Category Archives: Farm Notes

Pumpkin Carving at Plainfield Coop

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.

Fall is On Its Way – Bulk Sale Updates

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.

 

 

 

Harvest season & Bulk Basil Boxes!

Hey all!

Midsummer crops are coming into fruition, giving us a wider variety of fresh vegetables to enjoy. The Solanaceous crops (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants) have been doing quite well in this heat. Last week we combined some eggplant, tomato, summer squash, potato, basil, dill, and red wine to make a delicious ratatouille. Highly Recommend!

The basil is coming into form and we are ready to begin taking bulk orders. we are offering 3# boxes, for $16.
We also have #20 (6-8 heads) cases of cabbage available if you are the saurkrauting or kimchi-ing type for $20.

We will offer these on a “first come first served” basis. Please contact us at (802)881-3240 or at waterbearwellness@gmail.com to order.  We will contact you early in the week to let you know it’s available and bring it to the Plainfield Farmers Market on Friday for pick up.

 

The Plainfield Farmers Market

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!

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The Plant Sale is Winding Down

Hi All,

First, We’d like to say THANK YOU for everyone who has come out to visit the plant sale and offered your support by patronage or kind words of welcome and encouragement. We are beyond grateful to be a part of this community.

Second, I apologize for not replying to some of the comments on here, I hope any of you who had questions had them answered in some way. We will make an effort to keep a close eye on the website. but if you do not hear back you can email at kagendewey@gmail.com and we will surely receive it.

Third, This weekend will be the last weekend of regular plant sale hours. You are welcome to still come by but after Monday (6/11) we will begin planting out what we have leftover and our selection will be more limited.

Tomatoes in pots and 4 packs are now buy 2 get 1 free.

Stay tuned for an announcement about the Plainfield Farmers Market.

Memorial Day Weekend Update

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.

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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!

 

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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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.

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Kale, ready to pick
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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.