First Day at Market

Saturday, May 09 is Two Toad Farm’s first day at market for the 2009 season. Come to Great Brook Animal Care on Rt 202 from 9:am-Noon for some early spring crops. The farm has some veggies grown in a tiny greenhouse. This greenhouse is to test possibility for a Spring 2010 CSA. Crops for the 2009 summer CSA were slightly delayed by cold nights, and then scorching dry heat, but with this rain It looks like the farm will hit it’s target start date of June 02. I will decide early next week based on the crops if distribution will start a week early on May 26. Things are looking good. Remember, there is less produce in the spring, and it will build from there (click the CSA button above to learn more about the 2009 Summer CSA. So for now, it’s back to 16 hour days…….

Jordan Pike

 

Now Purchase Shares with your Visa or Mastercard!

Many FULL shares left, but HALF shares are sold out.

You can now go to Farmfeild Nursery and Greenhouses and purchase shares in person (in full) using your Visa or Mastercard. The transaction fee charged by the credit card company (about 2.2%) will be added to the share price.

Send the farm an email to be put on the half share waiting list if you cannot find another couple or family to split a full share with. As people who already have half shares find friends to split a half share with, thier half shares go back up for grabs. This has been rare, though.

Just last week, we were having nights in the mid 20’s. Now we are in a heat wave and I am planting like mad. Without rain, however, direct seeded crops (carrots, beets, radishes, parsnips, peas)will have a hard germinating in the dry heat. We need about 1/2″ of rain every other night for a week for things to get back to ideal. Irrigation (like last year) will be the key to spring success.

Some crops will be available at market on Saturday May, 09 at our NEW SATURDAY MARKET Location: Great Brook Animal Care on 202 in South Lebanon. CSA pick up (along with limited and specialty crops for retail sale) will still be at Farmfeild Nursery and Greenhouses on 202 in East Lebanon.

Also, new this year: Cut Flowers. Stay tuned for updates.

If you have sent in a check and sign-up sheet to become a member of the CSA, but have not received a confirmation from me (phone call or email, or I’ve deposited your check), please contact the farm to make sure nothing was lost in the mail.

Thank you to all of the CSA members who make Two Toad Farm’s 2009 season possible. Without them, I would not have grown ANY veggies this year for retail sale.

 

Jordan Pike

 

Plenty of FULL SHARES left!! Three Half shares left.

Two Toad Farm has thousands of seedlings growing, and has planted the greenhouse full of cold-hardy crops. Garlic is just starting to come up, and soil samples are being sent out to assist in fertility management for the 2009 season. Fall-planted cover crops are starting to green up with this year’s early spring, and are already beginning to add fertility to the soil.

To sign up for a CSA share, use the form on the homepage, email me, or call me directly. Please call with your wholesale and or contract growing questions and orders (restaraunts/natural food stores/institutions).

Keep thinking SPRING!

Jordan Pike

Fresh, local produce: Lebanon, Maine

Two Toad Farm is a small, diversified vegetable farm that began growing commercially in 2008. The majority of the 1.5 acres in production is leased from community members who are committed to preserving local farm land. The mission of Two Toad Farm is to protect local farmland by putting it into viable, organic vegetable production. Affordable organic produce for the local community and stable farm jobs is the result. Two Toad Farm is interested in leasing other fields of 2 acres or more in Lebanon, Maine and surrounding towns for future expansion.

What We Offer:

* 50 summer vegetable shares by becoming a member of our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

* Retail sales at fresh markets in Lebanon and surrounding areas.

* Wholesale sales to restaurants and natural food stores.

Seedlings are up!

Testing out the new blog.

About 5,000 seedlings are already planted fot he 2009 summer CSA season. I am extremely excited about the coming year. The response has been great so far, and I expect to sell out of CSA shares some time in early April(reserve your share soon!). For those of you who have signed up for a half share (only 4 left), you can upgrade to a full share if you find friends or a couple to split it with. One full share is cheaper than two half shares, you can cooperate on the pick ups, and you get to split it how you see fit (you can even cut stuff in half, something the farm can’t do!).

Don’t hesitate to email if you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback.

Thank you,

Jordan Pike

Organic Vegetable Grower

Two Toad Farm

Lebanon, Maine