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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year! 2017 Events + Programs!


We hope you had a wonderful holiday and spent some relaxing time with family & friends! After our final program of 2016, Latkes & Lanterns (picture below), we are excited for all of the programs that we have lined up for 2017! 
Lovely latke makers grate potatoes

The first exciting bit of news for all of you meat lovers is that on Saturday from 10-2pm, we will be hosting our 2nd Meat Sale! Connor Young, our Livestock Manager will be on hand to chat with you about all things meat. We will be selling pasture-raised poultry, various cuts of pork and grass-fed beef.

And don't miss this week's awesome programs! Join Nicole Lewis on Sunday at 1pm for goal and intention setting at Revive, Refresh & Renew with Vision Board. No creative experience necessary.

Wednesday, Jan. 11th  is Tod Dimmick's Whole Grain Bread Workshop. If any of you have had Tod's bread which is sold from time to time in the farm stand, you know how addicting it is. If you would like to learn his secrets and also take your own loaf home, sign up now! His class has been known to sell out so don't wait.

We hope to see you around the farm!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays + 2017 Events & Programs!


Last night we celebrated the winter solstice with Fondue Night! Our amazing French & Swiss volunteer, Christiane, led a demo, where we learned the process, which cheeses and wine are the best to use, and what can accompany all this cheese. Our cutest attendee (to the right) really enjoyed his first fondue meal!

Tuesday (Dec. 27th) is our last class on 2016! Come with the kids for Latkes & Lanterns. First we will grate, fry, & eat some traditional (and not so traditional) potato pancakes, then we will create our very own mason jar lantern!

And to give you a sense of what is coming in January....we have a full calendar:
We wish you the happiest of holidays and hope to see you in 2017!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Winter Share 4

Wintery oat and pea cover crop
Winter Share 4

Our 2016 farm season wraps up this season with our final winter share distribution this Friday (12-4) and Saturday(10-2). Yesterday we had our final harvest of the year. Andrew, volunteer extraordinaire Mark, and I brought in the last of the kale and carrots. It is always bittersweet to reach this point in the season. It's another aspect of farming that we plan for and yet have no control over. This year we have experienced a mild fall and a decent amount of moisture. This has meant bountiful greens and big beautiful heads of cauliflower and broccoli. Carrots, a crop that was hit so hard by the drought, have reached a harvestable size and are sugary sweet. Yesterday as we rushed to pull the last carrots from the ground before it froze solid we witnessed a fox trotting through the fields. This is the time of year when the  farm is turned back over to the wild creatures that call Powisset home. A friend asked me the other day what my favorite season is and my response, somewhat to my own surprise, was winter. I love the quiet it brings and the wild rawness that envelopes the land. One of the questions I get asked most often is "what do you do in the winter". The answer is I keep farming. There are so many facets to farming that keep me busy through the winter; fixing equipment, ordering seeds, planning what to plant and where next season, hiring staff, writing my budget, attending professional development workshops, etc. The winter to do list is a long one.

The bountiful harvest of greens has also softened the impact of the loss of our crops stored in the root cellar. We take food safety very seriously and have zero tolerance when it comes to potential food contamination. The food in the root cellar had the potential of being contaminated by the leak therefore it was not distributed and has been composted. We are fixing the problem so that this issue does not happen again.


As it ends it begins. 2017 potting soil delivery.
We are expecting sever temperature lows tomorrow during distribution time. Because of this, on Friday only, we are moving the operation into the barn kitchen and classroom space. Temperatures are supposed to be more moderate on Saturday and the classroom space is being utilized for other activities.

This weeks share will be comprised of cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, kale, watermelon radishes, daikon radishes, rutabaga, popcorn, and spinach.

Farm Stand:
The farm stand will be open Friday and Saturday with all your favorite Powisset items

Jordan Brothers Seafood will be joining us on Friday from 1-4.

Pop Up Meat Sale and Demo:
This Saturday Livestock Manager Connor Young will be selling beef, pork, and chicken from The Trustees livestock program. He will also be performing a cooking demo with some samples and a q&a in the kitchen at 11am.

This will be last blog post for a few weeks. We will miss you all this winter but look forward to seeing you back on the farm next summer.

Be well,

Zannah, On behalf of the farm staff.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Holiday Happenings + More!



Hi everyone! Thank you again to the talented musicians who graced us with their presence on Saturday at "Seasons Unplugged: Acoustic Tunes". Suzanne Greenwald kicked things off on her amazingly beautiful harp, followed by Steve Lewis of The Lewis Brothers and Joe Sabourin of My Mothers Mustache. The 3 of them came together as a trio, for the grand finale, playing a hair-raising (in a good way) version of Silent Night.

Thursday kicks off the first Meat CSA pick up here at Powisset. Even if you did not sign up for the CSA, you will still have the opportunity to buy individual cuts of meat - beef, pork and poultry, from 2-6pm. 

Saturday is a big day for Powisset - lots of stuff going on! As you may know, it is our last Winter CSA pick up before we put the barn to sleep. More info to come from Zannah....In conjunction with our Winter Share we are having our first ever Meat Sale! We will be selling many cuts of beef (steaks, roasts, ground), pork, and pasture-raised poultry. Come and get it while you can from 10-2pm. At 11am, our Livestock Manager, Connor Young, will be leading a discussion on the benefits of grass fed beef and its differences in taste. The day will end by learning how to make Latkes & Lanterns at 2pm. We hope to see you on Saturday!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Winter share 3


Winter Share 3

Howdy folks,                     

I apologize for the late post. We have had to reorganize this weeks share because yesterday our root cellar, where we store most of our winter vegetables, was affected by a ruptured pipe. We are assessing the extent of the damage caused by the leak. It is likely that we will lose some of our crops that were being stored in the cellar. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we have a good deal of crops that were not affected and we will have a share full of carrots, broccoli, head lettuce, cauliflower, potatoes, radishes, scallions, kale, popcorn,  and collards this week. We will also have herbs available as pick your own.

In the farm stand:

Cauliflower!
 
We will have all of our delicious vegetables (including lots of broccoli and cauliflower) available for sale in the farm stand. We will also have Powisset Farm eggs, Powisset Farm sausage, Peter's Farm honey and jams, frozen organic wild Maine blueberries, Natick Community Farm Maple Syrup, and Spindrift Soda.

Starting Saturday we will be selling Trustees beef and whole chickens raised at Moose Hill Farm. We will also have additional pork cuts from Powisset's own pigs!

Bushel and Crumb Pies!!! We have frozen pies available in the stand-up freezer next to the bottle cooler.

Welsh Cakes: Chocolate chip, cranberry, and currant

Jordan's Seafood will be selling their amazing seafood and soups at the farm on 12/3 and 12/16 from 10 - 2

Winter Share and Farm Stand hours are:

Third pick up: 12/2 12-4 or 12/3 10-2

Fourth pick up: 12/16 12-4 or 12/17 10-2

Zannah, on behalf of the farm crew


Monday, November 28, 2016

Post Thanksgiving Happenings!

We hope you had wonderful weekend with your friends and family!

Some of you may know that today is Giving Tuesday!  And since we have such an awesome and generous community here, we would like you all to consider giving to our favorite Thursday volunteer farm stand friends!  Margie and Ariel are training for the Boston Marathon while raising money for Hale Reservation, and the programs they run to get under served students out and learning/exploring in this beautiful land.  Here is Margie's fundraising page, and here is Ariel's - please show them our appreciation, and support this awesome cause (plus if you give today they will be eligible for a matching gift - don't hesitate!). 

Margie & Ariel will also be at Powisset this Saturday selling warm soup and sweets while we star gaze during our Astronomy Night. Proceeds will also go towards their Hale/Marathon fundraising efforts. Astronomy Night begins at 4:30pm and we will be gazing until 6:30pm. Please check our Facebook page for weather updates.

Earlier that day (Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 10am), get your gift giving side out for Nicole Lewis' Bath & Body Gifts for the Holidays. In this class we will be making a body scrub, a body butter and a nourishing lip balm. I can speak from experience, these creations are amazing! And so easy to make.

And finally, mark your calendar for Sunday Dec. 11th. We have 3 talented musicians joining us to get into the holiday spirit, playing some holiday tunes at Seasons Unplugged: Acoustic Tunes. We have Steve Lewis (from the Lewis Brothers), Joe Sabourin (from Your Mothers Moustache) and Suzanne Greenwald, multi harpist (as well as writer, actor, entertainer, and much more).


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Past + Upcoming Events! And HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


We've been really busy at Powisset Farm from hosting private and public programs. Last week we held a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to recognize all our volunteers who work tirelessly for us doing everything from teaching classes to working in the fields or the farm stand to marketing the farm and our programs. Thank you to all of you who donate your precious time to Powisset! If you are interested in volunteering with us please contact me at nnacamuli@thetrustees.org.

Last Saturday, we hosted several families, including some eager children who learned how to hold and pet a chicken, collect eggs and, after departing the chicken coop, we all joined together in the kitchen to make mini-quiches using the just-collected eggs and some fresh veggies & herbs from the farm, like kale, broccoli, and thyme. Our next "From Nest to Table" program will be held on Jan. 14th so keep your eyes on our web site.

To recap what's coming up in the next few weeks, here goes it:


Taken 2 nights before the "Monster Moon!"
And, last but not least, here is a list of the abundance of veggies in the last winter share pick up! We hope you all are enjoying it!


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!