Stories from the Farm

Transitions

Fall is arriving and with it some seasonal transitions of crops in from the fields and poultry ready to be processed.  Today we took this year’s batch of 300+ Freedom Ranger chickens to Maple Wind Farm‘s inspected processing facility  and this weekend we will process our turkeys on farm with a great crew of staff, […]

New Products

Lists of superfoods often include the sweet potato. But the leave are ignored in this part of the world. Recently an article published by the University of Arkansas Extension grabbed our attention claiming “studies have shown that sweetpotato leaves contain as many vitamins, minerals and other nutrients as spinach”. The comparison to spinach is apt as preparation is similar. Note that with spinach as well as sweet potato […]

All in a (Labor) Day’s Work

Thanks to all our Market colleagues and supporters for joining in the parade fun as we continue to build community and excitement for local food.                                               And a special nod (complete with videos) […]

Superheroes

There are a lot of heroes and yep, even, Superheroes in our world.  And this week, we will have some fun with some of them as part of the Northfield Labor Day Parade.  Conveniently, the parade theme is Superheroes.  Well as small, sustainable farmers, that is easy. Our colleagues in this work are some of […]

“Everyday Authentic”

Thanks to great journalists and photographers and especially those that love food and farms.  Julia Clancy, Seven Days Writer and Eating Well Test Kitchen chef, did a beautiful profile of the farm and our farmstays & tours in this week’s Seven Days.  Pick it up  on the newsstand of course, but you can get a […]

Ode to our Heirloom Tomatoes

We have now started full-on tomato season.  For most people, they are the star of the summer veggies and we all have our favorites. We choose our varieties primarily on taste.  We mostly grow heirlooms for that reason.   We are small, harvest often and can get them beautifully vine ripened and then directly to […]

Three Sisters

Corn, beans, and squash create a special alchemy together in the field and on the plate.  In legend, the plants were a gift from the gods, always to be grown together, eaten together, and celebrated together. This companion planting trio was widespread across North America and the Iroquois label, “three sisters”, is woven into contemporary gardening […]

Farming at all Ages

This week we took on farm tasks with teams of nearly all ages or at least from 4 to 75! Berry picking with the nimble fingers of youngsters (true more berries were immediately consumed than saved, but the speed was impressive), harvesting garlic with our aunt who has her own tiny ag venture in Connecticut, […]

Join us for Open Farm Week

  Of course, our farmstand is open every day of every week, so no need to WAIT until Open Farm Week, but there are a few special offers from our farm and our partners that week, August 16-20.   Thursday, August 17th we are hosting Scarecrow Making & Farm Tours The Farm Tour will include pigs and […]

Corn is getting bigger!

This photo shows both our excitement about this year’s experiment with the Native American Three Sisters companion approach (Corn, Beans & Squash)  and are thankfulness that our sprayer for foliar feeding is finally working.  Nice work on pump replacement Mari.   So the corn is looking good so far, but we’ll see what happens.  Today […]