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We are super excited to finally be entering the 21st century! You can now sign-up and pay for a CSA share online! You can still mail in your sign-up form and payment, but now you have the option to do it all online.
We are also very excited to get back to work on the farm. It has been another winter of weird weather, so we are starting to gear up for an early spring (maybe it is just wishful thinking, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared). That means it is time for spring cleaning! Today we cleaned out the farm store. Next is the greenhouse, and in a couple of short weeks we will be planting our leeks and onions in the greenhouse.
Because of the crazy weather, we are keeping a close eye on our asian pear trees. We are pruning all of the trees right now, which is one of my favorite tasks on the farm. It is very zen-like trying to figure out which branches should go and in which direction you want the tree to grow. Our trees are on a two year cycle and 2016 should be a great year for our asian pears, as long as they don't blossom too soon (crazy weather) or get munched by winter moths.
Hopefully we will have crazy blossoms this spring like two years ago:
Spring is also a time for new life on the farm and little seedlings are not the only ones that will be popping up... all three of our goats are pregnant. Patsy, the elder stateswoman and a pro at having kids, is on birth watch right now. She could give birth anytime in the next 2 weeks. Within weeks of her, Sweet Pea and Beanie should also give birth.
Patsy P. Oat enjoying a pumpkin from Halloween
Amelia feeding Patsy some greens.
We are super excited to be working with Laura and Casey from the Shockyard Fitness & Social Club to bring CSA shares to downtown Plymouth! We will be delivering boxed shares from June to October (20 weeks) to the Shockyard on Wednesday afternoons. Check out our Plymouth CSA page for more information. The ShockYard is an awesome place to work out. They provide you with motivation, accountability, and fresh workouts that are suited to your own ability and experience level to keep you coming back.
One more week to go in our 2014 summer CSA. However, we do have a Fall into Winter CSA which continues the harvest for another 10 weeks directly following the end of the summer CSA. Many of our favorite crops are ready at this time of year, including broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, beets and lots of fresh greens.
Week 19 share: Butternut squash, broccoli, napa cabbage, endive, leeks, red onions, carrots, beets, salad turnips, asian pears and kale.
Here was the CSA share for September 23 (week 17).
We are moving into the fall crops now, with the first of the fall broccoli, winter squash, more beets, carrots and of course kale that we have had all year (this harvest is from a new planting so the leaves are very tender). The eggplant is around for another week or two as are the flowers in the u-pick garden. There are many more crops to come, including cabbage, macomber turnips (yum), endives, cauliflower and sweet potatoes.
Although it was a cold, long winter we have had great growing conditions for greens! Our kale, chard, bok choy, cabbage, etc. are growing like crazy, so we decided to start the CSA a week early. Our first distribution for full season (20 week) CSA members will be June 3rd. The great news is that we have a number of open spots left, so if you have been thinking about joining a CSA, now is the time to do it.
Here is the kale last week:
Here is the kale this week!!
Here is Amelia demonstrating that farming and tutus go to together just fine, and check out the cherry tomatoes in the hoophouse:
We are going to have a killer crop of asian pears this year! Check out all of the blossoms on the trees!:
We got our new laying hens at the beginning of May, and they are a gorgeous group of ladies. We are very excited to announce that we have switched to a GMO-free feed for the new girls. So in addition to spending the day eating grass and bugs, the grain they are eating contains GMO-free corn and soybeans in addition to other grains and supplements which are mostly organic. We have been wanting to make this change for as long as we have had chickens, but GMO-free feed has been hard to get. The GMO-free feed is more expensive, so we have raised the price of our eggs to $6/dozen. We feel that the health benefits to the chickens and egg eaters alike outweighs the increased costs. We are still working on sourcing a chicken feed that is 100% organic and not cost prohibitive. Our GMO-free eggs will be available in our farm stand at the beginning of June.
Phil and Braiden Norton were one of the first members of our farm and believed in us when we were just getting going. Phil grew up in Dartmouth and is a vibrant member of the local business community in South Dartmouth. Braiden has really grown up right before our eyes in the past couple of years (I still can't get over how tall he is now). Now they need the support of our community as they fight to get the medicine Braiden needs. Here is an article that details their trials: http://m.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20140207%2FNEWS%2F402070317&template=wapart
and here is a petition you can sign: https://www.change.org/petitions/fda-commissioner-margaret-hamburg-md-fda-please-allow-braiden-norton-to-resume-his-treatment-with-antineoplastons
In addition to everything else we do here at Apponagansett Farm we are starting a new service for the 2014 growing season. 'Your Garden Harvest' creates your own mini vegetable farm in your own backyard (or front yard if you prefer)! You choose which veggies, herbs and cut flowers you want and we do all the work. This includes garden preparation (starting early April), seeding, transplanting, weeding, pest/disease control and harvesting each week throughout the season. The length of your season will depend on the crop you want, but will typically last for 20 weeks. All transplants are started by us from seed, and will be the best varieties for both flavor and our geographical location.
Each week you will get a basket of veggies grown in your own garden, comparable to our regular CSA share, right to your doorstep - no need to make a separate trip. Of course one of the great bonuses of having the veggies grown on your property (and something we encourage) is all the extra harvesting you can do yourself! Need an extra tomato for your salad but have none left from your weekly basket? – not a problem, a delicious heirloom tomato can be only a few feet away.
More information is available here on the farm website.
Interested? Email the farm or call Tony on 774-400-6636
Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the warmish weather. We lost some of our greens in the cold weather we had a week ago, so there is not as much availalbe. We are going to start renting some space in a heated greenhouse, so in about 3 weeks we will have baby mesclun mix and microgreens available. If you get your order to me by Wednesday night, I will harvest and pack it by 3pm on thursday. If you haven't picked it up by thursday night, I will put it in the fridge and you can pick it up anytime during store hours (8am to 6pm). If you have any questions, feel free to email or call. Here is the list for this week:
- Mesclun mix $10/pound. You can order any amount you like. At markets, I often sell half pound bags ($5 and about half of a plastic bag) or $3.50 bags which are 0.35 pound
- carrots $3/lb (for reference, a bunch of carrots was about 3/4 of a pound)
- salad turnips $3/bunch (depends on size but around 10 small ones per bunch)
- pac choy $2/head (they are a little smaller this week)
- Bok choy $3 per bunch
- vitamin green $3 per bunch (another type of pac choy)
- potatoes $2/pound
- herbs: $2 per bunch. we have parsley, cilantro, and cooking celery. I can do mixed bunches as well so please specify.
We will be selling greens at the farm this winter through a pre-order system. If you are interested in having your name on this mailing list, please reply stating so, even if you don't order anything this week. If you are not interested in weekly emails of what is available, no need to do anything, I will take you off of the list if I don't get an email from you.
How it works. I will email you on Monday or Tuesday every week with a list of what we have and the price. If you want to order anything, you just need to email me by Wednesday night. I will harvest and pack your order on Thursday and it will be available in the CSA room after 3pm on Thursday. If you are not able to pick up on thursday, I will put your order in the fridge and you can pick it up anytime. Your order will be in a bag with your name on it and there will be a receipt in the bag. When you pick up, you can pay in the cash box (cash or check). How long we have greens and veggies for into the winter depends on the weather and how many people are buying veggies each week. We do have some greens in the hoophouse and we expect them to be ready mid-winter. Our availability may be a bit patchy, but if this system works well we will do it again next year and have greens all winter. If you have any questions, feel free to email or call. Here is the list for this week:
- Mesclun mix (lettuce, tatsoi, arugula and some ruby streaks) $10/pound. You can order any amount you like. At markets, I often sell half pound bags ($5 and about half of a plastic bag - the bags that were on the roll in the CSA room) or $3.50 bags which are 0.35 pound.
- Arugula $10/pound
- carrots $2.50/bunch (10-12 carrots/bunch)
- salad turnips $3/bunch (depends on size but around 5 per bunch)
- pac choy $3/head
- tokyo bekana $4/head (this is the asian lettuce)
- radish $2/bunch
- leeks $3/bunch (about 3 big leeks or more smaller ones)
- potatoes $2/pound