Monday, March 4, 2019

Pork Bundles

We are now offering 20lb pork bundles for $185

This is sort of a happy medium between purchasing a whole hog vs. buying a pound or two at a time.

How it works:  contact us and we'll give you a list of available cuts.   Let us know what you like best, and we'll put together a 20lb mixed bag based on your preferences.  

Most cuts are in stock now, so get in touch to order any time!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

2018 in PICTURES

We had a busy year, tried some new endeavors and made new friends.  It was a good year full of food, flowers, family, and friends.  We are looking forward to 2019 and 
wish you a very happy new year!

These pictures show just a few of our activities and joys of 2018.

Spinach in the high tunnel.  Winter magic.

Althea, our newest and youngest kitty.

The Gator (a big help on the farm) and one of our Angora rabbits.

Meatball the rabbit

Robin with three of our young pigs.  We really enjoy raising pigs. 

Lots of love in our family for this little girl.  And she loves her da-da.

Our newest farm animals - cows!

Ruth with George and Rocky.

We had pretty nice summer squash this year.

Chloe learning to climb stairs.

This green daffodil popped up in the yard!

Duroc pigs

This year was the first time this apple tree bloomed.  Sadly, no fruit this year but we look forward to crops in the future.  (NIEDZWETZKYANA planted 2015)

Nice turnips, including a new variety, Violet Queen.

R & R enjoying R & R

There was logging around here this year, creating new growing space for vegetables, fruit, and pig.  And and more sunlight and sky!

Chinese Forget-Me-Nots - a new flower and so pretty.


We won first prize for our farm share at the Franklin County Fair.  Golly.

A typical late summer share.

A volunteer in the garden - datura

Bitter Melons - We've been enjoying learning about, growing, and eating them.

A big early fall share.

Pac choy - This was a new crop for us and we will definitely grow more next year.

Gladioli!  An experiment this year with a happy outcome.

Winter squash did well this year.

A new fun crop, Extra Dwarf Pak Choy.  More coming in 2019.

We've been working on the perennial flower beds (thank you, Ruth!) and adding new plants as we are able.  These are chrysanthemums.

Our growing family

We raised some ducks in the summer.  Highly entertaining!

Shelburne Falls Farmers' Market

Blue Laced Wyandotte rooster

Farm Visitors

More farm visitors


Last share of the season, # 20.

Our youngest flower fan.

Friday, January 26, 2018

What is a farm share and why would you want one?

What is a farm share?  What does CSA mean?  What's good about getting a share?  What's odd or challenging about being a farm member?  What makes Sweet Morning Farm's shares/farm special?

Good questions.

1) What is a farm share?
A farm share is a portion of the harvest at the farm.  When you buy a farm share, you are reserving some of the coming harvest.  Your money is an investment in the farm that the farmers use to buy seed and supplies and tools and mulch and soil amendments, etc. in order to grow the food that we all enjoy.  In return, you get a share of the season's harvest.

More than that, when your buy a farm share you are choosing to be part of our farm and the growing season.  Each plant goes through a cycle of growth and you get to enjoy that cycle.

2) What does CSA mean?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  But more than that it stands for people who like good, fresh, locally-grown food helping their local farmers thrive.

3) What's good about getting a share?
Fresh food and plenty of it!  A wide variety of produce.  A chance to try new vegetables and fruit. Being part of a farm community, meeting farmers and other farm members, people who care about the land, our health, and our happiness.  Opportunities to visit the farm and see the gardens.  A chance to learn how things grow and be closer to the process of growing food, without actually getting your hands dirty.  (Unless you want to!)

4) What's odd or challenging about being a farm member?
Each week the farmers (Robin and Laura) pick what is ready in the garden.  Then we divide it up among the farm members.  We try to choose a good sampling of what is available and and an assortment of kinds of produce.  And we make sure that farm members get to choose many of their items based on personal preferences.  For example a share might include a choice of kale or chard, your choice of an herb, a bag of mesclun or head lettuce, some scallions, a bag of spinach, some beans, some carrots, and a choice of a mix of things.  That means that to some degree, the farmers are choosing what will be on your menu that week.  I've never gotten a farm share anywhere but I imagine that it might be odd to have someone else deciding what will be in my fridge each week.  On the other hand, it might be a fun surprise and interesting challenge to figure out what to do with the veggies in the share.  Lots of people tell us about cool things they made with their farm share items, smoothies, pizzas, roasted bok choy, new recipes, current favorites, new vegetable discoveries.  That's really great.  We love hearing about your experience.

Many people find it challenging from time to time to use all the produce in their share.  The most content folks set up a regular routine of examining and storing their share the day they get it and making sure that everything is used up before the next pick up day. (Stir-fry or soup works well here.)  Of course, some things just disappear immediately because they are favorites!  (Ground cherries, cherry tomatoes, and peaches all come to mind.)

5) What makes Sweet Morning Farm's shares/farm special?
We are a very tiny farm.  It's just two people who love to grow things.  Our farm has a fairly personal feeling.  When you pick up your share, chances are you will get to talk to your farmers and fellow farm members.  We're always happy to show you the crops and animals or you can walk around yourself and see what's growing.  Over time, people get to know each other and enjoy visiting.  People are kind to each other and help one another.  That feels great.

MORE QUESTIONS?  Just ask!  And if you have thoughts to share, we'd love to hear them.

Photo by Leslie Lynn Lucio

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February 5, 2017 - this and that

FARM SHARES ON SALE NOW!  More information here.

Baby Walla Walla sweet onions

It's early February and the planting season has started.  We've gotten most of our seeds in the mail and are excited to be trying some new varieties.  This year we'll be growing fava beans again, as well as soybeans and a few types of shell beans.  We are also growing both watermelons and cantaloupes!  The Iceland poppies were so lovely last year that we are growing a bunch more, including some Italian ones that are extra big and gorgeous.  We are growing fresh plants of Sweet William.  The old ones were getting kind of worn out last year (small flower heads and fewer of them).  I guess that it what is meant by a short-lived perennial.  We created a new herb garden in 2016 and will be expanding it this year.  We're growing lovage, lots of Greek oregano and rosemary, calendula and more.  It's fun to make new garden where there used to be grass.

Tiny Iceland Poppies

This winter we've been trying to get caught up on paperwork and home improvements (aka cleaning and decluttering).  There is a ton more to do and the available time for such projects is nearly over.  Robin has started tapping for sugaring, I have seedlings to tend every day, we're selling farm shares and going to the Greenfield Winter Market, and there is a baby coming in our family soon.  Robin will be an uncle and I'll be a granny!  

The high tunnel that Robin put up last year is growing delicious spinach.  We bring it to market and do our best to keep some picked and ready at the farm in the egg/extras fridge.  The spinach has been really great to have and to share.

Our hens are laying pretty well.  We have a range of colors and we're enjoying the new birds, Whiting's True Blues, that we got last spring.  Blue eggs are pretty!  We'll be getting more chicks this spring, including some Blue Andalusians, Delawares, and Araucanas.  We always refresh the flock each year so we have hens of various ages and production stays more even.  We're still increasing the flock size each year as well.  We sell eggs at the farm, at farmers' markets, and at Atlas Farm Store in South Deerfield.  We are also considering getting more ducks for more duck eggs.  How does that sound?

Last Friday WRSI played an interview with us as part of their Local Hero Spotlight series.  It was fun, easy, and good to meet both Phil Korman of CISA and Monte Belmonte of WRSI.  They are both professional, supportive, and inspiring people.  Interview will be posted here:

A couple of days ago the pigs (Spot and Spotless) got out and wandered uphill into the woods.  They really enjoyed rooting about near the evergreens and really didn't like walking downhill on the crusty snow.  It took both of us 4 1/2 hours to get them home and used every bit of patience we could muster.  It was a workout!

Wandering pigs
We plan on getting more pigs this spring and will be adding pork to the extras that people can get at the farm later in the year.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

SPRING 2016 NEWSLETTER to friends near and far


Laura Timmerman & Robin Creamer
910 Greenfield Rd.
Leyden, MA 01337

March 25, 2016
Hello Friends!

Once a year we like to send an email to lots of friends and family, near and far, farm members, farm friends, and colleagues.  This is one way of letting people know what we and our little farm are up to, and to invite people who live nearby to become farm members.  Somehow 2015 went by without this annual email so there is even more to report than usual!

A note from Laura: "The main thing for me is how much Sweet Morning Farm has become a shared project, especially in the last two years.  In 2007, I had the idea of trying to sell some vegetables to a few willing friends.  (Thank you, dear guinea pigs!)  That year I discovered that I loved growing food for others and the following year started our CSA.  Since then the farm has steadily grown and it has been a lovely journey.  Over time, Robin has become more and more involved in the farm so that now it is a truly a shared enterprise, as well as a shared life.  It is an unexpected blessing to be able to share this love of growing things with Robin."

As our little farm grows in size, knowhow and variety, one of the deepest pleasures is connecting with people who also enjoy and value good, nutritious food.  People who recognize the specialness of really fresh, locally-grown food.  Eating locally-grown food strengthens our community while filling our bellies with goodness.  

We hope this email finds you all well!  We are well, and have enjoyed a mild winter with a good balance between farm work, socializing, and some much needed rest.  Every year we continue to grow, and we are very excited for some projects we have planned for this year including construction of a new high tunnel and expansion of our growing space.  While we slowly grow in a physical sense, we are also learning about and trying better methods of growing produce, which helps us to increase production in the limited space of our tiny farm.  This continual learning and improvement is part of what makes farming fun for us.  It is always exciting to grow quality crops, and we feel that we get better at that every year.  In 2016 we plan to focus on producing some favorites like cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, and summer squash earlier in the season, as well as having more variety and reliable favorites throughout the main farm share season.  

Another area where we continue to expand is our tiny orchard!  Tree planting season is just around the corner, and we plan to put in about 20 new trees of all sorts in early April.  While most of our trees are still too young to bear,   We are very excited about what we have growing, and fruit is something we plan to include more and more often in the shares in years to come.  We like to try new varieties of vegetables and fruit for fun.  For example, this year we are putting in some Olallie berry plants and paw paws.  Most of the apples we grow are heirloom types; they are just so appealing. 

Speaking of expanding, we are hoping to sell more FARM SHARES this year, and now is the time to sign up!  We are again offering two sizes of shares.  People have been signing up and there are only 8 shares left!  Please call or email if you'd like to sign up or want more information.

A short description of the Farm Shares:
20 - 22 weeks, starting June 2 or earlier
Pick Up Thursday afternoons at the farm in Leyden
$400 - Big Share
$135 - Mini Share
All shares include flowers and PYO garden

SIGNING BONUS - Pay in full by April 1 for a free dozen eggs!  (Bonus period extended from March 20 due to the lateness of this email)


New farm members & friends!
Shiitake mushrooms! - Last year we were very excited to pick our first crop of log-grown shiitake mushrooms!  This is a new enterprise for us and we are still learning the ropes, but we expect to harvest more this year and to gradually increase production over the next few years.  In fact, some new spawn arrived in the mail just the other day so we will be inoculating some more logs soon!  
Going to the Greenfield Winter Farmers’ Market
Being interviewed by CISA for a farm profile
Being interviewed for an article in Edible Pioneer Valley magazine (2014) 
Finding new places to bring our ducks and chickens for quality processing
Connecting with other farmers more and more
Going to the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers’ conference in December 2015
No Late Blight on our 2015 tomatoes!  - a reminder of what the tomato season should be like every year
Learning new techniques to help us grow healthy food, more efficiently and with fewer weeds
Applying for a grant to build another high tunnel and getting it!
Learning a lot about maple sugaring
Hosting a Farm Picnic for our farm members and friends
Raising some turkeys
Starting to wholesale a few things, mostly eggs and microgreens, so far
Putting most of the farm into a Conservation Restriction, protecting the land from development forever  (2014)
Getting a kitty! (2014)



Building our new high tunnel and using it to grow more winter crops
Trying out some new varieties of chickens, especially Whiting’s True Blue
Planting some paw paw and mulberry and dwarf cherry trees
Developing a farm business plan/long range plan
Growing some oyster mushrooms
Clearing more space for vegetables and fruit
Doing our very best to grow really fantastic food to share!

We both feel enormously lucky and grateful be able to farm.  It’s a pleasure every day.  The work feels good.  It’s challenging physically and mentally, and so satisfying.  We live in a beautiful part of an amazing planet.  We are nurtured by the beauty and awesomeness of the natural world.  
Thank you for being part of our journey, for encouraging and supporting us on the way.  Just sharing our news with you and knowing you are “out there” is a big help.  If you are interested in taking part in the farm in other ways, you are welcome.  

Robin and Laura
Sweet Morning Farm
910 Greenfield Rd
Leyden, MA 01337

PS  If you would like to receive more frequent emails about our farm activities, just let us know.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Reflecting, dreaming, thinking, planning

The late fall is often a time for people to look back over the year and think about goals and plan for the future.  That is certainly true here at Sweet Morning Farm.  Robin and I love our work.  In fact, it doesn't actually feel like work; we just want to do it and do it and do it.  That is an incredible blessing, to find work one truly loves.

We strive to learn and improve our farming all the time and this is a season of the year to review our successes and weaknesses, to research solutions and increase our knowledge, to plan delicious and varied farm shares for next year, to strategize about how best to grow that good food and how to make it possible to "work" at home as much as possible.  We also let our gardeners' minds wander and dream a bit.  What new plants and methods do we want to try out in 2016?  New crops and tools and practices are a fun part of our garden each year.

We've already ordered chicks to refresh the laying flock and look forward to a wide range of colors to share next fall.  We've chosen about 8 new fruit trees, mostly heirloom apples, and placed our orders.  *We've learned the hard way to reserve what we want early on to be sure we get the varieties we want to plant.

One of our next projects is to plan what we want to be in the farm shares each week, and from there to make sure our planting plan will help meet our harvest goals, allowing plenty of time and space for the vegetables to grow for the shares.  And then make sure we have all the seeds and supplies we need to plant the crops.  All this needs to be done lickedy-split.  (See the note above about ordering early!)  Early planting of seedlings starts in January, so that's only 1 month away and we are already planting microgreens and sunflower shoots on a weekly basis.  And did I mention that we are still putting away fences and row cover and general stuff, quick before the snow flies?  So it is still pretty busy around here but it's a different kind of busy than summertime.

Planning is fun because although very practical, it is in part based on dreaming.  It's like a bulb underground in winter, or an apple bud waiting for spring.  Hope, faith, optimism, longing.  These things feed our souls in wintertime.

"Before the seed there comes the thought of the bloom."
E. B. White

Sunday, June 28, 2015

POULTRY! - June 2015

7 ducklings and their mama

1 drake

17 ducklings and their 2 mamas (24 ducklings total)

58 young chickens, mostly pullets

4 turkey poults

~ 60 hens

Not pictured: 1 white duck and 2 roosters