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Posted 6/29/2008 6:52am by Andre Cantelmo.

Hello CSA Members!


The weather has taken a turn for the soggy but we needed the rain anyway. Those of you that pick up you share at the farm will note that we are buying in corn. We do this to accommodate our stand costumers. When we have left over corn from time to time we will give it out to the share holders that are around, but we did not grow it. Corn (grown on the farm) will become available to shareholders as soon as we can stop buying in corn for the stand. So if you see corn at market that means it is coming to the share soon.


This is also the time of year that we start giving food to Our Neighbors Table, a community group dedicated to feeding the hungry in our area. If you would like to get involved in this please contact me. We also are going to time our farm day with an event to raise awareness and action to help farming in the Sudan. You will be getting some promotional material on this soon so please don't just hit delete when you see it in your in box.


The CSA pick up for Sunday June 28 to Saturday July 5:


1 head of lettuce

1 tomato

1 box of new potatoes

1 box of snap peas or 1 lb of shelling peas

1bunch of scallions

1 bunch of chard or1 bunch of beets

4 squash (zucchini or summer squash)



Thanks again


Andre


Posted 6/16/2008 6:35am by Andre Cantelmo.

Hello CSA Members!


This week we will start to have strawberries is the share. Because strawberries have such a short season and are unpredictable as far as harvest we may have to skip a day on one end or the other. In most cases this does not mean that you miss out on berries. Part of having a seven day pick up means that sometimes things are ripe and ready at one part of the week and not the other. Long and short....if you don't get berries in your share they will be made up to you. I want to stress that this is a precautionary warning, I don't think that anyone will need to wait for berries but I like to give you guys a heads up.


You will also see garlic scapes in your share this week. Those of you that have had these before will know how wonderful the are to cook with. If you are new to using the scape simply chop it up and use it any where you would garlic. They have good garlic flavor with less bite. I have heard them described as creamy when fried in olive oil.


Our tomatoes do not have salmonella . I have herd this question a lot so I thought I would say something. The infected tomatoes have come from far away (so far I here either Chile or Mexico) and last I herd they did not know where in the system they picked up the salmonella. This is part of why it is so cool to buy local. I can tell you who picked your food that day and what field it came from. So enjoy your tomatoes, plural because this week you get two.


This weeks pick up from Sunday June 15th to Saturday June 21st:


1 Head of Lettuce

2 Tomatoes

1 Bok Choi

1 bunch of Chard

1 bunch of Garlic Scapes

2lb of Potatoes

1 box of Strawberries


Next week we may see Snap peas, Beets, and New Potatoes join the mix. We may also start some of the either or choices next week as some folks won't want all one kind of food.


Many of you have asked to volunteer at the farm. We don't normally do this but I have an idea. The garlic harvest is coming up soon. We do it all in one day. Your get to see the magic of the garlic coming up out of the ground! Well you get to see a machine pull the garlic out of the ground. We then clean and rack the garlic for curing. If you would like to help please R.S.V.P. As soon as you can. If we get enough folks I set the date for a Sunday and get the barbecue out.


Hope your enjoying eating the food as much as I love growing it!


Andre


P.S. My futcher step daughter turns 4 in August! We won't be able to have the party on her birthday but I believe the date is Sunday August 17th. Lots of kid thing to do so if you want to bring your little ones down to the farm that day keep it in mind. All (kids or no kids) will be welcome to hang and eat barbecue. Keep the date in mind...more info to come!

Posted 6/7/2008 7:58am by Andre Cantelmo.

Hello CSA Members!


So the first week of pick ups are behind us and we have learned a lot. I hope that you all are enjoying your first share of food from the farm. We had two varieties of carrots that we over wintered from last year. Sugar Snax and Balaro. We found that some of the Sugar snax had gotten woody in the middle while the Balaro seemed to still be good eating. Next year we will just put Balaro in the ground for over winter to get a better quality carrot. In other news it seems that our broccoli will be a month latter then we wanted it to be. Our first planting is infected with cabbage root maggot. These flies lay their eggs in the ground and the maggots eat the roots clean off the plants. Treatment calls for a soil drench of Lorzban. I have read the label for Lorzban on-line and have decided that I do not want to put that on my crops or expose myself, family, you...ect to it (nasty stuff). So we are going to let that planting die. So far so good for the next planting, we will keep you posted.


On a better note I thought the Bok-choi came out great! Only a few holes on it and we sprayed nothing on them. Just covered with a light cotton row fabric. We have so many crops that look better then I have seen in years. I am looking forward to watching the year unfold.


Sunday June 8th to Saturday June 14th Share information


2 Heads of Lettuce

1 bunch of chard

1 Greenhouse tomatoes

2lbs of potatoes


The week of June 15th should bring us into strawberry season! And we hope to be able to give everyone an extra tomatoes that week as well. Bok-Choi has taken a week of to give the planting time to size but with any kind of luck it will be back next week. Every one wants to know when first corn is happening. All I can say is we will be the first in the area with it as far as I know. As for a date, dare I hope for the first or second week of July? New potatoes, and peas will be out before the end of the month.


Everyone please enjoy and let me know how you think its going and how we can improve. We keep a notebook of things that we can do better, and we'll all get the chance to talk about it at the end of the year. I know I have my wish list so you've got to have yours!


Thank you


Andre




Posted 6/1/2008 5:46am by Andre Cantelmo.

The first CSA pick up is this week starting Sunday June 1st through Saturday June 7th and includes:


Lettuce


Bock Choi


Carrots


Potatoes


The carrots have been overwintered in the field and the potatoes are from the root cellar. New potatoes should be in by the end of the month. I have been also asked for the Strawberry report and it looks like we will start those the week of the 15th. Greenhouse tomatoes will start next week.  Enjoy your first week of food!



Posted 5/8/2008 5:26am by Andre Cantelmo.

Planting is going great! We are on time with so many things and are lined up to have early crops fresh from the field. Mean while we have a lot of different hanging baskets available for some early spring cheer. Mothers day is around the corner so why not get mom some flowers that will last all sumer long. We also have those famous hanging cherry tomatoes, which will give you vine ripe fruit before your garden tomatoes come in. We offer a full line of annual and perennial bedding plants as well as vegetable sets for your garden.


Vine ripe tomatoes from our greenhouse should be available by th 25th of May, with a steady supply coming in for June. Early indications point to a great strawberry year. We have a short season here in New England but our strawberry are the best!


Looking forward to seeing you soon!


Andre

Posted 4/11/2008 5:23pm by Andre Cantelmo.
We have reached our goal for 2008 CSA shares and will no longer be accepting new members. Thank you for your interest and please check in with us this fall regarding the 2009 season.
Posted 3/29/2008 5:53pm by Andre Cantelmo.

Our onions are started in January to give them enough time to become stout transplants when moved to the field. Most of the onions that we grow are what are called long day onions (which realy means short night but thats another story). This means they have to put on a lot of growth before bulbing is induced. Up here that happens around June 20th or so. We do all we can to give them a head start inside. Trimming the onions helps them thicken up while still in the speedling tray.


First we sow our onions into speedling 200 trays about 1/4in. deep, 0ne to three seeds per cell depending on variety. They are germinated at 65 F. and begin to emerge ten to fourteen days later.


 

Onions elbowing their way out of the soil

 


It's not long before they start to put on some serious growth


 

Onions emerging

 


We do an early trimming that is hard to get through because they are so wispy. This early trimming pays off because they bounce back quickly and begin to thicken into what look more like onions.


 

Trimmed onions growing on

 


By this time it's time to make room in the front house for other things. We time the second cutting of the onions with moving day so that we handle them only once. We use an electric hedge trimer like you might use on the shrubs around your house.


 

Andre timming the onions

 


 

Closeup of trimmed onions

 

 

We then move all the onions into the early Tomato house so that they stay nice and warm and can thicken up again.


Trimmed onions moved to the tomato house.


Depending on the way the year is going these onions may be trimmed again or they may simply be moved out side for planting. If it looks like we won't be able to get out onto the fields for awhile it pays to trim the onions again. If we will be able to plant the first week of April we generally let them grow on and keep growing to they have momentum going out in the field.