Field Planting has begun!

I am VERY busy this time of year.  Laying out the rotations, paying bills, lining up workers, getting equipment lined up and running, paying bills, watering seedlings, planting seedlings, direct seeding crops, cultivating, cleaning equipment, paying bills, weeding perennial weeds, moving perennials into perennial beds, ordering more supplies, ordering more seeds, paying bills, and on and on…..

 

Almost all of the small gardens in S. Lebanon have been planted with early crops, and cultivation has started up in W. Lebanon.  We will be plowing up in C. Lebanon soon.    We have been eating salads, green onions, jerusalem artichokes, the occasional carrot and parsnip, and garlic greens….  all volunteers or over wintered.  The more land under veggie production, the more random food that pops up each spring.  These early treats are good for the tired farmers. It helps us look forward to the big harvests!

 

Stay tuned!


JP

Tilling the S. Lebanon Garden

Tilled some beds in the beautifull, warm weather today at the S. Lebanon Gardens. The W. Lebanon Field is really very wet… but should dry out soon enough. The Center Lebanon fields will have to wait a couple of weeks before we plow 4 acres up there… again due to the wet weather. But it IS still early– especially for opening new land. Two acres will be cover cropped two or three times throughout the year for weed and fertility management, and the other two acres will be cover cropped, then put into production. Things like Corn, beans, peas, edemmame, and late crops (winter squashes, pumpkins) will be up there becuase they can be grown in “new land”… whereas other things can’t due to pests that live in sod.

 

I hope that everyone is enjoying the weekend, and spending some time outside!!!

 

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