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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

Posted 11/13/2011 8:25pm by Andre Cantelmo.

The story from the farm is much the same as it has been for the last several weeks: harvest roots! The potato harvest is complete except for 9 rows of fingerling potatoes. Celeriac is harvested and we've gotten a few thousand pounds of carrots out of the ground. Since the snow the weather has been forgiving, and we hope this trend will continue.

There are a few new roots on the menu (new for this season). Celeriac, or celery root, is a wonderful addition to soups and stews. Peel off the skin and cube. It has fantastic flavor and texture when added to hearty soups in our house. Rutabagas are a favorite of many of us on the farm. Their cooked texture is similar to potato but with a different flavor, although our son has mistaken them for potatoes. They are often called yellow turnips in the grocery store but this is misleading because they do not have the same flavor or texture as turnips. Napa cabbage is also called chinese cabbage and is great in stir fries, soups or even a salad. Fingerlings are finally in, enjoy!

After next weekends' share we'll be moving to the every other week schedule, which makes the following pickup the weekend of December 3-4. The weekend hours at the farmstand are now 10:00 to 5:00. The other dates for the farmstand pickup this winter will be Dec 17-18, Dec 31-Jan 1, Jan 14-15, Jan 28-29, Feb 11-12, Feb 25-26, March 10-11, March 24-25 and April 7-8.

Enjoy your holidays and eat well! Greg


This weeks' share:

2 lbs potatoes or 1 lb fingerlings

2 lbs carrots

4 apples

1 lb turnips

1 lb beets

1 lb celeriac

1 lb rutabaga

1 kohlrabi

4 onions

2 winter squash

2 brussels sprouts

1 napa cabbage

1 green ( most likely a choice between kale, yukina savoy, broccoli raab, or komatsuma)

Posted 11/7/2011 7:09am by Andre Cantelmo.


   The snow has cleared and we are again harvesting roots. Not all of the outdoor greens have recovered from the snowfall. Kale looks great as always but the chard and other tender greens are still coming back. If they recover late in the week we may be able to offer some choice of greens. On a brighter note, the greenhouse plantings of greens look fantastic. Andre has been hard at work in these houses and we are looking forward to some delicious greens this winter.

   For those of you who suffered through our lack of carrots this summer, you can count on plenty of carrots for the winter. The deer have helped themselves to all of the greens in the last few weeks, but the crop has pretty well matured. It will take us awhile to harvest them all, but we'll have the satisfaction of a good crop in the cellar. Although we won't have a lot of celeriac we do have enough for several shares this winter. Considering that last season we had nothing for our efforts, we consider this progress. Our fall broccoli/cauliflower planting suffered in the weather this season. We've been able to harvest small amounts as of late but not enough for the CSA. While we definitely won't have broccoli in quantity, we may get a last flush of cauliflower large enough for the CSA. We'll keep our fingers crossed.

   Please remember to get your final Winter CSA payments in soon unless you have made a prior arrangement.

                    Enjoy the season!  Greg


This week's share:

   2 lbs potatoes

   2 lbs carrots

   1 lb purple top turnips

   6 apples

   2 winter squash

   2 brussels sprout stalks

   4 onions

   1 bunch kale (maybe other choices)