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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 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

Posted 1/27/2012 8:00pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  We will be at two markets this Saturday. From 9:30 to 2:30 we will be at the Armory in Somerville. In addition to produce this market features cheese, baked goods and prepared foods.  We will also attend the Seacoast Eat Local market in Rollinsford and Wentworth Greenhouses. This market hosts a wide array of vendors offering local produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, cheese and other dairy products, as well as prepared foods.  The market is held in the greenhouses, a nice warm sunny spot to spend part of a winter day.

              See you there!  Greg

Posted 1/26/2012 9:25pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Well, we've sweetened the share a little this week with a January surprise: sweet potatoes! The sweet potatoes were grown at Red Fire Farm in Granby, MA. We are going to take another stab at growing our own this season, but for now you can enjoy these beauties. For those shallot lovers out there you will have a choice of shallots or onions this share. Sweet red russian kale in this weeks' share can be cut for a salad or cooked lightly in a variety of ways. The baby spinach leaves are delicious!

  Although we've had some cold nights recently, the weather has warmed (was it really 55 degrees Tuesday!?) and looks to stay mild for a little. This, along with daylength reaching 10 hours around the 8th of February should mean a greens explosion by later in that month.  

   On a different note, we've had some unwelcome guests in our main spinach house: green peach aphids! Unfortunately, they don't stick to green peaches. Several years ago we had a terrible problem with them on the spinach in March and April. This year we caught the problem early and have made releases of lady beetles, a predator of aphids, and a tiny wasp called Aphidius colemani, a parasitoid. We hope that these insects will help keep the aphid population under control as the days lengthen and our spinach grows.


This weeks' share:

4 lbs potatoes

2 lbs sweet potatoes

1 lb carrots

1 lb purple top turnips

1 lb rutabagas

1 lb onions OR 1/3 lb shallots

1/2 lb red russian kale

1 bag baby spinach

Posted 1/13/2012 7:55pm by Andre Cantelmo.
Come and join us at Exeter High School this Saturday from 10 till 2 for a winter farmers' market.  Along with fresh veggies you'll find prepared foods, local meat and eggs, crafts and much more. We'll also be at the Armory in Somerville for the weekly winter market.
Posted 1/12/2012 9:09pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   Our work on the farm has settled into a winter pattern: washing roots; harvesting greens; cutting wood; fixing equipment, and planning. The seed catalogs are in, the nights are long (although going in the other direction now!) and the new season is more tangible with the holidays behind us. We're not ready for winter (if you can call it that) to end, there is certainly more quiet time for us at this time of year, but within a few weeks we will begin to sow seeds in the greenhouses for the upcoming season. The onions in this weeks' share were sown last February!

    We have cancelled Friday nights' CSA meeting/potluck in Dover but hope to reschedule soon for those who would like to attend and tell us about your experience with the CSA this past year and what you would like in the future. However, the Saturday evening meeting/potluck at the South Hampton town hall is still a go. It will be held at 6:00 and all are welcome.

    There is still time to get the early bird registration discount for the 2012 Summer CSA. Shares paid in full by January 19 will be at the 2011 prices of $300 for a half share and $500 for a full share. After January 19 the prices will be $325 for the half and $550 for the full share.

   Enjoy the winter weather (if you can).  Greg

This weeks' share:

4 lbs potatoes

1 lb carrots

1 lb rutabaga

1 lb purple top turnip

1 lb onions

1 kohlrabi

1 bag spinach

radishes (not sure of amount at press time)

Posted 1/11/2012 7:59pm by Andre Cantelmo.

Join us at the South Hampton Town Hall this Saturday night at 6:00 for our annual CSA meeting and potluck. Let us know what you liked about the CSA this year and what you would like to see in the future. Meet the farmers and your fellow CSA members, bring the kids!


Posted 12/29/2011 7:22pm by Andre Cantelmo.

Hope that all of you have had a great holiday season. Everyone here at the farm had a few days off. Last week we brought in the last of the brussels sprouts. We started off with 5500 plants! This week we harvested the last of the kale from the field and did a big cleanup of the farm to get ready for snow (if it ever comes). With some very low temperatures coming next week, we will also be using row covers inside the greenhouses to protect our winter greens. After that it's time to start fixing tractors!      Greg

Farmstand -  Anna will be at the stand Friday & Saturday, self serve on Sunday

Dover - Richard will be there on Monday from 3 till 6

Portsmouth - Richard on Wednsday from 3 till 6

Reminder: We are on the every other week schedule now!

This Weeks' Share:

4 lbs potatoes

1lb carrots

1lb rutabagas

1lb celeriac

1lb purple top turnips

1 kohlrabi

1lb onions

1 brussels sprout stalk

1.5 lbs loose kale

.4 lbs pink lettuce mustard

Posted 12/21/2011 8:08am by Andre Cantelmo.

Hello Heron Pond Farmers!


The Summer 2012 CSA registration season is here. You may have seen our latest brochures at the winter markets and the farm stand, and now you can register on line at the Heron Pond Farm web site. Here is your chance at our early bird special. Shares paid in full by Jan 18th get the 2012 shares at 2011 prices. That's $50 off the full share price. And don't forget we have a new pick up location at The Tannery in Newburyport.


While you're at the web site sign up for a bread or meat share as well. Life is Sweet bakery has been great. Many share holders have been enjoying their bread for a few seasons now. After taking the winter season off for a new addition to the Bogart clan, Martha is back and baking with a vengeance! I don't know about you but I am ready for a baguette.


Heron Pond Farm is proud of it's shareholders. Your feedback about the meat share has lead us to entirely redesign it. Now each shareholder will build their own share for the month from the available meat selection. We know you are trying to build a menu, and this is a way you can shape your meat share to the way your family eats. Here it is in more detail:


New Roots Farm is partnering with Heron Pond to provide the highest-quality, most humanely raised Heritage Breed meats in the Seacoast Region. The beef and lamb are rotationally grazed and grass-fed. Pork and poultry are fed natural forage and grain supplements. All are free of hormones, antibiotics and preservatives, with Animal Welfare Approved processing.


How the Meat CSA Works: Our summer meat share is from June to October. We also offer a winter share. At the first pickup for each month you will receive $100 of flash-frozen, vacuum-sealed, USDA inspected meats with a freezer life of over a year. Each share will be selected by You (new this year). You will have your choice of meat from the available selections at your pick-up location. This may include gourmet sausage, thick pork chops, stew meats, hot dogs, and whole chickens. Each families needs are different, so this new system will give you more control over your menu. The once-a month pick-up will be on your normal CSA day and location. For the first time a New Roots farmer will be present to answer your questions and hear your suggestions.


Don't forget to check out all that's new for the 2012 season. Remember that shares paid in full by January 18th get the early bird discount ($50 on a full share). Credit card options have returned to our on line registration process thanks to PayPal. If you choose this option there is a 3% fee for the transaction. However, feel free to check out without PayPal and mail us your check and invoice for no additional fee.


What is CSA?

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a farmer-consumer partnership. You become a member by making a commitment up-front for the season by buying a “share.” This entitles you to fresh fruit and veggies from each week’s harvest. CSA members share the rewards and the risks that can come with bad weather and pests. Members receive enough food for 2 to 4 people during 20 weeks, June to mid-October. We also invite members to become involved with the farm. Please visit and let us get to know you!


Why CSA?

  • Share-holders invest in their farm. Sharing the joys and hardships of a growing season.

  • Share-holders should receive a return on their investment in a normal year.

  • Meet the farmers and know where your food comes from.

  • Freshness! Vegetables and fruit are picked just hours before you pick them up.

  • Learn more about the local food growers, the CSA community, and seasonal eating.

  • Spend locally, keep money in the community.

  • 10% member discount on non-share items at the farm stand and at our farmer’s market booth.


What is new for 2012?

  • Discount if you pay-in full by Jan. 18th

  • Newburyport pick-up at the Tannery. Thirty families are needed to start. Missed shares can be picked up at the farm.

  • CSA Gift Certificates

  • Bread add-on from Life is Sweet Bakery

  • Personalized meat shares from New Roots Farm

  • On-line registration available with or without credit card payment (3% processing fee for credit card payments)

  • Even more greens and U-pick items

  • New field house for early veggies

  • Eggs available at pick-ups while supplies last


We are looking forward to a great year and hope you will join us!


Eat well!