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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

















Posted 10/10/2010 7:42pm by Andre Cantelmo.
               Full Share                            Half Share
2 tomatoes                                       1 tomato
2 lbs potatoes                                   1 lb potatoes
2 winter squash                                 1 winter squash
6 ears sweet corn                             3 ears sweet corn
2 onions                                           1 onion
5 apples                                           2 apples
1 shallot                                           1 shallot or garlic
1 garlic                                             1 bunch carrots
1 bunch carrots                                  1 pepper or eggplant
2 peppers or eggplant
1 bunch chinese mustard                    1 bunch chinese mustard
1 choice from greens below              1 choice from greens below
Osaka purple mustard, Arugula, or pink lady mustard
2 choices (full share only)
Choose from radishes, kale, bok choi, napa cabbage, chard

Well, we have come to the end of the season thankfully with many of our summer veggies in tow. It was wonderful to get to know many of the new members this season and meet again with returning members. We look forward to seeing many of you for our winter share. Andre and I will be organizing a potluck meeting in November to socialize and discuss the summer CSA. Details to follow.
There are a few new items on this weeks' share list. Chinese mustard is very similar to the summer jean we used to grow, and is also a great stir-fry green. Arugula is traditionally eaten as a salad green, often mixed with lettuce. This round is delicious, but may be a little sharp for those not accustomed to it. Pink Lady mustard is new for us. It is quite mild and could be eaten in a salad. Osaka purple mustard is best lightly sauteed, just to wilting and then remove from heat. Enjoy, Greg
Posted 10/4/2010 5:11am by Andre Cantelmo.
        Full Share                                   Half Share
4 tomatoes                                     2 tomatoes
2 lbs potatoes                                 1 lb potatoes
6 ears sweet corn                         3 ears sweet corn
2 winter squash                             1 winter squash
3 peppers or eggplant                    1 pepper or eggplant
2 onions                                       1 onion
1 bunch carrots                              1 bunch carrots
1 shallot                                       1 shallot or garlic
1 garlic                                         
4 choices                                      2 choices

Choose from: beets, bok choi, napa cabbage, kale, radishes, escarole, or kohlrabi


The summer crops are mostly holding on well. We wanted to have green beans back in the share, but a week ago they started to develop quite a bit disease and it has been difficult to find good beans since. Our fall broccoli planting that didn't suffer the fate (drought and woodchucks) of its early season predecessors may provide the summer share with its bounty for the last pick-up. However, those with a winter share should see lots of this crop. Andre tells me that the radishes are quite mild for those interested. The beets are not only very tasty right now but absolutely beutiful. A colorful and delicious meal is just the trick for livening up the gloomy forecast this week. Enjoy, Greg 
Posted 9/28/2010 6:32am by Andre Cantelmo.
This year, we're proud to expand the offerings of our Winter CSA to include handmade, artisan bread from a very local baker -- Life is Sweet Baking Company, which is located here in South Hampton. Martha Bogart, who owns and runs the bakery, is committed to using only the finest ingredients, many of which are both local and organic. She uses organic flour that isn't treated with potassium bromate, a chemical that's outlawed in Europe because it's recognized as a potential carcinogen, and is dedicated to making healthy breads that taste really good.

Through the CSA, you have the option of choosing from several premium breads -- Multigrain, which is chock-full of quinoa, amaranth, millet, and oats; Gluten-Free Multigrain for those with a gluten intolerance; Cinnamon Swirl, a light, soft loaf with a beautiful swirl of cholesterol-aiding cinnamon; White Bread; and Corn Bread, a perfect accompaniment to any winter soup. While you're at it, add on a Baguette. With its soft, chewy interior and crunchy exterior, it works well with any meal, though most admit they eat it o the way home. For more information about Life is Sweet's breads, become a fan on Facebook, or make sure you stop by the farmstand in South Hampton next Saturday and Sunday, October 2ed and 3ed from 9 a.m. to noon for a free tasting of all the breads available through the CSA.
Posted 9/26/2010 4:41pm by Andre Cantelmo.
         Full Share                                     Half Share
4 Tomatoes  (cherry toms swap when avail) 2 Tomatoes
2 lbs potatoes                                        1 lb potatoes
2 winter squash                                      1 winter squash
4 onions                                                 2 onions
6 ears sweet corn                                    3 ears sweet corn
1 bunch carrots                                       1 bunch carrots
4 apples                                                 2 apples
1 shallot                                                1 shallot or garlic
1 garlic                                                 
2 peppers or eggplant                              1 pepper or eggplant
3 choices                                               1 choice

Choose from: Turnips, beets, kohlrabi, chard, kale and escarole

We hope that the weather will give us some more time for summer crops, although there is no better time for cooking than when the temperature drops. Sometimes our household gets tired of sweet corn and other summer veggies in September, but when the weather gets that autumn feel, we remember that soon we won't be able to enjoy them in our meals. Don't let the moment pass.  Enjoy, Greg