With the passing of the equinox, Fall is officially here and wow, did it make an entrance! Farmers and gardeners saw several nights of not just frost, but sustained freezing temperatures. Tender crops were lost, meteorological records were broken, and all of us were given yet another data point in our conversations about the evolving climate.
While we are nervously trying to be patient with the ongoing drought conditions, the abundance of heat and sun this summer did allow us to grow a nice crop of mature pumpkins and squash before the freeze solid this past weekend, We will have our Jack -O’-Lanterns out in front of our barn for $0.65/lb (Each pumpkin will be marked for your ease). We are almost never too far from the barn and greenhouses this time of year, we will leave a cash box out during daylight hours for honor system purchases.
We are also offering winter squash in bulk for your storage. With ideal dry, temperate conditions, squash can store for up to 6 months! While few of us have perfect places to store them, most homes can find a spot to keep you eating delicious squash into the new year – and they only get sweeter the longer you wait. Pricing is $35/case with Buttercup, Kabocha, Sunshine, Acorn, and Butternut all available. Call/Text/Email us to set up a time for these please.
With the first full day of rain in recent memory, we find ourselves catching up on indoor work and bracing for the incoming storm. We hope you all can stay safe and that the hazards of heavy rain on a very dry landscape are minimal. These weather extremes remind us of the importance of regenerating soils and, in our very fortunate case, maintaining them. Healthy land is resilient and one of our primary goals as a farm.
On a more exciting note, we are approaching peak harvest season! While this year has required a tremendous amount of irrigation and gratitude to the Winooski River, the heat loving crops are loving life and we are hopeful that we will have equally tremendous harvests. Kicking off the freezer stocking effort this year, we have made a full winter’s supply of pesto and are ready now selling bulk boxes of basil for you to do the same!
$15/ Half Bushel Box and $25/Full Bushel
Call/Text or email us to arrange an order (802) 881 3240
Finally, we would like to extend a big thank you to those who have supported our friday produce delivery over the past few weeks. While we really hope to get back to our Plainfield Farmers Market next year, it is very nice to know that we can provide this substitute service in the meantime. If you haven’t yet tried buying direct, take a look at our Virtual Farmers Market page and consider jumping in on this week’s orders!
Until next time, be well and stay safe.
First of all we want to thank everyone who supported our seedling sale this year. We know it wasn’t quite the same this year to grab-n-go with your orders, but we are so happy to have helped you with your gardens and hope they are starting to take off with this warm weather.
The seedling sale will continue so long as there are healthy plants in need of a good home and there are plenty in that category! Successive rounds of eager looking tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, flowers, herbs and hanging baskets overflowing with blooms are waiting for you still. We will be taking down the webstore temporarily as we make some changes, so please call us to place an order or arrange a time to come browse our selection.
‘Changes to the webstore’ you ask? With the Plainfield Farmers’ Market taking a temporary hiatus, we will be making our fresh produce available for pre-order and pickup through our website. Much like the seedling sale, we plan to post an availability of produce to fill up your bag with as little or as much as you would like. We will then pick your items fresh for a market pickup in town. Details to come soon…
We are also very happy to be working this season with our friends at Tamarack Hollow Farm! They are offering weekly produce boxes – $25 for an assortment of local, organic vegetables. We have been contributing our early season greens and are really excited about the cooperation within our community to feed itself. Check it out at TamarackHollowFarm.com
Its Memorial Day weekend and somehow it feels like it snuck up on us! After an extended cool period and some mid-may blizzards, we suddenly find ourselves in full blown summer weather with full weeks of sun and highs in the 80s (90s??) The to-do list on the farm begins to quickly outpace our ability to check things off and the plants are beginning to grow before our eyes.
A huge thank you to everybody that has bought plants from our seedling sale so far. We really appreciate everyone’s patience as we manage pickups and helping everyone get the right varieties for their garden. We miss talking with everyone in the greenhouse about gardening techniques and our favorite varieties, but we look forward to catching up with it all next year and appreciate your continued support in the meantime.
Seedlings will continue to be available until they sell out. Cucumbers , melons and squash will become available starting next week. An up to date availability can be found at our webstore at any time: https://my-site-108817-109115.square.site/
Happy gardening everybody. Enjoy the well deserved sunshine and hope for a little rain.
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!