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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bring on the Warmth!

Just a few short weeks ago I was all excited about the snow and couldn't get enough. 
Oh how quickly things change!
I've definitely had enough.
Now I'm focusing on ways to stay warm and joyful.

What could bring on more warmth
than sharing time in the Powisset Farm Kitchen with old and new friends?!

Below are four great opportunities to warm up with Powisset Cooks:

From the Fields: Chili!

Nicole Lewis at Spring Fest 2014!
Join Nicole Lewis as we explore the ins and outs of chili. 
Nicole's grandfather was an award winning chili maker!
In addition to her culinary lineage, Nicole is a longtime CSA member, raised bed gardener, photographer, member of the Powisset Education Program Committee (PEP) and all around star.


Christiane teaching focaccia this fall
Photo courtesy of Tod Dimmick 
Join Christiane Oberli as we learn how to make our own ravioli from scratch!
As we saw this fall in Christiane's herb focaccia workshop, her teaching is as dynamic as it is entertaining, delicious as it is educational. A long time CSA member, Christiane has lived and cooked all over the world and brings so much enthusiasm to the kitchen.
Don't miss this fabulous learning opportunity.


Tod baking bread to inaugurate the Powisset Farm Kitchen at Spring Fest 2014
Photo courtesy of Tod Dimmick

Join Tod Dimmick as we learn the art of bread baking with local grains! CSA member, food writer, accomplished cook and member of the Powisset Education Program Committee (PEP), Tod's passion for all things culinary is contagious. His Farm Fresh Muffin workshop earlier this winter was a sweet and savory success and we are grateful for another chance to learn with Tod in the kitchen.


Join Rachel for another opportunity to spice up your lunchbox and your kitchen! 
Adults and children come together for a unique learning experience in the Farm Kitchen where exploration and fun are the specials of the day!


If you are a returning CSA member, you should have received an email that gave you access to our sign-up form. If you did not receive an email, please contact Meryl and she will forward the information to you!

If you want to join our CSA for the 2015 and you are not a current member: 
We will open up registration on March 1, 2015.  
We will first invite people off of our waiting list.  
Please make sure your name is on our waiting list.  
Or, add your name now if you would like an opportunity to join our CSA program.

Waiting list link:

Rachel and the Powisset Farm Crew

Monday, February 9, 2015

CSA Sign ups and Winter Fun at Powisset!

CSA Sign-Ups Have Begun! (for returning members) 

It’s Monday, February 9th and I am sitting in my snow pants and boots in our cozy classroom space in the barn, watching the snow fall and swirl outside the windows around me.  My face is still rosy from having been waist deep in the snow around the greenhouse, pulling and throwing the endless flakes from the side of the “hot houses” trying to keep the weight off of what seem like such delicate structures.  I think this may have been the 100th time in the last couple weeks that I have found myself crawling around our greenhouses, freeing them from their snow cover.  Each time I scoop and dig, I peer inside at the empty tables and am reminded that in just a few short weeks, I will be inside, filling trays, sewing our onions, making roots for the 2015 season.  It’s about to begin again!

Yes! The 2015 season is coming up quick!  As you hopefully already know, we have begun sign-ups for the season (open now for all returning members).  And I hope you will join us for another great season at Powisset Farm.  Like most seasons, we are making a few changes and adjustments. 

Here are some of those changes:

·         Online Sign-ups!  It finally happened.  We are moving into the technological age.  We can now take your payments online.  You should have received an email that gave you access to our sign-up form.  If you didn’t, please let me know and I will forward it to you.
·         Price increase for full shares:  Full shares were $625 last season; the price is $650 this season.  Throughout The Trustees of Reservations, we are making changes to standardize some of prices and policies.  One of those changes is making our full shares $650 statewide.  At Powisset, we feel good about making this increase for our full shares, as the value that we distributed last season, far exceeded the cost of the share.  This price increase will bring our share price and share value closer together.  The small share will remain the same price at: $400
·         Membership to the Trustees of Reservations required.  Another statewide policy change at TTOR operated farms is that all CSA members are now required to become Trustees members.  As you know, the Trustees are a member supported organization and dues from membership facilitate every facet of the important work that we do in connecting people to places. Including our work at Powisset Farm!  When you purchase your share, you are investing in a season's worth of fresh local produce.  A membership demonstrates a further commitment to ensuring access for all to our beautiful farm.  This also means that we now have only one cost for a share, the member price.  Plus, whatever membership level you join at.  You can sign up for a membership on the same form as your CSA sign up.  For more information about our membership options and benefits, please visit:
·         Paper sign-ups:  These are available upon request.  If you are more comfortable or happy signing up via check/paper registration, please let me know and I will email or snail mail you a form. 

As always, please feel free to be in touch with me about any of these changes that you may have questions about.  Things we won’t be changing for this season; we will continue to grow top quality, healthy produce for you and your family.  We will continue to hold events, special dinners, and workshops that engage you and your community with food, land and each other.  We will continue to be stewards for this beautiful land by following growing practices that prioritize healthy soil, without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. We will continue to nurture and nourish our community as you nourish us!

I hope you will join us for the 2015 season!  We will open our CSA to new members beginning March 1st, so please sign up soon to ensure your spot with us this year!

In the meantime, come by the farm for a ski, snowshoe or to do some shoveling with me!

I’ll see you out in the snowy fields or in the Spring!

Meryl (on behalf of all of us at Powisset Farm)

CSA Sign-Ups For Non-CSA Members (who would like to join):

If you want to join our CSA for the 2015, (and are not a current member) we will open up registration on March 1, 2015.  We will first invite people off of our waiting list.  Please make sure your name is on our waiting list.  Or, add it now, if you would like an opportunity to join our CSA program.

Waiting list link:

 Winter Fun at Powisset!

It's snowing! Again! While I'm clearly overstating the obvious I mention the snow because the novelty has not worn off. Snow days, working from home, shoveling, wearing snow pants, wondering how long I can get away with saving my parking spot beyond the allowed time period, trudging around in my snow boots all the time...the list of things I'm enjoying about winter is long. At the top of my list of things I'm psyched about this winter: SNOWSHOEING! My dad gave me his old snowshoes and I've thoroughly enjoyed walking atop enormous mountains of snow and exploring the winter wonderland in a new way-- thanks dad!|

Look at that glorious sunshine!
Sunbathing in the snow

Here are a few shots of snowshoeing at Powisset with friends. It was so nice to tromp around the farm on a quiet Sunday and visit all the nooks and crannies of the property that I don't usually make time to explore. Remember the property is open to the public all year from dawn to dusk!

February 18th

Venture out on a glorious winter night of school vacation and join us in the Farm Kitchen for a fun-filled evening of pizza making, eating and board games!

Email rachel if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you soon!