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Posted 5/5/2014 5:27pm by Rodney Hornbake.


Hi Folks,

By Reservation

Pick up Tues May 6. Order by Monday May 6 Tues, 8am

 

This week will be the last of the kale and swiss chard. 

Available this week:

Kale by the 1/2lb bunch $4/bu

Swiss Chard by the 1/2lb bunch $4/bu

Loose Leaf Lettuce by the bunch $4/bu

Radicchio by the head $4/hd

Kale florets by the pound $6/lb

Radishes limit to one bunch $2/bu

Mustard Greens by the 1/2lb bunch $4/bu

Eggs $6/dz

 

Michael Melillo

Land Steward

New Mercies Farm

203-427-3953

Posted 4/29/2014 12:56pm by Rodney Hornbake.


Hi Folks!

Pick up will be Thursday May 1 3p-5p. Deadline for orders Weds 8pm.
Limited quantities on some produce this week so not all requests will be fulfilled.
I will send an email confirmation of your oder

 

New this week:

Kale florets (think broccoli raab) Limited to 1/4lb bunch

Radicchio- gorgeous extra large heads of red leaves $4/ea

 

The usual suspects:

Spinach-This is the last week of spinach until the spring crop is ready. Very limited quantity first come first served Limit to 1/2lb 

Kale

Swiss Chard

Lettuce heads 

 

Michael Melillo

Land Steward

New Mercies Farm

203-427-3953

Posted 4/20/2014 11:14am by Rodney Hornbake.


Nothing feels more like Spring than Easter on the Farm.  The world bursts anew as Nature begins its natural cycle of life ,the mating rituals to seed the fertile womb to bring forth new life for the new year.  

I'd like to take this moment to thank each and every idividual who has so willfully and generously laid hand to trowel and helped our community farm lay its new seeds that will undoubtedly bring forth the food we will nourish ourselves for this entire year.  Thank you! Because of your generosity and service to New Mercies Farm we have a very strong start to a very promising harvest.  And Thank you for all of you who support us through your appreciation for the work you see being put forth. 

This weekend we have a Hen aptly named "Penny" who has decided she wants to be a Mother! She has successfully made the transition from collecting a 'clutch' of fertile eggs, 10 to be exact from the entire flock and storing enough calories to devoting the next 21 days to safety and warmth of her eggs.  She no longer needs to eat, forage and range freely about the farm. For the next three weeks she will sacrifice all of her needs for the needs of her clutch keeping them warm at about 90 degrees and every so often making sure each egg is rotated and carefully turned as to ensure proper development of each embryo.  If you are so wise and witty you will have already figured out when her expected "due date" will be! Mother's Day!  

We have also seen the installation of our very first bee hive!  Our bee Keeper Dicky Lee, a long time resident of Lyme has generously offered his stewardship to the care and needs of the hive.  Many thanks for this wonderful gift and contribution Dicky! The presence of bees on the farm is too many to explain with any detail but their presence will help boost the yield of our crops by 40%!  I am stilled by the profundity of the lessons I observed during the installation of the hive and by the bee keeper's words which we he repeatedly remarked, "I cant believe how peaceful this hive is."  As we stood in the presence of this peace with the bees naturally excepting their new home I understood this was an omen. How much peace this farm is. Through the observance and respect of the hive we will learn many of Nature's lessons. How we can care for the health of our beautiful home we call Earth. Where life flourishes, where we allow and witness Mother Nature and all she creates we can see our blessings, the gifts which we are being given. 

 

Happy Easter,

With Love and Peace,

Michael Melillo

Land Steward

New Mercies Farm

203-427-3953

Posted 4/4/2014 7:42pm by Rodney Hornbake.


Hello Folks! 

 

Farmstand by reservation only!

 Pick up on Tuesday  April 8 between the hrs of 3-5p.  

To place your order just respond to this email. Please be prompt.  Please pay by cash or check only. I will send an email confirming your order and total amount due.

***Reservations Close on Monday April 7, 8pm! ***

 

New This week! Loose leaf Lettuce heads:3-4 Small to medium sized loose leaf lettuce heads of various colors bunched together. Great for sandwiches or chopped in salads $4/bunch

 

Also, reduced price list for the spring season!

 

This week from the Greenhouse! Order by 1/4lb increments 

Sugar sweet Carrots $3/lb

Heirloom Spinach(sweeter than carrots!) $12/lb

Heirloom Red Russian Kale(Young and tender greens) $8/lb

Green Swiss Chard $8/lb

Collard Greens $6/lb

Fresh Free Ranged 100% Organic Eggs! $6/dz

Baby Red Skinned Potatoes $3/lb

Mustard Greens $8/lb

 

Michael Melillo

Land Steward

New Mercies Farm

203-427-3953

Posted 3/31/2014 8:27pm by Rodney Hornbake.

Dear Supporters of Local Agriculture,

Soon enough Spring will make way for the busiest time of the farming year and New Mercies Farm is looking to our community to support us in any way your heart calls. We are looking for volunteers this year to help with the various farming activities throughout the growing season like harvesting vegetables, which we pray will be bountiful, and help with the transplanting of seedlings into the field. As the season progresses we would appreciate your help as we turn our attention to the maintenance of the crops and weed control which are so important to securing abundant yields.  Once the CSA kicks off June 3 we will need two volunteers each week to help with the boxing and distribution of CSA shares to our members. This Saturday April 5 from 11am-4pm we could use the help of three or four people to help cut potato seed and plant them into the field. Bring your children and a light lunch and make it a moment you and your family will draw inspiration from in the years to come. These will be the first seeds sewn in the ground this year!  

 

If you would like to involve your children in anyway we encourage you to bring them. We are hopeful that you all will take this opportunity to come more closely involved with the activities and goings on of your neighborhood farm.  It is our hope and aim to grow with our community and bring you all closer to your local food system.  In the next week I will generate a work schedule for you to consider where you feel you can be of most help to the farm.  You might know that labor costs for any small farm is the greatest obstacle standing in the way of the farm's ability to compete against large scale agriculture. So it is with great humility and a humble heart that we ask of you to consider helping New Mercies farm this season. Even if its just to visit and share your appreciation for the work we've dedicated ourselves to doing.

With Gratitude and Sincerity,


Michael Melillo

Land Steward

New Mercies Farm

203-427-3953

Posted 3/30/2014 12:03pm by Rodney Hornbake.


Hello Folks! 

 

Farmstand by reservation only!

 Pick up on Tuesday  April 1 between the hrs of 3-5p.  

To place your order just respond to this email. Please be prompt.  Please pay by cash or check only. I will send an email confirming your order and total amount due.

***Reservations Close on Monday March 31, 8pm! ***

 

New This week! Loose leaf Lettuce heads:3-4 Small to medium sized loose leaf lettuce heads of various colors bunched together. Great for sandwiches or chopped in salads $4/bunch

 

Also, reduced price list for the spring season!

 

This week from the Greenhouse! Order by 1/4lb increments 

Sugar sweet Carrots $3/lb

Heirloom Spinach(sweeter than carrots!) $12/lb

Heirloom Red Russian Kale(Young and tender greens) $8/lb

Green Swiss Chard $8/lb

Collard Greens $6/lb

Salad Mix(mild) $12/lb

Fresh Free Ranged 100% Organic Eggs! $6/dz

Red Skinned Potatoes $3/lb

Mustard Greens $8/lb

 

Michael Melillo

Land Steward

New Mercies Farm

203-427-3953

Posted 3/27/2014 9:04pm by Rodney Hornbake.

 Despite Spring’s lethargic and seemingly reluctant arrival, both gardeners and farmers alike ready their potting soil, dig out their grow lights from storage, and fire up the heaters in the greenhouse.  We do this even though the landscape still resembles a bitter Siberian tundra because we have an unwavering faith that Spring will hold to its promise. Now is the time in New England that growers make their preparations for the Rites of Spring and sow the seeds of summer loving vegetable crops like sweet peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash. Today we planted well over 1200 seeds of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, perennial and annual flowers, and swiss chard,  and in 8wks they will make their way to our fields. 

 

    Spring Organic Seedling Sale!!!

Now taking custom pre-orders!!

Deadline for orders is April 14  

Pre order seedlings via email (subject heading Seedling Order).  All seedlings will be hardened off and ready for planting on the day you pick them up. Which means they are ready for direct sunlight and evening temperatures. Pick up date will be Saturday May 17 from 9am-5pm All seedlings are certified organic and are sold in 6packs with the exception of tomatoes. Tomatoes are sold in 3.5" plastic pots. 

Heirloom Tomatoes $9 ea- Each plant is grafted by hand onto supreme root stock to ensure the highest yield and disease resistance.              

  • Pink Brandywine-The poster child of heirlooms. Large, Pink, Sweet, High yielding
                 
  • Pineapple-Yellow/red color, large fruit, sweet deep tomato flavor              
  • Aunt Ruby's German Green- Green when ripe with pink blush on bottom. Sweet/large.             Great tomato flavor. Farmer Mike's all time #1 favorite!            
  •  Cherokee Purple- Brown/purple in color. Unique in appearance. low acid, large fruit.                            Great tomato flavor     
  • Goldie-Orange color, low acid, large fruit
  • Volkov-Large red, resembles beefsteak 

Sweet Bell Peppers $6/6pack (can mix varieties) 

  •  Iko Iko- Purple maturing to Red or Yellow maturing to Orange!!! its a carnival!    
  • Golden Cali Wonder- Yellow               
  • Purple Beauty- Purple(obviously!)                                                                            

Eggplant $6/6pack (can mix varieties)           

  • Diamond- Med size dark purple, Italian style            
  •  Little Finger- Long shiny Asian type              
  • Rosa Bianca- Heirloom, light pink streaked with white, short and squat fruits              

Cucumber $5/6pack              

  • Marketmore-standard slicing cucumber ·         

Broccoli $6/6pack 

Green Cabbage $4/6pack 

Red Cabbage $4/6pack 

Rainbow Swiss Chard $5/6pack 

Kale $5/6pack(can mix varieties)              

  • Vates-Very curly, light green. Mostly used in kale salads or as kale chips          
  • Tuscano- Dark green with bumpy texture. Sometimes called Dinosaur kale            
  •  Red Russian- Heirloom. We grew a lot of this last year. More than youd probably like to remember

Summer Squash $5/6pack(can mix varieties)              

  • Green Zucchini              
  • Yellow Straight Neck            
  •  Patty Pan Starburst              
  • Patty Pan Green   





 

 

 

 

Posted 3/23/2014 6:30pm by Rodney Hornbake.


Hello Folks! 

 

Farmstand by reservation only!

 Pick up on Tuesday  March 25 between the hrs of 3-5p.  

To place your order just respond to this email. Please be prompt.  Please pay by cash or check only. I will send an email confirming your order and total amount due.

***Reservations Close on Monday March 24, 8pm! ***

 

This week from the Greenhouse! Order by 1/4lb increments 

Sugar sweet Carrots $4/lb

Heirloom Spinach(sweeter than carrots!) $14/lb

Arugula $14/lb

Heirloom Red Russian Kale(Young and tender greens) $8/lb

Green Swiss Chard $8/lb

Collard Greens $8/lb

Salad Mix(mild) $14/lb

Fresh Free Ranged 100% Organic Eggs! $6/dz

Red Skinned Potatoes $3/lb

Mustard Greens $8/lb

 

Michael Melillo

Land Steward

New Mercies Farm

203-427-3953

Posted 3/21/2014 7:03pm by Michael Melillo.

The Rites Of Spring!

You know its spring when gardeners and farmers alike ready their grow lights and fire up the heaters in the greenhouse in preparation for sowing the seeds of summer loving vegetable crops like sweet peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash. Today we planted well over 800 seeds of tomatoes and peppers and in 8wks they will make their way to our fields. 

                                                               

 

Spring Organic Seedling Sale!!!

Now taking custom pre-orders!!

Deadline for orders is April 14

 

Pre order seedlings via email (subject heading Seedling Order).  All seedlings will be ready for planting on the day you pick them up. Pick up date will be Saturday May 17 from 9am-5pm

All seedlings are certified organic and are sold in 6packs with the exception of tomatoes. Tomatoes are sold in 3.5" plastic pots. 

  • Heirloom Tomatoes $9 ea- Each plant is grafted by hand onto supreme rootstock to ensure the highest yield and disease resistance.

             Pink Brandywine-The poster child of heirlooms. Large, Pink, Sweet, High yielding

             Pineapple-Yellow/red color, large fruit, sweet deep tomato flavor

             Aunt Ruby's German Green- Green when ripe with pink blush on bottom. Sweet/large.                                                                      Great tomato flavor. Farmer Mike's all time #1 favorite!

             Cherokee Purple- Brown/purple in color. Unique in appearance. low acid, large fruit.                                                    Great tomato flavor

            Goldie-Orange color, low acid, large fruit

  • Sweet Bell Peppers $6/6pack (can mix varieties)  Iko Iko- Purple maturing to Red or Yellow maturing to Orange!!! its a carnival!

              Golden Cali Wonder- Yellow 

             Purple Beauty- Purple(obviously!)

  • Eggplant $6/6pack (can mix varieties)

             Diamond- Med size dark purple, Italian style

             Little Finger- Long shiny Asian type

             Rosa Bianca- Heirloom, light pink streaked with white, short and squat fruits

             

  • Cucumber $5/6pack

             Marketmore-standard slicing cucumber

  • Broccoli $6/6pack

 

  • Green Cabbage $4/6pack

 

  • Red Cabbage $4/6pack

 

  • Rainbow Swiss Chard $5/6pack

 

  • Kale $5/6pack(can mix varieties)

             Vates-Very curly, light green. Mostly used in kale salads or as kale chips

             Tuscano- Dark green with bumpy texture. Sometimes called Dinosaur kale

             Red Russian- Heirloom. We grew a lot of this last year. More than youd probably like to                                         remember

  • Summer Squash $5/6pack(can mix varieties)

             Green Zucchini

             Yellow Straight Neck

             Patty Pan Starburst

             Patty Pan Green

             

Posted 3/17/2014 10:55am by Rodney Hornbake.


Hello Folks! 

 

Farmstand by reservation only!

 Pick up on Wednesday  March 19 between the hrs of 3-5p.  

To place your order just respond to this email. Please be prompt.  Please pay by cash or check only. I will send an email confirming your order and total amount due.

***Reservations Close on Tuedsay March 18, 8pm! ***

 

This week from the Greenhouse! Order by 1/4lb increments 

Sugar sweet Carrots $4/lb

Heirloom Spinach(sweeter than carrots!) $14/lb

Arugula $14/lb

Heirloom Red Russian Kale(Young and tender greens) $8/lb

Green Swiss Chard $8/lb

Collard Greens $8/lb

Salad Mix(mild) $16/lb

Fresh Free Ranged 100% Organic Eggs! $6/dz

 

Michael Melillo

Land Steward

New Mercies Farm

203-427-3953