Crop roundup for this cold, cold winter!

Crop roundup for this cold, cold winter!

We seem to be at the end of this winter’s early cold snap, but it has been a doozy. The cold weather makes everything harder for us. Any time a hose gets used, all of the water must be drained out of it, or else it will turn into one long ice-pop. Even a little...
Things are heating up in our greenhouses

Things are heating up in our greenhouses

We are fully into the “Persephone Period,” that time of year when the days are short enough that there is very little growth in any of the salad greens.  But by adding just a little bit of heat in some of the greenhouses, we can get some of the greens to...
Covering the Low tunnels

Covering the Low tunnels

One of our big early winter tasks is getting the low tunnels covered for the winter. We have about 2/3 of an acre covered in a mini-greenhouse system that will keep them relatively cozy and warm for the duration. One-third of an acre is a special variety of...
Meet the Farm Crew Part 2:  Jansyn Thaw

Meet the Farm Crew Part 2: Jansyn Thaw

We are continuing on our series of profiles of the farm apprentices this week with a profile of Jansyn Thaw. I came on Jansyn out in the field working on harvesting celeriac on a beautiful fall afternoon. Jansyn is an Amherst native who lived here between 2nd grade...
Meet the Farm crew part 1:  Lauren Ingram

Meet the Farm crew part 1: Lauren Ingram

One of the most important ways that we feel we give back to the community is our farm apprentice program. A substantial part of our farm crew consists of apprentices who work with us and get a year of training on the road to becoming the next generation of organic...
Time to Clean the Onions

Time to Clean the Onions

The farm season always comes in cycles, and one of our marks for the passing of time is when we borrow the onion-cleaning machine from Wally Czajkowski (that’s prounounced SAI-cow-ski). We sell our early onions with the scallion-like tops still attached, as a...
Down on the Farm:  Farewell to Abby Clarke

Down on the Farm: Farewell to Abby Clarke

Before we moved our farming operation to North Amherst, we looked buying a farm in Ithaca, NY.  The farm was beautiful, it had a nicely established customer base and equipment, and what seemed like a nice crew of employees.  One of our questions that we asked that...
Last Farmer’s Market This Week!

Last Farmer’s Market This Week!

I’ve been setting up our farmer’s market display 30 times a year for the last 18 years. There’s a fun thrill to setting up a beautiful display, keeping it stocked and bountiful for several hours under the onslaught of customers who keep taking things...