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!
This week the folks here at Littlewood will be picking strawberries nonstop for Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier. The field looks great; lots of nicely-shaped green berries that will ripen for pick-your-own. We’ll open for pick-your-own around the 23rd but the exact date is still in the air. If you can’t wait until then, remember you can find our berries at Hunger Mountain and at the Barre and Plainfield Farmers’ Markets!
We’re so excited to have early berries, especially because we’re also bringing rhubarb! Crisp time!
Come on down to the Plainfield Farmers’ Market today and get these juicy treats before we sell out. We’ll also have huge bunches of kale, rainbow chard, and collards, as well as asparagus and our organic plant seedlings.
*PYO strawberries will begin around the 23rd of June. I’ll write the exact date as soon as we know!*
June is here and boy are we excited! Justin brought our produce to the first of the year Plainfield Farmers’ Market on friday afternoon and had a great time. We were pleased as punch to have kale and chard bunches for the market, what an unexpected surprise that was! Thanks to everyone who came to the market. We hope to see you there next week!
It’s been a marathon week here at the farm. Thanks to the fabulous work of two seasoned farm workers, Ryan and Amanda, we were able to finish getting all the peppers, paste tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, cukes, melons and most of the winter squash in the ground on friday. Our first planting of sweet corn is in the field. Greenhouses 5 and 4 are filled with cherry and grape tomatoes, slicers, eggplant and yellow peppers. We continue to harvest leaf lettuce for the Plainfield Coop, rhubarb for Hunger Mountain Coop and braising greens for Farm to Table.
Our strawberries down by the river look fabulous! I’ll keep you appraised of their status but it looks like the last week in June we’ll be open for pick-your-own. Our strawberries will also be at Hunger Mountain Coop and at the Barre and Plainfield Farmers’ Markets!
Come visit Littlewood Farm at the Plainfield Farmers’ Market TODAY!
We’ll have lettuce and salad mix, rhubarb and asparagus, black beans and mustard greens! We’ll also bring a selection of our organically grown plant seedlings, for those of you who didn’t have time to plant last weekend or maybe discovered you had more room for hot peppers than you previously thought!
It’s the weekend to get all those plants in the ground!
We still have so many plants. Our back benches are just about to collapse under the weight of all the winter squash and pumpkins. We still have great selections of peppers and tomatoes, melons and brassicas, also flowers and herbs. Our hanging baskets are only $15 and are incredibly vibrant!
I’ll be doing a little gardening myself tomorrow morning before the sale begins. In the garden bed next to the retail house I’m going to put in nasturtium and tangerine and lemon gems for our farmers’ market salad mix. Justin and I have also grown out some seed we saved from our enormous crop of Amish Paste last year and I’ll put some of those plants in there as well. A friend brought us “rare” Peruvian pepper seeds back from South America last year so a couple of those plants will go in as well. The bed should be an eclectic mix of flowers and tomatoes, peppers and an enormous spreading oregano plant. We’ll probably top it off with sunflowers and zinnias too. You’ll be able to watch the madness unfold throughout the season!
And, in 1 week the Plainfield Farmers’ Market begins!
Stop on by and visit our tent at the Barre Farmers’ Market this afternoon, 3-6:30pm! New this week are radishes! Bright colors, very succulent! Also we’ll have asparagus, rhubarb, lettuce, salad mix, spinach and beautiful bunches of cooking greens. I’ll also be bringing our plant starts (tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons, kale and more!).