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Posted 1/7/2011 7:26am by Andre Cantelmo.

Sorry about the late notice but we will need to change the date of our meeting for the Dover/Portsmouth area. The location we wanted to hold it in was not available so we have moved it to next week. Still hope to see you all there! Here is the info again:

The solstice is behind us, and the seed catalogs are all waiting for our attention, so it's time to start looking ahead to the new growing season. Before we do that we need to look at what we are doing right and what can be improved at the farm, so this is your call to come to our annual meeting!

Both the Summer and the Winter CSA's will be discussed at the meeting (see agenda below). Most importantly WE WILL EAT! Yes, this is a pot luck. Yes, it happens the week after your share pick up, so you will have food on hand to cook up. The meeting will be in two locations this year, so our shareholders from Dover and Portsmouth will not have far to travel. If you can not make one meeting please come to the other. Your input is needed so that we can bring you the best CSA experience that we can.

For our shareholders in the Portsmouth and Dover area we will have a meeting at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Dover. On Saturday January 15th at 6:00 pm we will have the potluck followed by the meeting. This is our first time having two meetings. If you can't make one please see if you can make the other.



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Posted 1/2/2011 11:10pm by Andre Cantelmo.

Hello Heron Pond Farmers!

The solstice is behind us, and the seed catalogs are all waiting for our attention, so it's time to start looking ahead to the new growing season. Before we do that we need to look at what we are doing right and what can be improved at the farm, so this is your call to come to our annual meeting!

Both the Summer and the Winter CSA's will be discussed at the meeting (see agenda below). Most importantly WE WILL EAT! Yes, this is a pot luck. Yes, it happens the week after your share pick up, so you will have food on hand to cook up. The meeting will be in two locations this year, so our shareholders from Dover and Portsmouth will not have far to travel. If you can not make one meeting please come to the other. Your input is needed so that we can bring you the best CSA experience that we can.

The South Hampton Meeting will take place at the South Hampton Town Hall right down the road from the farm stand on Friday January 7th at 6:00 pm for the potluck, 6:30 pm for the meeting. We would like to get though our agenda in about an hour. For our shareholders in the Portsmouth and Dover area we will have a meeting at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Dover. On Saturday January 8th at 6:00 pm we will have the potluck followed by the meeting.This is our first time having two meetings. If you can't make one please see if you can make the other.

The most important next step for Heron Pond Farm is to increase the number of folks enjoying local food. We know that once people take part in Heron Pond Farm's CSA they don't go back to store-bought produce, they stick with local if they can. We want to help New Hampshire get to 10% of it's food coming from local sources. An ambitious goal to be sure, but you can help. Bring one new person to the CSA meeting. You already know that the CSA is a great way to make a commitment to eating local and you all know at least one person or family that is close to eating local; they just need a push. What will it take to get the someone you know to take that next step toward helping us achieve food soveranty? Bring the body, the stomach will follow!

Lastly we need to talk about registration for the Summer 2011 CSA. As the CSA at Heron Pond Farm has grown more folks depend on us as their source for local food. Likewise we depend on your registration dollars to pay for seed, supplies, and the labor necessary to deliver the quality food you have come to enjoy. We need you to register early this year, not only to pay bills, but to know how many spots we will have open for all the folks that have been contacting us all year. Heron Pond Farm likes to let all our returning members get the spots before we open to the public. So, please, get your registration form in today or register online!

We'll see you soon!

Andre

Agenda

 

How this season went and plans for 2011: Promises we've kept and where we are going.

Food quantity and frequency in share: This is when we pick the food to grow!

More on farm activities: Tomato festival, Strawberry planting, Garlic harvest, Canning workshop?

Getting pick ups to go smoother

Shareholder input: What else do we need to do?

 

 

 

Posted 12/21/2010 1:05pm by Andre Cantelmo.

Thinking of getting someone involved with the local food movement for Christmas? You can buy full and half Summer 2011 CSA shares in Heron Pond Farm. We will send them a Gift certificate in your name!  Call 603-591-8720 to set it up!

Posted 12/17/2010 6:12pm by Andre Cantelmo.
Heron Pond Farm and many other local growers and craftpeople will be at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollingsford this Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00. Come see us for great food and holiday gifts before the snow arrives!
Posted 12/17/2010 6:07pm by Andre Cantelmo.

It sure feels like winter around here! We're storing the root crops and thinking more about greens from the houses than from the field, and this weeks' kale may prove to be the last taste of outside greens for some time. The parsnips are sweet and delicous and rutabagas savory and golden when cooked. This winter storage kohlrabi is much different than the summer types. The skin should be removed, but the inside is sweet and crisp. It can be eaten raw (great with hummous!) or stir fried. I've heard rumor that you can even make kohlrabi chips. Good luck with all of your holiday cooking.
Happy Holidays to all!     Greg   

4 lbs potatoes
2 lbs carrots
1 lb parsnips
1 lb rutabagas
1 kohlrabi
4 onions
2 shallots
2 winter squash
1 bunch kale
2 heads lettuce
1 stalk brussel sprouts
Posted 12/3/2010 6:44pm by Andre Cantelmo.
   Hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We had a few days of quiet on the farm before making the final push to get the root crops out of the ground. We finished with both parsnips (you'll see those soon!) and carrots yesterday, and now onto brussel sprouts and kohlrabi. The weather is about to turn quite cold but we're hoping to protect a few very hardy crops in the field. The greenhouse crops are growing nicely, especially lettuce, bok choi, chard and spinach.
   Due to the mid-May frost/freeze most regional apple growers took a hit on their crops and our supplier, Apple Hill Farm in Concord, was no exception. The apples in the Thanksgiving share were the last of the winter although we do have a few for sale at the stand this week.
   Stay warm and eat well, Greg

This week's share:

4 lbs potatoes
4 lbs carrots
4 onions
2 shallots
2 winter squash
1 bunch kale
1/2 lb swiss chard
2 brussel sprout stalks
Posted 12/1/2010 7:16pm by Andre Cantelmo.
This Saturday December 4th, there will be a winter market at Exeter High School from 10:00 to 2:00. In addition to ourselves and many other farmers, there will be many craft vendors for those seeking gifts for the holidays. Come and see us at the market!

Greg
Posted 11/19/2010 5:09am by Andre Cantelmo.
It's almost Thanksgiving and the weather looks like its about to turn seasonable. We've been in a hurry to harvest our root crops for storage as well as some of the less hardy leafy crops. The carrot crop looks very good although we'll have many days of topping ahead of us. We're trying to get the crop up before the holiday so if any of you want to get your hands in the soil and harvest some carrots give Andre a call at 603 591-8720.
We've had some complaints that e-mails aren't being answered. Although we don't always answer them immediately, we don't ignore e-mails. We believe there might be a problem with the e-mail address connected to the website. Some alternative addresses are andre_cantelmo@yahoo.com  or heronpondfarmnh@comcast.net . We hope that this gives folks an easier way to communicate with Andre and I.
Another reminder for Portsmouth folks, the pickup next week will be on Tuesday, not Wednsday.
Lastly, this would be a great time to take care of any balances. You can mail payments or bring them to your pickup.

Here is the share:

1 lb broccoli
1 lb cauliflower
2 brussel sprout stalks
2 lbs carrots
4 lbs potatoes
4 onions
1 garlic
6 apples
2 pie pumpkins
2 winter squash
1 bunch Hakurei Turnips
1 bunch swiss chard
1 bok choi

Enjoy your holiday,  Greg
Posted 11/12/2010 6:03pm by Andre Cantelmo.
This week's share is very similar to last week, minus a few items that will return next week. Speaking of next week...get ready! The last share before Thanksgiving will be loaded with a wide variety of greens, roots, apples, winter squash and pie pumpkins. As for this week:

1 bunch Hakurei turnips
1 bunch radish
1 bunch kale
1 bunch chinese mustard
1 head bok choi (some Napa cabbage available)
1 lb carrots
2 lbs potatoes
2 winter squash
4 onions
2 shallots
1 garlic


Enjoy, Greg
Posted 11/5/2010 6:20pm by Andre Cantelmo.
There are some new additions to this weeks share. We've finally gotten some round gold potatoes harvested and will add those to the selection. The variety is called Satina and we grow it in place of Yukon Gold because it is better in the field and in storage while sacrificing nothing in flavor. Just today we harvested another asian type mustard that has a distinct mustard flavor but no sharpness at all. The crew and I thought that it was quite good and would suggest it for stir fry, soup or steaming. The kohlrabi in this weeks' share is the last of the spring/summer types, tasty but not as sweet as those that will be in the share later this year. Also this week we have some mesclun mix. The broccoli should make an appearence again next week, it needs another week under the row cover to mature. This week has been all about row cover over fall/winter greens and digging potatoes. We hope to finish potatoes next week and start bringing in the carrots. Dig, dig, dig!

This weeks' share:

2 lbs potatoes
2 winter squash
1 lb carrots
3 onions
2 shallots
1 garlic
5 apples
1 bunch hakurei turnips
1 bunch radish
1 bunch kale
1 bunch asian mustard
1 head bok choi
1 kohlrabi
1 bag mesclun mix

 Enjoy, Greg