We haven't actually used this site as a blog in quite some time, but here goes...
We wanted to let all of our really great Plymouth customers know that we will have CSA shares available for pick up at the Plymouth Farmers Market, but that we will not be attending the new, small market at the Mayflower Brewery. Why? It's simple: we weren't invited. I'll not try to explain the logic, but market manager is balancing many concerns, foremost, I hope, being public health, and the decision was made not to include us. We had been hoping and planning to offer pre-orders from our online store for pick up at the Plymouth market, along with our CSA option. This was our solution to simplifying the farmers market transaction to reduce the risk of Coronavirus spread. Pre-order, pre-pay, contactless pick up. This also would have allowed us to send just one employee, which is crucial as it is not possible to socially distance in our market truck, and hopefully not have anyone standing in long lines. That plan was not met with approval.
The good news is that the market will distribute our CSA shares, so those of you who have signed up will have an easy pick up at the brewery where other market goods will be available from participating vendors. If you have not signed up for our CSA, we do still have some shares available.
Unless the situation changes later in the season, CSA is the only option to get our produce in Plymouth this summer.
We are sorry for this. We appreciate all the great Plymouth customers who have supported us over most of the past decade. We are not out to spread negativity towards the new smaller Plymouth Farmers Market, however we do want our loyal Plymouth customers to know that it was not our choice to abandon you. We feel particularly badly for our HIP customers, because we know we are one of few HIP approved farms serving the South Shore.
We have considered finding a different location in Plymouth to try to offer pre-orders, but it really feels daunting to start this from scratch finding a location, and connecting with customers to promote it. Over the have relied pretty much totally upon the market to do the marketing and find ourselves without even an email list to start from. We also have 2 young kids and now have no childcare, so we are finding ourselves spread thin. Demand has grown locally, which is why we did not offer anything through the remainder of the winter markets, and we're hopeful that we can get by without the usual steady support from Plymouth.
If any enterprising localvore wants to take the task of organizing a pickup location for safe distribution of our produce, please reach out, but think it through beforehand. There are A LOT of considerations to get right.
We are excited to announce that we have figured out an alternative plan for selling in Plymouth. Beginning June 10, and running at least until October 21, we will be selling through our online store
WEDNESDAYS 3-6 pm outside in front of Healthy Appetites Natural Foods
11B Raffaele Rd Plymouth.
We will not be selling on site. This is not a farmers market. We will only be distributing veggies customers have ordered ahead of time on our online store.
The idea is to keep this as contact-free as possible. No crowds, no lines, no fiddling with your wallet. Just pull in, get your bag of delicious fresh veggies, and you be safely on your way.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
A few pictures from December 2014. If nothing else, to prove that we are still alive and well. Just too busy for much computer work...
|Cooler full of stored root crops. About 5000 lbs currently in storage in our 2 coolers|
Some our our great 2015 crew washing beets with our new bike powered root crop washer.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Some photos from the past week. FINALLY warm enough to get some work done outside. This has been a long and cold winter so it's a real pleasure to get plants and seed in the ground. Not a moment too soon either, we've been starting to get a little snippy with each other when we're both in the office.
|We use an old farmall 140 to disc|
|Hannah follows up with the grillo walk behind tiller|
|plants in our small propagation house. We're hoping to upgrade in 2015|
|This is the completed 30' x 96' high tunnel|
|the view inside. It's unheated but we're able to grow crops straight through the winter. Note the roll up sides. On sunny days it gets hot fast and we have to vent it|
Saturday, March 30, 2013
|Late October Market. One of the few times we got to do a market together. Woohoo!|
|Lower field in November|
The great wall of carrots in our cooler in December. (those are 25 lb bags). We just sold the last of them last week (late March).
Luckily they were really excellent carrots.
Youtube video on it if you want to see it in action.
But our big project this winter was a much bigger greenhouse. We were hoping to have it up by Thanksgiving. ...ha ha ha... We're just finishing now (late March).
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
We're not gonna make much money raising chickens. Chickens grow ridiculously fast! About as fast as a head of lettuce, which seems totally crazy.
We really like having animals around. They're way more entertaining than TV.
(Sorry for the dated post--we had trouble getting this one up and running. That second batch is now also in the freezer, sent off to slaughter just hours before hurricane Sandy came to town. Different breed, different temperament, still delicious.)
Sunday, June 17, 2012
|Hannah at the opening day of the Providence Downtown Market|
It's also been our opportunity to unfurl our new logo. This off season Jim Sullivan, who is Jean White's (owner of Holly Hill Farm, dear friend) son in law had some fun with Skinny Dip Farm as his theme and came up with the art you see on the banner behind Hannah in the photo above. We couldn't be more pleased. It still cracks me up when I look at it and fits with the Skinny Dip Farm vibe that we're cultivating perfectly. It's funny, we didn't even talk to Jim about specifics and he just nailed it. Our thanks to him!
A little catch up:
Hannah and I made varsity rock picking this year. It really is a team sport and one that should not be taken on lightly by couples. One of us is up on the tractor using the bucket loader to get in under the big rocks that we're unable to remove by hand, shovel or rock bar. The catch is that the bucket of the tractor totally blocks the view of the person on the tractor, so whoever is on the ground has to communicate the millions of subtle cues that would have the tractor operator inching forward while dropping the height and angle of the bucket all at once. Oh, and the tractor is loud, so all that communication needs to be through hand signals and facial expressions. Luckily the new field that we were getting ready to plant this spring is incredibly rocky so we got lots of practice.
|Our biggest achievement of the rock picking season|
|Ben on the Farmall turning over lawn|
|Mowing cover crop before spading it in|
|Peas and Beets looking good|
Sunday, April 22, 2012
I'm not sure what happened to winter. I feel like I blinked, and suddenly it's planting season again. Our to do list, and our seedlings are growing fast.
So where did winter go?
We've been juggling many different projects. A good amount of time was spent doing office work. Planning for our 2012 crops and markets, as well as completing all the paperwork to be certified a organic (we should get the official certification any week now). Also sourcing equipment, thanks to the MEGA grant that is helping us with capital improvements this year. We recently bought a used fertilizer spreader and are in the process of buying a used walk in cooler! more improvements to come...
This spring has also been extremely dry. The good news is that we put in a well (with help from an NRCS grant), and will soon be set up to irrigate.
The other reason our winter was so busy is that we bought a house in Little Compton, RI (13 minutes from the farm). The process of buying it, and moving, as well as beginning to do some work on the house has taken a lot of time. Buying a house has been equally exciting and terrifying. The most exciting part about our new house is that it is on 2.5 acres of flat open land that the USGS soil maps tell us is prime agricultural soil. In the next week or so we'll be plowing up as much of the lawn as possible and planting cover crops, with the intention of growing crops on our own land beginning this winter. We'll keep leasing the farm in Westport and growing there too, but it's exciting to be land owners! We'll be able to put up greenhouses on our property too, which we hope will simplify springtime for us beginning next year. This spring we are very grateful to be borrowing greenhouse space from Northstar Farm again.