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Posted 12/29/2013 9:16pm by Andre Cantelmo.

Hello Heron Pond Farmers!


Registration for the Summer 2014 CSA season is now open . You can register on the Heron Pond Farm web site.

We’ve held our prices and so, once again, a full vegetable share costs $550 and a half share costs $325 (n.b. this is more like a 60% share because the share value usually includes items that can’t conveniently be offered in half the quantity or weight of a full share). A full share is generally enough vegetables and fruit for 2 to 4 people from June to mid-October.

We are offering an EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. You will get $50 off the full share price and $25 off the half share price, if you pay the balance in full by January 19. (Anything postmarked by that date is acceptable.)

As part of the on-line registration process you can pay by credit card using PayPal. Please note there is a 3% fee for the transaction. Alternately, can avoid that fee by mailing a check to Heron Pond Farm, 299 Main Avenue, South Hampton, NH 03827, or by dropping it off at our stand in South Hampton (Winter hours: Friday-Sunday, 10:00 to 5:00). Please note, there will be an additional $30 fee for pickup at any of our remote locations—Dover, Portsmouth, and Newburyport—to offset the cost of transportation. Finally, we require that any balance from a previous season be paid prior to registering for the new season.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is about partnership. By paying for a “share” in the middle of the winter, you are investing in the farm and in the season. The money you pay now is “seed money”—literally and figuratively—because, in fact, we use it to buy for seeds, as well to pay for the million and one things necessary to start planting in the spring. You share the rewards of good weather and a large harvest and you share the risks that can come with bad weather and pests. In return you receive locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables from each week’s harvest at a significant discount from the retail price. Those of you who take advantage of the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL will receive the food at, effectively, our cost to grow and harvest it.

We also invite our members to become involved with the farm. Please visit and let us get to know you! Check out the new barn, the Haygrove Tunnel in the mid-field, and our awesome Kress cultivator. Meet the team, including Zaga, the cat.

We are looking forward to a great year.

Best wishes to you and yours in 2014!

Andre & Greg



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Posted 12/29/2013 11:41am by Andre Cantelmo.
  We have come to the end of a tumultuous year at the farm that saw many changes. We are thankful for the opportunity to grow beautiful, delicious vegetables and to have so many great people committed to growing and eating this produce. We are looking forward to the upcoming season and all the great food the year will bring forth. Thank you for all of your support.

  Your shares this week include a little piece of summer. Our very own garlic scape pesto! Enjoy this treat to remember the season that is past and look forward to the one ahead.

   Happy New Year from everyone at the farm!     

This weeks share:

    2 lbs potatoes
    2 lbs carrots
    1 lb beets
    2 brussels sprouts stalks
    1 butternut squash
    1 head cabbage
    1 kohlrabi
    4 onions
    2 heads garlic
    6 apples
    1 package of HPF garlic scape pesto  
                        
Posted 12/20/2013 12:53pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   Our farm will be participating in several great markets this weekend.

   On Saturday you can find us in Rollinsford, NH at Wentworth Greenhouses from 10:00 to 2:00. Besides a wide range of vegetables, you can find local meat, eggs, milk, cheese and bread. Also available are some great local products that would make perfect gifts.

   We will also be in Somerville on Saturday from 9:30 to 2:00 at the Armory. This winter market has plenty of local food and some really interesting prepared foods.

   We will be at the Tannery in Newburyport on Sunday for the winter market. This market is unique for being held in a heated tent constructed on site by David Hall and his staff at the Tannery.  The market offers a fine array of local products with many great gift ideas. While there you can also visit many of the great shops that are part of the Tannery. Find us there Sunday from 9:00 to 1:00.

  Lastly, our farm stand in South Hampton is open this weekend from 10:00 to 5:00. All of our delicious veggies plus many other local farm products.

           Happy Holidays from everyone here at the farm!

Posted 12/17/2013 3:04pm by Andre Cantelmo.
from the greenhouse!
 
If you are looking for a unique gift for people who want their food local and fresh from a farm they know and trust, a Heron Pond Farm Gift Certificate might be just the right thing. Our Gift Certificates are redeemable at our farm stand in South Hampton and at our stand at farmers' markets.  

For a very special gift, reserve a full share or half share in our Summer 2014 CSA with convenient daily pickups at our farm stand in South Hampton, and weekly pickups in Dover and Portsmouth.

You can order a certificate on our website or contact us directly by email to <stephen@heronpondfarm.com> or call 603-944-9405. 

All of us here at Heron Pond Farm wish you and yours a joyous holiday season!

Posted 12/15/2013 3:57pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  Recent Decembers have been so mild that it was easy to forget the month. The weather of late has really reminded us that we live in New England! This share very much fits in with the character of the season. Snow covers the ground and the temperatures are frigid, but the light and heat of summer made these veggies possible.

  Last weekend before the freeze set in the Saturday crew was able get some more parsnips out of the ground and into storage. Thank you to Kevin, Trevor and Carter. These should last us most of the winter with many parsnips remaining in the ground for spring harvest. We did miss our chance to harvest more leeks, but if we find ourselves in the midst of a thaw we'll run out and grab them. 

   Best wishes and a joyful holiday to all!   Greg

 

This weeks share:

2 lbs potatoes

2 lbs carrots

1 lb parsnips

1 kohlrabi

1 head cabbage

2 brussels sprouts stalks

2 butternut squash

4 onions

6 apples

1 bag of kale or 1 bag of lettuce mix

Posted 12/13/2013 6:49am by Andre Cantelmo.

   The weather outside may be frightful but this weekend you can find great local food in several very delightful places!

   Our farm stand in South Hampton is open every weekend Friday through Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00. In addition to our many vegetables we also have local products such as apples, honey, syrup, jams & jellies, meats, eggs, cheese, milk and bread. You can also find our veggies and many other great local products at Exeter High School on Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 as part of the Seacoast Eat Local winter market. Local farm products, crafts and prepared foods will be available with many great gift ideas. Also on Saturday we will be at the Somerville Farmers Market at the Center for Arts at the Armory on Highland Avenue. This market is held every Saturday through the winter and brings together farms, prepared foods and crafts.

   Don't let the weather keep you home!

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

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