Happy summer Littlewood lovers! This Tuesday the Strawberry Moon will be full (best observed Monday night) and the harvests are here to match. It has been a delight to deliver the season’s early pints to our local co-ops and see the joy of farmer’s market shoppers digging right into them. We are grateful for the local support we and other VT farms receive that allows us to sell our berries so quickly and directly after harvest. This allows us to choose varieties with the best flavors and the difference is unmistakable. Just another way everyone wins in a localized, organic food system.
We would like also to extend our gratitude to everyone who supported our seedling sale. We had another great year of faces familiar and new coming to the greenhouse to get a jump on their gardens. It seems the warm, dry May led to lots of you getting plants in earlier than usual and so we have decided to end full-services greenhouse hours for the season. We still have plenty of healthy tomatoes, sweet peppers, and annual flowers, which will be for sale at the farmers markets and by the honor system. Fall broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower will be available this first week in July. Feel free to call or text if you want to check on the availability of anything specific.
On that note, we are off to pick for markets. We will have Strawberries, bagged greens, bunched greens, and every more as the season goes on. We look forward to catching up with you there:
Between the maturing winter squash, the sowing of cover crops, and mornings that tempt the rekindling of our wood stove, it is beginning to feel a lot like fall on the farm.
While there is still a little bit of summer left on the calendar, we have certainly had a summer’s worth of heat and many of the crops are are showing it. The Virtual Farmers Market page is beginning to fill out with fall offerings and we are saving the summer’s bounty in jars as much as possible. We are taking orders now for sauce tomatoes ($20 for a 10lb flat) and bulk cherry tomatoes ($36 for a 12pint flat), which can be made into sauce or dried with olive oil and salt into an incredible ingredient for your kitchen. We are also prepared for another wave of pesto making with bulk basil boxes available at $25/bushel or $15/half bushel. We hope to offer bulk winter squash, potatoes, onions, beets and carrots as well this year a little later on.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
There is some big news here at Littlewood Farm this spring! Under the guidance of Joey and Betsy, two young farmers are taking the reins and carrying on the legacy of Littlewood Farm. We feel honored at the opportunity to work this land that has flourished under Joey and Betsy’s stewardship and excited to meet the community that has so strongly supported local, organically grown food for decades. We will be selling our produce through the Plainfield Community Coop, the Plainfield Friday Farmers Market, and Hunger Mountain Coop. We are currently filling up our greenhouses with seedlings for the 2018 Spring Plant Sale, which will begin May 12 and be open weekends 9-2 and
weekdays 4-6 (other times “by chance or appointment”). We truly hope you will stop by for your garden needs or just to introduce yourself to your new neighborhood farmers.
We have reached that time of year again when our farming efforts are focused on growing for local wholesale distribution. We have started picking and shipping green kale, red Russian kale, purple kale, collards, and rainbow Swiss chard. We hope you will enjoy the great taste and health benefits of these leafy greens.
Our Greenhouse Plant Sale is over. Thanks to all who found their way here and bought our plants. All our plants are grown in Vermont Compost Company potting soil, which has yielded terrific results once again. Thanks are due to Karl Hammer and his his crew for such a reliable product.
We no longer grow strawberries for Pick-Your-Own. I am growing some for my own freezer, and if I have any extra will sell them through the Plainfield Coop. Dog River Farm, south of Montpelier on Rt. 12, is the nearest PYO operation.
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.
Spring has sprung, and we are at it again. We are growing a variety of vegetable crops for local wholesale distribution, primarily to Plainfield Coop and Hunger Mountain Coop. Much of our crop land will be in soil building crops this year. We are proud of our commitment to organic farming methods. Organic farming is the best system for preventing nutrient runoff into our waterways, and it grows great tasting food. Shop the coops, buy Littlewood Farm produce, and help the the environment.
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.
Spring 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.
Summer rolls along here , with some great crops coming in. One highlight is the regular supply of our cherry and grape tomato mixed pints. Over 200 pints a week have been sent to Hunger Mountain Coop. Hope you got some! Also from our greenhouses come eggplants, both Italian and Asian types. Out in the field, we are harvesting lots of kale and chard, and have added green peppers to our crops for sale at the Hunger Mountain coop. Our carrots are now available at Plainfield Coop. Cool nights are holding back the heat loving crops, but it is hard to complain too about a cool summer with lots of sunshine and plenty of rain.