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Posted 12/3/2015 6:56am by Andre Cantelmo.

  Hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday. Everyone on the farm had an extended weekend of much needed time off. We're looking at one last push to finish up our storage harvest and wrap up our work in the fields before the ground freezes and the snow flies.

  Many familiar veggies in this week's share. Lettuce makes a return to the share as we begin harvest from our Haygrove tunnel. Also from this field we have Tokyo Bekana. This green has a texture similar to lettuce but with a flavor more like some of the mild asian greens. Let us know what you think.

  As you know, we are on the every other week schedule now. I'll be sending out these newsletters on Wednesday evenings or Thursday mornings going forward. 

          Greg

This week's share:

       2 lbs potatoes

       2 lbs carrots

       2 lbs sweet potatoes

       2 winter squash

       4 onions

       2 brussels sprout stalks

       4 apples

       1 lb watermelon radish

       2 heads lettuce

       1 head Tokyo Bekana green

Posted 11/15/2015 3:57pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Yesterday's chilly, windy weather sure had me thinking of the season yet to come. With most leaves off the trees the landscape has really got that November look about it. Our potato harvest is in the books and late this week we finished bringing in the watermelon radish as well. The week ahead will see many more crops brought in from the field and into winter storage. All of our winter greens look great and we hope to have them in abundance when the weather turns frigid.

  This will be the last share before Thanksgiving for those who pickup at the farm stand. We'll see everyone in Dover and Portsmouth one more time before the holiday. With that in mind we always beef up the last share for folks at the farm stand. Next weekend farm stand shareholders can double up on any three of the following choices above and beyond the basic share: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, brussels sprouts, onions and winter squash. The share in Dover and Portsmouth will be as listed below.

  The last shares before the holiday in Dover and Portsmouth will feature similar choices. Dover will have it's pickup as usual on Monday the 23rd. In Portsmouth we like to move up the share to Tuesday ahead of the holiday since so many will already be traveling or beginning their cooking on Wednesday. Same time, 3:00 to 6:00, but Tuesday instead of Wednesday.

    Greg

This week's share:

     2 lbs potatoes

     2 lbs sweet potatoes

     2 lbs carrots

     4 onions

     2 leeks

     1 lb watermelon radish

     1 bag salad greens

     1 head of Napa cabbage

     1 brussels sprout stalk

     2 winter squash

     6 apples

Posted 11/8/2015 5:10pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   The weather last week was quite a treat! Digging potatoes in November in shorts and a t-shirt is certainly unusual. The warmth has been fantastic for the growth on our salad greens and probably helped size up some of our late roots. Another beneficiary of the warm weather of the last several weeks are the brussels sprouts, which appear in this share and are filling out nicely.

   The tatsoi in this share is a great cooking green, especially in stir fries. Much lighter and tender than kale, similar to bok choi in some ways. As mentioned, salad greens are growing well and two bags appear in the share. Great ingredients for delicious meals this weeek.

  Enjoy,    Greg

This week's share:

      2 lbs potatoes

      2 lbs sweet potatoes

      2 lbs carrots

      2 leeks

      2 onions

      2 winter squash

      6 apples

      1 brussels sprout stalk

      2 bags salad greens

      1 head lettuce

      1 lb tatsoi

Posted 10/31/2015 6:55pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  As October comes to a close we are working hard to bring in our potatoes and move on to other storage crops. Most fields are planted to winter cover crops and lime has been applied. Salad greens and lettuce are planted indoors for winter harvest and spinach is on the docket next week.

  The sweet potatoes have cured nicely and have great flavor and sweetness. For those not familiar with watermelon radish it is, as the name suggests, green on the outside and red inside. While it has a little spiciness, most also find that these roots have a sweet side to them that especially comes out when roasted. For the next share we should be able to begin harvest of the brussels sprouts and bring some of the other roots into the share.

  Enjoy the beautiful weather coming up this next week and don't forget to set back your clocks tonight!     Greg

This week's list:

      2 lbs sweet potatoes

      2 lbs carrots

      1 lb watermelon radish

      4 onions

      2 leeks

      2 winter squash

      6 apples

      1 head lettuce

      1 lb kale

      1 bag salad greens

Posted 10/23/2015 3:54pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   The weather early this week sure made us think about the 'winter' in winter share. Appropriately, we've been as busy as October squirrels under an oak tree, bringing in all of our acorns for the winter ahead. While cold snaps may add some urgency to our work, we really enjoy the big harvests of the fall. This work brings together everyone on the farm in a common task and serves as a celebration of our hard work all year.

   For those of you who've been with us this summer the first share will look very similar to those of recent weeks. This will soon change as we bring in a greater variety of root veggies, including scarlet turnip, watermelon radish, rutabaga, cabbage, brussels sprouts, parsnips and celeriac. One summer holdout in this week's share is eggplant, which is in great condition after being harvested ahead of last weekend's freeze. Enjoy it while you can!

  We will be on a weekly pickup schedule until Thanksgiving, after which we move to every other week. We'll have all dates listed on the website by next week. For those of you in Dover and Portsmouth, please remember that pickups are staffed from 3:00 to 6:00. If you don't make it by six you will find shares bagged for you to pick up through the following day. After this time your shares are donated. At the farm stand our hours are 9:00 to 6:00 until Thanksgiving, after which we move to 11:00 until 6:00.

  We're looking forward to an abundant season! Best, Greg

   

This week's share:

          2 lbs potatoes

          2 lbs carrots

          2 onions

          2 leeks

          1 eggplant

          2 winter squash

          6 apples

          1 bunch kale

          1 head lettuce

          1 bag of salad greens

Posted 10/22/2015 9:01am by Andre Cantelmo.

Dear Winter CSA Members,


Next week begins our winter share and we are very excited about this season. We had a stellar sweet potato crop, the leeks are big and beautiful, the carrots are sweet and so much more. Our crew has experienced a winter with us before and will be bringing their tricks of the trade and knowledge to the table.


Heron Pond Farm Stand Pick Up:

Pick Up at the farm stand is Thursday, Friday Saturday or Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Our physical address is 290 Main Ave South Hampton NH 03827.

The first pick up is next week starting Thursday October 29th.


Dover Pick Up:

Pick Up in Dover is on Mondays from 3pm to 6pm.  The pick up location is 126 Mast Rd. in Dover NH.  The first pick up will be this coming Monday October 26th.


Portsmouth Pick Up:

Pick Up in Portsmouth will be on Wednesdays from 3pm to 6pm. The pick up location is 140 Orchard Street in Portsmouth. The property is on the corner of Ash St. and the barn you will be picking up from looks out onto Ash St. Your first pick up will be next Wednesday October 28th.


A Heron Pond crewmember will be at each location to answer questions and share in the excitement of year round local food!


From all of us here at the farm,

Thank you so much for your support! It’s going to be a delicious winter.
















Posted 10/17/2015 5:13am by Andre Cantelmo.

   Another summer season has flown by and we have had some beautiful autumn weather to mark the occasion. It has been an abundant season, not without it's obstacles. We try to give you a wide variety of vegetables of as high a quality as possible each week. All of us here at the farm hope that you enjoyed the seasons' harvest with family and friends and thank you for your involvement.

  We'd thought that last week might be the last with eggplant, but we had a great harvest yesterday. I know that some of you aren't terribly fond of eggplant but you won't see another from us for another nine months. Enjoy the fruits of summer while they are around. Leeks make their first appearance this week. They seem much happier after the recent rains and are certainly delicious. Lettuce, after a long season of being food only for deer, also returns to shares. For those of you who pick up at the farm stand and are familiar with the field up front, the lettuce is planted just behind the flowers. Luckily, the deer weren't keen on walking right up the stand for their snacks!

   If you haven't already signed up for the winter share, please consider doing so soon. We'll be starting up the week of the 26th and have a great selection lined up for the fall and winter. Thanks again and eat well,  Greg

This week's share:

                   Full Share                                                       Half Share

             2 lbs potatoes                                                  1 lb potatoes

             2 lbs carrots                                                    1 lb carrots

             1 lb beans                                                       1/2 lb beans

             2 onions                                                          1 onion

             2 leeks                                                            1 leek

             1 eggplant                                                       1 eggplant

             6 apples                                                         3 apples

             2 winter squash                                               1 winter squash

             2 bags salad greens                                         1 bag salad greens

             1 head lettuce                                                 1 head lettuce

             1 bunch kale                                                   1 bunch kale   

Posted 10/10/2015 4:56am by Andre Cantelmo.

   We had a great week of harvest on the farm. Winter squash, peppers and onions are all out of the ground and at least in temporary storage. Sunday morning has the potential for a frost that would potentially damage those crops if left in the field. It was a great team effort to bring all that food in and we continued that effort today in planting lettuce and kale into a late tunnel. With a little help from the weather, we'll be enjoying those crops in November and December.     

   The problem with some of our storage crops is that they are hardly mature before the summer CSA ends. Due to the drought our brussels sprouts are still small. We're hopeful that the sprouts will size this month, but they may not be available until early November. We did begin digging sweet potatoes today and we will have a reasonable harvest. Technically, sweet potatoes need curing in the warm temperatures of a greenhouse before their flavor and sugar develop. This would make them unavailable until after the summer CSA season is over. We will do a taste test next week and if they are tasty, we'll put them in the last share. All the more reason to join our winter CSA and enjoy the harvests yet to come!

Greg

This week's share:

                    Full Share                                      Half Share

                  2 lbs potatoes                                   1 lb potatoes

                  2 lbs carrots                                     1 lb carrots

                  4 onions                                           2 onions

                  1 lb green beans                               1/2 lb green beans

                  3 sweet peppers                               2 sweet peppers

                  2 bags salad greens                          1 bag salad greens

                  6 apples                                           3 apples

                  2 winter squash                                 1 winter squash

                  1 bunch kale                                     1 bunch kale

                  1 eggplant (last of the season, enjoy!) 1 eggplant

                  4 ears corn (depends on the frost!)      2 ears corn

Posted 10/3/2015 4:19am by Andre Cantelmo.

  What change it has been to have mud on the farm rather than dust! For the first time in over three months we aren't worried about irrigation. We received 3.5 inches of rain on Wednesday and it felt wonderful. This rain will be vital in ripening some of our fall crops where water was no longer available for irrigation.

  The welcome rain this week takes the sting out of our losses to frost last Sunday morning. In my previous 14 years on the farm the earliest recorded frost was on October 5th. This year's on September 27th is more than a week earlier than that date, and in recent years frosts have come after the 20th of October so it was quite a surprise. Not all tender crops were affected, but the cucumbers were severely damaged and won't yield much more. Zucchini and summer squash were damaged. We lost a bean planting, although others remain. A sweet corn planting next to those beans was also ruined. I'm just glad we didn't lose more!

  As promised, winter squash appear in your shares this week. Butternut and Kabocha will be available for certain and possibly Delicata and Acorn. While the tomatoes survived the frost, this weather does nothing good for their happiness. We'll see how they look next week.

  Now is the time to sign up for the winter CSA. We're beginning to bring in some beautiful storage crops and our greens are looking great. Good food to keep you warm on those cold winter days.

    Enjoy,  Greg

This week's share:

                         Full Share                                              Half Share

                 2 lbs potatoes                                                  1 lb potatoes

                 2 lbs carrots                                                    1 lb carrots

                 1 lb beans                                                       1/2 lb beans

                 4 onions                                                          2 onions

                 2 sweet peppers                                            1 sweet pepper

                 1 green pepper                                              1 green pepper

                 4 ears sweet corn                                          2 ears sweet corn

                 6 apples                                                        3 apples

                 2 winter squash                                              1 winter squash

                 2 bags salad greens                                        1 bag salad greens

                 1 bunch kale                                                  1 bunch kale

                 1 eggplant                                                     1 eggplant

Posted 9/26/2015 5:53pm by Andre Cantelmo.

This week's share:

                    Full Share                                                 Half Share

                2 tomatoes                                                  1 tomato

                4 ears sweet corn                                       2 ears sweet corn

                2 lbs potatoes                                             1 lb potatoes

                2 lbs carrots                                               1 lb carrots

                1 lb beets                                                  1/2  beets

                1 lb green beans                                        1/2 lb green beans

                2 bags salad greens                                   1 bag salad greens

                6 apples                                                    3 apples

                3 onions                                                    2 onions

                2 sweet peppers                                        1 sweet pepper

                1 green pepper                                         1 green pepper