The winter routine has settled in here at the farm as we batten down, give everything a deep clean and make long lists of what to organize, repair and replace. Farming in the north is a privilege in many ways but this time of year makes me so thankful to that we have a couple […]
Rain catch up...into snowWe have had nice regular rain the past couple weeks and while we haven't caught up the ground is wet and the farm waterways are moving. Refilling our water table (which for us is the massive Brunswick Aquifer) is vital to us maintaining soil microbiology and fertility. A good snow load would be really helpful in keeping the positive trend moving in the right direction. I know I'm not popular when I say this but, BRING ON THE SNOW!
Late Fall Share a Grand SuccessWe are two pick-ups into our late fall share and the response for those who signed up has been overwhelmingly positive. It's lots of great storage produce like squash, beets, cabbage and carrots along with greens from our field tunnels. Everyone's bags have been very full on the way out the door. We hope to expand this program next year. Look for sign-up option coming next month.
Shares for 2017Thank you to all of you who have signed up with us for 2017. Your support now is so important as we have already started dipping into our 2017 budget with potting soil from Vermont, greenhouse and tractor biodeisel (from the best deep fat fryers in Portland) and seeds from Maine suppliers (Johnny's and FEDCO). As a member of this CSA, your family and the farm are linked. Your memberships now provide cash flow throughout the season and allows us to focus on growing the best food. If you have not signed up yet but would to here's the Brunswick link and the Portland area Delivered share link for our easy online system. *NEW THIS YEAR - For those who like to pay via credit card online, we now use a system that will AUTOMATICALLY charge your credit card. When you sign up and enter your credit card information, you will be charged at that time ($113 for Brunswick On-Farm Share, $115 for Delivered Share) , and then it will automatically charge that same amount ($113 or $115) until your balance is paid. We put many hours into this new system and hope it makes the payment plan process easier for all.
Thank You. Another farm season comes to a close this week. Farming is never boring and almost always challenging. 2016 will go into our books as the driest by far. We can be proud that we produced a strong crop and got more skilled with our irrigation systems. One of the great things about farming in […]
Thank You.Another farm season comes to a close this week. Farming is never boring and almost always challenging. 2016 will go into our books as the driest by far. We can be proud that we produced a strong crop and got more skilled with our irrigation systems. One of the great things about farming in the Northeast has been the regular supply of rainfall. The average for Brunswick is about 36" a year and for the most part this has been spread evenly over the whole season. Not this year. We invested in an irrigation system 12 years ago and have used it at some point during the season each year to keep us at one inch of water a week. Our current setup runs off of a well that we connect to our many fields via 30 lengths of aluminum pipe. This is labor intensive as we have to break down one field to set up the next. Two of our fields are over 1000' from the well so in 30' increments you can do the math...its a lot of pipe to move. Usually not a big deal but this year we were moving pipes and irrigating all the time...it was a big deal. Apart from a massive effort to move water this season we also saw the frost dates pull back in both spring and fall, giving us a longer season and new possibilities in the coming years for earlier plant dates in the spring as well as more successions of tender crops in the fall. Our crew this season was spectacular, putting in endless days pulling tons of food from exceptionally hot and dusty fields. But most important above everything we did was seeing you each week here excited about the harvest - we are ever grateful.
Oysters?This is the last week we will have Long Reach Oysters available. These are outstanding raft raised native oysters making a very short trip from Harpswell to your table. Pre order by 9pm tonight via email...$16/doz, $9 /half.
Sign-upsThanks again for the overwhelming signup enthusiasm. Your support now makes a huge difference for the farm. Still need to get on board? Here's the link.
What's in the Share?Lettuce Kale/Chard Cabbage Carrots Winter Squash Parsnips Turnips Rutabaga Onions Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potatoes
Red Turnips make a bold appearance this second to last week of the csa. When I say turnips many of you tune out but wait… These are the close relatives of the white salad turnips we have had the past couple weeks. Smooth and creamy they lend themselves to eating raw (we like to slice […]
2017Thanks again for the overwhelming signup enthusiasm. Your support now makes a huge difference for the farm. Still need to get on board? Here's the link.
The Last Week...Brussels SproutsLots of other good stuff coming too don't miss the last pickup...bring a box.
PotatoesWe finally have potatoes this week. As you may have guessed it was a less than successful crop for us this year. Biblical beetles and drought gave us very small tubers. What she have tastes great though...
What's in the ShareLettuce Asian Greens Kale/Chard Butternut Squash Acorn Squash Potatoes Carrots Beets Garlic Parsnips
Hurricanes that miss their mark, first frost, and the last two weeks of harvest. So many things to sigh and or exhale about this time of year. Like the trees this fall the season seems to have turned with the flip of a switch. Last week we were still in our short sleeves at […]
Hurricanes that miss their mark, first frost, and the last two weeks of harvest. So many things to sigh and or exhale about this time of year. Like the trees this fall the season seems to have turned with the flip of a switch. Last week we were still in our short sleeves at 7am and now we are rolling out the row fabric to keep the greens going while the temperatures dive. It's all dramatic and exciting if we step out of our working, but minute by minute we make our small adjustments and keep getting the day's work done. With all of my worrying and wondering about water this this year I have not had a moments doubt about our crew. We somehow ended up with some of the best people on the planet this season and their efforts every hour of each day made this season a great success.
Stock the Freezer SaleWe have a fall "Stock the Freezer" sale going the next couple weeks. Buy 10 pounds or more of our ground pork, ground beef, or ground lamb for a dollar off per pound. 10lbs Pork or Beef for $70, 10lbs lamb for $60... We also have 10lb flats of frozen tomato seconds for $10.
Last Week of Mushroom Share...Our mushroom farmer had a calendar error and did not deliver the last week of mushrooms last week. Make sure not to miss yours this week.
Thank you for signing up for 2017!!Our appreciation is deep for everyone who has signed up with us for 2017. CSA is a unique collaboration between your families and this farm. By joining now you put your money where your mouth is, supporting local organic food. You also get a great deal. Where else can you buy fresh local organic produce for around $1.50 per pound, pick flowers and strawberries, and swap recipes with the people who grow your food? Thank you! Still need to sign up? Here's the link.
When is the Season Over?We are planning to have our last harvest of the regular farm season the week of October 24th. The last pick-ups will be Tuesday the 24 and Friday the 28th.
What's in the Share?Lettuce Asian Greens Jale Arugula Chickories Carrots Sweet Dumpling Squash Kohklrabi Hakuri Salad Turnips Red Cabbage
Be careful what you wish for. For a couple weeks I have been hoping out loud for a couple three days of hurricane blow off. This is that nice fine rain that comes soft and constant and soaks the soil without washing a grain of sand away. We commonly get this kind of precipitation in […]
Thank You for Signing up for 2017Thank you to those who have signed up online in the past week! Knowing we can count on your shares early allows us to refine our plans for crops, order seed before the winter rush, and take advantage of end of the year pricing on big ticket items like soil, fertilizer and supplies. Most importantly it helps us focus on making the farm productive and healthy. If you haven't signed up yet here's the link.
Cipolinni OnionsThese little flat onions are pure magic. Sweeter than your standard onion they are great roasted in the oven, cooked slow on the stovetop or caramelized.
What's in the ShareLettuce Mix Tatsoi Baby Bok Choi Chard Spinach Carrots Delicata Radishes/salad turnips Cippolinni Onions
A PoemThings we don't have to worry about in a hurricane...
Problems with Hurricanes
A campesino looked at the air And told me: With hurricanes it’s not the wind or the noise or the water. I’ll tell you he said: it’s the mangoes, avocados Green plantains and bananas flying into town like projectiles. How would your family feel if they had to tell The generations that you got killed by a flying Banana. Death by drowning has honor If the wind picked you up and slammed you Against a mountain boulder This would not carry shame But to suffer a mango smashing Your skull or a plantain hitting your Temple at 70 miles per hour is the ultimate disgrace. The campesino takes off his hat— As a sign of respect toward the fury of the wind And says: Don’t worry about the noise Don’t worry about the water Don’t worry about the wind— If you are going out beware of mangoes And all such beautiful sweet things.
Another summer comes to a close and a light frost comes in on cue, even after a couple of blistering days last week. Expect it when you least expect it… Look for great greens in the weeks ahead as we move into our last month of harvests. We have the last of our tomatoes this […]
Time to Sign Up for Next Season!It's been an extraordinary season with some of the best crops of tomatoes, melon and squash we have seen in twenty years of farming. As we work through the unknowns that make up a successful farm season the one thing we can count on is all of you coming to the farm, happy to see what we have done. As farmers we love knowing exactly where our food is going and sharing stories with you each week about your fantastic grilled veggie pizza, wowing your dinner guests, or the successes in figuring out how to get the kids to eat cabbage (roast it!) In turn, we hope that you value knowing and seeing where your food is grown and the weekly experience of just being here in this beautiful place. Maura and I hope you will join us again for another year of great food and real community here at Crystal Spring Farm. Follow this link to sign up for the 2017 season.
Oysters come to Crystal SpringFor few weeks this fall we are offering a preordered oysters from our friend Lincoln Smith and Long Reach Oysters in Harpswell. These are native eastern oysters grown from seed over the past year on rafts off Great Island. We have sampled a few and they are briney with great flavor and good size. They will be delivered to the farm each Friday and ready for CSA pickup. Prices are 1/2 dozen for $9, a dozen for $16 and 3+ dozen for $15/per. Please send me an email order by the end of Tuesday for delivery on Friday. Here's a link to Lincoln's website.
What's in the ShareLettuce Mix Asian Greens Kale Napa Cabbage Chickories Green Tomaotes Sweet Potatoes Watermelon Radishes Onions
What's in UpicHerbs and Flowers...both waning
Its the last fews days of an exceptional summer. Sometimes I speak of biblical plagues on the farm like unstoppable pests, unrelenting drought, etc. This summer my references trended more toward the miracles. Like wine from water or feeding everyone with a few loaves and a couple fish, we have pulled an amazing amount […]
Watermelon RadishThis new addition to the farm lineup is a favorite. These big radishes and flavorful and beautiful. It's hard not to take a photo before you enjoy them. Our favorite way right now is sliced thin with a splash of rice vinegar. We put them out anytime of day and the kids go nuts.
What's in the ShareLettuce Fennel Kale Chard Arugula Chickories Hot mustard Gold Beets Peppers Watermelon Watermelon Radishes Bok Choi (big!) Acorn squash
What's in UpicButter beans (use like edamame) Flowers Herbs...
The transition to fall is here and we have the produce to prove it. After a rip snorter of a storm on Sunday the switch was thrown and here we are. The farm woke up to 39 degrees this Monday morning and I had to start my day finding the hoodie I have forgotten about since […]
What's in the ShareSpinach Carrots Radishes Asian Greens Cabbage Winter Squash Tomato Leeks
What's in UpicEdamame Cherry Toms (waning) Flowers/Herbs
September is the busiest month for us. Not because of the farm, or rather not only because of the farm. This month our kids go back to school and Maura goes back to her counseling job at the middle school in Topsham. As luck would have it everyone began their school schedule today! Please find […]