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Posted 4/6/2015 6:31pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   Well here we are at last approaching the final pickup of the HPF Winter CSA. What a winter it has been! Although we have yet to see many signs of spring, at least the snow is at last melting. This will be our latest ever start to spring plowing and planting, although the temperatures could turn warm in a hurry. Let's hope that they do!

  We've certainly appreciated growing your veggies and look forward to more of the same this summer. Our summer CSA registration is available via our website or you can contact me and I'll sign you up. We're excited about the upcoming season and the nice weather ahead.

   Greg

 

This week's share:

   2 lbs potatoes

   2 lbs carrots

   1 lb parsnips

   1 lb celeriac

   1/4 lb shallots

   1 head green cabbage

   1 bag salad greens

Posted 3/22/2015 5:47pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Ok, so at this point it has gotten a little out of hand. Yes it was cold and yes we had a lot of snow, but I believe it's reasonable to expect at least most of the snow to be gone by now, nearly the end of March. As we can all see, no such luck! I'm running out of positives with regards to the snow and cold. I guess that it has kept the deer out of the overwintered parsnips and....that's all I've got. We know it will melt but when?May?

  Thankfully, the roots in storage are fine and we have a fine supply of greens. Shallots have kept much better than onions and so you'll find those in your share this week. For those of you in Portsmouth and Dover, this is your last pickup and we'll send you away with one last head of cabbage. Our farm stand members have one more pickup in April.

  We hope that you'll sign up soon for our summer CSA. Much of the same that you received last season with more effort on getting you sweet potatoes, basil and early carrots.

  Let's stay warm and keep our heads up, spring will come!    Best, Greg

This weeks' share:

  2 lbs potatoes

  2 lbs carrots

  1 lb parsnips

  1 lb watermelon radish

  1 celeriac

  1/2 lb shallots

  2 apples

  1 bag salad greens

  1 head cabbage:  PORTSMOUTH AND DOVER ONLY

Posted 3/8/2015 7:57pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  It's starting to feel a little more seasonal around here. Although we've had a little nuisance snow it has been relief to spend time on tasks other than shoveling and plowing! Our unheated greenhouses for greens still haven't come on strong but our heated houses have really started to take off. We've begun seeding after a delay to renovate our early greenhouse. Grafted tomato plants for our greenhouse production are doing well and the earliest crops will be planted up in a week or so. Signs of spring indeed.

  A good selection of roots in this share. Salad greens as mentioned. Very tender, a little of everything. We have a motley collection of frozen veggies left to send your way. It'll be the luck of the draw this week. Hope that everyone enjoyed those delicious berries!

  With spring just around the corner, it's a great time to consider signing up for our summer CSA. Online registration is open or you can sign up at the farm stand or remote sites. We've got lots of great summer veggies in store for the season and will do our best incorporate your suggestions into our planning.

     Greg

 

This weeks' share:

    2 lbs potatoes

    2 lbs carrots

    1 lb parsnips

    1 lb watermelon radish

    1 lb turnip

    1 lb celeriac

    4 onions

    1 bag salad greens

    1 frozen produce item

Posted 2/26/2015 3:48pm by Andre Cantelmo.

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Posted 2/22/2015 7:17pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Almost felt like spring today and the temperature didn't even reach 40! If that doesn't say something about the last month I'm not sure what will. Around the farm we'll be glad to do something other than shovel or plow. We have multiple projects that need our attention, not to mention getting some seeds going in the greenhouses. Let's hope for sun!

  Our February weather has certainly set back the salad greens. Just about the coldest, snowiest February on record. The greens haven't seen much sun and were in a deep freeze even in the greenhouses. With a break in the weather they should respond quickly but not in time for this weeks' share. It does seem like a good time to bring out the frozen strawberries so you'll find a package waiting for you this week.

  Stay warm, but soak up all the sun you can get!    Greg

This weeks' share:

2 lbs potatoes

2 lbs carrots

1 lb parsnips

1 lb watermelon radish

1 celeriac

4 onions

1 head red cabbage

1 package frozen strawberries

Posted 2/13/2015 9:05pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Due to yet another large storm, our farm stand will be closed this Sunday February 15th. We encourage farm stand CSA members to pick up their shares on Saturday. If you are unable to make it on Saturday, you can stop by the farm stand next weekend for your share.

  Stay safe and warm,   Greg

Posted 2/8/2015 5:57pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Here we are yet again watching the snow pile up around us. By now we are all heartily sick of shoveling, scraping and plowing. This deep into what has become a harsh winter it becomes difficult to even imagine what spring looks like. Although we've reached the 10 hours of daylight that typically sparks the growth of our salad greens and gets the neighborhood birds singing, when you don't see the sun there isn't much to sing about! In the end just remember that it will all melt come spring.

  Due to the storm, we will be postponing the Dover pickup until Tuesday, also from 3:00 to 6:00. We hope that this doesn't cause too many disruptions, but the conditions would make it very difficult to get to and from the site. Shares not picked up by 6:00 will be bagged up and left at the site. Our host Scott closes up the garage by 9:00 and then opens up again the next morning. These shares are available through the end of the day after the pickup. In this case Wednesday.

  Sun light and warmer temperatures would really help our salad greens to pick up the pace but right now there are enough for your salads. We have a variety of frozen veggies for this share including corn, corn broth, tomato sauce and a few packages of pesto. We've brought watermelon radish back into the share along with our regulars potatoes, carrots and parsnips.

  Stay warm, dry and positive. Spring is coming!  Eat well,   Greg

 

This weeks' share:

2 lbs potatoes

2 lbs carrots

1 lb parsnips

1 lb watermelon radish

4 onions

4 apples

1 bag salad greens

1 frozen veggie/broth/sauce

Posted 1/28/2015 11:14am by Andre Cantelmo.

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Posted 1/25/2015 7:43pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  We'll soon be busy preparing for what looks to be a real doozy of a storm! Regardless, the veggies are still coming. The Dover pickup on Monday afternoon should just finish up before the snow begins and we hope that the roads are cleared out by Wednesday afternoon for our Portsmouth folks. We'll keep in touch about any changes that have to be made due to the weather.

     Stay warm!  Greg

This weeks' share:

  2 lbs potatoes

  2 lbs carrots

  1 lb parsnips

  1 lb beets

  4 onions

  4 apples

  1 head cabbage

  1 bag of salad greens

Posted 1/11/2015 7:23pm by Andre Cantelmo.

 It was quite a dose of cold air we had this week. Nothing like a blast from the arctic to make one forget that the warmth of summer ever happened! On Thursday it was hard to keep anyplace on the farm feeling warm and we had some veggies freeze just from keeping the door open for a few moments. That being said, keep an eye on the sunset that happens a little later each evening. The days are lengthening and although the chill is here to stay for a while, the sun grows stronger and in a few weeks we'll really feel that late winter sun.

  This seemed an appropriate week to open the freezers and release some of the summer bounty that was frozen for just this time of year. This week there will be a choice of sweet corn or tomato sauce. This will be the last share with winter squash and the cooking kale. By next share we will have salad greens for the shares while our roots, onions and cabbage continue to be in ample supply.

  Stay warm and eat well!    Greg

 

This week's share:

   2 lbs potatoes

   2 lbs carrots

   1 lb parsnips

   1 head cabbage

   1 winter squash or pie pumpkin

   4 onions

   4 apples

   1 bag of kale

   1 frozen vegetable