Better Farm's Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program offers local residents weekly shares of fresh, organic produce at a fraction of the cost of store-bought fruits, veggies, breads and eggs.Read More
Spring is coming! Our Better Farm heirlooms have been inventoried, new seeds have been ordered, we're picking out trees for our incoming apple orchard, and 50 white spruces are on their way. That, in addition to new landscape designs over at the Art Barn, expanded strawberry and raspberry patches, and many more surprises!
Here's the list (so far!) of all the organic deliciousness growing at Better Farm in 2015. If you haven't already, be sure to sign up for our CSA program before March 15 in order to lock in last year's rates for a weekly share of fresh, delicious produce.Read More
|New, mounded rows are added to the back corner of Better Farm's garden to house pumpkins, melons, and squash.|
We put the new rows in the right-back corner of the garden. The first thing we had to do was to turn the clay-rich soil over up the rows and rake the fresh dirt into mounds. After that, we hayed the new rows and started planting pumpkins, squash, and melons.
|Pink Beauty Radishes|
|From left: King Richard Leeks, Pink Beauty Radishes, and oodles of Sunset Lettuce.|
|Penelope weeding out the bugs.|
|Allium tricoccum, otherwise known as ramps or wild leeks.|
The broad, bright leaves on wild leeks make them easy to spot along hillsides in wooded, rocky areas:
|A grove of wild leeks.|
Here's the bounty, which will be part of this week's CSA:
A pound of wild leeks will cost consumers, on average, between $9 and $20 with leaves and roots on:
But you can get wild leeks from us for just $4/pound (while supplies last!):
click here. Many thanks to the Tulley family for allowing us to forage in their woods!
|Seedlings and seeds enjoy some fresh air on (yet another) rainy spring day.|
With evenings just starting to offer the sustained warmth necessary to harden seedlings off in the greenhouse, we've been getting the babies ready for the great outdoors by exposing them to the elements during daylight hours on the back deck. This late season hasn't reaked any havoc yet in regard to the health of our preemies—but it has certainly been inconvenient! Usually by this time of year, all the plants are living full-time in the greenhouse, potatoes are in the ground, and we're starting in on onions. Regardless; here are some photos of all the activity afoot:
|Asparagus heads poke up out of the wet soil out back.|
|Tomato seedlings reach for the sky.|
|A preview of what's to come: eggplant, celery, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, and cauliflower make their grand entrances.|
Our CSA begins today; but there are still spaces left if you'd like to sign up for weekly shares of fresh produce throughout the season. We also offer amended CSAs to those who are only in the North Country on weekends; or those who would like a bulk rate on what's in-season but can't commit to a weekly pickup. Our updated list of produce this season:
To join Better Farm's CSA and enjoy a weekly share of fresh produce all season long, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.betterfarm.org/csa.
|An afternoon harvest from last fall.|
Weekly share amounts fluctuate in accordance with what is in-season. In May, a share may only consist of some salad greens and asparagus; while a share in October will include artichokes, tomatoes, greens, herbs, Swiss chard, potatoes, flowers, pumpkins, leeks, and much much more.
- $250/individual (roughly $8/week)
- $450/couple (roughly $14.50/week)
- $800/family of four (roughly $25/week)
- ______$100 Summer Weekender (weekends only June 1-Sept. 1)
- _____ $150 Weekender (weekends only May 1-mid-November
- ______$250/individual (roughly $8/week)
- _____$450/couple (roughly $14.50/week)
- _____$800/family of four (roughly $25/week)