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Monday, June 18, 2018

CSA Week Two

Notch Biergarten
It was quite an eventful week at Powisset Farm. We are pleased to have shared a successful CSA distribution with members old and new. We also kicked off our first-ever biergarten with Notch Brewing. The property was bustling with happy people enjoying the beautiful weather and activities that the farm has to offer. Powisset has been striving to create a balanced community that provides multiple uses without damaging the close-knit relationship between members, visitors, and staff. It was such a pleasure to see this in action as families grew smiles in the barnyard and pick-your-own areas while still taking the time to interact with the farmers. As a first-year apprentice, it was a privilege to meet many of the customers who make our community possible. We truly enjoy the work that we do, and being able to share this journey with our friends is an exciting opportunity for all of us. Thank you to all who took the time to say hello or offer observations.


"Surround" is simply clay that provides protection from sun
and pests. It is mixed with water and sprayed on. It is organic
and NOT harmful.
So far, the challenge of the week has been keeping up with irrigation. Our systems allow us to cater to the wide variety of crops that we grow. Many of our beds utilize plastic mulch to retain moisture in the soil. The long sheets of plastic also keep weeds to a minimum and prevent pests from making an easy buffet of our plants. Underneath the plastic is a long line of plastic tubing called drip tape. Once hooked up to high-flow irrigation lines, this drip tape carries water throughout the bed. This is a great system once the lines are set up and any leaks have been repaired.


Baby Squashes!


We also use another method that involves running long lines of high-flow tubing along the wheel tracks (aisles) between beds. Overhead sprinklers are then attached to spread water to about four or five beds at a time. These lines must be moved periodically to either water other beds or to cultivate. While this method isn’t as efficient with time or water, it is necessary in areas where plastic mulch and drip tape can’t be used. Irrigation plays a vital role in getting plants into the farm stand. Temperatures have risen and rainfall hasn’t provided adequate moisture to keep plants healthy. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the pattern doesn’t hold for the rest of the summer.


Powisset Farm Stand
Harvesting has also become a priority on the farm. Many of our crops are at their peak and ready to be consumed. Hours of work must be devoted to preparing these veggies ready for pickup. We enjoy producing an abundant share as much as our members enjoy picking one up. Happy members and a plentiful distribution tell us that we are doing a good job. We are very grateful to have experienced both last week. We will continue to work as hard as possible to provide the best produce possible for you!





Without further ado, here is the list for our second CSA distribution.


  • Head Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Salanova
  • Scallions
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Hakurei Turnips (Salad Turnips)
  • Radishes
  • Chard
  • Kale
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Pick Your Own Herbs

If you aren’t a member, but would like to try our vegetables, please consider stopping by our farm stand. We are currently open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. We also sell a variety of other local products to complement our produce.

Thank you for your continued support!

Jeff Hoodlet
Farm Apprentice

Monday, June 11, 2018

First CSA Distribution

First Color in the Flower Bed
One of the most exciting weeks of the year has arrived. The farm stand will be open for CSA pickups starting tomorrow and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again. Seeding and transplanting will certainly continue, but this week adds the task of harvesting to our schedule. It is great to mix another interesting job into the day, but it is particularly rewarding to see our many hours of hard work pay off. As you know, this produce has been a long time in the making. These vegetables will now conclude their journey by making their way into your kitchens. Here is where we are able to receive your feedback and hopefully see smiles on the faces of friends and customers who have waited for months to regain access to their fresh, local produce once again.


Strawberries on the Lawn
This time of the year also brings other changes to the farm. We will be adding additional summer staff to our existing group of three (plus our excellent band of volunteers). Powisset will welcome back some employees from past summers, a volunteer who proved herself this spring, and a couple new faces who are seeking to experience the challenge of agriculture. The additional crew will allow us to better keep up with jobs around the farm as we reach the peak season.
Dragonfly Operating the Cultivating Tractor





This past week was filled with seeding, weeding, transplanting, and cultivation on the tractor. Plastic mulch has done a good job of preventing pests and weeds from totally overwhelming certain crops, but there is still hand-weeding to be done at the base of the plants. There is also the chore of keeping up with weeds that grow in the aisles between beds. The grass that grows here can look beautiful, but it will eventually harbor pests and overtake our crops. These aisles can partially be managed by quickly driving over the beds with the tractor while dragging an implement that rips out unwanted vegetation and buries it under the soil. This is not a perfect system, but it can save a lot of time and energy spent hand-weeding many miles of beds. As far as transplanting goes, we were able to put in squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, melons, eggplants, and peppers. Some of these crops can be quite vulnerable to ravenous pests that frequent the farm. However, they are also some of the most sought-after food that we grow. We will keep doing our best and hope for some good fortune that they will stay strong and provide the return we are looking for.



  • After much ado, here is the lineup for this week's CSA distribution. If you have purchased a half-share, please check your email for information about when to pick up.
    • Green Garlic
    • Head Lettuce
    • Kale
    • Radishes
    • Spinach
    • Salanova
    • Cilantro
    • Dill
    • Pick your own herbs in the herb garden (strawberries will be available another week soon)

If you are interested in enjoying a new experience at the farm, please check out our upcoming biergarten. Notch Brewing will be serving up a good time at Powisset this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It is a beautiful time to enjoy the property, and we would love to see you there.

Hope to see you soon,

Jeff Hoodlet
Farm Apprentice

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Ready for Business!

Powisset has a Little Lamb
After months of preparation, Springfest was a huge success at Powisset Farm. Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the new barnyard, the vendors, and the beautiful property. It was such a pleasure being able to share the farm with so many wonderful families that are willing to support the Trustees. While we always feel lucky to spend our time at Powisset, it is so gratifying to meet the people who make our work possible. I was able to shake hands with people who have been CSA members for years and meet other members who just signed up this week. I can safely say that we had the largest turnout of any event that has taken place on the farm. The success of Springfest would not have been possible without the hard work and vision of our engagement site manager, Nicole. She does such great work at our site and it has been the utmost pleasure to know her and work with her. People like Nicole bring the kindness and success that the Trustees is known for.

Ready for Planting!
While wearing a carrot suit was interesting, the highlight of my day was leading a small group of visitors on a tour of the farm. We sincerely enjoy what we do, but it is hard work done with the goal of sharing it with our community. Being able to educate both children and adults about different aspects of agriculture was a total pleasure. Of course the barnyard was a huge hit, but these visitors took great interest in seeing the journey that their favorite vegetables take from seeding in the greenhouse to washing for sale. Leading this tour was also a reminder of how much I have been taught in such a short time. I first came to Powisset Farm only a year ago and the staff has done such a great job of sharing their passion that I am now able pass along some of this knowledge to others who are interested in the field.

Diane and Andrew on a Field Walk
Much of our focus in the past couple weeks has been on preparing for the festival, but the crops have not gone unnoticed. More vegetables have been planted, and a few are even ready to harvest. Rows of lettuce are looking big and beautiful, as are radishes, kale, and strawberries. As the calendar flips into the month of June, our growing season should pick up despite the cooler temperatures this week. Our first round of plantings begins to reach maturity and the typically warmer weather should allow the crops to grow even more quickly. The herb garden has been planted and will provide outstanding flavor and garnish to accompany the fresh produce that is grown only paces away. This will include rosemary, thyme, sage, summer savory, pipicha, chives, marjoram, oregano, and more. The nearby flower garden is also almost full and will provide vibrant beauty to the farm and to the tables of CSA members throughout the summer.

"Stake" and Tomatoes
The CSA will begin on Tuesday, June 12! Please keep an eye on the blog or your email for more information about pick-ups. If you are a new member or would like a refresher, we will be holding two orientations in the share distribution room in the main barn this Saturday 6/9 at 9:00am and 10:00am. We will run through how the CSA distribution works and provide a tour of the farm stand and pick-your-own areas. Be advised that the main driveway will be closed as we are paving the entrance and visitor parking areas. Please park in the field next to the barn where the event parking is located.

If you have any questions about agriculture, the CSA, or the Trustees, please feel free to reach out to us! We would be glad to chat with you. We are also still accepting CSA members for this season. You can sign up here!


Hope to see you soon!

Jeff Hoodlet
Farm Apprentice

Monday, May 21, 2018

Reemay for Days

Piglets Discovering the Outside World
Powisset Farm is looking as good as ever and just in time for the beginning of our busiest season. I am quickly learning that so much of farming is about planning for the future. Months are spent making repairs, adding soil amendments, ordering seeds, planting seeds, tending to the crops, and doing all of it with proper timing so the finished product can be harvested only hours before it is scheduled to leave the farm stand. Of course, all the planning in the world cannot control pests and the weather. For that, we must make careful adjustments as necessary. Our manager Andrew is doing a great job at these things, as well as at teaching the crew how and why we do what we do.

Rows of Reemay
One of the most common and effective ways of protecting crops is to cover it with a fabric called reemay. This material can provide additional heat, protect from frost, and prevent pests from making contact with the plants. While using this can sometimes cause excessive heat, utilizing row cover provides an important clean alternative to pesticides that are so often used at commercial farm operations.

Rows of Chard, Lettuce, Beets, Fennel, and Scallions

While you have seen us in the fields for months, there will soon be many new faces on the property. The next few weeks will bring the Trail Run Series, Springfest, and the opening of our farm stand. In addition to the new greenhouse, Powisset will be adding a new barnyard. This will allow visitors to get a glimpse into the livestock operations that are so integral to the Trustees’ farms. The barnyard looks fantastic and will transform the visitor experience by bringing rabbits, goats, and sheep into the mix.

Barnyard Looking Good!



As mentioned, the farm and the crops are looking great so far. If you are interested in bringing fresh, local produce to your table, please consider purchasing a CSA share at Powisset Farm. We have a great variety of vegetables lined up for this summer and we would love to have you join our community.

Hope to see you soon!

Jeff Hoodlet
Farm Apprentice








Join us on Sunday, June 3rd for Powisset Farm's 10th Annual Springfest, a day-long celebration of the farm and spring! This festival will include activities for all ages including a vendor village, pony rides, kids crafts, face painting, farm tours, local food (including The Powisset Cafe) and beverages (Jack's Abby and Lookout Farm), live music (The Railroad House Band), animals (pigs, chickens, sheep, bunnies and goats), a pie-eating contest, and much more. The farm stand will be open for spring veggie shopping and will be stocked with local products! Join The Trustees and get free admission! For more information visit thetrustees.org/powissetfarmspringfest.

-Nicole Nacamuli
Engagement Site Manager, Powisset Farm

Monday, May 7, 2018

Plants are in the Ground

Many thanks to the EMD group!
The fields at Powisset are starting to look very different. The last couple weeks have brought many volunteer groups to the property and allowed us to complete a great deal of work. Two groups of Boston high schoolers came out to learn about farming and foraging while pruning raspberries and weeding strawberries. A great group from EMD Serono, Inc. traveled to the farm and spent many hours transplanting chard, onions, fennel, and beets. Of course, our loyal weekly volunteers were also on hand to continue with seeding and putting up fencing to protect the crops from the deer. Along with the planting mentioned above, we have also put in beds of broccoli, cauliflower, peas, fava beans, and sunflowers. The fields will quickly start filling up with crops from this point forward, and seedling trays will cycle from the greenhouse to the fields and back again, only to be seeded with another crop to be harvested later in the season.

Belted Galloways and food trucks at Weir River Farm

The weather couldn’t be better for enjoying a day at the farm, and there are many events taking place at various Trustees locations around Massachusetts. Last weekend, Weir River Farm held its annual Sheep Shearing Festival and I made my way to Hingham to check on some of our piglets and see what they had going on. It was a great day filled with food and activities, all taking place on yet another beautiful property. While Powisset Farm has been more focused on fruit and vegetable production, we will be adding new animals to our barnyard this year. This will create a great opportunity to have fun while learning more about a different area of agriculture.

While you are encouraged to feel welcome at the farm any time, we will be having our Springfest on June 3. In the meantime, keep an eye on the events page to see which other activities you might be interested in!





Ready to transplant
As always, let us know if you have any questions about the CSA or farming in general. Our 10-week and 20-week shares, as well as a fruit share add-on, are available HERE.

Enjoy this great weather,

Jeff Hoodlet

Farm Apprentice

Monday, April 23, 2018

Heating Up

Garlic
Things continue to heat up at the farm while the temperatures look like they are about to level out at last. For the first time this year, the forecast ahead shows warmer days without any temperature drops into the 30s. All of our seedlings have stayed sheltered in the greenhouse until now, rather than risk an overnight freeze on the hardening off tables. The onions are certainly ready to stretch their legs, and they will be moving outside this week without a doubt. We can tell that some plants are ready to move into bigger pots because they are strong enough to pull out of the trays while their root systems hold the soil from their cell intact. It is always exciting to make the rounds in the greenhouse and see which seedlings have grown more leaves overnight. These are all signs that operations are inching towards the fields.

Aside from the plants, our crew has been hard at work updating the farm in other areas. Kate has been doing work on the walk-in cooler and building tables for the new greenhouse. Others have been making various repairs and organizing workstations and storage areas to improve efficiency as the season goes on. After fixing some of the fence posts in the upcoming week, the electric fencing will go up to protect our crops from the many deer that come to enjoy the Powisset buffet. The season will only get busier and these upgrades will allow us to focus more of our attention on the produce.

Strawberries




The volunteers deserve a special shout-out this week. We have been lucky to have yet another great group of people helping us out this season, and they have stuck with us to assist with all kinds of chores on some pretty bone-chilling days. Let’s hope that the weather is kind to us, because they certainly deserve some sunshine!

Remember that while we are a working farm, Powisset also offers scenic walking trails on the grounds. Please drop by to enjoy a nice spring day and see what we have going on! You are likely to see pigs, wildlife, and the early stages of fruit and vegetable production. If you are thinking about having local produce this summer, we would be glad to answer any questions you might have for us. You can sign up for a 10-week or 20-week share, as well as a fruit share add-on by clicking HERE.


Best,

Jeff Hoodlet
Farm Apprentice

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Let the Growing Begin!

Things have continued to pick up at the farm over the past week. As the seedlings continue to grow, the empty space in the greenhouse continues to shrink. The small seeds that were so meticulously dropped into their trays are now starting to take form and become recognizable from their neighbors. Before long, some will be moved out of the greenhouse to toughen up for the year ahead. Unlike these transplants, we will soon be direct-seeding certain crops right into the fields where they will grow this season. There is also progress with the plants that have spent the entire winter beneath the snow, waiting to be brought to life by the warmth and sun of spring. The strawberry plants have regained their color and we hope to see garlic popping through the soil in the coming days.

Maintenance also continues on the farm, as we try to finish tractor, barn, and other chores before growing consumes almost all of our time. In preparation for getting the machinery into its best condition, the Trustees held a two-day tractor operation, safety, and maintenance course at Appleton Farms. The class was instructed by Shane LaBrake, a very knowledgeable man with years of experience in farming and tractor operation. While both the seasoned and new farmers took away many lessons from the course, the biggest was the importance of mindfulness while performing work in such an environment. Not only will this make the job much safer, but it will also make it more efficient and less frustrating. We would like to thank Shane for his time and efforts in improving the atmosphere around tractors on our farms this season.

As things continue to move along, we get closer to the start of our CSA in June. We are still seeking members for this year, and would love to have you join the Powisset Farm family! I am always impressed by the community that gathers at Powisset to enjoy the camaraderie, produce, and beautiful property where our farm resides. This season we are offering 10-week and 20-week CSA shares, as well as a fruit share add-on. Please let us know if you have any questions, we would be glad to chat with you!

Hope to see you soon!

Jeff Hoodlet
Farm Apprentice

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spring Has Arrived!

Despite the fact that we have seen snow this week, it is most certainly spring at Powisset Farm. The birds are chirping, the pigs are playing, and the vibrant colors are slowly streaming back into the vegetation. With the indispensable help of our volunteer crew, the greenhouse is starting sprout thousands of seedlings that will become the food you and I will eat in a few short months. Many of our volunteers are familiar faces that have stuck around through many beautiful days spent in the fields and the occasional days spent hauling equipment in the snow. Other volunteers are new, carrying fresh personality in with the spring breeze. It is always a great group of people that brings a plentiful batch of smiles, knowledge, and kindness to our work.


While the seedlings are certainly the change that most directly connects to our produce, there are many other transformations taking place at the farm. Andrew mentioned our new farm crew in a previous post, but a new greenhouse and wash station are also in the works for this season. Both of these updates will help us generate the best food possible for you, the vital supporters and fans of Powisset Farm.

Aside from plant life, spring also brings animal life to the farm. Some of these animals will be seen in the barnyard before long, while others can be found on the trails that meander throughout the property. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a sunny day, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as small as chipmunks and as large as deer if you go for a walk on our trails.


10-week and 20-week CSA shares are available this season, as well as a fruit share add-on. If you’re interested in having some great local produce this summer, please consider our farm. If you would like to learn more, we would love to talk to you!

Hope to see you soon!

Jeff Hoodlet
Farm Apprentice

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: tinyurl.com/powissetCSA 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 akelly@thetrustees.org.

Cheers!
Andrew

P.S. Check us out on Facebook and our new Instagram account! You can find our Facebook page at facebook.com/powissetfarm 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 nnacamuli@thetrustees.org.

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 nnacamuli@thetrustees.org.

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 egreen@thetrustees.org 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 akelly@thetrustees.org - 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. 

cheers,
Liz




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!