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Posted 10/4/2010 11:29am by Heather Warren.

 We now have Honey Crisp, Macoun, Cortland and Macintosh apples. We still have plenty of red tomatoes, lettuce, sugar snap peas, garlic, green peppers, potatoes, pumpkins and gourds, cornstalks and flower bouquets.  Every day we have strawberries too. Randy mentioned they have slowed down in ripening from the cooler temperatures. So far we have had enough for the farmstand everyday and have not run out. The green tomato patch is open at $1lb for pick your own.

 I will not have strawberries at this Thursday's farmers market in Northwood. I will have lettuce, sugar snaps, apples, fresh flower bouquets, garlic, gourds, pumpkins, soap and if I get to it dried flower bouquets.

In the farmstore we have raw nuts, packaged teas, essential oils, maple syrup, organic black beans and fairtrade organic coffee beans.

I want to put in a word about the yoga and pilate classes held at Barrington Recreation Department.  They are marvelous! Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:15 - 10:15 is yoga. Don't have to be a Barrington resident to attend and the classes are $5 drop in or half that if you pay for the session in advance. The yoga is gentle and great for beginners, however Sheila, the instructor, offers advanced poses that challenge more advanced students. Bring your mat if you have one or borrow one from the rec.  Last week I attended the Tuesday and Thursday 5:30-6:30 pilates classes. The class goes by very quickly and Sheila gives us a 15 minute warmup unlike many pilates classes where they start you right into the exercises. Pilates exercises target core muscle groups and are only repeated 6-8 times each. There is no repeating 40 situps or anything like that. The exercises feel really good.

Below is the link for the rec dept fitness calendar.

The farm is still open every day Monday thru Friday 9am -6pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am - 4pm. The farm phone # is 603.868.2001

Posted 9/29/2010 7:54am by Heather Warren.

We have bushels of Cortland, Macintosh and Macoun apples at $1.25 pound. The red fire lettuce is huge, tender and so tastey that we haven't been using any salad dressing.  Our late patch of green tomatoes is sizing up and we have allowed folks to pick from it. As of today it is not loaded with large tomatoes but does have some. There are green tomatoes to pick in the other patch and although medium to small they are good for relish etc.

We are trying to get the information out to everyone that the farmstand is still open everyday.

I've been planting spinach and  hope to have it later in October.

Posted 9/24/2010 12:40pm by Heather Warren.

We've added Macoun apples to the farm store in addition to Cortland and Macintosh.

Posted 9/22/2010 11:37am by Heather Warren.

As a convenience to our customers we are offering mulch hay at $4/bale. We have 100 bales to sell.

I have extra dried calendula flowers and will sell them. They are great to use for herbal infusions in water or oils. I infuse jojoba or other nut oils with them and add the strained oil to my lotions as they aid healing and skin regeneration.

The fragrance oils I would like to sell are 16oz Almond, 16oz Sandalwood, 8oz Jasmine, 8oz Chocolate and 8oz Vitabath. I don't use them and would like to pass them on to someone who would. If you make cold process soap, glycerin soap or just want to scent your own lotions they work really well and with the holiday season right around the corner...

I am adding canned organic black beans, Earl Grey Double Bergamot tea and Chai Double Spice Tea to the farm store today.  If you like the flavor of bergamot or the spice in Chai these teas will delight you.

 We have plenty of strawberries, redfire and black seeded simpson lettuces, zucchini, garlic, tomatoes, Cortland and Macintosh apples, and more.

Posted 9/20/2010 2:11pm by Heather Warren.

This year many farms lost apple crops due to the May 11th freeze. We lost our peaches.  Fortunately, we found our usual source did not lose all their apples and today we stocked up on Cortlands and Macintosh for 1.25 per pound. Pick your own apples go for at least $1/lb this year.  Both varieties are great for cooking pies, baking whole, sauce and more. Many people think of the Macintosh as an eating apple only but lots of folks grew up using them for pies and canning. I hope this year I will take an afternoon and cook some apples up with cinnamon and then crank them thru my Victoria multi strainer and put them into the freezer. Both of these varieties freeze well.

Our farm store is still open everyday however we have definately experienced a decrease in customers. We have a red and a green lettuce on now and the strawberries are still going strong. The large pick your own tomato patch is mostly end of season picking conditions for red tomatoes. The green tomato picking is better in that bed. We still stock the stand with plenty of red from another field. In another week or so our late season green tomato patch will have many large fruit for picking. It is very healthy. We have 5lb bags of red or white potatoes from Root Cellar Farm in Northwood, zucchini, garlic, peppers and small onions. Don't forget the handmade soaps! I have many and glycerin too.

I have added some herbal tea and three types of essential oils to my dry good supply at the farm store. I added Earl Grey Double Bergomot and Chai Double Spice. The essential oils include lavender, teatree and peppermint. If customers ask I will supply more of each along with more variety.

I have begun making everlasting dried flower wreaths in several sizes and hope to stock up for the fall and Christmas. They are available beginnig now and thru the holiday season which is right around the corner. Randy has been pruning Christmas trees and putting up hay for for mulching the strawberies.

Posted 9/13/2010 2:13pm by Heather Warren.

While I was away the guys began cutting two varieties of lettuce, a leafy green Simpson and Redfire which is a loose red and green head. At this time we don't have a large quantity of lettuce as most plants need another week to gain more size.  The strawberries are still producing and sizing up in good order. Often when customers see 30 pints or more of deep red berries on the farmstand they are surprised. It is a good time to stock up on freezer berries, even if you purchase several pints at a time. Frozen berries are excellent for jamming, smoothies or other recipes. These berries have a high sugar content and that comes thru when they are defrosted.  The tomato patch still has red tomatoes to pick although there are not hundreds of pounds out there all at once anymore. We will have a new patch of green tomatoes for picking soon and for now there are still green tomatoes in the main patch.

Posted 9/6/2010 6:47am by Heather Warren.

This has been great weather for picking berries early in the morning. Randy likes that he must wear a light jacket when he first heads out to pick berries. It is very refreshing after a hot summer.

I am heading out to pick sugar snap peas. We are now cutting the last planting of sunflowers and I have bouquets made up. The Pick Your Own tomato patch has many green tomatoes, however the red ripe tomatoes take more work to find. We have been picking red tomatoes from this patch for over eight weeks and at this point finding large quantities of red ripe tomatoes at one picking would be hard work. Surely you can still find small quantities.

 At the farmstand we have many red ripe tomatoes as we have other patches for the farmstand and we work to keep a large selection of varieties available.  I've pulled the last of our onions and have them on the stand as well. We have 5lb bags of red or white potatoes and also loose garlic, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers and the first of our delicata squash.

We have new product at the farmstand. I am trying something new and offering fair trade, organic shade grown coffee beans to purchase by the pound. I also have raw almonds, cashews and walnuts. For personal care we have Kiss My Face lotions packaged in my reusable jars or bring in your own and we will weigh out the lotion. We offer Teatree, lavender and Patchouli essential oils in one ounce bottles.  As I find room in the shop I would like to offer more products in bulk. Is there anything you would like to see offered? I would like any thoughts on this new endeavor. My motive is to increase sales and possibly be open after Christmas tree season with packaged and unpackaged dry goods such as coffee, beans, raw nuts, grains, specialty teas and more.

Posted 9/4/2010 3:11pm by Heather Warren.

Today is Saturday Semptember 4th. The date on the website has been wrong lately so that is why I am putting down today's date.

We have many strawberries ripening right now and would like to offer them to our customers before offering them to a local store. We will sell ten or more pints at $2.75 per pint if you order them right away. That is .50cents off per pint and comes to a $5 savings for 10 pints. You must order at least 10 pints to get the discount and I am unsure how many days we will have this offer, so don't wait too long. Call the farm phone at 868.2001 and leave your phone # and we will call you back and set up a pick up time.

Today's quote: The challenge is in the next step, not the end of the trail.

Posted 9/3/2010 12:19pm by Heather Warren.

Today, Friday September 3rd, is a lot less hot than the past week! We wouldn't mind some rain from hurricane Earl tonight either.  We have strawberries, sugar snaps, tomatoes (heirlooms too), summer squash, zucchini, pickling cukes (which are the best for salads), onions, garlic, pints of potatoes and five pound bags of red-white-yukon gold potatoes (all potatoes from Root Cellar Farm in Northwood) sunflowers, bouquets, dried flowers, glycerin soaps and handmade herbal infusion vegan and goatsmilk soaps.  FYI- today the strawberries are selling as quick as we can pick them and we may run out at some point. We will pick berries again every morning and expect to have them daily.

I sold out of strawberries and sugar snap peas at the Northwood farmers market yesterday. Many folks thought it highly unusual to find NH strawberries in September and I had a lot of explaining to do about these day neutral varieties.  I really enjoy talking about our crops and watching people's faces when they taste these sweet berries. Strawberry shortcake in September sounds good to me!

There is still plenty of tomatoes in the "pick your own" patch. Don't wait too long if you plan on freezing, canning or making up some fresh sauce and then freezing it. At some point the tomato patch will begin to degrade. We still have two other field patches of tomatoes that we hope will be for late fall green/perhaps red tomato pickers.

Posted 9/2/2010 1:00pm by Heather Warren.

The strawberries are ripening in good amount. Randy has spent the morning picking them  for the farmstand and for me to take to Northwood market today. I have been picking sugar snaps for the farmstand and for the farmers market too. I'm sorry to say we are out of sweet corn for the season.

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