December 4, 2014

Christmas Shop 2014

The Christmas Shop is open beginning December 4th 2014.  Come by and purchase a hand made wreath or a Christmas tree (cut last week in November from a local NY farm).  We sell quality trees and wreaths as a fundraiser to support our CSA farm and farm education programs.

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The wreaths are individually made in a variety of sizes from a mix of local greens (aromatic fir, pine, and cedar).  Our wreaths come in three sizes (approximate diameter measurement) 24″, 30″, and 36″.

Our trees includes Balsum or Douglas fir.  The trees were cut last week from a local farm outside of Binghamton, New York.

 

 

September 3, 2014

Member Email Glitch

IMG_1999ATTENTION CSA MEMBERS!

Due to an email program glitch we cannot send out the weekly harvest notes for week 15 – Thursday September 4, 2014.   I have included some information in this post.  We are still receiving emails so do contact us if you cannot pickup your share this week.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Harvest Items for Week 15 to include:

Arugula, Basil, Cantaloupe, Cherry Tomato, Cucumber, Eggplant, Garlic, Hot Peppers, Kale, Lettuce, Mizuna, Onion, Parsley, Scallions, String Beans, Summer Squash, Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, Watermelon

We have 19 items for this week’s harvest.   Last week, a share of the harvest weighed about 20 pounds.

Enjoy your harvest!

 

 

 

July 17, 2014

Harvesting Garlic

This week we harvested our garlic.  First we removed the ground fabric by lifting over the garlic plants.  Then we dug around the plants to loosen the soil.  We pulled out the plants, loaded them and got them indoors before the rain.  After all the garlic was harvested we hung the garlic to dry under fans.

Pulling ground cover off of garlic plants

Pulling ground cover off of garlic plants

Digging garlic

Digging garlic

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Setting garlic to dry

Setting garlic to dry

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May 27, 2014

Shares start May 29

If you are a confirmed member, you should have already received an email from us detailing the start of the Share season for 2014.  If you have not, please send your email to thefarm@holmescamp.org so I can get the correct email in the system.

If you are still interested in joining – it is not too late!  Call or email ASAP for more information. (845-548-6117)

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April 10, 2014

Farm Breakfast Fundraiser

Farm 256 This Saturday April 12, 2014 is our spring Farm Breakfast Fundraiser and Open House for CSA signups.  Come visit us at the farm to find out about our CSA membership.  There are still shares available.  If you want, stay for our Pancake Breakfast, open to the public 8:30am to 11:30am.

Adults $10 (members $5)

Children under 12 $6 (members $3)

The farmers will be on hand to answer questions and give farm tours.  Follow the directions to the farm and then follow the signs to the Nunemaker building once inside the camp.  Hope to see you there.

 

 

April 1, 2014

Slowly Spring

So hard to believe it is spring.  We still have snow and on warm days mixed with mud.  The snow melt and the rain in the past few days has made it hard to prep the fields so work in the gardens will have to wait a bit longer.  We have been working in the greenhouses where it is warm and on sunny days 85 degrees!  All of our first plantings have sprouted and are growing nicely (with heaters and under extra protection on cold nights).   Lettuce seedlings

March 7, 2014

Getting Started

We spotted some Robins at the farm the other day and they seemed to be as confused as I was about why we still had so much snow and little signs of spring!  But the season needs to start so we are digging out equipment from the snow and setting up a germination tent inside the greenhouse to ensure the cold temperatures at night don’t ruin the seedling progress.  The days are getting longer and warmer (slightly) but the nights are still cold.  Hang on spring will arrive eventually.

Spring Plantings

March 7, 2014

CSA Sign Up for Summer Season 2014

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It is time to sign-up for CSA membership for the 2014 summer season.  This year we are adding space for 20 additional shareholders.   It is our sincere hope that you will help us search out and sign up new members for the summer season.  The price increase we put in place this season ($50 increase to $650) can be rebated back to you if you bring a new member on board.  Please be sure to put your name on the “Referral” line on any brochures you hand out to others or be sure they include you name on their application.  (Note: if you need more brochures we have plenty, just ask or print from link below).  

Previous shareholders will be receiving applications in the mail or you can download an application here:

CSA Info 2014

Renew your membership by mailing in the application and check or completing the credit card information on the application.  If you intend to renew but are now yet ready to pay, reserve your spot by sending an email to us: thefarm@holmescamp.org

As in the past we are only officially offering full shares.  Folks wishing to purchase a half share are welcome to work out those arrangements on their own.  In order for that to work and not be a headache for the farm however we ask that you communicate closely with your other half partner in order to insure that the proper amount of produce is picked up.  We have found that a good arrangement for half shares is for alternate weekly pickups.  You get a full share on alternating weeks from your partner for 10 weeks.  If that works for you, it works great for us.

February 24, 2014

Snowed In

February 2014

This has been a tough winter for everyone.  With all the snow this winter we had to take extra precautions and added posts inside our growing spaces to keep the greenhouses and hoop houses from collapsing.  This picture was taken by one of our members on February 14.  It is usually around that time that we are setting up the greenhouse for planting.  Too cold this year!

Picture by Nina Carlson

Picture by Nina Carlson

January 20, 2014

Chester has arrived

January 2014

As you may remember, we raised four piglets last season, three males and one female, all brothers and sister.  The female (a ‘gilt’ or female who has not yet had a litter) was the largest of the bunch and when it came to market time this fall we decided to keep her around and to search for a male to breed with her.  Finally we found a young male in Pennsylvania who fit the bill.  He is a cross between a Chester White and a Berkshire and so we decided to name him appropriately; ‘Chester”.  He arrived during a snowstorm so we had all we could do to make him comfortable and warm (sorry no picture of him yet) but I will post soon.  Chester will be kept alone until he is used to us and we know he is healthy before we put him in the pen with our female.

Not Chester

Not Chester

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