Fall Harvest Party

pocatelloJoin us at the annual Hearty Roots Farm Harvest Celebration on Saturday, October 5th!

1830 Route 9, Germantown NY

2pm – 6pm

Pumpkin carving – Live music – Cider pressing – Farm tours – Games – Potluck snacks

We hope you will join us!

 

 

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Spring crops

It was a slow start to spring, with much cooler temperatures than we had during last year’s unusually warm March and April, and almost no rain at all until now.

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Garlic is getting big! We will harvest some of it as green garlic for the early CSA shares.

Cool and dry kept us busy irrigating, and meant that the plants are growing a bit more slowly than usual.  But it has allowed us to keep on top of weeding, which means we should see an abundance of good produce once the plants take advantage of warmer weather and rains.

We cover our melons with a tent of fabric to warm things up, and to keep bugs off.

We cover our melons with a tent of fabric to warm things up, and to keep bugs off.

Our CSA season begins in just two weeks!  We are excited to get harvesting, the lettuce, spinach, green garlic, radishes and cooking greens will be the first things ready.

Jeff getting ready to prepare the soil using the disc harrow.

Jeff getting ready to prepare the soil using the disc harrow.

Shares are still available at our Hudson Valley CSA pickups (Clermont, Red Hook, Kingston and Woodstock) so please sign up or spread the word!

 

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Eggs available at the farm! Also at Montgomery Place Orchard farm stand.

We have added a small fridge outside of our barn where you can come buy eggs until the CSA season begins.  We’re at 1830 Route 9, Germantown, NY.  Eggs are $5 / dozen, on the honor system, please bring exact change.

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You can also buy our eggs as well as lots of other great items at the Montgomery Place Orchard farm stand (corner of Rt. 9G and Rt 199 in Red Hook), currently open on weekends.

 

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New greenhouse on the farm

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We spent a lot of time this winter putting up our new greenhouse on the farm, where we are raising our vegetable seedlings. After many many years using space in off-site greenhouses, we are very excited to have our own, with everything set up just as we want it to produce super healthy plants. Top quality seedlings lead to top quality veggies!New GH 2

 

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CSA Shares are now available for 2013!

We invite you to join our CSA for the upcoming season. We are busy ordering seeds and making preparations to ensure a great bounty, and we want to share it with you!

Details are on our CSA page.
CSA pickup

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Post-storm report

The farm has weathered the storm with no serious damage.  A few downed limbs and a brief power outage, but the chickens, greenhouses, and crops are all fine.

Our CSA deliveries for Wednesday October 31st are cancelled, check your email for details on rescheduling.  As of now, our CSA delivery to Brooklyn on Saturday November 3rd will go ahead as usual.

We are wishing the best to our CSA members who are without power or otherwise affected by the storm, and to any farmers who did suffer damage!

–Ben, Lindsey, and the Hearty Roots crew

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Hurricane Sandy update

Note to CSA members in Red Hook, Woodstock, Kingston, Inwood/Washington Heights, and Riverdale:  this week’s CSA pick up is cancelled due to the storm.  Check your email for details on re-scheduling.  Thanks and stay safe!

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Farm Party today!

We spent yesterday cleaning up the barn so we will have plenty of space to celebrate, indoors and outdoors, even if there is a quick rain shower.

We’ll use the hand-crank cider press to squeeze Montgomery Place Orchards apples (thanks Talea!), and then simmer it up into delicious hot cider.
You can try your hand at threshing and winnowing dried beans grown by our crew manager Jordan, using a 100-year-old wooden fan mill!
Pumpkins are waiting to be carved, the rotten-tomato-toss is set up, and horseshoes will be played.
We are cooking up some farm-fresh snacks, and feel free to bring along something of your own to share if you like.  We’ll have ale from Keegan brewery.
And at 5pm we’ll enjoy the music of Pocatello!

Bring your friends and family!  All are welcome.  You can share the facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/157761694362032/

When:  Sunday, September 30th, 2pm – 6pm  

Where:  Our new land at 1822 Route 9, Germantown, NY  (4.5 miles north of Pitcher Lane, where our current farm fields are)

Schedule:  

2pm – 6pm  Farm games, snacks, pumpkin carving, cider pressing, visiting the chickens. 

4pm  Tour of the new farmland

5pm  Music by Pocatello  —  Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin and the voices of Emily, Sasha (both Hearty Roots crew alums) and Liv.  http://www.pocatellomusic.com

The chickens this morning, excited to see you at the farm party!
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Farm party this Sunday, September 30th!

 You are invited to join us for music, games, food, and farm tours at Hearty Roots.  The party will be at the NEW FARMLAND that Hearty Roots now owns, just a few miles north of our current vegetable fields.  

When:  Sunday, September 30th, 2pm – 6pm  (check our web site for possible postponement in case of severe weather)

Where:  Our new land at 1822 Route 9, Germantown, NY  (4.5 miles north of Pitcher Lane, where our current farm fields are)

Food: Feel free to bring a potluck snack to share, but don’t worry if you can’t:  there will be plenty of farm snacks, local ale, and freshly pressed cider for all! 

Schedule:  

2pm – 6pm  Farm games, snacks, pumpkin carving, cider pressing, visiting the chickens.  Don’t miss the famous rotten-tomato-toss.

4pm  Tour of the new farmland

5pm  Music by Pocatello  —  Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin and the voices of Emily, Sasha (both Hearty Roots crew alums) and Liv.  http://www.pocatellomusic.com

If you are coming from out of town, we invite you to pitch a tent and camp at the farm on Sunday night!

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Garlic Harvest event CANCELLED due to heat

Temperatures are forecasted to be in the high 90’s today, that’s just too hot for mid-day garlic harvest.  We don’t want members passing out in the field!  So we are cancelling today’s garlic harvesting.
The pick-your-own garden will still be available to you all day, currently there are herbs and flowers to be picked including basil, thyme, oregano, and sage, you might even find a cherry tomato or two!  Also we will hold a tour of the farm fields at 5pm, so please feel free to join us for that.  
Sorry for the change in plans, but it’s just not safe to hold this event in the high heat.  We ourselves don’t event work during the hottest part of the day in those temperatures–  when it’s that hot, we work in the morning from 5am, then take a mid-day break during the heat, then finish up some work in the evening.

Thanks to those of you who were planning to join us, please make sure our fall harvest party is on your calendar, Sunday September 30th!
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