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Strawberry u-pick location.


Some of you are asking where the berry fields are this year. They are all here at our house and stand at 11 Needham road (on the corner of Needham road and 11-b.) Come to the stand and weigh your containers and I will take you back to the best spot in one of the three patches. There are no strawberries left at the old place.
I scouted the fields right before dark and they have ripened a lot in the last few days. I am guessing there may be 400-700 quarts for tommorow morning. We open at 7 am. If you are early plan on waiting till 7 to enter field. You can weigh in earlier.

Strawberry picking dates


We will open for U-pick strawberries for an hour or two at 7 am, on Saturday June 15th. There is a limited amount for Saturday as there are still large parts of the field that are not ready yet.
Next picking Monday June 17 starting at 7 am.
Our picking hours are 7-11 am and 2-6 pm or until the field is picked. We start back over the field every Monday at 7 am, Wednesday at 2pm (no morning picking Wednesday)and Saturday at 7 am. We are open on the inbetween days if we have not finished the patch the day before. These picking days repeat every week.
U-pick price is $1.30 per lb. Please bring your own containers. We weigh your containers when you come and then again after you are finished.
We also have picked berries on the stand as the supply lasts for $3.75 a quart. If you take 10 or more they are $3.00 a quart on days that strawberries are abundant.
I also offer share picking, you take one home for each two you pick for us. Daniel

Some color in strawberry field


My little boys found a quart of berries that would have been ready in a few days. I will send an update later this week with the first picking dates. I think it will be either Saturday (15th) or Monday June 17.

This is the last week for asparagus. We have lots of tomatoes but we had an aphid problem in the cukes. There will not be many for the next week or two.

Does anybody have rhubarb? My patch is soon finished and it would be nice to have some available during strawberry season. Contact me if you have any to sell. I will want to know about chemical use in the nearby yards and gardens. Peas are 2-3 weeks away yet.Daniel

U-pick strawberries are two weeks away


There are thousands of little green stawberries in the field. There is no color yet. I think we will open for u-pick in about two weeks. Strawberry prices will be the same as last year.($1.30 per lb u-pick) We also will be offering share picking as we have in the past. And as always; no spray or chemicals. Children are welcome.
We have started picking limited amounts of tomatoes and cukes. I might be able to fill more than I listed as available. There is a lot of asparagus. Now is the time to fill your freezer or pickle some. There is about two weeks left of asparagus season.

Free Glad Bulbs


The strawberries escaped the frost and I am glad to see the sun. I have about 1 bushel of glad bulbs left that are looking for a good home. (I planted about 250 lbs of them myself.) Any that are not sold by Thursday at 3pm are available for free till they are gone. You can have as many as you have a plan for. I would be delighted if you gave some to a child that is in your life or brighten someones yard with them. They need some sun, water and normal soil to grow. Melvin picked the first ripe tomato today. He also picked a few cukes. By next week we should have enough to sell. (He eats the first one.) There will be zucchini from my greenhouse ready by Thursday. Also green onions and outside lettuce heads. Daniel

May showers bring June strawberries!


Martins farmstand is open. Cool rainy weather now makes for the best strawberry crop. They should start ripening in about 4 weeks.
Greenhouse tomatoes, summer squash, and cucumbers should start within 2 weeks. Green onions will also be coming soon.
I have the recipes section of the website turned on. I would like if you could tell us your favorite ways to prepare the food that grows in our gardens. You must be signed in to post a recipe.
We should be able to take EBT cards as payment within a few weeks. This is being made possible by Gardenshare. Thank-you. Daniel

Martinsfarmstand is open


Hello, It was hot last week and there was a record breaking amount of asparagus 1600 lbs in 5 days. We sold all of that. This week it is cold. The asparagus is growing very slow. We have plenty for fresh eating but wait to fill your freezer. When the weather warms up again the asparagus will become abundant again.
Check out our new offerings of meat and baked goods. We have an abundance of salad mix from the greenhouse also.
We plan to be better organized this week. We are still learning.
Tell your friends about this market. You will find many of our local, chemical-free vegetables our as cheap as the store vegetables. Daniel

We are learning still!


Sorry it sent a list of everything along with the last e-mail. Normally this list will not be attatched, you will have to go to the website to see it. We are still learning how to run this system.

On another note: Let others know about the website. We have a lot to offer to the community by coming together as a farmer’s market online. There is no membership fee this year. Mendy

Asparagus is abundant, Market is open


The online farmers market is open for orders now. We are having lovely warm weather so the asparagus is growing very fast. Todays cutting is over 300 lbs. So, lots of asparagus for everyone.
Check out the market page, we have over 100 products already with much more to come as the growing season progresses. For this year we have decided to have no membership fee. There are pro’s and cons to this. We will see what we all think about this again this winter.
Keep in mind that the growers may add more product during the order period as they see what is available. This is especially likely on Monday and Tuesday morning.
Daniel

Talk at Willow Tree Garden Center


On Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 pm I will be giving a talk on some of the things I have learned about tillage, weed control, cover crops, soil fertility and insect control. You are invited to come. Willow Tree is on the west side of Potsdam on route 11.

We will be opening Martins Farmstand in 2 weeks. The asparagus should be ready by then
We have sunshine now and the cold wind has stopped. Today I intend to get ground ready to plant onions along with things like lettuce etc. In the greenhouse the tomatoes are blooming. Daniel