Cracking Jokes and Cracking Garlic

Rainy Day activities get a little hard to find in November, and we have a big crew on Fridays.  But there’s still some garlic left to crack!  The garlic seed that we plant is just cloves of garlic planted in late Fall.  Each clove grows into a head; before you...
A good day for sailing

A good day for sailing

The forecast for Wednesday was for a SW wind, around 15 miles per hour, with gusts up to 38 miles per hour.  On our list for Wednesday:  covering our late fall salad greens with row cover, and raising the Harvest Festival tent.  In other words, two jobs involving...
Total Crew Turnover!

Total Crew Turnover!

This season has been challenging in many ways, not least of which was the 15 inches of rain we received in the late July and August.  You all were probably aware of all the rain, but you probably didn’t know about how much trouble we have had this season with an...

Of mildews and men

Tuesday morning, a little after 7 in the morning, my little text notification sound went off.  Was it one of my crew, telling me that the box truck was stuck in the mud again?  No, it was the Cucurbit Downy Mildew alarm system, telling me that Downy Mildew had been...
Spud Story

Spud Story

New Potatoes are one of our fun crops of early summer.  We usually start harvesting in late June or early July.  In my early farming days, it was a stretch goal to get them in by the Fourth of July, but now we regularly harvest them a week or two ahead of that thanks...

Richard Scarry would have loved this farm!

When our kids got big enough that it was clear they weren’t going to be reading any more picture books, we took our sadly discarded picture books by the boxload to various book sales and other outlets until a few of the best ones remained.  Those, some of which...
Here comes June!

Here comes June!

The seasons in New England are truly a roller coaster ride, especially for those of us who make our living with the seasons.  The winter resembles the long slow chug up the first hill, building up kinetic energy for the long breath-taking hurtle down the track, which...
R.I.P. Pig Floyd

R.I.P. Pig Floyd

Pig Floyd, the charismatic boar beloved by many, passed away on May 1 after a very long life. Pig Floyd came to Simple Gifts Farm in 2007, as a piglet. Farmer Dave got him from a farmer named Floyd. Really! The name was inevitable. Pig Floyd helped to produce many...
Into the wild green yonder

Into the wild green yonder

We are officially into the spring planting season now!  And we sure had a busy morning getting into it! We had two crews going this morning, one starting to transplant kale, lettuce, scallions, chard, fennel, beets, onions, and bok choy into the field.  And the other...