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 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.
Never a lack of things to do. We have been working hard, whenever the rains have relented, to mechanically cultivate and hand weed. No point in letting the weeds take over. Easier by far to get them out when thy are young.
Another important project has been to keep up with the application of approved organic pest controls to minimize crop damage from insects. We always scout first, then use the correct product. Many of the sprays we use are bacterial diseases of insects. Some just interfere with feeding of the insect, or make it hard for them to molt. All for a better organically grown product.
We have had to go back over many plantings and replace plant nutrients that have been carried off by the rains. Overall, our efforts have been sucessful, and we are delivering freshly picked kale and chard to Hunger Mountain Coop 3 times a week.
Cherry tomatoes and green peppers coming soon!
It’s just a fabulous time to be on the farm these days. Our seedling sale is going well and allowing Justin and I to meet so many of our wonderful neighbors. We’ve moved our watermelons and muskmelons out to the retail greenhouse and have added more flowers, tomatoes and lettuces on the benches. We’ve got lots of Sun Golds for everyone!
Beyond the Seedling Sale there are lots of other exciting things growing on. Look for our delicious pink rhubarb at Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier! We’re preparing to transplant our cherry tomatoes into one of the greenhouses and next week we’ll be clearing greenhouse #4 of all the spinach in preparation for more tomatoes! As I write Justin is out seeding two beds of carrots.
The sunny weather these past two days has been perfect for many people’s least favorite task: weeding. Often maligned, still more often ignored, weeding is actually a great opportunity to walk the fields and look closely at your crops and your soil. If you have the right tools for your body and your style, weeding can be fun! Justin and I got our hoes from Johnny’s just in time to try them out in the swiss chard and new carrots.
Elsewhere, the peas have been trellised and my little garbanzo bean plants have been thinned and weeded. And the strawberries have tons of white flowers!
The Barre Farmers’ Market begins tomorrow! The market goes from 3-6:30pm, rain or shine… so bring an umbrella to ward off these showers! It’s downtown in City Hall Park, right in front of the Opera House. Come out to meet all the vendors and scope out our products!
Littlewood Farm will bring yummy spring greens: lettuce and baby spinach, braising greens and bunched mustards, bunched arugula and cilantro; as well as asparagus and rhubarb, organic dry black beans, and a selection of our organic plant seedlings. The black beans are a really exciting product for me; if you’ve never had “fresh” dried beans, then you’re in for a treat. They cook up much faster than store-bought dried beans but it’s the taste that really highlights the difference. They are incredibly creamy and rich! This year we’re going to be growing a couple different varieties of dry beans and a variety of garbanzos. I’ll update you on their progress as the season goes on. For now, we have some gorgeous black beans that Joey grew last year on the farm and we’ll be bringing them to market in 2-cup containers.
Littlewood Farm’s Seedling Sale Begins Saturday!
Saturdays and Sundays, 9am – 2pm
Wednesday- Friday, 4pm – 6pm
We are positively swimming in plant starts and getting them labeled and organized for the beginning of the sale on Saturday. Cool-loving crops like broccoli, cauliflower, red and green cabbage, onions, leeks, pansies, and lettuce have already moved outside. They’re ready to plant now!
Inside the greenhouse are our warm-loving crops like tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, winter squash, cucumbers, and pumpkins; as well as flowers like cosmos, marigolds, calendula and the next round of cabbages, kales, and lettuce.
Don’t forget, we have Variety Descriptions for all the eggplant (traditional Italian, mini, Asian) , melons (red, yellows, multicolored, large, small) , tomatoes (cherry, grape, slicer, hybrid, heirloom, paste) and peppers (bell, horn-shaped, green, red, orange, sweet, hot). There are a lot of choices! We’ll also be around to answer any specific questions you may have. See you at the sale!