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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

Posted 9/19/2013 6:23am by Andre Cantelmo.

    Registration for the Heron Pond Farm Winter CSA is now open! We have a great season of veggies ahead of us. Salad greens, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beets, kohlrabi, cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions, shallots, winter squash, apples and more! Local produce at a non-traditional time of year. These veggies are especially satisfying on days when the temperatures are frigid with snow on the ground. We capture a piece of summer and send it your way all winter. Pickups are available at our farm stand in South Hampton on weekends, in Portsmouth on Wednesday and Dover on Monday. Go to Winter CSA Signup under the CSA heading on our website.

Posted 9/15/2013 12:16pm by Andre Cantelmo.

    It looks we have a cool week in store! Last week was such a mixed bag with a few cool mornings interrupted by a real scorcher and warm nights. We are still waiting for the beets to size so that we can get them into the share but they have resisted so far. Tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini have slowed down with the cooler nights. Eggplant and peppers are still producing well and should stay strong until the first frost. The current carrot planting is solid and should keep us in carrots for a few weeks. Our fall storage carrots and parsnips look excellent. We have lots of cabbage right now and our storage crop looks great, as do the brussel sprouts.  We will begin harvesting our winter squash in earnest this week and we will get them into the share soon.

   In addition to our normal selection of red, white and gold potatoes we now are also harvesting blue and red fleshed potatoes. Try them out this week, they have a very rich flavor. All of our cabbage varieties are tender leafed types that can be eaten raw or cooked. High in vitamin C and delicious! Our greens plantings remain strong with a nice selection of baby kales, baby asian greens and arugula.

     Registration for the winter CSA is now open. We are looking forward to great winter with a wide selection of produce available. Eat well and savor the season.  Greg


                                Full Share                                                                           Half Share

                   2 tomatoes                                                                                   1 tomato

                   2 lbs potatoes                                                                              1 lb potatoes

                   4 onions                                                                                        2 onions

                   4 apples                                                                                        2 apples

                   1 lb carrots                                                                                   1 lb carrots

                   1 eggplant                                                                                1 eggplant or 1 green pepper

                   1 green pepper                                                              1 bag salad greens or 1 head cabbage

                   1 bag of salad greens                                                                 1 bunch Hakurei turnips

                   1 head of cabbage     

                   1 bunch of Hakurei turnips

Posted 9/8/2013 10:53am by Andre Cantelmo.

     We have a few new or returned additions to the share this week. For those not familiar with Hakurei turnips, they are a very mild white salad turnip. You can cook them but they are wonderful eaten raw. Carrots are back now that the next planting has matured. Potatoes are back in the share after a brief departure and we have added a few more varieties to the mix. Beets are very close and almost appeared in this weeks' share. They will likely be chioggia and gold beets. Sweet corn has departed from the share for probably two weeks as a result of all the rain in June. Cucumbers are out because of a disease called Downy Mildew that has ravaged the plants. We have one more planting that may give us some fruit.

    As the weather cools in September the harvest doesn't. This is the most complete month for range of harvest and therefore options for cooking. With most of the summer veggies, greens, roots and many fruits it is a great time for eating. Enjoy the harvest!  Greg


                      Full Share                                                                 Half Share

            4 tomatoes                                                                     2 tomatoes

            2 lbs potatoes                                                                1 lb potatoes

            4 onions                                                                          2 onions

            1 lb beans                                                                       1/2 lb beans

            1 bunch Hakurei turnips                                               1 bunch Hakurei turnips

            1 lb carrots                                                                     1 lb carrots

            4 peaches                                                                        2 peaches

            1 bag of salad greens                                                    1 bag of salad greens

            1 eggplant                                                                    1 eggplant OR 1 green pepper

            1 green pepper

Posted 9/2/2013 7:28am by Andre Cantelmo.

     Although it will put a damper on holiday activities, the rain is welcome on the farm. We have set up irrigation on many crops lately and a good rain will allow us to focus our energies elsewhere. Just a quick message today. Hope that everyone has a fine finish to the holiday weekend and their return to fall schedules.    Greg


                              Full Share                                                               Half Share

                        4 tomatoes                                                                 2 tomatoes

                        4 cucmbers                                                                2 cucumbers

                     2 zucchini or summer squash                                    1 zucchini or summer squash

                        2 onions                                                                      1 onion

                        1 lb beans                                                                   1/2 lb beans

                        6 ears sweet corn                                                     3 ears sweet corn

                        4 peaches                                                                   2 peaches

                        2 bags salad greens                                                 1 bag salad greens

                        1 eggplant                                                                   1 eggplant

Posted 8/25/2013 4:51pm by Andre Cantelmo.

     We have had a quite a run of brilliant sunny days. Great growing weather if you can keep the water on your crops. We have been busy with this task over the last ten days or so and will need to continue for some time to come. The work of moving and setting up irrigation equipment can be difficult, but the satisfaction of beautiful abundant crops makes it all worthwhile.

     Cucumbers have finally made it back to the share this week. After our early weed problems resulting from constant rain in June and deer damage afterwards we finally have beans in quantity. They are delicious but don't over cook them! Our salad greens plantings also continue to be very productive. We are harvesting Yukina Savoy (a mild asian green), baby red kale, baby green kale and arugula. Two or three of these greens are available at all times but especially at remote pickups it is hard to make guesses about popularity. For those not familiar with these greens the baby kales are mild but with a distinct texture. Yukina is very tender and mild. Arugula is also very tender but can be quite spicy. We love it but recognize that not everyone will be a fan.

                    Enjoy, Greg


                          Full Share                                                        Half Share

                        3 tomatoes                                                        1 tomato

                        2 eggplant                                                         1 eggplant

                        2 green peppers                                                 1 green pepper

                        4 onions                                                            2 onions

                        3 cucumbers                                                      2 cucumbers

                        6 ears sweet corn                                               3 ears sweet corn

                        1 lb green beans                                                1/2 lb green beans

                        2 bags salad greens                                            1 bag salad greens

                        1 head lettuce

Posted 8/20/2013 5:03am by Andre Cantelmo.

    My apologies for getting this list out late. We have peaches in the share from our friends at Apple Hill Farm in Concord, NH. Delicious! The peppers have finally recovered from their early deer damage and we should see them regularly now. We are just starting to harvest some tomatoes from outside our greenhouses. Not many yet but they are coming. Greens are looking good in the field and we hope to have a steady supply through the fall.

                                                     Enjoy, Greg


                 Full Share                                                                             Half Share

              3 tomatoes                                                          1 tomato

              2 lbs potatoes                                                     1 lb potatoes

              2 eggplant                                                           1 eggplant

              4 onions                                                             2 onions

              2 bags of salad greens                                         1 bag of salad greens

              4 peaches                                                           2 peaches

              6 ears sweet corn                                                 3 ears sweet corn

              1 green pepper

Posted 8/11/2013 4:34pm by Andre Cantelmo.

    We are finally starting to emerge from our light harvests of recent weeks. The early summer rains and intense heat threw off our sequential plantings and helped bury many crops in weeds. Tomatoes and peppers are late thanks to our friendly neighborhood deer but thankfully they don't like eggplant. They have also destroyed several blocks of sweet corn. We have protected almost five acres with electric fence this season and will be spraying hot pepper wax to deter them in some crops. Fall plantings look good and our new German cultivating tool will help us keep them that way.

     We are entering a fantastic stretch of salad greens and the first planting of melons is producing quite a bit right now. Onions in the share will continue to be mostly sweet onions with perhaps some reds. Sweet corn is Montauk and Nantasket. Beans may make it into the share next week and cucumbers and squash should also return. Enjoy this beautiful weather and eat well.  Greg



                    Full Share                                                                                    Half Share

              2 tomatoes                                                                   1 tomato

              2 lbs potatoes                                                               1 lb potatoes

              1 lb carrots                                                                    1 lb carrots

              4 onions                                                                       2 onions

              2 eggplant                                                                    1 eggplant

              1 melon                                                                       1 melon

              6 ears sweet corn                                                        3 ears sweet corn

              2 bags salad greens                                                    1 bag salad greens

Posted 7/28/2013 1:26pm by Andre Cantelmo.

     We've finally gotten into some sweet corn these past few days. Our first block yielded very little after the deer got done with it, but for now they seem content to leave our newly ripening corn alone. The varieties this week will be mostly Nantasket and Montauk, perhaps some Sweet Chorous late in the week. Eggplant have started to yield, although not enough for everyone. By next week the eggplant should be yielding enough to get them in all the shares. In the next week or two we will be into some nice plantings of beans and greens so that those crops can make it into the shares. Blueberries will wind down soon, but peaches from Apple Hill Farm are right around the corner.   Enjoy, Greg


                      Full Share                                                                 Half Share

              3 tomatoes                                                     2 tomatoes

              2 lbs potatoes                                                1 lb potatoes

              1 lb carrots                                                     1 lb carrots

              4 sweet onions                                             2 sweet onions

              2 zucchini                                                      1 zucchini

              3 cucumbers                                                 2 cucumbers

              1 eggplant                                                    1 fennel

              1 fennel                                                        1/2 pint blueberries

              1 pint blueberries                                          3 ears sweet corn

              6 ears sweet corn

Posted 7/21/2013 7:12pm by Andre Cantelmo.

               The field crew had it rough last week with temperatures far above normal and humidity as well. We are all looking forward to more seasonable weather this week. The heat has pushed many crops along and also increased the need for irrigation. Hard to believe after all of the rain not so long ago. We have had a rash of deer damage around the farm over the last two weeks. It began with the sweet potatoes and then moved into peppers and tomatoes, culminating with sweet corn. We now have the better part of four acres surrounded by electric fence and hope that this will deter our four legged foes. More drastic measures are certainly on the table. The damage will certainly delay the pepper harvest and that particular tomato planting will be late in ripening.

         New additions to this weeks' share include carrots, sweet onions, blueberries and fennel. The carrots are delicious, although a little on the small side. Ailsa Craig is the variety of sweet onion we grow and though it may not be as mild as a vidalia, it has little pungency and can be eaten raw in salads. The blueberries are ripening well and very tasty, but the birds are harvesting them faster than we can. Come on down and U-pick! Fennel is a new one for us. It has a distinct flavor that doesn't appeal to everyone but can be quite delicious sauteed with onions or other roots.

         Eggplant are coming soon and sweet corn is close. Enjoy, Greg


                             Full Share                                                              Half Share

                        4 tomatoes                                               2 tomatoes

                        2 lbs new potatoes                                     1 lb new potatoes

                        1 bunch carrots                                          1 bunch carrots

                        4 sweet onions                                           2 sweet onions

                        1 bunch chard                                           1 bunch chard

                        3 zucchini or summer squash                    2 zucchini or summer squash

                        3 cucumbers                                              2 cucumbers

                        1 fennel bulb                                             1 fennel bulb

                        1 pint blueberries                                       1/2 pint blueberries

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