CSA starts next week!

Drumroll, please….Our Full Season CSA (Whole & Half shares) kicks off next Tuesday, May 21st–our 10th CSA season!

2017 FTT landscapeWe’re excited to be off and running on a new CSA season, to see some long-familiar members (some folks have been CSA sharers for all 10 years!), and meet some new members. We’ll be sending all CSA members a reminder email later in the week with info on pickup logistics and what to expect  Fresh mixed salad field greens piled closeup view(spoiler alert: reports from the field indicate there’ll definitely be Salad Mix and Chives in the shares next week!).

Note: This week is the last week to sign up for a Whole or Half share in the Full Season CSA, including Market CSA shares at Attleboro, Brookline & Davis Square. 

ohb 3x3 gridThis cold & wet spring has our crops in the field lagging a bit behind, so we’re holding off on the start of Organic Harvest Box (OHB) season for another 2 weeks. Usually OHBs are available as soon as the CSA starts, but as much as we’ve tried, we can’t make the sun shine when it doesn’t want to.

Garden Action Plan

Kid in a garden experience and ideaAround here, mid-May is the time to really get going in your garden. Now is ideal to prep for planting warm weather crops and it’s still not too late to get in some spring crops that will look good now or be ready for harvest soon.

Here’s what’s ready on our Plant Patio this week:

plant patio may 14 2019

We have hand-selected seeds of all kinds to round out your spring planting:

seed inventory may 2019

To ensure your garden gets the nutrients it needs, we have all-organic compost, soil, plant food & mulch from Coast of Maine:

If you’re a plan-first type of gardener, we have a really useful (& fun!) resource to suggest–gardeners.com/advice.  This site has a bunch of planning tools, a plant encyclopedia with lots of growing info, and a full listing of advice articles and how-tos. Whether you’re looking to create a kitchen garden with veggies & herbs to feed your family, a cutting garden full of your favorite flowers, or a butterfly & pollinator support garden, we have the plants and seeds you’ll need to make it happen.

And if you need gardening advice or have a plant question, give us a shout on facebook or Insta anytime and we’ll give you our 2¢!

Vegetable garden

Back in the Farmstand groove

fs hanging basket red tractor no peopleFarmstand Opening Day on Saturday was a success (and the weather mostly cooperated, which was delightful)! We’re glad to be back! While we’ve been slowed down a bit in the field by the chilly, rainy spring (see last week’s Enterprise article and farm photo spread), we’ve been busy in the greenhouse growing TONS of plants for your garden.

fs lavender seedlingsRight now we’re mostly stocking our seedling tables with cool weather crops like Lettuce and greens, Herbs, and plenty of flowers like Petunias, Marigolds, Impatiens, and Begonias.

However, the warm weather crops like Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Peppers, Squash & Basil are coming right up! Once the nights warm up a touch, we’ll have them out and ready to take home to your garden. coast of maine display potting soil COMIn the meantime, we have everything you need to prep your garden for planting: compost, top soil, mulch, seed starting mix, and more.

Out in the field this morning we’ve been harvesting lots of Salad Greens–that’s one crop that actually likes cool, wet weather! Once harvest finishes up for the day, we’ll be back out planting as much as we can before the rain again tonight. On deck for the transplant crew today: yet another succession of Lettuce–this one we’ll be harvesting in early June if all goes well.

liz sam liz harvesting salad mix

Mother’s Day is this Sunday

flower csa share zinnias gomphrena salvia jessica beresford

flower csa gift pack burlapWe’ve got you covered if you’re still looking for a gift. Our Flower CSA Gift Packs come with a Ball jar vase and a pair of scissors so your mom will be all ready for her first flower picking outing. 12 weeks of PYO flower bouquets will keep her kitchen table looking festive all summer long.

We also have lovely hanging baskets and colorful bedding plants (including dahlias) to brighten up her garden this spring.

If your mom likes to cook (or make cocktails!) with fresh herbs, we have our Plant Bar set up and we’ll help you plant the perfect herb box for her patio or windowsill.

fs petunia hanging basket lantern

Langwater CSAs

We’ll have CSA shares available for a few more weeks:

You can snag your CSA share for this season online or by sending us a paper sign-up form. We’re planning a rainbow of veggies for our all CSAs this year. A diverse, super-fresh, constantly-changing cornucopia of organic veggies starts in May and rolls all the way through late December. We have a few different options and styles, so take a look and find the one that fits your tastes & schedule.

Questions about how our shares work? Check out our FAQ or email us–we love to talk veggies!

Pickups for our Full Season CSA (Whole & Half shares) start the week of May 20th. 

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!