Plant Sale Opening May 12th and Spinach Available

Is it safe to say Spring has finally arrived?  It certainly feels so and with these warm, lengthening days it is time to put the earliest crops out.  Our plant sale opens this Saturday,  May 12 and we have plenty of items to get your garden started.  Mid-May is a great time for onions, brassicas, greens and peas to be transplanted out.  Tomatoes, eggplants and peppers can join them in Late-May, and the cucurbit family (squash, melons, etc.) can safely be planted out in June.  Information on varieties and availability can be found here. 


In our hoop-houses spinach has been embracing the sunshine and we hope you have had the chance to get a taste.  The cool early season nights push the plants to create more sugars.  This helps them tolerate a frost, but also makes for some of the best tasting leafy greens you’ll find all season. Our spinach is currently available at Red Hen Bakery, Hunger Mountain Coop, and of course our very own Plainfield Community Coop.

As we put our first few months at Littlewood in the books, we’re grateful for the support this community shows for local, organic produce.  We’ll be opening the greenhouse for seedling sales on Saturdays and Sundays from 9-2 and weekdays 4-6 – See you there!

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Spinach like Whales!

 

Littlewood Farm 2018

There is some big news here at Littlewood Farm this spring!  Under the guidance of Joey and Betsy, two young farmers are taking the reins and carrying on the legacy of Littlewood Farm.  We feel honored at the opportunity to work this land that has flourished under Joey and Betsy’s stewardship and excited to meet the community that has so strongly supported local, organically grown food for decades.  We will be selling our produce through the Plainfield Community Coop, the Plainfield Friday Farmers Market, and Hunger Mountain Coop.  We are currently filling up our greenhouses with seedlings for the 2018 Spring Plant Sale, which will begin May 12 and be open weekends 9-2 and
 weekdays 4-6 (other times “by chance or appointment”).  We truly hope you will stop by for your garden needs or just to introduce yourself to your new neighborhood farmers.
We look forward to meeting you,
Kagen Dewey and Elise Magnant
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Littlewood Farm Kale and Chard available at Hunger Mt. Coop

We have reached that time of year again when our farming efforts are focused on growing for local wholesale distribution.  We have started picking and shipping green kale, red Russian kale, purple kale, collards, and rainbow Swiss chard.  We hope you will enjoy the great taste and health benefits of these leafy greens.

Our Greenhouse Plant Sale is over.  Thanks to all who found their way here and bought our plants.  All our plants are grown in Vermont Compost Company potting soil, which  has yielded terrific results once again.  Thanks are due to Karl Hammer and his his crew for such a reliable product.

We no longer grow strawberries for Pick-Your-Own.  I am growing some for my own freezer, and if I have any extra will sell them through the Plainfield Coop.  Dog River Farm, south of Montpelier on Rt. 12, is the nearest PYO operation.

 

 

Spring 2016 Greenhouse Sale Opens Saturday May 14th

We have grown a very nice set of seedlings for this year’s sale.  Seedlings are sized to transplant  well at the appropriate time.  A seedling unchecked in its growth curve gives the best best results, and as does setting the seedling out into the best conditions for that plant type.  Onions, leeks, lettuce, chard, and cabbage family can go out earliest.  Heat loving plants have to wait for the end of May, when the soil warms to 60 degrees .   Tomatoes, corn, cukes and squash go out the third week.   Peppers and melons do best to wait for the first week of June.

So stop by the greenhouse sale.  We are open weekends 9 to 2, weekdays 4 to 6 pm.  Other times by chance or appointment.  Bring a friend, but please leave your dog at home.  We are located at the end of Recreation Field Road in Plainfield.  802-454-8466.

 

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Spring 2016 Update

Spring has sprung, and we are at it again.   We are  growing a variety of vegetable crops for local wholesale distribution, primarily to Plainfield Coop and Hunger Mountain Coop.  Much of our crop land will be in soil building crops this year.  We are proud of our commitment to organic farming methods.  Organic farming is the best system for preventing nutrient runoff into our waterways, and it grows great tasting food.  Shop the coops, buy Littlewood Farm  produce, and help the the environment.IMG_0327

Mid June Report from Littlewood Farm

May just flew by , as always.  We had a great Spring Plant Sale.  Thanks to everyone who shopped here.  I hope I labeled all the pots correctly this year.   We have had excellent transplanting weather, which is another way to say it has been raining every 3  or 4 days.  Our long season crops are getting established and cultivated.  Timely spraying of approved organic pesticides are keeping insect damage within bounds.  Negotiations with the deer and woodchucks are ongoing.

Our inspiration
Our inspiration
Kale, ready to pick
Kale, ready to pick

Spring 2015

seedling house snow is just about all goneSpring is finally sprung! Good News..how much resignation to crummy weather can one be expected to muster?  Good thing we do our greenhouse plantings by the calendar.  Greenhouse work makes this time of year more fun  Seedlings look to be right on time, starting with onions, leeks, and kale and collards ready to go out in early May.  Tiny little peppers, eggplants and tomatoes will be the right size for setting out at the end of  May, when our frost free  time begins.  Greenhouse Sale begins Saturday, May 11th, but check with us if your garden is ready for plants earlier.  We will be open weekends 9 am to 2 pm, week days 4 to 6, other times by chance or appointment.

As a new farming season begins and I plan how much work to make for myself, it is time examine the perennial question, “Why bother?”  I have a variety of motivations.  I want to grow the best food I can for myself and my family.  Along the way, I have picked up the skills, machinery, land, markets and community support needed to make a go of farming.   It will be a sad day for me when I quit altogether, though lightening my workload looks good.  I still worry that the food system we all rely on could collapse at any time.  I have had this concern since I started farming in the late 1960’s.  It still might happen, and a local food supply will be there  only if we build it now.

Working out of doors on a regular basis is a big plus of this job.  The people I get to work with, on and off the farm, are a great bunch.  I can make a modest income in an honest manner.  And I get to go away for part of the winter.  Best job ever.  The urge to plant is on.

 

 

Summer rolls along at Littlewood Farm

Summer rolls along here , with some great crops coming in.  One highlight is  the regular supply of our cherry and grape tomato mixed pints.  Over 200 pints a week have been sent to Hunger Mountain Coop.  Hope you got some!  Also from our greenhouses come eggplants, both Italian and Asian types.  Out in the field, we are harvesting lots of kale and chard, and have added green peppers to our crops for sale at the Hunger Mountain coop.   Our carrots are now available at Plainfield Coop.  Cool nights are holding back the heat loving crops, but it is hard to complain too about a cool summer with lots of sunshine and plenty of rain.

Eggplant from the greenhouse
Eggplant from the greenhouse
Plenty of green peppers
Plenty of green peppers

No PYO Strawberries at Littlewood Farm this season

Lots of people calling about this, so I thought I should say it again.  I, too, miss having a big strawberry crop, and all the excitement of having a reason for many people to come here.  Maybe we will do it again, but for the present the my efforts are focused on some wholesale vegetable crops for the local coops.  What few extra strawberries we have are sent to the Plainfield Coop.  No PYO here this season.

I will try to take some pictures and do a crop update soon.

Summer Begins

Onward into summer!  Lots of good looking plantings are  in the ground, doing well with the nice mix of sun and rain, cool and hot weather.  There is still lots of planting yet to do.    The list seems to have 10,000 things on it.  Soil building cover crops occupy about 1/3 of the farm this season.

Well cultivated rows of winter squash
Well cultivated rows of winter squash

Weeds are very well under control, thanks to both tractor cultivation and lots of hoe and hand work.  We have a small patch of strawberries, not quite enough to keep them in stock at Plainfield Coop.  The big kale planting has kicked in and we are shipping to Hunger Mountain Coop several times a week.  It is hard to find the time to sleep 8 hours, these nights are so short.

Cherry and Grape tomatoes, pruned and trained
Cherry and Grape tomatoes, pruned and trained

 

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