Monday, June 14, 2010

FARM WEEK # 4 - Wednesday, June 16, 2010 and Friday, June 18, 2010

June 14, 2010

garlic scapes
pea shoots (I never ate mine. Here is another chance.)
head lettuce
greens - 1 or 2 of these, let me know if you have a preference: kale, collards, mustard, spinach, lamb's quarters
thinnings - 1 or 2 of these: chard, beets, kale, collards
broccoli? I have just a few of these from plants given to me by a gardening friend.

Similar to Full Shares but lesser amounts. Probably no radishes, maybe no turnips, definitely no broccoli.

some kind of green or thinning (see above)
garlic scapes

Bugs! Weeds! Woodchucks! Yikes!

Well, I am eating as many of the weeds as I can. And remembering that they also attract pollinators and hide the vegetables from predators. But I do see a bunch of weeding and mulching time in my future. The woodchucks are the biggest challenge at the moment. Last night I covered up all the beautiful kale and collard plants. I do not want to share with the woodchuck(s)! I also transplanted 126 kale and collard plants to the field. I find that having each vegetable planted in more than one location is good insurance. Keep your fingers crossed. If you are visiting the farm and want to bring your dog, on a lease, please do! The smell of a dog is another good deterrent.

The plants are looking pretty lush. There is chickweed growing in some of the paths and when I walk on it I can actually hear a watery, squishy sound. Lots of rain lately! The lettuce is especially tender and delicate. I transplanted some head lettuce seedlings to the bed nearest the screen house. So when you are picking up your share, you can observe their growth. So far, so good.

Most of the seedlings are now in the ground. The rest (basil and flowers) should be out in the next two days. Soybeans, shell beans and storage potatoes are planted. The hop vine is now a foot above my head and the young kolrabis are about the size of a golf ball. Strange as it may sound, it's time to plant for the fall - rutabagas, broccoli, cauliflower, daikon radishes, carrots, beets, etc.

There is no work requirement at our little farm but I do welcome visitors. Mostly I am here gardening on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with picking happening on Wed. and Fri. mornings. You are welcome to visit or help with picking, weeding, mulching, planting, etc. There are plenty of choices. This coming weekend I am actually taking the weekend off to spend time with both my sons and Dan's girlfriend, who will all be visiting at the same time.

But ask me another time, I will probably say "yes, thank you!"


We have a lot of lamb's quarters popping up all over the place. I look on this as free food and find it to be just as delicious as spinach. I won't be inundating the shares with "weeds" but if you like them, let me know and I'll bear that in mind. I checked online to make sure that the flower buds are edible, and they are. In fact there are recipes that feature the buds. (

Some lambs quarters information and recipes for the leaves:

Interesting Egg Video:

I will be posting pictures of last week's shares and the garden at our csa blog later today.

Thanks for your support,

Laura Timmerman
910 Greenfield Rd
Leyden, MA 01337

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

FARM WEEK # 3 - Wednesday, June 9, 2010 and Friday, June 11, 2010


June 7, 2010
Good morning, good people,

I feel like I am hitting my stride here on picking for the shares. Mostly I need to be well prepared ahead of the day so I can get picking by 6:00. This Thursday I plan on making a smoothie so that Friday includes me having food before 4:00 pm. Learning every day.

Still busy planting, both seeds and seedlings. But I am getting very close to being done with the main planting. Then it will be time for the next round of re-plantings! It is totally gorgeous outside today. I look forward to setting out the okra and sweet potatoes and the last of the peppers and eggplants tomorrow. I still need to plant cucumbers and pumpkins.

Everything is growing well. The combination of rain and sunshine is working. The tomato plants are getting huge and dark green already. Rob planted some hop vines this year and the tallest one is up to my chin! And that was yesterday; it's probably bigger today. Seriously.

There will be a delay on CILANTRO this year as it turned out that my seed was not viable. I have more seed and will be planting a bunch but there will be none for the early summer. Also, my RHUBARB patch needs a rest this year so there will be no more picked for the shares. I plan on doing a major re-haul of the area, weeding, dividing, and fertilizing. Maybe even getting more plants.

I want to remind you all to wash your vegetables. Even if I do wash things, which doesn't always happen, I am only rinsing off the larger bits of earth. It's your job to make sure your food is table ready. One reason I do it this way is that then there is another pair of eyes checking for twigs and other non-food items as well as unintentional ingredients in the salad mix. I am very careful while I pick. When I rinse I check again. Then you folks can recheck for odd items. There are a lot of kinds of leaves in the salad mix, including some "weeds" like chickweed and purslane. If you have doubts, set it aside and ask me about it.

I also try to maintain very clean picking and sorting areas for the shares. I use particular sanitized containers for picking and washing and I am vigilant about hand washing. I process everything in the kitchen, which is just an ordinary household kitchen that I am asking to do very heavy work. Each year I figure out ways to make the process smoother, quicker and safer. I welcome your suggestions.

Note: One thing I figured out last week is that the descriptions of the upcoming shares need to refer to the Wed. and Fri. of this week. It's not practical to guess what will be in the pick up shares a week from Wed. So this email is referring to Wednesday, June 9 and Friday, June 11. I ended up starting the mini shares this past Wednesday anyway, since there was so much ready in the garden.

On picking days, I usually send a quick email when the pick up shares are out in the screen house. Wednesday shares should be ready by 11 and Friday's by 12. Feel free to call. 773-8325

Hakurei Turnips
Here are few web sites I found related to the sweet white turnips that the garden is producing now. At my house, I can't seem to get them as far as a cooking pot. I just eat them raw.
(describes them as the "Hello Kitty of turnips")
(from Easthampton, MA)

head lettuce - These are looking so beautiful!
turnips with their tops
lamb's quarters

herb bundle
turnips with tops
head lettuce
mesclun - new in the mix is purslane (fat and juicy leaves) and borage (fuzzy leaves that smell like cukes)
lamb's quarters
kale? a bit - it looks so pretty and close to being ready.
mixed mustard greens - kind of spicy but great for soup or stirfry
bouquet featuring Sweet William

smaller amounts of the same items as the full shares but no kale or mustard greens

I have more shares available for sale if someone asks you about your CSA.

Have a great week,

Laura Timmerman
910 Greenfield Rd
Leyden, MA 01337


Saturday, June 5, 2010

June 4, 2010 Delivery and Pick up

Hello Friday people,

Picking and delivery went fine today but took a long time. It's 4:00 and I am all done except for uploading pictures and cleaning up the kitchen. Plus I am now preparing my first meal of the day. SO, I need to work on my systems a bit. I miss my glorious farm intern, Heather, of course. And I am still working on the set up for this year. A fun, but long, day.

Please remember to save and return all your containers and bags. That is very helpful to the farm.

I skipped the lamb's quarters this time because there seemed to be more than enough without it.
Enjoy your vegetables!

Approximate quantities.

Full Shares:
White Turnips 14-15
Turnip Greens 1 lb. 4 oz
Spinach 2 lb.
Mesclun 1 lb.
Head lettuce 2 big, 2 little
Radishes 2 bunches
Arugula 8 oz

Half Shares:
White Turnips 7 -8
Turnip Greens 1 lb.
Spinach 10 oz.
Mesclun 8 0z.
Head lettuce 1 big, 1little
Radishes 1 bunch
Arugula 2 oz

Mini Shares:
Mesclun 8 oz
Turnip Greens 1 Lb or Radishes 1 bunch
small bouquet

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

FARM WEEK # 2 (MINI SHARES Starting!) June 4, 2010 Delivery and June 4, 7 and 9, 2010 Pick Up

Happy Memorial Day, everybody! What a beautiful day.

I spent the entire day in the garden planting and digging and weeding and watering. It felt great and it is great to be making progress.


The pole beans are in (32 teepees) and I planted 50 more feet of bush beans, purple and yellow. Other recent planting includes: hot and sweet peppers, and lots of winter squash. The earliest peas are starting to bloom. The potatoes are growing very quickly, one foot tall in a week! The head lettuce looks beautiful, full and tender. The kolrabi are swelling and the fava beans are making buds. In one week I have gone from anxiety about maybe not having enough, to having way too much lettuce. The 2 days of high heat last week made some plants start to bolt, including some of the spinach, arugula and radishes. Fortunately, we have lots more of all of these. The big storm on Wednesday night damaged our extra tomatoes in the field. The wind ripped the plastic mulch right out of the ground, pulling out and breaking over half the plants. I am so glad that we have 50 more plants up near the house that look happy, settled in and green. Phew!

The biggest news is that the MINI SHARES will be starting on Friday. Depending on what day you chose for pick up, that means your share will start either June 4, June 6 or June 8. I will be out in the garden picking by 6:00 AM. The shares should be out at the screen house in coolers, ready for pick up by 10:30 on Monday and Wednesday or 12:00 on Friday. If you have a preference for your MINI and let me know which items you would like before 6:00 AM on your picking day, I will accomodate that. Otherwise, it will be farmer's choice.


Turnips or Turnip greens

THIS WEEK'S FULL SHARE (Quantity estimates are for the full shares. Half is less. Just estimates, of course.)

White Turnips with their tops (6-12) (I like to eat the turnips raw.)
Turnip Greens? (I think these will still need thinning.)
Spinach (1/2 - 1 pound)
Lamb's Quarters (1/2 - 1 pound) These are so yummy. Just as nice as spinach. When you get them, the stems may seem tough but once they are cooked, they become completely tender.
Mesclun (6 - 12 ounces)
Head Lettuce 1 - 3
Radishes (20 - 40) There are many radishes ready and they don't hold well in the field.
Arugula (6 - 8 ounces)
Bouquet - Peonies, Iris, Snapdragons, Sweet William, Lady's Rocket, whatever is ready.

What's in the MESCLUN these days:
Many leaf lettuces, Chickweed, Red Russian Kale, White Russian Kale, Collards, Wrinkled Crinkled Cress, Ruby Streaks Mustard, Golden Frills Mustard, Red Garnet Mustard, Red Komatsuma, Mizuna, Spinach, Johnny Jump Up flowers, Nasturium leaves, baby Chicory leaves, Purslane, Lemon Gem Marigold flowers

TURNIP GREENS are one of the most nutritious greens you can eat. They are packed with vitamins and minerals. AND they taste great. AND there is even a song about eating them.

We have lots of LETTUCE these days. If it's too much for salad, try cooking your mesclun mix in a stir fry or adding chopped lettuce to soup.

Anybody know a recipe that uses LOTS of RADISHES? And remember, radish tops are edible so you can add them to soup or cook with other milder greens.

The hens are laying nicely. I can add eggs to your share any time you want them. Just let me know ahead of time. They are $4.00 a dozen. You can just leave the money in your cooler (or mine, if you are picking up).

That's all for now. Thanks for being part of the farm and helping me live my dream.

Laura Timmerman
910 Greenfield Rd
Leyden, MA 01337

First Farm Share of 2010 - May 27 & 28, 2010

(We had a big storm here this past week. Power was out for 2 days. Trees down all over the place. Many towns, including ours were declared disaster zones. So picking and delivery was delayed until Saturday when everyone's refrigerator was really empty after no electricity for 2 days. One share was delivered on Friday to some people with a generator.)

Good morning!

It sure looks like a beautiful day after some unusual weather this past week! I am setting out the sweet peppers today and imagining all those tasty flavors and pretty colors.

We all got through the storm and the power outage. After that, the first delivery went very smoothly. Thank you everyone for your cooperation and patience with the changing schedule.

The full and half shares were pretty much what I had expected, with the addition of some Buttercrunch head lettuce and a little bundle of herbs - apple mint, spearmint and sweet cicely. The sweet cicely seed pods are an ephemeral item in the garden, lasting just a few days. They are for chewing on and taste like licorice. Most folks spit out the rough fiber but it's perfectly edible.

SHARE # 1 (amounts are approximate. Full - Half)
mesclun 12 oz - 8 0z
arugula 10 oz - 7 oz
radishes 2 bunches - 1 bunch
pea shoots 1 # - 6 oz
rhubarb 1 1/4 # - 1 #
Chinese cabbage 13 -7
head lettuce 2 - 1
turnip thinnings 13 oz - 0
herb bouquet - apple and spearmint, sweet cicely
bouquet 1 - 1

Pictures of share # 1:

Let me know what you think of the pea shoots and if you discover any good recipes for the farm, please send them. You can check for other recipes at the farm blog.

PICK YOUR OWN - through Monday.
I have lots of Leaf Lettuce, Radishes and Turnip Greens for the picking. If you want more, come on by and pick some. I'll be here Sunday morning and evening and all day on Monday.

I keep forgetting to tell you that I will happily add eggs to your share any time you need them. Just let me know ahead of time. They are $4.00 a dozen. You can just leave the money in your cooler (or mine, if you are picking up).

Have a good holiday,

Monday, May 24, 2010

FARM WEEK # 1 - Friday, May 28, 2010 - Full and Half Shares Starting!

Hello people!

Well, it's happening! The first picking for the shares will be this Friday, May 28. It will just be for the Full and Half Shares this week. Next Friday will begin the Mini Shares. Most likely I will be delivering by 12:30 or 1:00. You can help by having your cooler and extra containers ready and waiting.

I am pretty excited.

I picked 8 pounds of salad greens last Friday for the wedding of some dear friends. It served well as a warm-up picking for the shares. Little details were dealt with like tracking down my picking containers and special food-only scissors and just remembering how to clean a large quantity of greens. It also served as confidence builder. There is food out there in the garden, you just have to pick it.

THIS WEEK'S SHARES (full and half sized only)
spinach or spinach in the mesclun — this depends on how quickly it grows this week
pea shoots
dwarf bok choy or Chinese cabbage — these are small but starting to bolt so we may as well eat them.
(The turnips need thinning. The leaves are about 4 inches long. If you want some thinnings, let me know. Otherwise, the chicks and I will eat them.)

pea shoots
All parts of the pea plant are edible. You can harvest and eat the shoots, leaves and tendrils as well as any flowers or buds that may have formed.

Head lettuce and white turnips forming up nicely. The TOMATO and tomatillo plants are in the ground. 32 hills of 16 varieties of winter squash have been planted. The potatoes are up and looking stout. This week I am planting lots of BEANS - green, lima, shell and soy beans as well as cucumbers and more summer squash. Next weekend I'll be setting out peppers, eggplant, and okra. The NEW FIELD looks great and it's lovely to work down there with the sound of all the birds and the view of the pond across the road. I'll be home planting on Memorial Day if anyone wants to stop by for a tour or to help with the planting. The CHICKS are getting quite big. They have all their feathers now and I plan on letting them into their yard this week. The IRISES and PEONIES are starting to bloom and the new cut flower garden is getting filled. It is going to be glorious. The May Flies and Deer Flies have arrived. There's a GARTER SNAKE guarding the door to the chicken coop, keeping the rodents away from the grain. WEEDS are growing, some welcome and some not. Rob and I enjoy eating Stinging Nettles and Lamb's Quarters. It's a busy time.

See you soon!

Laura Timmerman
910 Greenfield Rd
Leyden, MA 01337

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

FARM NEWS - May 18, 2010

May 18, 2010
Hello folks,

Not much news here this week but I am checking in just to establish a routine of connecting more often with you all. I have mostly been planting. The first beans and summer squash are in! This year I am trying a variety of bean called Empress. Seeds of Change catalog describes it thus: "Incredible flavor. Our very best snap bean for fresh eating, freezing or processing. A true work-horse!" Sounds good to me. I hope to make some Dilly Beans this year and also put some in the freezer for the winter. This is just one of many kinds of beans being grown this year. Yay!

I have planted some broccoli, cabbage and oats in the new field area. It was very exciting to start planting an entirely new garden. I also started moving perennial flowers such as Yarrow and Sweet William to the cut flower garden and it is starting to take shape. There is so much to do right now my head is in a happy whirl.

I bumped into this helpful web site that addresses the question of what to do with all those vegetables in your CSA share. It seems helpful to me.

Also found this article about CSF (Community Supported Fisheries) very interesting. It makes me wish I lived closer to the ocean.

The pea shoots look almost ready to pick so you can start looking at recipes for stir fry. The first planting of arugula is beautiful (and bug free, thanks to its cover!).

I am happily planting but am willing to share the joy of gardening. If any of you have the urge to stick seeds or plants in the ground, let me know. I am sure I can find something for you to do!

The shares will be starting soon!

Laura Timmerman
910 Greenfield Rd
Leyden, MA 01337

Friday, May 14, 2010

May Flowers

The shares have not started yet but if they had, the bouquets would be something like this.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

FARM NEWS - May 10, 2010

Hello to all you 2010 Farm Members! Welcome!

(This is a long message with details about getting started up for the season. Other messages will not be so long.)

I have been planting and planting every chance I get. Things are on schedule for planting so let's hope they will be on schedule for harvesting and eating! It's been such a beautiful spring. So sunny, and right now at the farm, the air smells lovely, full of lilac blossoms. It's a beautiful world.

The soil was dry so I am very grateful that Mother Nature will gave the garden a good soaking rain this past weekend. Thanks to farm member Doug Pratt I now have water pressure which makes the watering a lot less time consuming and a whole lot more satisfying. And many thanks to my son Rob for all the tilling, mowing and vine support building that beens happening around here lately. It looks good!

This is a time of year when I generally feel a bit of anxiety. There is lots planted but the plants look tiny and I worry about having enough for the shares. BUT, every year there is enough. It's just that plant growth really takes off in May. For instance the pea shoots are twice as big as they were a few days ago and the baby leaf lettuce has been picked three times for my dinner but the plants are so thick, you can't tell at all. I also peeked under their protective cover and the first arugula is getting quite big. *So never fear, we will have plenty for all.* I think my nervousness is a symptom of being a new farmer. In a few more years, I'll be more confident.

For recent PICTURES around the farm:

At this point I expect the earliest shares to include mesclun, pea shoots (for stir fry), white turnips, baby spinach, and radishes. Coming soon after will be garden peas, snow peas, carrots, baby spinach, head lettuce, and kohlrabi. This year I managed to plant potatoes, parsnips, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. And I have planted more fava beans and peas than in previous years. We have okra, pea shoots, Chinese broccoli, and pak choy for new items. So you can start thinking about recipes and feel free to ask about any vegetables. I hope to grow some sweet potatoes as an experiment this year. I am always open to trying out new crops. This is your farm. Let me know what you would like to see in the shares.

This week I am preparing the ground for beans, squash and tomatoes, transplanting flowers into the cutting garden, and planting Swiss chard and radicchio.

It's time to start thinking about your share.
If you are picking up your share, make sure I know which day you plan to do so - Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

Full and Half Shares will start on Friday, May 28. Mini-Shares will start on Friday, June 4.

Some of you farm members are old hands at this, but for new members, here is something to think about. Often, a person will think of what they want to eat and cook, go to the store, buy the ingredients and make their food. Or perhaps, they go to the store, see what is looking good, buy that and plan their meals from what they bought. (These items may have come from all over the world but they are in season somewhere.) With a CSA membership, we are all more closely tied to the growing season right here in Franklin County, MA. Each crop is ready at a particular time. Some, like pumpkins and peppers, take most of the season to grow and be ready; some, like spinach and peas, only like to grow in the coolness of spring and late fall; some can be replanted and harvested all season long. And then there is the weather! Cold rain can slow maturity, which sometimes means waiting for a crop to be ready and sometimes means a particular crop is available for a longer time and then bolts when the hot weather arrives. Hail can make holes in beautiful chard leaves just before they are ready. Or the weather can be just right for a bumper crop of tomatoes! Things vary every year. (Oh yes, and then there are insects and larger predators...)

This variation makes each season special. (Last year was marked by lots of rain and the terrible Late Blight on the potatoes and tomatoes, sharply reducing the harvest on those crops.) Every year there are some crops that do Really Well and are a source of delight.

So what happens in a CSA is that I work hard planting and tending those crops, Mother Nature does whatever she will, I pick what is ready as it is ready and give it to you and THEN you get to figure out what to make for dinner! It's actually fun, as well a delicious. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Each week I'll be sending out an email on Monday morning with a bit of news and a list of what will most likely be in the shares that "farm week". (I count the start of the farm week with the Friday delivery - Don't worry I'll label the email.) Nature sometimes has other ideas about it but usually I can make a close guess as to what will be ready. The most common surprise is that something is ready sooner than I expected. For the mini shares, I will include a list of what is available for minis that week. If you have a preference, email me before your picking day. I can usually accommodate your requests. If I don't hear from you, I'll just give you the "farmer's choice".

This email marks the first of these Monday morning emails, just to get us all in the habit.

EGGS: The hens are laying well. Eggs are available most every day. You can call or email. I also maintain a separate email list for eggs. Let me know if you want to be on that. It happens about 2-3 times a month, only when the supply is accumulating. If you would like eggs added to your share on any given week, let me know. They are $4.00 a dozen and like everything else at the farm, raised organically but not certified. The baby chicks have arrived and are happily peeping and growing. You can see photos at the facebook link.

If you are picking up your share, you can gather together or make a couple of large bags or boxes to use for your share. I will exchange them each week. I will keep track of your containers, if you label them.

If your share is being delivered, make sure you have a large cooler, preferably with cold packs, that can left in a safe and convenient spot. I will be delivering on Fridays, usually in the early afternoon. (11 - 3)

For all of you: I can use help gathering containers and packaging for the shares. These are all useful:
Large paper bags
Large plastic containers with lids (The ones that hold 1 pound of greens are a good size.)
Clean and dry produce bags from organic produce
Small glass jars for the mini bouquets - ones with a narrow opening, like olive jars or jelly jars.
Quart sized canning jars for the larger bouquets.
Large (2-4 gallon) heavy food grade plastic bags, big enough for greens. These get washed and reused.
Cardboard egg cartons

PAYMENT: Everybody has been really timely and reliable about paying their deposits or more. Thanks! Final payments are due by July 1, 2010.
Mini Shares: $100 (plus $25, if delivered)
Half Shares: sliding scale, $300.00 to $350.00
Full Shares: sliding scale, $600.00 to $675.00

Well, that's all I can think of to tell you. I will make an effort to keep future emails short.
Thank you for being part of the farm!

Laura Timmerman
910 Greenfield Rd
Leyden, MA 01337

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Honeymoon Salad

Yesterday I planted a garden bed of leaf lettuce. 125 feet of various lettuces - green, red, splotched, curly, oakleaf, frizzy - just a whole mess of lettuce. The reason? I want to be sure to have plenty of lettuce in late May for the wedding reception of two of my dear friends. So the Marriage Bed has been planted with seeds of lettuce and seeds of joy.

Honeymoon Salad? That's lettuce alone.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

BEING PATIENT and rambling.

Today there's a lot of waiting involve in my gardening. Currently I am waiting for seeds to come up, especially the peppers and eggplant which always take a while. I am waiting for the earth to dry up a bit so it's safe to work the soil without damaging its structure. I am waiting for the soil to be a bit warmer for some crops. I am waiting for my headache to go away so I can prune and prep the garden beds for the early crops. I am waiting for the new baby chicks to arrive. They are scheduled to arrive at the end of April. I have been reading about gardening according to the phase of the moon and experimenting with it a bit. I am supposed to wait until the 28th to plant the basil and marigolds so tomorrow I can do some more planting inside.

In the meantime there is plenty to do. I planted moonflowers today, one of my favorite fun flowers. It's basically a giant morning glory whose flower is about 6 or 7 inches across. The blossoms open in the evening and have a beautiful aroma. I always imagine that there might be an interesting moth that pollinates them in warmer climates where they are perennials.

It's pleasant here. Peaceful. And sweet relief to see the earth again. The snow melted more quickly than I have ever seen it happen. 5 days from a completely white winter landscape to spring! This afternoon the chickens have been entertaining me with their exploits. They wandered as far as the woods at one point. Later they came around the house to the front yard so I fed them rolled oats from the front step. And then I saw a few hens in the new flower garden in the company of about 20 robins. The chickens kept eyeballing the robins curiously and walking towards them. I wonder if the hens thought they might be chicks?

This post is more rambly than usual. Seems to be what my head needs, a bit of drifting and noticing the beautiful world.

Friday, March 5, 2010

A few shares available

Hi folks, Shares have been selling easily, without much effort on my part, (perfect!), but there are about 2 more shares available. If you are interested in a share, let me know soon! When I say 2 more shares, I mean the equivalent of 2 full shares so that can be a combination of full, half and mini shares.

My planting is based on the number of shares I am growing. If fewer people sign up, then I will concentrate on more variety for the existing shares, more storage crops for me and for sale as Fall Storage Shares, and perhaps growing a few things for market.

I am starting to get excited about the new growing season, how about you?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

2010 Farm Shares - The short story


Timmerman Farm
910 Greenfield Rd
Leyden, MA 01337

Full Shares - ~24 weeks - $600.00 - $675.00
Half Shares - ~24 weeks - $300.00 - $350.00
Min Shares - 16 weeks - $100.00

Free delivery in Leyden for Full and Half Shares
$25.00 for delivery in Leyden for Mini Shares

Pick Up Days - Monday, Wednesday or Friday, your choice
Delivery Day - Friday

Deposits/First payments due March 20, 2010
Last payments due July 1, 2010

Contact Laura Timmerman for more information

Photo by Trish Crapo of Leyden, MA

Sunday, January 24, 2010

CSA 2010 Membership Invitation

Dear friends of the Timmerman Farm - former farm members, helpers, and people who have expressed an interest in becoming a member of our little farm,

I am delighted to be beginning my fourth season as an honest-to-goodness farmer. I love all aspects of the work and appreciate the interest and support of you all. Thank you!

Once again, I am keeping the farm pretty small. I am offering 8 shares this year, up from 6 last year. I want to keep things at a manageable level for a one-woman operation. With Heather and Robin's help last year, we opened up a lot more land for planting so I will be able to grow more variety for the shares and there should also be plenty of flowers as I have an entire new cut flower garden! I am psyched.
Now is the time for finalizing the layout and harvest goals for the shares and for ordering seed and supplies. I am most of the way there on these projects and looking forward to planting onions and leeks in the near future. I seem to be especially drawn to the heirloom tomatoes and winter squashes this time. But as you all know I have a thing for beans. I guess basically, there are a lot of vegetables in our future. Let's hope it's a good year for tomatoes!
The CHICKENS have been laying pretty well all winter. Production is down a bit lately but I still have several dozen eggs a week for sale. Mostly people just ask about them and they get sold so don't be shy about asking if you want some. When I have extra, I send out an EGG email, so let me know if you want to be on that list. We will be getting more chicks in April to refresh the flock. So far, although I have eggs, they are not available on a consistent enough basis to add them to the shares. But anytime you want eggs added to your share, just let me know. They are $4.00 a dozen for non-certified but organically grown eggs.
WORKING AT THE FARM is encouraged. I hope to set up a few specific member work days during the season and perhaps a Farm Member Picnic, if there is interest. My thought about working is that your help and company of course is great, but even more important is getting a sense of what's happening in our little piece of the earth. Working is totally optional, but if it interests you, you are welcome in the garden.


NOW is the time to let me know if you are interested in getting a farm share this year. Since I am only increasing by two shares and since more and more folks have been asking about the farm, please sign up as soon as you can. Notice of the farm shares will be in the February Leyden newsletter so the word is spreading... PAYMENT: Deposits of $100 for Full and Half Shares and $50 for Mini Shares are due by March 20. If you are able to make a larger payment on your share, that would be extremely helpful as most of my expenses for the farm are this month. All shares should be paid in full by July 1, 2010.

Like last year, there will be FULL, HALF and MINI SHARES. There will also be a very informal share I am calling the PLAY IN THE DIRT SHARE. I hope to start delivering Full and Half Shares on May 21 and have them last for 24 weeks, until October 29. Mini Shares should be ready to start June 4 and run for 16 weeks. It's possible that the larger shares will start and/or end earlier, it just depends on the weather. The prices are slightly higher than last year but in the same range. Mini Shares are the same price but this year delivery on Minis is optional and extra. So if you decide to pick up your mini share it will cost the same as 2009.

PICK-UP and DELIVERY: This year I want to try picking on three days instead of two. That means you have the option of picking up your share on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Delivery is offered on Fridays only and in Leyden only. So you can choose the day that works in your schedule the best. Each day I pick, the shares will be ready in coolers in the screen house here at the farm by late morning. I will deliver on Fridays around 12 - 2 and if you are not home, the share can go into a cooler in a safe and shady spot at your house.

You can see pictures of the shares at the CSA blog:

Each person/household has different vegetable needs but this is how I describe the shares:

The FULL SHARES are intended to feed households of 2 adults plus 1-3 young people or something like that, with extras to put up or store for the winter if available. Includes a bouquet each week. 2010 price: $600.00 to $675.00.

HALF SHARES are basically half a Full Share and should be enough fresh eating for 2 adults, with extras for putting by as available. Includes a bouquet. You have the option of getting a full sized share every other week or a half sized one every week. 2010 price: $300.00 to $350.00.

MINI SHARES are essentially just a taste of fresh local foods. Not too much to deal with but fun to have. Usually you will get two items each week, usually lettuce or mesclun plus one other item. Each week I will let you know what items are likely to be in the mini shares and you can let me know what you prefer, if you wish. Or let me choose for you. Flowers or eggs may be substituted for one item, if they are available. Includes a mini bouquet each week. 2010 price $100.00 if picked up at the farm, $125.00 if delivered in Leyden.

PLAYING IN THE DIRT SHARE: This is my new idea for 2010. This is for people who wish they could have a garden but can't or want to have a fun garden time with their child or a young friend, or who just like to play in the dirt. Just let me know when you would like to come by for an hour or two, I'll give you some garden tasks like weeding or mulching or picking or whatever and you can go home with some vegetables to eat or a bouquet of flowers. I'll here to guide you. Come once a season or every week or whenever the spirit moves you. This could fill a need for garden time for some people. FREE.

FALL SHARES: I hope to grow enough winter squash, potatoes, carrots and onions to be able to offer a one-time winter storage share. More on this as the season progresses...

Thank you for all your interest and support for the farm. I look forward to hearing from you and to growing us a lot of fine vegetables and fruit and flowers this year.
Blessings to you all,


Well I see that I really got behind last year on my CSA blog posting! It's been so long I forgot I messed up. That's sort of cool in a way.

Now it's a new year and time for me to get organized and ready to plant! And it's time for my lovely farm members and wannabe farm members to sign up for shares. I am only increasing the farm by two shares this year so folks should act quickly to sign up. Plus I need your deposits to buy seed and soil and supplies and amenities to grow all this glorious food for us all. I'll be posting soon about the details for this season but for now, here are some pictures from 2009 - almost all the shares from 23 weeks of shares (16 weeks of mini shares).

When I look at these pictures I am pleased with my efforts and the efforts of my various helpers, especially Heather, Robin, and Linda. The food looks good. And there is a lot of it. The flowers are beautiful.

BUT...I want to do even better. I love fresh greens and in January I am craving them but in 2010 I want the shares to have more tomatoes, sweet peppers, potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, winter squash, beans, peas and just generally, more variety. I am trying to finish up my main seed order, which is very difficult, especially as the tomato sections of the catalogs keep pulling me in and forcing me to write down more and more varieties. And then I see that my seed needs list says to limit my new tomato varieties to 5 or less... That is a goal I will not be able to meet, for sure.

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Details about the shares will be posted soon. For now, here is 2009 IN PICTURES:

Last Full Share - October 23, 2009 - Week 23

Full Share 10/16/09

Full Share 10/9/09

Flowers 10/2/09

Full Share 10/2/09

late fall mesclun

Bouquets 9/25/09

Full Share 9/25/09

Full Share 9/18/09

Bouquets 9/11/09

Mini Share 9/11/09

Full Share 9/11/09

Full Share 9/4/09

Mini Share 9/4/09

Full Share 8/28/09 (+ extra flowers)

Full Share 8/21/09

Mini Share 8/21/09

Full Share 8/14/09


Prepping mesclun 8/10/09

Full Share 7/31/09

Mini Share 7/31/09

Mini Share 7/24/09

Full Share 7/24/09

Mini Bouquets 7/24/09

Bouquet 7/24/09

Mini Share 7/17/09

Full Share 7/17/09

Full Share 7/10/09

Mini Share 7/10/09

head lettuce, Heather, 7/10/09

Mini Share 7/3/09

Full Share 7/3/09

Edible Bouquet 7/3/09

Full Share 6/26/09

Mini Share 6/26/09

Mini Share 6/19/09

Bouquets 6/19/09

Full Share 6/19/09

Full Share 6/12/09

Mini Share 6/12/09

Full Share 6/5/09

Mini Share #1 - 6/5/09

3 full shares 5/29/09

prepping the shares 5/29/09

Full Share #1 - 5/22/09