Today marks the start of fall fun at Langwater Farm! Come visit us for a free hayride to the pick your own pumpkin patch, try your luck at our maze, or climb around on the hay pile. We have all your fall favorites, local maple syrup, local apples & cider, mums, pumpkins, squash, potatoes, all sorts of greens and much more! But don’t wish summer away yet… we still have lots of our tomatoes and local sweet corn. Hope to see you soon!
Although it seems fall is quickly approaching with kids going back to school, summer is still in full swing at Langwater Farm!
To kick off the start of Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week, the 29th Annual Massachusetts Tomato Contest was held at City Hall Plaza in Boston on Monday. Langwater Farm was awarded 1st Place in the Cherry Tomato Category! Our Sungolds impressed the judges among some stiff competition from all across the state. The tomatoes are evaluated by local chefs, food writers, and foodies on flavor, firmness, color and shape. We were also awarded 6th place in the Heirloom Category with our Green Zebra Tomatoes. Tomato season is underway and we are seeing lots of the beautiful fruit in the farmstand. We are out every day picking red slicing tomatoes, a myriad of cherry tomatoes for our tasty medleys, and now just getting into our heirloom varieties.
We have just begun our large melon harvest! We are growing various watermelon cultivars: the heirloom Blacktail Mountain (an early mid-size watermelon with good eating qualities and sweetness), Crimson Sweet (a large melon weighing in at over 20 lbs, with sweet juicy flesh and classic striped green skin), Sugar Baby (an “ice box” watermelon, with small but tasty fruit) and Sunshine (a sweet, bright yellow- fleshed watermelon). Watermelon pairs wonderfully with basil or mint, and are perfect for snacks, desserts, salads, and drinks! Muskmelons are not yet at their peak but we are seeing a few come in each day. We are growing some delicious varieties of muskmelons including Brilliant (a smooth canary type melon with a crisp texture and a slightly nutty flavor), Orange Sherbet (a Tuscan variety cantaloupe with a distinct melon flavor and aroma), Superstar, Sivan, Ambrosia, Sarah’s Choice, Honey Orange, Honey Pearl, Gold Start, and Rockstar. Muskmelons make a great start to any meal on an antipasto plate with savory items such as prosciutto. They are also great for breakfast or paired with ginger.
We have also been busy harvesting our crops in the Allium genus, including chives, shallots, garlic, and a wide variety of bulb onions. We will also have scallions and leeks later this fall. It was a tough year for onions with all the wet weather, but it looks like we will still have a pretty nice crop. We have red and yellow storage onions, that will last until March after being cured for a few weeks. We also have Italian onions like red and yellow Cipollinis, and a specialty onion grown in Mediterranean France and Italy known as Long of Tropea. We also have the farm favorite, Walla Walla onion, with a flattened bulb and a sweet mild flavor. These are not considered storage onions so get them while you can! We harvested nearly our entire onion crop two weeks ago, during the optimal harvest time (after 60% of the onion tops had fallen after a period of dry weather). The task was completed by a huge crew after lunch one day, as they needed to wait for the dew to completely dry. Some crew members started ahead, clipping the tops and pulling the bulbs, creating a windrow along the top of the onion bed. Other crew members followed with crates, inspecting the bulbs for damage or breakdown, then loading them up. The onions were then spread out on large racks made of hardware cloth and native pine, inside the barn, where they continue to dry and cure. Our garlic crop is drying there as well!
We are harvesting all of your summer favorites on a daily basis… come visit us at the farmstand to stock up on squash, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, basil, and other herbs, new potatoes, peaches, beets, and much much more! We are harvesting Langwater Farm’s first ever peach crop this year. It seems like just yesterday we were planting the tiny saplings on the side of the hill in our Main Street field, but is was the spring of 2010! There is nothing like eating a juicy tree-ripened peach!
Thursdays at Langwater Farm are now a one stop shop starting May 9th! Jordan Brothers Seafood is back every Thursday- come down to get some fresh fish for dinner. We are also excited to announce that we have a new vendor joining us on Thursdays, Proofed Artisan and Traditional Breads. Some of you may already know Proofed and their delicious breads from the Easton Winter Farmers Market.
Round out your dinner with a Langwater Farm salad… we have fresh salad mix with tender baby lettuces and crunchy spinach garnished with Nasturtium blossoms. We also have crispy heads of lettuce, crunchy carrots, mild scallions, and three early kale varieties, Red Russian, Lacinato, and Starbor- all perfect for sauteing!
Don’t forget to pick up a gift card or a flowering Nasturtium hanging basket- perfect for Mother’s Day!
After a winter that seemed as though it would never end, our farmstand will be re-opening for the season starting this Saturday May 4! We will be open for our regular business hours, Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm, until December 24th. These last few weeks have been busy, and the crew is excited to be back out in the field. The slow warm up has definitely caused some overcrowding in the greenhouse. A lot of plants were ready to be transplanted out into the field, but weren’t quite ready for the overnight low temps. Using row cover has really helped with this. The row cover is also a great barricade against early insect and deer pressure. Now that it is finally warming up, we are in a mad dash to get everything transplanted out into the field. The tractor with the water wheel transplanter has been running 5 days per week! We are also direct seeding lots of peas, beans, carrots, beets, greens, and other early varieties in the field.
For Opening Day, we will have lots of our Certified Organic vegetable seedlings… tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, squash, melons, lettuce, herbs & much more! We will be harvesting our salad mix, scallions, lettuce and kale, so get ready for some great sporing salads! We will have local maple syrup from Davell’s in North Attleboro, MA and honey from Howland Apiaries in Brockton, MA.
We are excited to be starting another great season here at Langwater Farm! Thanks for your support!
It is January here on the farm and although the farmstand is closed for the winter, we are all very busy here! We are already accepting sign-up sheets for next year’s CSA season (sign up here!) as we work on taking our seed inventory, ordering seeds in all sorts of exciting varieties for the coming season, and planning our crops and field layouts.
For the 2013 CSA we have many of the same popular options available again, so you can enjoy our delicious, fresh-picked Certified Organic produce the way that works best for you. This year will be our fourth growing season at Langwater Farm and you can expect the same diversity, freshness, and high quality in all of our produce.
This year’s options are:
Full Season CSA: Weekly pickups of our own Certified Organic produce will start the week of May 21st and go through the last week of October (24 weeks). Each week you’ll get a mix of 5-10 different vegetables and the variety and quantity will change according to the season. We aim to return you at least 15% on your investment with us. Choose from a Whole Share for $625 or a Half Share for $350.
Farmstand CSA: A more flexible option: $350 gets you a $400 debit card, redeemable for any item whenever the farmstand is open, all season long. You choose what veggies you like and when you want them.
Sunflower CSA: Ten weeks of brilliant sunflower bunches starting in July. (Only 20 shares available.) $60.
Winter CSA: Saving the best for last, the Winter CSA runs for 8 weeks, November-December. For $175, a share will include lots of greens, roots, and winter squash and average $25 worth of produce each week. We aim to return you at least 15% on your investment with us.
Ashmont Farmers Market CSA: Weekly pickups of our own Certified Organic produce at the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers Market on Fridays, 3-7pm from July-October (15 weeks). Choose from a Whole Share for $450 or Half Share for $250.
To give an idea of what kind of quantity and diversity to expect in this year’s Full Season and Ashmont shares, here’s a few sample weeks of last year’s shares. This year’s shares will be pretty much the same in terms of quantity and diversity, although we can’t promise these exact items on these exact weeks this year.
Week of June 5th
Half Share: 1 head Broccoli, 1 bunch Radishes or 1 bunch Turnips, 1 head Lettuce, 1 bag Spinach, 1 pint Strawberries
Whole Share: 1 head Broccoli, 1 bunch Radishes, 1 bunch Turnips, 1 bunch Kale, 1 head Lettuce, 1 bag Spinach, 1 bag Arugula, 1 bag Meslcun Mix, 1 quart Strawberries
Week of July 30th
Half Share: 1 half pint Cherry Tomatoes, 3 pieces Summer Squash/Zucchini, 3 pieces Specialty Summer Squash/Zucchini, 2 Pickling Cucumbers, 1 Slicing Cucumber, 1 Sweet Walla Walla Onion, 1 bunch Carrots or 1 bunch Beets, 1 pint Mixed New Potatoes
Whole Share: 6 ears Sweet Corn, 3 Early Girl Tomatoes, 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes, 3 pieces Summer Squash/Zucchini, 3 pieces Specialty Summer Squash/Zucchini, 2 Pickling Cucumbers, 1 Slicing Cucumber, 1 Sweet Walla Walla Onion, 1 bunch Carrots or 1 bunch Beets, 1 quart Mixed New Potatoes
Week of September 25th
Half Share: 1 Butternut Squash, 2 lb. Carrots or 2 lb. Beets, 1 bunch Hakurei Turnips or 1 bunch Radishes, 1 bunch Chard or 1 bunch Kale, 1 bag Arugula
Whole Share: 1 Butternut Squash, 2 lb. Carrots or 2 lb. Beets, 1 Yellow Onion, 1 bunch Radishes, 1 bunch Hakurei Turnips, 1 bunch Chard, 1 bunch Kale, 1 bag Spinach or 1 crown Broccoli, 1 bag Arugula
To reserve your spot in the 2013 CSA, download the signup sheet here and mail it back to us. Email us at langwaterfarm at gmail. com and we will happily answer any questions you may have.
Frosty mornings, colder nights, and the low slide of the sun across the horizon during the day prompts every living thing on the farm to start tucking in for the winter. Several days ago, a light snowfall covered the farm, a harbinger of the deep winter months ahead. The Christmas trees and holiday greenery at the farmstand were glistening that night, the snowflakes on the branches reflecting back the light. While the farmstand is decked out for the holidays, we’re still in the farming season, still tending and harvesting crops from the fields.
For many crops, the oncoming winter means that they focus their energy on building their stores of sugar. Like bees producing honey all summer to feed the hive during the long winter, many plants produce and store sugars to stay alive during low-light days and freezing nights. Sugars not only feed the plant, they prevent it from freezing, as sugar water has a lower freezing point than pure water. These frost-sweetened crops–roots like carrots and beets, greens like spinach and kale–are at their peak right now, rich in flavor and sweetness. We still harvest them daily, once the sun warms them enough to be picked.
Our winter storage crops, like sweet potatoes, butternuts, and acorn squashes, are also genetically primed for late season flavor. When harvested, they begin their sugar building, steadily increasing for months as they stay packed in the barn away from light and moisture. Bred over hundreds of years to be dense packets of nutrition during lean winter months, they prove their worth now, when all the tomatoes, snap peas, peppers, and the other delicate summer crops have been overcome by the change of seasons.
As we scramble to stay ahead of the fast-sinking sun on chilly afternoons, we look forward to another round of holiday feasts and heaping bowls full of the bounty of the fields. Seeds that were planted as far back as May, and plants tended all through the long summer, are now filling our harvest crates, soon to be served up and devoured by family and friends, gathered to celebrate.
To add to the culinary revelry of the season, we’re baking pies and baked goodies for the holidays again–for parties, gifts, and stocking stuffers. Stop by the farmstand to order, or email us at langwaterfarm at gmail.
All of us at Langwater Farm want to thank you, our wonderful supporters and customers, for such a long and successful growing season.
Happy & Delicious Holidays to everyone!
Fall has begun in earnest at Langwater Farm. Mornings are crisper and sunset creeps up a little faster in the evenings. We’re harvesting lots of our favorite fall produce out of the fields every day–winter squashes, carrots, potatoes, beets, bunched greens, salad greens, radishes, and of course, bins of brilliant orange pumpkins!
Every weekend until Halloween we’re offering free hayrides down to the pumpkin patch so you can pick your own pumpkin! During the week the pumpkin patch is still open for those who’d like to walk down and haul their pumpkins back on a Radio Flyer wagon.
Our fall produce is certified organic and always fresh–we harvest every day!
Stop by the farmstand for gorgeous pumpkins and fall decorations, delicious veggies, or to sign up for our Winter CSA!