We are a Certified Organic Farm providing a broad range of vegetables, small fruit, maple syrup, and processed food items to outlets in the Pioneer Valley. We grow organic strawberries, asparagus, rhubarb, garlic, basil, tomatoes of many kinds, squash, onions, beets, carrots.
Our Pesto has been praised by some as 'the best pesto they have ever had'. Our Strawberry&Rhubarb Compote as well Maple Syrup are gaining reputation for their unique home made flavour.
We are an open farm and welcome visitors to the farm to gain first hand knowledge of farming and organic growing practices.
October 2019Farm News
It seems the weather is back to traditional New England patterns. In recent years we have had an early Fall by now, but this year we have reverted back to traditional patterns. In southern New England, we would be getting our first killing frost. It came close last night and perhaps closer tonight, but not yet and the mosquitoes are few but sluggish are still active. The trees are past their peak in color, but the city slickers are still impressed.
The perennial fields of rhubarb and asparagus have been mowed down and are ready for an annual dusting of agricultural line, but for last week’s fiasco . . . My two tractors both broke down in the field. This has put a stop to all jobs except those that are purely cosmetic. Last Fall’s fiasco (not getting the garlic planted) hopefully will be diverted because I got the beds prepared just before the breakdowns. It’s taxing my knowledge of growing and my ability to manage “unnatural acts.” They call it Yankee ingenuity. I call it a “bummer.” Best part is that Charles, my five-year-old soon to be a six-year-old, is getting plenty of exposure to the field and has taken to it with enthusiasm. While I lay out the rows for the Gallic, he directs my every move “turn right, go straight, turn left . . . “ He’s like my own little GPS that he listens to when we are traveling in the car. The compost heaps have been turned. So I hook up the manure spreader to one tractor and load it with my second tractor (well, did). and give the fields a fall application of agricultural line at the rate of 400 pounds per quarter acre. Now this isn’t scientific but it’s effective.
All of a sudden I get a twinge in my lower back. “Oh no” I say to myself. “There goes the rest of Fall preparation!” I hurriedly get back to the house and take some Motrin and an ice pack to head off serious dysfunctions in my back. I hope it works, or my winter vacation will start early.