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Friday, March 9, 2018

On Sunday, March 18, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we will be hosting our third annual ‘Fiddler on the Farm and the Whyte School of Irish Step Dance’. Not only will you hear, feel and see fiddler, Claire Petit perform, but we will enjoy watching the adorable and talented step dancers of the Whyte School of Irish Step Dance in Natick. Click here to purchase tickets.

You may have already heard, Outstanding in the Field is coming back to Powisset Farm this summer, on Saturday, September 1, and we are thrilled! Whether you attended last year’s event or were not able to, you now have a second chance. For those not familiar with Outstanding in the Field, it is a series of elegant al fresco farm-to-table dinners at beautiful outdoor venues across the country.  The goal of Outstanding in the Field is to connect diners to the land and honor the farmers and food artisans who grow and create the food guests enjoy. Because we want our Powisset community to be there with us at this amazing event, we are providing you the opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public on March 20. Pre-sale tickets will be available until Sunday, March 11.

When you go to purchase tickets, click here and then "join us" button and then you will be asked for a password. Enter: PRSL2018, and you will be able to make your purchase(s) during this time.

Got any plans for your kiddos for April School Vacation Week? Well, we got you covered! Join us for Farmer for a Week (or if you have plans on select days already, join us Farmer for a Day, where you can select one, two or three days). Your kids will be planting, composting, cooking and caring for the Powisset animals. And end the week with Earth Day Astronomy Night where we will learn more about the stars, planets and moon and if it’s a clear night, we will see all of the above through a telescope!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Hello Powisset Blog!

As your new CSA Manager, I wanted to give you an update on how winter plans have been going so far! First, I want to thank Zannah for all she did for this farm for almost three seasons. I know I have some big boots to fill.  Zannah was a great leader, co-worker, and friend. I’m looking forward to putting to use all the knowledge and skills I gained from working with her.
I have been in this new position for a week now and it has been busy. I’ve had some help from Diane and Jeff the apprentices for the season,

counting seeds from our inventory so that we can move forward buying more seeds for the upcoming season. They have been a huge help and, as always, they play a vital role in the farm’s operations.

A big thank you to everyone who has signed up for their 2018 CSA share. Having advance sign-ups really helps us estimate how many people we should be growing for and helps with our crop plan. I know signing up for a summer CSA isn’t always on your radar in the dead of winter but if you’re thinking of doing so, I encourage you to do so soon. By supplementing your produce consumption with locally grown fruit and vegetables, you help to reduce reliance on out-of-state farms and their impact on the environment. You’re also supporting a local business, Powisset Farm, which trains new farmers in their trade, ensuring the future of local agriculture. I encourage everyone to make the local food movement a priority.

You can sign up for a 10-week or 20-week share (and add-on a fruit share!) by visiting: If you want to talk more about our CSA program, eating local, or farming please feel free to reach out to me.

Finally, thank you for your support. I know at the height of the season it gets pretty busy but please do not hesitate to call or email me with any questions that come up: 508-785-0339 or


P.S. Check us out on Facebook and our new Instagram account! You can find our Facebook page at and you can follow us on Instagram @powissetfarm. Make sure to tag your farm photos with #powissetfarm and #thetrustees.

Friday, February 2, 2018

February Happenings at Powisset

Happy February Farm Friends!

While it's a different landscape out there in the winter, we've still got a lot going on inside! Last night we hosted an Indian Cooking class and meal with Shruti Mehta. Twelve participants made six extremely tasty dishes including Spinach Pakora, Beet Raita, and Butternut Squash Shaak.

The Powisset Cafe: Job Opportunities:
If any of you visited the Powisset Cafe this past summer you know what a special place it is...serving farm fresh goodies like quiche, salad, scones and much more every Saturday during CSA season. Well, we are looking to repeat the Cafe and are hiring for a Manager to work every other Saturday between 9-3pm. If you or someone you know are interested in learning more, please send me an email at

Volunteer Opportunities:
Are you interested in helping out with events and programs at Powisset Farm? Whether you have lots of ideas, love to execute (including moving chairs, decorating tables, or greeting program attendees) or have a knack for Marketing and spreading the word, we have volunteer opportunities for you! Anyone interested, please contact Nicole at

Valentines Day at Powisset
Now that it is February, Valentines Day is just around the corner. Rather than go to a restaurant for the prixe fixe menu, spend it at Powisset for a cooking class and meal at Aphrodisiac Alert: A Valentines Day Cooking Class and Meal! Chef Didi Emmons is our instructor and our menu includes: arugula and basil salad with goat cheese, wild salmon with pineapple avocado salsa, lots of local veggies, and for dessert a rolled vanilla cake with rose whipped cream, and goji and raspberry sauce. The meal is paired with champagne and wine and is limited to 12 people. For more information, visit our web site.

Looking ahead:
February School Vacation Week Programs: Looking for some activities for your kiddos during vacation week? Well, we got plenty of that here in the Powisset Cooks Kitchen with Chef Didi Emmons while we learn the basics of cooking, including knife skills, create an omelet, soup, naan (Indian flat bread), and the grand finale is focused on desserts! Join us for one day or all 3! To register click on the links below:
Feb. 20th
Feb. 21st
Feb. 22nd

The week will end with Soup & Stars on Saturday, Feb. 24th. Come star gaze with us while enjoying some warm soup in the kitchen!

We hope to see you around the farm!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Staff Transitions at Powisset

Winter greetings to all!

Liz Green here - former Powisset apprentice and now manager of our vegetable farms at the Trustees. 

I’m writing to share some news of staff transitions at Powisset: Zannah Porter has moved from her role as Powisset CSA Manager; she accepted a position at Green City Growers in Somerville, directing their urban agriculture work. We are so thankful to Zannah for the two seasons of her able leadership at Powisset (especially her first full season here in 2016, during the challenges of the extreme drought!). We’re happy for Zannah and wish her well in this new opportunity, but she will be greatly missed here at the farm! If you'd like to send well wishes, feel free to email me at and I will make sure she sees your note. 

Next steps: Assistant CSA Manager Andrew Kelly is being promoted to CSA Manager. Congratulations and a big welcome to Andrew as he steps into this role! Many of you know Andrew; he has been at Powisset since spring 2016 and knows the farm inside and out. 

Andrew has a broad farming background, from growing up on a dairy farm to five years of production farming on both livestock and vegetable operations before he came to Powisset (including at Siena Farms in Sudbury, Mass. and MX Morningstar Farm in Copake, NY). Andrew lives at Powisset with his partner Steph, a farmer at Allendale Farm in Brookline. We are thrilled to have Andrew in this role; he is excited about the new challenge and looking forward to growing delicious produce for everyone to enjoy. 

Andrew Kelly, new Powisset CSA Manager
We have posted the Assistant CSA Manager position and will fill that role in the next few months in time for spring. In the meantime, Andrew is busy with the crop plan, ordering seed, maintaining equipment, and all the other great winter work of planning for the growing season. He can be reached at - if you have any thoughts or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. CSA members are such an important part of our farm community and we value your feedback! 

**As Andrew is planning for the 2018 season, it does help us to know how many members we are growing for, especially as we order seeds and supplies. If you are ready to renew your membership, please do! We'd love to have you back, and it's so helpful to know our numbers sooner in the planning process. Signup here for your 2018 share!   

Powisset has long had a tradition of growing great farmers. Since our CSA started in 2007, many former apprentices have gone on to manage their own farms across New England. We are so pleased one of our own farmers will fill a leadership role right here at Powisset, and we’re looking forward to a great 2018 season. 


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!