Monday, February 1, 2021

A NEW YEAR, A FRESH START

PLANNING & RESTING

It's a cold and snowy winter day.  Our farming activities are focused on caring for the animals (pigs, cows, chickens, cats, rabbit, wild birds), looking back and looking ahead, resting, dreaming, and planning.  Seed planting has begun in a small way.  We're warming up for the spring!  

FARM STAND

This winter we've been offering vegetables, eggs, and meat at our open-air farm stand.  The stand runs on a pre-order system.  We send an email twice a week listing what we have available and people place orders to be picked up on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Send us a message if you are interested.  sweetmorningfarm@gmail.com

Once the weather is warmer we'll go back to stocking the stand continuously and people will be able to stop by at their convenience.  For now, anything we leave in the stand is at risk of freezing, hence the pre-order system.  We are hoping to be able to build a larger, stronger, weather-proof, year-round stand later in the spring.  We'll keep you posted about that.


NEW GREENHOUSE

We are very grateful to have been awarded a Food Security Infrastructure Grant from the state of Massachusetts.  This will enable to to build a second high tunnel almost twice as large as our current tunnel.  We're so glad that we'll be able to grow more food for our community.


NO FARM SHARES THIS YEAR

We have decided to focus on our farm stand here in Leyden and selling at farmers' markets this year.  So no CSA in 2021 but we are planning on keeping the farm stand well stocked with the vegetables you have enjoy in your shares from previous years.  Look for bok choy, spinach, carrots, radishes, mesclun and lots more this spring.  In the meantime, enjoy the snow and quiet time.  Stay healthy and warm!












Sunday, May 10, 2020

FARM SHARES are BACK

The biggest news around here is that we decided to offer farm shares this year.
In the winter we had decided to focus on farmers' markets this year but life and our plans have changed!

So the shares are back on for 2020.



We are happy about it because we have the food and want to share it with people and feel confident we can do that safely.  We also found it very hard to let go of the shares so now we get a reprieve from that tough decision. 

There's more information about the shares at the 'farm share' page of this blog and you can see pictures of past shares at the 'what's in my share?' page.

Someone asked us recently about what we grow for the shares.  We made a list and you can see that we like growing vegetables and we like sharing them with people.  Here is an incomplete list of what we are growing in 2020. 
(Really, there are other things we also growing!) 

Greens - kale, chard, escarole, mustard greens, collards, calalloo, Malabar spinach, New Zealand spinach
Asian greens - bok choy, napa, pak choy, bekana
Salad - mesclun, head lettuce, arugula, radicchio, pea shoots
Roots - carrots, beets, salad turnips, radishes, winter radishes, rutabagas, parsnips, onions, daikons
Alliums - red onions, yellow onions, sweet onions, leeks, scallions, Asian onions
Legumes - beans (several colors and types), soybeans, snap peas
Herbs - parsley, dill, cilantro, chervil, basil, cutting celery
Fruits - summer squash, winter squash, cucumbers, pickling cukes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatoes (many kinds), ground cherries, tomatillos
Brassicas - cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, Asian broccoli, Brussels sprouts
Other - fennel, celery
Flowers - too many to mention

We just like growing things!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Farm Stand - May 1, 2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE:
We will no longer be posting what we stock at the farm stand on this blog.  If you want to know what and when we stock, sign up for our EMAIL LIST.


5/1/20
Hello, people,

We stocked the stand with sorrel, radishes, pea shoots, mesclun, and arugula.  We will pick spinach tomorrow morning.

Pea shoots taste like peas and can be used fresh or cooked.  They are a nice addition to a stir fry or use instead of lettuce in a sandwich.

We picked lots of radishes today so enjoy them!  Remember that the radish tops are edible, tasty and nutritious.  Add them to eggs, soup, stir fry or whatever you like.  When violets are in bloom, we like to make a salad with sliced radishes, chunks of cucumber, chopped chives or scallions, and violets, dressed with oil and lemon juice.  It's delicious and pretty.  What do you like to make with radishes?

Remember, we decided that in order to simplify our system, we will no longer post what we stock at the blog.  We'll just send an email. 

Enjoy the first day of May and the flowers to come.
We wish you continued good health,

Friday, April 24, 2020

April 24 update

Greens are all gone!

We sure wish we had more for you.
Hopefully the harvest will pick up soon.

We'll stock more parsnips and meat tomorrow.

There should be more radishes next week.
And the pea shoots are looking great and really close to being ready!

We planted more lettuce, chard, and kale in the garden this week...

Farm Stand - April 24, 2020

We picked and prepped some green and red things for you today.

Added to the stand:
10 bags spinach
3 bags mesclun
4 bunches of radishes!
Quantities of vegetables are still pretty small but they taste good.

There are plenty of eggs, parsnips, pork and beef.
Email if you want a special cut of meat.

9:00 - 6:00
1 customer at a time
Cards or checks only, call us to use a credit or EBT card
Sanitize your hands before using the stand.

By the way, you can get HIP awards (Healthy Incentive Program) at our stand for the vegetables.  Email or call for more information.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Farm Stand April 21, 2020

We just put 7 more bags of spinach in the farm stand.

That's it for greens this week until the weekend.

Spinach, Tokyo bekana, arugula, snap peas, radishes and mesclun are sprouting in the garden but remember, good things take time.

We have LOTS of eggs and lots of pork and beef.

9:00 - 6:00
One customer at a time.
Sanitize your hand before using the stand.
Credit cards, EBT cards, or checks only.
No cash, please.
Call the farm to use a card.

Plants are $3.00 each.  So far there is just cilantro and catnip but there will be more in the future.

Let's all stay safe and healthy!




Friday, April 17, 2020

Farm Stand April 17, 2020

We picked spinach, mesclun, claytonia, arugula, sorrel, leaf fennel, and cilantro for you.  Mostly there is spinach.  That is in good supply.  There are parsnips and there will be for the next week or so but their season will be ending soon.  Thank you, parsnips!

As usual, there are lots of eggs and meat cuts.
If you want a particular cut of pork or beef, you would like a pork bundle, email us and Robin will help you.

Thanks, everyone for your support of our little farm stand.  And for patience as the crops start up here in the spring.  We've got lots of things planted and it looks like there will be pea shoots and radishes soon, hopefully next weekend.  The spinach looks nice in the high tunnel and we are happy to share it with you!  Our greens eating has included some of what we grow but also what we can gather like dandelions and ramps. (Sustainably harvested, of course!)  Soon there will be some nettles ready to pick.  Do you harvest any wild greens?
Be well, keep fighting for the health of us all!