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White Barn Farmstand Updates

Posted 6/22/2016 10:56am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Hello Everyone! Happy Summer!

We were welcomed into the season with a clap of thunder and a downpour of much needed rain. We'll take it! The last big planting of the season is going in today (Winter Squash at Upswing Farm) and then we will settle into the routine of harvest, weed, and continue with smaller succession plantings to keep a continuous supply of fresh produce coming your way!

For anyone who hasn't noticed, we are open A LOT! 
 
Summer Hours at White Barn Farmstand:
Tuesday through Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 10am to 2pm
the Seafood Truck is at the farmstand Tuesdays & Fridays: 2pm to 6pm
closed Mondays
 
**** WE WILL BE CLOSED SUNDAY, JULY 3RD *********
so make sure to stock up for your barbecues on Saturday, July 2nd.
 
If you want to experience the fun and fanfare of a bustling farmer's market, find Brittany and Sara selling our produce at the Upswing Farm booth at the Ashland Farmer's Market on Saturdays: 9am to 1pm.
 
There are a couple of new developments at the farmstand - 
We built a mobile cooler to keep the produce even fresher. Our investment last year of getting electricity at the farmstand has given us the opportunity.
We have a new small display refrigerator for eggs and bagged greens. Don't miss them! Make sure to peek inside to see what we have.
 
EGGS
We have altered our delivery routine to restaurants in Providence so that we can rendezvous with Pat's Pastured at the farmer's market they do in Providence and bring back enough eggs to keep up with the demand. We hope to be able to keep up and no longer turn away disappointed shoppers when we are out of eggs! We will also continue to have the fabulous eggs from Birchwold Farm in Wrentham when available.
 
GREENS
The unstoppable team of Brittany with her dedicated direct seeding and our talented crew wielding our new greens harvester is keeping us supplied with salad greens. Right now we have half pound bags of Arugula and also "Tall, Dark, and Handsome Mix," Brittany's custom blend of mustard greens for salad! We are even trying new bags for better presentation. Find these tasty greens in our little fridge (so they stay at top quality). If it appears we are out of something, it is worth asking, because we likely have more to restock with in the big cooler.
 
Summer Crops are coming in! The high tunnel filled with cucumbers seems to be paying off! We added screen to exclude cucumber beetles this year and so far it is working. The plants are also trellised to maximize use of space and allow for nearly perfect fruit, as they hang straight down rather than curling on the ground where they are also more prone to insect damage.
Our earliest planting of zucchini is producing too! For our first planting, we choose varieties that can grow under row cover where pollination is not possible and still set fruit (parthenocarpic). Make sure to try our cool Lebanese variety with the pale green skin, Segev. Everyone knows tomatoes and basil go well together, but don't miss the opportunity to enjoy basil with zucchini! Zucchini and Basil Carbonara
 
HERBS
Basil is available in two forms - bags of basil tips and also plants that are ready to harvest!
Parsley is on, and look for Cilantro to return this week, too.
These herbs are excellent choices for making a delicious slaw with all of the wonderful cabbages that are ready now, too! This is one of my favorite slaw recipes: Thai Style Cabbage with Fresh Herb Dressing
Lavender bundles went out today! These can be dried by hanging upside down out of sunlight to be enjoyed all year. Fresh lavender can be used for making a simple syrup to add to lemonade or fancy cocktails, Lavender flowers have all sorts of culinary uses - butter cookies, ice cream, panna cotta - Foodies get researching!
 
COMPOST DEAL
We have 40 lb bags of McEnroe Organic Compost, $10 per bag or 2 bags for $15. Mega Deal!
Any plants going in will benefit from some compost being mixed into their planting hole. You could also hoe or scratch some compost into the surface of garden beds with perennials before putting a fresh layer of mulch down. Good soil is the key to plant health!
 
Keep Stopping in to see what is available! We appreciate your support so much! Hope to see you soon!
 
 - the "super farm" team