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The 2020 season or “Produce in the Time of Covid-19”

“Rely on your community and your community comes through” was the hopeful refrain running through my mind last night as I fell asleep, accompanied by a dramatic swell of classical music that Kagen insists on currently playing in the background of our days.

Hello to all.  There’s really nothing to say about these unprecedented times that wouldn’t be an understatement. Despite the need to take some creative measures, our 2020 farming season is underway! Rest assured we are still planning on growing the same amount of quality produce and bedding seedlings as in years past. We are taking care to keep ourselves unexposed to Covid-19 and are especially grateful for the Plainfield Co-op’s curbside pickup of groceries service.  At this time we are not encouraging any visitors or volunteers on the farm property.

Our full Bedding Plant Sale will still be happening, albeit in a different format. As of now we are brainstorming some sort of no-contact “curbside” pickup system. A full list of offerings will be regularly updated on our website, orders will be placed by phone or email, and pickup of plants will be by appointment. We will continue to update everyone as we flush out the idea more fully.

On a brighter note, our spring spinach crop is looking lush in the hoophouses! You can find it for yourself (over the phone of course) at the Plainfield Co-op, along with our lettuce mix and, starting next week, cilantro!

Stay safe, Stay healthy, and Stay home! We are appreciating the simplicity of home cooked meals in the yurt, and continuing to enjoy the bounty of last years harvest (beans, beans, and more beans!) combined with the tender greens of spring.

We are so impressed and inspired by the way Vermont businesses and communities have acted so quickly and innovatively to adapt to this current reality. Be it the our educators adapting to new technologies, farmers and farmers markets coming up with safer ways to disseminate local products, or distilleries switching gears to produce much needed supplies. When the global or even national chain of supply begins to degrade, the resiliency of small community shines through.

We will continue to be in touch!

Kagen and Elise.

 

 

Bulk Potatoes and the Future of Farming

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.

 

Where Did the Summer Go?

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.

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Mid Summer Update *Bulk Sale*

August is here, and so are the vegetables! Daily harvests are keeping us busy here at the farm, but we are doing our best to carve out time to slow down and enjoy this beautiful time of year.   We hope everyone else is finding time to do the same! Speaking of spare time… we are ready to start taking orders for summer bulk items to assist you with your canning/ freezing/ fermenting needs. We’ll list items and prices below. Also, sweet corn is ready! Find this ephemeral delight at the Plainfield Farmers Market for the next few weeks.

Bulk Items!

Basil, $30/bushel
Paste Tomatoes $2/lb.
Cucumbers $2/lb. (half bushel weighs ~10 lbs.) Specify pickling or full size
Hot peppers $3/lb. choose: Jalapeno, Poblano, Anaheim, Garden Salsa, Serrano, Hungarian Hot Wax, or a mix.
Juicing/Processing Carrots $0.50/# – oddly shaped. Great for juicing, baking, shredding, or even as a treat for your horses and goats!

As always, bulk sales are on a first call, first served basis. Orders can be picked up at the Plainfield Farmers Market on Friday evening, or at the farm by appointment. Thank you all for your support!

Annual Seedling Sale 2019 – Opening May11th

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.

 

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.