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Posted 9/12/2010 10:18am by Andre Cantelmo.
    Full Share                                          Half Share
4 Tomatoes    (1 pt cherry for 2 toms)    2 Tomatoes
2 cucumbers                                       1 cucumber
2 lbs potatoes                                    1 lb potatoes
2 onions                                            1 onion
1 shallot                                            1 shallot or 1 garlic
1 garlic                                             2 apples
4 apples                                           2 sweet or 1 green pepper
2 sweet or 1 green pepper                   1 kohlrabi
1 kohlrabi                                          1 winter squash
2 zuc/ss or 1 winter squash                
6 ears sweet corn                              3 ears sweet corn
3 choices                                          1 choice

Choose from: chard, beets, bok choi, napa cabbage, escarole

What a difference a week can make, as hot as it ever gets to unseasonably cool. It will slow down the summer crops but its great weather for cooking. The beans will come back next week and carrots will likely make an appearence. Peaches are done for the season but the apple diversity will increase. Right now we have butternut, acorn and delicata squash but we will add a few more kinds later in the month. We are busy seeding fall and winter greens and getting ready for some of the big storage crop harvests to come. Enjoy the season, Greg
Posted 9/8/2010 6:28am by Andre Cantelmo.

Hello Heron Pond Farmers!

For all of you that have been waiting for the open registration to begin for the winter CSA, it is here! We will now accept all applicants to the CSA. You can register for our winter program now by mailing in a winter registration form or by using our online registration. We use the member assembler because It helps us keep things organized. If you do have any problems with our online registration process please let me know.


Posted 9/5/2010 11:12am by Andre Cantelmo.
          Full Share                                    Half Share
4 tomatoes                                      2 tomatoes
2 zucchini or ss                                1 zucchini or ss
3 cucumbers                                    1 cucumber
2 lbs potatoes                                  1 lb potatoes
1 lb beans                                        1/2 lb beans
4 peaches or apples                         2 peaches or apples
2 shallots                                         1 shallot
2 sweet or 1 green pepper                  1 sweet or 1 green pepper
6 ears sweet corn                              3 ears sweet corn
1 kohlrabi                                         1 kohlrabi
1 bok choi
2 choices                                          1 choice
Choose from: Napa cabbage, chard, beets or raddichio

Crops look great for the fall! The winter squash, beans, greens, late corn and cucumbers to name a few are in fantastic shape. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for a long, mild autumn.  Enjoy, Greg
Posted 8/29/2010 7:46pm by Andre Cantelmo.
        Full Share                                  Half Share
3 tomatoes                                      1 tomato
2 cucumbers                                     1 cucumber
2 zucchini or ss                                1 zucchini or ss
4 peaches or apples                          2 peaches or apples
4 onions                                          2 onions
1 garlic or shallot                              1 garlic or shallot
1 lb beans                                        1/2 lb beans
2 lbs potatoes                                   1 lb potatoes
1 head bok choi                                1 head bok choi
2 eggplant or peppers                       1 eggplant or pepper
6 ears sweet corn                              3 ears sweet corn
2 choices                                         1 choice
Choose from: Chard, beets, kohlrabi or napa cabbage

Beans and greens are solidly back in the mix! Our friends at Apple Hill Farm are now harvesting apples so you may choose those instead of peaches. We are in between tomato plantings, thus the lower amounts of tomatoes in the shares. Our second planting should be in full swing soon. We're keeping an eye on the carrots and as soon as the weather cools we'll bring in some early winter squash from the field. Enjoy, Greg
Posted 8/22/2010 6:11pm by Andre Cantelmo.
            Full Share                                Half Share
6 tomatoes                                     3 tomatoes
2 zucchini or ss                                1 zucchini or ss
2 cucumbers                                    1 cucumber
2 lbs potatoes                                 1 lb potatoes
4 onions                                         2 onions
1 head garlic                                   1 head garlic
1 eggplant                                      2 sweet peppers or 1 eggplant
2 sweet peppers
6 ears sweet corn                            3 ears sweet corn
4 peaches                                      2 peaches
1 head bok choi                        1 bok choi or 1 bunch beet greens
1 bunch beet greens

When cherry tomatoes are available this week you may exchange 2 tomatoes for one pint of the cherries. Beans are in but not in enough quantity to supply everyone, they should be good to go for next week. In just one week the irrigation turned the potato crop around and we now have them back in the share to remain for the duration. Many of the sweet peppers available are the Jimmy Nardello and Carmen sweet italian frying peppers. Prepare them as their name suggests and you won't be disappointed. Some of the beet greens will have actual beets on them, but they are just starting to size.  Enjoy, Greg
Posted 8/15/2010 4:55pm by Andre Cantelmo.
I hate to sound like a broken record, but could we please have some rain!!! We spend almost as much time irrigating as harvesting. At this point there just isn't any water in the soil profile that we haven't put there. Over the last 10 weeks we have received only 6 inches of rain. We have gotten water to half of the potatoes and will water the rest this week with a repaired pump. The beets and bok choi are finally coming back on and will stay with the share. Green beans are looking very good and will be back in the share next week or the week after to remain the rest of the season.  Enjoy, Greg  

      Full Share                                       Half Share
1 pt cherry tomatoes                          1 pt cherry tomatoes
4 tomatoes                                         1 tomato
4 peaches                                            2 peaches
2 slicers or 4 pickles                            1 slicer or 2 pickles
2 zucchini or ss                                   1 zucchini or ss
2 eggplant                                          1 eggplant
6 ears sweet corn                               3 ears sweet corn
4 onions                                              2 onions
1 head garlic                                       1 head garlic

Both Shares: 1 choice of beet greens, bok choi or kohlrabi
Posted 8/10/2010 11:21am by Andre Cantelmo.

Hello Heron Pond Farmers

Well the fight to get through this summer has not stopped us from thinking about the winter. Believe it or not some of our planing for winter had to begin last winter with the planting of our onion and shallot seed. All of us here at the farm were thinking of winter as we waited long and hard for the rain to come and put some size on our potatoes. As you may know Farmers Ben and Pete have worked hard getting water to those fields. While we may get a lull in our summer potato crop, it is nice to know they now have the water to size up for winter.

Many improvements have been made to last years winter CSA. But we still have some fine tuning to do before we can start registration. Please take the time to respond to this survey, even if you will not be with us this winter. It is just ten questions (two if you will not be in the winter CSA), but your responses really do help us make a better program for our growing community. Remember that this is your farm too. We need to know what the community would like us to do.

There will be 200 shares offered for the winter. Only full shares will be available. As with last year we will have a buddy board so you can split a share with someone near you if you like. Those in the summer CSA will have first shot at the winter shares, followed by those who were with us last winter. If you winter with another CSA (as is the case with many Wolf Piners) you will still have first shot at summer shares with us next year. We will open up the winter program to the general public if shares are still available about the first week of September.

We have increased the greenhouse and over wintering space for fresh greens this year. This fall we will be installing a field house to get those early spring greens. Our garlic and onion plantings are four times what they were last year. Much more choice and quantity with the winter squash this year. Last year we lost our Brussels sprouts to the rains. This year we have had good luck and gotten plenty of water to them. The problems with wood chucks in our fall brassicas has been solved so there will be a bunch for both winter and late summer folks to get plenty. As with all CSA's some stuff will work out some of it won't. Talk with other community members about the job we do and get involved with making decisions on your farm.

As soon as we get the surveys back we will send out our best guess as to what will be in the winter share, along with a way for you to register online, price, and pick up dates. Thank you all for your feedback that has gotten us this far. All the support that the community has given us has made us a better farm each year.

Here is to eating well all winter!


Posted 8/8/2010 10:44am by Andre Cantelmo.
Well, Thursday's storm cut down on the dust but .4 inches only goes so far! Farmers Ben and Pete spent the entire week moving aluminum irrigation pipe from one field to the next. We have to water just to get seed to germinate. Drip irrigated crops are doing well, but overhead irrigation is time consuming and with virtually no water in the soil profile has to be done often. Last night we did finally get some water on the potatoes. Both sweet corn and potatoes are amazing in their ability to survive with very little water. However, surviving and producing are very different things.
This week's share brings peaches from our friends Chuck and Diane Souther at Apple Hill Farm in Concord, NH! For those interested in tomatillos, they are beginning to trickle in and may find their way onto the share by next week. We should be back into beans and greens later in the month and then right until the end of the season. We have lots of delicious cherry tomatoes at the stand. You can take a pint in place of two tomatoes if you prefer. We also have heirloom tomatoes available. Don't forget to check out our expanded selection of baked goods.

        Full Share                                          Half Share
6 tomatoes                                            3 tomatoes
2 zucchini or summer squash                    1 zucchini or ss
2 slicers or 4 pickles                               1 slicer or 2 pickles
4 onions                                                2 onions
4 peaches                                              2 peaches
2 eggplant                                             1 eggplant
2 lbs new potatoes                                 1 lb potatoes
1 head garlic                                          1 head garlic
6 ears sweet corn                                  3 ears sweet corn

Enjoy, Greg

Posted 8/2/2010 9:09pm by Andre Cantelmo.
Sorry for the delay in the newsletter this week. Andre and I got to sneak away this weekend with our families to attend the wedding of some wonderful friends! I'm up past my farmer bedtime so I'll make this short. No greens in the share this week, too much dry, hot weather but we're working hard to get them back into production. We've spending time maintaining our summer plantings and getting the fall/winter plantings on a roll! I may have finally won the battle for the broccoli against the woodchucks. Time will tell! Field Tomatoes!

        Full Share                                        Half Share
5 tomatoes                                           2 tomatoes
2 zucchini or SS                                     1 zucchini or ss
2 slicers or 4 pickles                              1 slicer or 2 pickles
2 lbs onions                                          1 lb onions
2 lbs new potatoes                                1 lb new potatoes
2 eggplant                                            1 eggplant
1 pepper                                               1 pepper
1 garlic                                                 1 garlic
6 ears sweet corn                                  3 ears sweet corn

           Enjoy,  Greg
Posted 7/25/2010 10:09am by Andre Cantelmo.
Our hot summer continues, and the summer crops are responding! Still not enough rain, but the heat has its advantages. Blueberries are in this weeks share but they are winding down. If you chose to pick your own, its time to get to the farm before the season is past. Yesterday we got our first significant harvest of field tomatoes, with many more to come. The corn is beautiful and delicious, with many good plantings ahead of us. Fall crops are growing well although we'll be busy irrigating them this week. We are short on minor crops this week so only one choice per share. We're doing our best to push along summer plantings of lettuce, greens, carrots and beets. Our last corn and carrot seedings are happening right now with the final bean, zucchini, summer squash, cucumber and broccoli plantings soon to follow.
Here are the share lists.

        Full                                                    Half
3 tomatoes                                           1 tomato
2 zucchini or SS                                     1 zucchini or ss
2 slicers or 4 pickles                               1 slicer or 2 pickles
1 pt blueberries or 1 qt pyo                   1/2 pt bb or 1 pt pyo
3 onions                                                1 onion
1 head garlic                                          1 head garlic
2 eggplant                                             1 eggplant
1 pepper                                                1 pepper
1.5 lbs new potatoes                               1 lb new potatoes
12 ears sweet corn                                6 ears sweet corn
1 choice                                                 1 choice

Choose from: kohlrabi, beets, cabbage, raddichio, escarole, napa cabbage

Enjoy, Greg