Blog

Welcome to the blog.
Posted 4/19/2018 8:38pm by christy kantlehner.
First of all. shameless self promotion: 
EarthFest 2018: April 22nd, 12-4 @ White Barn Farm
 
This week's blog/email by Farmer Chris
with edits and notes by Farmerwife, Christy:

howdy folks

The first Earthday was celebrated april 22nd 1970.  Earthday was created by the growing environmental movement that saw a need to bring awareness to some of the major environmental issues that were hindering mother nature.  Many of those  same issues are still at the forefront of the struggle to take care of our habitat even as my generation becomes "adults" and parents.  Lifestyle, participation, conversation, humility, altruistic thought, and technology can all be in the equation for saving Mother Earth.  

My first semester of college I took and environmental ethics class with John Jensen.  This was my introduction to the depth of impact humans have on their environment.  Imagine humans and benefit to humans not being at the root of every decision made. At times it could be a pretty depressing class, with its doomsday outlook.  I said to myself "there must be a way to change our environment for the future".  I found Organic Farming. That same semester I was taking fundamentals of organic agriculture with Philip Ackerman Liest, and my life trajectory changed, for the positive.  The way for change, in my mind, was was growing healthy, local, sustainable food for my neighbors.   That was close to 17 years ago, and i have been playing in the soil ever since.  What are you going to do to help change our environment for the future?  Start with the power of your own consumerism. There is power in conscious consuming - why else would Walmart carry organic food?

Make your vote. COME TO EARTHFEST!!! Come celebrate, participate, converse, and revel in all that mother nature can contribute to our lives.  We have some amazing stewards of the earth representing themselves, sharing the details of their process, and offering the products of their labor. These types of producers entering the real economy ARE the change for the future.

 

VENDOR LINEUP as of Thursday, April 19th:

White Barn Farm (host)-

to Eat: Arugula, Mustard Greens, Spinach, Baby Kale, Pea tendrils, French Breakfast Radish,

to Grow: Plants, Seeds, Soil, Vermont Compost, Neptune's Harvest Fish Fertilizer

Treehouse Farms-petting zoo featuring Chuck the Goat

Becky Sheerin- FacePainting extraordinaire

Common Acre Farm- Meet the farmer who grows all those fantastic micro greens for you all.

Hyphen Designs - Kelsey the up cycled cloth seamstress

Harms Family Farm - The sweetest people we know, try this liquid gold for yourself, Massachusetts Maple Syrup, that is!

THIS JUST IN!!! BRING YOUR APPETITE:
 Marty Pearson- WOOD FIRED PIZZA
If you were at our winter market celebration you remember this pizza! If you weren't - come on down this Sunday to taste the best PIE around!

Crystal Springs Farm- At 2pm, Farmer Sam Billings will treat you all to a demonstration of how to inoculate a log with Shiitake mushroom mycelium. He will also be on hand selling logs already inoculated and ready to go into your home mushroom garden!

Fairmount Fruit Farm- CJ has been providing us with those delicious Honeycrisp apples all winter long. Meet the man behind your fruit!

Franklin Honey Company - Go right to source, they are the bees knees! Come and say hi to Roger Trahan, his daughter Lauren (who makes those wonderful soaps), and the bees that could help you stay allergy free all season long. They will be giving a talk about Beekeeping Basics at 3pm.

The Compost Plant -  Jay from The Compost Plant team will be leading a Compost Tea workshop at 1 pm and giving out free compost tea. BYOJ....bring your own jug. Rhody Gold bags for sale as well.

Pamela Ruby Russell - A farmstand patron and friend since the beginning, she will be bring her photographs for sale. This woman embodies the sun, moon, and the stars with her artistry.

Bellicchis Best Biscotti - These little morsels will brighten up everyones day.

Wrentham Technology Class POSTER WINNERS- Wrentham Elementary Technology teacher, Mrs. Moon, of Dancing with the Stars/Awesome 6th grade teacher/married to the much adored PE teacher, Mr. Moon, fame - gave her students a White Barn Farm EarthFest assignment. Mrs. Moon's classes have been working hard to put together a poster that represents EARTHFEST and White Barn Farm.  The contest winner and runners up will be revealed and on display at the EarthFest!

More Pictures and Details regarding EarthFest are also on our website; check out the complete details and rundown to this celebration here: 

EarthFest 2018

It's not too late to sign up for Weekly CSA Shares,  Farmstand CSA Cards,

AND . . . the FLOWER CSA!!!

(Mother's Day Alert!!! This is a great and unique gift!)

2018 CSA Sign Up  - Spring Share Deadline is coming soon! Get your payments in by May 4th. Reserve your Share by "buying" your share on our online market. The spring share is only $100 for 5 weeks of the much needed first vibrant fresh foods of the 2018 growing season! First pick up is scheduled to be May 11th. Pack your own share at the Friday Farmstand, 10-6. Pray for sunshine, warmth, gentle winds, no pests, the perfect amount of rainfall and record-setting yields and sales! more details

CSA Card Sign Up  We still give you a 5% bonus on your card for any amount $200 or greater. Has anyone given you a free 10 dollar bill lately? Commit to shopping at our farmstand, enjoy complete flexibility, and get a free bonus to spend on anything we sell at the farmstand. Cash or Check only. 

Medfield Farmers Market CSA  Pick up your share right off the display at the farmer's market on Thursdays in the center of Medfield, all summer long! 2pm to 6pm.

If anyone wants to support the farm but has more time or skills than money or just can't help but help! We would love for volunteers to materialize to help with:

Wheelbarrow Fixing with a side of Cart Tire Repair.

Donation of an old Shed so we can keep our tools closer to where we use them.

Donation of an old refrigerator or freezer - not working is fine. We just want an insulated box to keep our seeds in.

Mulch Mob volunteers. Email to get your name on our panic list!

Revealing the Strawberry Plants (push back the straw that was protecting them all winter)

Whitewashing some homemade signs 

might as well ask?

Yours Truly,

Chris, Christy, and Graham

 

Posted 4/11/2018 5:54pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Ahoy Mateys! (How many times can we say "Howdy Folks"?)

Aye but you have faithfully shopped at the barn and alas our gigundo stack of carrots in the cooler has been whittled down to just a modest pile. That means we are going to take a (very) short hiatus and quit the online market after this week. So place your order and come meet it in the barn on this Friday the Thirteenth!

 

 

Breakfast Radishes, Mustard Mix, Red Russian Kale, Arugula. These pictures were taken around 5:15pm tonight! April 11th. in the high tunnel.

That's right! Feast your Eyes! Get Ready for a Fabulous Salad that is not based on spinach or grocery store salad greens. Wicked, Wicked Fresh! and don't worry, our bionic spinach will also be available!

Chris and I are currently driving to Boston to see one of our favorite musicians, Graham is at home with his grandpa, and we are going on a date just the two of us! So it is unlikely you will see these items on the virtual market. But rest easy, they will be present in our REAL Live Farmstand on Friday!!! Last virtual market of the season!

We will return for your grocery gathering pleasures during White Barn Farm's 2nd Annual EarthFest! Sunday, April 22nd, 12-4. Hopefully everyone traveling school vacation week will save a wee bit of energy to spend at White Barn Farm on Sunday. At least you can leave with your groceries for the week! Our farmstand will be open during the entirety of the fest!

 

Other awesome goings ons at EarthFest:

  • Pet Chuck the Goat from Treehouse Farms. We are loaning Farmer Katy the White Van so she can bring a mobile petting zoo.
  • Hand Crank the Popcorn Sheller to get those delicious seeds free from the cob. So much fun you won't know you're doing work!
  • Visit White Barn Farm's greenhouse and plant a seed in a pot to take home. Experience the magic of seeds on your windowsill at home!
  • Challenge yourself to identify vegetable plants in their seedling stage, double down by naming their plant family . . .
  • The talented Becky Sheerin (aka Ally Garcia's sister) is returning this year to do her unbelievable FacePainting. Art, Folks! Just Amazing.
  • Another talented mama will be returning to offer an upcycled craft. Kelsey, the mastermind of Hyphen Designs, brings new life and beauty to cast off fabrics to create adorable T-shirt twirly skirts, beautiful embroidered sweaters, wool jumpers, headbands, even pants made out of men's ties! Last year she offered a craft making a flower using old buttons and wool scraps. Not just for kids! Experience the reward of creating something beautiful with your own hands.his 
  • Luke and Sonya Harms will be there sampling their Maple Syrup and talking about the sugaring process. Take this opportunity to meet the people behind that delicious Massachusetts Maple we sell at the farmstand!
We have several educational sessions throughout the day:

  • 12:30 pm: Farm Tour. An all-terrain walking tour (=no high heels but waterproof footwear encouraged) of the early spring fields at White Barn Farm. We will also take a look at our equipment and implements. 
  • 1pm: Compost Tea Brewing with Jason Thompson of The Compost Plant, Rhody Gold Compost and natural Fertilizer products.
  • 2pm: Mushroom Log Inoculation with Farmer Sam of Crystal Springs in Plainville. Sam has been growing the oyster mushrooms you may have purchased through our online market this winter.
  • 3pm: Beekeeping Basics with Roger and Lauren from Franklin Honey,  the beekeepers and soap and hand cream and lip balm makers behind the wonderful bee-based products you find at the farmstand.

This IS a fundraiser, so we will be selling tickets to participate in most activities (carnival style). The parking fee is $10 and includes 5 tickets. In honor of Earth Day, Walkers and Bikers get 5 FREE tickets! Otherwise, Tickets are $2 each. Bring Cash! We can charge your credit card if you are buying $10 or more.

DON'T FORGET ABOUT FISH FRIDAY! Pre order at jordanbrothersseafood@yahoo.com and Bobby will have your fish ready for you. Otherwise, just stop by and see what's available.

Thanks Y'all!!!!!

C&C Vegetable Factory

www.whitebarnfarm.org

 

Posted 4/5/2018 12:58pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

How's it going my dedicated farm stand supporters? Is spring here yet? not sure, But we got you covered with some great offerings this week.  

The Virtual Market is OPEN and ready for you to place your orders! Even if you don't pre order for friday you are always welcome at the barn Friday 12-6.  We love seeing all of the familiar faces that we haven't seen all winter.  

ORDER NOW: Virtual winter market

Our friends at Neighborhood Farm in Weston, MA have provided us with some extra goodies this week: Purple Top Turnips, Golden Beets, and Watermelon Radish.  Pat's Pastured Ground Pork and Ground Beef are back in stock.  I see meatballs and dumplings in your future.  We have added a couple of awesome cheese spreads: Adelisca Lavender Honey and Narragansett Creamery Garlic and Herb.  I'm loving both of these right now they are perfect for veggie slices (carrots, watermelon radish), crackers, bread, and bagels.

GREENS

Folks, a healthy lifestyle includes greens, and we have some great greens for you! White Barn Farm SPINACH, Common Acre Farm MICRO GREENS, and Zeigler Market Garden SWISS CHARD (grown by WBF alum, Zach Zeigler, at his new farm in Norfolk).  Christy and I have been in greens heaven having them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  

PLANTS

Yes folks we have plants for sale this week.  It's not too early to fill your garden with some of these great perennial plants.  Our first plants of the season will bring you joy for months and probably years to come.

6-inch perennials: $10

  • Candytuft - already blooming. a wonderful early spring forage for pollinators.
  • Yarrow - Colorado Mix
  • Lavender - Munstead
  • Thyme - English
  • Sage - Grower's Friend (traditional culinary sage)

 

We will also be selling pint bottles of Neptune's Harvest Fish & Kelp emulsion for your foliar feeding needs.  Great to give your plants a kick start after this long winter. 

DON'T FORGET to mark your calendars for

White Barn Farm PLANT SALE 2018: May 19th and 20th! 

CSA SHARES

First of all, thank you so much for the frenzy of last minute checks that flowed in for Farmstand CSA Cards! It looks like we are going to be able to pay our FSA loan payment AND buy a truckload of potting soil from Vermont Compost! Zippidee-do-daa! Thank you! Really! Thanks!

Are you the type of person who has trouble deciding what vegetables to choose for the week?  Let us decide for you.  We still have farmer-selected, weekly CSA Shares available for all seasons.  Spring, Summer, and Fall shares are available on our website. Check it out! More info on the website: 2018 CSA Shares

Reserve your share: 2018 CSA Sign Up

or pick up at the Thursday Medfield Market all summer: Medfield Farmers Market CSA

These are all great ways to support the farm.  We are looking to purchase three more caterpillar tunnels this year.  This will provide us with the means to produce earlier and later crops to fill your CSA shares.  This investment is always appreciated and you get to see your dollars do REAL work for the farm.  Thanks in Advance.

EARTHFEST 2018 - save the date! Sunday, April 22, 2018

2nd annual EARTHFEST at White Barn Farm will be held on Earth Day: Sunday, April 22nd.  This event is not to be missed!  It is part fundraiser for the farm, part practical education series, and 100% good clean fun! We will have our earliest seedlings, Vermont Compost products, and spring vegetables for sale. There will be face painting, plant-a-seed station, seed i.d. challenge, popcorn shelling and popping, beekeeping talk and demo, mushroom log inoculation, upcycled clothing for sale and a craft to make, Compost Tea demo, Treehouse Farms Petting Zoo, Fairmount Fruit Farm, Mike's Micros, and plenty more!  Still working out some more details. EarthFest should be a blast for all ages. Parking will be $10 and include 5 tickets for activities. In honor of energy efficiency, Walkers and Bikers get 5 tickets free! Additional tickets are $2 each. Come celebrate the EARTH, the Farm, and our wonderful community!

The lovely farmer, earth mother, and mentor, Kathy Huckins, is offering her gardening course again this season at her home (complete with gardens and greenhouse) in Northboro, MA.

HOW TO GROW A GARDEN, a season-long course for beginners, will meet the third Saturday of each month.  HOW TO KEEP A GARDEN, an in-depth course for the seasoned gardener, will meet the third Sunday of each month.  These 6 month sessions starting in April and ending in September run from 9:30 to 12:30 at our gardens and greenhouse.  The first part of each session will be spent around the table, discussing garden concerns and focusing on the topics for that month.  Then we'll be in the garden, applying what we have learned.  These comprehensive courses will give participants the knowledge and tools necessary to grow their own garden, eat their own food and share it with friends.  Class size is limited to 10 participants.
For more information or to register
call/email at 508-393-8695 huckinshome@gmail.com

Jordan Brothers Seafood at the barn on Friday

Our Favorite Fish Monger will be set up at the barn Friday from 2-6.  Jordan Bros. always has the best selection of fresh seafood. You won't be disappointed!

PEACE, LOVE, FOOD

chris, christy, Graham

 

  

 

Posted 3/29/2018 2:49pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Howdy folks!!

It's a great day to be alive!!! The Farm is starting to feel like it is taking a turn for Spring and we are all happy to be a part of it. Greenhouse is full, we skinned a caterpillar tunnel (put the plastic on) for planting fresh spinach this week. We also picked one high tunnel of spinach completely clean for all of you to enjoy all weekend. Those beds should be replanted to that fabulous lettuce that we use for salad mix by this afternoon! You can pre-order via the virtual market until Friday morning and you can start picking up orders or just dropping in beginning at noon. We usually have plenty of extra goods!  We are in the barn 12-6. Jordan Brothers Seafood will be there starting at 2pm, providing your Friday Fish Fix.  See you all soon!!!

   

Carrots.

Let's all celebrate the carrot this Easter weekend.  We are on the cusp of seeding our first carrots for the 2018 growing season, and our root cellar is still sustaining this vitamin-packed, vision-improving, tasty, orange, oblong root that is a favorite of the Easter bunny and humans alike.  The Carrot is such a versatile food.  Carrots can be used in soups, cakes, juices, side dishes, and salad. Pack it in your kids' lunches for a crunchy snack, or entertain guests with this star of the crudite. Here are a couple of great recipes I found online for you - excellent options for entertaining guests or adding to the table of your host during this holiday weekend.  Pick your favorite and enjoy the process as well as the result.  Please don't hesitate to share your favorite concoctions (in recipe or physical form) with your favorite farmers - we love carrot cake!

Starters: Silky Carrot Soup

This soup looks souper tasty, plus you can garnish with some boutoniere-worthy, gorgeous fresh herb tips that we will have for sale at farmstand.

Side dishes: 

Braised Carrots and Shallots

We've got all this ingredients at the farmstand this week.  You can try substituting the chicken stock with apple cider or hard cider.  I have tried this before and it adds a nice little sweet zip.  Fairmount Fruit Farm Apple Cider is available at the farmstand.

Roasted Carrots

Franklin Honey Company has freshly supplied us with the local, raw honey you need for this serious show stopper of a dish.

Dessert:

Fancy - Coconut Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Now i am getting hungry, and I would love a report if anyone makes this cake.  Send pics, descriptions, stories or SAMPLES.  

Simple -  Carrot Cake

Enjoy some baking this weekend.  Baking is a great activity to the for the whole family. Turn these carrots into something everyone will love.

Some other desserts worth trying:

Food & Wine's Seven Best Carrot Desserts for Easter

(please note that it is not necessary to celebrate Easter in order to celebrate CARROTS this weekend!)

DON'T BE AN APRIL FOOL! 

It is not too late for you to get free money! Seriously, we are giving away money (wait - who is the fool?). If you buy a CSA debit card before APRIL 1st we will add 10% onto the card.  Minimum Card $200.  Sign up online, then follow up by dropping a check in the mail OR just bring it with you to the barn on Friday.  This is the deal of the season! And we will honor the 10% even if you get don't get your envelope to the post office until Monday, April 2nd. After that - we still put a bonus 5% on your card.

CSA Card Sign Up

CSA Card Details 

COMMIT TO GOOD FOOD!!!
Farmer Selected, Weekly CSA shares are still available!

We have openings in our Community Supported Agriculture program for the 2018 growing season. We offer Spring, Summer, and Fall shares at White Barn Farm.  New this year: MEDFIELD Farmers Market CSA pick-up.  

2018 CSA Shares

Medfield Farmers Market CSA

Join our "BEET TEAM"

I have been going to see live music since I was 14.  One of my favorite family activities is going see some live music, dance, and have a good time.  Many times we are seeing smaller bands with a real grassroots support system.  One way they get the the word out is with a "street team."  Our version of this is the BEET TEAM.  We are looking for people to spread the good word of White Barn Farm.  We have printed some brochures and would love to see them in your yoga studio, gym, cross fit, wellness center, the office of your chiropractor, arborist, landscaper, small business or really workplace or public space of any kind. Let us know if you would like to take some brochures.  They will be available at the farmstand on Friday. If you belong to social groups (mom's groups, churches, book clubs, etc.) and would like to pass out brochures, they are available for you too!  White Barn Farm is truly a grassroots operation, and we need to market our farm with the help of all of these personal connections.  Word of mouth has created and sustained this little business, and we must keep that energy going.  Thank you in advance!!!

Jordan Brothers Seafood: Friday 2-6. Pre-order at jordanbrothersseafood@yahoo.com or just visit Bobby at the barn!

Every week Jordan Brothers seafood sells great fresh sustainable seafood.  Pre order to make sure get the goods for your weekend festivities.

Sea Scallops   1/2lb   11.00  
Atlantic Salmon   8/9oz   9.00  
Haddock fillet   13/14oz   15.00
Cod Fillet   9/10oz   10.00  
Pollock fillet   14/15oz   10.00  
Hake fillet   10.12oz   10.00
Monkfish fillet   10/12oz   12.00  
Flounder fillet   8/9oz   12.00  
Greysole fillet   8/9oz   12.00
 Swordfish???   10/12oz   14.00  
Fresh Lobster Meat   1/2lb   42.00  
Frozen Lobster Meat   2lb bag   72.00
Frozen Raw Shrimp 26/30ct (peeled & deveined)   3lb bag   48.00  
Frozen Cleaned Squid   1lb   10.00
Frozen Minced Clams   1lb   6.00  
Frozen Stuffed Clams   5oz   2.00ea  
Native Crabmeat   1/2lb   17.00
Cooked Shrimp   1/2lb   10.00  
Littleneck Clams   1doz   7.00  
PEI Mussels   2lb   6.00
Oysters   1/2doz   7.00  
Clam Chowder   20oz   7.00  
Shrimp and Corn Chowder   20oz   7.00
Lobster Bisque   20oz   7.00  
Crab Bisque   20oz   7.00  
 Product availability and pricing subject to change
 
 

 

 

Posted 3/21/2018 3:21pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Good Afternoon Folks,

Some of you may be wondering why I have hijacked the weekly emails (Chris).  Well, quite frankly, all this snow has kept me out of the field and in the office.  Christy has been super busy working in the greenhouse managing both plants and people.  Her love toward plants, soil, propagation, and seedlings is immeasurable.  This dedication truly provides fruits for her labor.  We shall always be thankful to our plant mother.  Even after all these years growing food I'm amazed by the process.  Start with a tiny seed.  From this the growth begins.  Plant grows larger, grows out of our greenhouse space and onto the hardening off tables, then on to the field.  After our first planting in the spring it feels like we have endless acres to fill, then our growing space begins to shrink as the plantings continue.  BAM!!!! time to harvest.  That tiny tomato seed can produce up to 10lbs of tomatoes.  Many times it all seems to be happening so fast that I don't have time to reflect on it.  Snow covered fields can provide for that  moment of reflection. 

1st workshop of 2018: THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 10am - 12pm

SO who wants to see the greenhouse in full swing?  Here's your chance to participate in an enjoyable, educational event surrounded by a community of folks with a common love for nature, plants, sunshine, and warmth. SIGN UP NOW! and have a pal sign up, too! $45

Laurene Hulbig, floral designer, greenhouse guru, seeding and potting up expert (plus good friend) is hosting a Spring Bulb Planter Workshop. We will be planting a bright variety of Tulips, Tete-a-Tetes and Muscari in a rustic box for forcing indoors. In a few short weeks, these planters will be so cheerful on your table. We'll discuss the secrets to successful bulb forcing and each participant will plant and bring home a spring garden to enjoy. All necessary materials will be provided including planter, soil, assorted bulbs and instructions for care - now and later after bloom time. This is first of many workshops this season.  Let's make the first one a good one!  Let's FORCE spring! Come enjoy the warmth, earthy aroma, and signs of life happening in the WBF greenhouse in March!


Virtual Market is Open

It's time to buy.  We have some great offerings this week through our online market.

 

Filled our truck bed with spinach from our high tunnel (High Tunnel = unheated greenhouse in which plants are growing in the ground).  Roughly 40lbs of fresh picked spinach should suit your greens craving for this week.  We have been eating a lot of spinach as of late.  Its is such a versatile green.  Add it to your egg scramble in the morning. One of my favorite Sunday morning breakfasts is a spinach and feta egg scramble.  Start by sauteeing shallots, wilt in the spinach, add your beaten local free range eggs, pinch of salt, gently scramble, and finish with some sea salty feta.  Add a side of roasted potatoes, and serve with a hot mug of fresh brewed Sheldonville Roasters Coffee and you are all set for your Sunday!!!!  

We have been making some great veggie lasagnas with sauteed carrots, onions, garlic, & spinach. Layer with your favorite red sauce, and Narragansett ricotta.  Top with Divine Providence.  Enjoy this meal all week long.

Check out our virtual market for all these goodies and more for your eating pleasures all week long. Pick up your order in the barn Friday, 12pm - 6pm. If you cannot make it to the pick up, Christy will be at the barn Saturday, wrapping up the bulb forcing workshop around 12:30pm. If you've been dying to get some fresh and local farm food, place your order, and reply to your confirmation email telling us you'd like to get it on Saturday at 12:30pm.

If you forget to order altogether, just pop in on Friday to see what's available. Jordan Bros. will be there 2pm - 6pm, which leads me to the next point . . .

Jordan Brothers Seafood - Pre-order as to not be left in the dust.  Enjoy some great seafood this weekend. email jordanbrothersseafood@yahoo.com

Sea Scallops   1/2lb    11.00  
Atlantic Salmon   8/9oz   9.00  
Haddock fillet   13/14oz   15.00
 Cod fillet   9/10oz   10.00  
Pollock fillet   1415oz   10.00  
Hake fillet   10/12oz   10.00
 Monkfish fillet   10/12oz   12.00  
Swordfish???   10/12oz   14.00   
Flounder???   8/9oz   12.00
 Fresh Lobster Meat   1/2lb   38.00  
Frozen Lobster Meat   2lb bag    72.00  
Native Crabmeat???   1/2lb   17.00
 Frozen Shrimp 26/30ct (peeled & deveined)   3lb bag   48.00  
Frozen Cleaned Squid   1lb   10.00
 Frozen Minced Clams   1lb   6.00  
Frozen Stuffed Clams   5oz   2.00ea  
Cooked Shrimp   1/2lb   10.00
 PEI Mussels   2lb   6.00  
Littleneck Clams   1doz   7.00  
Oysters   1/2doz   7.00  
Crab Bisque   20oz  7.00
Clam Chowder   20oz   7.00  
Lobster Bisque   20oz   7.00  
Shrimp and Corn Chowder   20oz   7.00
 
Product availability and pricing subject to change
 
MEDFIELD FARMERS MARKET CSA
 
 
We are pleased to announce that White Barn Farm will be offering a CSA pick up location at the Medfield farmers market (Thursdays) this coming season.  We participated in this market last year and really enjoyed it.  If you are from Medfield or the surrounding towns and want to participate in a CSA, now is your chance.  If you know anyone that would be interested please pass along this information.  Thank you all for the support.
Sign Up Now.
 
White Barn FARM CSA 
It is not too late to invest in your neighborhood farm.  Right now, funds raised by your CSA investment are paying for much of the labor it takes to get a farm off the ground (or in the ground?) each spring.  Seeding for future food can take a lot of time and energy. We hire a great crew of local folks to accomplish this time sensitive task.  Your investment in future food begins now.
sign up for one of our CSA programs, or both!
 
We are hiring for 2018 season
Have you ever been interested in working at White Barn Farm?  Here is your chance.  We still have a few seasonal jobs left.  Check them out here;
http://www.whitebarnfarm.org/ Go to menu, click the tab for employment 
 
Meet your Farmer
White Barn Farm will be represented at really cool event this Thursday, March 22nd (yes, tomorrow).  Savvy is a women's alliance promoting non-toxic living.  They have chapters in our surrounding towns.  Check out their website: Savvy Women's Alliance 
If you want to come and hang out with White Barn Farm and other local farmers come on down to Norfolk Library this Thursday.  Click here for Details about the event.
"great food is worth the adventure"-Savvy
 
Thank You
This email was action packed, with a lot of information.  Thank you all so much for all the support.  Our greatest marketing tool is word of mouth.  Every Friday I meet another person who was recommended by someone to come to the farm.  We do our best to provide you all with a high quality farm experience.  So please spread the good word of the farm through face to face chit chat, email, facebook, instagram, etc.  Much love from all of us at white barn farm.
thank you
Chris, Christy, and Graham
  
 
 
 
 

 

 

Posted 3/15/2018 10:37am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

OH My

Where has the week gone? These March snow storms have kept us on our toes.  We have been moving around snow to access our greenhouses, and hightunnels, so that we can provide everyone with greens for this Friday, and produce for the upcoming season.  The latest Nor Easter has thrown off our weekly schedule, but better late then never?!  Our online market is up to date and you may place your orders for pick up this Friday in the barn 12-6.  Jordan Brothers Seafood is there 2pm to 6pm. Here is the no frills email for this week.  I will leave with this:

Let the food of New England winters inspire, nourish, and feed your souls and your mind.  Hold on to winter while we can, get out and explore this great region, by foot, snowshoe, ski, snowboard, XC ski, sled.  Return home to a soup, braised meats, roasted roots, local cheese board, bright winter salad.  This is the season that makes us great new England folks who we are.  Hearty, happy, and hungry.  See you folks on friday. - Farmer Chris

VIRTUAL MARKET is OPEN for service. Place your order by Friday at 6am. Make sure to "checkout" so your order is sent to us. Then pay by cash, check, Farmstand CSA card, or credit card when you pick up.

*As always, if you don't get your order in, you are still welcome to come shop our bare bones barn set up and see what Bobby Jordan brought in the fish wagon. Ask the farmers what frozen meats are in the freezer, and check out the cheese selection. There should be PLENTY of spinach, carrots, beets, potatoes, onions, kohlrabi, and eggs to name a few!

DONT FORGET THESE WONDERFUL FARM HAPPENINGS

LAUREN HULBIG FLORAL DESIGN Workshops at White Barn Farm

The first one - a bulb planter workshop - is on Saturday, March 24th, 10am to 12pm in White Barn Farm's greenhouse! White Barn Farm will provide coffee and tea. Inspired guests are encouraged to bring a snack to share - think finger-food pot luck brunch!

Commit to good food!!!

Spring shares, summer shares, winter shares, and CSA Cards are all still available! Click the links to sign up and/or reserve your shares, then complete the process by sending in a check payable to White Barn Farm. (po box 207, wrentham, ma 02093).

Your investment in White Barn Farm is always useful and greatly appreciated.

CSA CARD SIGN UP (load a debit style card to be used anytime on anything we sell at the farmstand. minimum of $200. Pay before April 1st and we give you a 10% bonus!!!!!!) ONLY 15 MORE DAYS OF THIS AWESOME DEAL!!!

CSA SHARE SIGN UP (weekly assortment selected by the farmers and collected by you at the farmstand. $20/week)

FISH

Every friday 2-6 Jordan Brothers seafood is represented at the farm stand.  You can pre order for pick up at the farm (or just come shop).  Email pre-orders to jordanbrothersseafood@Yahoo.com

 

 

Posted 3/8/2018 9:55am by christy kantlehner.

 Hello! Again! Thanks for enduring the weekly email barrage from your not-quite-in-the-height-of-the-season-farmers!

And now Farmer Chris:

This weeks Farm Happenings

VIRTUAL MARKET is OPEN for service. Place your order by Friday at 6am. Make sure to "checkout" so your order is sent to us. Then pay by cash, check, Farmstand CSA card, or credit card when you pick up.

Point, click, buy, arrive, easy as PIE!!! I wish we had pie available (if anyone has a pie connection?)

But you can make your own.  They may not be the sweet pies that you think of, but what is a pie? something round that you eat.  Here are two suggestions for pie like items that should fill appetites all weekend long.

My Dad is from New York City and we call pizza, pie.  Every friday we would order 2 pies from Rossinnis pizza in East Hampton, CT.  Still in the top five pizza places on my list.  We can debate this at the market, i love talking pizza!!!

You can make the dough (google "pizza dough" - tons of recipes come up) or you can buy your dough (editor's note: especially from the Franklin Shaw's!) For people avoiding gluten i have seen a couple of dough substitutes in whole foods both corn based and cauliflower based. (Shield your eyes, Andrea Debaggis!)

Pizza Ideas from Farmer Chris

Mushroom, spinach, ricotta pizza (red sauce or olive oil). Editor's note: All of these ingredients can "express" a lot of moisture and make your crust soggy so it is best to cook your mushrooms (don't add salt until the end so they get that lovely golden brown - sautéed in butter with garlic and chopped fresh herbs or a pinch of dry herbs is my fave). and cook your spinach - steam, drain or squeeze, coarsely chop or sauté w/ olive oil and garlic. then finish with modest dollops of that BOMB ricotta from Narragansett creamery.

Caramelized onion, spicy Italian sausage, mozzarella (red sauce or olive oil)

Thinly sliced potato, rosemary, garlic adelisca cheese, possible fried egg

of course all of these PIES can be finished with Mikes Micros, i would suggest the arugula, or the garden mix.

Frittata is a savory pie (quiche) without the crust from italy.  Great lets do it.  i love Frittata because i can eat them for breakfast lunch and dinner.  Gluten free, full of protein, and great for all ages.  This is great winter dish because you can put anything in it.  Things that can go in: spinach, cheese, shallot, onion, mushrooms, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots.  And Pair that with Mikes MICROS, your all good for the weekend! i will let Alton brown help you construct this PIE for you.

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/frittata-recipe-1941312

 

Announcing:
LAUREN HULBIG FLORAL DESIGN Workshops at White Barn Farm

One way we are trying to connect with more customers is through workshops.  Activities at the farm are a great way for our community to see the farm through a different lens, learn something, and have a great time accompanied by people with similar interests and best of all, surrounded by natural beauty.  These workshops make great gifts, and are an excellent way to reconnect with family and friends.  If you have always wanted to learn about bulbs, flower arranging, centerpieces, wreaths, terrariums, etc... Check out the schedule and pick your favorites.  Do one or do them all its going to be great time.  These have sold out in the past so sign up pronto. The first one - a bulb planter workshop - is on Saturday, March 24th, 10am to 12pm in White Barn Farm's greenhouse! White Barn Farm will provide coffee and tea. Inspired guests are encouraged to bring a snack to share - think finger-food pot luck brunch!

Commit to good food!!!

Spring shares, summer shares, winter shares, and CSA Cards are all still available! Click the links to sign up and/or reserve your shares, then complete the process by sending in a check payable to White Barn Farm. (po box 207, wrentham, ma 02093).

Your investment in White Barn Farm is always useful and greatly appreciated.

CSA CARD SIGN UP (load a debit style card to be used anytime on anything we sell at the farmstand. minimum of $200. Pay before April 1st and we give you a 10% bonus!!!!!!)

CSA SHARE SIGN UP (weekly assortment selected by the farmers and collected by you at the farmstand. $20/week)

FISH

Every friday 2-6 Jordan Brothers seafood is represented at the farm stand.  You can pre order for pick up at the farm (or just come shop).  Email pre-orders to jordanbrothersseafood@Yahoo.com

OPTIONAL READING! A little easy reading for your pleasure . . .

A big step for Organic food.  I wanted to share with you an article I came across today, although it is not about the type of farming we do.  We are a minuscule diversified veggie growing operation in the middle of suburbia. What we do is important, but this news is good for a very large slice of Earth! Converting large-scale grain growing operations to organic is important.  From what the article says the land management will change to something more sustainable for our future.  Anytime we can convert enormous agrochemical farms to soil-building, carbon-sequestering, chemical-free growing systems, it's a win for our planet and future generations!!  Plus i do love annies MAC N Cheese. (Editor's note: Yep! Consumer Demand has driven this shift! Your vote does matter! Just vote with your wallet!)

(Editor did not read this part before making preceding comment. ha!) Another take away from the article is "to meet growing consumer need".  If there is a growing need for organic Annies mac and cheese, then there must be growing need for organic produce.  We are all trying to feed our families healthier and more thoughtfully.  White Barn can provide that for you and your family.

Thanks for everything!

Chris, Christy, Graham

Posted 3/1/2018 7:48am by christy kantlehner.

Howdy Farm followers!

We have decided to postpone our Weekly Virtual Winter Market Pick-up to this Sunday, March 4th, 11am to 2pm, in the barn. Email us if you have already placed an order and can't make it Sunday - we can work something out.

We just got a call from Bobby Jordan saying that the weather was going to be so bad that he would not be able to make it on Friday. This lead to us to scrutinize the weather report more closely and determine that 30mph winds are predicted on Friday, along with several inches of rain. That would translate to an awful mess of our dirt driveway and a very unpleasant outing for our customers (or perhaps the lack thereof). So your orders will be packed for you Sunday morning and ready to go. 11am to 2pm.

Good news! You have extra time to get your orders in! Online market will be open until Sunday morning at 7am. Pre-orders are highly recommended as we will not be putting a lot of extra stuff out for "a la carte" purchase.

Sorry, no Jordan Bros. Seafood Truck this week.

I hope everyone is doing as well as we are during this in-between winter and spring state of mind/state of nature.  One day we are at 65 degrees the next week its going to snow.  Who really knows what to do?  Our propagation house gives us a fairly consistent environment that is ideal for starting seeds.  We will be spending most of our days around the seeding table preparing flats and planting seeds.  This task can be at times the most tedious, but always rewarding.  Knowing that these little seeds will provide copious amounts of food for our neighbors is a great blessing!!!

already sprouting!

By the end of this week we should have seeded onions, celery, celery root, kale, chard, leeks, parsley, swiss chard, parsley, scallions, greenhouse tomatoes, and beets.  Thank you all for your terrific response to our plea for early CSA money - it has gone directly to buying seeds. 

White Barn is always trying to improve our growing system to provide more food for more people.  We want to provide our neighbors more variety of food throughout the year.  Some of the ways we would like to do that is to purchase 3 more caterpillar tunnels, extend our smaller high tunnel to 100 ft, and make a 4 season wash station compliant with new federal food safety regulations.  When you purchase a white barn farm CSA card or CSA share your money goes directly to purchases that provide those higher yields, more efficient washing, and season extension (=resiliency in the face of wildly erratic climate patterns).  It is not too late to commit to good food!!!!!

SPINACH

The days are getting longer and warmer.  That means the spinach is growing!!! The past few weeks we've had 1/2 lb bags for $5.50 - a reflection of how long it takes to harvest slow-growing winter leaves. The spinach leaves are now bigger and more abundant and therefore much faster to harvest! As a result, 1/2 lb bags are $5 this week and we are adding a 1 lb option for $9. Check out everything else that suits your local seasonal fancy.  Its going to be a great week to cook food provided by your farmers!!

 

look at that spinach grow! 

See Y'all Sunday! Thanks for being such a resilient customer base!

Christy, Chris, and Graham Kantlehner!

Posted 2/21/2018 8:12am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Howdy Team!

Reminders:

  • Place an order on the virtual winter market to pick up this Friday at the Barn!


  

*As Always, if you don't get your order in, feel free to stop in and browse for extra produce and provisions! And the meat freezer is fully stocked. Jordan Brothers always brings plenty of fresh fish to supply you with a quick, easy, healthy meal. We are open for walk-ins 12-6. Jordan Bros. arrives at 2 and stays until 6pm.

$$$$ TIME TO BUY THE SEEDS! $$$$

  • Send in a check to purchase or reload a farmstand CSA card to spend at White Barn Farm all season long (including now!) IMPORTANT: we add 10% to your card if we receive your payment by April 1st

If you appreciate these dirt farmers in the center of suburbia, consider throwing down a minimum of $200 bucks and we essentially give you a free $20* to spend at our farmstand. The card does not expire. It works just like a debit card. You may spend it on anything we sell at the farmstand (one exception: seafood). 

  • Sign-ups for our CSA are happening now! We are offering an early Spring Share, 20 week Summer Share, and a biweekly Fall Share. We're even offering a Medfield Farmers Market pickup this year. Claim your spot by "purchasing" online, and then mail a check to complete your order.

This year we are skipping the box and allowing you to collect your share right off the farmstand shelves. The farmer-selected share will be indicated on signage at the farmstand. Just bring your bag, fill it with the items listed, check in with the cashier, and voila! The value will hover around $20 per week - a share that even a household of two can manage in a week. (We originally packed shares that were almost $30/week - often too much for busy or small households.)

CSA = Community Supported Agriculture

You are the Community! We are the Agriculture!

 

We need each and every one of you! We have had an amazing core of stalwart supporters for the ten! years we've been going now. But now we need everyone nearby who eats food! Please let your pals know they can in effect "vote" for local food and open space by supporting their local farms!

Let's fill up our CSA spots and set records for CSA card sales! Social media just informed me that it is national CSA Day this Friday. What the heck! We'll take it!

see what the farmers are up to on Instagram @whitebarnfarmers

We also have a White Barn Farm Facebook page

Spring is on its way! Let the sunshine warm your face and soak in all the beautiful moments on this earth, even if it seems like all we hear is bad news. Pay forward your good energy - it's got to help!

Your Spinach-Picking Farmer Friends,

Christy and Chris

www.whitebarnfarm.org

p.s. Jordan Bros. email from this week:

email jordanbrothersseafood@yahoo.com to pre-order

Sea Scallops   1/2lb   11.00  
Atlantic Salmon   8/9oz   9.00   
Haddock fillet   13/14oz   15.00
Pollock fillet   14/15oz   10.00  
Hake fillet   10/12oz   10.00  
Monkfish   10/12oz   12.00
Fresh Lobster Meat   1/2lb   35.00  
Cooked Shrimp   1/2lb   10.00  
Native Crabmeat   1/2lb   17.00
Frozen Raw Shrimp 26/30ct (peeled and deveined)   3lb bag   48.00  
Frozen Cleaned Squid   1lb   10.00
Frozen Minced Clams   1lb   6.00  
Frozen Stuffed Clams   5oz   2.00ea  
Greysole???   8/9oz   12.00
Swordfish???   10/12oz   14.00   
PEI Mussels   2lb   6.00  
Littleneck Clams   1doz   7.00
Oysters   1/2doz   7.00  
Clam Chowder   20oz   7.00  
Shrimp and Corn Chowder   20oz   7.00
Lobster Bisque   20oz   7.00  
Crab Bisque   20oz   7.00
 

 

 

 

Posted 2/14/2018 9:30am by christy kantlehner.

Waaahoooo!!!!! 

Editor's Note: Can you tell Chris wrote this email:)

The market is open for the week.  This has been an extremely successful winter season for us and we can't thank you all enough for your consistent support to local food.  And for any of you who have not purchased from our market, this could be your first week.  It's a very easy, straightforward process.  Just click what you want, submit your order, and come to the barn Friday from 12-6 and your order will be ready for you.  Plus we have plenty of variety to appease your culinary aspirations.  Don't miss out on seasonal eating with White Barn Farm.

We have some new items this week, in addition to items that have made a comeback thanks to a surplus from Upswing Farm. 

  • TOFU

A great new product to fulfill your your vegetarian needs.  Christy and I do eat meat, but we try to make sure that at least 2 of our dinners a week are meatless. Super healthy and super clean way to eat keeps us going all week long.  Heiwa tofu is produced by a family in Rockport, Maine.  The soybeans are organic (and therefore non-GMO) and produced from farms in Maine and New England. https://www.heiwatofu.com/

  • Chicken Sausage - Garlic Parm or Sweet Italian

Pat's Pastured Poultry has so much to offer and we are slowly adding more of Pat's products to our virtual market.  Each week they deliver pasture-raised, grass fed, Non Gmo fed, humanely raised, tasty products for our consumption. Give these chicken sausages a taste. Varieties are garlic parm, and sweet italian.

  • Celery root

A few of you have asked "where is the celery root?" and now we have an answer. "Its here!!!"  These bad boys were grown organically at Upswing Farm. Don't be alarmed by their robust size! Try roasting, shredding, or adding to your beef stew this weekend.

   

Editor's Note: This montage was put together by me (Christy). This is my valentine, Chris, through the seasons. He has a lot of love in his heart and his enthusiasm is pretty contagious!

from the mind of FARMER CHRIS:

I love to eat, grow, and cook food.  I don't really use recipes all to often.  I cook from the heart, creatively, and seasonally.  Here are some food ideas for dinner (they also make great leftovers).  Please follow us on instagram (@whitebarnfarmers) to see the occasional picture of what our family eats.  And don't be shy to share on facebook what you have concocted this week on  the White Barn Farm facebook page. Your meal could inspire a whole horde of farm shoppers!

Tofu stir fry

1. Get some rice going, white, brown, basmati, carolina, it doesn't really matter it will all taste good. (we use a cheapo rice cooker - works great)

2. Chop up your seasonal produce from virtual market onions, garlic, carrots, dried cayenne pepper, celery root, mushrooms, TOFU. (Editor's note: at this time of year I do indulge in some grocery store veggie purchases - like orange organic sweet peppers - a good addition to this recipe)

3. Heat pan with some canola oil (you can purchase from virtual market).  this step is important, vegetables like warm pans.

4. Add veggies in this order and make sure they soften up a little. Onions, dried cayenne, carrots, celery root, mushrooms, TOFU, garlic last (the most flavor)

5. Add Soy sauce, ginger paste (or fresh), maple syrup (great local sub for sesame oil) rice wine vinegar, maybe a little beer or wine for flavor.  I dont measure stuff just add and taste it will turn out great. Cook veggies through.

6. Add a bag of spinach

7. Add rice and enjoy this superfood stir fry!!!!!

total cook and prep time with getting some dishes done 45 minutes

pro tip: put some of your favorite tunes on, lately we have been enjoying The Wood Brothers

IF you are anti-tofu, then you can sub with some great pasture raised  chicken.

I will do my best each week to give you simple recipes. Next week tacos (GF)

FISH

As always Jordan Brothers Seafood will be set up, here is the list of offerings he has this week.  If you can preorder it makes it easier for all of us. jordanbrothersseafood@yahoo.com

Sea Scallops   1/2lb   11.00  

Atlantic Salmon   8/9oz   9.00  

Haddock fillet   13/14oz   15.00

Pollock fillet   14/15oz   10.00  

Hake fillet   10/12oz   10.00  
Monkfish fillet   10/12oz   12.00
Cooked Shrimp   1/2lb   10.00  
Frozen Raw Shrimp (peeled & deveined)   26/30ct   3lb bag   48.00
Native Crabmeat   1/2lb   17.00   
Frozen Minced Clams   1lb   6.00  
Stuffed Clams   5oz   2.00ea
PEI Mussels   2lb   6.00  
Littleneck Clams   1doz   7.00  
Oysters   1/2doz   7.00
Clam Chowder   20oz   7.00  
Shrimp & Corn Chowder    20oz   7.00  
Lobster Bisque   20oz   7.00
Crab Bisque   20oz   7.00  
Frozen Cleaned Squid   1lb.   10.00
 
Product availability and pricing subject to change