berries, berries, berries

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!

STRAWBERRIES at the Plainfield Farmers’ Market TODAY!

First Berries of the Season!

Plainfield Farmers’ Market

TODAY, 4-7pm

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.

Probably the last week for asparagus too!

*PYO strawberries will begin around the 23rd of June.  I’ll write the exact date as soon as we know!*

Reports from the Farm: JUNE!

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!

Plainfield Farmers’ Market begins this afternoon!

Our stand at Barre from last week

Come visit Littlewood Farm at the Plainfield Farmers’ Market TODAY!

4pm-7pm

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!

See you there!

Reminder: Plant Sale open this weekend AND Memorial Day!

 

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!

Barre market this afternoon

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!).

See you there!

Report from the Farm

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.

Tomatoes getting ready in #5
Goodbye spinach house!
Justin seeding carrots with the Planet Jr

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Top Field looking great

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!

Peas (sugar snaps, shellies, snows)
Black Garbanzos
Strawberry flowers!

Great Market

The first-of-the-season Barre Farmers’ Market on Wednesday went great.  Pre-market bustle on the farm in the morning meant that there was going to be at least one thing I forgot and it was my camera… so I don’t have any photos of the vendors with their maple syrup, cookies, tamales, veggies, flowers, pottery and so on under a big yellow sun or all the visitors with their shopping bags and children, perusing the wares or sitting on the park benches listening to the rockin’ band.  The thunderstorms/hailstorms and other unfortunate weather events miraculously hit everyone else in the area but mostly missed the market.  Thanks to everyone who came by!

Barre Farmers’ Market Begins Tomorrow!

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!

tender lettuce!

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.

2 cups dried beans = 6 cups cooked beans

We hope to see you there!

 

 

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