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Posted 4/7/2016 7:49am by Andre Cantelmo.

 

  We're hopeful that spring is here to stay after our mini 'ice age' in April. As cold as it got it was amazing how quickly the snow melted under the strong April sun. The cold air had hardly lifted yesterday when the spring peepers went right back to their calls. We should all be so resilient! So far we haven't seen any damage around the farm as a result of the cold snap. We'll keep our fingers crossed.

  This will be the last winter share of the season. We thank you all for your support and hope that you enjoyed the food we brought your way. Our summer CSA begins the first week in June and until that time we'll be busy planting and tending the crops that will feed us this summer. Prepare some great meals and get outside to enjoy the spring weather that is settling in around us.

  Best, Greg

  

This weeks share:

   1 lb fingerling potatoes

   1 lb russet potatoes

   3 lbs carrots

   2 lbs parsnips

   1 lb watermelon radish (or 1 lb other roots)

   1 butternut squash

   4 apples

   1 bag baby romaine

   1 bag salanova or 1 bag spinach

Posted 3/24/2016 8:37am by Andre Cantelmo.

We find ourselves at the end of another winter season as spring settles in around us, despite Monday's snow. That snow has disappeared quickly, again revealing the greening cover crop on our fields. Our tunnels are producing lettuce and spinach in abundance right now with the strong March sun and moderate temperatures. We're excited for the start of a new season, especially now that we can see the growth on our overwintered onions and garlic. Exciting times for farmers and those love good food!

  This will be the final pickup of the season for folks in Dover and Portsmouth. We appreciate your support of the farm and hope that you will join us for the CSA this summer. On April 9th you can find us at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford and on April 23rd at Exeter HS, if you are missing your local veggies. May brings the opening of many local markets, including in Portsmouth on Saturdays and Exeter on Thursdays. Please stop by!

  For folks who have a farm stand pickup there will be one more pickup after this weekend. Before long we'll have plants available for spring sales and we hope to have lettuce, roots and apples available in the stand through April. 

   Best, Greg

  This week's share:

    1 lb fingerling potatoes

    1 lb russet potatoes

    3 lbs carrots

    2 lbs parsnips

    1 lb watermelon radish

    1 lb beets

    2 butternut squash

    4 apples

    1 bag spinach

    1 bag lettuce mix

    

Posted 3/10/2016 9:22am by Andre Cantelmo.

   

 

After last winter I know that we all wished for an earlier spring this year and it certainly seems that we are getting that. It was better than 75 degrees on the farm yesterday and half of us were in shorts. Andre and Alex are already eyeing some of our earlier fields for plantings of peas and greens. With any luck, we should see field crops considerably earlier than last season. 

  Your share this week features many familiar root crops with a few variations on the usual theme. We are running low on round potatoes so this share will contain fingerling potatoes, which we still have in abundance. These taters are great roasted in olive oil and herbs. We still have lots of carrots and have increased the amount in the share. We used our abundance of carrots to trade with Basin Farm in Bellows Falls, Vermont for some of their butternut squash. We have very little of our own squash left at this point. Celeriac returns to the share this time. Great roasted, in soups or even grated and cooked up into fritters. 

  Registration is open for our 2016 summer CSA. As always we'll do our best to bring you a great selection of vegetables throughout the season. We hope to have more basil and parsley in the share this season and you never know what other surprises may come along!

  After this share, Dover and Portsmouth will see one more share and folks at the farmstand one more. 

  Best, Greg

This week's share:

   2 lbs fingerling potatoes

   3 lbs carrots

   2 lbs parsnips

   1 lb celeriac

   1 lb watermelon radish

   1 lb shallots

   2 butternut squash

   4 apples

   1 bag of spinach

Posted 2/25/2016 5:58am by Andre Cantelmo.

 

What a wild ride the weather has been of late! Within a few days of reaching 13 below, we got up over 60 degrees. That doesn't happen very often. In general, the temperatures have been mild. This has kept our greenhouse heating costs down and made outdoor projects far more comfortable than at this time last year. The long range forecast looks promising. While we may or may not get onto the fields early this spring, it is always nice to have mild temperatures as we come out of the winter.

  You will find a package of frozen fruit in the share this week. This fruit will be strawberries for almost everyone, although we do also have a few packages of blueberries. Many familiar roots in the share this week and shallots are back. Salad greens will return in the next share and going forward to the end of the winter CSA season.

  Summer CSA registration is open and we hope that you'll be joining us for the summer season.

  Greg

This week's share:

     2 lbs carrots

     2 lbs potatoes

     1 lb parsnips

     1 lb watermelon radish

     1 lb beets

     4 onions

     1/2 lb shallots

     4 apples

     1 package of HPF frozen fruit

Posted 2/10/2016 9:18pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  This is the month when winter often seems the darkest, yet life begins to stir around the farm in the form of seeds and greens. Seeds because tomatoes, onions, shallots, leeks, herbs and some flowers will all be sown in our greenhouses this month. Watering is now a daily chore and by the end of the month that chore will grow quite a bit. Tomatoes destined for greenhouse planting are up and growing. These plants will bring us our June tomatoes. We are now one week past the point in the season at which we begin to have days longer than ten hours. This is an important trigger in the growth of our salad greens. With more than ten hours of light, plants (and farmers!) wake up and are ready to begin growing again.

  You'll find a taste of summertime at HPF in your shares this week. The sweet corn that Alex, Andre and Erin diligently froze over the summer will remind you that before we know it, the green lushness of summer will be here. For greens this week, most of you will see baby spinach this week. The farmers can attest to its sweetness and tender leaves.

  Registration is open for our summer CSA. You can find information about our CSA under the heading of the same name on our website. If you are unable to find what you are looking for there, feel free to contact one of us and we'll be happy to fill you in on the details.

  Best, Greg

This week's share:

     2 lbs potatoes

     2 lbs carrots

     1 lb   beets

     1 lb parsnips

     1 lb watermelon radish

     4 onions

     4 apples

     1 bag of salad greens

     1 bag of frozen HPF corn

Posted 1/28/2016 8:42am by Andre Cantelmo.

  Our current respite from winter's cold and wind is much appreciated around here. Not to mention that we happily missed the big blizzard that pounded our neighbors to the south. The sun feels different over the last week or so and the birds have begun to pipe up a bit. We're not out of winter's grip yet, but these are hopeful signs.

  Lots of great roots in this share, all but rutabaga have previously appeared in this winter share. Rutabagas are excellent roasted, mashed or in soups. At our house we peel them and tend to either roast them or put them into soups with parsnips, potatoes and carrots. That's some great winter eating!

  After this share's head lettuce, we won't see any for a little while but our bagged salad greens will continue with one type or another through the winter. In the weeks ahead you can expect a frozen surprise to grace the share. 

  Best, Greg

  

This week's share:

       2 lbs potatoes

       2 lbs carrots

       1 lb sweet potato fingerlings

       1 lb watermelon radish

       1 lb parsnips

       1 rutabaga

       4 red onions

       1 butternut squash

       4 apples

       1 bag salad greens

       1 head of lettuce

Posted 1/13/2016 3:46pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Even without feet of snow, it feels like winter around here. The rain Sunday was a little spring like but it passed quickly. The rain did us a great favor in melting the snow so that we could mulch our strawberries yesterday. As Andre's facebook post and picture of that job put it "that's why they call them strawberries." The mulch protects the plants from wild swings in temperature and the frost heave that comes with those extremes. Happy plants means more strawberries and that means happy people!

  We do still have a good supply of sweet potatoes, but they are mostly on the small side. The consequences of our drought keep on showing up. But small doesn't mean they aren't every bit as tasty. The small ones are fine for baking and many feel that the skins are edible. These smaller sweet potatoes are also great for recipes that involve grating or slicing sweets. Most of these other crops should be familiar to you at this point. The butternut won't last forever, so enjoy while you can. The parsnips are delicious, great in soups and roasted. It's been wonderful to enjoy fresh salads on these cold days!

  Pickups will continue every other week until the last week of March for remote pickups and until the weekend of April 8th for farm stand folks. Many of you may know that we have started our registration for the 2016 summer CSA. The CSA is an important part of our farm, both financially and because of the communication that it creates between farmers and those who eat the food we produce. Thank you for all your support!

   Greg

This week's share:

   2 lbs potatoes

   2 lbs carrots

   1 lb parsnips

   1 lb watermelon radish

   1 lb sweet potato fingerlings

   2 butternut squash

   6 onions

   4 apples

   1 head lettuce

   1 bag salad greens

Posted 1/11/2016 7:25am by Andre Cantelmo.

Dear Friends of the Farm,  

Registration for our 2016 Summer CSA is open!  We are really looking forward to this season, so many great things in store, berries, events and a new cheese kitchen to name a few.  

Our strawberry patch was in great shape when we put it to bed this fall and we expect a stellar harvest. Our blueberries took it easy last year so we are looking forward to a good crop this year. Greg spent time in a blueberry growers workshop this winter and the blueberry patch will be getting extra TLC this year.  

Missing those tomatoes? Keith and Jon will continue on with us for another season and keep those beauties coming.  

The fourth annual Slowfood farm-a-q will be at our farm this summer! You’ll be the first to get the invite and Slowfood has decided to pass their member discount onto our CSA. Local food prepared by some of the best chefs in our area, bring the kids!  

Anna, who many of you know from the farm stand, will be opening her cheese kitchen this summer.  We can’t be sure when construction and inspections will be done (you know how it goes) so no cheese share this season. As soon as she can, we’re thinking June or July you can start looking for her camembert, and a little later on a couple of aged cheese’s in our farm stand.  

Our CSA members continue to play a vital role in keeping our farm strong and healthy.  By providing us the money for your share of veggies at the beginning of the season you help us cover all the costs and hours of labor that go into those veggies that won’t be ready until later in the summer. Seeding and greenhouse work for the summer CSA season will start this month. We love what we do and are so grateful for your support.  

Sign up today!

 

Thanks, Greg, Andre & the crew, Erin, Alex, Anna, Kirsten, Keith, Jon and Jimmy

Posted 12/30/2015 8:11pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Hope that everyone has enjoyed their holiday and the summer temperatures that we enjoyed. Now it seems that our typical winter reality has settled in. Let us just hope that we're not in for a repeat of last winter!

  We got a surprise late December broccoli harvest on Monday so you will find that crop in your share this week. Our disappointing fall crop finally came through. Perhaps the latest broccoli harvest we've had on this farm. This red kale is the last of the field harvest. Most suitable for saute or, for braver souls, a salad. Salad greens are from the first cutting from our winter greenhouse production. We still have a good supply of the butternut squash and brussels sprouts found in this share.

  We plan to begin registration for our summer CSA next week. Many great veggies and fruits lined up for next season.

  Enjoy your share and happy new year,    Greg

 

This week's share:

       1 lb sweet potatoes

       2 lbs carrots

       1 lb watermelon radish

       1 lb broccoli

       2 butternut squash

       2 brussels sprout stalks

       4 apples

       4 onions

       1/2 lb red kale

       1 bag salad greens

Posted 12/16/2015 7:34pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   Some how we find ourselves in the middle of December. Never can believe how quickly it sneaks up on us. Still plenty of food and the mild weather certainly helps. Many of your HPF farmers are attending the New England Vegetable Growers conference this week in Manchester, NH. Lots of great farmer talk and interesting (if you're a farmer!) topics to inspire us heading into next season.

  Just this week we've begun bringing our beets in from the field. Not a great crop but certainly enough to have in the share a few times this winter, including this week. We do have a good supply of shallots and you will also find those in your share. Kohlrabi is also coming your way. This is a great veggie to eat raw. Just peel and cut into sticks. Enjoy it with hommus, another veggie dip or all by itself. It can be cooked and you can find some interesting recipes online. The greens in your share this week are compliments of our Haygrove tunnel and the recent mild weather. Our greens for January look excellent and abundant.

  All of us here at the farm wish you a joyous holiday!

        Greg

This week's share:

       2 lbs sweet potatoes

       2 lbs carrots

       2 lbs potatoes

       1 lb beets

       1/2 lb shallots

       4 onions

       4 apples

       2 winter squash

       1 kohlrabi

       1 brussels sprout stalk

       2 head bok choi

       1 head lettuce