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These past couple weeks the crew has been busy, busy transplanting out our lettuce, cabbage, brussels and kohlrabi in the fields. We've also been paying particularly loving attention to our carrots, hand-weeding row after row with meticulous care. Eat your carrots with a healthy sense of awe, my friends.
We picked up the last of our grafted tomatoes from Wishing Stone Farm in Rhode Island and transplanted them into their happy, new greenhouse home. The grafted tomatoes are an awesome new technology of the farming world - they feature the root structure of a tomato plant with disease-resistant roots and the flowering part of a different tomato plant that yields tastier fruit. This creates a stronger, healthier plant that is also delicious without the use of pesticides and fungicides.
We've also been twining up the peas in our front fields. This pick-your-own crop is moving fast and the twine will allow the tendrils something to latch onto in order to continue growing upwards.
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with our own fresh bun, pickles and a side of caramelized onions
Organic Red Bliss Potato Salad
loaded with fresh herbs, vegetables and whole grain mustard dressing
one head of GM butter lettuce, shaved organic carrots, local goat cheese, GM chive blossom vinaigrette
mixed berry compote, lemon Chantilly cream
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Twice Baked Polenta with parmesan and spring garlic pesto $8.99
Marinated White Beans with sofrito, olives and chives $7.99
Brioche Bread Pudding laced with cinnamon and brown sugar $8.99
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The Down Low
The season is underway! It has been cool and rainy the last week, so the crew has been inside working on seeding and setting up the greenhouses for our tomatoes and cucumbers. These crops will remain inside for the entire growing season and attention is lavished on them because they are the most productive crops on the farm for the square footage. We'll be sure to include lots of photos of their progress throughout the season.
We have also transplanted out our first seedlings: onions, beets, kale, collards, kohlrabi, broccoli, and cabbage. We have several rows in the front field that are under row cover to create a physical barrier between our crops and the pests. This is one of the many organic methods we use to grow our delicious veggies. The peas are also coming up in the front field. We hope you are all looking forward to this delicious pick-your-own crop.
We're happy to announce that our crew is filled out for the 2012 growing season. We have a diverse crew this year, so be sure to stop and say hello.
We all have a lot to celebrate as we come to the 10th year of our CSA and our farm under the management of Andrew Rodgers. We can certainly agree that Andrew and Diana have brought Green Meadows Farm to the level that makes it an agricultural operation we can all be proud to share.
That is why we should all share in congratulating them on the opportunity Andrew has received: to move onward by accepting an "offer he couldn't refuse". He has been
invited to take a famous "icon" Clark Farm in Carlisle, which has stood idle for years , to make it into a long term sustainable community farm. You can imagine the excitement the Rodgers Family feels with this challenge offered - and we cheer them on, after all they have done for us!
Although they will be begin to make their move this spring - Andrew has trained a great team of managers who will insure that the quality of our operation remains as high as he has made it - and will continue to improve! Heidi Thunberg will become the Business Manager/Greenhouse Manager and Megan Kershaw will become the Field Manager. Andrew will be with us as advisor/consultant as we move into the new season of harvest - and you may be sure you will all be invited to an event before the summer is over when we can celebrate our shared ten years and thank the Rodgers Family, applauding them on their way!
Joanne Patton, Owner/Partner
Green Meadows Farm
Update from Farmer Andrew
For the last 10 years I have been so lucky to live on this beautiful farm and to know all of you. Joanne and the rest of the Patton family have been incredibly supportive of the work I've done here. The community through the farm and on the North Shore has a special place in my heart, which has made this decision so difficult for me and Diana to make.
This winter, I was presented with an incredible offer to rejuvenate Clark Farm in Carlisle, Massachusetts, which has been an historical landmark for the town. My charge is to bring this farm back to life and make it a community asset, complete with a CSA, education program, livestock and more. In return for my commitment to building Clark Farm, I will be guaranteed a permanent position as the farmer.
Green Meadows Farm will continue to get better. My experienced, capable crew is going to take over managing the farm. Heidi will be taking over as the business manager and Megan as the field manager. I'm going to be acting as a consultant to the farm to help them make this transition as seamless as possible. This is shaping up to be the best year ever at Green Meadows Farm in terms of production. Our greenhouses are in place, the clearing project in the new field is coming into production, and we have some great talent in place to bring the farm to it's next level.
Farmer Andrew and Family
Now's the time to join our 2012 CSA. We sell out every year, so please join now while we still have space. Click on our CSA page for more information.
The Farmstand will be open through Friday, December 23 and then will close until April 1, 2012. Stop by this week and pick up one of our beautiful calendars! We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you in April.
- The farm crew, pigs, sheep, cats, dogs, chickens and ladybugs
25% off lots of your favorite items at the farmstand. Come early for the best selection! We also have great wreaths, small live trees, boxwood trees and new sweatshirts for holiday gifts.
Hello Everyone - just a quick reminder that we have lots of great produce, local milk, raw milk cheeses, maple, honey, fresh bread and our own stuffing for your Thanksgiving table. We'll be closed on Thursday and Friday and will reopen on Saturday. Fall CSA shareholders are welcome to pick up this week's share on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday this week, just come in. Produce available in the stand includes: Apples, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Daikon, Turnips, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squash, Craberries, and much more.
Don't forget to sign up for all natural turkeys in the farmstand and our fabulous pies. Turkeys are $4.99 per pound and available in a variety of sizes. It is a $20 deposit per turkey. Pies are also $20 paid in advance and available in apple, pumpkin and pecan. They are all natural, made in house and really quite amazing. They are baked and ready to serve for Thanksgiving. Call the farmstand at 978-468-2277 during our open hours of 8am - 6pm daily.