Farm Blog

The changeover

The changeover

We are approaching the end line for our current president’s tenure and as such some are lamenting the loss of such a talented and charismatic leader.  Others will hold their breath and wait to see where the next administration will take us, and still others […]

2017 – A new year begins…

2017 – A new year begins…

It is a brand new year with many challenges ahead of us as we enter our 28th season (whoa!!) growing certified organic vegetables in the Litchfield hills.  It never ceases to amaze us how quickly time flies and as we settle into middle age as […]

CSA Season

CSA Season

In 1990 our brother Dan started a small organic farm in Washington, CT.  The first things he did were buy a dog; a Redbone Coonhound named Otis, and he start a CSA.  The plan was to engage with a group of friends and neighbors, get […]

September Harvest

The fields are raining tomatoes and in the distance the sunflowers dance like an agrarian Martha Graham piece.  This is simply the best time to be at the farm despite the fact that most of the crew has left for school, and the days are […]

Mid Summer Report – 2014

The Mid-Summer Report:  It is hard to believe that the end of July is upon us and though we have achieved a lot so far this season, what is most exciting is how much we have to look forward to.  The hard work of the […]

May at the farm

May is the usually the turning point for us here at the farm, the month where it all gets down to brass tacks with plantings, massive tilling days, and the beginning of (gasp!) the market season. The air, warmer and more hospitable to work in, […]

Spring Planting – Sugar Snap Peas

Ah, spring how we missed you. The warmer air has come at last and erased a long winter from our collective minds… almost! Still it is probably safe to say that the chance of a last winter storm is getting smaller with each passing day […]

Winter Blues

Ah, winter, how we love you.  And what a brutal display of power you have wrought upon us this year! The cold northern air sweeps across the landscape issuing daily reminders that spring is still six weeks away, and while we can accept that, we […]

The Harvest Comes to an End…

The chill is in the air, the first frost has come and gone, and now the maple leaves are strewn all across the yard – these are the traditional signs of the season coming to an end.  It is a time of much sadness for […]

Mid Summers Dream…

Ah, July how fast you came and went!  After the most wretched June on record the dog days of summer arrived in full force.   Amazing what a difference the sun makes to the tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and all the other long term fall crops […]

Market Report…

With June almost over there is now a certain rhythm which sets pace here at the farm.  It is one where the back beat is always constant, one which may include extended jams like planting tomatoes for 12 straight hours, or picking peas for 10 […]

Who’ll stop the rain?

“Still the rain kept pourin’, fallin’ on my ears And I wonder, still I wonder who’ll stop the rain” – John Foggerty Ah, the early morning sun is rising in the east, the farm is quiet, and the hounds are still not up from their midnight […]

The new barn, the start of the CSA, and school kids…

The week has been, and continues to be, a very busy one for all of us at the farm.  Major tomato and potato plantings, a bus load of 5th grade school children from NYC, and the raising of the new barn.  The story of the […]

The rains, tomatoes, and Memorial Day frost…

Well, after a spring which has been devoid of any moisture (or so it seemed), the past few days have brought record rain here in Litchfield County.  Thursday was four to five inches depending on where in the state you reside and it was close […]

‘Taters, the Farm Bill, and other thoughts…

‘Taters, the Farm Bill, and other thoughts…

So this past week we decided to head up to Malone, NY to purchase our potato seed directly from a large grower who has been providing us with seed for a few seasons.  Usually a friend of ours makes the drive but he was laid […]

May begins to feel good…

The days are now starting to get a little longer and the extra hours of light means that the work day is also getting longer.  Planting, tilling, watering, seeding, harvesting, it’s all in play now!  There is much to report so I’ll not dilly dally. […]

Spring plantings, and other April thoughts…

So here we are the day after the horror that was the Boston marathon bombing.  Felt like a good time to get some things off the chest and also write about some positive things, as well. Yesterday was such a sad day for all Americans […]

First plantings of 2013

So, after a little bit of a delay, the 2013 season is officially on!  As seen in the picture, the first wave of sugar snap peas went in the ground March 28th.  Not bad considering there was snow on the ground last week.  The air […]

Um, is it Spring yet?

Um, is it Spring yet?

Two days into spring and what you may ask does that mean for the farm?  Well, usually the first wave of sugar snap peas would have been in the ground but there still remains a few inches of snow cover, as well as the fact […]

March, lion or lamb?

Ah, March, you rascal.  Balmy and sunny one  moment, snowy, icy and cold the next.  As spring peeks out from around the corner, winterreminds us she still has a few last bursts of arctic air left to dispel.  The month where we start the process […]

CSA – the way of the future (partly)…

CSA – the way of the future (partly)…

The snows of Nemo linger still, the air temperature fluctuates between bitter and balmy, and the ground hog said to look for spring a little later then usual. So what does that mean we do at the farm to pass the time, you may ask. […]

The Blizzard of 2013!

The Blizzard of 2013!

Whoa, Nellie, that was some storm!  Our markets were (rightfully) cancelled last weekend and when all was said and done we got 31.9 inches. it has been a while sine we had that much snow and the wind made it that much more difficult to […]

Winter farmers markets…

Winter farmers markets…

Its was a balmy 15 degrees as we loaded the truck this morning in the early first light.  We were thankful it wasn’t zero as the previous mornings had been, and there was little wind.  We were off to sell our fare at the New […]

Deep Winter Chill…

Deep Winter Chill…

That sound you hear outside your window is the ice shifting and the air breaking in half.  Geeze Louise it’s cold out there!!  So what is a farmer to do in the heart of winter you may ask?  Well, there is a lot actually.  Get […]

Happy New Year to our friends, CSAs, and clients…

Happy New Year to our friends, CSAs, and clients…

Ok, so its been a long time since the last post.  Actually seven months but we’re looking to start off the new season with plenty of content for your viewing pleasure (we hope).  After loosing track of the blog updates during the height of the […]

The Summer Drought Continues…

The Summer Drought Continues…

It is hard to imagine the damage that such intense heat can cause nationwide but what is happening now across our land is nothing short of devastating.   Record temperatures, and then some freakish heavy rain which brings flooding (Texas) are certainly cause for concern, […]

The Summer begins…

The Summer begins…

So  here we are at the end of June in Connecticut, which is typically warm at this time of year but the past two days the entire country seems to be in deep broil.  The heat from last week went away (Monday was 60!) but […]

The Heat…

The Heat…

So the past three days have brought massive heat to the fields, and more recently (at 4:pm today) a massive rain.  Few things are as dangerous in farming as high heat, and few things bring the buzz down like heat followed by a massive rain […]

The First CSA Pick Up…

The First CSA Pick Up…

For the past twenty-three years we have had a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.  This unique investment model allows farmers and clients to share the risk, and rewards, of the farming season by providing up front capital for the farm and spend less time trying […]

The Allen Stevenson School Field Trip

The Allen Stevenson School Field Trip

For the 9th consecutive year, The Allen Stevenson School  in New York City (and Patrick’s alma mater) sent 5th grade biology and earth science students to the farm to work and learn about sustainable farming.  Forty one students and five teachers braved the VERY hot […]

The early riser…

The early riser…

There is a new member of the security team here at the farm named Eliot, a jack russell/border collie mix, who hails from Brooklyn, NY.  Though he has been with us since December of 2011, it is only now that he is truly engaging in […]

Rain, plant, sun, rain, plant, sun, repeat…

Rain, plant, sun, rain, plant, sun, repeat…

The past week has seen a glorious mix of warm, sunny, uber spring days book-ended by lovely long soaking rains.  Just what the doctor needed.  Last Wednesday and Thursday the crew dropped 3500 Zuc and Squash plants into the ground, as well as another 3000 […]

A much needed rain…

A much needed rain…

The skies above Waldingfield have opened up and a steady rain has begun to fall. Our lettuce loves it…our kale loves it…but perhaps most of all, our sugar snap peas love it. Indeed, what started out as a hot and unusual spring season has settled into a […]

GMO’s pose difficult questions…

GMO’s pose difficult questions…

Take a read of the link about GMO’s.  

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day

To all the moms out there we salute you!  We are thinking of all the moms who taught us how to be good people, respectful people, and it is they for whom we aspire to be the best we can be.

The Spring 2012 Blog

The Spring 2012 Blog

The fields are waking up from a long, though hardly cold, slumber and we are ready for our 23rd season.  The first snap peas are in the ground, and the greenhouses are stuffed with seedlings awaiting transplanting.  We will be bringing many more updates going […]

Winter Recap

Winter Recap

  Not much to gripe about the past few months except that it wasn’t cold enough to kill off much of the pests (big ad small) which we farmers confront each season.  The warmest winter in the past century (according to the National weather Service), […]