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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Enjoy Chowder, Muffins and the Open Farm Stand!


The sun is shining brightly...
Come to Powisset to celebrate good weather!

Here are THREE GREAT REASONS TO COME TO THE FARM:

REASON #1

We still have spots open for Wednesday's Powisset Cooks CHOWDER workshop!  

This workshop will feature delicious chowders 
AND 
guest speaker, Bobby Jordan, co-owner of our beloved Jordan Brothers Seafood!  


(Bobby is on the far left)

If you love chowder 
and you want to hear the inside scoop about the local seafood industry, join us.


REASON #2

On Sunday we'll be making Farm Fresh Muffins in the kitchen from 1-3PM
Join Powisset Cooks! in the field for a short look at the farm in Winter followed by an exciting hands-on exploration in the Farm Kitchen with our very own Tod Dimmick

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Powisset CSA member, food writer and accomplished cook, Tod will lead us in 
creating different muffin recipes that incorporate farm fresh goodies.


REASON #3

Visit the Farm Stand!

We are so happy that people are coming to visit the stand.
Today we are restocking with more goodies!
Eden Pond Farm organic chickens are back in the freezer for sale at $5/pound.

With SO many reasons to visit Powisset we look forward to seeing you SOON!


See you in the Farm Kitchen,
Rachel and The Powisset Farm Crew

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Winter Farm Stand Open!

Powisset Farm is officially open for our winter farm stand season!  We have stocked the shelves of the fridge with our beautiful eggs and root vegetables.  And we have pulled the onions, squash, potatoes, garlic, sweet potatoes, shallots, and hot peppers out of storage for you to enjoy!  Our stand is full of these storage delights along with local whole wheat flour, Maine-grown heirloom beans to warm the crock pot, and honey and syrup to keep your winter sweet!  Lastly, we have our freezer filled with frozen wild maine blueberries, Powisset pork, and soon enough we'll be filling it with our favorite Eden Pond Farm frozen chickens. 


Come check out our awesome self-serve farm stand!

The Stand will be open Monday-Saturday between 8am-6pm.

Come in through the main barn entrance (where you usually enter for your CSA share and farm stand visits).  Walk through the double door into the kitchen space where you will find the farm goodies!

Please bring cash or check, we cannot accept credit cards at the self serve market.

See you soon! And please email with any questions!  mlatronica@ttor.org

Happy January,

Meryl & the team at Powisset Farm


Powisset Cooks! Classes!  All Winter Long!
 
Join us next Wednesday evening, January 21, for a very special Powisset Cooks workshop!  From the Fields: Farm Chowder will feature two delicious chowders AND guest speaker, Bobby Jordan, co-owner of our beloved Jordan Brothers Seafood!  


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Every Tuesday during the summer CSA season Jordan Brothers Seafood comes to Powisset to sell amazingly fresh seafood to YOU!

Bobby (far left) and his brother Tommy (second in from the right) began their business in 1989 after working for separate fishing companies. Tommy coaxed Bobby to go into business together and the rest, as they say, is history. Together, along with other family members that help them operate the business they have seen tremendous change in the fishing industry. In the last five years, following the direct marketing trend of farms and small scale food producers, Jordan Brothers Seafood transitioned to selling seafood direct to customers at Farmers’ Markets and on site at local farms. By changing their business model Bobby and Tommy carved out a niche for themselves, strengthened their bottom line, and dramatically increased their level of fulfillment. Bobby shared that the feedback they get from customers is worth all the work involved in selling seafood directly!  

If you love chowder and you want to hear the inside scoop about the local seafood industry, this is the class for you!


I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, January 21, from 5:30-7:30PM. If you have any questions, please email me at rkaplan@ttor.org.

See you in the Farm Kitchen,
Rachel


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Strength and Beauty of Dormancy

We are seven days into the new year and my head is already in spring. Don't get me wrong, I love winter. Though I lived in the Georgia for six years, I'm a New England girl through and through. Born and raised in Maine, winter is a familiar friend. Ask anyone who knows me and they'll confirm that I'm a pro at layering for cold weather and staying warm. It was a treat to watch the snow fall yesterday while working at my desk and I hope we will get a serious snowstorm soon. So why am I thinking about spring? Believe it or not we are already planning the Powisset Cooks! spring workshop schedule. But, before I entice you with a few nuggets of what we have planned for the warmer months, I'm putting in a plug for you to come visit the farm now!



Have you been out to Powisset lately? The cold brings a quiet calm over the farm that is unlike the vibe of any other season. When I look at the fields, rest is the first word that comes to mind. I see infinite shades of brown, frozen remnants of fall crops and the outline of what was. Admiring the fields in the winter reminds me of watching someone I love take a nap after a long, exhausting day. Witnessing hard-won peacefulness evokes an appreciation for perseverance. Our farm fields give us so much, day after day, year after year. There is great strength and beauty in their dormancy. While the other seasons showcase the glory of the fields in an extroverted, flashy manner, I love the understated, classy appeal of the farm in winter. I am forced to remember that rest is a part of growth and that possibilities lay dormant until the right conditions align to shift potential into action.

This Sunday from 10am to 12pm is the perfect time to see Powisset in all of its winter glory!

Join us for Farm Fun for the Whole Family: Winter Farm Exploration and Warming Stone Soup.

Bring a vegetable contribution for a communal "stone soup" that will be made in the Farm Kitchen while we explore the farm in winter.

We will start the morning by embarking on a guided walk around the farm with Anne Innis. Long-time CSA Member, volunteer extraordinaire and trained Ecologist, Anne has her PhD is Biology and has worked for the Mass Audubon and the National Audubon, and has taught many public ecology programs. Anne is excited to share her joy of bringing kids out into nature and teach families about the natural history of Powisset Farm.

Anne Innis and her daughter Kate
According to today's forecast, this Sunday is supposed to be partly sunny with a high near 31. If any of the predicted snow actually falls, it'll certainly be cold enough for it to stick. If there is enough snow, feel free to bring snowshoes or cross country skis. 

We recommend everyone dress warmly - long underwear, boots, hats, mitten, and maybe snow pants for an extra layer of protection. Please be prepared to be outside for up to 1 hour.

After exploring the farm we will warm up in the farm kitchen with "stone soup" created by ingredients contributed by all participants! 

As always, if you have any questions, please email Rachel.

Here are two other Powisset Cooks! workshops that are happening in January. 
full list of workshops can be found online.

From the Fields: Farm Chowder
Wednesday, January 21 | 5:30-7:30PM
Come experiment with different chowder recipes and learn about local, seasonal fish options!

Sunday, January 25 | 1-3PM
Learn how to experiment with different ways to incorporate farm fresh goodies into delicious muffin recipes!

And now, a little "taste" of Powisset Cooks! spring workshops. More information will be online soon.
  • Eggstravaganza
  • Photographing the Farm
  • Cheese Making
  • Farm-tastic Desserts
  • Spring Pickles
I look forward to eating and learning with you!

Rachel and The Powisset Farm Crew