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Open Saturday for asparagus and spinach and the first leaf lettuce.
Please your body, eat local!
These wonderful first vegetables of spring have not required any organic or synthetic pesticides. If these crops were grown in California at 50 acres each or even 150 acres each, there is a good chance some sort of organic or synthetic pesticide would be required. This is usually due to the fact that the large farms in California use the same land over and over resulting in increased insect and disease pressure. They are not able, or choose not to, rotate and cover crop the way small farms do. When ever you see the pesticide charts depicting the fruits and vegetables that are highest in pesticides, please remember those charts are for very large farms and not our smaller local farms. This is very important and will free you up from feeling trapped as to your fresh food choices from May to October. We are very blessed in New England to have the wide assortment of small farms to visit that offer healthy fresh foods. Your body will say thank -you when you eat local.
Save the date as June 28th 2009 is Barrington's 2nd Open Farm Tour Day from 10-3pm. At least seven of our town's farms are participating and will be open for tours. Come on out and meet the farmers, take a tour, ask questions. Strawberry desserts will be offered for a fee here at Warren farm. Soon fliers will be posted about town and on line with specific activities listed for each farm. The 7 farms vary in what they produce, from heirloom poultry and eggs, specialty cut flowers, alpaca products, locally grown beef, lamb, turkey, chicken, pork and more.
We have planted a lot more of the day neutral strawberries this year and will discuss them to anyone interested. We will also be open to discussing cutting back on our carbon footprint by purchasing locally grown food. We picked berries from last years crop of day neutrals from early July to mid October. Fresh berries all summer and they tasted wonderful.
Randy and I hope this Open Farm Tour day increases the customer base for all the farms in the area. For us specifically, we hope to increase awareness that coming to pick berries is helpful but not enough. In years past when we have had poor berry picking due to bad weather etc we didn't have many of the berry pickers come for our other crops. I can understand a berry picker from Berwick Maine will not drive over here to purchase lettuce and broccoli. I can only hope they are purchasing it from a local farm over there, however we need you not just for the berry season if we are to survive as a farm. This year we hope to gain more customers for our fresh salad type produce and our PYO tomato patch. A very small proportion of people support a local farm on a weekly basis over the course of the growing season. We have some customers that come in once to several times a week just like going to the grocery store. It is this type of awareness that we hope to increase. Randy has lots of people ask him to grow sweet corn and he does and they come in and purchase the sweet corn and nothing else! When you stop in to purchase sweet corn and also other products we offer then we realize a profit, especially if you do that every week. We have to have a draw to get people to come in to the farm these days. The draw could be berries or sweet corn. But alone these are not enough to support us. We need you to purchase some of the other produce as well if we are going to survive as a fruit and vegetable farm. You may think we should grow more strawberries as the demand far exceeds the supply, however if we put all our eggs into one basket and the weather does not cooperate, well, we have been down that road. Diversification is a requirement, not a happenstance. As relevant, we hope to dialoge with anyone interested on the importance of maintaining local farms and the topics of food safety, food security and human nutrition.
We have fresh spinach and asparagus. These are grown without any organic or synthetic pesticides. The asparagus beds are really coming on now and we need to sell it, so we will open next on Wednesday and hope you get a chance to come by. Tonight I steamed spinach on top of the asparagus. I steamed the asparagus for 3 minutes and then added the spinach and steamed 3 more minutes. We've been enjoying the asparagus for a week or so but tonight was the first time I cooked the spinach. It was an amazingl deep green and tasted unlike any I have ever purchased at the store. It is great raw in salads too. We may have our first lettuce on Wednesday. If not Wed then by Friday.
This year I will be offering 4 different colors of Lisianthus in biodegradable fiber 4-paks.
Our early varieties of strawberries have been in flower for a week. It takes about 30 days from flower to make fruit. We will have prepicked strawberries at the farmstand and Randy and I are brain storming how to manage the "pick your own" end of the strawberries.
Last week I made a batch of Lavender Rosemary glycerin soap. It has pretty springtime colors of green and pink and makes bathing a gratifying experience.
Sunday we will be open from 10am to 3pm with asparagus, spinach, tomato plants and handmade herbal soap.
We will open Saturday at 10am with asparagus. We sell it in 1 pound bundles for 3.50/lb. I have 18 bags weighed out at 1lb each and may find another pound or two later today. I expect my harvest to increase over the next 2 weeks at least. Cutting has started on the new bed we planted 2 years ago and in our older bed. I have to taste test it and I am happy to report it is tender and great with just a few minutes of steaming.
We have large tomato plants for sale in 4" pots at $2 each. Heirloom Mortgage Lifter (large and meaty), my favorite non - heirloom 4th of July (a smaller but great tasting all around tomato), and Celebrity and Early girl. We have Better Boys also, however the plants aren't as large as the afore mentioned varieties. These last three produce prodigeous amounts of fruit and I use them mixed into my sauces, salads and soups.
We'll have lots of handmade, all vegetable based soap for sale. I've been thinking about packaging it with labels to make it more attractive for gift giving, but as of right now the packaging is up to you and it is without any extra paper products. Maybe it's an excuse to not follow thru with packaging, however I like selling bars of "naked" soap. It's beautiful to look at and sells itself and it is better for the environment.
We may have some spinach to sell as well. I'm not sure it it will be big enough to begin harvesting. Soon we will have lots of spinach, swiss chard and lettuce.
Randy planted several types of strawberries this year. This spring he planted three times more of the day neutral plants that we picked on from July to mid October last year. We will be able to harvest berries from them this year. Soon he will plant more perennial plants for June picking next year. He also put in 200 Caroline raspberry canes. Anyone that picked on the Caroline 2 years ago loved the very large red berries and the great flavor. This time he planted the Carolines on a drier piece of land, as we lost them to root rot where they were growing up front in the newer bed.
New for the farmstand this year is onions, beets and carrots. We will not have PYO sugar snap peas as the variety we use had a crop failure and seed was not available. There are other varieties, however they have never produced enough for us.
Call the farm phone at 868.2001 with any questions.
Hello everyone! Just a short update on what we have been up to on the farm. Randy has been cutting and selling firewood and also starting seeds. So far he has started spring greens including spinach, lettuces and swiss chard. He has pickling cukes and tomatoes growing in flats in the hoophouse too. We plan on opening up in May. We may open before the asparagus is ready, however that depends on how much quantity of the aforementioned spring greens we have. We expect to have more asparagus this year as the new bed will be in it's 3rd year.
I'm curious as to what vegetables you would like to see offered here at the farm stand. Produce such as green beans we offered for Pick Your Own last year and due to excessive rain and weeds the crop did not produce much, which amounts to low income for the amount of space they take up. However are green beans important to you or would you rather see picked green beans on the farm stand instead of only PYO? With the eat local push more on people's minds these days I would really like your input. What about broccoli? We were thinking of not growing it this year as we did not make any money from it. We have to make some profit. To see a list of crops we grew last year click on the "Main" tool bar and then to warren farm printable brochure.
We have lots of handmade soap on hand and still have large gold and red potatoes. I don't set store hours this time of year and have found it works out well if you call the farm phone at 868.2001 to make sure I am home before coming over. If the machine picks up, leave a message and we will get back to you.
During the month of January we stay close to home and tend the wood stove, plan the gardens for spring and order seeds.
I defrosted strawberries and raspberries from our farm, blackberries from Berry Bog farm, and wild blueberries from Mackenzie Farm. I made a lot of jam and pies for christmas gifts from all the berries as well as berry granola bars.
Our christmas tree patches came thru the ice storm without damage. At this time we have up to 7' tall trees. In addition to the back field we are allowing cutting in the new "West field" this year where we have fir balsam up to 6'tall, concolor firs up to 6'tall and blue spruce up to 7'tall.
Our back fields still have Blue spruce up to 61/2 feet. Blue spruce are great for heavy ornaments. They have very stiff needles and hold their needles well.
Concolor firs have a citrus scent and have long silvery needles that seem to stay on for months after cutting. Fir Balsams have that scent most people associate with christmas. They hold their needles well also.
A freshly cut tree, unlike the trees sold in the lots, will last easily several weeks with proper watering. Most lot trees were cut in early November and stored in large piles. They seem to shed their needles quicker than freshly cut trees as they have lost much moisture during storage and shipping.
We supply the saws, netting and twine. Free hot cider on weekends also. We have a few christmas wreaths left,however we have lots of handmade soap, bath salts, and several types of potatoes.
Hours are every day 9am - dusk, which is about 4:15 or so.
We wanted to update you on how our christmas tree patches are holding up before this predicted busy weekend:
In our back fields we now have a nice selection of Blue spruce up to 7 ½ feet. There are many beautiful blue spruces of varying shape. Some are very full and some have tiered branches. Blue spruce are great for heavy ornaments. Our tallest fir Balsams have been cut hard and now we have a small selection up to 7' tall. The concolor firs have been cut hard also. You will find a small selection up to 6' at this time.
In our newest field, called the west field, we have a large selection of firs up to 6' and blue spruce up to 6 ½ tall. We have had only 2 trees taken from the west field up thru today. All other trees cut so far have been from the back fields.
Hours are every day except Monday, 9am - dusk.
WARREN FARM CHRISTMAS TREE SEASON 2008
Our 52nd “ Cut Your Own” Christmas Tree Season is about to begin. We have a better selection of 5-8 foot Fir balsam, Blue Spruce and Concolor Fir trees than we have had in quite a few years. We will begin regular hours Saturday November 22. You are welcome to cut your tree at this time. The farm will be open 9 to dusk daily, except closed Mondays and Thanksgiving day. The day after Thanksgiving, November 28, we will begin manning our patches, have a free bough pile for customers and on weekends only, offer complimentary hot spiced cider.
Cutting down your tree: We provide saws and twine and will help you if needed. After you cut down your tree we will net it for you which allows for easier access into your house. All are welcome to visit the farmshop which is attached to our farmhouse and warm up with a hot cider, provided free on weekends only. We have a wide variety of handmade soaps, loose and packaged, christmas wreaths, dried flowers and locally grown potatoes.
We also have tree removal bags at $1 each. These bags are placed under your tree when you put it up. When you are ready to discard your tree the bag is pulled up and over the whole tree right up to the top allowing you to take it out of the house without any residual needles left along the path.
We have begun making our Christmas Wreaths and expect to have a nice selection of wreaths and door swags. Randy’s wreath designs include Fir Balsam, Mixed Fir, Blue Spruce, and White Pine. Heather is decorating a selection of wreaths and can also handle special requests.
Our “Cut Your Own” price is $35.00 per tree. We will also have available “already cut trees” priced from $10 to $30 per tree.
At our farm stand last season we sold several varieties of potatoes dug from Heron Pond Farm in South Hampton, NH. This was so well received that we are again offering their potatoes.
This year Heather has been making lots of soap and has cut many bars into $2 and $4 sizes. Heather is packaging some of her soap, 4 bars per box, and will have a display with boxes already wrapped for Christmas. These will be priced at $10 per box. The boxes are great for shipping. You can also make up your own boxes of soap. We will have Rose and Lavender bath salts by the pound and you can scoop out as much as you want into our bags. On our warrenfarmnh.com website we have a list of Heather’s soaps.
Our best asset here at Warren Farm is our customers. We welcome your continued support whether for a tree, wreath, soap products, or other goods. Please feel free to check out our tree patches for just the right tree.
Warren Farm is located two miles west of the Lee traffic circle off route 4 on Warren Road. Call the farm phone anytime @ 603.868.2001 or check out our website at warrenfarmnh.com . Mapquest is available at the website.
Right now We are open weekends 9am - 4pm up thru the weekend before Thanksgiving. Beginnig November 25th we will be open every day 9am to dusk except Mondays and Thanksgiving Day, right up thru December 24th. After Thanksgiving our Cut Your Own Chrismas Tree season begins.
At the farmstand today we have gold fingerling potatoes, large red potatoes, large gold potatoes, kale, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, hand made cold process soaps, kosher glycerin soaps, dried flowers and our first handmade christmas wreaths.
Randy has begun to making his handmade Christmas wreaths. HIs wreaths are made from the boughs of our trees which are grown without any herbicides. You can be assured your wreath is freshly made and sustainable. By the weekend of November 15th he will have a good supply and will continue to make them into December. He will be making mixed fir, blue spruce, white pine and fir balsam wreaths, many sizes, undecorated and decorated. We will decorate a wreath for you on site or call ahead at 868.2001 and order your wreaths ahead of time. Extra large wreaths must be ordered ahead. A down payment is required. Browse our selection of designer ribbon, dried berries, holly and even dried flowers for your "one of a kind" wreath.
The soaps I have on hand for this weekend are:
Warren Farm Handmade Soap List Our cold process soaps consists of olive, coconut, and palm oils, glycerin, tropical butters and pure essential oils.
FARMERS SOAP … With lemongrass, cedarwood and cornmeal
GINGER GARDEN …creamy and mysterious ginger essential oil
PEPPERMINT … Pure essential oil of peppermint and leaf
OATMEAL LAVENDER …Whole oats and pure lavender essential oil
LOVE SOAP … A sensual blend of essential oils and ground oats
GOAT’S MILK ROSE …soft, creamy and extremely rosy
WINDSOR OATS …ground oats and chocolate swirls, paired with fir needle, lavender and clove
SUPER FATTED LAVENDER ROSE…with extra Jojoba oil. Hold on tight to this bar !
CLEAR SKIN COMPLEXION SOAP…astringent peppermint and spearmint with leaf
GARDEN HANDS… pumice for working hands and healing Jojoba oil
COFFEE MINT KITCHEN SCRUB … Coffee, coffee grounds and pure peppermint
TEA TREE ROSE .....Antibacterial benefit with a glorious scent
Chocolate Almond….You'll want to eat this soap
Bayrum, Another one for the guys …with Mango and Shay Butters
Fir Needle... creamy and pungent
Glycerin soaps on hand include:
colorful Green tea with cucumber
Rose Petal with a stained glass appearance
Lavender Rosemary chunked in green and white.