August seems to have barely arrived and we’re already looking to September. Our wholesale orders for kale, chard, lettuce, peppers, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, corn and more continue steadily. The unseasonably dry weather has meant that we’re lugging irrigation pipe all over the farm when we’re not harvesting. We want to send a special thanks out to all our farmers’ market customers who join us every week in Barre and Plainfield, we’ve been having a great time at the markets and it’s so nice to share the joy of tasty, beautiful produce with you all. Thanks!
We had a week off from the farmers’ market in Barre last week with the holiday but this week we’re back! Littlewood has broccoli, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, beets and more! See you there!
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!*
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!
The great folks at the Barre Farmers’ Market have listed their 2012 vendors. Check out the fabulous diversity of producers and our wares:
Amanda Peyerl~Pottery and Honey Products
Barre Congregational Church~Crafts
Creative Indulgence Hand painted crafts and baked goods
Creamery Meadow Farm~Produce
Ella Hilton VanOsdall~ Jewelry
Flora/Fauna Shee Grazers~ Wool Products
Graze and Gaze Farm~Meats
Garden of Seven Gables~ soaps and herbal oils
Highland Garden~ Plants and Annuals
Hot Tamale~Tamales, Tacos and Burritos
Kristin Ferry~ Breads and Rolls
Lepage Farm~ Produce
Lightfoot Farm~ Dried flowers crafts
Littlewood Farm~ Produce
Mint Magic~Mint cookies and brownies
Single Gate Farm~ Produce, flowers, crafts
Taproot Consulting~Herbal teas and tinctures
Woodchuck Hollow Farm~ Produce