• See What’s New at the Farm!

    Posted on March 8, 2017 by in CSA, Featured

    John Deere 5085E (aka High Cotton)

    That’s right, we are the PROUD owners of a brand new John Deere tractor!  The farm has needed another tractor for quite some time but the need became mandatory last fall when one of the Farm’s two field tractors was put on a boat and sold to a gentleman in Uganda (a friend of the Farm had been generously lending us his tractor for years before deciding to sell – Thank you Bill R. for letting us use your tractor all these years!)

    I’m proud not because of the age or color of the tractor but because it is hard earned and because what this purchase symbolizes.  At times over the past few years I felt like the depleted British Army keeping the Nazi war machine at bay with pots and pans and a stiff upper lip, waiting for the Yanks to come join the fight. (a little too dramatic perhaps?)  

    Through the hard work of so many crew members and support of the good folks who join our CSA we’ve been able to make and save money over the past 3 years.  Combining that with the knowledge gained from all of our experiments and observations the past few seasons and we are ready to kick things up a notch and invest in the present and future of the farm.

    The seedling Greenhouse has been fired up,  the first trays will be seeded on Friday and each week the farm crew is growing and putting in more hours.  If you haven’t already,  sign up for your share so you can be there when the fruit and vege starts to fly in mid-June!

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO SIGN UP FOR A SHARE 



    STILL SOME SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR OUR MARCH VEGGIE BOX PICK UP…….

    SWEET POTATOES, SPINACH, CARROTS, 
    BABY KALE, POTATOES, SALAD MIX,
    CRUSHED TOMATOES, TURNIPS, ARUGULA,

    and

    WATERMELON RADISHES
    And we will have a well-stocked “SWAP BOX” available in case you want to exchange any item for something different.
    The cost for this one-time sale is $50 (cash or check made out to “Holcomb Farm” – sorry, no credit cards yet.)  Place your order in advance –quantities are limited – by emailing Joe the Farm Manager directly –  joe@holcombfarm.org. Pick up will be at the CSA Barn at 111 Simsbury Rd. Simply bring payment when you come to pick up your veggies. 
    The pick up options are:
    • Thursday, March 16th  –  Noon to 6 pm,
    • Friday, March 17th  –  8 am to 6 pm,
    • Saturday, March 18th  –  9 am to Noon
    (as always we will do our best to accommodate those who can’t make one of these pick up
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    And finally a few words about PYO flowers……..

    Thank you to everyone who replied, there was a lot of good feedback. And here is my feedback to your feedback:

    • fully agree with removing thorny flowers from the PYO. I do love Cleome, but with so many flower options no need to purposefully plant something thorny and inedible
    • Craspedia Drumstick flower – Sounds fantastic! I ordered seed and we should expect to see it in the fields this year
    • That lovely flower with the white lined floliage, tiny white flower clusters and milky sap – is Euphorbia – hoping to include it again this year (last year it was mixed in with the snapdragons)
    • Dahlias – I can’t resist their siren song, though they’ve broken my heart more than once by not making it through winter storage, we’ve shelled out big bucks and will try again. Hopefully this year when we dig the tubers up in the fall we can shepherd them through the winter months so we don’t have to keep re-buying new tubers every spring (can’t legitimize that expense)
    • Jeanne brought up the idea of seed viability and saving seeds from some of the flowers – i’ve been wanting to do an end of the season seed-saving walk/talk at the farm (we grow many open-pollinated varieties that can be saved and replanted), If anyone is interested in such a thing you can help make this happen by reminding me during the summer – otherwise it might just stay on the back burner of my mind.

     

One Response so far.

  1. Shannon says:

    Haha. Love it Joe. Pots and pans and a stiff upper lip. Great post! The seed saving walk talk/many hands make light work is a great idea.