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Summer = delicious.

July 20, 2018

Summer is upon us. The heat waves of the last few weeks sort of sapped our energy, but there’s no denying that the crops are generally pretty happy with the heat. Coupled with some much-needed rain earlier this week, things are growing well.

We had a wonderful strawberry season. It was so nice to see friends and neighbors, and of course, to enjoy strawberries in every possible way. Now that the season is over, we will plant cover crops on that field next year, getting ready to re-plant the next year, and finally have berries again in two years. It will be a long wait. But on the upside, the sheep have been enjoying grazing in the berry field after the fruit are gone – for them, I think the fact that it was off limits for 3 years makes it all the more enticing.

And tomatoes. We’re swimming in delicious tomatoes. Come on by if you’re craving some homegrown ripe tomatoes. For me, the combination of tomatoes, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt is perfection. One of our strawberry customers, originally from Italy, told us about a delicious concoction of tomato, tuna, olive oil, vinegar and salt – and we agree that it is wonderful. I love how we can learn new ways to savor and appreciate this quintessential taste of summer.

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Ready for a delivery to Philbricks Fresh Market in Portsmouth, and Golden Harvest in Kittery. Yum!

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All tucked in, safe and sound.

June 15, 2018

Once the berries start to color up, the birds seem to know practically immediately. Cedar waxwings, turkeys, you name it. But it is very satisfying to tuck the berries in under their netting where they are protected. I like to imagine that they are under a cloak of invisibility, this sea of white netting that looks nothing like a berry field (we hope).

PYO organic strawberries are coming soon! Check out the strawberries page , or follow us on Facebook, for updates.

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The berry field, protected under rows of netting.

 

Spring is finally here!

May 14, 2018

I realize that I have been delinquent in posting here; a long winter came between my last post and this one. But finally, spring has arrived… and at this time of year, the farm changes from day to day as all the plants, in sequence, bloom and fade, set fruit, and grow.

The tomato tunnel is looking good, and super green. We still have our salad veggies growing in the middle – so we’re harvesting greens daily while we patiently wait for our cucumbers and tomatoes.

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Eric, bearing a fresh salad to go with dinner – surrounded by tomatoes and cucumbers.

 

One good thing about a long winter – plenty of time to stay indoors and do some spinning. I’ve been working on creating quite a bit of hand-dyed and handspun yarn. A couple of days ago, I finally decided to wash it all up and hang it out to dry, and I’m super happy with how they look when all together. Colors!

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Handspun yarn from our sheep – including undyed wool, a few synthetic dyes, and some experiments with cochineal and dahlia. Pretty!

Summertime…

August 24, 2017

Well, strawberry season is over. Even if it took me several weeks to acknowledge it here! The season was wonderful, and we enjoyed connecting with so many wonderful friends and neighbors who came to enjoy the berries.

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fresh silk. each of these little filaments is awaiting its’ pollen grain. 

As fall weather eases in and the humidity dissipates, we’re loving the summer bounty. Including corn. Lots of corn. To me, corn is a miracle – how every little kernel arose simply because one little pollen grain fell on one little fresh silk – and those pollen grains just happened to germinate, and a pollen tube grew down that whole long silk until it reached the ovule. It seems so improbable that we’d get full, beautiful ears…. but we do. I will never cease to be amazed by this (delicious) miracle.

Also, peaches. We planted three little peach trees just after we started our farm, 2010. Since then, various events have conspired to prevent us from having peaches: trees too young, late season frost, winter cold temperatures. Seven years later, we finally have a crop!!! Even better, my planning to have varieties that span from early to late has worked out – and we have been (and will be) in continuous peaches from late July through mid September. Another delicious miracle!

strawberry season begins!

June 20, 2017

It’s finally berry season! We’re open here at the farm for pick-your-own strawberries daily from 8am-5pm, except for we need to close for ripening. Before you travel a distance to come, please call 603-269-6203 for updated info; we keep the answering machine up to date with current picking conditions!

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Almost there…

June 16, 2017

We have tasted our first few ripe fruit, but there aren’t QUITE enough to open, yet. We’ll post here as soon as we are able to open for pick-your-own berries. I suspect that it MAY be over the weekend, but likely will be early next week…. very soon!

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The very first ‘Sable’ and ‘Annapolis’ – a perfect way to both end and start the day!

Just a few more weeks…

May 21, 2017
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Beautiful blossom cluster; ready for pollination.

The berry field is a sea of blooms, which is always a reassuring sight. This means a sea of berries in about a month, if all goes smoothly!

 

Last night, we had a frost advisory. In case of frost, we can irrigate to protect the blooms – the water freezes on the flowers, but it releases heat as it thaws, which keeps the blooms themselves above freezing. Our irrigation was all set up, and we tested to make sure everything worked – in case we had to scamper out at 2am and turn it on. All night long, we checked the temperature at the house – and it never fell below 41F, so we (and the berries) were fortunate!

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This is the cute little guy we enjoyed on Saturday.

We were able to enjoy our first cucumber of the season on Saturday. We grow a few in the high tunnel in pots, alongside the tomatoes. I’d been keeping an eye on it for a while, waiting for it to be ready, and it did not disappoint. The last cucumber I ate was probably in October of last year, sometime just before our first frost… and the new fresh, sweet, crunchy, cucumberyness was pretty amazing.