Building our 2019 season

pexels snow forest treesIn the deepest part of winter, we stay busy by preparing for the spring and the season to come. When we’re not at the farmers market, we’re being industrious in the barn or in the office, or we’re at work on infrastructure, building for the future.

Crop planning for 75+ crops on a 65 acre farm is a big task for us at the beginning of every year. We look at prior year sales to decide whether to grow more or less of a certain crop, then 2019 crop planning conffigure out how much seed we need for each variety of each crop, adjust planting or greenhouse dates from last year, decide on a seed supplier for each variety, and then finally puzzle out how to slot each succession of each crop into this year’s crop rotation plan. It’s quite a process, and requires multiple spreadsheets, calculators, and of course, plenty of coffee and snacks.

After many days of applying brute force brain power, we emerge from hibernation in the barn with a loooong seed order, an even longer johnnys lettuce layoutgreenhouse and field seeding schedule, and a field map that doesn’t leave anything out. Then, after submitting our seed orders to 7 or 8 of our usual seed and plant suppliers, we wait for the deluge of seed shipments. Our stack of seed boxes is only about 2 feet tall at the moment, but we expect it to double within a few days. That’s a lot of seeds!

Next on our list of winter tasks is a thorough clean out of our greenhouses, then we’ll all fight over who gets to plant the first seeds of 2019! We’ll keep you posted.

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We tried a new brownie recipe over the weekend for the Super Bowl and we’ve already made it a second time. These are seriously yummy brownies and they have not one but TWO secret ingredients that make them a little more healthy: Sweet Potatoes and peanut butter. Seriously, so good. They’re very chocolatey, but not too sweet–a combination we love. We adapted this recipe (to punch up the Sweet Potato, among other things) from chocolatecoveredkatie.com. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Brownies

yield: 16 brownies

1 cup roasted Sweet Potato puree
3/4 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons whole wheat flour
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1.5 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder (this isn’t really enough to add heat, just an interesting slightly-smoky flavor; increase this if you want some heat in yours)

Preheat the oven to 325F and place a rack in the center of the oven. Butter an 8″ square pan well.

Gently heat the peanut butter until it is stir-able. Then add the Sweet Potato puree and vanilla and whisk well to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk all the remaining ingredients together, making sure that the baking soda chunks are fully broken up and incorporated. Add the dry ingredients to the Sweet Potato/peanut butter mixture and combine well. Now your ‘batter’ is the consistency of Play-Doh. Scoop it into the prepared pan and smooth it flat.

Bake for 20 minutes and let cool fully before cutting.

Best farm pics of 2018

As we head into the home stretch of 2018, we want to thank you all for all the support and love you’ve showed us this season. It’s truly an honor and a privilege to be part of this community.

Looking back on the season, we remember lots of good food, hard work, and plenty of laughter and joy too. Scrolling back through our Instagram feed, we picked out a few of the highlights of the season.

Starting off the season with some crop planning, family farm-style
insta seed ordering kevin char

Made some new friends in our greenhouse
insta black butterfuly greenhouse

Put in some long days taking care of our crops
insta field crew mulching beds

Grew some delicious organic food
insta strawberry porn

Worked with an awesome crew
insta gennaro sunflowers truck bed

Made some pizza in our sweet new pizza oven
insta pizza oven

Grew some yummy Tomatoes..
insta tomato hands

..which won some trophies…
insta tomato trophies on the wall

..which earned us a spot on Chronicle (!!)
insta chronicle filming tomato field

Everybody stopped by for Pick Your Own Strawberries & Raspberries & Flowers & Pumpkins
insta raspberry fingers

We made some Apple Cider Donuts & hosted some birthday parties…
insta kevin amanda donut eating contest

..and sold some Christmas trees to close out the year!
insta twinkly red tractor

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lwf gift cardIf you’re looking for a great present for the local foodies in your life, Langwater Farm gift cards are exactly what they need! We have gift cards available in any denomination, so they’re perfect for little stocking stuffers or a year’s supply of delicious organic fruits & veggies.

Stop by the Farmstand to pick one up, or order online and we’ll ship it to you if you’re not local.

Thanks for a great Farmstand season, everyone! Our last day at the Farmstand is Sunday, December 23rd. We’re at the Original Easton Farmers Market and the Pawtucket Wintertime Market every Saturday until late April. Then we’ll see you back at the Farmstand on Saturday, May 4th, 2019.

Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa & Happy New Year!!!

2019 CSA signups are open!

dirty carrots barrel washer decemberclean carrots barrel washer decemberIt’s hard to believe that even as we’re winding down this season, we’re already starting on the 2019 season. While we’re still wrapping up field operations, cleaning out various corners of the barn, and continuing to wash our seemingly endless supply of Carrots, we’ve been mulling over the year ahead. Over the weekend we started the first round of planning for the 2019 season, sorting out CSA logistics and thinking about planting and harvesting windows that are months and months away.

2019 csa signups graphicSo we’re happy to announce that 2019 CSA signups are open! If you’re looking to get a jump on next year, you can signup online or download a paper form. CSA shares also make great gifts! Check out the CSA page for lots more details and the full list of shares that are available.

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HIP logoWe got some good news recently–SNAP’s Healthy Incentive Program (HIP) has been extended through the end of February, thanks to some great work by the MA Food System Collaborative and others. So you can keep earning HIP dollars that go back on your EBT card when you buy produce at the Farmstand or at the Original Easton Farmers Market (we’ll be selling there starting Dec. 29th).

The HIP program will be on hiatus starting March 1st, but then will resume in the Spring of 2019.

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And lastly, Bushel + Crumb pies will be back at the Farmstand for Christmas this season. Their delicious pies are filled with local produce and baked in an unbelievably delicious crust (no, really, it’s amazing). This time around the choices are: jumbleberry streusel pie

You can pre-order until this Saturday (Dec. 15th) for pickup at the Farmstand on Sunday, Dec. 23rd, or you can stop by the Farmstand that day to buy one (come early though, they sell very fast).