Back again this Saturday

We’re opening the Farmstand again this Saturday for a special pre-order only veggie pickup day. During this health crisis we want to continue to provide healthy & nutritious veggies to our community. We want to reduce the spread of Covid-19 at every point possible, but also not contribute to any food panic. This is our best idea for now.

Pre-order your veggies & farm products on our online store and come to the Farmstand between 10am – 2pm on Saturday, March 28th for a low-touch pickup outside the Farmstand on the front porch. Your pre-paid order will all be packed and ready to go. Please practice social distancing while you’re at the Farmstand and help us keep the interaction as low-contact and low-risk as possible.

Jordan Brothers Seafood will also be set up at the Farmstand on Saturday from 10am – 2pm with fresh fish, shellfish, and delicious chowders and bisques. Please pre-order by emailing the Jordan crew at jordanbrothersseafood@yahoo.com.

If you’d like to pay for your order with SNAP and/or HIP, email us your order and we’ll pre-pack it and run your card at pickup.

More items may also be added to the online store tomorrow, as we secure veggies from other local farms.

farmstand pano covid corona pickup bags


Farming in the era of Covid-19

There’s a lot of uncertainty right now about what the future days, weeks, and months will look like, and that can feel really destabilizing. We’ve been getting questions about how the Covid-19 crisis is affecting the farm. We have a few answers to share.

First, we’re obviously following the CDC, MDPH, and Easton BOH mandates and guidelines on how we run the farm: tons of hand washing, using lots of disposable gloves, social distancing, not working if sick, basically anything and everything we can do to reduce the spread of germs and keep our food, our customers, and our crew safe and healthy.

Under Governor Baker’s essential services exemption, we are continuing operation of the farm (we’re food producers, food wholesalers, and food retailers all in one). Given the mild winter we’ve enjoyed, we have been able to start our spring field prep early and we expect to be out planting by the end of the week, which is definitely ahead of schedule. For right now we haven’t made significant changes to our crop plan for this season, though we have pushed up the planting schedule on a few things, which the weather has been kindly accommodating.

Our crew is pretty excited to be back out in the field. We’ve been doing some tilling to prepare fields for imminent planting, as well as cover cropping some other fields. Getting a spring cover crop in now means we can get a few months of soil health-building before we plant it this summer with crops that we’ll harvest in the fall.

There’s some good news that we’re excited to share. This season we’re leasing a new piece of land, called the Marshall Farm, from the Oliver Ames family. It’s close to 25 acres, nearby Langwater, and it will allow us to expand production a bit this year. We’re transitioning that field to organic production immediately, though it will be 3 years before everything we grow there can be labeled certified organic. For this season, we’ll be growing Sweet Corn, Pumpkins, and a few other crops there, which frees up some other field space at Langwater to grow more organic veggie crops and soil-building cover crops.


No Winter Markets

For the next few weeks, we won’t be at either of our usual winter farmers markets. The Original Easton Farmers Market is closed for this week and we are choosing not to go to the Pawtucket Wintertime Market. We think the outdoor pre-order veggie pickup we’re offering at the Farmstand this Saturday is safer and lower-risk for both our customers and our crew. For our southern Langwater fans, our veggies will still be available via delivery through Market Mobile and Whatsgood (see above for more info).

Thank you for your support at the markets these last few weeks. We think our decision at this time is the best option (or maybe the least-worst option) given the circumstances.

Farmstand open this Saturday only

We’re opening the Farmstand this Saturday for a special veggie pickup day. Since the Original Easton Farmers Market is closed until further notice, we want to continue to provide healthy & nutritious veggies to our community during this health crisis. square store veggie section

We want to reduce the spread of Covid-19 at every point possible, but also not contribute to any food panic. This is our best idea for now.

Pre-order your veggies on our online store and come to the Farmstand between 10am – 2pm on Saturday, March 21st for an outdoor, low-touch pickup from the front porch of the Farmstand. Your pre-paid veggies will all be packed and ready to go.

catch-fish-fish-market-229789Jordan Brothers Seafood will also be set up in our parking lot, just like they are Thursday afternoons during our regular Farmstand season. They’ll have fresh shellfish, fish, chowders & bisques (some items are pre-order only) available for sale. You can also pre-order from Jordan by emailing them.

If you’d like to pay for your veggies with SNAP and/or HIP, email us your veggie order and we’ll pre-pack it and run your card at pickup.snap logo


Veggie delivery options

market mobile logo dark greenIf you can’t make it to the Farmstand on Saturday, we have two veggie delivery options to recommend, especially for our more southern Langwater fans. Farm Fresh Rhode Island (FFRI) runs a fantastic wholesale distribution hub called Market Mobile that they’re opening to retail sales for now. You can sign up here (choose the ‘Advocate’ option under Business Category).

We’ve sold veggies through Market Mobile for 8 years and we think it’s a very well run operation. FFRI cooler shotMarket Mobile also draws from farms and food producers of all kinds in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, so they have a wide selection of excellent food. If you’re in the greater Providence/Pawtucket area, they’ll deliver for a $60 minimum order. For smaller orders, or for orders from outside their delivery area, they offer pickup at their warehouse in Pawtucket. Their next ordering period opens early Thursday morning (3/19), for delivery/pickup on Tuesday (3/24).

whatsgood logoAlso in Rhode Island is WhatsGood, a veggie delivery service that already offers our veggies through our farm friends at Under the Sun Farm in Dighton. This week there’ll be Carrots, Yellow Onions, and some root veggies available.

 


CSA shares & Gift Cards

rory tomato heartOver the past weeks we’ve been very grateful for the new CSA share sign-ups and gift card orders that we’ve been receiving through our online store. Thank you for your support during these unusual times—it’s much appreciated.

You can signup online for any of our CSA shares:

Here are all the details (and FAQs) and a paper signup form if you want to pay by check.

lwf gift card screenshotOur gift cards are available in several amounts, with special amounts available by request!

Email us here if you’d like a special amount.


Pawtucket Market this weekend

19-20 pawtucket wintertime market posterWe’re at just one market this weekend, while the Original Easton Farmers Market is closed until further notice:

Liz is slinging Potatoes, Onions, Beets, Radishes, Macombers, Carrots, Rutabaga, Green Cabbage, Popcorn, fresh Pea Shoots, and Sunchokes, as well as our Hot Sauce, Marinara Sauce, and Crushed Tomatoes.

The Pawtucket market managers have some info posted for market patrons, please read. We are taking extra precautions at the market during this situation:

1. Pre-packaging many of our veggies at the farm.

2. Our market crew will all be using vinyl gloves and changing them frequently.

3. Lots of handwashing. All. The. Time.

4. None of our crew is working if they feel sick (and they’ve all been feeling healthy for weeks).

5. We’re changing the way we set up our tables. There will be a few items visible on the tables, but we’ll have plenty of backstock available to restock the tables as purchases are made.

6. We ask that you don’t come to the market if you aren’t feeling well. If you know someone who is sick or particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 (elderly or has existing respiratory problems), please consider offering to shop for them.

7. Please shop & go. We usually love the hangout & party atmosphere of the market, but for now it’s safer to just make your purchases and go home.

Farmers Market update

With all of you, we’ve been watching the Covid-19 events closely and we’ve been thinking hard about our responsibilities as food producers and community members.

While we want to reduce Covid-19 spread at every point possible, we also want to continue to provide our community with healthy & nutritious vegetables during this health crisis and, importantly, not contribute to any food panic.

pawtucket rooster OPENWe WILL BE at both our winter markets on Saturday:
1. the Original Easton Farmers Market at the Lutheran Church (10am-2pm)
2.the Pawtucket Wintertime Market at the Hope Artiste Village (9am-1pm).
We’ll be taking extra precautions and we ask that you do too (see below).

If you want to stock up on some long-storing essentials, we’ll have the following bulk items packaged and available now for pre-order, as well as our usual selection:

carrots in bags with stickersCarrots 10# for $25; 25# for $50
Beets: 10# for $25; 25# for $50
Yellow Onions: 10# for $25; 25# for $50
Watermelon Radishes: 10# for $20; 25# for $48
Purple Bravo Radishes: 10# for $18; 25# for $42
Macomber Turnips: 10# for $20; 25# for $48
Green Cabbage: half bushel (~18#) for $25
These veggies will keep in their packaging in your fridge for at least several weeks. To order any of these items for pickup at the markets, please email us at thefarmers@langwaterfarm.com by midnight tonight.

We’ll be adding the following precautions at the markets this weekend:
1. Pre-packaging many of our veggies at the farm.
2. Our market crew will all be using vinyl gloves and changing them frequently.
3. Lots of handwashing. All. The. Time.
4. None of our crew is working if they feel sick (and they’ve all been feeling healthy for weeks).
5. We’re changing the way we set up our tables. There will be a few items visible on the tables, but we’ll have plenty of backstock available to restock the tables as purchases are made.
6. We ask that you don’t come to the market if you aren’t feeling well. If you know someone who is sick or particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 (older or has existing respiratory problems), please consider offering to shop for them.
7. Please shop & go. We usually love the party & hangout atmosphere of the market, but for now it’s safer to just make your purchases and go home.

The Easton Board of Health may have additional rules in place for the market tomorrow and they’ll be posted prominently on the doors. The Pawtucket market has the following info for tomorrow’s market: https://www.farmfreshri.org/winter20200312/?fbclid=IwAR3Vp_Kgrj6MHSNc2RIN33CcfGpQpKLGC96-DsKDE-WJkkK_b8uUWF-z6C4

Please share this post with friends and neighbors. We hope you are all staying healthy & well!