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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!

        Greg

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!

 

Andre

Posted 12/21/2011 7:41am 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!

 

Andre

Posted 12/16/2011 6:57am by Andre Cantelmo.

This Saturday at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford, NH the next farmers market by Seacoast Eat Local will be held from 10:00 to 2:00. You will find local crafts, prepared foods, baked goods, local meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. It's a great setting with good food and wonderful gift ideas.

For those who won't make it to Rollinsford on Saturday, the 2nd winter farmers market at the Tannery in Newburyport will be held on Sunday from 10:00 to 2:00. You'll find the same range of products but on a smaller scale in another great location.

Lastly, for those in the Boston area this weekend will be at the Armory in Somerville on Saturday from 10 to 2 for a weekly market that we will attend almost every week into the spring.


        Greg

Posted 12/16/2011 6:36am by Andre Cantelmo.

   Most of us from the farm were attending the New England Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference this week, talking shop with other farmers, learning new growing techniques and visiting the trade show. Many thanks to Rich and Tim for being on the farm all week and getting the work done so that we could sneak off for a few days. Some of you will remember me quing choi from the summer share, and it returns to the share this week. Great for stir fries or soups. Rutabagas are one of my personal favorites roasted or in soups. This will be the last of the beets, as we were again short on the fall crop. Now is definitely time to pay off those outstanding balances, as we are nearly two months into the winter csa season.

  For all of you who pickup at the farmstand remember that Anna will be at the farmstand on Friday and Saturday for pickups, and on Sunday we will have the stand set up for self serve. The hours will be from 10:00 to 6:00 on Friday and until 5:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

  Happy Holidays!  Greg


This weeks' share:

4 lbs potatoes

2 lbs carrots

1 lb beets

1 lb rutabagas

1 kohlrabi

2 brussels sprouts stalks

1 lb onions

.6 lbs me quing choi

1/2 lb yukina savoy


Posted 12/8/2011 7:13am by Andre Cantelmo.
The Seacoast Eat Local winter farmers market returns to Exeter High School this Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00. You'll find a beautiful array of local vegetables and meats,artisan breads, honey, maple syrup, wool, crafts and much more!
Posted 12/2/2011 8:33pm by Andre Cantelmo.

We hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed their meals. Let us know of any new recipes you picked up from friends or family. After enjoying our thanksgiving feasts the farm crew got very busy over the weekend and finished the root crop harvest! It felt a bit strange to finally complete that long saga, interrupted by snow, rain, cold, broken equipment and a holiday. That was coupled with some goodbyes to several members of the crew who have finished work on the farm for the season. We wish Ben and Caitlin the best of luck on their new endeavors (though we'll always hold a place open for you) and hope to see Becca again come springtime.

This weeks share sadly brings the last of the winter squash. The loss in the field to disease brought on by all of the rain cut into our yield dramatically. Brussels sprouts are still growing and sizing. The arugula is delicious, we had some in a salad tonight. The tsoi sim is the flowering green, all of which is tasty ( yes, even the flowers). I noticed a distinct tanginess in the komatsuma, a green which is cooked at this stage, but used in salads when very young. Dover and Portsmouth members enjoyed the Romanesco cauliflower just before Thanksgiving, but farmstand members didn't have any in their share. This weekend the farmstand crowd will get a taste as it will be available in your shares only.

One matter of business: for those who haven't made a special payment arrangement with us, your balance is now due. By now we have incurred the vast majority of the costs associated with producing all of this wonderful bounty. Without the expected injection of funds into our cash flow its hard to do things like pay our hard working crew and turn the page to the work of planning and planting for next spring. Thank you for being so supportive of our efforts to grow all of these fantastic crops!  Enjoy, Greg



This weeks share:

4 lbs potatoes

2 lbs carrots

1 lb purple top turnips

1 lb beets

1 kohlrabi

6 apples

1 winter squash

2 brussels sprouts stalks

4 onions

1 bag arugula (about .6 lbs)

1 bunch Tsoi Sim (flowering green)

1 bunch Komatsuma

Farmstand only: 1 head cauliflower