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!).
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Our first weekend of the Seedling Sale went fabulously, thanks to all the great gardening folks who came out to the farm! Justin and I enjoyed meeting members of the community and it was great to see people getting excited about all the veggies. Some especially popular plants were Sun Gold cherry tomatoes, Gourmet sweet peppers, mixed-pack eggplants, and brussels sprouts. We still have lots of everything! Remember that Littlewood has lots of warm-loving seedlings like melons, winter squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers for planting in your gardens later in May (or June, if you’re very cautious!) Some of these were just popping out last weekend; they’ll be perfect for planting time!
Wednesday – Friday, 4pm-6pm
Saturday – Sunday, 9am-2pm
You can also give us a call if these times don’t work for you and we’ll make sure to have someone around when you come. Or you can just swing on by!
We are positively swimming in plant starts and getting them labeled and organized for the beginning of the sale on Saturday. Cool-loving crops like broccoli, cauliflower, red and green cabbage, onions, leeks, pansies, and lettuce have already moved outside. They’re ready to plant now!
Inside the greenhouse are our warm-loving crops like tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, winter squash, cucumbers, and pumpkins; as well as flowers like cosmos, marigolds, calendula and the next round of cabbages, kales, and lettuce.
Don’t forget, we have Variety Descriptions for all the eggplant (traditional Italian, mini, Asian) , melons (red, yellows, multicolored, large, small) , tomatoes (cherry, grape, slicer, hybrid, heirloom, paste) and peppers (bell, horn-shaped, green, red, orange, sweet, hot). There are a lot of choices! We’ll also be around to answer any specific questions you may have. See you at the sale!
Heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplants, rainbow chard, kales, brussels sprouts, red and green cabbage, broccoli, onions, muskmelons and watermelons, squash, herbs, hanging flower baskets, annual flowers…and more!
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
You wouldn’t know it from the forecast for this weekend but spring is in full-swing at Littlewood. Two greenhouses are full of plant starts, two more of salad greens, peas, carrots and beets are in the field and the rhubarb and asparagus are leaping up! Once this bout of 20-degree weather is over, we’ll be in May!
This year at Littlewood, two co-managers, Justin and Ansel, have joined with Joe for the new season. We’ll be bringing Littlewood’s organic produce to Farmers’ Markets in Plainfield and Barre, making deliveries to Hunger Mountain and the Plainfield co-ops, updating this blog with farm goings-on, and getting our hands nice and dirty in the fields. We started farming in Maine and have traveled steadily westward over the past couple years.You’ll be sure to meet one or both of us when you visit the farm or the Farmers’ Markets. We’re looking forward to having a great season and getting to know this Central VT community!
Here’s some Very Important Dates for the Spring:
May 16: First market of the season in Barre!
June 1: First market of the season in Plainfield!
Dates for our Spring Seedling Sale are forthcoming!