Friday, November 26, 2021

FARM STAND UPDATE - November 2021

                          








November 2021 - One thing the past two years have taught us all is to be flexible. Once again, our farm stand has evolved. The farm stand is now in a new building, funded in part by an award from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.  We are so grateful to have a winter-proof building available all year round.   Stop by anytime between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM and choose what you would like. We always have eggs and meat and some type of vegetables. Right now the vegetable choices include Brussels sprouts, onions, potatoes, cabbage, sweet potatoes, leeks, winter radishes, radicchio, kale, mustard greens and chard. Other items will be added as they are available.  The stand is still evolving; inside lights were added just yesterday and more improvements will be forthcoming.  If you have suggestions, let us know!

We encourage you to follow basic safety guidelines, for your health and ours.  Unless you are alone, please wear a mask while shopping inside the stand.

We have a good steady supply of storage vegetables, eggs, pork, and beef.
We check the stand daily and stock as needed.  If you have special requests (a certain cut of meat, a large amount of a vegetable, pick up at a special time, need to use an EBT or credit card, etc.)


To find out what has recently been stocked in the stand, SIGN UP to receive emails about new items and changes.  We welcome your ideas and we are very glad to share our produce with you.  We wish you health and happiness!


BASIC INFORMATION:
  • One customer/household at a time.
  • Winter hours are 12:00 - 5:00.
  • Call or email if you need assistance.
  • Pay by check, cash, venmo ("sweetmorning"), credit card, or EBT card.  We need to be present at the stand in order to process cards and to process HIP, so it is best to call or email ahead to set that up.
    • If you are unfamiliar with HIP, it is a terrific program to get fresh food to people without reducing your EBT monies.  More information is available HERE or just ask us.  You can get HIP for all vegetables.  EBT can be used for meat and eggs as well.
  • Email is the easiest way to contact us in general. sweetmorningfarm@gmail.com

We encourage you to consider buying farm credit.  Spend $100 and receive a $105 credit to use towards any of our products.  Keep track of your balance as you use your credit. 

We currently have steady supplies of eggs, pork, and beef.  If you want particular cuts of meat, get in touch via email and we'll get it ready and let you know when it is ready to be picked up.  Bear in mind that that process may take us a day or two.
We aim to serve you and keep everyone healthy.  If you have any suggestions on how we can do better, please let us know.

Thank you so much!

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!