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...
April is the Cruelest Month…

April is the Cruelest Month…

…At least that’s what T.S. Elliott said. As for me, it’s a mixed bag. It has been a challenge to deal with the constantly changing weather. We have heard from other farmers, and by driving around and looking out the car window, that a few brave souls...
Spring transitions

Spring transitions

We have started with the first of our balancing act decisions of the season.  As the season heads on, the decisions will be coming so fast and furious that we develop a certain flow with them, and many of them will be responding to dominoes that have already fallen,...