Moving on and celebrating one.

[2017 CSA Week 13]

Last week for tomatoes! We have had to clean out the greenhouse to clean up from the leaf mold on the plants. It is sad, but we have come to terms with it. Time to move on! Think ahead. Prep for the next thing (winter greens if you can believe it). 

We noticed some of the garlic has some mold issues. This is something we cannot screen for from the outside. If you find this in your garlic heads, please let us know. We will replace it for you. This isn't just the case for the garlic, but all the vegetables you receive. Sorry for the duds! Must be the year of mold.

In happy news... this time last year we were all making bets on when Ruby was going to arrive. She turns One this Friday! Looking forward to having a family farm picnic this weekend to celebrate our cute lil' farm girl.


This week's share...

 

  • Tomatoes (last week)
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Herbs/Scallions

Plenty of green beans

[2017 CSA Week 12]

Hey all! 

This Saturday morning,  I (Farmer Abby) will be participating in a panel of local business women for the Boss Ladies Tribe Event at Beech Hill Farm. I know many of you ladies own or play a vital role in a business; and you may find that it can be challenging, even on good days. It is a space to share ideas, meet new folks, and offer support in this role. I know it is last minute, but tickets for the event can be purchased here

This week we have a good amount of green beans. If you are looking for more for a batch of dilly beans or to freeze, let us know!  Also, if you want bulk tomatoes, this might be the best time to get those.

This week's share...

 

  • Green Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini/Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce/Salad Mix
  • Onions
    Smaller portions for options with the following...
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Small celery
  • Herbs

The buzz around the farm

[2017 CSA Week 11]

The bees are a buzz around the farm, loaded with pollen from various flowers. CSA member, Mike, tends a hive here. One day, when the kiddos have become more independent, I would love to learn more about the process. For now, I am thankful he is willing to care for these valuable insects. I have noticed that the honey bees, along with the many other pollinators found in the fields, have really made a difference in our crops and I like to think we have made a difference in the population of these good guys of the world. 

This is the last week for PYO blueberries. It was a good run and we hope you enjoyed the fruit. 

Our CSA members Scott and Renee VanDyne live here in Hopkinton and have grass fed beef available for sale. If anyone is interested, you can email them

This week's share...

  • Lettuce is back! (happy dance)
  • Carrots are back! (second happy dance)
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini/Squash
  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Herbs/Scallions

Tunnel pros and cons

[2017 CSA Week 10]

We have been playing catch up at the farm these days with all the weeds and fall prep. 

Good news and bad news at the farm. This past week we found leaf mold on the tomatoes in our tunnels. Never a good thing. We did some drastic pruning and are hoping to recover what tomatoes are left on the plants, but they wont be long for this world. Enjoy 'em while we got 'em. In good news... our paper work was finalized for the NRCS High Tunnel Grant. We were approved for two tunnels, one for construction this year and one for the following. We are looking forward to having additional tunnels for crop rotation, disease prevention and extended seasons. 

New to the shares this week are green beans and onion! Hope you enjoy. Blueberries, flowers, syrup, bread and dairy are available for sale.

This week's share..

 

  • Zucchini/Squash
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Beets
  • Greens Beans
  • Onions
  • Herbs

Garlic Galore...

[2017 CSA Week 9]

We got our garlic crop in this week, an estimate of around 3600 heads. Thanks to our neighbors for letting us borrow their barn for the curing of the bulbs. Our crop has outgrown the upstairs of our garage. 

Blueberry picking is still open for members at $3 per pint. We have been told it is a bumper crop year!

Many have asked about onions and they are on the way. The still need some sizing up. 

We will have local maple syrup and bread for sale along with some picked blueberries and Abby's flower bouquets. 

 

This Week's Share...

  • Garlic
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini/Squash
  • Herbs
  • Some smaller quantities of other veggies for option

 

 

New potatoes, tomatoes, blueberry deal.

[2017 CSA Week 8]

New potatoes coming to you at the CSA pick up this week. Satina Potatoes are a yellow fleshed German tuber with great flavor and a satiny texture. They are one of Abby's favorites. 

For being part of our CSA community we are going to open up the PYO Blueberries for CSA members at $1.00 off per pint. This brings the price to $3.00 per pint instead of $4.00. If you are interested in this, please check in with our blueberry stand worker and they will check you off the list. Our thanks to you for your continued support.

Flowers, local bread and dairy, blueberries, and local maple syrup (made right on Beech Hill Rd) are all for sale. 

This Week's Share...

  • Satina Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Zucchini/Summer Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Option: Carrots/Beets/Kohlrabi/Scallions/Snap Peas/Eggplant

Weeds, weeds, weeds.

[2017 CSA Week 7]

A quick newsletter today as we are hustling at the farm. We are on a heroic weeding mission this week. They have taken off! Hopefully the tomato ripening will take off with such vigor too. 

Stay cool, at least there are lots of salad fixings this week to help with that. 

This week's share...

  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Herbs

There may be a few other goodies in small quantities that will be available as an option.

Flower bouquets, blueberries, bread, dairy and maple syrup are all for sale. 

New veggies this week and blueberry picking update.

[2017 CSA Week 6]

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A few new veggies are starting to come in at the farm. We have had our first new potatoes for dinner this week. They were fantastic boiled and simply topped with some butter, salt and pepper. I attached a pic of Dan and Maggie digging for spuds and worms. I love her enthusiasm for farm related things these days. Today she "helped" pick some peas and made homes for bugs and beetles in the weeds and soil. Smaller amounts of snap peas, carrots, beets and swiss chard are coming in too. They will be an option for you. I hope you enjoy! 

Many folks have been inquiring about the blueberry availability at Russell's. The berries are just starting to turn. We will be opening for PYO this weekend (see the hours listed below). If for some reason, the berries aren't ready, I will post an update on our Facebook Page. Just search for Work Song Farm.  


Russell's Organic Blueberry PYO hours...

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 2:00 - 6:00
Saturday and Sunday 10:00-5:00


This Week's Share...

  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • New Potatoes (red skin, white flesh)
  • Herbs
  • Zucchini
  • Option:
  • Carrot
  • Beet
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Snap Peas (pods are edible)

Happy Fourth!

[2017 CSA Week 5]

The true kick off to summer is here... the Fourth of July. I hope you had a wonderful holiday with family, friends and your surrounding community. We are beyond thankful for ours. Our families are our rocks and we would not be able to do this without them. Our friends are a blast and we feel that they too are our family. Our community continues to amaze us with their generosity and support.

This week some neighbors passed along their chicken coop for us. We will be using the chicken camper to provide safety for the flock and fresh eggs for you next year.

This week some neighbors passed along their chicken coop for us. We will be using the chicken camper to provide safety for the flock and fresh eggs for you next year.

Thanks to all for being our community, our friends, and our families. 

This week's share...

Want to see more photos and updates? Like our Facebook Page and follow us on Instagram. Just search for Work Song Farm!

If you've enjoyed the strawberries...

[2017 CSA Week 4]

It's been a real pleasure to offer strawberries this year, and we will continue to grow them at this scale.  Alas, they seem to be dwindling this week.  But if you like berries, we have great news: we have stumbled into a blueberry situation. 

Some of you might be familiar with Russell's Blueberries on Maple St in Contoocook.  Peter Russell is moving and has asked us to take care of his bushes this year.  They'll probably start ripening within a couple of weeks, and we hope to make them available to you.  These blueberries have been certified organic, and, although Peter let his certification lapse (knowing he was moving away), nothing has changed regarding how they've been managed.  

Meanwhile, back at Work Song, things are still ripening slowly due to the cool weather, but the plants look good.

This week's share...

  • Strawberries (hopefully for all)
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Greens option:  gunsho, salad greens, or sorrel.
  • Scallions
  • Herbs
  • Kohlrabi/radish option. Kohlrabi should be peeled before eating. It is great cut up and eaten raw with dip but it can also be sauteed and even roasted. It is like a solid cabbage or similar to a broccoli stalk. 

Here's a link to some simple, delicious pickled radishes.  Abby made them for the fridge the other day.  Beware, they do let off a potent odor when you open the jar.

You can also Google garlic scape pesto to find lots of recipes.

Happy Summer Solstice

[2017 CSA Week 3]

The new crop for this week is garlic scapes.  Scapes are essentially the flower stalk of the garlic plant -- think of them like a scallion, but garlic-flavored and solid (not hollow).  Chop them up and use them any way you'd use regular garlic.

Many people like to make garlic scape pesto.  If you're looking for them in bulk, we'll have extras to sell by next week.

Also, extra strawberries are available to buy at Weds pick-up, at the Saturday market, and all week long at Beech Hill Farm.  They might be the only local organic strawberries around.

This week's share...

  • Cucumber
  • Strawberries - still coming in strong
  • Garlic scapes
  • Salad Greens - a big harvest this week, so bags will be bigger than usual.  
  • Radish and Salad Turnips
  • Herbs -- dill and cilantro are coming in

Zucchini are just around the corner, Saturday folks might see the first ones this week.

If you enjoy our farm pics, check us out on Facebook and Instagram.

Good things come in small packages.

[2016 CSA Week 2]

Your CSA shares may be small this week, but they sure will be sweet. Strawberries and cucumbers are starting to come in, and we can't be more excited! Sweet, juicy, refreshing. Nature's Candy. 

Question is... will they make it home?

*Please note, your strawberries won't keep too long, best to come pick up that CSA share and not let it linger in our barn.

*Please note, your strawberries won't keep too long, best to come pick up that CSA share and not let it linger in our barn.

This Week's Share:

  • Strawberries: Free of any spray! The rain and cold may have caused some to develop a little on the funny looking side, but who didn't have an awkward looking phase in their life? If they are split, take a peak inside to make sure no bug friends got in there, like I said they are spray free. 
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce/Salad Greens
  • Herbs: We will add cilantro to the herb choice this week and dill should be on it's way shortly.
  • Radish/Hakurei Turnips: Hakurei turnips are a salad turnip; tender and mild compared to the fall roots you find. They are great fresh, pickled or lightly sauteed.

CSA starts this week –- June 7

[2017 CSA Week 1]

If you're new to Work Song Farm's CSA, welcome!  We look forward to meeting you.

For all returning members, welcome back!

This year's CSA kicks off this week -- that's June 7 for Wednesday pick-ups, or June 10 for Saturday. 

Below are some important tidbits for our CSA members.  Please read if you are new this year.  Returning folks might also benefit from these reminders:

  1. We ask that you choose a regular day to pick up your share throughout the season, however we are flexible AS LONG AS YOU LET US KNOW ABOUT CHANGES AHEAD OF TIME.  This lets us make sure we have enough of everything to go around.
  2. Wednesday pick-up is from 4-7pm in our barn (across the road from Beech Hill Farm).
  3. Saturday pick-up is 9-noon at the Contoocook Farmers Market, or 10am-1pm at our barn. PLEASE LET US KNOW WHICH LOCATION YOU WILL BE COMING TO.
  4. Please check in when you come.  That way we know you got your share.
  5. If you can't get your share during pick-up times, we will bag it up for you (with your name on the bag) and leave it in our barn until 5pm the following day.  After that we donate it to local food pantries.  If you know you won't be able to get there, please let us know.  We'll be able to keep your share fresh in the cooler.
  6. Look for an email newsletter each week.  We'll try to let you know what items you'll be getting, with tips on how to use certain crops.
  7. Sometimes we offer extra produce in bulk, for those of you who like to freeze, can, or otherwise preserve the harvest.

Thanks for a great season!

[2016 CSA Week 20]

Hard to imagine the last CSA week is here. The season, no matter how hot, always goes by in a flash. We want to thank you for a great run this year. We love what we do and can't express our appreciation in the support you have all given us. 

We look forward to seeing you all at the Contoocook Farmers Market on Saturdays. We will keep you updated as things progress!

Here is a link to an overhead drone view of the farm (thanks to Abby's brother Sam). It is quite the sight to see the farm from a different perspective.

If anyone has landscapers... You can help turn your leaves into food. We are interested in having your landscapers dump their leaves at the farm for use as compost in the fields. 

Have them give us a call or email if they are interested.

We had mentioned bulk items for sale, but we really only have bulk onions. If interested please let us know.

Tips for storing your veggies:

There are a few links below for storing your crops, but many of them are a bit involved and/or for larger amounts of vegetables. Basically, you can separate the storage crops into three categories: cold and humid, cold and dry, warm and dry. The squash and pumpkins like it warmer (in the 50's) and dry.

The onions and garlic like it cold (like a cold basement or garage, but not freezing) and dry.

The roots (carrots, parsnips, radishes, turnips), potatoes, and kohlrabi like it cold (like a refrigerator) and humid.

The celery can be chopped up and put in the freezer on a cookie sheet then placed in freezer bags for stock/soup. The leaves can also be used.

Spinach/Chard can be blanched and frozen.

Peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes are also very good roasted and frozen.



The last week's share...

  • Squash
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Root crops: carrots, turnips, radish, parsnips
  • Celery
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Greens: Salad Mix, Lettuce, Spinach or Chard
  • Peppers and Eggplant
  • Herbs: Rosemary, Parsley, Sage and Oregano

New fall veggies this week...

[2016 CSA Week 19]

Some new fall veggies are coming at you this week; parsnips, turnips, and leeks.Roasting is a great way to cook up these veggies. You can always coat them in a little maple syrup (which we have for sale), salt and pepper to give a little bit of extra pizzazz. 

The challenge is to clean out your refrigerator over the next week, because we'll be giving out a big share for the final pickup.  Many of these fall vegetables will keep for a long time, and we'll include some tips on how best to store certain items.  Hopefully it will tide you over for a couple weeks, and help buffer the sadness that accompanies the end of another CSA year.

Speaking of the end ...  now is a great time to give us feedback.  You can email us, tell us in person, or we'll put a box in the barn for anonymous comments.  We're the kind of people who hate to fill out surveys -- there are so many these days -- so we won't saddle you with that.  But we do appreciate feedback.  It helps us get better each year. And while positive comments are nice to hear, it's the more critical ones that we find most helpful. 

This week's share...

  • Parsnips
  • Leeks/Onions
  • Turnips
  • Watermelon Radish
  • Carrot
  • Peppers and eggplant
  • Squash of some type
  • Herbs/Sorrel (sorrel is very lemony and great paired with fish)
  • Kohlrabi/Potatoes
  • Green Tomatoes

Not ending, just yet.

[2016 CSA Week 18]

For everyone wondering when the CSA ends (which is most of us this time of year), the final pickup is October 19 for Wednesday folks, and October 22 for Saturday. 

That makes this the third to last week.  We don't offer a winter CSA anymore.  We used to do Saturday morning pickups at the barn into December, but some of you might remember the morning the produce started freezing, and we had to move the operation up to our kitchen.  So now we just ask you to come to the Contoocook farmers market, which is year round and resides in the Hopkinton Town Hall from November through May.

We'll still send out emails through the winter, to let our CSA members know what we're picking each week, and alert you when we're short on popular items so you can get to the market early.  (If you don't wish to get these emails, just let us know).

Also, for anyone who wants to get some storage vegetables in bulk, we'll give volume discounts to CSA members.  More details to come.

This week's share...

  • Tomatoes
  • Salad Mix
  • Peppers/Eggplant (perhaps the last)
  • Carrots
  • Watermelon Radish
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Squash/edible pumpkins
  • Celery

This week...

[2016 CSA Week 17]

We got lots covered and brought in over the weekend to be prepared for the frost on Sunday night. It was worth the energy, because we did get some good patches in certain parts of the fields. 

Make sure to wash your greens first as our salad spinner has been busted. We are getting it up and running again, but as always, it is best to wash first.

This may be the last week or two for tomatoes as the high tunnel plants are getting diseased and we need to make way for our winter crops to go in. We hope you have enjoyed them, they sure were beautiful. We have another planting that has not ripened yet, and we aren't sure if they will this late in the game, but thought we would test the limits in an unheated tunnel. We will see!

This week's share...

  • Acorn Squash (we will have maple syrup for sale to accompany this fall treat)
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers/Eggplant
  • Celery
  • Kohlrabi
  • Swiss Chard
  • Salad Mix for cutting up or cooking down as they are big leaves 
  • Spuds/Carrots
  • Onions
  • Herbs

high tunnel covering

[2016 CSA Week 16] [September 21]

The original high tunnel has a new batch of plastic and some new frame work on it. Although it still needs to be tightened up in places, it feels good to be a few more steps ready for winter winds and snow.

The original high tunnel has a new batch of plastic and some new frame work on it. Although it still needs to be tightened up in places, it feels good to be a few more steps ready for winter winds and snow.

We even have our spinach and lettuce transplanted inside for the year-round farmer's market. Winter growing comes with it's own set of challenges but it sure is a fabulous thing having fresh picked greens in the coldest of months.

We even have our spinach and lettuce transplanted inside for the year-round farmer's market. Winter growing comes with it's own set of challenges but it sure is a fabulous thing having fresh picked greens in the coldest of months.


Have you checked out our Facebook and Instagram pages?

Lots of beautiful pics and farm updates. Just search for Work Song Farm.


This Week's Share...

  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • squash/zucchini
  • Gunsho Greens (mild mustard flavor, eat raw or slightly sauteed, the stems are the best part so don't compost them) or lettuce
  • Garlic
  • Spaghetti or Delicata winter squash
  • an option of other vegetables in smaller amounts (i.e. celery, kohlrabi, peppers, eggplant, etc.) 

Delicata squash

[2016 CSA Week 15] [September 13]

New this week: Delicata Squash! A mild squash, that tastes great roasted in the oven. We like to cut ours into slices with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Simple, sweet and savory all in one. Many folks like to add a bit of maple syrup, which we will have for sale if you need it.

Kennebec potatoes this week. Tan skin, white flesh. A real "Thanksgiving" type of potato. Classic baking or mashing potato. Not my favorite boiled with butter, but great in just about any other way.

Saturday Farm Pick up members... did you get tomatoes this past weekend? It looked like there might have been some confusion and not everyone got them. Please let us know if you didn't.

This week's share...

  • Salad greens/lettuce
  • Kennebec Potatoes
  • Delicata Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Squash/Zucchini
  • Onions
  • Herbs

Flowers and Maple syrup for sale.

September, already.

[2016 CSA Week 14] [September 6]

Happy September! We went away for a few days and it feels as though fall has hit the farm. There are leaves changing. The squash field has taken on shades of gray and fruit are sizing up. Funny how things change so quickly. 

All is well with the new farm addition. Thanks for all the kind wishes. See you soon!

This week's share...

  • Salad mix
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Summer Squash and Zucchini
  • Herbs (rosemary, sage, oregano and hopefully some parsley)

There will also be an assortment of other veggies in smaller amounts for an option.

Maple Syrup and Flowers for sale.

Also, we just wanted to give everyone a heads up that this week's salad greens are unrinsed, so please wash them well.  We usually rinse them, but we still suggest another washing before you eat them.