Garlic coming along nicely. Scapes should be appearing soon.
Garlic coming along nicely. Scapes should be appearing soon.
If you haven’t noticed, it’s been a little rainy and wet around here. We had high hopes of planting in the field Friday night but that was quickly dashed away when Keith starting sinking in his boots. We had been soaking our spinach seeds and we needed to figure out a way to get those seeds in the field.
Because of space constraints in our larger greenhouse (30′ x 72′) we decided to use our smaller greenhouse (15′ x 48′). In there, we planted broccoli, eggplant and peppers, all planted this past week. In our larger greenhouse, we put in our tomato plants and some peppers. We also seeded some cucumbers in there too. We’ve been harvesting spinach for a while now. Very, very soon will be radishes and soon will be lettuce mix. Our new bed of spinach is looking very nice and with the weather forecast in the 70’s this week, hopefully, we will be picking these new beds.
So back to the soaking seeds dilemna. Keith had the great idea of planting in the raise beds that we already have out there. Last year those raised beds had plastic on them and contained zucchini, summer squash and cucumbers. So we quickly readied the beds and planted away. One bed of beets, one bed of carrots, one bed of spinach and that last bed containing lettuce mix, radishes, turnips and arugula.
Needless to say, a very productive evening last night getting this done. Very happy for the extra daylight as we started late and finished before the sunset.
CSA Day Offers Second Chance for New Year’s Resolutions
Celebrate Community-Supported Agriculture on Feb. 23 with Still Seeking Farm
Are your New Year’s resolutions already in the rearview mirror? If so, you’re not alone, but you still have time to make good on those resolutions. We are pleased to join other farms from around the country for the third annual CSA Day on February 23, when you can join other like-minded people around the country who are committed to:
CSA (community-supported agriculture) is a subscription to a season’s worth of sustainable, locally grown produce that is distributed to members throughout the harvesting season. It is a form of investment that allows small farmers to continue growing on a scale that may not be sustainable without the CSA model. CSA members enjoy the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables for their family, while supporting their local farmer.
According to Small Farm Central’s CSA Farming Annual Report, the most popular time to join a CSA each year is at the end of February. To promote this important time for farmers, CSA Day was coined, and each year it falls on the last Friday in February. It’s an entire day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture, and CSA farmers enjoy an influx of sign-ups from members, which gives them revenue when they need it most for the growing season.
Getting food from a CSA is different from going to a farmers market or using a grocery delivery service. As a CSA member, you make a seasonal commitment to a small farmer in your area, and the produce is either delivered to your door or you pick it up at a local distribution point. CSA members take pleasure in knowing where and how their food is grown, and typically have an open line of communication with their farmer.
“Community-supported agriculture is all about relationships and feeding families,” said Simon Huntley, CEO of Small Farm Central, a company that provides marketing support for small farms and started CSA Day. “CSA farmers typically teach members what’s in season throughout the year, and help them appreciate and cook food to which they may not otherwise be exposed.”
How to Get Involved with CSA Day
If you would like to celebrate CSA Day and support Still Seeking Farm, sign up for a share on February 23, and use the hashtag #CSAday to join the online conversation.
Sign-up is easy. To learn more and to join us for the 2018 season, you can sign up here:
As an added incentive and to pass along our appreciation, anyone who purchases a CSA share on February 23, 2018 will receive an additional 10% purchasing power and a half-pint of maple syrup. And to those of you who have already signed up, you too, will receive a half-pint of maple syrup.
Thank you for your support! Keith and Michelle
We are offering a sweat heart of a deal good through Valentine’s Day. Ten Percent (10%) off all of our maple syrup. Heck, if you order at least $100’s worth, we will even deliver it (limited to a 20 miles radius from our farm). Otherwise, you will pick it up at the farm.
Some of you may know that we are associated with Gilmanton’s Own. So if you order anything through any of the farmers/vendors associated with Gilmanton’s Own, we will even take 15% of any maple syrup you order through us. Same deal applies. If you order over $100’s worth we will deliver it (limited to the 20 mile radius of our farm).
To order your maple syrup go here and apply the code “Yum!” at checkout (don’t use the quotation marks).
To see a list of Gilmanton’s Own farmers/vendors go here.
Thank you for supporting local! Michelle and Keith
As many of you know, our 30′ x 76′ greenhouse was put up at the end of 2017. We were very fortunate to get a grant for two greenhouses last year. The second one, will be going up in the spring/early summer.
We will have spring veggies in this greenhouse that will be ready in the spring (April/May). Yum! Can’t wait! Also in this greenhouse, we will be growing, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, basil and green peppers. So….what does this mean? It means, that we should have these crops ready one month earlier than they are typically ready in this area.
I know, I hear you saying, yeah but greenhouse tomatoes – they don’t taste like anything! Ours, will have taste and they will actually taste like a tomato because of the way that we grow. So look for us at the markets this summer with crops a bit earlier than the other folks. Oh yeah, if you want to make sure you get some and don’t miss out if you come late to the market, think about signing up for our free choice CSA (you pick what you want) and your bag will be already set aside with the products that you want that week so you won’t miss out! If you sign up by February 1st, you get an extra 10% in purchasing power. Check it out here. If you want to learn how to get a free CSA, check it out here.
We just finished planting 2,000 strawberry plants. These are full size plants so by planting them in the fall they can get established and you get a full harvest in June. Conventional methods have you planting in the spring, waiting a year and then getting the bounty. We can’t wait to offer nutrient dense, chemical free strawberries to our customers next year.
We have 32 tons of rock dust being delivered tomorrow. This is one of the key ingredients to growing the way we do. We will be selling this to anyone who is interested in using this on their gardens. We still have to figure out pricing.