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Posted 4/19/2020 11:00am by Kerry Gawalt.

Good morning farm friends,

We are staying busy on the farm. We are working hard to get ready for Spring. Covid-19 has add a whole other level of challenges to our daily routines. We are cleaning, keeping workers and customers safe and bringing our products to the public everyday. We have a full freezer of beef in stock, lots of our cheeses and new farm logo gear and "From the ground up" gear celebrating the essential role of cows and soil on our farm. Raw milk in plastic jugs is available for pre-order the day before pick-up. We are offering produce, dairy, bread, butter and cheese from Black River Produce for pre-order every week. Order on the website by Tuesday at noon for pick-up on Thursdays or later if arranged. We will be having our own fresh produce available on this platform later in May. All orders are bagged and ready for easy pick-up at our farm stand. We appreciate all the support of our farm from friends near and far.

Kerry

Posted 4/2/2020 11:51am by Kerry Gawalt.

Dear farm friends,

We have put our cheese, beef and a selection of fresh produce, fruits, bread and dairy from Black River Produce on our website for ordering. The items from Black River Produce can be ordered by Tuesday for bagged, pick up at our farm stand on Thursdays. Our cheeses, milk and beef can be ordered for next day pick-up. Once our own produce is available we will have Harvie Farm platform available for reserved farm fresh vegetables. We will have a line of custom soap made by Farmers Body for our customers exclusively at our farm stand. We can deliver orders of beef and cheese for purchases of $100 or more to the Towns of Hartland, Woodstock and White River.

Kerry

Posted 4/2/2020 11:43am by Kerry Gawalt.

Dear farm customers,

We are deep into the process of a whole new platform for purchasing weekly vegetables, milk, cheese, soap and beef from farm. It is almost ready to launch. Once sign-up opens you can get weekly orders of all our products. There will be choices, pickup days and vacation options. Please let us know if you want to keep getting these updates. All our products will be for on farm pick-up only. A farm newsletter will be coming soon.

Kerry

Posted 12/29/2019 12:20pm by Kerry Gawalt.

Dear CSA members and farm friends,

We have fresh beef in stock. Available in bulk or by the weekly farm pick-up. We have a 7 week Winter vegetable share which starts this week. This is for members who are not in our full season CSA. See the CSA options below or visit our website to look at bulk beef options.

Winter Omnivore

Omnivore  share for pick-up at our farm on Wednesdays 1-8PM

Basket of seasonal vegetables, plus weekly choice our own beef-burger, steaks, sausage and roasts, 1-2lb per week depending on the cut.

 

  Winter Omnivore ($231.00)

Vermont Roots Share

Vermont Roots share for pick-up from our farm Wednesdays from 1-8PM

carrots, beets, onions, cabbage, squashes, leeks, sweet potatoes, garlic.

7 weeks January to February 14th

 

  Vermont Roots ($140.00)

Beef share

Add a beef share to your vegetable share. the beef is from our herd of cows fed pasture, hay and grain. USDA processed. Each week you can choose from burger, roasts, sausage, stew or steaks. This share will have 1-2lbs of beef each week depending on cuts.

  summer beef share ($280.00)

  fall beef share-14 weeks ($287.00)

  Winter beef share-January to April ($252.00)
Posted 10/11/2019 10:08am by Kerry Gawalt.

Dear CSA members and farm friends,

With Fall upon us we have more of our farm raised beef in bulk available. The animals are fed fresh grass, hay and grain. They are processed and USDA inspected at PT Farms. 25lb box, 50lb box, 1/4 or 1/2 animal.

We will have bulk storage vegetables in a few weeks. We have garlic, onions, carrots, beets, potatoes, acorn, delicata, butternut and spagetti squash.

Kerry

Posted 10/10/2019 3:13am by Kerry Gawalt.

Dear CSA members and farm friends,

Fall is here and we have bulk beef available. From our animals raised on fresh grass, hay and minimal grain. We have ground, stew, kebobs, brisket, roasts and many kinds of steaks. By the 25lb, 50lb, 1/4 or half. Vacuum sealed in individual packages. USDA processed at PT Farm.

Kerry

Posted 9/3/2019 2:57am by Kerry Gawalt.

Dear CSA members and farm friends,

We will have another round of fresh, farm raised bulk beef available in October. Our jersey steers are raised on fresh grass, dry hay and supplemental grain. They graze from May to October on a new paddock of grass every day. Available by the 25lb, 50lb box, 1/4, 1/2 or whole steer. USDA processed and vacuum sealed.

Kerry

Posted 8/8/2019 5:54pm by Kerry Gawalt.

Dear CSA members and farm friends,

We have beef available from our farm raised animals. They are fed on fresh grass, minimal grain and hay. All the beef is USDA inspected. By the 25lb, 50lb mixed box, 1/4 beef, 1/2 beef or whole beef. Cuts include ground, steaks, roasts, stew, kebob, and soup bones. Email the farm or sign-up online. We have beef instock and special order cuts available for pick-up early September.

Kerry

Posted 6/25/2019 5:22pm by Kerry Gawalt.

Dear CSA members and farm friends,

Summer is here and we are celebrating local food tomorrow with Artisan Eats Vermont, Susan Odden Salad Dressings, Cobb Hill Cheese and Cedar Mtn Farm beef and milk. There will be meals made by Artisan Eats using our vegetables harvested today, our roasted beef and cheese for sampling and for sale. Susan will be sampling her dressing. We will be sampling our cheeses, raw milk and beef sausage. The farm stand will be stocked with vegetables, cheese, beef, Farmers Bodycare products, frozen yogurt, eggs and maple syrup. The food truck meals and sampling will take place from 3 to 6PM at the farm stand. Artisan Eats Vermont will have prepared meals available for pre-order every week. The Farm stand is open every day from 5AM to 6:30 and til 8 on Wednesdays.

 

Kerry

 

Posted 6/12/2019 12:12pm by Kerry Gawalt.

Dear CSA members and farm friends,

We have been growing vegetables in the Upper Valley since 1997. This has been the coldest and wettest combination spring along with a freak wind shear that ripped apart the greenhouse. We are not alone amongst farmers suffering from the wild weather. For dairy farmers in New England and across the US the flooding and continuous  rain has delayed the planting of corn, soy and other annual crops. Between tariffs, low prices and natural disasters farmers in the US made had a median income of -$1,500 in 2018. This year has some hope in rising prices for farm products but the farm grown and purchased feeds will drive the cost of production up. So what does this mean for consumers in the Upper Valley? Being part of a CSA, purchasing your food from a store that sell locally grown food or buying directly from the farmer makes a difference. You have the opportunity to meet the farmers and have your food dollars make a bigger impact on the farm's bottom line. The price for the food might not be any cheaper but it will be fresh and have a smaller carbon footprint since it does have to travel as many miles from farm to plate. Many farms have open farm days to visit, ask questions about how the food is being raised and learn how the animals are cared for.

On our farm the weather slowed down the field preparation, and once ready the soil temperatures delayed planting and growth of the transplants. For our dairy cows the weather has been great for growing pasture. The cows are able to harvest all their forage needs without fossil fuels for the months of May to October. As for making hay, we are waiting for 3 dry days in a row. When the warm weather and rain came this past week the corn grew 2 inches overnight. The other plants which had been sitting in the garden soil have taken off. In the garden we have potatoes up, the peas are climbing, the lettuce and spinach are filling out. The 1st and 2nd planting of carrots are up and getting weeded. The garlic is getting ready to send up the scapes. The tomatoes, winter squash, cucumbers and melons have been liberated from the greenhouse. The onions, celery, herbs, celeriac and greens are in various stages of growth. The first beans are poking up and the fall broccoli and cabbage starts in growing in the greenhouse. It is time already to plant the fall storage crops. Many of them take more than 90 days to reach maturity. With our high tunnel rebuilt we can start fill it up next month with vegetables for October and November harvest. Our neighbor has been able to truck the backlog of compost off to points north and into New Hampshire. Thanks to the Peeler Brothers more than 500 yards or 825,000 pounds of compost has gone to fertilize vegetables in the Upper Valley. The cows are the fertility engine for our farm and many others in the area as most vegetable growers do not raise animals.

In the middle of getting the garden ready we have a had a few cows give birth. Zara had a bull calf in late May and Bessie calved on Monday with a heifer calf. In the middle of all the financial and weather stress plaguing farmers has been the story of document animal abuse at Fair Oaks Farm in Illinois. It is important to know that most farmers are not abusive to their animals. On this farm we do not tolerate mistreatment of animals. Our farm crew works hard to provide food, water, shelter and care to all the cattle and horses. Last night Bessie, the new mother required iv support. The farmers were in the barn at 11PM taking care of the cow. This often means a short nights sleep ( 3 hours) but as the caretaker of the cows, the animals come first. We are fortunate to have neighbors willing to lend a hand when a farm emergency requires more bodies. At least one kid went to school sleep deprived after helping the cow last night.

Until next week,

Kerry