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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

Posted 12/28/2014 7:58pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Hope that everyone is enjoying their holiday season. We have some more veggies coming your way this week. Many familiar characters though that doesn't diminish their deliciousness! This will likely be the last share with leeks. Large leafed green kale and winter squash may make an appearance in one or two more shares after this one. Salad greens from the greenhouse are just beginning to reach harvestable size and will reach the share soon.

  Happy New Year from everyone at the farm!   Greg

This week's share:

  3 lbs potatoes

  2 lbs carrots

  1 lb watermelon radish

  1 head cabbage

  2 winter squash

  4 onions

  2 leeks

  4 apples

  1 bag green kale

 

Posted 12/14/2014 8:17pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   Sure was nice to the see the sun today after a very wet and cloudy week. We were able to get out on Thursday and harvest kale and brussels sprouts at the cost of numb fingers and mud encased boots. A little rough at the time but a warm place and a hot lunch erases those memories very quickly!

  We are hoping for time outside Monday and Tuesday to get the parsnips harvested. Before the end of the month we will have the last of the kale and brussels sprouts in as well. Still plenty of cleanup to do around the farm. With some luck the snow will hold off until we bring in our equipment, etc. Salad greens are growing well but we want to hold off until early in the new year so that we can have a continuous supply this winter. Growth comes to a halt soon, even in the greenhouse, and if we start harvesting too soon we'll get ahead of the plants.

  From everyone here at the farm we wish you a happy holiday and new year.

      Greg

This week's share:

    3 lbs potatoes

    2 lbs carrots

    1 head cabbage

    1 bunch kale

    1 box brussels sprouts

    2 winter squash

    4 onions

    4 apples

Posted 12/5/2014 5:26pm by Andre Cantelmo.

It is finally here! The long sort after Heron Pond Farm Debit CSA card. If you’re looking for a way to bridge the gap between traditional C.S.A. seasons or just find that a traditional C.S.A. is not for you check out our new debit system.

With our Debit C.S.A. you get a Heron Pond Farm Debit Card to be used as you wish to buy produce from our farm stand or farmers markets we attend. The card comes preloaded with 10% more cash value then your purchase price.  This gives you some of the benefits of our traditional C.S.A. members without the weekly commitment and the freedom to buy the foods you want when you want them.  While the cash value of our tradition C.S.A. is higher, you will still be invited to our annual pot luck and receive C.S.A. updates.

$325 (Little Blue) is the lowest entry level to our Debit C.S.A. It is the same price as our half share. With that you will receive a Heron Pond Farm Debit card worth $357.50. Some free money is good right? We also offer shares for $425 (Green Heron a $467 value), $550 (Tricolor a $605 value), and $1000 (Great Blue a $1100 value). All will have the 10% value built into the card. You can use your card at our farm stand or at any market we attend. 


Click here to get your card.

We look forward to having you with us.

Your friends at,
Heron Pond Farm

Posted 11/30/2014 6:11pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday. Here on the farm we are thankful for all of the great folks who enjoyed our veggies this holiday and for some much needed rest over the weekend.

  The snow on Thanksgiving eve seems to be rapidly melting but at press time looks likely to prevent us from harvesting parsnips, leeks and kale for a few days. We'll work to get those crops back into the share in two weeks. Now that we are on the every other week schedule the amounts of potatoes and carrots in the share have been increased. The snow isn't so deep that we can't get to the brussels sprouts, and we plan to keep those coming your way until we get a prolonged deep freeze. Winter squash also still look good in storage and should be available through the end of the month.

  Greg

 

This week's share:

  3 lbs potatoes

  2 lbs carrots

  1 lb celeriac

  1 rutabaga

  4 onions

  1 cabbage

  1 brussels sprout stalk

  2 winter squash

  1 bag of salad greens

  4 apples

 

Posted 11/16/2014 6:32pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  At this time of year the farm often operates as two separate entities. One wing harvests potatoes all day everyday while the other carries the weight of all other harvests. On Thursday at 5:00, just ahead of some very cold weather, we finished our potato harvest. It was an epic dash to the finish. A big thank you to the rest of the crew for holding down the fort and keeping the veggies flowing! Now we'll all join forces to bring in the crops that remain outside and get the farm cleaned up for winter.

  We have some beautiful celeriac in storage now with more to come in this week. You will find it your share this week. Celeriac is a great addition to soups and roasts very well. Don't be fooled by its bumpy irregular appearance, it's a real treat! The kohlrabi in your share this week is of the winter storage type. It must be pealed, but the white interior is crisp and sweet. Great raw grated on salad or cut into sticks for a dip platter. Some folks roast it and even make kohlrabi chips in the oven.

  We have the same selection of winter squash available this week but don't forget pie pumpkins for that Thanksgiving pie! You can grab them in place of winter squash.

    Enjoy this season of eating!  Greg

    

This week's share:

2 lbs potatoes

1 lb carrots

1 lb celeriac

1 kohlrabi

1 bunch kale

2 onions

2 leeks

2 winter squash/pie pumpkins

1 stalk brussels sprouts

1 lb cauliflower

4 apples

1 small bag salad greens

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