this time frame please call to make arrangements.

 

It is winter so there will be times when you will be away for your pick up day. The best thing to do is to get a friend or family member to pick up you food that week. If this can not be done we will try to make it up to you. Please understand that some of the food may not be available for these make up shares.

 

What are the dates for all the pick ups?

 

Farm stand: October 27-28; November: 3-4, 10-11, 17-18; December: 1-2, 15-16, 29-30; January: 12-13, 26-27; February: 9-10, 23,24; March: 9-10, 23-24.

 

Dover: October: 22, 29; November: 5, 12, 19; December: 3, 17, 31; January 14, 28; February: 11, 25; March: 11, 25.

 

Portsmouth: October: 24, 31; November: 7, 14, 21; December: 5, 19; January: 2, 16, 30; February: 13, 27; March: 13, 27.

 

Why does my deposit need to be in so soon?

 

We have 200 shares available for the winter CSA. Heron Pond Farm depends on selling all these shares to meet the needs of the farm. We also believe that everyone looking to eat locally should have an opportunity to do so no matter what their economic situation. Heron Pond Farm has always honored payment plans we make one on one with our shareholders. However, if no deposit is put down, and no payment arrangement is made we have no way of knowing if you intend on participating with us this winter. We have had a few folks register in the past only to find that it did not fit in with their plans. Meanwhile we turn others away when we are full. Getting a deposit or making a payment plan provides us with a way of being sure that we are providing great local food to as many families as we can.

 

 

Posted 8/5/2012 12:52pm by Andre Cantelmo.

     We finally received some rain this week! Almost an inch on Tuesday night and another inch Wednesday afternoon. It doesn't mean the end of irrigation, but much of the pressure is off. Some planting for the fall continues and fields are being prepared for late summer cover crops, especially with some moisture to germinate them. The other major project is hand weeding where mechanical cultivation didn't do the job. With many of our field crew being students we are hurrying to complete this weeding before everyone goes back to school.

    With a week off from beans we should be able to bring them back into the share next week. Our late summer planting of cucumbers, zucchini and summer squash should also be fully ready for next week. I'll keep an eye on the melons, should have plenty by the end of the month. Eat well.

                        Greg

This week's share:

 

                  Full Share                                                                       Half Share

       6 tomatoes                                                                         3 tomatoes

       6 ears sweet corn                                                                 3 ears sweet corn

       4 peaches                                                                           2 peaches

       2 lbs potatoes                                                                     1 lb potatoes

       2 eggplant                                                                          1 eggplant

       2 green peppers                                                                  1 green pepper

       1 bunch carrots                                                                    1 bunch carrots

       1 head cabbage                                                                   1 head cabbage

       4 onions                                                                              2 onions

       1 head lettuce or bag of greens                                       1 head lettuce or bag of greens

Posted 8/1/2012 8:30pm by Andre Cantelmo.

 

   Heron Pond Farm is looking for a capable person to handle our CSA deliveries and also some farmer's markets. An interest in local foods, good communication skills and the ability to move crates of veggies into and out of trucks is required. The position involves working afternoons and evenings. From our farmstand in South Hampton, NH produce is delivered to our CSA members in Portsmouth and Dover, NH and Newburyport, MA. Our summer CSA deliveries continue until mid October and winter CSA deliveries run from October through March. We attend five summer/fall markets and vend at three winter markets. A person in this position would assist in marketing our produce at some of these venues.

   If you are interested please contact me at greg@heronpondfarm.com

 

                     Greg

Posted 7/30/2012 4:41am by Andre Cantelmo.

      Several new crops are making an appearance on the share list this week. Eggplant, peppers and broccoli are all yielding nicely now. It is time for sweet corn but our picking is just starting. We lost our first two plantings to weeds and drought. All of our later corn plantings look great and we'll do our best to make sure they stay that way. Our tomato tunnels are really starting to produce right now with lots of reds and heirlooms.

     Even with the recent rainfall (less than half an inch on the farm) this drought has become just as serious as two years ago. Andre and I have had to devote almost all of our time to irrigation and even that isn't enough. We'll just keep moving water until some real rain falls.   Greg

 

                       Full Share                                                    Half Share

                4 tomatoes                                                         2 tomatoes

                4 peaches                                                           2 peaches

                2 lbs potatoes                                                      1 lb potatoes

                1 lb beans                                                           1/2 lb beans'

                4 ears sweet corn                                                 2 ears sweet corn

                2 eggplant                                                           1 eggplant

                2 onions                                                              1 onion

                1 bunch carrots                                                     1 bunch carrots

                1 head broccoli                                                      1 head broccoli

                1 pepper                                                              1 pepper

                        One greens choice of either lettuce, swiss chard or bag of salad greens