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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
Posted 10/28/2010 7:53pm by Andre Cantelmo.
The corn yet lives! Probably a record here on the farm for length of a corn season. Singed by the frosts but not down for the count. The broccoli has finally decided to grace us with its presence, still waiting on the cauliflower. We've been busy on the farm this week harvesting potatoes and rutabagas in addition to all of the greens. Greenhouse seeding for winter crops is just about completed. Cover crops are growing well with this weeks warmth.
For those with farmstand pickups, we had a very busy Saturday, with many of you choosing to pick up your share that day. We will have several scales set up this week so that you can more efficiently weigh your potatoes and broccoli. Please bear with us as we try to make the pickups as smooth as possible.
Andre and I apologize for any problems in Dover and Portsmouth due our failure to send out more detailed information prior to those pickups. Both pickups run from 3:00 to 7:00, Dover on Monday and Portsmouth on Wednsday. For directions to either site you can go to our website under Contact/Directions and select Maps and Directions.
Eat Well and enjoy, Greg

This weeks' share:

1 bunch Hakurei turnips
1 bunch radishes
1 bunch carrots
1 bunch kale
1 head bok choi
1 lb broccoli
2 lbs potatoes
2 winter squash
5 apples
4 onions
2 shallots
3 peppers
12 ears sweet corn
Posted 10/22/2010 7:23pm by Andre Cantelmo.
    It's hard to believe winter CSA time is already here! Feels like only yesterday that we were in the midst of heat and humidity. The summer sun is now to be found stored in the crops we'll enjoy all winter.
    For those who are new to the winter CSA I'll mention a few details about pickups. The farmstand pick-ups are on Saturday and Sunday between 10:00 and 5:00. Either day is OK, you don't have to pick one day or another. The farmstand will be set up as for retail and you will pick out your produce from the display according to the share list displayed in the stand. When the weather gets really cold entry will be through the side door. If you won't be able to pick up your share over the weekend we suggest having a friend or family member pick it up. Once we get past Thanksgiving the farmstand is only open on weekends so coming during the week won't be possible. 

    Dover and Portsmouth shareholders will continue on Mondays and Wednsdays from 3:00 to 7:00
at the same locations. After a great season of hard work to get your food to Dover and Portsmouth every week without fail, Heather has moved on, although she is now a shareholder in Portsmouth. We'll miss her! In her place this winter will be Richard, who has been with us for five seasons and is well versed in the growing of many of these crops as well as their consumption. More details to follow later regarding these pickups because I am one tired farmer!

  
This week's share:
2 Tomatoes
12 ears sweet corn
3 peppers
2 lbs potatoes
2 winter squash
4 onions
2 shallots
1 garlic
6 apples
1 bunch carrots
1 kohlrabi
1 bunch kale
1 bunch hakurei salad turnips
1 bunch radishes
1 choice from: arugula, Pink Lady mustard or Osaka Purple Mustard

   A few words about the share. The corn is delicious, don't be deterred by the frost damage on the husk, whats inside is sweet as any corn this season. These are the last of the tomatoes and they are pretty good for late October. The kohlrabi is mild but we are not yet into the sweet winter varieties, we'll harvest those soon enough. The Hakurei salad turnips are very mild and a real treat! Arugula is great for salad, Pink Lady could also play this role. Osaka Purple should be cooked just to wilting (the same for pink lady). Enjoy, Greg

















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