Farmers' Blog

Field Report

What's New?
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
Posted 7/18/2010 10:21am by Andre Cantelmo.
This weather has been something; heat, heat and more heat! In the last week we have received 1.85 inches of rain, which is enough to help the crops grow some without irrigation, but not enough to make up for what we have missed out on. Most of the corn has rebounded and the corn that cannot be irrigated should mature fine. We seem to be in a little bit of a rain shadow around here, because many other parts of the region received quite a bit more rain than us as of late.
New potatoes are in the share this week, but not many. We have to go a long way down the row for these goodies, so there quantities are limited at first. If you haven't had a new potatoe before, you are in for a treat. It is nothing like a mature potato and does not require as much cooking. Right now some more rain would help the potatoes mature. Our early planting for new potatoes will last for a week, but after that we will rely on our main crop for more new potatoes. Significant rain would help!

For those who pick up on Sunday or Monday and did not receive corn last week you may take that corn at any time as a credit. I don't imagine that many of you with a full share will be able to use 18 ears of corn this week!

This week's share:

                    Full Share                           Half Share
2 tomatoes                                         1 tomato
2 slicers or 4 pickles                         1 slicer or 2 pickles
1.5 lbs beans                                      .75 lbs beans
4 carrots                                             2 carrots
2 sweet onions                                    1 sweet onion or 1 garlic
1 garlic                                               6 ears of corn
1 lettuce                                             1/2pt blueberries or pt pyo
1 pt BB or 1 qt pyo                           1 bell pepper or 1 eggplant
12 ears corn                                     1/2 lb new potatoes
1 bell pepper                                   
1 eggplant
1lb new potatoes
2 choices                                           1 choice

Choose from: Kohlrabi,chard,beets,radicchio, escarole, napa cabbage

Enjoy! Greg
Posted 7/11/2010 8:49am by Andre Cantelmo.
The heat and lack of rain are truly making farming difficult now. Moving irrigation pipe and turning pumps on and off (mostly on!) occupies much of our time. We are about to irrigate fields which we have never done before and not a moment too soon. The heat has pushed many crops along. Peppers, eggplant and corn have started to trickle in, corn being hurt however by the lack of rain.

            Full Share                                 Half Share
1 head lettuce                                     1 head lettuce
2 cukes or 4 pickles                            1 cuke or 2 pickles
2 zucchini or summer squash           1 zucchini or summer squash
1 tomato                                             1 tomato
4 carrots                                              2 carrots
1 pint blueberries or 1 qt PYO          1 pt BB or 1 qt PYO
1 lb green or wax beans                  1/2 lb green or wax beans
1 head garlic                                        1 head garlic
2 choices                                              1 choice
Choose from: kohlrabi, napa cabbage, chard, kale, scallions, raddichio

Posted 6/20/2010 10:42am by Andre Cantelmo.
This week's share may seem remarkably similar to last weeks', but the weather of late will change the scene very soon. Zucchini and summer squash will just miss making it onto this weeks list but will certainly be in the following week. New potatoes and cucumbers are coming on fast and green beans will be earlier than in recent years. The heat has and will stress some crops but we are working hard to get irrigation into place. Planting continues as always and we've been busy preparing more fields everyday.
While we farmers are busy growing food, the deer flies and mosquitos have been pursuing us with a vengence! Woodchucks seem to be having a good year at our expense, although we are hot on their trail! Andre has completed our first ever dry bean planting and the hot weather has probably already germinated the crop. We'll see what the crop looks like in the fall. Dave has been busy sowing cover crops onto fields not destined to produce veggies this year. Ben has been the master of irrigation this season and freed me up to keep weeds under control and rest an aching back (chiropractor fixed me up good!). Lis has kept the tomato greenhouses in order and jumped into the field prep process so there are times when four tractors are going at once!

Well there is the report from the field and now for this week's share.

               Full Share                                 Half Share
2 tomatoes                                    1 tomato
1 box sugarsnaps or 1lb shell peas    1 box sugarsnaps or 1lb peas
1 bunch beets                                 1 bunch beets
2 heads lettuce                               1 head lettuce
1 bunch scapes or scallions               1 bunch scapes or scallions
Choice of 2                                     Choice of 1

                                 Bok Choi
                             Chinese Cabbage

Folks, these choices depend upon availability and the previous popularity of each item. At times the choice you would like won't be available. We try our best to match the harvest to your preferences, but to harvest enough of everything so that every option would be available to every shareholder would result in much waste. Thanks for your understanding.

Enjoy,  Greg

Posted 6/13/2010 7:01am by Andre Cantelmo.
Well sadly our strawberries have come and gone all too quickly. The unusual spring warmth brought them on early but also ended harvest as early as we might sometimes begin harvesting in other years. We have begun harvesting sugarsnap peas that you will find in your shares this week. One of the choices this week will be kohlrabi. For those who had kohlrabi in our winter share, this spring kohlrabi tastes a little different, somewhere between the winter sweetness and a mild turnip.
Crops are growing well, as are the weeds! As we continue to plant in earnest, we are also cultivating and setting up irrigation. The rain of late has been far from adequate for good growth. The blueberries appear to be ahead of normal and there should be zucchini, summer squash and cucumbers by the end of June or first week of July. Enjoy this weeks share:

      Full Share                                   Half Share

2 tomatoes                                   1 tomato
2 heads of lettuce                          1 head lettuce
1 bunch beets                               1 bunch beets
1 pint sugarsnap peas                     1 pt sugarsnap peas
1 bunch garlic scapes                     1 bunch garlic scapes
Choose 2 from list below            Choose 1 from list below

                              Bok Choi


Posted 6/6/2010 7:41am by Andre Cantelmo.
The share this week will begin to include some crops familiar to those who have been members in the past. With all of the warm weather and our irrigation work, crops are really growing well. We are a little behind on planting because of the time spent on irrigation, but should be able to catch up this week. For those who are considering changing their pickup day at the farmstand please do it this week so that we can finalize our pickup lists. Also, the farmstand will open at 10:00 for several more weeks before we move to 9:00 opening.

         Full Share                                  Half Share
1 quart of strawberries                    1 pint of strawberries
2 tomatoes                                    1 tomato
1 head lettuce or 1lb lettuce mix       half pound bag lettuce mix
(depending on availability)
1 bunch garlic scapes                      1 bunch garlic scapes
1 bunch scallions                            1 bunch scallions
1 bunch beet greens                        1 bunch beet greens
1 bunch turnips

Enjoy the taste of the season!  Greg
Posted 6/4/2010 6:18pm by Andre Cantelmo.

Hello Heron Pond Farmers


Just a quick note to let you all know that we are bringing extra berries to market tomorrow. Remember you get 10% off whatever you need from our stand at the market.


See you there!



Posted 5/29/2010 8:41am by Andre Cantelmo.

Hello Heron Pond Farmers!

This is it! We are on! Time to get some food. Sunday marks the first day of the CSA pick ups. It also marks the first day of fixing all the mix ups that happen every year with the pick up locations and days. Never fear! We go through this every year, it is normal. You will get all your food and not be shorted at any time. We bring extra to all our location. This way if there is any confusion at least we have the food to give you. We have been updating our records with all the corrections that you gave us but sometimes they don't go through the Member Assembler. There will be a paper record at each pick up. Please take the time to look at the information and make sure it is correct. This is also a good time to clear up all outstanding balances. Some balances that have been cleared up still will not show on the paper work. Helping us clear this up is all part of the CSA process. After the first week things seem to straighten themselves out well.

Now for the food. This hot spring has not helped our early season, mild weather loving crops that we have planed for this time of year. Many of you were with us the year we got an early case of cabbage root maggot. Well they are back. It was the decision of the CSA last time not to spray for them. We kept with that decision this time as well. You will get an e-mail with the life cycle of the fly and all that goes into making a management decision about how we handle the pest. For those of you knew to us you will find that we talk about how WE want to grow our food and you are in on that. This means that sometimes we loose crops and sometimes we spray them. Weather we use an certified organic spray or not all sprays have consequences. By working together we all get to eat the food that we enjoy in a responsible way. This is my favorite part of CSA.

So what does this mean for crops? The maggots got the Bok-Choi, Kolrabbi, and Nappa Cabbage. Other brasicas have been hit but so far holding there own. We have of course replanted and will be getting some more of those crops soon. It is a shame about the Kolrabbi. Folks loved it so much this winter, that we grew some spring types for you all to try. I will look forward to the next round.

This weeks share!

Full Share

2 Heads of Lettuce

½ lb Greens (depending on availability: aruggula, oska purple, yukina savoy, kossimo, or rabb)

1 Bunch of Scallions

1 Tomato

1 Pint Strawberries! Yum!

Half Share

1 Heads of Lettuce

1 Bunch of Scallions

1 Tomato

1 Pint Strawberries! Yum!