We had the opportunity to attend the National Young Farmers Coalition’s annual convergence last week. This was an incredible opportunity to meet our fellow farmers from around the country and learn more about the organization’s work and the future of agriculture. Farms, though so central to our modern life, face unprecedented challenges moving into the future and it is encouraging to see what can be accomplished when people unite there voices. The up and coming generation of farmers is advocating for an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future that we are proud to contribute to whenever we can. Needless to say, it was a welcome boost of inspiration as we enter the winter, when the farm hibernates, and you should check out youngfarmers.org.
We returned to a transformed Vermont – blanketed in snow, thoroughly frozen, and certain that our season in the field is over. So now we will be tucking in greenhouses, plotting for next season, and selling off the last bags of potatoes.
If you are interested in putting away some medium sized, gold potatoes for the winter, we will be selling them in bulk $0.80/lb starting at 25lbs. Call Kagen at 881-3240 if interested.
It seemed like overnight all of the leaves had turned and fallen. It is too easy to miss the signs of seasonal change playing out before us when we are busying ourselves with harvests and fall field preparations. Suddenly it is getting dark by 6pm and I wonder not only where the day went, but where the growing season went. The next thing you know, there is snow in the mountains and we know we have to start thinking about preparing the farm for winter. The farm exists not in episodes, but cycles, and while it is tempting to think of fall as “the end of the season,” we are now sowing the spinach and greens of spring.
I want to thank everyone who enjoyed Littlewood Farm produce this season, supported our local food businesses, and especially those of you who attended our Plainfield Farmers’ Market. We had a wonderful year for the market, saw tremendous growth and energy, and cannot wait to continue building our lovely little town’s Friday markets. We will be back the first Friday of June next summer.
Before we let go of the 2019 growing season, however, there is the matter of decorating our homes and selves with pumpkins and spookiness. We will have Jack-O-Lanterns availiable at the Plainfield Coop as well as at the farm through Halloween. Pumpkins will be on display outside of our barn when you pull in, priced individually based on weight ($0.60/lb), to be purchased on the Honor System if we are not immediately available.
Its here! Well…some days. Happy Spring everybody and welcome to growing season. We are excitedly potting on plants for the seedling sale, getting fields ready for the season, and enjoying spring greens. Thank you to everyone who has been enjoying our spinach, brought to you by our friends at Plainfield and Hunger Mt. Coop. It has been a great year for the oh-so-sweet, over-wintered spinach in our hoophouses and we expect a few more weeks of harvest before the cherry tomatoes are bursting out of their pots and need the hoophouse space, so get it while you can!
If you can’t get enough and would like to put some spinach away in the freezer, we are offering wholesale pricing ($8/lb) to anyone who wants to purchase in bulk of 5lbs or more. Call/text/email if interested to set up a pickup.
Looking forward, we are gearing up for the Annual Seedling Sale. Beginning Saturday, May 11th we will be open weekends from 9-2, weekdays 4-6, and by appointment. We have most of your favorite varieties from last year with a handful of replacements and new additions (Yes, there will be more Carmen peppers this year!). Stay tuned for an updated list of available varieties on the plant sale tab here on littlewoodfarm.org. We look forward to seeing you there.
Until then, hope for more sun, more gentle rain, and most importantly more warmth.
We are excited to announce that in cooperation with Plainfield Coop, we will be hosting a casual pumpkin carving event Friday, October 26th at the community center upstairs. We are planning to offer Jack-O’Lanterns for sale at the event, with tools provided and drinks courtesy of the Coop. Contact the coop to reserve a pumpkin!
We do also have Jack-O’Lanterns and corn stalks available now if you are itching to get your fall decorations sooner.
Bulk Update: With the days becoming cooler and cooler, you may be feeling ready to start stocking the root cellar for winter and we would like to help! We have gold and white potatoes available in bulk $1/# for all orders over 10lbs. If there is still some room in your freezer, the Kale has sufficiently sweetened after last week’s light frost and is also available at great bulk pricing. There are still a few cases of red and yellow pepper seconds coming in as well.
It certainly doesn’t seem so today, but fall is indeed just around the corner. Our squash and pumpkins are now safe indoors to cure until you can find them at Plainfield Coop and the LAST TWO FARMERS MARKETS this Friday and next. Its been a pleasure bringing our best offerings to the churchyard every Friday and meeting many of our neighbor patrons. If you haven’t been to the market yet this year, please join us and our fellow vendors for warm tea, homemade baked goods, soaps, eggs and of course our freshest vegetables.
With lots of summer crops reaching their end, we would like to help everyone stock their freezers and pantries. We have 2nds Red and Yellow Sweet Peppers available. These are ripe, tasty peppers with either cosmetic damage, or a small damaged portion – perfect for freezing, roasting, sauce making, etc. There are still a few boxes of bulk basil available – picked fresh to order for all your pesto needs. Our Cherry Tomato house continues to produce bountifully and we have flats available at wholesale pricing. They make for an exceptionally flavorful sauce or can be easily dried in the oven for storage. The Kale is looking beautiful right now and with some cool nights in the forecast to sweeten them up, now is also a great time to pack some up in the freezer. Once frozen, kale crumbles easily into your favorite soup, chili, or stir fry all winter long. Kale Bulk Boxes are available in green, purple, and lacinato (dino) varieties, or a mix. Bulk Beans continue to be available and 2nds Carrots are in and ready for juicing, cake making, or treating your horses and goats.
Finally, I wanted to thank everyone who attended and participated for making our first Old Home Days in Plainfield such a heartfelt and memorable celebration of this town. We had a blast parading our fall decor through town and with the sweet taste of summer, the watermelons, it felt like a proper transition from summer into fall. Cornstalks and jack-o-lanterns are also available for decorating your own home and embracing the always bittersweet changing of the seasons.
What a sigh of relief we let out when the rain began to fall Monday. The irrigation system and I are certainly appreciating the rest. It is amazing how many hours of work mother nature can save us with a generous storm, and do a more thorough job as well. Woes of irrigation aside, this warm and sunny June has given the plants terrific energy for growth and we find ourselves plunging into the summer harvest season. The Plainfield Coop continues to offer a growing selection of our produce and the Plainfield Farmers Market has begun! We will be on the church lawn every Friday from 4-7 with a full selection of our vegetables, picked that afternoon, as well as flower, herb, and vegetable seedlings. Check out the Market Facebook Page for announcements and information on other vendors, entertainment and services you can find there and then come see for yourself!
With June just around the bend and a a favorable extended forecast everything suddenly seems eager to be transplanted. May is flying by! We are ready to say goodbye to the early spinach in our greenhouses (that we hope you have enjoyed) to make way for the cherry tomatoes! Spinach will continue to be available at Plainfield Community Coop now alongside fresh radishes and lettuce mix. Hunger Mountain will be carrying Littlewood Rhubarb.
If you’re thinking about your garden this weekend, now is a great time to swing by the plant sale. We have a wide variety of tomatoes, flowers, brassicas, and much more ready to go in the ground and while the rain showers may put a downer on our weekend, the plants will love getting settled in during some moist, cool weather. We will be continuing the plant sale, 9-2 Saturday, Sunday, and this Monday for Memorial Day.
Thank you to everyone who has come to the farm so far this season. Its been great fun meeting so many dedicated Littlewood Lovers and were excited to hear how your gardens go this summer.
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!