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Posted 8/31/2010 6:34am by Heather Warren.

Randy went out to pick berries this morning and came back in very pleased. The strawberries are numerous, have good size and don't have the insect damage that we experienced in July and most of August.  We expect to have plenty for the farmstand all day. There are many half ripe berries in the patch and unless something out of the ordinary occurs we will have plenty of berries every day.

The late summer plantings of sugar snap peas are ready. We are picking these for the farmstand. So far we have four plantings of them in the ground. We love sugar snaps because we can eat them, they  trap nitrogen within their roots and when we are finished picking on them they are tilled in and provide beneficial organic matter to the soil. It's a win, win, win, situation.

The Pick Your Own tomato patch has plenty of tomatoes for picking. The cherry tomatoes have been picked down for now however we closed the bed all weekend during the fair so it ripened up in good order.

At the farmstand we have silver king corn today, sunflowers, bouquets, lots of handmade herbal infusions soaps, colorful glycerin soaps, numerous varieities of tomatoes and many other farmstand vegetables.

We are still open every day. Monday thru Friday 9am -6pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am - 4pm.

Posted 8/28/2010 8:02am by Heather Warren.

This morning we are very busy with many farmers, vendors and educators setting up for the fair. Come on over. We have many farms selling fresh local produce, Mule team hay wagon rides, artisans with beautiful handmade products, a great mix of food vendors, lots of pertinent community oriented sustainability information, children's activities, animals,  and much more.

fair website and schedule for the weekend at   agfair.wordpress.com

Posted 8/26/2010 7:54am by Heather Warren.

The next planting of Silver King sweet corn matured enough so that Randy picked two bushel baskets this morning. Now that is only about ten dozen and there is more to pick. Depending on the demand we may have corn all day.  The sugar snaps peas are coming on and we hope to have them on the farmstand by the weekend.  The strawberries are getting larger and more numerous and each day we have more. The early girl tomatoes are loaded and they did not crack with all the rain. The red ripe paste tomatoes are picked down for now. You can find lots that are half ripe however the peak has past and the ones ripening now will be the last of the best picking in this field.  In other words don't wait to long if you want them. The cherry tomatoes cracked with all the rain, as usual. There is still many tomatoes out in the patch to pick. It is a good time to come if you want a mixture of varieties. We have other fields of tomatoes planted and growing for the green tomato crowd. We expect to have them into October.

The farmstand is also stocked with our fresh picked vegetables which include summer squash, zucchini, onions, garlic, twisted carrots, many types of tomatoes, sunflowers and bouquets.  We have 3 different potatoes from the Root Cellar Farm in Northwood.

I will not be at the Northwood farmers market today, thursday.The farmstand will be open at the farm until 6pm as usual. Randy and I lost a dear friend and we will be at the calling hours this afternoon.

Tomorrow, Friday, after 4 or 5pm we will be back from the funeral and will be setting up for the fair with other volunteers.

Posted 8/22/2010 9:21pm by Heather Warren.

We really need it. Last year we had too much and this year we've been very hot and dry. We are looking forward to a good soaking rain over the next 24 hours. Lets hope!

Our Silver King sweet corn is out until Thursday most likely. We just finished a planting that came on earlier than expected and the next planting is not quite ready. However surprise, surprise, the sugar snaps are back on. Randy planted late summer sugar snaps and they look and taste great! We hope to have multiple plantings mature until a hard freeze.

Also at the farmstand we will have a limited amount of strawberries. They are beginning to produce more each day with the cooler temperatures. We have carrots, onions, 3 different potatoes, garlic, summer squash, zucchini, crispy pickling cucumbers and many varieties of tomatoes including heirlooms, three paste tomatoes and many salad types.

The Pick Your Own tomato patch has many, many, many,did I say many, tomatoes to pick. I need to get out there and pick some myself and load them into the dehydrator.

 

Posted 8/21/2010 7:24pm by Heather Warren.

You may have read about the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture Markets and Food newest program which celebrates the 2010 NH Eat Local Month.  It is called Passport to Local Farms and is occurring the same weekend as the fair. Our farm sent in the paperwork and is now on the list of participating farms along with Sallie's Fen Alpacas which will be here at the fair all weekend too.

To download  the passport and farm list go to: www.nheatlocal.org

Visitors can get stickers on their passport game card from us and Sallie's Fen during the fair. You must visit at least four farms and collect four stickers to be eligible to enter a prize drawing in September.  There are at least two other farms close by in Lee that are participating as well. You have all weekend to visit these farms. 

During the fair Sunday August 29th we will have taste testing of a locally raised roasted pig. This tasty treat was anonymously donated by a Barrington supporter of the Natural Heritage Commision and the fair and we greatly appreciate it.

Posted 8/18/2010 12:17pm by Heather Warren.

The Pick Your Own Tomato patch is loaded with ripe tomatoes, however I will say that if we allow all the tomatoes to get red, red ripe before picking we will end up with lots of spoilage. If you wait until they are too red then the spoilage will begin to take over the patch and affect green tomatoes.  We are trying to manage this patch in the best possible way and I can not say enough that now is a good time to come pick. 

Our mid summer plantings of pickling cucumbers are producing good numbers now. We have two varieties of sweet corn, all white Silver King and Mauntauk. Both are really sweet!

We are gearing up for the fair August 28th and 29th and finalizing last minute details.

Posted 8/13/2010 11:27am by Heather Warren.

We have two sweet corn plantings maturing at the same time. This will shorten our sweet corn season overall. It won't go as far into September as we hoped. The two varieties we are picking now are the bi-color Montauk and the all white Silver King.They are both very sweet.  Silver King is the highbryid of Silver Queen. Silver King holds sugar better that is old silver queen so it stays sweeter longer. August is a good month to enjoy sweet corn. I have had people here purchase corn on Wednesday and say they will enjoy it on Saturday at a cookout. I say "no you won't!" It won't taste good more than two days after picking. It might look good but the sweetness will be gone.  We have two more plantings of corn after these two are done. We are planning on cooking a lot of Silver King for the fair.

We have a huge amount of ripe tomatoes in the patch. However the sauce tomatoes are only 3/4 ripe. All other tomatoes have loads for picking. The heirloom varieties are great for sauce when combined with other salad types.

 

Posted 8/11/2010 9:29pm by Heather Warren.

Now is a good time to come for large amounts of tomatoes from the pick your own patch. The heat and high humidity has kept people from picking the last few days and many tomatoes are ripening every day. The result is large quantities of ripe tomatoes of many varieties. So come on down and stock up on your winter supply. Do you know that you can freeze raw tomatoes whole in ziploc bags? We have customers that have been putting tomatoes by for winter use in many ways however this is the easiest I've heard of so far. Just cut out the core and put them whole into the bags, date and freeze. When you defrost them, the tomato pushes right out of the skin! Viola, it is that simple and you have local tomatoes for sauces or soups all winter long. I also cook up sauces, cool and pour into ziplocs or tupperware and freeze.

In the morning we'll be picking corn, pulling onions, digging carrots, cutting flowers, assembling bouquets, and at some point planting trays of lettuce. The first of several rows of sugar snap peas are in flower. This is the first time we've sowed them this late in the summer. It is an experiment that looks like it may yield a crop! We may have sugar snaps in another week or so!

Posted 8/9/2010 8:10am by Heather Warren.

It is definately a good feeling to go into the shop and see the baskets loaded up with dew covered ears of sweet corn. We are picking from a new planting this morning and don't expect to run out.

The tomato patch has many varieties with ripe tomatoes ready for picking. The three varieties of sauce tomatoes have many red ripe tomatoes. It is a good time to come pick some quantity tomatoes. We have to think about this tomato picking situation carefully as I know some folks want to come out in one trip and pick 80 -100 lbs all at once. I don't think that is always the best way to go about it unless you are willing to use many different varieties. If you want to pick sauce tomatoes and heirlooms only, then it would be best to pick over the course of two different visits. When I blog about availibility it goes out to many people and if several folks want 80lbs all on the same afternoon the red ripe tomatoes get picked off quickly. What I am trying to suggest is coming out more than once for your sauce tomatoes if possible as I don't want you to miss getting them. I enjoy pulling my canned and/or frozen tomato sauce out all winter long. I use them mostly for winter soups and sauces.

We have many farmstand vegetables however our spinach and lettuce has bolted and the new plantings are not ready.

Posted 8/5/2010 9:43am by Heather Warren.

Randy has been discouraged every morning when he goes out to pick the day neutral strawberries. The tarnished plant bug population was very high and still seems to be. We tried an organic spray one time however there are so many insects that have already layed eggs on the blossoms that we just need to wait them out as they usually slow down in August. We can only hope. The tarnished plant bug overwinters in surrounding field edging and it crawls so covering with row cover won't help. Next year we can try using a trap crop however we don't know if that will draw them in from other areas and just increase the populations. We are sorry to all the customers that are waiting for fresh strawberries. At this time we only have 6 or so pints every morning, not the 30 to 40 we hoped for. We are unsure at this time if we will get better results in September. Last year we picked until October 11th, the first hard freeze of fall so we may still be able to pull out some berries later on.

The pick your own tomato patch has plenty for those looking to make a batch of sauce but not numerous enough for quantity picking. If you want 10-20 lbs of mixed tomatoes you will find them however they won't all be really red ripe.  If you are curious then come on out and walk the patch to get an idea of what is coming. They are $1 per pound red or green. The green tomatoes are loaded of course. It is a good time to pick them.

I have many flowers ready for cutting and had the honor and great fun of cutting flowers for a friends daughter's wedding. I cut 10 buckets of flowers, showed them how to make the table arrangements and sent them on their way. It was great fun. If you are having an August or September wedding and have your priorities about where you want to invest your money then give me a call and we can talk flowers.

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