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Posted 4/27/2012 7:49pm by Andre Cantelmo.
Seacoast Eat Local will be putting on its last winter market of the season tomorrow at Exeter High School. From 10 to 2 you will find local veggies, meat, honey, syrup, wool, crafts, soaps and much more. Hope to see you there.  
Posted 4/13/2012 7:03pm by Andre Cantelmo.

 We've got greens! Great harvests of baby spinach and kale are headed to the Seacoast Eat Local market at Exeter High School and to the Somerville market at the Armory. We also have 9 varieties of potatoes, purple top turnips and the last of our wheat berries. Come and see us this weekend as well all the other wonderful vendors offering a wide array of local foods and crafts. 


               Greg

Posted 4/5/2012 9:40pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   It would probably help if I told you what was in the share this week!


4 lbs potatoes

1 lb purple top turnips

1 bag spinach

1 bag kale


 Enjoy, Greg

Posted 4/5/2012 9:31pm by Andre Cantelmo.

    Farmstand Members,

    The winter has definitely come to an end and with it the winter CSA. Before we jump into the summer CSA season we need the next 7 to 8 weeks for preparing soil and planting. Some of what we do in the next few weeks will yield before spring is even over, but some of these crops are destined for next winter's shares! We'll hope for mild weather and just the right amount of rain to get the 2012 season off to a great start.

    We will attend the Seacoast Eat Local markets this Saturday at Exeter high school and again on April 21. In Newburyport you can find us at the tannery on April 8 and 22, followed by the spring opening in early May. Also, starting in May we will be at the Seacoast Grower's Association Portsmouth and Exeter markets.

     It's not too late to sign up for this summer's CSA. For those of you in Newburyport, we will have a pickup on Thursday afternoons at the Tannery. Have a great spring and thanks for your support of local agriculture.

                         Greg

Posted 3/22/2012 7:52pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   I don't know what to say about this weather anymore. It feels like June and the greenhouses are distinctly uncomfortable to work in even with every door wide open. On a positive note, seeds are germinating outside and it has been very pleasant outside for working. We are still seeding away in the greenhouses and the crew has done a tremendous amount of pruning in the blueberries. We expect 'normal' spring weather to return at some point so we can't do much more planting outside than we have without worrying that it will come to naught.

   For those of you who pick up in Dover or Portsmouth, this will be the last pickup of the season while farmstand members have one more pickup after this one. We've enjoyed growing your food this winter and meeting many of you. We hope that you'll join us for a great summer season to come.

Thanks again! Greg, Andre, Anna, Lis, Dave, Rich and Tim


This week's share:

4 lbs potatoes

1 lb carrots

1 lb purple top turnips

1 lb rutabagas

1 kohlrabi

1 bag spinach

1 bag kale

Posted 3/8/2012 9:01pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  It feels early for 65 degrees, but who's complaining? Warm weather lowers the heating bill and all the sun helps the seedlings grow more quickly. We still won't rush out to plant in the fields yet, but the warmth does help to make planting season more tangible. Right now the wind is howling and it has already made a mess of several greenhouse doors today. Let's hope that mild weather continues into April when it can really make a difference towards an early season.

  Many of you have signed up for a summer share, thank you and we look forward to great food all summer and fall. For those who are still thinking of signing up for the summer, it's getting close to that time when we would like to have an idea of how many families we'll be growing for this season. Right now we have onions, shallots, beets, chard, lettuce, cabbage, choi and parsley sown as well as many kinds of flowers. The first rounds of greenhouse tomatoes are also ready to plant. The days are getting longer whether we're ready or not!

         Enjoy!  Greg


This week's share:

4 lbs potatoes

1 lb carrots

1 lb purple top turnips

1 kohlrabi

2 lbs wheat berries

1 bag spinach

1 bag greens, choose from (availability will change) kale, yukina savoy, pink lettuce mustard, me quing choi

Posted 2/24/2012 7:39pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Come to Wentworth Greenhouses on Saturday for a great market! Root veggies, shallots, spinach and other greens from Heron Pond Farm. Many other delicious local farm products and crafts. The market runs from 10:00 to 2:00 in the greenhouse.


        Greg

Posted 2/24/2012 7:19am by Andre Cantelmo.

  We're now about half way through our onion seeding in the greenhouse. In addition to more onions we will also be seeding shallots, leeks, lettuce, several herbs and some flowers. Andre is officially on the lookout for some thawed, dry ground to sneak in some early direct seedings. In February!

  While we will have a few onions for sale at the farmstand, our storage supply is essentially gone. We do however have some shallots to last through this share at least. For those who don't remember the me quing choi, it looks like a baby bok choi. Great for stir fries and soups. We expect spinach to return to the share next time. Eat well! Greg

This week's share:

4 lbs potatoes

1 lb carrots

1 lb beets

1 lb rutabagas

1 lb purple top turnips

1/3 lb shallots

1/2 lb Me Quing Choi

Posted 2/10/2012 8:12pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  This Saturday you can find us at the Seacoast Eat Local market held in Exeter High School from 10 to 2. Agricultural vendors offering vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, honey, maple syrup, milk, cheese, yogurt and more will be joined by crafts of many types and delicious prepared foods.

  We can also be found at the Armory in Somerville from 9:30 to 2:30 along with vendors of all types.

Posted 2/9/2012 8:36pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  This week on the farm we've certainly felt the sun get higher in the sky. It seems like the growth of the greens has already responded and we can hear the increase in birdsong. We also feel the pressure to begin seeding in earnest for the new season. The early greenhouse still needs some more cleaning and organization but by next week we will be seeding onions, shallots, leeks and some herbs. Within a month the first of the greenhouse tomatoes will be planted and away we go!

  The only surprise in the share this week are the wheat berries. We grew the wheat here in town and James and Jocelyn Van Bokkelen generously combined and cleaned the grain. Wheat berries can be boiled and then eaten as a cooked grain with dinner or as a hot breakfast cereal. Some add them to salads or to some breads. There will be some cooking instructions available and as always, sites like epicurious.com can offer many other ideas.

   Enjoy, Greg


This weeks' share:

4 lbs potatoes

1 lb carrots

1 lb beets

1 lb rutabagas

1 lb purple top turnips

1 lb onions or 1/3 lb shallots

2 lbs wheat berries

1 bag spinach