Monday, July 7, 2014

scones, cider, books!

Oh my, friends, it's July, and things are happening!

First off, for all you who have been asking: THE FIRST COFFEE & SCONES IS THIS SUNDAY! July 13th, 9am....we'll try our darndest to have fresh berries in those scones (come on, sun). And whipped cream, and coffee, and tea, and something cool and refreshing for the younger crowd. Can't wait to see you all!

Second, Whetstone CiderWorks will be there on Sunday morning selling their delicious ciders! (Have we over-used the exclamation point, yet? Robin is writing this, and she is caffeinated.) But really, what's better than picking up your favorite bottle of local cider for the evening while you're basking in the sun with your friends in the morning. The word on the road is that Whetstone CiderWorks has developed a cult following in Brooklyn, NY...folks there say it's "the best" and "the real deal." Just think--you can meet the famous (and mysterious) cider makers in person while eating fresh berry scones!

Third, Robin's essay "Sugaring," which appeared in Orion Magazine, has just come out their new anthology of food writing. It can be purchased from their site (here), or, tada, even better, purchased at the stand alongside your cider, your coffee and your scone. The book includes work by Jane Hirshfield, Maxine Kumin, Barbara Kingsolver, Tamar Adler, and others. It will help convince you that buying local, and buying fresh, really is the best thing.

And now, out to enjoy all the green....


Friday, June 13, 2014

fields of green

A few shots from this week of the industrious (and c'mon, cute!) folks working in the fields. In order of appearance: Owen Cricket, Yarrow Keenan, and Gail M.

And.....we're excited to officially open the stand this Sunday! You'll find: greens, greens and more greens, maple syrup, preserves (including Lauren's famous dandelion marmalade), and organic, local meat from Bonvue Farm. 

Can't wait to see you all there!

Gail, Robin & Lauren

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

it's starting...

The summer may be off to a slow start, but things are indeed happening around here: the tomato plants in our hoop house are waist-high, the seeds are in the ground, the blueberries  are in full bloom, and (thank goodness) the bees are buzzing. 

We won't officially open the stand until mid-June (we'll keep you posted), but we do have a fresh supply of greens (mesclun, spinach and kale) in the little fridge at the stand. We also have some of Lauren's special dandelion supplies of that, so come get it while it's fresh!

Lastly, NO, it's not too late to sign up for our Farm Stand CSA! What is that, again? 
At the beginning of the season you can buy a $150 membership (minimum).  You will then have an account page at the stand where you keep track of your purchases, and subtract those purchases from your investment. (When your initial investment runs out,  you are, of course, free to add as much or as little to your account as you like.) 

What's the benefit for you? 
We offer a 10% discount on Wednesdays to all farm members, as well as unlimited picking hours (come early, stay late!).

How do you sign up?
You can send a check, made out to Gail MacArthur, to PO Box 30, Marlboro, VT, or find her in person. At that point we will set up your account.

Soon, friends.
~Gail & Co.

PS: Since you're all asking, COFFEE & SCONES will begin Sunday, July 12th at 9am.
PPS: What is that handsome tractor? It's Dan's dad's old Farmall Cub which we've begun using as our cultivator...some things just never get better.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

greens and such

Hey friends, 
We've put some greens in the cooler at the stand. We'll also have dandelion syrup there soon. Summer must truly be nigh! ~Gail & Co.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Welcome to spring! With all the abysmally cold temperatures, I know it's hard to imagine that we'll be eating fresh vegetables any time soon, but if the past is any indicator of things to come, I think it will eventually warm up! With that hope in mind, seedlings are growing in their flats for later transplanting and sap is beginning to flow. We are always inspired this time of year with plans for the coming season. A few new items we'll be growing are edible soy beans, purple carrots and neon chard. In addition there will afternoons when Whetstone CiderWorks' delicious hard cider will be available and perhaps something  to go with it to make a complete dinner entree. 

Be sure to consider joining our farm stand CSA whereby you can put down as little as $150 and shop at the stand without the need for carrying cash. See details below. Everything we offer is available through  the farm stand CSA, including Brian's organic, grass-fed chicken and beef, and Sunday morning scones. 

We are looking forward to another growing season and seeing you out in the berry patch!

Gail and co

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Stand still full of goodies!

It may be fall out there, but that doesn't mean the stand is slowing down! 

We'll be open until mid-October. Potatoes, pumpkins, butternut squash, tomatoes, garlic, peppers, greens and fall raspberries  will be available. Also pickles, jam, salsa and Brian's beef and chicken, Lauren's cookies on Wednesdays and Fridays, creams and lip balm for those chapped winter days and Robin and Ty's CDs.

Great picking in the fall raspberries - most of them are at my house , so try to call a day ahead if you plan to pick. Get containers at the farm stand before coming.  -- $3.50 per pint.

Thanks, as always, for your support and patronage!

Gail (& co). 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Herb walk, July 27th

Lucia will be leading an herb walk at the farm on the 27th! She knows so much about the plants underfoot and their many uses. It'll be a lovely morning of learning! See you there!

Saturday, July 27th, 9 am-10 am
(rain date to be announced in August)

Join us at Whetstone Ledges Farm at
1000 MacArthur Rd. in Marlboro
with local herbalist Lucia for an informative plant walk.
We will explore some of the local plants and
learn medicinal uses for these plants in oils,
vinegars, salves and more.

-Wear comfortable walking shoes and
bring some drinking water.

And don’t forget, the berries are in! Feel free to stay a bit longer to pick your own delicious berries!
(price of PYO berries is separate from the plant walk)

Suggested donation of $10-$30
but no one is turned away for lack of funds.
Call Lucia at 802-258-0940 with any questions.