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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Winter Farm Stand and CSA at Powisset!



onions for winter share and market!
This morning the Powisset farm crew pulled on many colors of hooded sweatshirts, piled on top of many layers of Trustees T-shirts.  They tucked their pants into various sizes of rain boots and then stepped into their matching yellow, bibb, rain pants.  They cleared out of the farm office one by one, their pants swishing and boots stomping to make their way out to the fields to harvest the remaining roots from the field on this chilly, gray, Tuesday morning.  This Tuesday is special, being that it is the first day of our amazing apprentices’ last week of their 2012 season. 

Morning meeting began as usual—what do we have to do this week; mulch the garlic that we planted this past beautiful weekend, seed greens in our greenhouse to enjoy later this winter, inventory our seeds, harvest the rest of the carrots (about 2000 pounds), harvest the rest of the celeriac (a few hundred pounds), and harvest as many greens, leeks, cauliflower and broccoli that we can for the first winter share pick up and farm stand this Saturday.  Oh yeah, and have the best winter share/farm stand distribution ever! 

With quite a lot on our plate, the crew headed into the fields to get started and I took a moment to be so grateful for the people who make this farm run!  Our full-time crew arrived in April with excitement, enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard.  And each day they arrived at the farm with that spirit.  They have harvested over 120,000 pounds of food this year and likely pulled just as many weeds!  They drove tractors with skill and patience. They welcomed volunteers into the fields with kindness and educated our visitors and part-time crew with grace.  And they connected with you, our CSA members, with the hopes of doing work that benefits both our fields and the people who make up this farm community.  They invested deeply in this farm and we will miss them this winter and hope they will return next season!

So, what have the five of us been doing in the four weeks since we last saw you?  We have been harvesting!  Both of our walk-in coolers are packed to the brim with storage crops for the winter CSA and beyond!  We have been cleaning!  There’s nothing like a good cleaning project at the end of the season. You may have seen us at the Dover dump, emptying a couple truck loads of farm tumbleweeds and checking out the swap shop.  We have taken down the deer fence! The farm looks bigger now, we think.  We have planted next season’s garlic crop and done about 50 other random tasks!

We are thrilled to come together as a crew for this final week of our apprentices' season to put together a beautiful winter share and host our first of two winter markets at the farm!
We hope to see you there.  The barn will be festive.  The twinkly lights will be shining. The farm crew will be on hand to talk recipes and winter veggie storage with you!  Come enjoy a chilly fall afternoon with us!

See you at the barn!

Meryl (on behalf of the Powisset Farm Crew)
Powisset Pumpkins!


Winter CSA and Winter Farm Stands!

Even though the summer CSA ended a while ago there is quite a lot of produce still out in the fields to be excited about!  We are expecting to be selling (this isn’t a perfect list, there may be more, or less, if we get a very cold snap in the next few days)—kale, cauliflower, broccoli, arugula, spinach, cilantro, parsley, sage, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash (butternut, delicata, acorn), parsnips, beets, carrots, turnips, rutabaga, radishes, storage kohlrabi, onions, leeks, garlic and more!  We will also be selling Powisset Farm pork, Brambly farm eggs, jam, granola and baked goods!  Come visit us!

The farm Stand is open:
This Saturday, November 17th from noon-4pm
Saturday, December 8th from noon-4pm
(pottery for sale at the December market)

For the Winter CSA folks:
Your pick-ups are:
Saturday, November 17th
Saturday, December 8th
Saturday, January 26th
Saturday, February 23rd

All pick-ups are from noon-4pm at the farm!
Winter CSA members: be prepared to take home about 40-50 pounds of produce this Saturday!

If you still want to participate in the winter CSA, there are a few spots left!  Please contact meryl at: mlatronica@ttor.org

We can’t wait to see you at the farm this Saturday!