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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Happy Belated New Year!

I have to admit, I am belated wishing you all a Happy New Year! I blame it on the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the snow and some nasty colds. We hope you had a lovely holiday season and are enjoying the "spring-like" weather today.

Just because the fields have been put to bed, doesn't mean Powisset programs have been. We have a ton of stuff going on this winter from cooking to astronomy, to our annual St. Patty's Day music and dance performance. Here is a sneak peek of the upcoming month but I urge you to visit our web site to see them all.

January 20th: Pot Pies at Powisset: If any of you visited the Powisset Cafe this summer, you know what a great chef Julia Kelehan is. Well, join Julia in the kitchen while we warm up with pot pies. Leave here with your very own, to share with your family...or keep for yourself!

January 27th: Knife Skills for the Home Cook: Join award-winning Chef Didi Emmons (yes, Didi who made delicious meals at the Friday Farm Dinners), while she show us the correct and safest way to use knives, the most basic skill that all home or professional chefs need to have.

January 30th: Hot Stuff: An Indian Cooking Class & Meal: There are only a few more spots left at this class where native of India, Shruti Mehta, will take us to her home through our palates. She not only will show us how easy it is to make extremely flavorful dishes but she shares information about customs and traditions, geography, and other fun facts.

February 3rd: Hugs + Knishes: We have all been to the famous Zaftigs Delicatessen, right?  Well, Bob Shuman, owner and founder of Zaftigs will be coming to us! Bob will show us how to make knishes with a variety of different fillings. 

We hope to see you around the farm!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Winter share 3!

Winter Share 3

We are in full on winter mode on the farm these days. The eclectic fence is down the critters are reclaiming the fields. There has been a lot of deer and coyote evidence left in the soft soil in the form of foot prints and scat. For the last winter CSA we will be pulling primarily from the root cellar. The share includes vegetables that will store well in the crisper draws of your refrigerator or in a cool dark cabinet for weeks to come.

bagging up garlic, shallots, and garlic for
the winter share

Canada geese migrating south
Next week your farmers will be busy attending the New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference in Manchester New Hampshire. Winter is a time for us to focus on professional development and the NEVF Conference draws experts from across New England and beyond. This year some of the more interesting workshops include "Results from our Carrot & Beet Variety Trials", "Managing Canada Goose, Starling, & Blackbird Damage at Farms in New England", "Laser Scarecrows: Gimmick or Solution?", and "Comparison of Reduced Tillage Strategies for Small-Scale Organic Vegetable Systems", to name a few. There is also a large trade show where we are able to view the latest developments in equipment and seed development. Something that I love about farming is that there is always more to learn and there are people working hard on their farms or running research projects at their university problem solving the issues that we all face in our effort to grow healthy delicious fruit and vegetables here in New England.

Friendly reminder the CSA and farm stand hours are:

Friday 2-6, December 8th

Saturday 10-2, December 9th

We are entering deep winter on the farm and the farm stand will be closed until further notice but keep an eye on the blog for popup farm stand events through the winter and spring.

Special guests at the farm this week:

Jordan Bros. will be here Friday from 2-6 and will continue to be here every Wednesday with their high quality fish and chowders!

Bibi's will have their delicious fresh baked breads on Saturday

In the Farm Stand:

We will be selling bulk carrots and beets in the farm stand on Friday and Saturday. In addition we are offering cases of tomato puree at a special a bulk price. We also have a limited supply of eggs!!!

In the share:
Sweet Potatoes

Your Farmer,



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Powisset Happenings!

Whether you like it or not, it is officially the holiday season and not only do we have a lot of programs and events coming up, our office is now a gift basket factory and we are here to make your holiday shopping a little easier! We are offering both a Farm-themed and Forest-themed baskets. Both include a Trustees Family level membership in addition to awesome goodies such as Powisset Farm tomato puree, Didi Emmons' book Wild Flavors, a whisk, tea towel, and more!

Order a gift basket today (by emailing me at and share a little bit if the outdoors with friends and family. 

Join us on the 2nd night of Hanukah (Wed, Dec. 13th) as we use Powisset root veggies to make latkes. After our cooking is done in the kitchen and we officially smell like grease, we will use mason jars to make these beautiful lanterns (see photo on the right). To sign up, click here!

Please note that our Winter Solstice Fondue Night on Dec. 21st is now SOLD OUT!

Looking for something to do with your kiddos during vacation week? On Wednesday and Thursday, December 27th & 28th, we will be in the kitchen making cookies (on the 27th) and making pizza and playing board games (on the 28th). We hope you join us for these festive days where we crave the warmth of the kitchen and the convivial atmosphere of the farm.

We hope to see you at one or all of these programs!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Powisset Happenings!

On Wednesday, we hosted 30 volunteers from The Trustees' Charles River Valley here at Powisset Farm These volunteers do everything from teach cooking classes to clear trails to harvest squash, and so much more. We thank all of these individuals as we could not do our jobs without their time and energy. If you are interested in volunteering for at Powisset or at one of the other Trustees properties, visit our web site to see what's available.

Join us for the many events and programs happening here in December! We have a little something for everyone.
Dec. 13th: Latkes & Lanterns

And during School Vacation Week, we will be hosting 2 programs to keep your kiddos out of trouble!

Did you know that we rent out our space for private parties and events? Check out our web site for pricing and options.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Winter Share 2

Amazing breads from Bibi Café and Bakery
will be available again this Saturday
Hi Folks,

There is a lot of information in this weeks blog. Please take the time to read it all the way through. It will be a few minutes well spent.

This is the second installment of the winter CSA blog.
CSA pickup is this Friday, November 17th from 2-6 and Saturday, November 18th from 10-2. You can come either day to pick up your share.
We have a few winter shares still available for purchase at the prorated rate of $100. Please email me at if you would like to sign up.

Covering up the broccoli with floating row cover
to protect it from the hard freeze

This past weekend we experienced some extreme cold temperatures which had an effect on the leafy green crops still in the fields. We worked hard last week to harvest crops the last of our storage crops and we covered our leafy greens with row cover to try to insulate it from the extreme cold. Sadly the spicy greens, cauliflower, chard, celery, and lettuce were all wiped out by the freezing temperatures. Fortunately our hardier crops like spinach and broccoli made it through and will be included in this weeks share.

2018 Summer CSA sign ups are live! If you sign up this week we will mail you a $10 gift certificate to the farm stand as a thank you.
Click on this link to sign up:
There are a few changes to the 2018 pick up schedule including later pick up hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

In the farm stand:

We have several special guests joining us for the winter share. Jordan Brothers Seafood is present every Wednesday through the winter as well as on Friday's of the winter share. Their fish is second to none in it quality.

On Saturday we will also have outstanding freshly baked breads and treats from BiBi Café and Bakery. Last week I bought a jar of their carrot jam. It was a big hit at my house.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Bushel + Crumb has you covered with a whole selection of pies from classics like Pumpkin to creative interpretations like Salted Honey Walnut. Take the stress out of Thankgiving, free up your oven, and let Bushel + Crumb do the baking!
Pie Varieties

• Classic Pumpkin
• Salted Honey Walnut
• Wild Maine Blueberry Maple (available fresh and frozen, unbaked)
• Caramel Apple Cranberry (available fresh and frozen, unbaked)
• Savory Winter Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Goat Cheese

Check out our website ( to see the full description of pie varieties and place your order by Friday November 17th.
Pies will be available for pickup at Powisset Farm on Saturday November 18th and Tuesday, November 21st.

Contact Simca at with any questions about Thanksgiving pies.

Winter carrots are the sweetest carrots
In the share this week.
This weeks share is quite substantial with lots of diversity:

Sweet Potatoes
Butternut Squash
Daikon and watermelon radishes
Shoshito Peppers
Purple Top Turnips

Tally Ho! - A Stirrup Cup with the Norfolk Hunt Club

Enjoy the pageantry of the centuries-old tradition of the sport of fox-hunting, by watching the Norfolk Hunt as it rides through Powisset Farm and Noanet Woodlands. The Norfolk Hunt Club, founded in 1895, is one of the oldest drag foxhunting clubs in the U.S. Powisset and Noanet were originally owned by Amelia Peabody, an early member of the Norfolk Hunt. the foxhounds follow a drag scent (no live foxes participate) through woods and fields, followed by beautiful horses with riders dressed in traditional foxhunting attire. Horses and riders will stop at Powisset to greet spectators, enjoy a stirrup cup and then proceed to Noanet Woodlands. A perfect event for families. Follow the hunt in Noanet or spend the rest of the day on the farm!
Spectators should plan to be in the Powisset field at 1:00 p.m. to watch the horses arrive.  Noanet Woodlands will be closed from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. during this event.

Your farmer,







Wednesday, November 1, 2017

CSA Winter Share 1

Hi folks,

Caterpillar munching on celery
We are shifting gears this week at Powisset. The hectic pace we have been sustaining since early June is slowing. Our days are now filled by some harvesting but mostly bigger single focus projects like cleaning out the hay loft where we cured onions and planting garlic for next year. Yesterday we spent the afternoon re-pinning the floating row cover that was blown around by Sunday nights storm. We carefully watch the weather this time of year (all times of year actually) and make sure we have the tender green crops covered with row cover and protected from frost. We have yet to have the temperatures dip below the mid 30's at Powisset this fall which means many crops are still out in the fields and growing. We are beginning to put the farm to rest for the winter. I surveyed the farm yesterday and was struck by how quickly this process occurs this time of year. Just a few weeks ago practically every field still had crops actively growing now over half the farm is seeded to cover crops, holding the soil in place for the winter and adding vital nutrients to the earth for next years crops to harness.

Beneficial insects are a sign of diversity and health in our fields 
We have shifted to our early winter farm stand hours which are listed below. The farm stand is still well stocked with items like Powisset's own tomato puree, amazing local honey and jams, local hot sauce, and salad dressings. We will also have bulk potatoes for sale this week in the stand. Keep an eye out for other bulk crops for sale in the farm stand in the coming weeks.

We have some special guests joining us for the winter share as well. We will have freshly baked breads from Bibi's for sale on Saturday's. Jordan Bros. Seafood will be at the farm on Wednesdays through the winter as well as on the Fridays that the farm stand is open.

The farm stand is open during these days and times:
Friday: 11/3 2-6
Saturday: 11/4 10-2

Rye and vetch cover crop sprouting in on of our fields
Friday: 11/17 2-6
Saturday: 11/18 10-2

Friday: 12/8 2-6
Saturday 12/9 10-2

This week marks the start of our winter share. You have the choice of picking up on either Friday 2-6 or Saturday 10-2.

In this weeks share:
Sweet potatoes
Diane, Phil, and Jared taking care of business
Spicy greens
Hot peppers
Butternut squash


Your farmer,


Monday, October 23, 2017

Summer CSA: Week 20

Canada Geese migrating through
Howdy folks,

I spent most of today hustling around the farm on various tractors with various tractor implements attached to them tilling the fields preparing them for cover crops. With lots of rain in the forecast for tomorrow and Wednesday, today was the perfect day to spread seed with the hopes that it will germinate quickly with the coming rain. We still have crops in the fields; we are taking advantage of the mild fall and additional moisture to allow root crops, like purple top turnips and storage radishes, to put on as much size as possible before we harvest them.

Bella, Bonnie, and Betsy are back on pasture for the fall
This week marks the end of the summer share. We have spent the last seven months seeding, tilling, transplanting, weeding, fertilizing, irrigating, weeding some more, and harvesting. And most importantly sharing the bounty with you each week. The CSA works because you invest in us, in this farm, and in local agriculture. We hope the experience you've had this season, being part of this special community, was meaningful in a way that a grocery store just can't match. Our work would not be possible without you. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you in the spring. Or for the winter share which starts nest week!

You can keep the veggies flowing into December by signing up for a winter share. It's not too late, we still have a few left!  For more information and to sign up, follow this link:

Rye and vetch cover crop seed
The farm stand will also be open during winter share hours. Throughout the winter share we will continue to have delicious veggies, apples,  meats, honey and other dry goods available. I am also really excited to announce that we will have freshly baked breads from Bibi's Café and Bakery available on Saturdays during the winter share.

Winter share and farm stand schedule for November and December:

Friday, November 3 from 2-6PM, or Saturday, November 4 from 10AM-2PM
Friday, November 17 from 2-6PM, or Saturday, November 18 from 10AM-2PM
Friday December 8 from 2-6PM, or Saturday, December 9 from 10AM-2PM
(you can get your share either Friday or Saturday of each pickup weekend)

To mark and celebrate the end of the summer CSA we will be busting out the bicycle-powered cider press on Saturday. Come crush some apples, sip some cider, and celebrate with your farmers.

In the share this week:
Sweet potatoes
Spicy greens mix

The herb garden is open. Folks are invited to pick what they will use in the hot peppers. You can still get a few sweet bites in the raspberry patch as well

Your farmers,

Zannah, Andrew, Diane, Jared, and Phil