THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER
Strawberries are the best sort of guest. You look forward to them arriving all year. They show up. They are perfect. You take them out to meet all of your friends. You adorn them with whipped cream. You stay up with them into the wee hours of the morning making wonderful conversation (i.e. jam). And then, just when you realize you couldn't possibly have any more fun, they up and leave. Strawberries never overstay their welcome (unlike those oblivious yellow squash, who couldn't catch a hint if you spelled it out with harvest crates stacked twelve feet high, forming the words "Party's Over"). All of which is to say, the party is almost over, and next week's harvest will pale in comparison to the abundance of strawberries we'll have at market this Tuesday. So, please, by all means, drop by and say Hello to our wonderful guests.
remember this little smuncher?
Hi Friends –
For the Coys and the Jameses of Northampton, farming is generally an affair that can be summed up with the phrase, Oh well, we'll try to do it better next year. But in rare occurrences the weather and luck and a smidge of know-how conspire to produce a crop about which we can say without hesitation, Dang, we could not have done that better. And this week – this week – we can say no more and no less about our strawberry crop than that it is perfect – delicious, beautiful, abundant – and we dearly want to share it with you.
So come on over to market tomorrow, where you'll find not only our strawberries, but also carrots, cucumbers, tons of greens, the last asparagus, and the first beets of the year.
We'll have strawberries available by the pint, quart, and flat. Flats are $52 for 8 quarts (a $12 value over the individual quart price). If you'd like to reserve a flat, you can email me here or text me at 413 262 5489. We're likely to have flats available next week, too, but no guarantees after that. (And in the past we've had seconds strawberries available, but not this year, or at least not yet.)
See you at market!
Check out this luna moth, spotted here on the farm by Silas.
Hi Friends –
It's summertime, and this is how we know:
carrots & strawberries at Town Farm
Now, if there remains any doubt about who runs this farm, and why we have such delicious produce to sell, and how our dear crew gets paid, let it here be made abundantly clear that Oona is the one who keeps this enterprise alive and kicking.
Last week, while she was busy working (and parenting), Silas and I took off on a multi-day, 70-mile bicycle journey along the Potomac River, steeping ourselves in Civil War history and the speeches of Abraham Lincoln.
Along the way we stopped for a visit with two expert farmers and all-around wondrous people – Chip & Susan Planck – who ran Wheatland Vegetable Farms for decades in Loudoun County, Virginia. I worked for Chip & Susan for a bunch of years, starting at age 17 when I stepped into their greenhouse (fresh from NYC) and, staring at all the plants, perplexed, said, You can tell a difference between them?
One great fact is that Nate and Jen (of Crimson & Clover Farm in Florence), and Jeremy Plotkin (of Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst), also started their farming careers at Wheatland, so the Pioneer Valley owes a mighty thanks to Chip & Susan for all the young people they've taught over the years!
From Chip and Susan's we made our way to D.C. and the Lincoln Memorial. We felt small and great in that magnificent chamber. As Silas said when we stepped away from Lincoln and the words of the Second Inaugural: It's hard to leave.
So: carrots and strawberries and so much more at Tuesday Market tomorrow. Come on the early side for strawberries (though next week, we'll be swimming in them!).
Hi Friends –
Our strawberry crop is coming along so beautifully that I just needed to show it to you all. It'll be a couple weeks before you can actually partake of the berries, but I thought I'd fill you in on what's to come. We're anticipating our biggest crop ever, and we'll be taking bulk orders this year for strawberry flats for canning & freezing. More details soon.
Tomorrow we'll be at market with awesome salad mix & arugula, succulent spinach, the first bok choi of the season, a whole bunch of other vegetables, and our ever-faithful shaved ice machine. It's looking to be a beautiful day. See you there!
Hi Town Farmers –
Spring is finally in full swing. Our crew is cooking, the vegetables are growing like crazy, and last week's market was a total blast (check out the video here). We'll be there tomorrow with a full spread of earl-season abundance, from radishes and salad mix to turnips and wild nettles. Asparagus too! (But come on the early side if that's what you're after.) This week, Silas helped out with the pick:
OK, that's all. Hope to see you at market, but make sure to steer clear of the tough crowd!
Hey, Tuesday Market is 1:30 - 6:30 every Tuesday, and Town Farm is always there.
Here is one little corner of Town Farm, today, at about 3:30PM. Just look at everyone being so busy! (click on the image for a close-up)
And isn't it nice when Jimmy Szinal drives by? Resident mechanic for all farmers in the Northampton Meadows for who knows how many decades. And there I was, stopped on the side of the road with a blown hydraulic hose on the John Deere. What timing! Thanks, Jimmy.
See you all at market!
Hello Town Farm friends!
Ferdie gets the first shaved ice of the season! Elijah loses a tooth! And radish bunches are sold to the good people of Northampton! It's spring at Town Farm, and we want to share it with you. Come say hello at Tuesday Market, where we have salad mix, arugula, kale, scallions, onions, shallots, spinach, ice pops, radishes, and more. See you there!
Come say hello & goodbye to your Town Farmers at the very last market of the 2013 season, where you'll find spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, carrots, beets, butternut squash, tat soi, bok choi, brussels sprouts, kale, collards, cabbage, onions, potatoes, and even the very last of the tomatoes! It's been a wonderful year, full of great food, good conversations, and incredibly hard work, especially on the part of our crew. Thanks once again to Adam, Hana & Andrew, and thanks to all of you for keeping on showing up and eating this stuff. Here are a few pictures stretching all the way back to the beginning of the year. I hope we see you at market this week, but if not, have a great winter!
Hey – Three more markets to go, which means three more opportunities to get our superb fall produce (we won't be selling at the winter market this year, so this really is it until April). Right now we have the best carrots and the best brussels sprouts we've ever grown, along with a whole crowd of other scrumptious veggies, and the last of the season's tomatoes. Come on by!
"I know where this picture's going," said Adele
Ms. Katz' 2nd-grade class from Jackson Street School visits Tuesday Market
Our Town Farm gang, including Dominic, freshly turned 1, freshly walking