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Posted 4/9/2010 7:54pm by Andre Cantelmo.
Starting April 10 the farmstand will be open Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 5:00. Currently we have mesclun mix, spinach, chard, beet greens, cilantro, potatoes, carrots and parsnips available. You can also find Kelli Brook Farm meats at the stand.
Come see us at the Exeter winter market on April 10th at Exeter High School from 10:00 to 2:00!
Posted 3/26/2010 6:27pm by Andre Cantelmo.
Well finally winter has come to an end, although perhaps this is bittersweet! The signs of spring are everywhere to my eyes and ears but the winter csa has come to a close. Spring peepers were first heard on the farm a week ago and have been increasing their spring peeping all week. Woodcocks have been active for about ten days and the grass is greening in many places.
For those of you who just can't wait for the summer CSA to begin, we will be open on weekends after Easter. We should have carrots, potatoes, parsnips and greens for some time. On April 10th we'll be in Exeter for what will be the last winter market, in case you can't make it down to the stand.
This weeks share:
     3/4 lb spinach
     1/2 lb swiss chard
     1 bunch beet greens
     4 lbs potatoes or 2 lbs fingerlings
     4 lbs carrots
     2 lbs parsnips
 
As always enjoy and look for spring!

                    Greg





Posted 3/12/2010 6:16pm by Andre Cantelmo.
Planted the first tomato greenhouse 8 days ago and saw our first flower on Tuesday. Many transplants growing in the houses, even some that will be eaten this time next year! You'll find the last of the onions in this weeks' share as well as a diversity of greens.

3/4 lb spinach
1 bunch beet greens
1 bunch turnip 'rapini'
4 lbs potatoes or 2 lbs fingerlings
2 lbs carrots
1 rutabaga
1 lb onions

Two weeks from now will be the last pickup of the winter CSA. Plenty of greens in that one! Looking forward to the summer.

         Greg
Posted 2/26/2010 7:57pm by Andre Cantelmo.
We hope that everyone has come through the storm OK and will have power restored soon. Part of the farm is running off the generator right now and the rest is dark. We will be at Wentworth Greenhouses tommorrow for the farmers market/CSA Fair. Although power is out in that area, the greenhouses are powered by a very large generator. Come out and see us! As usual there will be a wide variety of agricultural products and crafts.
For those who have registered for our 2010 summer CSA, there have been some questions about the status of your memberships. Whether you have a half or full share, only half your total is due at registration, the other 50% is due April 20. If you have signed up online but have chosen to send us a check via traditional mail, your confirmation e-mail is also an invoice for the amount due. Hope this answers your questions.

          Greg
Posted 2/26/2010 7:39pm by Andre Cantelmo.
Update on this weekends pickup: We weren't satisfied with the appearence of our mesclun mix so there will not be any in this weeks' share. Spinach and belgian endive are ready to go and delicious! Hope that everyone is safe, the weather did quite a number on the farm, although no catastrophes.
 
           Greg
Posted 2/25/2010 6:30pm by Andre Cantelmo.
We are leading double lives on the farm these days. Last week we were preparing greenhouses and seeding, seeding, seeding thinking only of the season ahead. This week its harvest and wash getting ready for distribution and market, although the seeding won't really stop until November. Lis has been working with Andre and I all winter, Dave returned recently and Ben will join us next week. All hands on deck, here comes spring!

1 lb spinach (some spots, but perfectly edible)
1/4 lb mesclun ( will harvest tomm, amount uncertain)
1/4 lb belgian endive
1 lb beets
1 lb turnips
2 lbs carrots
1 lb parsnips
4 lbs potatoes or 2 lbs fingerlings
2 lbs onions

                       Enjoy,   Greg
Posted 2/25/2010 7:42am by Andre Cantelmo.

Hello Heron Pond Farmers!

It's a big week for the start of our 2010 season. Two CSA fairs are taking place and we could use your help. Who better to reflect what its like to be a Heron Pond Farm CSA member then our very own shareholders. If you can find some time to join us at either of the fairs please let us know. Saturdays fair will be at the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollingsford NH. Sundays fair will be at the Tannery in Newburyport MA. Many people new to CSA will find your help crucial in making a decision as to which program will fit them best. We know that our program is more complicated then the simple “box CSA,” so help explaining how it works for you would be great.

For those of you wishing to dance your booty off and help out farms to boot, there is the second annual “Funk the Farm” event. Funk the Farm will take place at Mission Oak Grill on Friday Feb. 26th 8:00 pm! Come dance the winter chills away!

If you are looking to check on the status of your membership you can do so through our new member status page. By putting in your e-mail address in the status page you can find out if you are registered, your pick up day and location, the type of membership, and your balance.

We have two partnerships to announce. Eastmans Local Catch CSF and Lasting Legacy Farm will both be working with Heron Pond Farm. You can now get your seafood shares at any of our pick up locations. Just register with Eastmans on there website and let them know you are a Heron Pond Farm Member. We will make sure that your food makes it to your pick up location. Lasting Legacy offers meat shares and we will be able to offer them to our Dover, Portsmouth, and of course now at Lasting Legacy Farm in Barington. Register at their site and let them know you are a member of Heron Pond Farm. Folks at the farm stand will still be able to get meat from our partnership with Kelly Brook Farm.

As we gear up for our spring membership drive we would like to remind those with us in the past that it is time to resister for the 2010 program. There are about 20 families from past years that we thought we might hear from by now. Because we believe in the CSA, we want you to have the experience that you are looking for. To that end we would like to hear from you if you will not be joining us again. First so we can grow and change to be a better CSA for more folks. But just as importantly, if we know of a program that is more along the lines of something your looking for, we would like to point you in that direction. Many of our farmer friends run their CSA's different then we do. If we can match you up with one of them we would rather you do that then give up on CSA's. Of course we think that the community has done a great job turning us in to the best program around and we are very excited about the coming year. Our members have given us a lot of great feedback to work with. The 2010 program looks to be the most complete fruit and vegetable share that is out there and you are the reason why.

Here is to a new season!

Andre

 

 

Posted 2/20/2010 5:51am by Andre Cantelmo.

I know it is the last moment but Heron Pond Farm is headed over to the Rye Winter Market today. We will be bringing all the great winter foods that you have come to expect from us so come on out to the market. The Market is located at the Rye Junior High, 501 Washington Road in Rye NH. (See map bellow). We hope to see you there as we will be bringing all our CSA registration information for the 2010 summer season.

 

 


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Posted 2/12/2010 9:04pm by Andre Cantelmo.

Hi folks, getting this out pretty late. We've just had a very late evening of preparing for the pickup this weekend. Andre and I were up well past our farmer bedtimes so I'll make this a short message. Here goes:

3/4 lb spinach

1/3 lb mesclun mix

1 bunch Hakurei turnips

2 lbs carrots

1 rutabaga

1 celeriac

4 lbs potatoes or 2 lbs fingerlings

2 lbs onions

1 package italian herbs (From the Herb Farmacy!)

 

 Enjoy!

Posted 2/5/2010 5:07am by Andre Cantelmo.

The Dover Pick Up Now Has a Location! Caroline George has offered her home at 125 Mast Rd for our weekly share pick up on Mondays from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. We are looking forward to our new home in Dover.

Andre




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