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Posted 8/15/2015 3:53pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   Tuesday's rain was much appreciated around the farm. While it wasn't enough to stop the irrigation train, it did help quench the thirst of crops otherwise left waiting at the station. The oncoming heat will keep us hopping around here moving water from point a to point b. We are coming into another good stand of salad greens that should carry us for a while. The sweet corn supply is lighter right now because this planting germinated very erratically during our late spring drought. Some ears are ready right now while their neighbors might be two or three weeks away. It's likely that next week's share will have considerably more corn as two plantings come in together.

  Enjoy your weekend and the veggies!    Greg

 

This weeks share:

                  Full Share                                             Half Share

               6 tomatoes                                             4 tomatoes

               4 ears sweet corn                                  2 ears sweet corn

               1 lb potatoes                                         1 lb potatoes

               1 lb green beans                                    1/2 lb green beans

               1 lb beets                                              1/2 lb beets

               2 onions                                                1 onion

               2 green peppers                                    1 green pepper

               2 zucchini/summer squash                   1 zucchini/ summer squash

               3 cucumbers                                         2 cucumber

               2 bags salad greens                              1 bag salad greens

               1 sweet pepper

               1 head lettuce

 

Posted 8/8/2015 7:52pm by Andre Cantelmo.

    A brief message from a tired farmer:

    Veggies look good. Deer appear to have returned to their woodland diet. Very dry out there and lots of irrigation to attend. Let's hope for rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Peaches are in from Brookdale Farm in Hollis, NH. Don't have a sense yet of how good the peach season will be this year but word is that the apple crop is one for the record books. We'll have plenty at the stand and in the shares come late summer and fall.

   Winter CSA sign up coming soon, look for an email in the near future.

   Enjoy your veggies and this beautiful weather!    Greg

This weeks share:

                         Full Share                                         Half Share

             6 tomatoes                                               4 tomatoes

             6 ears sweet corn                                      3 ears sweet corn

             2 cucumbers                                              1 cucumber

             2 zucchini/summer squash                         1 zucchini / summer squash

             1 green pepper                                          1 green pepper

             1 lb green beans                                     1/2 lb green beans

             2 onions                                                   1 onion

             1 lb beets                                             1 lb beets OR 1 lb potatoes

             1 lb potatoes                                           1 bag salad greens

             1 bag salad greens                                   2 peaches

             4 peaches

Posted 8/1/2015 8:50pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   While it hasn't exactly been comfortable, this heat wave is helping many crops to grow quickly. Our winter and summer squash plantings needed a heat boost and last week provided that in abundance. Beans make their first appearance in the share thanks also to the heat. In addition to bringing on all these veggies, the heat will allow us to enjoy the cool fall temperatures that aren't that far away!

  While much effort is devoted to harvest at this time of year, we are also working hard on irrigation. Very little measurable rain has fallen here in the last month and the soil is very dry. Many of the crops being watered right now are those that will end up in the winter share. Brussels sprouts, cabbage, winter squash, carrots and celeriac are all coming along and in need of regular water. We'll keep it coming!

   Enjoy the weather and the veggies,    Greg

 

This weeks share:

                      Full Share                                         Half Share

          6 tomatoes                                                 4 tomatoes

          6 ears sweet corn                                         3 ears sweet corn

          1 lb green beans                                         1/2 lb green beans

          2 onions                                                     1 onion

          1 green pepper                                            1 green pepper

          2 lbs potatoes                                             1 lb potatoes

          2 zucchini/summer squash                           1 zucchini or summer squash

          1 cucumber                                                 1 cucumber

          1 head romaine lettuce                                1 head romaine lettuce

          1 bunch of beets                                         1 bag basil

          1 bag basil

         

         

Posted 7/24/2015 7:15am by Andre Cantelmo.

  Sweet corn is here at last! The planting is far enough along that we have good picking. Tomatoes continue to come in strong from the greenhouses and the Haygrove. We have a fair amount of basil, some genovese and some lemon. You'll find a small bag available for your shares. Our summer cabbage has also come ready so enjoy a saute before the heat returns, or a slaw once it does.

  We've left beets out of the share this week to give the planting a rest but they will return next week. Carrots might have been ready for next week, that is before the deer came in a destroyed a quarter acre in a week. Drastic measures are being carried out to ensure that this doesn't happen again.

  I've had several inquiries about blueberries. The truth is that we have a very poor crop, perhaps less than half of what we have on average. I don't believe there is any one reason but the winter did play a role in that we had considerable damage to the fruit bearing twigs. Anyone who has taken a walk through the patch will have noticed the dead branches, far more than in any other year that I have seen. There are some berries around and they will continue to ripen for the next two weeks or so. Anyone in the CSA who is interested is welcome to come by and pick their own as part of the share. One quart for full share, one pint for a half share. The crop is bound to be better next season but this is just how it goes in farming. Nothing is for certain out there!

      Enjoy,    Greg

This weeks' share:

                   Full Share                                             Half Share

           6 tomatoes                                                 3 tomatoes

           2 lbs potatoes                                             1 lb potatoes

           4 ears sweet corn!                                        2 ears sweet corn!

           2 onions                                                     1 onion

           1 head cabbage                                           1 head cabbage

           1 head lettuce                                             1 head lettuce

           1 small bag of basil                                     1 small bag of basil

           1 green pepper                                           1 green pepper

           2 zucchini or summer squash                     1 zucchini or summer squash

Posted 7/17/2015 7:13pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   We've enjoyed two beautiful days out on the farm after a streak of heat and humidity. The double H looks to return heading into next week and while it may be uncomfortable, it should ripen more of our summer crops. Sweet corn, cucumbers and beans could use another round of heat to make it to your table.

  Bell peppers have just started to size and summer squash and zucchini are just revving up. We are in between salad greens plantings but as of right now the deer have stayed out of the latest lettuce planting. We'll see how long that lasts!

    Greg

This weeks share:

               Full Share                                                 Half Share

           4 tomatoes                                                  2 tomatoes

           2 onions                                                      1 onion

           1 head lettuce                                              1 head lettuce

           1 bunch beets                                              1 bunch beets

           1 bell pepper                                               1 bell pepper

           1 summer squash/zucchini                            1 summer squash/zucchini

           2 lbs potatoes                                              1 lb potatoes

           1 bunch kale

Posted 7/11/2015 8:17pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   Shares this week have only two new additions. Ailsa Craig onions make their first appearance and kale returns after an absence of several weeks. For those not familiar, Ailsa Craig are pretty mild onions. Right now their tops are tender and great for cooking. We're also getting closer to several crops including carrots, sweet corn and zucchini.      

  Much of the same to report this week from the field. Deer continue to be our biggest customers for lettuce and we'll get some in your shares as soon as we can harvest it ahead of their appetites. Planting continues as always with fall plantings of carrots, broccoli and cabbage going in recently. Eggplant and peppers are growing well and beans will find their way into shares before month's end.

   Enjoy your share!    Greg

This weeks share:

               Full Share                                              Half Share

          3 tomatoes                                                2 tomatoes

          1 bunch beets                                            1 bunch beets

          2 onions                                                    1 onion

          2 bags salad greens                                    1 bag salad greens

          1 lb new potatoes                                        1/2 lb new potatoes

          1 bunch kale                                              1 bunch kale

Posted 7/4/2015 7:33pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Your share this week brings new potatoes in for the first time this season. If you haven't enjoyed these before you are in for a treat. Much smoother and creamier than a mature potato and they cook up more quickly. Enjoy this treat of early summer!

  Enjoy the holiday weekend and your veggies!   Greg

 

This weeks share:

                     Full Share                                       Half Share

              3 tomatoes                                           2 tomatoes

              1 lb sprouting broccoli                           1/2 lb sprouting broccoli

              1 bunch of beets                                   1 bunch of beets

              2 bags salad greens                              1 bag salad greens

              1 lb swiss chard                                     1/2 lb swiss chard

              1 lb new potatoes                                  1/2 lb new potatoes

Posted 6/26/2015 6:18pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Starting to turn the corner into more diverse harvests on the farm. In addition to some of the new characters on this weeks list like peas, kohlrabi and beets we are very close to harvesting new potatoes! The rain has been great although after we couldn't buy a fraction of an inch for so many weeks we are now struggling to stay on the fields between storms. Drought to flood very quickly!

  Right now on the farm we are trying to keep the planting going while taking care of everything already in the ground. Weeds seem to grow well regardless of the conditions but they do especially well, and grow quickly, when we have plenty of rain. Tomatoes everywhere on the farm look good and the early corn is about to tassel. Carrots and beans are coming along despite a low level assault by our neighborhood deer. Onions look fantastic but will need our attention to free them of weeds. As our favorite farm administrator says, onward!

   Enjoy the veggies,    Greg

This weeks share:

                        Full Share                                       Half Share

               2 tomatoes                                          1 tomato

               1 bag salad greens                         1 bag salad greens or 1 head lettuce

               1 head lettuce                                     1 bunch kale

               1 bunch kale                                       2 heads bok choi

               2 heads bok choi                                1 bunch sprouting broccoli

               1 bunch sprouting broccoli                    1/2 lb sugarsnap peas

               1 lb sugarsnap peas                            1 kohlrabi

               1 kohlrabi

               1 bunch beets

   

Posted 6/19/2015 8:17pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Most of our main season crops are planted now. Still have some melons, peppers and eggplant to get in the ground and winter squash will go in next week. Lots of tending crops this time of year. Cultivating, irrigation, hand weeding and protecting crops from pests of the six and four legged types.

  We had looked forward to putting head lettuce in the share this week, but the deer had other ideas. Now if the deer simply ate twenty heads of lettuce, we could live with it. But when the deer take one bite each from 250 heads (and in one night!) we get a little upset.

  We are getting very close on sugarsnap peas, beets and new potatoes. We'll keep you posted on their progress. Enjoy the veggies and take advantage of these longest days of the summer!

     Greg

This weeks share:

                   Full Share                                          Half Share

               2 tomatoes                                             1 tomato

               2 bags salad greens                               1 bag salad greens

               2 heads bok choi                                   2 heads bok choi

               1 lb swiss chard                                      1/2 lb swiss chard

               1 quart strawberries                                1 pint strawberries

               1 bunch of kale

Posted 6/13/2015 5:07am by Andre Cantelmo.

  Here on the farm we're still quite busy with planting. There is a transplanting crew working almost every day to get our crops in the ground. Currently we are planting sweet potatoes and recently finished putting in the leeks. Next week will see lettuce, celeriac and melons go in. The planting won't really let up until July, and even then there are regular plantings of some crops.

  We have a few new crops to share this week. We do have some scallions for you this week to add a little something to your cooking. For the full share, you'll get a taste of our sprouting broccoli. Very tasty, don't overcook this treat. We also have strawberries this week. Our crop is light this year and we are supplementing with berries from Brookdale Farm in Hollis. I've sampled berries (and more than one I can tell you!) from each source and found them all to be delicious. Nothing like June strawberries!

       Enjoy,   Greg

 

This weeks share:

                   Full Share                                     Half Share

            1 quart strawberries                            1 pint strawberries

            2 tomatoes                                        1 tomato

            2 bags of salad greens                        1 bag salad greens

            1 lb bok choi                                      1/2 lb bok choi

            1 lb swiss chard                                  1/2 lb swiss chard

            1 bunch scallions                                1 bunch scallions

            1 bunch of sprouting broccoli