Early Summer Farm and Field Notes
By eSS & SC
We are so proud to partner with these hard working and innovative growers, farmers, breeders, beekeepers, educators and cultivators. Each of the farms listed below has been actively engaged within the edible community to generate a nourishing and strong food system. This is their season to shine.
Here is a brief update from each farm; we hope you seek out our partner farms and get to know the slightly saucy farmers who feed our region!
Apponagansett Farm at 607 Elm St. in South Dartmouth is busy harvesting CSA shares for pick up in Dartmouth and delivery to Plymouth and New Bedford- and there are a few more shares available! You may also visit the farm stand daily, or find Apponagansett at the Dartmouth market on Fridays or the Brooklawn Park market in New Bedford on Mondays.
Brix Bounty Farm at 449 Bakerville Rd in Dartmouth is now harvesting summer squash and zucchini as the summer heats up. Find them roadside each day and at the downtown New Bedford farmers’ market on Thursdays.
Brown Boar Farm of Vermont will bring their pastured pork cuts to the Plymouth market and Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset once a month, and at the Marshfield market at the fairgrounds on Fridays twice a month. Simpson Spring and South Shore Organics are local suppliers who also carry Brown Boar pork.
CN Smith Farm at 325 South St East Bridgewater, is bursting with berries, flowering plants, veggies of every hue, and even cider donuts-7 days a week. Also find them at the Braintree market on Saturdays and in Plymouth on Thursdays. Or GO PICK YOUR OWN, strawberries are just finishing their season now!
Colchester Neighborhood Organic Farm at 90 Brook Street in Plympton is open Wednesday thru Saturday from 2-5pm. The farm is staffed by hardworking folks with developmental disabilities. CSA shares may still be available and there are volunteer openings to plant, weed, and harvest- please give farmer Maryanne a call at 781-422-3921.
Dandelion House Flower Farm in Plymouth recently added five 4×12 raised beds to the existing 8, for cut flower production in the backyard flower farm of Debbie Bosworth. Dahlias, snapdragons, sunflowers, cosmos, gladiolus, cockscomb, zinnias, and more are growing strong. Look for Debbie and her 100% homegrown blooms to arrive at the Plymouth farmers’ market mid to late July. They are seasonal blooms after all, and well worth the wait!
Holly Hill Farm at 236 Jerusalem Lane in Cohasset is open weekends to shop from the stand: veggies, flowers, eggs, and other goodies from local farm partners. This farm does a lot in addition to growing food, it grows new farmers by educating kids both on the farm and in the classroom! Summer camps have openings. You can also enjoy films, yoga, and recently – a Sustainable Garden Tour of south shore gardens with chicken coops, backyard beehives, and flower borders maintained naturally. eSS&SC proudly sponsored the tour, we hope you were there and got some ideas for your gardens! Please let us know what ideas inspired you.
Just Right Farm in Plympton is a farm-to-table dining destination known for its warmly receptive screen porch and its innovative real-food menu. Looking for a private 4th of July party by firefly light? Send inquiries to Farmer/Chef, Kimberly Russo.
Moonlight Acre farm in Hanson is raising lamb, sheep, and rabbits. You can often find Lynda at Simpson Spring Marketplace with lamb sausage and cuts, wool blankets, and lop-eared rabbits for sale.
Moonlight Rose Alpaca Farm of Swansea is one of the top alpaca breeder farms in Massachusetts, the go-to source for herdsire alpacas for sale, alpaca yarn, alpaca fiber, and a number of other alpaca originated creations. In spring and summer farmer David Rose also is a prolific grower of bedding plants and veggies for wholesale.
Norwell Farms at 4 Jacobs Lane in Norwell is delighted to be sold out of its CSA shares for summer but is signing up now for WINTER! Shudder the thought, but it is a good time to plan ahead. Find Norwell Farms roadside stand open weekends and Wednesdays and they attend the Braintree market Saturdays and the Marshfield market on Fridays.
Pine Hill Dairy at 272 Pine Hill Rd in Westport raises Dutch Belt and Swiss dairy cows for raw milk, sold cold and fresh from the farm each day.
Garden to Garnish in Hanson is busy in its third year as a new farm and cooking school. CSA shares are in full swing.
Plato’s Harvest Organic Farm of Middleboro has summer/fall csa shares available now. Farmer Dave Purpura recently spent three hours rounding up 6 red devon beef cows that were on the loose – apparently it was like an episode of bonanza, with a touch of the three stooges. The Plato pigs are loving life in the woods, and 100 grey broilers are ready to go to slaughter, then to your table! You can find Plato’s Harvest at the Plymouth market on Thursdays and also at a new market this year – Assembly Square in Somerville on Sundays. Plato’s also supplies the Rye Tavern, Solstice, and Martha’s Eat Local with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Farmer Dave often declares “don’t take food from strangers!”, get to know your farmer and claim one or two as your own.
Riverland Organic Farm of Sunderland is harvesting non-stop from its fertile soils and still has some vegetable and meat CSA shares available for pick up in Hingham Scituate, Marshfield, or Cohasset.
Skinny Dip Organic Farm of Westport grows veggies, cut flowers, and more (a sweet new baby recently joined the farm crew!). Find them at Plymouth, Old Rochester, and Westport markets. Skinny Dip is still accepting CSA members for pick ups in Plymouth and Westport and also has a few weekends open for wedding/event flowers.
Soule Farm Homestead of Middleboro has so much going on you just have to take a look at the most recent newsletter: farm based classes and workshops, concerts, foraging walks, community gardens and more!
Web of Life Organic Farm in Carver is in full swing filling farm boxes and may have one or two more available for folks who want the week-to-week convenience of a bursting box. Chickens and turkeys will also be available very soon, get in touch with Farmer Donna Blishcke at 508-472-1338 for details .
And there you have it, our saucy bunch. Head out to meet the farmers and eat locally, they are growing for YOU!
Reprinted from Tidings e-news, June 2015 edition