Grown by small family farms caring for their soil, our October share has 20 different vegetables at the peak of ripe, nutritious freshness--so much color and flavor emblematic of a spectacular harvest year! Thanks to enough warmth and moisture at the right times, timely spring thawing and fall frost, and the expertise and care … Continue reading Fabulous October Share starring 20 vegetables!
I've fielded some questions lately from our members about the quality of and sources of the food that is in our shares and offered as Extras. I think some of the answers below might help folks in general get a better view of where to go for good food and some of the broader implications. With … Continue reading Organic and Local (or Eating Romaine in Spite of the Ban!)
Hard frost hit the Pioneer Valley this week spelling the end of summer crops, but the beginning of wonderful for many of our fall and winter foods which get their best flavor and storage quality after such cold temperatures. The fields are getting tucked into bed with their cover crop covers now nicely green and … Continue reading Sweet and hardy after the frost! Late October Farm Share
May has shown us a blast of summer and bit more winter, but the soil is warming and our farms are rolling along, with plants going in the field since mid-April-- "About four acres of crops are in the ground, including: just germinating spinach, carrot, beet, and radish seeds; greenhouse transplants of lettuce, scallions, kale, radicchio, … Continue reading Summer Shares starting first of June! May 31 early bird signup for winter shares
We're in the green for our share tomorrow! With the relatively mild winter and moderate snow, Riverland's winter greens have been happy under their winter cover and are accessible to harvest right from the field today. In case we get a February dump of snow like we did last year when the harvest became impossible*, … Continue reading January Share Pickup, Fresh Spinach!, Menu for the Month
Brrr....It's a crazy windy day out there. The upside might be that some of the snow from this past week will be blown off of the low tunnels at Riverland so that there aren't mountains to dig into come harvest day this week. Remember these photos from last month's share blog? Well just imagine what … Continue reading Last Deep Winter (February 7) Share Box
Every October 24 (this Friday), Food Day brings together eaters, chefs, farmers, families, local food advocates, food policymakers, and many more around the country in celebration of real food, food and farmworker justice, and healthy diets. All 50 states host events from cooking demonstrations and taste tests to panel discussions and child education. There is … Continue reading National Food Day
and will it be enough, or too much, for my family? I spoke with a couple of folks yesterday who were wondering about this. I think the best way to answer the question is to check out the 2009 share content lists: October 2009, November 2009, and December 2009. You might also find shareholder reviews … Continue reading What’s in the winter share,
Every organic farm has a farm fleet -- the equipment needed to make farming economically, environmentally and physically sustainable. On a recent working visit to Riverland Farm, I came across one of the nicest pieces of farm transport I've seen in some time. That's a blue Schwinn in front of a field of garlic; big … Continue reading Farm Fleet
A friend asked me why I love to farm. I love farming because it's hard (physically) and challenging (intellectually) and it's political and social and fun (except when it's snowing, and then it's an adventure). Unlike so many other occupations where compromises must be made, organic farming is totally consistent with my most deeply held … Continue reading Why Farm?