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Despite all the sweaty t-shirts and sluggish afternoons, the hot weather was a welcome change on the farm. The Big 3 of Summer–peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes–went from pale and shrimpy to seasonally-appropriate nearly overnight. It feels like the Sungolds put out a hundred new blossoms for each upward tick in […]

Hello, Dog Days!


                          These two pictures have nothing to do with each other, but I figured it’s been a little while since I included a picture of Frankie. She’s getting so big! You know what else is getting big? Our […]

Dream Fig



We received a lot of valuable feedback in last year’s end-of-season survey, but one takeaway stood out from the rest: you want us to be more adventurous in our variety choices. Traditionally, we’ve focused on varieties that we know grow well–disease-resistant standard bearers with good yield potential. A lot of […]

Sense of Adventure


This year, we’re making our tomato beds due double duty as lettuce beds. The photo to the left shows the tomato transplants down the center flanked by lettuce on either side. We’ll harvest the lettuce this week before it gets crowded out by the tomato foliage. Generally, we don’t do […]

Double Duty



It feels like we spent most of last year learning how to farm all over again. With Frankie around, we could no longer solve our problems by just working until we ran out of daylight and soothing our weary muscles with cold beer and ice cream. We had to do […]

Lucky #7


We started this season–our first as parents–with some pretty modest goals: keep our baby clothed and fed and make enough money to do it all again next year.  I’m happy to report we succeeded on both counts (click here for a picture of Frankie “eating” our sweet potatoes).  And in […]

Another Season, Another Cause for Thanks



I know this space isn’t the most natural forum for discussing presidential politics, but Landon and I can’t seem to think about much else. Our bodies ache today not with the pains of farm work, but with the anxiety and tension of what this country will look like moving forward. […]

An Election Response


  Landon is spending this unseasonable fall day spreading fresh mushroom compost onto our now-empty vegetable beds.  This is a new practice for us, one that was facilitated by last year’s purchase of a tractor with a bucket (see photo).  The mushroom compost is a byproduct of Pennsylvania’s robust mushroom […]

Building Better Soil



Landon comes from a fine garlic pedigree.  The New York farm where he honed his skills grows over an acre of garlic every year.  That’s about 70,000 bulbs sold to some of New York City’s most discerning chefs and food enthusiasts.  So when we started our farm in 2011, we […]

Gotta Have Faith


First in, last out, these tunnel tomatoes are the hardest working plants on the farm. They started yielding fruit in early July, weeks before their field brethren, and haven’t stopped since. What are the field tomatoes up to these days? Lying in a giant brush pile, waiting to get lit. […]

And the MVP Goes To…



During the dog days of summer, it’s hard to have faith in the promise of a quieter time.  It feels like the weeding, the planting, and the cherry tomato picking will continue ad infinitum until we’re too bleary-eyed to know the difference between a sungold and a gumball. And yet, […]

Downtime Uplift


Every season, we fine-tune our growing methods to improve the quality of a crop and to produce it more efficiently.  Some crops, like potatoes, are many, many tweaks away from perfection.  But for every struggle, there is at least one success story to keep us moving forward. Arugula is making […]

Fine-Tuning Arugula



  Ever wonder what we do with all of our wax boxes after the market?  At $2 apiece, we try to get as much life out of each box as possible.  Boxes that aren’t too ripped or too dirty get wiped out with sanitizing cleaner and reused for future pre-orders. […]

Respect the Box


  Fall might be knocking at the door, but summer’s not ready to give up the ghost quite yet.  We’re hoping to have tomatoes into September this season, and the okra’s showing no sign of slowing down.  But the darlings of summer will have to make room on the market […]

A Crowded Market Table



When I was 3, my favorite movie was Bambi.  I learned to love deer at an early age and I carried that reverence well into adulthood.  Gosh, what a fool.  As much as I’d like to coexist, there’s no place  for Bambi on a vegetable farm. In the farm’s early seasons, […]

Banishing Bambi


  Heavy rains at night followed by the warmth of a rising sun created this majestic mist early Tuesday morning.  Living with an infant, Landon and I get to experience the farm at all sorts of hours once reserved for sleep.  It makes me appreciate this place and the role […]

Those Magic Moments



  Meet Colin! He’s been working on the farm since May and has undoubtedly planted, weeded and harvested many of the veggies we’ve brought to market. Many of you have met Aislinn at the market, but Colin works strictly on the farm.  We’ve really relied on their help this season and will continue […]

Meet Colin


  Frankie’s not the newest kid on the block anymore!  The barn swallow babies are hatching in nests all over the farm and taking their wings for a test drive.  These little cuties zoomed out of the nest just moments after I snapped this photo.  I’m sad to report that […]

Barn Swallow Babies



  The strawberries may be winding down, but the black raspberries and the blueberries are eager to assume their spot on the market table. We find that both fruits are less susceptible to insect and disease pressure than their berry brethren–a surefire way to befriend a farmer.  The biggest challenge […]

Berry Necessities


  With all the weird weather and slow growth we witnessed this spring, I had just about given up on pea season.  Our pea plants were lagging well behind last year’s crop, despite an earlier planting date, and May’s surprise heat wave added an additional stressor. But if farming has […]

The Peas Prevailed