Seedlings growing, and the farm will begin to dry out

A small part of the total farm seedlings are already growing (about 13,000) at the S. Lebanon farm. The three huge rainfall events have made the fields a little wet, but with 80 DEGREES on the way this weekend, it should help dry things out. The new Center Lebanon field will be plowed as soon as it’s dry enough, and the West Lebanon field has been greening up with crimson clover and winter rye to help build soil fertility, and protect the soil from the hard rains. I’m excited to meet new Summer CSA shareholders, and welcome back the many that have returned from 2009. I am also excited to be attending the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 8:am-1:pm starting in May. If you have any questions about the CSA, don’t hesitate to call and ask.

 

Looking forward to spring,

Jordan Pike

Two Toad Farm

 

Purchase Shares with your Credit Card

You can purchase shares with your credit card by going to Farmfield Nursery and Greenhouses on rt 202 in Lebanon, Maine during regular business hours (Farmfield will be opening for the 2010 season soon). The transaction fee charged by the credit car companies (about 2.2%) will be added to the share price. Pay in full by March, 15 and take $25.00 off the total price.

2010 CSA details have been completed!

Two Toad Farm will offer a total of 80 summer vegetable shares for the 2010 season. 40 shares for Monday pickup, and 40 shares for Thursday pickup. Pick-ups will be at Great Brook Animal Care in S. Lebanon from 4-7:pm in the Rec Hall to the left and behind the Clinic. We are excited to have an INSIDE SPACE for for 2010 distribution instead of a market tent. Shares will go on sale in just a few days, and plenty are available. Check for updates, or contact the farm to be put on the e-mail list.

 

Let the season begin!!

Jordan

Big Market Saturday October 24! Rain or Shine

Come buy storage crops and FRESH greens this Saturday!

 

Arugula, baby $10.00 lb

Beets, Storage no tops $2.00 lb

Beets, baby no tops $3.00 lb

broom corn $1.00 ea

Cabbage, red $1.00 lb

Carrots $1.00 lb

Cat Mint (nip) $2.00 bunch

celeriac $2.00 ea

Kale, Red Russian (flat) $2.00 bunch

Kale, Winterbor (curly) $2.00 bunch

Leeks, large $3.00 lb

Onions, red and yellow $1.00 lb

Onions, tiny $1.00 lb

Parsley (flat or curly) $1.00 bunch

Pepper, Green Bell $3.00 lb

Pepper, Sweet Carmen $3.00 lb

Pepper, Jalapeno $4.50 lb

Pepper, Hot Ristra $4.50 lb

Potatoes $1.25 lb

Potatoes: Fingerling $3.00 lb

Salad Mix $8.00 lb

Swiss Chard $2.00 bunch

White pumpkins $1.00 lb

Winter Squash $1.25 lb

 

Two Toad Farm receives Organic Certificate

Two Toad Farm has been growing Organically since the farm began in early 2008. The farm is now officially USDA Certified Organic by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). Not only are the vegetables certified, but the cut flowers, cover crops, pasture, hay, and about 5 acres of low-bush blueberry land in South Lebanon. This brings the total amount of Certified Organic land that Two Toad Farm manages up to about 10 +/- acres.

 

This Week’s Harvest

At the Farm we have begun harvesting beans, and cucumbers have started to come on strong. These are added to the zuchinnis and summer squash that was part of the CSA last week along with some herbs and edible flowers to be added to the the salad mix.

Here is a list of what Two Toad Farm will harvest this week:

Salad mix, beet greens, young onions, bunching leeks, dill, parsley, basil, chamomile, nasturtiums, calendula, beans, peas, summer squash, zuchinni, snap peas, hakurei baby turnips, purple top turnips, radishes, swiss chard, red russian kale, winterbor kale, cabbage, napa cabbage, kohlrabi, 3 kinds of new potatoes, pac chois, broccoli, beets, cucumbers, garlic… maybe more.

I’ve working hard trellising tomatoes, and watching the peppers start to size up. I have to thank the three colonies of bees at the farm that are really helping to increase fruit set on the cucurbits and nightshades.

Summer is finally here. Enjoy the season.

Jordan

 

Wet weather affecting crops

The wet weather is having only slight effects on the crops at Two Toad Farm. Due to the gentle slopes and fairly well drained soil (Beckett), there is no puddling of water. The wetness is causing some loss of young, tender leaves of salad mix, the bottoms of some pac chois, and making slugs a problem for the farm for the first time ever (in my entire farming/gardening career). Another slight problem is that the peas are not sweetening up as they should. They are growing well, but without the sun, they are not producing as much sugar as they could (varieties like sugar Anne, sugar sprint, and sugar snap are usually very sweet).

Some new allies have emerged from the soil this week. Bee assassins catch and eat cabbage moths and other flying pests. Unfortunately they also eat my honey bees, but hopefully they stick to slower flyers. I hope they eat the grasshoppers.

Broccoli is coming for the CSA next week, and summer squashes are starting to size up, we’ll keep an eye on those). I will also be vigilant in the tomatoes watching for signs of early blight that devistated so many tomatoes accross Maine last year.

Keep thinking sunshine,

jp

 

CSA Distribution for Week of 23 JUN 2009

Don’t forget that you can cook radishes many different ways (folks have been roasting them in the oven with garlic and olive oil), and that the salad mix is all baby versions of larger cooking greens so you can cook with them (they cook FAST, be careful.. great in morning egg dishes) if you’ve had enough salads. The braising mix is great cooked or raw.

This may change based on tomorrow’s harvest, but the plan is:

This week’s full share consists of the following:

2 Pac Choi (me quing choi)

1 head lettuce (red cross)

1 bunch of baby beets/greens (bull’s blood beet)

1 bunch garlic scapes (red Russian and MY FAVORITE!!!! )

1 bunch Hakurei turnips

snap peas (sugar anne, amount to be determined after harvest)

1 bunch radishes (rover)

½ lb braising mix (mizuna, red giant mustard, tatsoi, vitamin green, kale, ruby streaks mustard)

1 kohlrabi (white eder)

1 bunch green onions (red baron –red or stutgarder –yellow)

½ lb salad mix (“all greens” mix)

Half shares will be be 1/2 of this…. smaller bunches will be set aside for the half share folks but it’s up to you to pick out smaller heads of lettuce from the crates.

From the cold, wet, muddy field….

JP

June 09, 2009 CSA Distribution

CSA Shares consisted of the following:

2 large bunches of Kale, 1 bunch of baby bunching greens (choice of purple mustard, mizuna, or red kale), one large Black Summer pac choi, bunch of green onions, 1 lb of salad mix, 1 bunch of radishes, and for those who wanted, a bunch of arugula.

Next week, look forward to winterbor kale (more common variety), and bright lights swiss chard. Also Red Cross lettuce (head), and Tropicana lettuce (head). Sweet, baby turnips will also make a comeback… and I’ve been watching the first large plantings of peas. There MAY be some peas for the CSA, but if so, a small amount.

Please send recipe questions and Ideas for a new section of the website coming soon.

Thank you,

JP

CSA is SOLD OUT: Distribution has begun.

Come to Two Toad Farm’s Fresh Market every Saturday 9:-Noon at Great Brook Animal Care on Rt 202 in Lebanon, Maine.


Tuesday, June 02 was the first distribution of the 2009 Summer CSA. A full share included: 1 bunch of mizuna, 1 bunch of kale, 1 buch of scallions, 2 bunches of radishes, and 1 pound of salad mix. Shares will continue to grow larger as more veggies become ready for harvest. Some limited crops will be available for retail sale during CSA pickups each Tuesday at Farmfield Nursery and Greenhouses from 4:-7:pm.


Monday, June 01, I woke up to a light frost at the S. Lebanon gardens, but the W. Lebanon feilds escaped. The cold nights have made soil temperatures low, and dry weather has made germination of direct seeded crops challenging. Both times it has rained this spring, it rained for a week, followed by life in the desert. That is all part of the variability of farming in Southern Maine. Despite a lot of crop failures (the list is long), the farm is starting to fill up. Potatoes already need hilling, peas are flowering, and the first planting of beans that actually lived is up and growing well. I’ve been planting hundreds of pepper, tomato, and cucumber seedlingsand the first planting of zukes and summer squash are already in and settled. The first feild planting of pac chois are ready for harvest, and a small, early crop of broccoli is ready for market this Saturday, June 06 while the large plantings are not too far behind.


Hoping for some rain every week… and some sun every week.

Jordan Pike

Two Toad Farm