Spring Celebration! Saturday, May 27th

Join us for our Spring Celebration!

10 am – 3 pm // May 27th, Memorial Day weekend


Meet the farmers – Shop for tomato plants
Help build & plant our new Children’s Garden
Have a picnic – Take a Hayride
Visit the pigs & chickens

Schedule of Events:

Children’s Garden Community Build: 10am – 1pm
Tomato Seedling Sale: 10 am – 3 pm
Hayrides: 11am and 1 pm

Tomato Seedling Sale

Can’t get enough of our tomatoes? This summer, you can grow your own too!
Tomatoes are the perfect plant for the home gardener because they will be happy growing in a pot on your porch or as a part of your garden.

We will be selling over 15 varieties of organic tomatoe seedlings, in all shapes, sizes, and colors! Choose from a variety of tomato types: Cherries, Paste, Slicers, Beefsteaks, Heirlooms and Hybrids in black, orange, red, green, yellow, pink and stripes.

The Hearty Roots Crew will be working the sale to give our expert farmer advice and to help you choose the perfect tomato plant.

Children’s Garden
Community Build

We are excited to break ground into the newest addition to our Pick Your Own, our Children’s Garden! Come participate in the planting process so that your children can watch their plants grow all season long.
We have lots of fun ideas for the kids garden:  a kids-only farmstand;  a giant pumpkin;  kid-friendly veggies like mini cucumbers;  and you can bring your own ideas, let’s build this together!

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Farm Events for 2017

Spring Celebration
Saturday, May 27th, Memorial Day Weekend

Kick off spring and join us at the farm for our Spring Celebration! We will be hosting a Tomato Seedling sale and breaking ground for our new Children’s Garden. Come see the farm, visit the animals, & have a picnic just days before the CSA starts.  We will also have eggs for sale, and possibly some early salad greens and overwintered carrots.

The Seedling Sale will include over 25 varieties of organic heirloom tomato seedlings for sale. Pick from Cherries, Paste, Slicers, Beefsteaks, Heirlooms and Hybrids!  These tomatoes are perfect for your backyard, for a pot on your porch, or in your garden. All seedlings will be ready to plant and our resident tomato experts will be excited to answer any care & growing questions.  Join us in the Hearty Roots parking lot from 10am-3pm.
This year are thrilled to be adding a Children’s Garden as an extension of our existing Pick Your Own Garden. Come help us make this a reality! Earlier volunteers can help put together our raised beds and volunteers later on can help us plant! We encourage children to be a part of the planting process so they can watch their plants grow all season long! 10am-1pm.

Garlic Harvest Work Party
Sunday, July 16
This year, our Garlic Harvest Party will be a morning of volunteering followed by a lunch hosted by the farmers of Hearty Roots. We will spend the morning, beginning at 9am, harvesting our garlic and laying it out on our greenhouse benches. Volunteers can help us by pulling garlic, collecting & boxing garlic, or laying it out in our greenhouse. Lunch will be comprised of our farmer’s favorite seasonal recipes. We ask our volunteers to work with us for at least 2 hours if they plan on joining us for lunch at 1pm, where we will feast and rest in the shade.

Fall Harvest Party
Saturday, October 7th

Our Harvest Party is a family friendly celebration of the growing season. We come together each fall to eat, drink, carve pumpkins, toss tomatoes, peel garlic, ride the hay wagon, visit the animals, listen to live music and catch up. Swing by if you’re local or make a weekend out of it if you’re coming from the city! Camping is available & there are lots of wonderful Pick-Your-Own apple farms nearby for your fall favorites.

Pick-Your-Own Garden Community Work Days
Saturdays 6/24, 7/22, 8/26, 9/23 

We want our CSA Member Pick Your Own Garden to be a space for beauty, community, education, and joy. So this season we are hosting four Community Garden Days, where we can come together as farmers & gardeners & eaters, to care for our garden. Tasks will vary based on the time of year but will include trellising, weeding, & pruning. Come work with us! Ask us growing questions and to spend time with your hands in the soil.  We hope this will be a wonderful opportunity for our members & our farmers to spend time together, creating connections with each other and with the land. Join us anytime during the hours of 10am – 1pm in the PYO.

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Sign up now for Hudson Valley CSA sites!

Our sign up for our Hudson Valley CSA 2017 season is now live! (and sign up for some of our NYC sites is available now, and others are coming soon.)

Click here for details.

When you join our Hudson Valley CSA, you can choose to pick up your share weekly or bi-weekly, from any of our 4 locations: on the farm in Clermont, in Red Hook Village, in Woodstock or in Kingston.

We offer lots of flexibility, if you need to switch pick up locations from week to week or take a vacation in the middle of the season.

It’s going to be a great season, we hope you will join us!

–Ben + Lindsey and family and the Hearty Roots Crew

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Sign up for the 2017 season begins soon!

During this snowy weather at the farm, we are busy updating our sign-up information for the 2017 season. We will begin accepting sign ups in the next few days. We will be accepting new members at all locations.

Thanks and we are looking forward to a great season!

–Ben + Lindsey and family and the Hearty Roots crew

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Thanksgiving Shares now available

Thanksgiving share

Thanksgiving shares are available, to be picked up on Saturday, November 19th.

Click here for details about the on-farm Thanksgiving Share

Click here for details about our Thanksgiving shares in Brooklyn

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Harvest Party Today, Saturday October 8th!

Today! Saturday October 8th!

Our annual Fall Harvest Party
2pm – 6pm

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We are excited for a wonderful day! Great weather for carving pumpkins and enjoying the first fall colors.

Cider pressing
Visit the chickens and pigs
Games for kids
Pick in the Pick-Your-Own garden
Pumpkin picking + carving / decorating
Garlic shucking (help get garlic ready to plant!)

Hayride + farm tour at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm

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Hearty Roots in the NY Times

In this morning’s New York Times (front page of the Food Section, with a teaser on the front page of the paper!) writer Julia Moskin wrote an article about the proliferation of services that may call themselves CSA’s, but do not share the principles around which the Community Supported Agriculture movement was founded.

I was pleased that she interviewed me for the article, and honored that a couple of quotes made it in there.  Mostly she got me sounding disgruntled about these delivery services —  fair enough —  but for most of the half hour we spoke, I was talking positively about all the great things about CSA!

So I wanted to take a moment to THANK YOU for participating in a true CSA and let you know why I think it’s so important.  The principles that make CSA special are:

  • Direct connection between farmers and members.  This means you know how we grow the food and who we are, and we listen to you and your preferences as we plan the crops for the season.  It also means there is no distributor taking a big cut and controlling the price in a way that makes the farm vulnerable.
  • Shared risks and rewards, so that, on the risk side, if a freak hailstorm wipes out a planting of squash, we work together to deal with the problem rather than the farm diving into debt, or going under (we want our farm to be here to feed your grandkids!).  On the shared rewards side, when there’s a windfall in the fields, it’s more heirloom tomatoes for everyone.  (with these non-CSA delivery services, a windfall goes to the venture capitalists who back them).
  • A responsibility by the farmers to transfer the CSA members’ support of the farm business into proper care for the environment and just working conditions for farmworkers.  We aim to grow food by honoring the values that you, our members, will be proud of.

So take a moment to read the article and consider leaving a comment on the NY Times web site explaining why CSA is important to you.

We thank you for making a commitment to our farm through CSA, and we pledge to keep working hard to make it well worth it!

Your farmers,
Ben and Lindsey + family, along with Wes, Kate, Christopher, Amanda, Colleen, Nico, Gilberto, Michael, Hannelore, and Cora

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Garlic Harvest Party on Saturday July 16!

9am – 1pm on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

We will be pulling our garlic plants out of the field and moving them into the greenhouse to cure. Doing the work in the morning means the temperatures will still be in the 70’s, should be a nice day!

Hayrides around the farm at 11am and 1pm, and pick flowers and herbs in the garden while you’re here.

Come for as long or as short a time as you’d like!

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First CSA pick-up is soon, but shares are still available!

We are getting ready to harvest the first vegetables of the season!

CSA members who are on a “weekly” or “Bi-weekly : Week A” schedule can pick up the first share the week of May 31 – June 4.
CSA members who are on a “Bi-weekly : Week B” schedule can pick up the first share week of June 7 – 11.

We do still have some shares available, click for details.

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CSA sign up is open!

Sign up is open for our Hudson Valley CSA sites: Clermont (on the farm), Woodstock, Kingston and Red Hook Village.

Details are here
Some of our NYC sites have begun sign-up, others will be signing people up soon.

We hope you will join us this season!

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