Barnyard Bull - News & Blog

Posted 9/1/2008 2:59pm by Desiree & Jesse Robertson-DuBois.



Despite the coolness of what is usually known as the ‘dog days’ of summer, we’re still having an abundant harvest. The tomatoes are pouring in and taste fabulous, and the CSA and farm-stand is packed to overflowing with gorgeous vegetables. A little more heat would be welcome to keep the eggplant happy and redden the peppers, but then the farmers, plants and animals would wilt so we are careful for what we wish for. The cool, wet days have led to an overabundance of weeds and little time to keep them under control, but the grass has grown like mad, making for beautiful second cut hay (when we can get it baled and in the barn).

Our dear friend and professional photographer, Leigh Van Duzer, visited in the beginning of last month and took lots of stunning pictures of the farm and the various activities that are happening here and we would like to share them with you all this month. All the pictures in this month’s newsletter were taken by Leigh. Now the farm is a beautiful place and Leigh’s pictures just make it shine, but she really specializes in pictures that find the beauty in the everyday and most often in things that the rest of us have given up for lost, ugly or falling down decrepit. We think she has a real gift for making you start to look for beauty in the world around you and most especially where you don’t expect to. You can see more of her work at www.leighvanduzer.com.

Animal news: We are expecting more piglets by the end of the month. Penelope and Portia are both due with the earliest possible birthdate of the 27th. We are pretty sure that Penny will be first, as she has been getting very round. Our new boar, Jake, the Gloucester Old Spot, is the sire. They will be born out on pasture, so it will probably be a similar situation as when Lucy gave birth- it was a surprise that we woke up to one morning. At 27 pigs in the pasture, we are moving them a lot and they are really turning over the field. Meanwhile, back at the beginning of the field, where they first started out at the start of the summer, the grass grew back thick and lush and the cattle have been loving it.

Our little calf, now almost two months old, is growing fast- still cute as anything, but getting much more adventurous. He doesn’t spend as much time glued to his momma as he used to and has been caught a couple of times exploring outside of the fence. If you haven’t had a chance to see them, the cattle are now on the hillside to the left just after you go over the bridge at the farm entrance and will be there for the next couple of days, at least. They will be followed through that pasture by the chickens, who will finally be able to fulfill their ‘pest control’ duties by scratching up the cow pies left by the cattle.

Speaking of the chickens most of the new hens are finally laying, but we’re still behind on eggs. The CSA goes on until the middle of October, and then we will again have retail eggs available at the farm and also through the Old Creamery in Cummington.

Farm news: Getting the hay in. After weeks and weeks of not being able to get much hay in the barn due to the seemingly endless rain (during which time we pushed a couple of times and just barely made it only to gamble on a 1000 bales and lose one afternoon), the end of the month has proven to be wonderful for haying weather. Our second cut looks beautiful (thanks to all the rain) and we just keep putting more and more bales in the barn or sending it off by the wagonload to other barns.

We are sold out of all types of our link sausage and boneless small roasts, but we still have other great cuts available. However, many of our more popular cuts are going fast. If you have wanted to try our bacon, get some soon or you’ll have to wait until we have a harvest date for the two Old Spots that are ready to go. Our hams will go quickly once the holidays arrive- we suggest that you get your ham now before they are gone. These are not huge hams but are instead the small ‘half’ hams. We also have smoked hocks for pea soup.

Veggie and CSA news: CSA veggies are looking fabulous. New items this year including sweet corn and edamame (edible soybean) have met with great success. We will also have some new winter squashes that we are excited for folks to try. Summer veggies such as summer squash, green beans, basil and cucumbers are quickly fading, but we will have tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and many other delicious offerings around until frost does them in. We’ve started some salad mixes, broccoli, kohlrabi, fennel and spinach for fall offerings and plan on adding cilantro to the mix. We’re hoping to go until at least the second week of October this season but would like to go longer if the frost and disease holds off.

The farmstand is picking up- I think that we cut a little into our customer market by growing the CSA, but we are getting more and more folks every week. If you know of anyone who is looking for fresh local veggies, let them know where we are and when we are open.

Thank you again to Leigh van Duzer for all the wonderful pictures.

Posted 8/6/2008 3:05pm by Desiree & Jesse Robertson-DuBois.



July was hot and wet-we’ve had some incredible storms here in the Northeast. We remain lucky in that while we have gotten an amazing amount of rain, we have avoided anything more intense. One major power outage, lasting almost 20 hours, had us scrambling for a generator to keep the freezers cold and bringing up water for the animals from the river because when we lose power we also lose water. The farm hasn’t really had to worry about extended power outages for a long time, but this one really brought home the realization that while we can go without power for some time without too much personal inconvenience-we have a lot of animals that desperately need to be kept well watered, especially the nursing cows and sows. The cows can get their own water from the streams, but the hogs and chickens desperately depend on water being brought to them for drinking. The hogs also depend on water for ‘mudding’ to keep them cool and protected from the sun since they can’t sweat and their skin burns just like ours does.

No water also meant that we couldn’t wash vegetables for our Saturday CSA vegetable distribution- which our members gracefully understood, but it was one more stone on the wall of ideas that we have had for some of the various alternative energy resources we could get going on the farm. Hancock Shaker Village, before it became a museum, relied on water power to run many of its industries on the farm, from the dairy to the woodshop. They built a reservoir one mile away and up from the farm in order to have gravity-fed water power, now….we have a reservoir on the farm- about a mile away and up the mountain from the farm and we are presently researching small-scale hydro-turbines. We also have a constant breeze blowing through the farm like it was a giant wind tunnel, perfect for a windmill, which wouldn’t generate enough power for the whole farm’s needs, but would go a long way towards alleviating some of our huge energy costs. I mean, why not. If we could provide our own clean power on the farm or at least generate part of it-it would help the farm and the world. Anybody know anything about any of these subjects? Any advice would be welcome.

CSA & Vegetable news: I love seeing so many folks out in the Pick-Your-Own garden right now, even though the peas and strawberries are gone, the green beans were ready right on time to replace them and there were always lots of flowers and basil and other herbs and it just made me smile to see so many people enjoying themselves. Even some of the cattle escaped to come up and see what all the ruckus was about (though they found the newly growing buckwheat cover crop to be far more exciting that the flowers).

The members seem really happy with their weekly produce-at least, we haven’t heard many complaints. August is when the season really gears up and moves from mostly greens to lots of fruits (though we still have greens) such as summer squashes, cucumbers, tomatoes and sweet corn. Desirée is gearing up her ‘Ze-a-lator’ with Bt and veggie oil to keep the baby corn worm-free and hopes to have corn in the next couple of weeks.

Fall crops are still getting transplanted and started outside the greenhouse. The first of the fall cabbages, broccoli, purple pac choi & kohlrabi went in last week along with some trial runs of green and red-veined sorrels. We also started some fennel, but that proved to be too irresistable to either birds or rats and they totally destroyed it. We’ve broken out the covered benches that Jesse cleverly designed to keep out the critters and we haven’t had any repeat destruction. Fall transplants are tricky to get going as the sun is very hot this time of year and seeds don’t like to germinate, but we’ve found that it works well to start them outside in soil blocks in solid bottomed flats (which hold moisture longer than the more open lattice bottomed flats) and then keep them covered by the lattice bottomed flat until the seeds pop makes for healthy germination and less likelihood of ‘stretching’ in the seedlings. We also always cover the seeds with at least a light coating either vermiculite or potting mix. We have to be careful to keep an eye on them so that they get uncovered as soon as we see the seedlings popping out of the soil and don’t get too dry. We’ve had our seedlings go through some pretty heavy thunderstorms where we were sure they were washed out or lost to drowning only to be pleasantly surprised to find them happily germinating in their appropriate blocks.

Animal news: Our first calf was born on July 24th to Cascade. He’s a ¾ Galloway to ¼ Highland cross, and to prove it he has a ¾ belt around his middle like a big ‘C’. We totally missed his birth which happened when we weren’t looking (in fact, it happened somewhere in a less than hour and a half period between checks, it was as if Cascade was just waiting for us to disappear and leave her alone long enough to have her baby, get him up and nursing just so that she could give us the look that says ‘harumph, I definitely didn’t need your help.’) Cascade is proving to be a great mother- she’s hiding her calf in the tall grass like a pro-she is doing it so well that we’ve had a couple of scares until we realize that he’s less than 10 feet from her, though you practically have to be right on top of him to know. He’s a total ham- he scampers and capers around doing little dances- as long as he doesn’t know that you are watching, if he sees you he hightails it back to his momma like a shy little puppy.



We moved Pinky and her dozen piglets out onto pasture for the first time this month and they have all integrated well with the others. That makes a total of twenty piglets out on pasture, total number of pigs in the field is 27. We’re getting quite a sizable crowd out there. Pinky is particularly happy to be out of the barn. This is the first time for her in her life. She always had a large outdoor run, but this is the first time she’s ever had access to lots of sod, grass and earthworms that just keeps repeating itself everytime they get moved to a new spot.

The young pullets (born on March 3rd) have just started giving us a few tiny eggs, but that is a great sign. It means that we will soon have good-sized eggs available for sale and will no longer have to keep turning our friends and neighbors away when they come looking for our ‘tasty’ eggs. It also means that Desiree won’t have to continue to stress out that she won’t have enough to give to our CSA shareholders who bought eggs in advance. It has been quite an experiment, but we’ve learned a lot and the main thing is that we can’t really have too many hens. So we will increase the numbers again next year. We went looking for more hens and realized that they are few and far between, but we lucked into some lovely 10 week old pullets- Aurancana and some (what we can puzzle) are Silver Leghorns. They won’t give us any eggs for another 3 months or so, but it will be a good thing when they do. That brings the current flock size up to about 145 birds or so, but we will have to say good-bye to some of our older ladies in the later part of the fall. We will probably offer them to folks who would like some home layers who don’t lay every day, but still give 4-5 per week.

What’s available at the Farmstand?

The farmstand is open four days a week (barring the occasional labor shortage)- M, W & F from 3-6p and Sat from 10:30a-3p and we have a nice array of veggies, dressings, jams, maple syrup and blueberries. Vegetables include: fresh lettuces, summer squashes and patty pans, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, new potatoes, cucumbers & swiss chard. We will soon have organically managed sweet corn and heirloom tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. We will be working on getting the electric installed at the stand so that we can carry our pastured pork cuts, bacon & ham along with some other locally produced cheeses and yogurts. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to procur a good source for local breads, but plan to keep looking.

Other Farm News: We’re making lots of hay this year, despite the frequency of the rain. We got a new round baler and it is making all the difference. Lots of cattle and hopefully, sheep, means that we could really utilize a lot more of our own hay right here on the farm instead of trying to sell all of it. So we are also borrowing a friend’s round bale wrapper to make our own silage bales. You’ve probably seen them at some point in your travels, they look like bright white marshmallows piled and lined up along the edges of fields or barns, particularly dairy barns. Well, these are round bales of hay that have been baled slightly wetter than would ordinarily be recommended (since wet hay usually equals rapid decomposition- so rapid that they can catch on fire), but because these bales are then sealed in plastic the anaerobic environment makes it perfect to grow the right lactobacillus bacterias to literally pickle the grass inside. Wrapping some of our bales has really been a Grace this summer- with all the wet days we haven’t had as much drying time as we’ve needed to make as much good first and second cut hay as usual- but they’ve worked well to make these silage bales.

Posted 7/9/2008 3:12pm by Desiree & Jesse Robertson-DuBois.



The end of spring and the beginning of summer has brought lots of rain to our farm fields. It has been a challenging month for many aspects of the farm- except for the animals, however- they prefer the rain over heat anyday. The pigs wallow in mud puddles and the cows ease through the wet grass, munching and appreciating the coolness it brings to their long black coats. The chickens are a little less pleased by wet days, tending to look bedraggled and look to hide under their house, but they are out the moment it stops to look for worms, slugs and other protein-filled bugs brought by saturated ground and wet grasses. Where we feel the lack of dry days is in the overwhelming amount of weeds that invade the vegetable fields and in the empty bays of the hay mow. The first cut of hay should have long been mostly put in the barn or shipped off to various other farms in the area and we should be working on trying to get the first of the second cut in, but, without the pre-requisite three days of sun (or two hot and windy at the very least), we simply can’t make hay. So on it grows, grasses now tall and leggy, seed heads filling out and heavy with seed. We had hoped to bring in a couple of other fields this summer, but it looks like we may not get to them unless the weather starts to favor us a little more. We are also starting to get bogged down by out of control weeds in some of the veggies- they simply won’t die- we pull them out or cultivate by tractor or by hand and then we have a lovely afternoon (or all day) shower/thunderstorm/just plain rain, rain, rain and the weeds happily re-root and grow even bigger. We have been lucky however, we did not get any of the devastating thunderstorms with hail and damaging winds that some of our fellow farmers have had to suffer through. So far all the veggies are flourishing, along with the weeds.

CSA News: Distribution is entering its fifth week and is going well. We are trying to offer something new each week for as long as we can, all the while supplying our members with familiar offerings. So far, we have heard lots of favorable comments on how delicious all our fresh veggies. We love seeing everyone come to the farm- one of my favorite things has been watching people wander among the strawberries and peas in the Pick-Your-Own and hearing the delighted squealing of laughter from the children who are eating those peas and strawberries faster than the adults can pick them. We’re slowly getting to know faces (names always take a little longer). I love this model of CSA, where the members help with at least two distributions through the season, sometimes they help with some harvesting and setting up, but mostly they are there to meet and talk with other members as they come to pick up and I just love watching those connections happening. It puts the ‘community’ into CSA by building it from scratch through the farm and how wonderful it is to be a part of that.

Animal News: Well folks, the hens just aren’t really laying….and I can’t really figure out why. The best I can come up with is that there are a bunch of different small stresses that have combined to make them stop laying. I can only hope that they will pick up again in a couple of weeks or so. What could stress out a chicken? Well, they are out of the barn and into their new house but we also combined them with the new flock of young birds, hence strangers in their midst. Feather mites are annoying some of the older birds. Lots of people and dogs are constantly looking at them all the time. Predators- there is a nice healthy fox who checks out the fence periodically (though it hasn’t gotten in for a while), a weasel has been sited near the coop with an egg in its mouth, owls & hawks are always watching and who knows how many other stresses unknown to me are also affecting them. All I know is that they are in reasonably good health (for chickens), seem very happy and yet, are not laying enough eggs. C’est la vie.

 

Heifers

Heifers

The cattle have happily settled in and are munching their way through acres of grass as we speak. Currently they are down in back of the floodplain field where they have free access to water and shade and browse in addition to grass (browse is defined as trees, bushes and shrubs- woody stuff- that they enjoy eating along with grass). There are fourteen cattle total- four heifers are the start of our beef herd breeding program and they come to us from Wheel-View Farm in Shelburne, MA. They are all Belted Galloway-Highland crosses. Three are one year olds, River, Brook & Froth, and the fourth, Cascade, is two and has a calf due in another couple of weeks. The other ten are Dexter steers, one and two year olds that come to us from Morning Face Farm in Richmond. We will be able to start offering grass-fed and finished beef in the late fall.

Pinky gave birth at the beginning of June to a DOZEN healthy piglets. They are all growing well and will be weaning in the near future, though probably not before they move out onto pasture with all the others. Des played midwife to Pinky again- the last piglet had a little trouble getting its breath, but a lot of rubbing and encouragement brought it up to par with all its siblings and it is now impossible to distinguish it from them. There are six girls and six boys in this litter- whoo hoo! Pinky’s first daughter, Lucy, also gave birth on June 27th to eight piglets. This was our first pasture birth! She didn’t need a midwife and did it all on her own so that the piglets were a bit of a surprise for us in the morning. She’s a good and protective mother and though a little aggressive at first, she seems to be calming down fine.

Farm-stand: The stand is now open four days a week- M, W, & F from 3p-6p and Sat. from 10a-3p (or so, sometimes if we are working out in that field, we’ll keep it open as long as we are out there so you might find us open later than 3). We DON’T have sweet corn and tomatoes yet- not for another month or so at the earliest (we don’t live in Georgia here folks), but we do have some lovely lettuces and salad mixes, early summer greens such as tender kales, swiss chard and collards. We also occasionally have scallions, salad turnips and beets. Upcoming are new potatoes, cabbage and flowers. We are also starting to stock some locally produced accompaniments such as Appalachian Naturals dressings, sauces, dips & salsas and some local jams. You can also get our farm-made maple syrup, compost and such at the stand. We hope to add other lovelies as they come available. We are working on getting our pork down to the stand, but need to hook up the electric. Until then you can buy our pork out of the farm office, during CSA pick-up or from the Thursday afternoon Pittsfield Farmers’ Market on North Street (4-7p near St. Joseph’s church). We just got a whole new batch of pork cuts in, including new item- link sausages in sweet & hot italian and breakfast). We also have picnic shoulders available for backyard pig roasts.

Bobby and Kristen howing despite the clouds

Bobby and Kristen hoeing despite the clouds

Other farm notes: The Berkshire Eagle did a great article on farmers and the recent weather and Des and her tractor made the cover of the paper! They also did a little video of Des and Bobby trying to take care of the weed problems. You can check out the article at ‘Farmers vs Weeds’

Posted 6/4/2008 4:07pm by Desiree & Jesse Robertson-DuBois.

Hello again from the Farm! We were really in the thick of things as April rolled into May and rather abruptly became June. Compost orders are flying in and driving out as fast as we can screen, drive and dump them; seedlings are overflowing the smaller greenhouse and spilling into the new greenhouse even though it isn’t quite finished; piglets are due to arrive anytime; newest chicks are out on pasture; and so much more….. We are entering our busiest time of year, from now until the end of September we will be running at a full tilt, but we love it that way, or we wouldn’t do it. At least the days are warm and full of bright sunlight. This is when I like to take a brief second to stand in a newly harrowed field, turn my face to the warmth and breathe in that rich earth. It renews me when I’m as tired as I ever get, reminds me that I’m lucky to be doing what I love, and I blossom again with strength and energy like the flowers, trees and baby plants all around.

Animal News: We put the new chicks to work. We were unhappy to discover a large patch of dead grass on the front lawn of the farmhouse and it was soon determined that Japanese beetle grubs were the culprits. Since poison is not an option for the farm, we decided to see if chickens might like the little bugs. Turns out that they love them! So we moved the young birds up to the house and put them on bio-control. We think that it has been highly successful since there are no grubs to be seen in the infested area. With so many other carpentry and building projects going on, the new, deluxe model egg-mobile still isn’t finished so we have delayed the older birds moving out of their winter housing. However, we are moving them around in the hay pasture wherever can be reached with the net fencing and the result is dark-orange yolks and rich tasting eggs.

The young hogs moved out in April. Their house got a new roof and they then will move out onto the ‘Floodplain’ field. We are anticipating that a new batch of baby piglets from Pinky will be arriving in very short order (she was building a nest and not eating so it could even happen today!) and then another on June 27th(from Lucy– her first!).

We will have four lovely Belted Galloway and Highland cross heifers arriving this weekend from Wheel-view Farm in Shelburne. One of them is bred and should be dropping her calf sometime in July. We are very excited about welcoming these new additions to the farm- come and meet them (we have treats you can give them).

We are also looking at sheep- we have a few breeds that we think would be good for the farm. We were hoping to find some Clun Forest or blue-faced Leicester, but we’ve had some trouble locating them anywhere nearby. So we will be looking at some Tunis with, hopefully, some Romney or Border Leicester crosses (okay, those are mostly because I want their wool….). This is more of a work in progress, but don’t be surprised if you hear some baaing when visiting the farm.

Vegetable news: The CSA is sold out! Yes, it’s true, the CSA is sold out for this year, but we are happy to take names and addresses (snail and email) since we plan on growing the CSA again in 2009. Also, don’t forget that you can still get those delicious, fresh, organic vegetables from our farmstand which will open in June. We probably won’t have too many veggies at first but we will add them as they come in from the fields.

You will notice the new greenhouse as you drive up to the farm. We have been primarily using it to harden off transplants before they go into the field where they get a little less water and a little more wind which helps prevent them from being shocked when they go outside for good. Now that it has warmed up at night we are closing up the smaller greenhouse and turning off the propane and all new transplants such as lettuce will be starting in the new house. The big house will also be used later in the summer for fall and (hopefully) winter salad production. We will have to wait and see on that project since it will need some supplemental heat to get us through the long, cold and dark days of December and January.

There is a lot of growing activity in the fields! Peas, salad, mesclun,spinach, chard all went in earlier, but in the last week we’ve added all the winter squash, pumpkins and sweet corn (a whole acre & a half!) We’ve also been doing a lot of transplanting- the kale, broccoli, beets, turnips, pac choi, onions, lettuce, leeks, and shallots. This week we’ll be starting to put in all the hot weather fruiting crops- summer squash, zucchini, peppers, flowers and we will quickly follow with the tomatoes as soon as they get a little bigger. Potatoes are taking up a lot of space this year since we have ten varieties to choose from- Red Huckleberries, All-Blues, Kennebec, Russet Burbanks, Romance, Rose-Gold, French Fingerlings, Keuka Gold, Red Norland & Desiree’s (I couldn’t help it, folks, I HAD to try out the potato that has the same name as me). We’ll have them as both new potatoes (small, fresh and sweet) and for storage in the fall. We are all getting itchy to start actually harvesting now- the CSA starts next week and we are all getting excited to share the bounty.

Farm news: We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome this season’s farm apprentice- Robert (Bobby) Hyde. After only working for a month he has become a valuable team member and we don’t know how we would get all of this done without him.

He’s a native of the Pittsfield/Dalton area so many of you may recognize him though he has been away on many adventures for a few years since graduating from Pittsfield High School.

Jonathan Sawtelle will also be joining us again for the summer season full-time once school lets out. We have a number of awesome work-shares and volunteers that are lending a hand this season and the farm promises to be all the better for it.

The business plan is nigh on finished (for now) and we will hopefully be getting the first installment of our grant money very soon. We’ll keep you posted on what’s in store.

Posted 1/4/2008 4:11pm by Desiree & Jesse Robertson-DuBois.


Gib lights the evaporator for the first time this season!

 

We’re boiling again here at the Farm. It has been an odd season so far, starting late and slow to get going. Ideally the trees are looking for cold nights and warm days to really get the sap flowing, but instead it has just been pretty cold. We even tapped in early this year thanks to the availability of our high schoolers during February break (which was frigid and often snowing, but they went out anyway!)- we were hoping to get the first run of really light amber syrup, but it didn’t come for us. It may have been running in December just like last year so we’ve only gotten Medium and Dark Amber.

Jesse tapping trees for hanging bucketsWe’ve had lots of group tours coming to learn about sugaring in the last month. It has been really fun teaching folks (kids, mostly) about how we make maple syrup, taking them on a hayride where they get to help empty sap buckets (provided they aren’t frozen) and then introducing them to the animals. The kids really love the critters, especially those young ones that have never seen a real pig before, let alone scritch one behind the ears or touch the sleek feathers of a hen and hold a warm egg (a green one!). There is something very special about how they really light up when they are almost nose to snout with 450lbs of Pinky who is almost always ready to leave her warm nest to visit with the kids- though sometimes she needed a little snack to entice her the first couple times. It really is great. If you would like to arrange for a group Maple Sugaring Experience, check out the Education Program page for details!

Despite the fact that it is snowing we have seen other signs of spring here at the farm. Dave’s daffodils and other bulbs planted around the farm started poking up through the frosty earth even before all the snow was gone. A few tree species have started the first signs of budding and a pair of jeweled wood ducks has been gracing our section of Waconah Brook. They have been frequenting the area right around the bridge- and try as I might to snap a picture they are very shy. No signs of Mergansers as of yet, but the Canadian geese and robins have returned, much to the delight of Pippin who finds the robins particularly exciting to chase.

Farm news: We are still looking for a full-time intern/apprentice. If you are interested or know of someone who might be- check out the Job Opportunities Page for more information or give us a call/email us at the farm.

Animal news: The young pigs are all growing well, but they are definitely getting bored with being in the barn. The plan is to get them out onto pasture as soon as the snow is gone from the field they are due to renovate. Porter, the big boar, is still here for a little while longer, mostly until we’re sure his job is done and then he will go home (or possibly visit some other sows that we know). We hope to have a new batch of piglets arriving sometime in June/July.The chickens are also getting bored with their winter accommodations and more of them have taken to escaping for part of the day to hunt for bugs. They will soon be moving out to pasture as well- and in their new house that Jesse built for them last fall. Our baby chicks arrived on March 3rd. We decided on White Wyandottes, Blue Andalusians, Barred Rocks, Dark Cornish and, of course, more Araucanas this time around. We also got some adorable Blue Cochins for a friend and fell in love with them so we might have to put them on the list for the next batch we order. Our egg production is ramping up- we are getting more than 4 dozen per day now and hope to get to 6 dozen as the days get even longer. We have started putting eggs for sale back in the fridge down at the office- we’re holding out that they will no longer freeze. There is also still pork available in the office freezer, but we are quickly running out, but we still have ham & bacon and a few others. Chops are sold out!More pork will be coming at the end of June or so.


Veggie times: We have started growing in the greenhouse! Onions, leeks and shallots are thriving and this past weekend we did our first seeding of broccoli, scallions & lettuce. Flowers, herbs, peppers & tomatoes, cabbage are quick to follow as the season starts to really get going. All those little green shoots poking up out of their dark soil blocks are pure joy to watch. The Garden CSA is just about sold out. We still have a few more shares left, so get us your sign-up forms if you want to pick up a weekly share of our vegetable harvest. Tuesday pick-ups are SOLD OUT, but we still have Thursday and Saturday available. We will also be opening the farmstand in late May with vegetable, herb & flower transplants with fresh harvested veggies following soon after.

If you get a chance, check out a new delivery service for our area- Berkshire Organics- they are going to provide baskets of organic produce and fruit year round- working with as many local, organic farmers during the growing season and a distributor for the rest of the year. Multiple baskets to choose from- including a fruit only basket!