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Posted 12/2/2013 6:26am by Andre Cantelmo.

  Hope that everyone had a great holiday. We stopped all work on the farm from Thursday to Saturday and are all feeling more rested now. We will be busy for the next several weeks getting ready for winter, although it already seems to be here. Equipment has to be put away and crops properly stored for the winter. The only significant harvests left in the field are brussels sprouts, leeks (you will see more of these next share) and parsnips (if we can get them before spring).

  This week's cabbage is Deadon. I prefer to pronounce it daydon, as the more obvious pronunciation seems ill suited to a delicious vegetable. It has a slightly savoyed leaf that is very suitable to salads or cooking. While the outside leaves are a beautiful purple, the inside is more of a creamy white. It is the last cabbage we harvest from the field because of its cold hardiness, in fact some folks overwinter this variety.

         Enjoy,  Greg

 

This Weeks Share:

2lbs potatoes

2lbs carrots

1lb beets

1lb watermelon radish

2 winter squash

2 brussels sprouts stalks

4 onions

6 apples

1 head cabbage

Dover: Bok Choi  Portsmouth & Farm Stand: kale

Posted 11/17/2013 8:12pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   It was a long week of harvesting carrots on the farm. We finished on Saturday and promptly moved to beets. Although the weather has been very up and down, it looks to be heading more in the down direction soon. Kind of hard to extract crops from frozen ground so we'll be busy this week harvesting beets, kohlrabi, parsnips and cabbage. It is always a busy time of the year for us but also festive because we get to see the results of a season of growing (and our work!).     Greg

This weeks share:

2 lbs potatoes

2 lbs carrots

1 lb beets

4 onions

4 leeks

2 winter squash

2 brussels sprout stalks

8 apples

1 bag salad greens

1 bok choi

Posted 11/10/2013 2:02pm by Andre Cantelmo.

    Looks like we are about to get our first real dose of cold weather this week. Root vegetable harvest is in full swing but may get put on hold for a day or two with the cold. On Saturday we put the last of the potatoes in the root cellar. It always feels like an accomplishment, especially since it is the most sensitive of the root vegetables and winter is coming.

   A new addition to the share this week with watermelon radish. Green and white on the outside, with a deep red center. Very un-radish like in their sharpness however. Quite mild with good flavor and some sweetness when cooked. Try roasting them with beets, carrots or potatoes. This week will probably bring the last of our head lettuce, although we will have lettuce mix later. The choi is from a late planting pushed along under covers. It will hopefully survive the mid week cold.

   Stay warm and enjoy the season's abundance!   Greg

 

This weeks share:

2 lbs potatoes

1 lb carrots

1 lb beets

1 lb watermelon radish

2 winter squash

4 onions

8 apples

4 leeks

1 brussels sprout stalk

2 bags salad greens

1 head lettuce

1 head bok choi


Posted 11/4/2013 6:42am by Andre Cantelmo.

Good Morning,

             I apologize for not getting this message out yesterday. We had to do some preparation for the cold temperatures overnight. While not unseasonable, when we get down around 25 degrees equipment and crops need more attention than for a frost. Pumps had to be emptied, furnaces checked and crops covered.

            Potato harvest will be done by mid-week, mechanical disruptions notwithstanding. The crew brought in a nice crop of watermelon radishes on Saturday, but only a few of the black spanish radish. We'll probably tackle purple top turnips this week and begin to pull out beets. We hope to borrow a friend's root harvester next week to expedite our carrot and parnsip harvests in particular.

          Andre and Gary spent some time yesterday with the good folks from Seacoast Eat Local harvesting some extra red potatoes for distribution to area food banks. Looked to be around 1500 lbs of red norlands.

         Some of you may know that we have ended our association with the Eastman's Corner location in Kensington. Heron Pond Farm and the owner of the property, KLCT Holdings, have agreed to end our relationship. You will find our produce at all of the outlets we supplied before this season. Our farm stand in South Hampton, CSA and farmers markets in Portsmouth, Exeter, Newburyport, Somerville and Rollinsford, as well as many restaurants.

                 Stay warm and eat well!    Greg

 

This weeks share:

2 lbs potatoes

1 lb carrots

1 lb beets

6 apples

4 onions

4 leeks

2 winter squash

2 brussels sprouts stalks

2 bags salad greens

1 bunch kale

1 head lettuce

Posted 10/27/2013 10:02am by Andre Cantelmo.

 Good morning everyone! This newsletter applies to the second winter CSA pickup that includes October 28th in Dover; October 30th in Portsmouth and November 1-3 at the farm stand in South Hampton.

  We are now fully engaged in potato harvest with Adirondack Blues now in the cellar and Satina golds coming out now. We hope to be finished by next weekend so that we can start on carrots and beets with much more to follow. Saturday morning was our first hard freeze/frost and brought an end to all tender crops. We still have many root vegetables, salad greens, bunched greens, squash, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi and more. The last of our peppers will appear in this week's share so enjoy. Brussels sprouts are making their first appearance of the season as the sprouts have just started to reach full size. You have probably noticed that our carrots are quite large right now, but don't worry, they aren't tough and have been wonderfully sweet. The variety right now is Napoli, known for its sweetness when the cold weather comes.

                               Greg

 

                           This weeks share:                                                               

                           2 lbs potatoes 

                           1 lb carrots

                           1 bunch beets

                           4 onions

                           2 winter squash

                           4 peppers

                           1 brussels sprouts stalk

                           6 apples

                           2 bags of salad greens

                           1 bunch kale

                           1 head garlic

                           1 head of lettuce

Posted 10/20/2013 4:19pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   Welcome to the first week of the winter CSA! Pickups are Mondays in Dover from 3:00 to 6:00 and in Portsmouth on Wednesday, also from 3:00 to 6:00. Farm stand pickups in South Hampton are held Friday through Sunday, 10:00 to 5:00. We will have weekly pickups until Thanksgiving, when we move to an every other week schedule.

   The weather will take a turn this week and send us into a very late fall pattern. On the farm we will be harvesting root crops in earnest and covering some of the more tender greens. Summer crops are definitely almost done. Butternut and other winter squash are now in from the field and protected from the predicted late week frosts. You will find the last of the season's peppers and eggplant in the share. Salad greens available include yukina savoy, arugula, baby kale and perhaps a little spinach. We've just started harvesting from our late season lettuce planting. Choices in winter squash include butternut, delicata, Sunshine kabocha, acorn and pie pumpkins.

   You will all receive reminders of your pickups this week that will include a list of pickup dates through the winter. Information on pickup locations can be found on our website under the CSA heading. Enjoy the season, Greg

 

This weeks share:

2 lbs potatoes

1 lb carrots

1 bunch beets

2 winter squash

4 onions

6 apples

2 peppers

1 eggplant

2 bags salad greens

1 bunch kale

1 head garlic

1 head lettuce

Posted 10/13/2013 1:22pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   Well here we are at the final week of the summer CSA! Always a strange contradiction at this time of year. Cool weather has made inroads but then retreated in the face of summer warmth, but the leaves don't lie. We are still enjoying summer veggies like tomatoes, sweet corn and peppers but in a few short weeks those crops will be gone.

   We look forward to seeing many of you this winter, the more the merrier! It is not too late to sign up. A thank you to everyone and we look forward to your feedback on the season.

                                        Greg

 

                                 Full Share                                                          Half Share

                            1 tomato                                                               1 tomato

                           2 lbs potatoes                                                      1 lb potatoes

                           1 lb carrots                                                           1 lb carrots

                           2 winter squash                                                    1 winter squash

                           4 onions                                                                2 onions

                           6 apples                                                                3 apples

                           4 ears sweet corn                                                 2 ears sweet corn

                           2 sweet peppers                                                   1 sweet pepper

                           1 green pepper                                                     1 green pepper

                           1 bag salad greens                                            1 bag salad greens OR 1 bunch kale

                           1 bunch kale

                           1 lb broccoli

Posted 10/6/2013 2:37pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   It was sure nice to have another round of summer like weather. Many crops responded positively to the warm temperatures. Our last block of sweet corn has now ripened and some of our storage crops grew significantly.

   Tomatoes remain in the share, thanks in part to the warm weather. Sweet corn is back! Early in the week there will be a mix of Montauk and Cameo before we move into Cameo exclusively. We have another flush of broccoli this week. Salad greens continue to yield well and taste great. Eggplant and peppers continue to be abundant. We have to enjoy our summer veggies while they last!

   This is the second to last summer CSA week. We are still accepting registrations for our winter CSA, which begins the week of October 20th. We have an even more diverse offering in store for this winter. Don't miss out!

                                       Greg

 

                     Full Share                                                                  Half Share

         2 tomatoes                                                                     1 tomato

         4 ears sweet corn                                                          2 ears sweet corn

         2 lbs potatoes                                                                1 lb potatoes

         1 lb carrots                                                                     1/2 lb carrots

         1 lb broccoli                                                                    1 lb broccoli

         2 winter squash                                                              1 winter squash

         2 eggplant                                                                       1 eggplant

         2 green peppers                                                              1 green pepper

         4 onions                                                                          2 onions

         6 apples                                                                          3 apples

         1 bag of salad greens                                                 1 bag of salad greens OR 1 bunch kale

         1 bunch kale

         1 bunch hakurei turnips

Posted 9/29/2013 2:25pm by Andre Cantelmo.

     What a great weekend of weather we're having! Not quite like summer but warm enough and no mosquitos. This week the crew finished pulling our onions and shallots out of the field and then jumped over to winter squash. We have butternut, acorn, delicata, sweet dumpling, kabocha and sugar pumpkins. We are a little light on tomatoes right now but the next planting should ripen with this warmth, as will our last field of sweet corn. Our salad greens continue to yield well and we are keeping a close eye on our storage crops for the winter.

     Enjoy this beautiful weather and eat well!   Greg

                      Full Share                                                                         Half Share

               1 tomato                                                                              1 tomato

               2 lbs potatoes                                                                     1 lb potatoes

               1 lb carrots                                                                          1/2 lb carrots

               2 eggplant                                                                           1 eggplant

               2 green peppers                                                                  1 green pepper

               4 onions                                                                               2 onions

               6 apples                                                                               3 apples

               2 winter squash                                                                   1 winter squash

               1 head of cabbage                                                          1 head of cabbage OR 1 bunch kale

               1 bunch of kale                                                                    1 bag of salad greens

               1 bag of salad greens

Posted 9/22/2013 2:01pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   When I look back on the share that started the month it is evident that fall is here. This share has much more of an autumn feel. Broccoli, kale, carrots, apples. It is a great time of the year for cooking, especially with the cool air flowing into New England right now. As a farmer I always tend to cook more this time of year because of the great range of produce and more time with evenings growing shorter. You can't do a lot farming in the dark, although Andre and I have been known to harvest corn in the dark of Saturday mornings!

   We'll try to hold onto the summer veggies, but nature doesn't always make that easy. Sweet corn should be back next week if the upcoming temperatures don't hold back the ripening. We have a late planting of tomatoes that should yield us fruit soon so that we can keep tomatoes in the share. The broccoli was a surprise this week, as we thought it was still a week away. Bunched kale is now abundant and can remain in the share going forward. The carrots have really sweetened up this week. Winter squash just have to harvested, many varieties are sweet and ready to cook.  Beets are still draggin their feet and the beans have suffered too much from dining deer. That battle continues.

    Eat well!   Greg

 

                      Full Share                                                               Half Share

          2 tomatoes                                                                      1 tomato

          2 lbs potatoes                                                                 1 lb potatoes

          4 onions                                                                           2 onions

          2 eggplant                                                                        1 eggplant

          4 apples                                                                           2 apples

          1 bunch kale                                                           1 bunch kale OR 1 bag salad greens

          1 bag salad greens                                                         1 lb carrots

          1 lb carrots                                                                     1 green pepper

          1 green pepper                                                               1/2 lb broccoli

          1 head cabbage

          1 lb broccoli

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