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Posted 10/1/2009 1:22pm by Eleanor Kane.

The new farmstand hours are as follows and will most likely be until mid October: Monday and Tuesday closed, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11am - 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Our peaches are all gone for this year.  We still have fresh picked strawberries, no spray pears, Macoun and Macintosh apples, tomatoes, cucumbers, swiss chard, red lettuce, green simpson lettuce, summer squash, green peppers, hot ristra red peppers, red fingerling potatoes, russian banana golden fingerling potatoes, large yellow and large red potatoes,  freshly made flower bouquets and handmade herbal soaps.

You can also Pick Your Own green tomatoes and pick your own green beans which are very good picking now.

It does not appear that the tomato patch will ever ripen enough tomatoes for PYO red tomato picking. We are very disapointed and I know many of you are too.  It's been rough going for tomatoes this year and we are glad to have them for the farmstand at least. Many farmers lost all of their tomatoes due to the blight.  Randy's last planting of tomatoes in the greenhouse is beginning to offer a few reds for the farmstand.  Due to our ability to cover the plants in the field we don't expect a frost to stop our supply, however a hard freeze will.  The greenhouse tomatoes will continue beyond a freeze as we can close up the house and row cover them. Last year I think we had tomatoes into November.  We will have potatoes ongoing thru Christmas Tree season.

I have begun the process of setting up an e-commerce page thru our website provider and will begin selling my soaps online very soon.

Posted 9/26/2009 10:05am by Eleanor Kane.

The new farmstand hours are as follows and will most likely be until mid October: Monday and Tuesday closed, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11am - 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

We have fresh picked strawberries, no spray peaches and pears, Macoun and Macintosh apples, tomatoes, cucumbers, swiss chard, red lettuce, summer squash, red fingerling potatoes, russian banana golden fingerling potatoes, large yellow and large red potatoes,  freshly made flower bouquets and handmade herbal soaps. 

Pick Your Own green tomatoes, PYO red cherry tomatoes (are good picking for today at least) and pick your own green beans which are very good picking now.

We are still hoping the tomatoes in the patch will turn enough tomatoes red to sustain customer demands, however  we do not know this late in the season if they will.  We covered them up last night but did not get a frost. We can only hope that they will redden. The cherry tomatoes open for picking are the red Sugar Snack variety and in a different patch.

Posted 9/21/2009 12:42pm by Eleanor Kane.

The new farmstand hours are as follows and will most likely be until mid October: Monday and Tuesday closed, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11am - 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

We expect to have fresh picked strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, swiss chard, red lettuce, summer squash and zucchini, red fingerling potatoes, russian banana golden fingerling potatoes, local apples, peaches grown without any organic or synthetic sprays, Pick Your Own green tomatoes and the beginning of the last planting of Pick Your Own green beans, Cut Your Own flowers and freshly made flower bouquets and handmade herbal soaps. 

We now stock local Maple Syrup in one half pints, pints and quarts.

Tuesday afternoon Randy will check the PYO tomato patch for red tomatoes, however we are in uncharted territory with this long wait for ripening this late in the season. We thank you for your patience and hope they turn red in large quantity soon. We covered all the patches the last two nights in case of frost and have left the row cover on during the day to try and cause additional warmth. I haven't been able to do any of my sauces or soups this year as we barely find enough tomatoes to stock the farmstand.  I need to find a few green tomato recipes so to have something homemade for Christmas gifts just in case I can't make up my soup or sauce. If any of you have a favorite sweet green tomato relish recipe I would love to have it. I have the Ball Canning Book and it has many recipes. Do you have a favorite? I love a sweet spicy relish too. 

I have the first Ristra hot red peppers ready but I am unsure at the moment on the best method of harvest and storage. I'l like to make pepper braids if possible for sale up thru Christmas tree and wreath season. Next year I will plant more onions as we are sold out, and I hope to offer onion braids as well. I've ordered garlic, 50 lbs, and will be planting it in October for next year and would like to have garlic braids too.

Posted 9/17/2009 12:30pm by Eleanor Kane.

At the farmstand we have fresh picked strawberries, no spray peaches, Macintosh apples, several varieties of potatoes,  green peppers, swiss chard, tomatoes, carrots, summer squash, zucchini, pickling cucumbers and fresh flowers. The cut your own flower patch is laoded with Zinnias and a few other flowers.

The pick Your Own tomato patch is loaded with green tomatoes for $1/lb.  We are still waiting for a the tomatoes to begin turning red and we thought this week would be the week, however now we are telling customers to check back next week. Please remember, if we get a frost we cover many crops with heavy row cover and tarps. Usually we get the first frost in September and then have a month of nice Indian Summer. We hope that happens this year. Last year we picked on the tomatoes until October 23rd and that goes for the day neutral strawberries as well. They have really sweetened up and we have lots of them now.

Posted 9/15/2009 12:26pm by Eleanor Kane.

We gratefully and sincerely thank each participant and volunteer that assisted with various tasks for the duration of the fair this past Saturday. Although the weather was very wet, the attendance was up to where we hoped it would be for a sunny day!  The fair committee members are very grateful for each and every person that suited up and came out all day long, many of them trailing children in boots and rain gear. I was going to sweep the large puddle away from the entrance to the shop, however I changed my mind watching the children having so much fun stomping thru it over and over.  More information is forthcoming about planning next year's event.  we really enjoyed riding and watching Bob Chrichton's mule team pulling the hay wagon delivering folks from the back parking area.  Those mules really work hard!

At the farmstand we have fresh picked strawberries, several varieties of potatoes, Macintosh apples, green peppers, swiss chard, tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, pickling cucumbers and fresh flowers. The cut your own flower patch is laoded with Zinnias and a few other flowers.

I want to put in a plug for the Yoga classes held at the Barrington Recreation Dept. Yoga helps me keep physically limber enough to continue farming.  If you pay in advance the cost of each class is $2.50. Classes meet at the rec on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:15 to 10:15. Sheila also teaches night classes at the Barrington Middle School on Monday and Wednesday evenings 6:30pm to 7:30pm for the same price.  She also teaches at the Adagio Spa and thoses classes are $5 each. Please don't think you have to be a yoga expert to take the class. I hope to see you there. Oh, child care is available for $1 per child during class!

Posted 9/11/2009 2:36pm by Eleanor Kane.

Tomorrow is the date of the long awaited, at least by me, fair. As I type these words many volunteers are outside setting up tents,  hammering in stakes and measuring out areas for all the vendors, musicians, educational displays and animals. I better get outside and help, however I wanted to post one last announcement about this event. Randy and I are honored and humbled to host this event and we want to thank all the farmers and non farmers involved who took time from their busy lives to make this fair happen. 

The farmstand will be open for customers that want to shop. We will have limited parking close to the farmstand for those that only need to run in and out of our farmstand. Please bear with us for this one day.  If you desire to shop, and we hope you do, at the other farmstands in the front field you must park out back with everyone else and walk or ride the mule drawn hay wagon back up to the house.

There will be handicapped parking out front for those requiring it.

All along the edge of the front field we will have numerous farmers selling their products, local artisans/ crafters and prepared food vendors. In the center of the field will be tents with educational displays.

Captain Morrill's revolutionary war reenactorment will be in the back yard along with a tent and 75 chairs set up for political discussion concerning food security, local agriculture and other like minded discussion.  Pleas bring your own chairs or a blanket to sit down and enjoy the fiddle music and later in the afternoon the blue grass band.

Across the road from the front field will be the Heritage animals including goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, cows, hogs and more.

Feel free to take a hike out thru our woods roads or thru the Christmas tree patches. We have a new West Field coming on line this year that has many beautiful trees and is a sight to see.

In the back yard are 6 porta potties including handicap type.

Posted 9/8/2009 6:56am by Eleanor Kane.

We are open every day except for Monday. The farmstand has strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, swiss chard, onions, summer squash, zucchini and delicata squash. We have 5 varieties of potatoes from Heron Pond Farm including red and yellow fingerlins and also large white, red and yellow potatoes. 

The tomato patch is open for green tomato picking only. The red tomatoes in that patch won't have much quantity for another week or so.

The flower garden is filling up with all types of zinnias, large and small, asters, cynoglossum blue showers, ammobium and fever few. The nicotiana is not ready yet. However there is Mountain mint and Basil in small quantities ready for picking.

September 12 is the Natural Heritage Agricultural Fair here at the farm.


Posted 9/2/2009 12:02pm by Eleanor Kane.

 Tomorrow, September 3rd we will allow green tomatoes to be picked for $1/lb.   A small quantity of red/ripe tomatoes may be picked as well but there is not large quantities available yet. If you want a large quantity of red tomatoes, you must wait . I'd call and check next week.

Sadly our sweet con is finished for this year.  It was a short season and ended too soon, however we have plenty of fresh picked strawberries, lettuce, swiss chard, onions, slicing and pickling cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, fresh flowers, and now we have a new supply of freshly dug red and gold fingerling potatoes and large reds, yellows and whites too.

In 5 to 10 days we will have more peaches. We are still open every day except for Monday.

The other day I put out a request about needing a traffic officer for the Natural Heritage Agricultural Fair on Saturday September 12th. A helpful customer stopped by and offered to supply us with a name. She called and left his name and phone number, however it was deleted by mistake. If you read this please call again as we are still on the search for someone to be out on Rt 4 directing traffic.



Posted 8/30/2009 2:28pm by Eleanor Kane.

We hoped to begin the PYO tomatoes by Sept 1st, however the late patch is not loaded enough for that and we hope to begin either the following weekend or soon thereafter. Please call the farm phone anytime to or the website for the latest update.

We are still open every day but Monday. Tuesday may  be our last day of sweet corn. We will have more fresh picked strawberries by then as today we ran out as the heavy rain on Saturday damaged many the ripe ones.  The farmstand has lots of fresh picked  flowers, tomatoes, lettuce, swiss chard, slicing and pickling cucumbers, onions, summer squash and zucchini and 3 varieties of potatoes.

Posted 8/28/2009 9:26am by Eleanor Kane.

August Farmstand Hours : Open Tuesday thru Friday 9-6 and Saturday and Sunday 9-4, closed Mondays.

Saturday produce will include peaches, sweet corn, tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, slicing cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, swiss chard, lettuce, onions, fresh dug white, red and yellow potatoes. Soon we will have more fingerlings and blue potatoes.

We expect to have sweet corn for another 5 to 7 days only. Today we have silver King an all white corn and also Mauntoc a bi-color sweet corn. The last planting of corn did not germinate, due to the June cold weather and excessive rains.  This will result in sweet corn season ending a little earlier than usual.

On Saturday August 29th it is slated to rain heavily all day and Randy will not be picking strawberries. The cooler nights have slowed them down so it works out that he won't pick them tomorrow. However the slow down in growth will allow them to grow larger before ripening.  We expect to resume picking them Sunday morning. Our peaches are almost all picked for now and tomorrow or Sunday will be the last day for them until the next variety is ready.

The pick your own tomato patch is coming along and we still expect to open for Red or Green tomato picking next Tuesday September 1st.

We are seeking volunteers to help with parking during the Natural Heritage Agricultural Fair held here on September 12th, 2009. To volunteer for parking Contact Charles at ctathams@metrocast.net

To volunteer for other aspects go to the fair website you will find a contact. Our homepage has a link to the fair website and it lists many of the vendors, artisans, musicians, educational displays and more. The list is contantly growing as we recieve the contact information of persons involved.   The fair lasts from 10am to 4pm. 

We need a traffic officer for the end of the road. Do any of you know of someone able to legally do this? We were quoted $70/hour for a local officer, however so far we don't have that much money as this is the first year of the fair.

 

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