Summer seed saving

rapeseed flowerInspired by some champion seed savers,  this season we’re saving seed from our favorite storage Turnip variety, the hometown hero Macomber Turnip. Macombers are a fantastic heirloom variety bred by the Macomber brothers in Westport, MA in the 1870’s and famous throughout New England for their flavor and heartiness.

turnip tops in gh

Last fall we left a few turnips in the field, letting them overwinter so they’d send up flower stalks and make seed this summer. Last week we harvested them (very carefully so as not to knock much seed off)  and brought them into our greenhouse.Here they’ll dry for a bit and then we’ll thresh them, winnow them, and then plant them in about a month. This fall we’ll have delicious, long-storing Macombers to keep us supplied through next spring.

Plant Patio

plant patio july 8

Happy fields, happy farmers

pyo flower field june 2020 cosmos

We asked for rain, and we sure got it. Over 2″ of rain in the last few days has made our crops, and our crew, very happy. This mild weather is a joy to work in as well–the farm crew consensus is 5 stars to high temps in the 70s and low 80s.

larkspur close up flower patchThe Pick Your Own Flower patch is open for the season with lots of Zinnias, Cosmos, Marigolds, Larkspur, Calendula, and Snapdragons to bring home for your kitchen table. This will come as no surprise, but the PYO Flower patch has extra rules this season because of Covid. Please check our PYO page so you know what to expect. Flowers CSA shares will start next week (Flower sharers: watch your inbox for an email later this week).

Plant Patio

plant patio june 29 2020

In the Farmstand

All produce is Certified Organic and grown by us, unless otherwise noted.

Zucchini & Summer Squash
Sugar Snap Peas
Snow Peas
Fava Beans
Broccoli
Beets
Spring Onions
Slicing Cucumbers
Pickling Cucumbers
Spicy Greens Mix (limited)
Lettuce
Salad Mix
Napa Cabbage
Spinach (limited)
Spring Cabbage
Kale
Popcorn
Kohlrabi
Fennel
Radishes
Hakurei
Mint
Basil
Sage
Parsley
Garlic Scapes
Raspberries (conventional, from Nourse Farm)
Strawberries (conventional, from Nourse Farm in Whately, MA)
**Starting Friday morning: Bushel + Crumb pies are back! We’ll have Strawberry Rhubarb and Strawberry Balsamic to choose from.**
Dried Beans (conventional, from Green Thumbs Farm in Fryeburg, ME)
Honey (from Bee Well Honey in Pembroke, MA)
Bee Pollen (from Bee Well)
Sweet Heat Hot Sauce
Organic Seeds (veggies & herbs from High Mowing Organic Seeds)

Farmers vs. bugs: the Long Game

Colorado potato beetle in the fieldWe’re trying an experiment with our Potato crop this year, in an attempt to outsmart our biggest Potato nemesis, the Colorado Potato Beetle. Colorado Potato Beetles (CPB) are the most destructive pest for our Potato crop every year, munching aggressively on the leaves and stunting Potato development underground or killing the plants completely. CPBs overwinter in the ground and emerge in late spring, usually in perfect time to attack our young and vulnerable Potato crop.

In early April we planted a small crop of Potatoes that we intend to harvest soon for New Potatoes, but held off until this week on planting the bulk of our almost 2 acres of Potatoes. In the farming world, mid-June is a very strange time to be planting Potatoes. potato beds fieldBut by waiting so late, we’re betting that most of the CPBs who overwintered in our soils have died off after finding no all-you-can-eat salad bar when they woke up in May. And we’re hoping that by making an unexpected move in the long game against CPB, instead of just being reactive, we will reduce their overall numbers on the farm for following seasons, too. Fingers crossed.

PYO Strawberries cancelled

After much consideration, we are sad to announce that we won’t be offering Pick Your Own Strawberries open to the public this season. Given the current Covid situation, we don’t think we could safely manage large numbers of people picking, and successfully enforce the many new rules we have implemented for our own harvest crew to reduce the risk of Covid transmission. We’ll still have berries available for purchase at the Farmstand, at the Markets, and for online pre-order, as well as in the CSA shares and in the Organic Harvest Box.

Plant Patio

plant patio june 16 2020

In the Farmstand

All produce is Certified Organic and grown by us, unless otherwise noted.

Strawberries!!
Zucchini
Spring Onions
Spicy Greens Mix
Salad Mix (conventional, from Little Leaf Farm in Devens, MA)
Arugula
Napa Cabbage
Spring Cabbage
Kale
Popcorn
Kohlrabi
Fennel
Radishes
Hakurei
Mint
Parsley
Garlic Scapes
Dried Beans (conventional, from Green Thumbs Farm in Fryeburg, ME)
Honey (from Bee Well Honey in Pembroke, MA)
Bee Pollen (from Bee Well)
Sweet Heat Hot Sauce
Organic Seeds (veggies & herbs from High Mowing Organic Seeds)

Attleboro Farmers Market

Our beloved Attleboro Farmers Market opens this Saturday! This is our 11th season at the market, and we’re so glad to be back again under the fabulous leadership of Market Manager Heather Porreca!

Attleboro is open from 9am – 1pm every Saturday until October 24th. Please read the new Covid rules below. We can’t wait to see all our Attleboro friends again!

2020 MFM Market Rules AFM