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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Week 11


This week our summer seasonal staff finish work for the year. Many thanks to Hattie and Marina, who are headed off to their freshman year of college at Connecticut College and Mount Holyoke College, Gina who is off graduate school at the University of Michigan, and Amory, who’s back to work in the Dorchester School district. We’re also losing Trey to a great opportunity to pursue an interest in environmental studies in graduate school at the University of Michigan. Although it’s hard to see them go, I wish them the best of luck. I can’t say enough about all the effort this team has put into the farm this season and how much we will miss them!

We’ve spent much of the past week moving irrigation around all the fields of the farm. With only two inches of rain since the beginning of July, we’re in full irrigation mode now. Unlike the spring, we missed a few evening thunderstorms over the past two weeks that folks in the surrounding areas experienced. I can’t say I’m a fan of irrigation and the extra labor involved in setting it up, but it’s absolutely essential in dry spells like this. We’ve managed to hit all our dry fields with water this week to keep everything looking good.

This week the share will include:

Greens
Rainbow chard
Head lettuce
Endive
Beets
Cucumbers
Yellow Squash
Zucchini
Tomatoes
Peppers
Onions
Potatoes
Melons
Cherry tomatoes - PYO
Hot peppers - PYO
Beans - PYO
Herbs - PYO

Despite our best efforts to keep a good stash of scissors for the pick your own field, every week many go missing. I’d like to encourage you to bring your own scissors if you plan on picking.

Just a reminder, we only allow one pickup per week but the choice of day is up to you. If you cannot make it for one of the weeks, you can always send a friend to pick up your share for you. Please remember to bring your tote bags! The shareroom is open Monday & Thursday 2-7pmTuesday and Friday 12-5pm




  
Upcoming Programs and Events: 

Friday Night Dinners: Join us for dinner by Chive and music in the Stone Paddock. The family-friendly dinners feature food grown or raised on our farms (as well as other local area farms.)  Dining on the farm is one of the best ways to enjoy the flavors of the season! Ticket prices include full dinner buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, and dessert. Beer and wine is available for purchase.  
We do limit the numbers and some dates are filling up so Sign up now!   

Family Farm Day is September 16th!   Join us for fun, games, and food.  Watch for details.  (and yes, it is a Saturday this year)


Hay Bale Hangout! 
Every Saturday  10AM-2PM Member Child: $5 Nonmember Child: $10Join us at Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by anytime between 10AM – 1:30PM for fantastic farmyard meet and greets! Hands on activities start at 10AM and run every half hour.  Once you’ve paid, stay for an hour or all day! Cash only please. No additional cost for adults. 

Sunday night concerts start Sept 24, 

Are you a runner?   September 23rd's Run for Amy is a great way to see the Great Pasture as you run a 5K or 10K.   The run is in memory of Amy Foster and will benefit Dana Farber and Appleton Farms.

News from the Farm Store


Need dinner in a hurry?  Grab one of our grass fed beef steaks and click on this tip for defrosting quickly.   The article says it will defrost in minutes.  We tried it an it took about 35-40 minutes, but came out great.

Regular store hours are M-F 11 to 6 and Sat and Sun 10-4. Sometime we may stay open a little later, but generally we close at 6 pm.


Please remember to bring back your glass milk bottles. We bottle milk on Wednesday mornings and it is ready in the store on Wednesday mid-afternoon.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Week 10

Time to Water!

I’ve been putting it off and putting it off, but this week we finally connected the drip lines in tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant so we can start irrigating. All the recent showers that passed through the region the past few weeks seemed to miss us at Appleton Farms and some of our fields are getting pretty dry. Soon you’ll see sprinklers out to get water on newly transplanted and direct seeded crops to help get them established.  The good news is that weed pressure tends to be quite a bit lower when it’s dry like this and it’s allowed us to keep some of our new plantings fairly clean of weeds. This type of weather also slows the spread of disease, like the early blight in our tomatoes. In the end, we have no choice but take the weather as it comes so we might as well look on the bright side!

This week the share will include:


Head lettuce
Rainbow chard
Carrots
Beets
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Yellow squash
Green peppers
Sweet peppers
Fresh onions
Melons
Red slicing tomatoes
Heirloom tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes - PYO
Hot peppers - PYO
Beans - PYO
Sunflowers - PYO
Herbs - PYO
Just a reminder, we only allow one pickup per week but the choice of day is up to you. If you cannot make it for one of the weeks, you can always send a friend to pick up your share for you. Please remember to bring your tote bags! The shareroom is open Monday & Thursday 2-7pm, Tuesday and Friday 12-5pm

  
Upcoming Programs and Events: 

Friday Night Dinners: Join us for dinner by Chive and music in the Stone Paddock. The family-friendly dinners feature food grown or raised on our farms (as well as other local area farms.)  Dining on the farm is one of the best ways to enjoy the flavors of the season! Ticket prices include full dinner buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, and dessert. Beer and wine is available for purchase.  
We do limit the numbers and some dates are filling up so Sign up now!   

Family Farm Day is September 16th!   Join us for fun, games, and food.  Watch for details. 

Saturday Hay Bale Hangout: 

Every Saturday  10AM-2PM Member Child: $5 Nonmember Child: $10Join us at Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by anytime between 10AM – 1:30PM for fantastic farmyard meet and greets! Hands on activities start at 10AM and run every half hour.  Once you’ve paid, stay for an hour or all day! Cash only please. No additional cost for adults. 

News from the Farm Store

Fig spread is back! It goes great with our cheeses!

Regular store hours are M-F 11 to 6 and Sat and Sun 10-4. Sometime we may stay open a little later, but generally we close at 6 pm.


Please remember to bring back your glass milk bottles. We bottle milk on Wednesday mornings and it is ready in the store on Wednesday mid-afternoon.

Camp Update

Seven weeks of camp has flown by!   The campers have worked in the garden, the kitchen, and the barn.   Thanks to all our great camp staff! 





Friday, August 4, 2017

Week 9



Tomato harvest begins!

The good news is our tomatoes are finally ready to pick! The red slicing varieties have a good flush of fruit that is starting to turn red and the heirlooms aren’t far behind. The bad news is our plants are infected with early blight, which is a fungal disease that lives in the soil and it is very destructive of tomatoes. The recent cool nights and heavy morning dew has facilitated its spread. Some varieties are faring better than others and all will bear fruit over the next few weeks. However, yields and fruit quality will suffer and the harvest season will be shorter. The disease hasn’t impacted the cherry tomatoes much yet and hopefully it will stay that way!

As we continue to plant the rest of our fall crops, we are shifting our focus to staying on top of the weeds and bringing in larger harvests. We finished pulling our garlic last week and that is curing in the greenhouse. The forecasted rain on Monday is right on schedule with what we need.

This week the share will include:

Kale
Chard
Head lettuce
Carrots
Beets
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Yellow squash
Tomatoes
Green peppers
Fresh onions
Potatoes
Watermelon
Korean specialty melons
Green Beans - PYO
Cherry tomatoes - PYO
Sunflowers - PYO
Herbs - PYO

Just a reminder, we only allow one pickup per week but the choice of day is up to you. If you cannot make it for one of the weeks, you can always send a friend to pick up your share for you. Please remember to bring your tote bags! The shareroom is open Monday & Thursday 2-7pmTuesday and Friday 12-5pm


Upcoming Programs and Events: 

Friday Night Dinners: Join us for dinner by Chive and music in the Stone Paddock. The family-friendly dinners feature food grown or raised on our farms (as well as other local area farms.)  Dining on the farm is one of the best ways to enjoy the flavors of the season! Ticket prices include full dinner buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, and dessert. Beer and wine is available for purchase.   Sign up now! 


Saturday Hay Bale Hangout: 

Every Saturday  10AM-2PM Member Child: $5 Nonmember Child: $10Join us at Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by anytime between 10AM – 1:30PM for fantastic farmyard meet and greets! Hands on activities start at 10AM and run every half hour.  Once you’ve paid, stay for an hour or all day! Cash only please. No additional cost for adults. 


Camp Update

Campers are busy in the garden, barnyard, and kitchen.   We still have a few spots left the last two weeks of Farm Camp!

News from the Farm Store

Stop by and say hello to Ava Lins and Kate Kennedy, our veteran shopkeepers, or introduce yourself to Kate Crawford, our new shopkeeper, and to Staci Zarimba, Store Manager. Thanks to Fionna Collins and Lara Lafdahl who have helped us out this summer.

Regular store hours are M-F 11 to 6 and Sat and Sun 10-4. Sometime we may stay open a little later, but generally we close at 6 pm.

Please remember to bring back your glass milk bottles. We bottle milk on Wednesday mornings and it is ready in the store on Wednesday mid afternoon.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Week 8 Watermellons!

Watermelons are ready for harvest!


It’s one of my favorite days of the summer. Nothing quite says summer the way a juicy, field warmed watermelon tastes crack open on a hot day in July. The actual harvest itself quite a lot of fun, too. We first go through the field on a scavenger hunt and make rows of the ripe melons, which then literally get tossed through the air to someone who places it in the bin. Everyone in the crew gets into it, and we’ve only dropped one melon so far this year!

Just when I was ready to fire up our irrigation pump for the first time this year, mother nature came through with a couple inches of light, steady rain to get us through another week or two. This week also offered a much needed reprieve from the hot, humid weather we’ve been experiencing the past couple weeks, which made everyone on the crew happy.

This week the share will include:

Green curly kale
Rainbow chard
Head lettuce
Cabbage
Fennel
Beets
Carrots
Summer squash
Zucchini
Cucumbers
Onions
Potatoes
Watermelon
Green beans – PYO
Sunflowers – PYO
Herbs - PYO

Just a reminder, we only allow one pickup per week but the choice of day is up to you. If you cannot make it for one of the weeks, you can always send a friend to pick up your share for you. Please remember to bring your tote bags! The shareroom is open Monday & Thursday 2-7pmTuesday and Friday 12-5pm


Upcoming Programs and Events: 

Friday Night Dinners: Join us for dinner by Chive and music in the Stone Paddock. The family-friendly dinners feature food grown or raised on our farms (as well as other local area farms.)  Dining on the farm is one of the best ways to enjoy the flavors of the season! Ticket prices include full dinner buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, and dessert. Beer and wine is available for purchase.   Sign up now! 


Saturday Hay Bale Hangout: 

Every Saturday  10AM-2PM Member Child: $5 Nonmember Child: $10Join us at Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by anytime between 10AM – 1:30PM for fantastic farmyard meet and greets! Hands on activities start at 10AM and run every half hour.  Once you’ve paid, stay for an hour or all day! Cash only please. No additional cost for adults. 

Camp Update

This was Farmer Appreciation Week at camp!  Our young farmers learned about milking and growing crops.  We still have a few spots left in Farm Camp!

News from the Farm Store

Introducing Round Point, a new cheese created by our resident Cheesemaker. Round Point , a soft, full-flavored cheese.   It is now available at the store and will be part of the Cheese Share! 

Please remember to bring back your glass milk bottles. We bottle milk on Wednesday mornings and it is ready in the store on Wednesday mid afternoon.

                                       

Friday, July 21, 2017

Week 7 - Sunflowers and Garlic!


The shifting of the season is one constant on a farm where nothing is ever quite the same. It's something I really enjoy about this profession and something I've learned to embrace. Sure, there are plenty of routines and schedules we maintain but no two tasks are quite the same. We cycle through plantings and move to new fields, sing new songs, and no matter how much planning we do, you never quite know what the days ahead will bring. Try as we do to plan and learn and improve, there's a certain amount of mystery in growing vegetables that makes it all worthwhile.

We're hitting the heat of the summer and share contents of the next couple weeks will reflect that. We stop growing greens for about a month this time of year because they are tender and don't hold up well in the heat. These are crops we keep covered with a protecting fabric to exclude the pesky flea beetle, which chews holes in the leaves. Temperatures sizzle under that fabric and the greens wilt right down.

Many have noticed that absence of head lettuce this week. We aim to have head lettuce every week of the share and we're right on time with our plantings. We've had trouble with deer getting the lettuce before it's ready to harvest. Despite our efforts electric fencing and flash tape, they march down the rows nibbling the hearts out of every head. We started planting lettuce inside our main field which has a permanent and more effective fence, so head lettuce will be returning to the share soon.

Green beans and sunflowers are ready to pick! We have many plantings of all the upick crops and hope to have a steady supply into the fall. The tomatoes are showing nice fruit set so far but aren't quite ready for harvest and the first eggplant and peppers are nearly ready to pick.

This week the share will include:

Green curly kale
Rainbow chard
Carrots
Beets
Fresh onions
Fennel
Summer squash
Zucchini
Cucumbers
Pointed head cabbage
Green cabbage
Napa cabbage
Green beans PYO
Herbs PYO
Flower bouquets PYO
Sunflowers PYO

Just a reminder, we only allow one pickup per week but the choice of day is up to you. If you cannot make it for one of the weeks, you can always send a friend to pick up your share for you. Please remember to bring your tote bags! The shareroom is open Monday & Thursday 2-7pmTuesday and Friday 12-5pm




Upcoming Programs and Events: 


Friday Night Dinners: Join us for dinner by Chive and music in the Stone Paddock. The family-friendly dinners feature food grown or raised on our farms (as well as other local area farms.)  Dining on the farm is one of the best ways to enjoy the flavors of the season! Ticket prices include full dinner buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, and dessert. Beer and wine is available for purchase.   Sign up now! 

Meet the Machines:  Sunday July 23 4pm 


Balers and bucket loaders and harrows, oh my! Pack a picnic and spend a summer evening at Appleton Farms meeting our machines. 

You'll get to climb aboard backhoes, check out manure spreaders and try out the view from our tractors. Afterwards, enjoy music and your picnic brought from home in the stone paddock. When you’ve gotten your fill of machines try your hand at some lawn games or get your face painted. Also make sure to say hello to our goats, sheep, and bunnies in the barnyard! Limited picnic tables will be available, but feel free to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets! We'll have free lemonade and water available for all. 


Saturday Hay Bale Hangout: 

Every Saturday  10AM-2PM Member Child: $5 Nonmember Child: $10Join us at Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by anytime between 10AM – 1:30PM for fantastic farmyard meet and greets! Hands on activities start at 10AM and run every half hour.  Once you’ve paid, stay for an hour or all day! Cash only please. No additional cost for adults. 


Camp Update


The first two weeks of camp were a great success!   Highlights included a farm to table dinner (cooked by the campers) and a visit from a local veterinarian who showed campers how to care for animals. 

We are still enrolling for Farm Camp!  Openings in one week sessions! 


News from the Creamery

Introducing Round Piont, a new cheese created by our resident Cheesemaker. Round Point , a soft, full-flavored cheese.   It is now available at the store and will be part of the Cheese Share! 

Our Cheese share started on July 10th.    It is not too late to sign up for the next 9 weeeks.   Sign up at the store or email screighton@thetrustees.org.   

Get 2 cheeses selected by our Cheesemaker on a biweekly basis.The share is open to all Trustees members and includes 10 weeks of cheese over weeks (every other week).   You can get details and sign up at the store. Cost is $150 (retail value is $200). A Cheese Share also makes a great gift! If you are just signing up, we will prorate your share.

                                       

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sunflowers and Garlic News

Garlic Harvest Time is Here!

If you want to help, we will be pulling half of the garlic, this Saturday July 22 at 9 am.  Join us in the field to reap the winter's rewards.







Sunflowers and Green Bean ripened mid-
week, so if you missed these crops in the U-pick you are welcome to come back on Friday or Saturday.  If you already got some this week, please remember you are only allowed to take these crops once a week in order to leave enough for everyone.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Week 6

We had technical difficulties with the blog last week and we were unable publish the our weekly update. We apologize and hope the issue is resolved. Thanks for your patience.

With warm weather and plenty of rain, almost everything is growing very well. The peas came and went in a flash and the tomatoes seem to shoot up inches everyday. Some of the summer crops are coming in very nicely, like zucchini and cucumbers, and others show promise of bounties to come. The weeds seem to grow just as well as the crops, but our steady and dependable crew is always up for the challenge. I can’t say enough about the tremendous effort they put in everyday.

There have been a few questions about limits on items in the share and if those limits will change. We typically limit things like greens and bunched items because of the amount of labor that goes into growing and harvesting those vegetables. Our goal is to put out a high quality and diverse share each week. By imposing limits on the more labor intensive crops we are able to do a better job on the farm overall and have a more consist quality and diverse offering.

We updated our CSA handbook to include the new “flexible day” policy, which you can find here: http://www.thetrustees.org/assets/documents/places-to-visit/2017-FINAL-Shareholder-Booklet.pdf. As a reminder, we no longer need to know which day you’re coming to pick up your share or if you need to switch pickup days from week to week. We only allow one pickup per week but the choice of day is up to you. If you cannot make it for one of the weeks, you can always send a friend to pick up your share for you.

This week the share will include:

Arugula
Baby kale
Broccoli raab
Baby bok choi
Mustard greens
Head lettuce
Green curly kale
Rainbow chard
Radishes
Scallions
Fennel
Red cabbage
Green cabbage
Beets
Zucchini
Summer squash
Cucumbers

Please remember to bring your tote bags! The shareroom is open Monday & Thursday 2-7pmTuesday and Friday 12-5pm.

News from the Creamery


Introducing Round Piont, a new cheese created by our resident Cheesemaker. Round Point , a soft, full-flavored cheese.   It is now available at the store and will be part of the Cheese Share! 

We are excited to announce our new Cheese Share starting the week July 10th.    It is not too late to sign up!!   Sign up at the store or email screighton@thetrustees.org.   




Get 2 cheeses selected by our Cheesemaker on a biweekly basis.The share is open to all Trustees members and includes 10 weeks of cheese over 20 weeks (every other week).   You can get details and sign up at the store. Cost is $150 (retail value is $200). A Cheese Share also makes a great gift!



Upcoming Programs and Events: 


Friday Night Dinners: Join us for dinner by Chive and music in the Stone Paddock. The family-friendly dinners feature food grown or raised on our farms (as well as other local area farms.)  Dining on the farm is one of the best ways to enjoy the flavors of the season! Ticket prices include full dinner buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, and dessert. Beer and wine is available for purchase.   Sign up now! 


Saturday July 15:   Natural Parenting Expo will be happening in the Stone Paddock from 10-4.  Stop by or see their info here.  There is an admission for the event itself.

Sunday July 16:   For many years, local horsemen have hosted carriage driving events on the Farm.  This year, the Waldingfield Driving Trail (an event of the Carriage Owners of New England and the American Drive Club) will have an "obstacle" in  the center of the Farm.  Come between about 1:30- 4:00 to watch.   Carriages will be coming through the Farm in 5-10 intervals.   

Saturday Hay Bale Hangout: 
Every Saturday  10AM-2PM Member Child: $5 Nonmember Child: $10


Join us at Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by anytime between 10AM – 1:30PM for fantastic farmyard meet and greets! Hands on activities start at 10AM and run every half hour.  Once you’ve paid, stay for an hour or all day! Cash only please. No additional cost for adults. 

Camp Update


The first two weeks of camp were a great success!   Highlights included a farm to table dinner (cooked by the campers) and a visit from a local veterinarian who showed campers how to care for animals. 

We are still enrolling for Farm Camp!  Openings in one week sessions!