We’ve added vegetable and herb start CSA Shares to the farm for the 2014 season and are very excited about it! Read all about how it works here: CSA Plant shares information. The deadline for signing up for a plant share is April 1st. We’ve also found the time (thank you winter) to update our CSA Vegetable share information for 2014. We have made the decision to hold our prices at the same rates we offered in 2013. We will also be mailing out paper brochures to those of you who have been members in the past. We encourage you not to wait if you are interested in signing up for one of our shares this season. The CSA model of farming makes the farm financially viable for us as it provides funding when we need it the most, early spring. This is when most of our investment in seeds,soil and infrastructure happens. It is also a time of year when we have very little product and are not attending farmer’s markets. You receive a $15 early bird discount on our produce shares if you sign up before March 15th. By purchasing a share from our small farm you are keeping your money within our local agricultural community and providing yourself with food security for an entire growing season. You can relax knowing that your plants and vegetables are being grown with integrity using organic and sustainable methods. Please let us know if you have any questions about our plant or vegetable share options. We are looking forward to seeing everyone this spring!
The summer rains seem to be letting up a bit in our corner of the hills in West County. This spring has been a fun and productive one for the farm. CSA Shares have been moving right along and are now in their fifth week of pickups. This time of year, shares and market wares include Kale, Swiss Chard, Salad Mix, Summer Squash, Garlic Scapes, Salad Turnips, Basil and Broccoli. Our old versatile friend the Potato is back this week too! Earlier this spring we had great pea and radish crops but like so many flavors of the growing season, these delicious treats only lasted for a few weeks. Don’t worry, the radishes will return this fall! We are enjoying our new ‘market style’ CSA pickups, where members have free choice with what they take away in their shares each week. Our punch card shares have been working out as well, these members only pickup when they want to and can take as little or as much as they like each time, just don’t lose those punch cards! 🙂
The excitement of the new Downtown Pittsfield Market has continued on into the summer. At the end of June we took a fun trip to the “big city” of Chicopee to make an appearance on WWLP’s “Mass Appeal” to discuss the new market and cook up some of our delicious eggs and veggies live on camera.
We’ve done several farm tours this season so far. The downtown market manager took the time to write this wonderful article about our little farm after their visit. We also met with the founder of an exciting new project, Localcycle. They will be working with the farm by connecting us to institutional buyers who want to offer local food in their dining facilities.
Speaking of working with the farm, Alex and I are lucky to have some help this season. Last year’s live in apprentice, Tyler, has started his own farm in Windsor this season. He came out several times this spring to help with our larger plantings and went home with lots of seedlings for his own patch. We also have had steady help from a Boston transplant, Justin. It has been so nice to have helpers during our busiest time of year. They seem to be enjoying all of the yummy farm food too!
Our fall crop of Brassicas is coming along in the greenhouse. Once they are in the ground, we will be finished with field transplanting for the year, whew! Now begins the season of weeding, cultivating and harvesting. All of this rain has brought on a bumber crops of bugs as well. We are trying to harvest those guys off of our plants, by harvest I really mean staring at them and wishing they would go away… Let’s hope they don’t affect our potato and squash crops too much.
In the next few weeks we will begin harvesting what is shaping up to be a great tomato crop from the hoop house and the field. Cucumbers will be coming in and the cabbage too. We hope all of our CSA members and market customers are enjoying the great flavors of early summer. We’ll see you at the markets!
Spring time in the propagation house has arrived! In a just a few short weeks we will be carting our seedlings off to market. We are accepting pre-orders via email this year. You can find us at the Downtown Pittsfield Farmer’s Market or the Lanesborough Mall Market on Saturdays starting May 11th. Missed the market? Head to The Creamery in Cummington to find our plants. You can also wander all the way out to the farm to pick up your garden starts if you prefer! We grow our seedlings in certified organic potting mix and use only certified organic fertilizer. Our greenhouse is heated with a combination of thermal mass and wood stove. (Also long nights spent awake feeding said wood stove.) We have chosen optimal varieties for our New England climate. Many are heirlooms that are also known for amazing taste. We try to ensure the best possible beginning for your garden starts!
Vegetable Starts in 6 packs $3.50
Red Russian Kale
Green leaf Lettuce
Red Leaf Lettuce
Hot peppers(Cayenne, Anaheim, Habanero, Jalepeno, Poblano etc )
Sweet peppers (Lady bell, Red bell, yellow bell)
Tomatoes in heirloom and hybrid varieties; Valley Early Girl, Moskvich, Black Krim, Grape, Cherokee Purple, Garden Peach, Pruden’s Purple, Yellow Brandywine, Green Zebra, Sweet 100, Romas etc. The tomatoes come in 2″ pots for $2 each. Sun gold and Mariana Sauce tomatoes are available in six packs for $3.50 as well.
Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Cucumbers, Melons (several varieties of each) in 2″ pots $2 each
Basil ( purple, thai, genovese sweet)
Flat Leaf Parsley
Tri Color Sage
Seascape and Jewel Strawberries in 4″ Pots (everbearing, dayneutral) $4
Geraniums in 4″ pots $4
Large 10″ Wave Petunia Hanging Baskets $15
Hello Everyone! Alex and I want to thank you so much for supporting our farm in 2012 and sharing the harvest with us. We are very pleased with the way our season turned out and were happy to provide you with the fruits of our labor. This season brought unprecedented variety to our CSA boxes, so we especially hope that your bellies are happy. Please let us know if you have any feedback. We are always trying to fine tune our CSA practices so we want to hear about what works for you.
Worthington Pickup members we missed seeing you all very much every week and sharing the excitement of the newest recipe discovery. However, Our time with our growing boys is precious and they change so quickly. We really enjoyed having a day off (?!) On Sundays where we did not have to do farm activities and could be present with our family. Thank you!
We hope everyone enjoyed the website postings about CSA boxes and farm life. When we started there were visions of lush photographs of each week’s shares and complicated recipes with pictures. But, due to the hectic nature of farming combined with little ones there was often a bit of rushing with the posts. (See pickups 19 and 20. Oh wait, those don’t exist.) Hopefully it was helpful to have the contents of your shares listed, sometimes all of those root vegetables are hard to identify!
We have updated our sign up information for the 2013 season and you will also be getting a letter and brochure in the mail shortly. Your early season support allows us to purchase seed and soil amendments. This helps make the farm financially sustainable for us. We would love to have you back for another season of growing, cooking and eating in the spring. Stay cozy this winter!