Thank you for your CSA membership! We so appreciate you taking this journey with us. Our 2018 CSA season is winding down, half share members have just one more pick up and full share members have two more pick ups, so we want to take this moment to reflect on a season that was full of surprises.
Spring came late this year, we had snow and ice on our fields until April 19th!
Drought conditions in May during planting time meant irrigating early and often. Some yields suffered on cool-weather crops like peas, leafy greens, and onions.
Hot, dry conditions continued through midsummer, producing excellent yields of heat-loving crops like tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers.
The rains began in August, and continued through October. Winter came early with snow fall in October, three big snow events in November, and record low temperatures before Thanksgiving. This made for a fall harvest with a new load of logistical challenges.
Our fabulous crew made it all work, as they've done for each of the past six seasons.
We're very grateful for the abundant shares we were able to produce with a wide variety of delicious organic vegetables!
And we're especially grateful for our new 2-year old family member, Garhett, who arrived at the farm in May!
Once again, thank you for your CSA membership and for supporting our local food system. We're looking forward to the next growing season with you, and want you to be the first to know that we're working on a new option for you to customize your CSA shares for the 2019 season. Stay tuned for more information. Sign ups will start this month with a special discount for returning CSA members!
Jump into spring and get a taste of local foods this weekend! Join us on Sunday, 4/8, from 11-3pm, and bring your plate and fork to Flavors of the Valley at Hartford High School in White River Jct. This is the 17th annual celebration of local foods organized by Vital Communities with over 50 farm and food related vendors. We're very pleased to be part of this tasting event that brings together Upper Valley chefs, farmers, and specialty food producers. Pre-buy your tickets to flavors and save!
On Sunday we'll offer a taste of our Powerkraut varieties - original sauerkraut, carrot kraut, kimchi, and our newest, and very popular, turmeric kraut. You can snack on our sweet, crunchy carrots, try a nibble of spicy radish micro greens, or sample something new and unusual with our crisp Belgian endive. We'll have bags of carrots, spinach, microgreens, endive, and quarts of Powerkraut for sale. Stock up while you're at Flavors!
We're experimenting with growing this crop of Belgian endive in the dark under our greenhouse tables this spring, and they look great! This unique vegetable is crisp and slightly bitter when raw, making it a great addition to brighten up salads this time of year. When cooked, endive's flavor softens into a mellow sweetness- whether steamed, grilled, or braised. It's a versatile ingredient for your early spring kitchen- check out some recipes on our website.
Our greenhouse is filling up fast with beautiful vegetable seedlings full of potential and vigor for the new growing season. We can't wait to taste those first buttery leaves of bib lettuce, pungent fresh herbs, and crunchy stalks of asparagus in just a few short weeks!
You can taste the flavors all season long! Sign up for your CSA Share now and enjoy a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables from May until December. Root 5 Farm CSA Shares begin on May 15th! Don't delay, sign up today!
Stop by the Norwich Winter Farmers' Market this Saturday from 9am-1pm at Tracy Hall. You can stock up on 5lb bags of carrots, beets, winter squash, onions, and garlic. We also have a nice crop of Belgian Endive ready for you!
Belgian Endive is crisp and slightly bitter when raw, making it a great addition to brighten up salads this time of year. When cooked, endive's sharp flavor softens into a mellow sweetness -- whether steamed, grilled or braised. They're a versatile ingredient for your winter kitchen, check out some recipes on our website.
We'll also be offering a taste of our newest batches of kimchi, carrot kraut, and a new recipe we're testing out for turmeric kraut. Come try a taste and pick up a quart of Powerkraut to keep you healthy this winter! See you on Saturday!
Mark your calendar! We have two upcoming events at Root 5 Farm. Open Farm Day this Sunday 10am-1pm, and we're hosting a CSA Potluck Farm Supper on Sunday Sept 10th at 4pm.
Stop by the farm this Sunday August 20th for a guided tour of our fields, greenhouses, and pack house. Check our website for directions to the farm. You can taste some unusual varieties we grow, and we'll have fresh vegetables, sauerkraut and kimchi available for purchase. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our organic production methods and see one of your local farms in action! This Open Farm Day is part of a greater statewide event called Vermont Open Farm Week. Check out the full schedule on diginvt.com and set up your VT farm itinerary today!
On Sunday September 10th at 4pm, we're hosting a CSA member potluck supper. Bring a dish to share and come to the farm for a walking tour of our fields, greenhouses, and pack house. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow CSA members, share stories, and see all your Fall CSA vegetables growing in the fields.
It's time to sign up for Fall CSA Shares! Our fall crops are looking beautiful and we'd love to share this bounty with you! Check out photos on our website to see what you can expect in our Fall Shares. Our shares are diverse and full of fresh greens right through the end of December! We also have Add-on Share options of Pasture-Raised Chicken, Pork, and Beef for the fall. Plus, we're partnering with Scott Farms in Dummerston to bring you Fall Fruit Shares this season. So you can get apples, plums, and other fresh local fruits along with your vegetables each week! Sign up online today!
It's rainbow time at the farmers market! We have the full spectrum of colors on display. Our summer crops are abundant and so delicious right now! Come get a taste of ripe heirloom tomatoes, Carmen sweet peppers, Romanesco summer squash, and Ping Tung eggplant! These are unique varieties, hard to find in the grocery store, and only available right now at the height of summer! You'll find us in front of Chapman's in Fairlee on Fridays, 3-6pm, and on Saturday at the Norwich Farmers' Market, 9-1pm.
Earlier this week it was hard to believe that it was the second week in June since Sarah was still wearing her fur-lined arctic hat and full rain gear to stay warm.
We were eager for sun after several weeks of working in cold temps and continuous rain, so the past two sunny days have been glorious. It's been amazing to finally dry out and warm up, and the plants are enjoying it too! We immediately got to work cultivating and hoeing the garlic and brussels spouts.
We've been cutting our rye cover crop to mulch the pathways of long season crops like sweet potatoes, onions, and kale. This helps retain moisture, reduces weeding, and adds lots of good organic matter back to the soil.
Our early tomatoes are looking great! We've been keeping up with weekly pruning and trellising so far, and the plants really thrive with the attention. It's so nice to work on the tomatoes now that they're right at chin level.
We're on week four of CSA shares, and we're going strong despite the cold weather. We've had beautiful salad greens, lots of fresh herbs, and tasty asparagus every week. Have you tried making your own salad dressing yet? Here's a tasty salad dressing recipe to get you started.
Stop by the first outdoor farmers' market of the season on Saturday in Norwich on Route 5 from 9am-1pm! We'll be there rain or shine with fresh spring greens and herbs to kick off the season! We'll also have our delicious radishes, carrots, sauerkraut, and some hardy plants to get your garden started. All our products are certified organic.
Sign up for a CSA Share now, if you haven't already done so. Pick up begins in just two weeks!
April was a super busy month at the farm. Here's a look at what we've been up to...
We've been preparing our fields for planting and seeding. We've started planting successions of salad greens, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, beets, and more!
We're making great progress with our big wash station renovation project. We've insulated the walls and ceiling and rebuilt the doors. Next we install the plumbing and electric fixtures. We're excited to be setting up this 4-season insulated space so we can bring you fresh food later into the season!
Get a taste of local foods this weekend! On Sunday from 11am-3pm, bring your plate and fork to Flavors of the Valley at Hartford High School in White River Jct. This is the 16th annual celebration of local foods organized by Vital Communities, with over 50 farm and food related vendors offering samples of the foods they've crafted. We're excited to be part of this tasting event that brings together Upper Valley chefs, farmers, and specialty food producers.
At Flavors on Sunday, we'll be offering a taste of our sauerkraut, kimchi, carrots, and spring micro greens. We'll also have sauerkraut, kimchi, carrots, beets, sun-dried tomatoes, and our own Root 5 Farm honey for sale! Stop by for a taste of early spring!
Jump into spring and get a taste of local foods this weekend! On Sunday from 11-3pm, bring your plate and fork to Flavors of the Valley at Hartford High School in White River Jct. This is the 16th annual celebration of local foods organized by Vital Communities with over 50 farm and food related vendors. We're excited to be part of this tasting event that brings together Upper Valley chefs, farmers, and specialty food producers.
At Flavors on Sunday, we'll be offering a taste of our sauerkraut and kimchi, carrots, and spring micro greens. We'll also have sauerkraut, kimchi, carrots, beets, sun-dried tomatoes, and our own Root 5 Farm honey for sale!
It's been a wild ride this spring, from huge snow banks to huge puddles and back to snow and ice again in just a few weeks! But despite the crazy weather outside it's been warm and cozy in our greenhouse. We've been busy seeding lettuce, broccoli, herbs, and potting up eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes.
We prepped the beds in our high tunnels and planted arugula, lettuce mix, radishes, and turnips so they'll be ready for the first CSA Shares in May. Our field tunnels are covered so we hope to get an early planting of swiss chard and broccolini in the ground as soon as the soil dries out.
If you've been meaning to sign up for a CSA share, don't delay! The growing season has begun and shares are going fast! Sign up today and receive your first CSA delivery in mid-May.
Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of our early-bird CSA share pricing and also receive a $30 Market Card when you sign up for a Full Season Share.
Sign up for your Full Season Share by midnight on Friday!
Get the best price and reserve your share for the season.
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We're counting down the days till spring!
Learn more about our 2017 CSA pick up sites and add-on options.
Signing up for a CSA membership is one of the best ways to get to know your farmers and gain a deeper understanding for what it takes to grow the food you eat every day. We work hard so that you feel appreciated, included and connected to your food. We hope that with each CSA delivery, and most every meal, you feel more than the weight of your CSA box and taste more than food. We grow and harvest our very best for you, and we hope you can sense our intention and care, and that you're healthier and happier for it!
Now is the best time to sign up for your 2017 CSA Share!
Take advantage of our early-bird pricing and also receive a $30 Market Card!
Sign up for your Full Season Share before this Friday March 3rd!
Learn more about our 2017 CSA pick up sites and add-on options.
When you become a CSA member of Root 5 Farm, you'll receive a regular supply of fresh organic vegetables each week at a significant savings over retail. Your membership gives you a direct connection to the people growing your food, and helps support our regional food system in the Upper Valley. Having a regular supply of farm fresh organic food is great way to eat healthier meals and help you to become a more creative cook. Don’t worry, we have lots of recipes and culinary tips to share! Sign up today!