Seeding, sowing & sprouting

Farmstand Opening Day is May 4th!

farmstand spring plantsOpening Day at the Farmstand is almost here!! It’s hard to believe, but this is our 10th season at Langwater and we’re excited to kick it off!

We’ve got beds of spring greens and early roots that we’re itching to harvest, plus all of the plants we’ve been growing in the greenhouse are ready to make their debut. If you’re ready to get into your garden, we’ll have some plants for you: herbs of all kinds, spring Broccoli, greens, and few Tomatoes too. More Tomatoes will be ready later into May, when the weather’s warmer.

sugar snap peas in the fieldIn addition to all our favorite spring greens–Salad Mix, Spinach, Kale & Pea Shoots–and maybe some Potatoes and Radishes too, we’ll have more delicious pies from Bushel + Crumb. There’ll be Blueberry, Honey Walnut & Savory pies choose from. And our friends at Jordan Brothers will be on hand from 9-1 on Saturday with fresh fish & seafood.

If you purchased a Farmstand CSA debit card this winter, they’ll be ready for pickup (& use!) starting Opening Day. And if you didn’t sign up for your Farmstand CSA (or Full Season CSA), there’s still time! Pickups for the Full Season CSA (Whole & Half shares) start the week of May 20th.

Seeding & Sowing in the Greenhouse & in the Field

purple microsWe fired up our big greenhouse back in February and have been busy in there ever since. These days it is bursting with thousands of baby plants, almost ready to head out into the field, or to the Farmstand and then out into your garden.

In the field, spring has definitely sprung. Recent spring field chores have included pruning our Raspberries, patching holes Liz driving transplanterin our deer fence, liberating our Strawberries from their winter blankets of straw mulch, and of course, prepping our fields to be ready for all the spring planting we have on tap. The field crew has been out planting for several days already this month and they’ve got a solid calendar of planting days ahead of them as far as the eye can see. It takes a lots of work to get all 65 acres planted every year!

Upcoming Farm Events

feee cornhole flyer fbFEEE (the Foundation for Excellence in Education in Easton) is holding their inaugural Cornhole Tournament on the party lawn on Saturday, May 11th. Sign up for a spot in the tournament and then bring your best Cornholing game in support of Easton schools. Nothing beats a game of Cornhole on a Saturday!

Pizza Night is coming back in May! Our first kevin working the pizza ovenPizza Night of the season will be Friday, May 24th. Shovel Town Brewery’s excellent beers will be back on tap and we’ll have a few different pizza toppings to choose from, including a seasonal one that’s our new favorite. You can take your pizzas to go or enjoy them at the picnic tables that overlook the fields. We love Pizza Nights on the farm and we hope you’ll come hang out with us!

Gearing up in the greenhouse

ben liz cleaning greenhouse springSeeds: Go!
Potting soil: Go!
Greenhouse: Go!

Sparkling clean and full of bright winter sunlight, our main greenhouse is up and running! We’ve scrubbed and swept, organized our seeds, brought in several small mountains of potting soil, and now the game is afoot.

We often think of seeding the first seeds of the season as dropping a sam tractor potting soil greenhouse springball into a Rube Goldberg machine: one small action starts everything, each action triggers the next, there’s no stopping once you’ve started, and it’s all connected in a giant web of cross-ties and interdependencies.

onion flats in warm room springOnions are usually our very first crop to get seeded in the greenhouse, and it’s no different this year. These’ll be planted out into the field in April and May, harvested and cured in August, and on your table in September. Godspeed, little Onions, and may the Force be with you!

liz seeding onions close up

Foodie Instagrams that will make you drool

Looking for gorgeous food porn to add to your Insta feed this winter? Beautifully shot delicious food gets our ❤️ every time. We have some suggestions you might like too. 
Nantucket chef @fareisle is mostly plant-based and she shares recipes for delicious treats and sometimes cocktails too. She has a great eye for detail–check out this sweet embossed rolling pin she used to stamp her shortbread cookies with!
fareisle insta shortbread cookies
On the more savory side of plant-based Insta accounts is @mynewroots. Her salads, grain bowls, and smoothie bowls are epic and packed full of all the things that are healthy for you.
mynewroots beet salad
@growforagecookferment explores the outer niches the plant-based food ecosystem. Lately they’ve been on a mushroom kick lately but they’re also big supporters of eating the weeds (when in season).
growforagecookferment dandelion
No recipes here @her_dark_materials, but ultra dramatic what-I-ate-for-lunch pics with a soupçon of Dutch Masters flair. Rosalind Atkinson does Italian Renaissance-level chiaroscuro like nobody’s business.
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Also a winner for sheer artistry is @karinpfeiffboschek, whose pie crust design inspiration comes from sources as diverse as church windows, communist propaganda posters, mid-century modern wallpaper, and Celtic knot work. She’s seriously impressive.
karinpfeiffboschek stained glass window pie