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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

Posted 11/9/2014 6:50pm by Andre Cantelmo.

  After a delay in late October when our potato digger experienced a mechanical problem, we are on potatoes all day every day routine. With some very cold weather right around the corner we are hurrying to finish this crop and bring in the rest. The grind continues

  We have finally made it out into the Brussels sprouts, which you will find in your shares this week. For those new to the CSA with only vaguely unpleasant memories of this vegetable from childhood, prepare to be surprised! There are many ways to prepare them but in the oven or steaming followed by finishing with a saute seem the most common ways. With intense heat a sweetness is brought out that only enhances their delicious flavor.

  After Thanksgiving we will be moving to our every other week pickups. As we get closer to that time I will send out emails to each pickup site with dates for the rest of the season in case you don't already have them written down.

  Enjoy!    Greg

 

  This weeks' share:

   2 lbs potatoes

   1 lb carrots

   1 lb watermelon radish

   1 lb turnip

   1 brussels sprout stalk

   1 head cabbage

   4 apples

   2 leeks

   2 onions

   2 winter squash

   1 small bag salad greens

Posted 11/2/2014 9:29pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   The wind is howling outside right now, bringing with it some very cold air and the feeling of late fall. Not much snow around the farm, thankfully! One new addition to the share this week with scarlet turnips. Milder than purple top turnips and very pretty.

   Storage crop harvest, fall clean up and winter greens planting are the main items on our agenda. Brussels sprouts are just about ready for harvest. Celeriac soon as well.

   Greg

This week's share:

   2 lbs potatoes

   1 lb carrots

   1 lb beets

   1 lb scarlet turnip

   1 lb watermelon radish

   2 lbs broccoli/romanesco/cauliflower

   6 apples

   2 onions

   2 leeks

   2 winter squash

   1 head cabbage

   1 bunch kale

   1 large bag salad greens

Posted 10/26/2014 6:24pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   Well, the corn still lives and you will once again find it in your share. For an autumn that nearly delivered a killing frost on September 18, we may now make it to November without one! As delicious as corn is, and a reminder of summers' warmth, this share mostly reflects the season at hand. For those unfamiliar with watermelon radish, you will find that they bear little in common with any radish you've ever tasted. While they do taste something like a turnip, they are distinguished by their sweetness and of course their beautiful appearance. Leeks are now in the mix and a treat not only at meals but also in their shape and color.

   We are now officially in full swing with storage crop harvest. The root cellar is open and ready to receive the seasons potatoes, which we hope to make a serious dent in this week. At the same time we will begin bringing in rutabagas and celeriac. The list goes on through the third week of November, although hopefully not longer. We are looking forward to our rest once all of the acorns are gathered.

    Greg

  This weeks share:

    2 lbs potatoes

    1 lb carrots

    1 lb beets

    1 lb watermelon radish

    6 ears sweet corn

    2 winter squash

    2 onions

    2 leeks

    2 lbs broccoli/cauliflower

    6 apples

    1 bunch kale

    1 head cabbage

    1 large bag or 2 small bags salad greens

   

   

Posted 10/20/2014 6:39am by Andre Cantelmo.

Good morning.

As some of you know we are about five share short of our goal for the Dover CSA pick up. There is still time join us for the winter. If you or any one you know would like to enjoy a Heron Pond Farm winter share this year we would love to have you. You can still register online at our website. Or you can come to our pick up site and register in person at 126 Mast Rd in Dover.

Many of you have asked about a half share in the winter. Do to the nature of the food and the pick ups in the winter it has been impossible to structure a winter share that makes sense. We will have a new debit share coming this week that you can use at the winter markets and farm stand. More on that soon. We do have lots of folks that would like to have a partner for the winter. If you need a partner reply to this email and we will get you paired up.

If you can’t join us this week but would like to start next as always we will prorate your share.

Thanks

Andre