The first weeks of June always feel like a big push on the farm. We were grateful to have some extra hands to help us get corn, squash, melons, tomatoes, and peppers in the ground. All the transplants are certainly enjoying the constant mist/drizzle today. A big thank you to Danny, Kyle, Cayla, Blake, and Brittany for lending a few hours to get the job done.
I have really enjoyed meeting all the folks who stopped by for our spring plant sale this past month. I am inspired and humbled by all the knowledgeable gardeners in the area. Pete and I just moved to Plainfield at the beginning of April, so it was a great way to meet members of the community. Thanks for all the support!
In other exciting news, Littlewood has gone solar. Over the past two weeks a slow parade of people and vehicles from Suncommon have visited the farm and installed two solar panels that are now feeding the sun’s rays directly into the power grid. It feels good to be creating energy in a way similar to the photosynthetic processes that all the plants we’ve been raising here use.
Things are moving along quickly as always at Littlewood. One hot sunburned week runs into a rainy week. The plum blossoms become all we can think about and then just blow away. The wind in one day cracks a plum limb clear off, felling a tree to puncture our irrigation and another to knock out everyone’s power on the road for an afternoon. We’re putting seedlings out to field as fast as we can. Up on the top bench we’ve got cabbage, kale, lettuce, potatoes, and chard already getting established. Just yesterday Emily and I planted 3000 corn plants in the lower field and then today picked and shipped 100 pounds of spinach to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. It almost makes me want to go to the hospital. In other regards, the Spring Plant Sale continues for two more weeks, come on by.
Happy spring, its been a long wait here in Plainfield. With temperatures this week staying very nice in the day and above freezing at night, Emily and I are happy to reclaim a few hours in our days by not having to burn the wood stove. Most importantly we’re getting really excited about the Spring Plant Sale that will open May 11. We’re working hard potting up dozens of varieties of vegetables to be planted in your garden! Stay tuned for a complete list of varieties to be sold.
Spring has finally started creeping in on Littlewood Farm. Along with the geese returning our way, the slow-arriving vernal weather has brought Emily and Pete back from their migratory California experience to join the farm. This week we’ve been very busy starting seeds for the annual Littlewood Plant Sale coming up next month. Stay tuned for info on the great variety of tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, brassicas, flowers, and way more that we’ll be retailing next month. In the meantime we’ll be busily eating the over-wintered spinach that has got to be the downright sweetest spinach I’ve ever tasted. Check for it at Hunger Mountain soon.
With the snow and the below-freezing nights here at Littlewood, our season is winding down. Justin and Ansel are moving on for the winter and are so thankful to all the great customers and the Klein family for a great season.
The farm continues to sell Butternut squash and cabbage to Hunger Mountain Coop and Farm to Table.
Friday is your last chance to grab delicious winter squash, beets, potatoes, leeks, onions, kale, collards, chard and more from the Plainfield Farmers’ Market. The market runs from 4pm-6:30pm. We hope to see you there for the last hurrah!
The last summer Farmers’ Market in Barre is next Wednesday, 3-6:30pm!
August seems to have barely arrived and we’re already looking to September. Our wholesale orders for kale, chard, lettuce, peppers, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, corn and more continue steadily. The unseasonably dry weather has meant that we’re lugging irrigation pipe all over the farm when we’re not harvesting. We want to send a special thanks out to all our farmers’ market customers who join us every week in Barre and Plainfield, we’ve been having a great time at the markets and it’s so nice to share the joy of tasty, beautiful produce with you all. Thanks!
We had a week off from the farmers’ market in Barre last week with the holiday but this week we’re back! Littlewood has broccoli, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, beets and more! See you there!
As you can probably tell from the lack of updating, these past couple of weeks have been very busy here at Littlewood.
PYO Strawberries have come and gone. Thanks to everyone who come out to pick! It took a lot of work to prepare and run PYO and the whole Klein family made it happen. Strawberries coincided with a long, hot week of weeding as well. We had great help from Emlyn, Elsa, Amanda and Annie with weeding, picking for orders and farmers’ markets and trellising in the greenhouses.
Lots of new veggies have started to ripen in the past couple of weeks. We’ve been bringing early broccoli, garlic scapes as well as snap, snow and shell peas to market. Soon our summer squash will be ready and new potatoes are coming down the line as well. Tomatoes are green and getting bigger every day! There are lots of little peppers in the field!
This week has seen Littlewood ramping up its wholesale sales too. Cases of kale, collards, and swiss chard have been heading out to Farm to Table, Hunger Mountain and Plainfield Coops. Through Farm to Table, our produce is getting into the kitchens of Central Vermont Medical Center and onto the plates of patients and visitors there.
In the midst of all this production, we’re also seeding and transplanting our fall kales, broccoli, Bok Choi and other Asian greens and chard. Weeding remains a never-ending task as we continue to care for our crops in the field. On the docket for the coming weeks are trellising the tomatoes in the greenhouses, harvesting the rest of the garlic scapes, getting our field tomatoes staked and trellised, scouting for pests… etc. July, here we come!