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Posted 7/7/2014 10:15am by Rodney Hornbake.
Farmstand by Reservation returns this Tuesday July 8 from 3-6p!!
We know many of you will be excited to see its return because many of you have been asking and waiting patiently.
 
How does the Farmstand By Reservation work.
At the bottom of this email you will find a list of crops along with their pricing that are available for this Tuesday only. All you need to do is respond to this email keeping the original subject of the email. In the body of your email please list for me the crop and quantity much the way I have listed them here. After you have sent your email please wait for a confirmation email with your total cost. When you receive your confirmation you have successfully reserved your veggies and can come to the farmstand on Tuesday between the hours of 3pm and 6pm. Please bring payment (cash or check) and a carrying bag. 
 
 
This week by reservation:
 
Napa Cabbage- $5/head
Head Lettuce(gorgeous huge heads)- $4
Pac Choi(for stir fries)- $5/head
Baby Pac Choi- $4/bunch
Snap Peas(1/2lb bags) $4/ea
Snow Peas(1/2lb bags) $4/ea
Scarlet Turnips(for salads or roasting) $3/bunch
Wild Wood Sorrel(adds a citrus zing to salads and savory dishes) $3/bunch
Joshua town rd Maple syrup $20/qt $7.75/pt
Really Free-ranged Eggs-$6/dz
California grown cold pressed extra-virgin Olive oil 17oz bottle $12

Michael Melillo

Land Steward

New Mercies Farm

203-427-3953

Posted 7/7/2014 9:52am by Rodney Hornbake.


Hi Folks!

 

Thank you for all of your support this season by visiting our stand the the Lyme Farmer's Market! We sure hope you are enjoying our produce and feeling the love within them.  At this point in the season all of our fields have been cultivated and planted into all of the sweet and delicious summer vegetables we will all enjoy for weeks to come.  Now is the time when we turn our attention to the maintenance of the fields namely weeding and pruning and watering.  We could use just two hours of your time this week to help us with these endeavors. If this is your first time volunteering with us we'd like to send you home with one of our very own reusable shopping bags printed with our farm's logo as a token of our appreciation.  So if you can spare the time please contact me either by the phone number below or by replying to this message. This is also an opportunity for all of us to get to know our food and our neighbors a little bit more and to enjoy the serenity that New Mercies Farm imbues. We hope to see you there.

Best Wishes and Happiness,

Michael Melillo

Land Steward

New Mercies Farm

203-427-3953

Posted 6/1/2014 8:00pm by Rodney Hornbake.

Hello everyone. The time has finally come for the first pick up for the 2014 growing season!!! It is also Opening Day for the Lyme Farmer's Market! We have some great looking produce for everyone like leeks, radicchio, salad mix, pac choi, kale and swiss chard.

Your pick up is scheduled for:
Saturday June 7 from 9a - 12
At The Lyme Farmer's Market
At Ashlawn Farms Coffee
72 Bill Hill Rd, Old Lyme
 
Please remember to bring tote bags to carry all of your freshly picked veggies home in. If you do not have sufficient carrying bags we have some great looking totes with our farm logo for $3/ea
 
Your membership also gives you a 10% discount on all farmer's market produce and products like brick oven french bread and ciabatta rolls from Al Forno's of Old Saybrook baked fresh that morning just for New Mercies Farm , micro-batched maple syrup from Fat Stone Farm of Joshuatown Rd in Old Lyme, and delicious olive oil made in California. 

 

Posted 6/1/2014 7:54pm by Rodney Hornbake.

Hello everyone. The time has finally come for the first pick up for the 2014 growing season!!! We have some great looking produce for everyone like leeks, radicchio, salad mix, pac choi, kale and swiss chard.

Your pick up is scheduled for:

Tues June 3, 3-5p

Please remember to bring tote bags to carry all of your freshly picked veggies home in. If you do not have sufficient carrying bags we have some great looking totes with our farm logo for $3/ea

Also, opening day for the Lyme farmer's market is this coming Saturday, June 7 from 9a-12 located at Ashlawn Farm Coffe, 72 Bill Hill Rd. Old Lyme.

Your membership gives you a 10% discount on all farmer's market produce and products like brick oven french bread and ciabatta rolls from Al Forno's of Old Saybrook baked fresh that morning just for New Mercies Farm , micro-batched maple syrup from Fat Stone Farm of Joshuatown Rd in Old Lyme, and delicious olive oil made in California. 

Posted 5/28/2014 9:23pm by Rodney Hornbake.
 
 
Heirloom Vegetable Plant Sale!
Saturday May 31 11am-4pm
 
at
 
New Mercies Farm
256 Beaver Brook Rd, Lyme
203-427-3953
 
Heirloom Varieties of Tomato, Eggplant, Kale.
Also available Broccoli, Swiss Chard, Red Cabbage
 
Also If you pre-ordered your plants you can pick them up at this time as well.
 
Supplies are limited!

 

 

Posted 5/15/2014 8:46pm by Rodney Hornbake.

Hi Folks!  Due to the busyness of this weekend and next weekend being Memorial Day I am rescheduling the seedling pre-order pick up day to May 31. For those of you who did not pre-order there will be various vegetable seedlings for sale. Hope you all can make it. 

Seedling Pre-order Pick up May 31 9-3pm 

 

Posted 5/14/2014 10:15pm by Rodney Hornbake.
Farm Stand By Reservation
Friday May 16 3-5pm
Deadline for orders Friday May 16 8am
 
 
Short list of veggies this week as we make our transition from the greenhouse crops to the field crops.
 
Red Russian Kale by the 1/2 bag $4
Radicchio by the head $4
Radish by the bunch(limit one per order) $2
Eggs $6
Loose Leaf Lettuce by the bag $4
Posted 5/11/2014 7:20am by Rodney Hornbake.

   Early Friday Morning our Mama Hen-to-be Penelope birthed two beautiful chicks! And over the next two days she has hatched out two more! Arriving at her nest this Mother's Day morning I was in high anticipation of what mine eyes would see. She was tenderly coddling 4 beautiful peeping chicks with 6 more on the way!  What a way to celebrate Mother's Day!  Two more mama hens-to-be, Whitney and Petunia, are tending ever so diligently to their clutch of eggs due to hatch in the next two weeks as well. And just last week our bee keeper Dicky Lee, upon inspection of the hive noticed, that just after two weeks of establishing the hive, the Queen bee busy at work laying her eggs. A profound occurrence being that, according to Dicky, a Queen doesn't usually begin laying her eggs until at least a month. So he aptly named her "Fertile Myrtle."

When occurrences like these line up it is easy to speculate at fist glance  that these can all be considered matters of coincidence. But regardless of what our human senses can comprehend, it is upon witnessing these seeming coincidences that I reflect on the importance of the situation in my life rather than try to decipher the mystery it poses.  What is it about Mother's that makes this day worth celebrating?  My first impression is how dedicated a mother must be to care and nurture us in the time we are most frail and defenseless. She puts all of her own immediate desires aside and devotes her love and attention  to her youngs perfect health and growth. She is there from the very beginning seeing to every need and putting forth every bit of energy she has towards her new born.  It takes no imagination to realize the depth of her strength to persevere any challenge that raising a new born brings. To see first and most clearly our struggles and limitations and still allow us to right our wrongs, She in her own right is a symbol of perfect love.

Our Penelope has given first life to New Mercies Farm and for this we are bestowed the honor of witnessing the creation of Life. Though home birthing is no simple feat and her challenges to raise her young amidst a dangerous world lay in stone before her she is doing the best she can.  And this is the closing thought I'd like to leave you all with this Mother's Day morning.  Our mother's no matter if she has passed on from our daily embraces or through the challenges of family matters has grown apart from us they are doing the best they can.  No matter what our eyes can see our our minds can understand to the contrary, we are all doing our best to live our lives as peaceful as we can.  



With Love and Deepest Gratitude,

From all of us here at New Mercies Farm,

Happy Mother's Day

Posted 5/11/2014 6:25am by Michael Melillo.

Early Friday Morning our Mama Hen-to-be Penelope birthed two beautiful chicks! And over the next two days she has hatched out two more! Arriving at her nest this Mother's Day morning I was in high anticipation of what mine eyes would see. She was tenderly coddling 4 beautiful peeping chicks with 6 more on the way!  What a way to celebrate Mother's Day!  Two more mama hens-to-be, Whitney and Petunia, are tending ever so diligently to their clutch of eggs due to hatch in the next two weeks as well. And just last week our bee keeper Dicky Lee, upon inspection of the hive noticed, that just after two weeks of establishing the hive, the Queen bee busy at work laying her eggs. A profound occurrence being that, according to Dicky, a Queen doesn't usually begin laying her eggs until at least a month. So he aptly named her "Fertile Myrtle."

When occurrences like these line up it is easy to speculate at fist glance  that these can all be considered matters of coincidence. But regardless of what our human senses can comprehend, it is upon witnessing these seeming coincidences that I reflect on the importance of the situation in my life rather than try to decipher the mystery it poses.  What is it about Mother's that makes this day worth celebrating?  My first impression is how dedicated a mother must be to care and nurture us in the time we are most frail and defenseless. She puts all of her own immediate desires aside and devotes her love and attention  to her youngs perfect health and growth. She is there from the very beginning seeing to every need and putting forth every bit of energy she has towards her new born.  It takes no imagination to realize the depth of her strength to persevere any challenge that raising a new born brings. To see first and most clearly our struggles and limitations and still allow us to right our wrongs, She in her own right is a symbol of perfect love.

Our Penelope has given first life to New Mercies Farm and for this we are bestowed the honor of witnessing the creation of Life. Though home birthing is no simple feat and her challenges to raise her young amidst a dangerous world lay in stone before her she is doing the best she can.  And this is the closing thought I'd like to leave you all with this Mother's Day morning.  Our mother's no matter if she has passed on from our daily embraces or through the challenges of family matters has grown apart from us they are doing the best they can.  No matter what our eyes can see our our minds can understand to the contrary, we are all doing our best to live our lives as peaceful as we can.   

 

                                                                                      Penelope and her new born chicks on Mother's Day

With Love and Deepest Gratitude,

From all of us here at New Mercies Farm

Happy Mother's Day

Posted 5/6/2014 8:20pm by Rodney Hornbake.


Hello Folks,

We are now offering a CSA option for singles or those with smaller vegetable needs.  The membership is 18wks long just like the other memberships and will cost $20/wk or $360 for the season.  Space for all memberships is still available but filling up. Visit our website and reserve your share of wholesome organic goodness today.

Thank you,

Michael Melillo

Land Steward

New Mercies Farm

203-427-3953