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Posted 3/21/2019 12:06pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Happy Spring! Full Moon Equinox! very cool! even a super moon!

Important Points:

  • One MORE week of Foxboro YMCA indoor market - Tue 3:30pm - 7pm (even though I thought this week was the last one and may have falsely given you that impression!) Tuesday, March 26th. last one for real this time.

 

 

  • SAVE THE DATE: 3rd Annual EARTHFEST - Saturday, April 20th. 12pm to 4pm. Start the day on a Trail Run with Farmer Chris at 9am. Karen Ring will teach a special strength-building yoga session. This event is family friendly and has something fun and interesting for everyone - wood-fired pizza, plant a seed in the greenhouse, seedling i.d. challenge, maple syrup tasting, farm tours, build-a-compost-pile, flower crowns, face painting, botanical cocktail demo, beekeeping talk, and all around good, clean fun. $10 to park. Activity tickets $2 each. More details and schedule to follow.

   

  • New White Barn Farm CSA pick-up location: at Common Acre Farm in Mansfield on Fridays, 2pm - 6pm. limited to 25 shares. Tell your Mansfield-area friends! $425. 20 weeks: June 14 - October 25. Common Acre Farm, 1273 East St., Mansfield, MA 02048. Pick-up format will be the same - bring your bag and pack your share from the display, following the instructions provided. Common Acre Farm is the home of Mike's Micros, those vibrant and power-packed microgreens, produced with such precision and care. You can add on a Mike's Micros share - 3 small boxes for $10/week to pick up along with your White Barn Farm Summer Share. Sign Up Now!

  

  • Sadly, there will be no Medfield Farmer's Market this year. The Thursday afternoon market was not quite viable. As a result, White Barn Farm will not be offering the Summer Share pick-up at the Medfield Market. We are sad not to continue our relationships with the kind customers of that market. However, we are looking forward to our fearless leader, Farmer Chris, being at the farm on Thursdays. Get in touch if you are a Medfield customer who purchased a CSA card and will not be able to get to Wrentham to use it at our farmstand at some point.

  

 *** ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT TO GET THE FULL 10% BONUS ON YOUR FARMSTAND CSA CARD!!! $200 minimum. Pay online or have your payment postmarked by April 1st. Which is April Fool's Day! I "Pity the Fool" (who misses White Barn Farm's deadline) - Mr. T

Lock in your Weekly CSA Shares ASAP! Your support of the farm by committing to pick up a share of seasonal produce every week is what we depend on most!

Contact us if you have a great activity, lesson, or product and would like to participate in EarthFest! Email info@whitebarnfarm.org Vendor Fee is $20.

SAVE THE DATE for our Annual Plant Sale - May 18 & 19 this year!

FARMSTAND OPENING DATE is Friday, May 3rd! The farmstand is open Friday, Saturday, and Sundays through June 2nd: Fridays 10am - 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm.

Summer Hours begin Tuesday, June 4th: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am -4pm.

Attention Gardeners, Houseplant Lovers, and Seed Starters! White Barn Farm has your organic potting soil! We use and make available to you the organic compost-based potting soil made by Vermont Compost. Christy can meet potting soil customers at the barn on Saturday, March 23rd from 10am -12pm.  Text* her when you arrive and she will meet you at the barn to load your order. Chris can also bring your soil order to the Foxboro YMCA market on Tuesday, March 26. Indicate on your order which pick-up location you would like. You can pay online or bring cash/check and ignore the online processing fee. Place your potting soil order here.

 

*Text Christy at 774-210-0359

So much info!!!

This may be a good email to save and a very good email to share with anyone you think may be interested! Thanks for helping us out!

Happy Spring!!!! and the days grow longer than the nights . . .

Farm on!

Christy and the WBF crew at White Barn Farm,

www.whitebarnfarm.org

 

 

Posted 3/11/2019 4:27pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Fresh Spinach and Golden Yolk Birchwold Eggs! That's what's for dinner (and/or lunch & breakfast) after you stop by the second-to-last Tuesday Winter Market at the Foxboro Y! Chat it up with Farmer Chris 3:30-7:00pm tomorrow. In addition to spinach this week, we will have Birchwold Farm eggs, a limited amount of shallots and red onions, hot sauce and White Barn Farm merchandise! Mike's Micros will be at our table too! He grew micro greens, pea shoots, and baby herbs to enhance our offerings. And, if you want to bring along a check to pay for your CSA Share or to reload or purchase your Farmstand CSA Card, you can save yourself a stamp. Jordan Brothers Seafood truck is there, a BBQ food truck, and a couple of other vendors are in this indoor location with a real, certified parking lot! The market is open to the public!

MID-MARCH REMINDER: Deadline to get the 10% bonus on your Farmstand CSA card is April 1st. Sign Up Now!

Weekly CSA Shares are still available - Spring, Summer, and Fall! Tune in to seasonality and fresh, lovingly grown produce. Collect your share each week at the farmstand. More details on our website. or just impulsively SIGN UP NOW!

What a beautiful sunshine day! Perfect for working in the greenhouse! The breeze outside is chilly, but inside the greenhouse it is hot t-shirt weather. Below is the greenhouse before the trays have sprouted with our mascot pet olive tree waving to you in the breeze of the circulation fans.

Onions have begun to sprout on the heat mats!

Arugula and mustard mix are coming up in the large high tunnel.

Radishes and Salad Turnips are Coming along in the small high tunnel. And At last!! the carrots seeded in between rows of spinach are starting to emerge - from a February 6th planting!

 

 

We are psyched to have the Vacuum Seeder in action this year! Yay efficiency!

 

 

That's all for now! Thanks for following along with the farm and hope to see you tomorrow!

Posted 2/21/2019 9:24pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Another Random Modern Holiday approaches - It is National CSA Day! Time to be aware of community supporting agriculture. Hey! I run a small vegetable farm in the middle of suburbia and depend directly on community support. So I am exploiting it. HAPPY NATIONAL CSA DAY!!!!!!

Before I start in on the CSA tirade, one announcement: there are a few openings in Laurene Hulbig's Terrarium Workshop at the White Barn Farm greenhouse this Saturday, February 23rd, 1-3pm. The Wine&Design Series continues! Grab a friend and a bottle of wine (if you like). Laurene will provide all the materials, instruction, light snacks, and wine glasses. Reserve your spot!

Now onto the CSA Appreciation Explosion!!

The Spring CSA is only $100 and it guarantees you get greens in the early spring. It's 5 weeks long - May 10th to June 7th. Pick up on Fridays at our Farmstand, 10-6. SIGN UP FOR THE SPRING CSA

Spring Share possibilities: Arugula, Baby Kale, Spinach, Head Lettuce, Lettuce Mix, Spicy Salad Mix, Bok Choy, Cilantro, Dill, Frisee, Fennel, Green Garlic, Kale, Chard, Kohlrabi, Radishes, Pea Tendrils, and Salad Turnips. Slight Chance of Parsley and Overwintered Scallions. Last year some of the early shares included dry beans, or locally grown mushrooms - irreghaaadless - the value each week is around $20 - a manageable size for the busy modern family and most definitely for a bored old fashioned family.

If you sign up and pay for Spring, Summer, and Fall by March 1st, we will send you a $20 WBF Gift Card. That deadline is approaching quickly. If you were thinking about it, now's the time!

So What's the Summer Share all about?  It is $400 for 20 weeks of the good earth's bounty. You choose Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday pick up day and starting the week of June 10th, come to the farmstand to collect your share! All the way until October 24th! SIGN UP NOW FOR THE SUMMER CSA!


Summer Share Possibilities: Arugula, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli Raab, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chard, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Dill, Eggplant, Frisee, Fennel, Green Garlic and Garlic Scapes early on and cured Garlic at the end, Hot peppers, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Lettuce Mix, Mustard Mix, Fresh Onions then Cured Onions, Parsley, Pea Tendrils, Snap and Snow Peas, Sweet Peppers, New Potatoes, Radicchio, Radishes, Scallions, Spinach, Upswing Farm Sweet Potatoes and Winter Squash, Salad Turnips, Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Sauce, Slicing, and Heirloom Tomatoes! Who knows? Maybe this will be the year we pick the Tomatillos! Watermelon and Cantaloupe. and of course no A-Z veggie list can end with anything but Zucchini!!! 

*We removed broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet corn from our crop list this year. But we will buy those crops in from other local farms when possible so those will be available to purchase at the farmstand.

In November, we move our farmstand to the right side of the big White Barn (directly across the street from our summer tent). At that time, the Fall Share begins and pickups are on Fridays again! Our fall share is $160 and goes for 8 weeks. Pick up is every Friday (in the past we did bi-weekly shares in fall - but since we are open every week anyway that system doesn't make sense). Fall Share starts November 1st and ends on December 20th, the day before the Winter Solstice! SIGN UP FOR THE FALL CSA

  

I can't break the pattern. Now I have to tell you the Fall Vegetable Forecast. Chance of Arugula, Beets, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery Root, Cilantro, Popcorn, Dill, Frisee, Sugarloaf, Radicchio, Fennel, Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Lettuce Mix, Spicy Salad Mix, Onions, Pea Tendrils, Potatoes from Sparrow Arc Farm, Pie Pumpkins, Radishes, Daikon Radish, Spinach, Upswing Farm Sweet Potatoes and Winter Squash, Salad Turnips. Outside chance of Parsnips.

If the Weekly CSA Share is not for you, there is still a way you can be part  of Community Supported Agriculture. We offer Farmstand CSA Cards. When paid by April 1st, we put a 10% bonus on your card. Minimum $200. If you give us $200, we put $220 to spend on your card! You can buy anything we sell at our farmstand (except seafood). (It's also usually too crazy Saturday of Plant Sale weekend to accept CSA cards for plants.) We have a new level of Farmstand CSA membership to offer you! The Ultimate Farmstand Shopper Card!! Put $1000 on your card by March 1st and we will add a 15% bonus. $150 bucks! Holy Smokes! SIGN UP FOR THE FARMSTAND CSA CARD

*We can now take payment online for Weekly CSA Shares AND Farmstand CSA Cards. There is a 3% processing fee. Ignore the processing fee if you are mailing a check. (I just adore the postal service and stamps!)

A Pop-Up Market is brewing but depends on the perfect storm of spinach growth, pea tendril emergence, and driveway accessibility. Stay Tuned!

oh yes. actual farm news: The very first seeds have sprouted! The radishes and turnips I seeded in our small unheated tunnel were finally up when I checked on them today! Some of the perennials are waking up in the greenhouse, too. The purple protruberances (if that's not a word it should be) of Columbine were pushing up through the completely dead looking remains of last year's plants. I am such a sucker for plants. Just love 'em! So resilient!

Thank you, friends!! Please tell anyone who may be interested in supporting our farm about the CSA! It's bound to lead to some good eats and good health!

Happy CSA!!

Christy at White Barn Farm,

supported by Farmer Chris, Kindergartener Graham, the WBF crew and all of you!

www.whitebarnfarm.org

 

 

Posted 2/7/2019 3:49pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

    Well here we are! February 7th, closer to spring than to winter. February 2nd was Groundhog Day and the pagan holiday Imbolc, which marks the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Monday was the New Moon, Tuesday marked the start of the Chinese Year of the Pig, and Wednesday was Wrentham Elementary's 100th day of school! Today is Thursday, the day I will finally get back in touch with all of the fabulous people in the White Barn Farm community!

 This year's family vacation picture. Read the email I sent to the current CSA list a few weeks ago for more of that story and a couple more pictures.

This winter has had a different rhythm than last year, without our Friday online order pick-ups and all the updating, emailing, packing, and setting up that was involved. We would have happily continued with it, but our winter storage crops were not substantial enough to warrant winter-long sales this season. In its absence Chris and I have each taken up a little bit of part-time work - Chris ski patrolling at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury (excellent for kids and beginners!!) and I substitute teaching at Wrentham elementary from time to time.  We have also been trying to by-golly nail down this business model so that we are not always stressed about money!! Our dear friend and farming hero, Brittany Overshiner, has been helping us assess and create all of our business planning spreadsheets. It's like having a marriage counselor for our business. Our once-a-week, two-hour meetings with her have been astoundingly productive, generating a clear list of tasks for Chris and I to complete before the next meeting. 

    Speaking of the Overshiners, their farm, Upswing Farm, will be at the Ashland Middle School for a special Winter Farmer's Market this Saturday, February 9th, from 9am to 1pm. We finally have a mid-winter flush of spinach to harvest and it will be going to Upswing's winter CSA and this market. Our shallots and garlic have been going with Common Acre Farm (Mike's Micros) to New Bedford, Cambridge, and Somerville markets. Even our little yellow onions have been traveling to Pawtucket with Zeigler Market Garden every other Saturday. 

    Back at White Barn, the high tunnels and greenhouse have been buzzing with activity this week. The weather was positively lovely on Tuesday - sunny and 65!! In our small tunnel we seeded carrots in between rows of spinach and one bed each of radishes and Hakurei salad turnips. The early spring roots experiment is on! In our large high tunnel, I cleared the remnants of our lettuce mix to make way for Red Russian Kale, Arugula, and Mustard Mix. Four beds of spinach are holding strong in there. Not bad considering the drastic polar vortex events our region has been experiencing. Our pet olive tree and a host of perennial herbs are still thriving in the minimally heated portion of our propagation greenhouse. My battle with the mice and voles goes on and on.  Must protect the plants!! 

    Now let me get to the most important part of this email! It is time to send in your money! If you do the Farmstand CSA card, you can get a 10% bonus if paid before April 1st! $200 minimum. We can now accept payment online; discount the processing fee if you mail a check instead.  We have added a next level "Ultimate Farmstand Shopper" option - load your card with $1000 by March 1st and we will add a 15% bonus! Insert amazed faced emoji here!

   Sign-ups are going on for the Weekly CSA Shares, too! You can sign up for Spring, Summer, Fall, or all three! If you sign up for all three and pay by March 1st, we will send you a $20 WBF gift card (or add 20 bucks to your existing card). Click Here for all the pricing, dates and details. You can now pay for your Weekly CSA Share online, too! Same discount (ignore the processing fee) if you mail a check. SIGN UP NOW!

Community Supported Agriculture is our financing plan! Not only does your upfront payment allow us to buy the supplies we need to sprout the farm each spring, your commitment to taking home a share of what is fresh each week provides a consistent outlet for the very perishable products that we grow here at the farm! Designing a well-rounded weekly share guides our crop plan and even lets us know how many seeds we should buy. And we need to buy our seeds!!

Our CSA distribution has evolved over the years to accommodate the variable tastes of consumers, the desire we all have to not waste food, and the farmers' precious time.  Since we operate a farmstand anyway, we have CSA members take their shares right off the farmstand shelves, according to a chalkboard list provided by the farmers. Oftentimes there will be a choice between two or three varieties of greens or you can take a certain poundage (made up in whatever proportions you like) of cucumbers and zucchini or peppers and eggplant, etc. You always get to select which particular vegetables go in your basket - chosen according to your preference (maybe you want the love carrots, eggplant with the silly nose, or the patty pans that look like goggles) or what they will specifically be used for (small potatoes for boiling whole or large potatoes for oven fries for example). We aim for a share value hovering around $20/week, down from the $28/week shares we offered starting in 2009.  We find this smaller share to be a completely manageable amount of produce for most families to enjoy in one week.

That's it! As always, we hope this is the best season yet! Such a hopeful time of year!!! I am really enjoying the planning process this year and nerding out to youtube webinars of the Bionutrient Food Association Conference while I'm driving around, folding laundry, doing the exercise machine at the Y, etc. I heart learning!!

Thank you all for your crucial support! We could not do this without you!

Looking forward to the next occasion we have to throw a farmstand!

Christy, Chris, Graham, and the WBF team

P.S. This just in! Wine&Design continues . . . Laurene Hulbig is hosting a Terrarium workshop in White Barn Farm's greenhouse on Saturday, February 23rd, 1pm - 3pm. Check out the Facebook event for a full description or just sign up now!

 

 

 

Posted 1/25/2019 4:04pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Good Afternoon White Barn CSA Cardholders!

it's time . . .

Your farmers have made it back from our west coast campervan friends and family excursion.  We had such an amazing time seeing the beauty this country has to offer. Now is time for us to start planning our 11th growing season.  Many of you have been supporting our farm in so many ways, throughout the years, and we can't thank you enough.  

Our farm would not be able to operate without your early investment in the farm, purchasing or reloading a CSA farmstand card.  This card is win win for both parties.  White Barn Farm receives a much needed financial boost during our winter months allowing us to purchase operating essentials, and the consumer receives a 10% bonus on their card! As soon as the farmstand is open, you can start using your card to buy good food! 

This option allows anyone to participate in Community Supported Agriculture. You do not have to commit to take a certain list of vegetables on a weekly basis. You can come choose whatever you like, whenever we are open. The card is a great choice if you have a small family or tend to be away multiple pick-up weeks.

Sign up for a CSA CARD now!

  • First, "order" your card or an amount to be reloaded onto your existing card. Make sure to "checkout" - you will get an email including your invoice. Mail the farm a check. As soon as we have your payment, we will send you a confirmation email (and your card if you need one).
  • OR **New this Year!!** YOU CAN PAY WITH YOUR CREDIT CARD ONLINE! As long as you don't mind "eating" the processing fee we get charged . . . 3%
  • If you pay by check, please disregard the online processing fee that will show up on your order either way
  • Also **New This Year:
The Ultimate Farmstand Shopper Card: $1,000 

If you pay for an Ultimate Farmstand Card by March 1st, we will add an extra 5% onto your card, for a total 15% bonus! WOW thats a deal - put down $1,000 and receive and extra $150 worth of produce grown by neighbors for thy neighbors.

DREAM of spring!

farmer chris and christy

if you wanna get personal . . .  here is a little recycled news clip from yesterday's email to our Weekly CSA Shareholders. Sorry if you already read it! But there's some highlight pictures from our trip at the bottom:)

"Your farmers have taken a road trip in a minivan from L.A. to Seattle and returned safe, refreshed, and excited for 2019! We visited with lots of friends and family we just don't get to spend quality time with during our busy season. We took in awe-inspiring beauty and rejuvenated our spirits among the Sequoias, Yosemite snowfall, Redwood forests, the vast, rugged coast of Oregon, and the cold, clear water of very northwest Washington lined with pine trees complete with bald eagles. Chris did a trail run nearly every morning, and we did a family hike nearly every day. We read books by headlamp when we camped in our transformable van and cooked delicious meals on our two burner camp stove. It was so wholesome it hurt! (kidding - it was welcome and lovely!) i added some photos at the bottom.

The winter is chugging along at an alarming pace. We have both been seeking a little outside income to keep the cash flowing along. Chris has become part of the ski patrol team at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury and I have started substitute teaching at Wrentham Elementary. It is so luxurious to be an employee rather than a manager! But then of course it is the farmer's unique privilege to have the opportunity to reinvent their business every season. With the stubborn optimism that this season will be better than the last. The allure of the clean slate and the promise of a fresh start keep us in the game each year. "

 

    

 

 

 

 

Posted 1/24/2019 4:25pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Good Afternoon CSA Shareholders!

Your farmers have taken a road trip in a minivan from L.A. to Seattle and returned safe, refreshed, and excited for 2019! We visited with lots of friends and family we just don't get to spend quality time with during our busy season. We took in awe-inspiring beauty and rejuvenated our spirits among the Sequoias, Yosemite snowfall, Redwood forests, the vast, rugged coast of Oregon, and the cold, clear water of very northwest Washington lined with pine trees complete with bald eagles. Chris did a trail run nearly every morning, and we did a family hike nearly every day. We read books by headlamp when we camped in our transformable van and cooked delicious meals on our two burner camp stove. It was so wholesome it hurt! (kidding - it was welcome and lovely!) i added some photos at the bottom.

The winter is chugging along at an alarming pace. We have both been seeking a little outside income to keep the cash flowing along. Chris has become part of the ski patrol team at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury and I have started substitute teaching at Wrentham Elementary. It is so luxurious to be an employee rather than a manager! But then of course it is the farmer's unique privilege to have the opportunity to reinvent their business every season. With the stubborn optimism that this season will be better than the last. The allure of the clean slate and the promise of a fresh start keep us in the game each year.

*****which leads us to the point of this email . . .

  • It is that time of year again: White Barn CSA Sign-Ups for the upcoming season! There is no waiting list, so anyone can sign up anytime, but we wanted to remind all of you first!

First, THANK YOU for your support throughout 2018.  It was another successful season for White Barn Farm and it would not work without your early season investment.  We hope you enjoyed all the good food!  Last year we set up the CSA distribution differently than in years past.  We  posted the share at the farmstand (on a chalkboard) and you would come collect your share according to the list.  The idea was to give customers more flexibility and choice throughout the season and reduce our labor cost/time for packing and managing the boxes.  We thank you for your cooperation through the transition! We are going to continue with the same method this year.  

It is as simple as this:
  1. During Winter, invest in good, organic, sustainable, healthy, fresh produce "order" your shares online, then mail your check to the farm . . . or new this year you can pay online too - if you don't mind "eating" the fee!)
  2. During late winter and early spring, patiently wait (maybe even forget you signed up) while we buy seeds, potting soil, twist ties, bags, tools, sharpies, tags, pots, greenhouse heat, compost, row cover, tomato stakes, insect netting, etc. By March 1st, we begin to start seedlings in our heated greenhouse, prepare our growing fields, train new employees, and lots more.
  3. As early as May 10th for Spring shareholders, you start coming to the farmstand to pick up the weekly fruits of our labor. Let the seasonal specialties inspire your meals for the week, and enjoy the bounty of White Barn Farm's fields.

SIGN UP NOW!

Three Season Incentive! Pay for all Three Seasons by March 1st and we will send you a $20 gift card to spend at the farmstand. If you already have a card, let us know and we can just add the $20 to your balance!

Read All the Details about the Shares on the Website! It includes all the dates and deadlines.

  

***why are you so important to us???

  • The weekly CSA program (formerly the Boxed CSA) is truly the backbone of our business.  Not only do you fund the early season purchases necessary to get the farm up and running each spring, but you commit to coming to claim a share of what is fresh each week. Knowing that we have a consistent, committed market for our produce is a wonderful thing. We grow perishable products that need to be enjoyed by our local community as soon after harvest as possible! 

*****want to spend some of your precious time helping us get the word out? send an email to info@whitebarnfarm.org

  • If you have grown to love being part of our CSA, we'd be forever grateful if you could share a testimonial about our CSA. We'd love to include your firsthand comments, insights, and observations with potential customers in future marketing materials. How was the quality of the produce? Was there enough flexibility? For your size family (include details), was the share a good size?
  • I suppose we should also ask for constructive criticisms/suggestions, ideas for improvement, why you would not join again, etc. (even though it's very hard not to take it personally!!!)

LOVE AND THANKS!

Farmer Chris with edits and embellishments by Christy

Growing Food and Cultivating Community since 2008

    

 

 

 

Posted 12/20/2018 8:33am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Hey Y'all! This is the last weekend at the farmstand! We will not be doing the virtual online market (except maybe in a pop-up kind of way if we get a crazy flush of spinach). This is your last chance to stock up on White Barn Farm garlic and we've gathered up all sorts of other goodies to make your trip to the barn more worthwhile!

 

I forgot to include farmstand hours last time so let's begin with that!

Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 4pm
Jordan Brothers Seafood - Friday: 2pm - 6pm
and Saturday: 10am - 2pm
This is  a great weekend to pre-order to ensure you get just what you want from Jordan Brothers. Send an email to Jordanbrothersseafood@yahoo.com Get your Orders in by 5:00AM Friday. Scroll to the bottom of this message to see the availability list Bobby sent out earlier this week.

Wishingstone Farm in Little Compton, RI, has provided a few dazzling items to light up our display - blue potatoes, brussels sprouts, and butternut squash. We ordered another round of Queen's Greens' big carrots and big beets. Vanguarden CSA's Elba potatoes are still in strong supply. And even White Barn Farm has some produce to offer!! The last harvest of our lettuce mix will be for sale, as will the pea tendrils from our greenhouse, kohlrabi, celery root, onions, garlic, shallots, sugarloaf radicchio, red cabbage, winter radishes, and popcorn!

  

Birchwold Farm delivered more eggs and Pat's Pastured is bringing 30 dozen more and restocking the freezer with pork chops and chicken breast. While supplies last! Put some grass-fed beef and pastured pork or chicken in your freezer to hold you until we open again. I especially recommend the ribs for slow cooking and providing just the winter comfort food for being a homebody or watching a football game. As a side or a vegetarian option, try cooking Baer's Best dry beans. Who knew a bean is not just a bean. These are not the same as a can of beans!

The appetizer game should be strong this weekend! Narragansett Creamery's Angelito Garlic & Herb and Jalapeño spreads and Couet Farm's Adelisca Garlic and Mediterranean Herb spreads are coming in. Daniele Sopressata, Hot Sopressata, and Chorizo will be representing the locally made salami for your cheese board. Narragansett's Crescendo Stracciatella is a delight for spreading on a cracker or toast with fig jam. If you want the most authentic ricotta for homemade ravioli, lasagna, manicotti, or ricotta pie - we've ordered the Narragansett tins. It is the only ricotta I've had in the U.S. that even compares to what we were making at the Italian dairy farms I worked at before starting White Barn Farm. Let's be honest - it's good enough to just spread on a slice of baguette - drizzle with olive oil and finish with sea salt or some tasty salt blend and you are a wonder host!

  

Don't forget to have some real maple syrup on hand for Christmas breakfast! And some Wright's dairy farm eggnog to leave out for Santa on Christmas eve (shaken over ice with rum and finished with fresh grated nutmeg optional). Those cute chocolate and coffee milks will be available, too.

So, the weather Friday is supposed to be a terrible washout, but we will be open. Try to put an umbrella in your car. Park near the barn if you can. Don't step in the puddles. Saturday and Sunday look nice enough.

We still have gift-y stuff: Franklin Honey gift bags, soaps, lip balm, and hand cream. Dab deodorant. White Barn Farm popcorn bundles, pint glasses, onesies, hats, winter hats, and toddler and women's tees. Gift cards. Hot sauces galore. Sheldonville Roasters coffee beans. All sorts of good stuff! If you would like to buy some of our produce to be donated to the Wrentham Food Pantry, you can get it done online straight away! Thank you to those of you who have already donated - we are packing garlic, onions, winter squash, and potatoes to go in this Saturday, just in time for holiday feasts!

Many of you have asked if we are taking a trip this winter. Indeed we are! We are off to L.A. to visit Chris' dad and then road tripping north through California, visiting friends, and finally leaving out of Seattle. Chris found us a minivan equipped with a bed and camp kitchen setup in the back. We hope to visit State parks, National parks (if they are not completely shutdown with the government), and enjoy the natural beauty of the west coast. It has felt like an especially long season and we are looking forward to a break! We will be back in mid-January to start planning 2019 wholeheartedly. If we do come up with enough produce to warrant a pop-up market, we will let you know via the mailing list. Join here if you are reading this but somehow not on our list!

We thank you for a very long season of supporting our farm! Wishing you a Happy Winter Solstice on Friday, Full Moon on Saturday, and a Happy New Year!

Thank you again!

Christy at White Barn Farm (and Chris, Graham, and the crew, of course!)

Here's what Jordan Brothers is expecting to offer. The ?? mean probably but not definitely:

  • Sea Scallops??   1/2lb   11.00??
  • Salmon fillet    8/9oz   9.00  
  • Haddock fillet ?? 10/11oz   12.00??
  • Cod fillet ?? 10/11oz   12.00??  
  • Pollock fillet   14/15oz   10.00  
  • Hake fillet   14/15oz   10.00
  • Monk fillet   11/12oz   12.00 
  • Swordfish??   10/12oz   14.00??
  • Greysole ??  8/9oz   12.00??
  • Live Lobsters   1 1/4lb  18.00
  • Fresh Lobster Meat   1/2lb   40.00  
  • Frozen Lobster Meat   2lb bag   70.00 
  • Frozen Lobster Meat   11.3oz    20.00 
  • Frozen Raw Shrimp 26/30ct (peeled and deveined) 3lb bag 48.00  
  • Cooked Shrimp   1/2lb   10.00
  • Native Crabmeat   1/2lb   17.00  
  • Fresh Shell-on Shrimp   1/2lb    12.00  
  • Frozen Minced Clams   1lb   7.00
  • Frozen Stuffed Clams    5oz   2.00 
  • Frozen Squid TNT (Tubes and Tentacles) 1lb. 10.00
  • PEI Mussels   2lb   6.00  
  • Littleneck Clams   1doz   7.00  
  • Steamers (purged)   2lb   15.00
  • Oysters   1/2doz   7.00  
  • Clam Chowder   20oz   7.00  
  • Shrimp and Corn Chowder   20oz   7.00
  • Lobster Bisque   20oz   7.00  
  • Crab Bisque   20oz   7.00 
Posted 12/13/2018 4:03pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Good evening everyone!

First off thank you all! Thank you for allowing us to be your hub for seasonal, locally sourced food. We would love to hear your opinion. What did you like about this year's CSA, what didn't you like? What else would you like to see at the market? Give us your ideas for new products and we will spend our off season looking for local vendors that can help us make that happen. Send us an email at info@whitebarnfarm.org and let us know. We are looking for testimonials for next year's CSA. Send those along as well. Sign ups for 2019 will go live on January 1!

Here's the share:

  • 2 lbs Potatoes
  • 1 lb Mix and Match Onions
  • 1/2 lb Shallots or Cipollini Onions
  • 1 Sunshine Squash
  • 1 Head of Cabbage
  • 1 Sugarloaf Radicchio
  • 1 Bag of (sweet, sweet) Carrots
  • 1 Bag of Winter Radish Medley
  • Chose 2 Bags: Lettuce Mix, Pea Tendrils and Spinach
  • 2 Head of Garlic
  • 1lb of Celery Root or 1 Kohlrabi
  • Popping Corn

This is a great share to start off the cold winter! Many of you already love Radicchio in your salad, but for a warmer recipe try grilling or roasting your Radicchio and finishing with honey and balsamic vinegar, add some dried cranberries to complete this sweet tart dish. I'm thinking of trying my hand at homemade sauerkraut with this head of cabbage. My husband's family is from Germany and he keeps telling me that I would love the real stuff. Fingers crossed it works out! But enough about my cooking plans...

Do you still have a few people to buy for this year? We have some new merch in stock. Adorable onesies and t-shirts for those organically grown babies and toddlers in our community. And for those of us who are organically grown up, the official Farmer Chris Hats are back and White Barn Farm Pint Glasses for your organic beer (or milk) are great options! Do you have someone who is impossible to shop for? How about a donation to the Wrentham Food Pantry in his or her name? Finish your holiday shopping with us!

Wishing you and yours a healthy and happy new year!

~Jen G.

 

 

Posted 12/13/2018 8:43am by christy kantlehner.

Hello White Barn Farm Fans! Thank you for coming to our farm to buy your groceries!

Hours in the Barn:thru Dec. 23

Friday: 10am to 6pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Jordan Brothers Seafood - Friday: 2pm - 6pm

and Saturday: 10am - 2pm

The greenhouse greens are being harvested this week - spinach, pea tendrils, and lettuce mix. 50 winter CSA shareholders get the first 50 bags of each, and then it's a free-for-all for the rest! (I'm imagining a fistfight frenzy over cabbage patch dolls in toy stores during the 80's)

   

In addition to our sweet candy-carrots and baby beets, we've ordered in some larger carrots and beets from Queen's Greens in western Mass. We also traded 200lbs of our onions to get 200lbs of potatoes from Vanguarden CSA in Dover.

Onesies and Toddler Tees will be ready Friday - reserve the size and color you'd like for the little cutie in your life! If you know someone expecting I'm thinking a onesie and a gift card for buying organically grown veggies to nourish a new mother and then to make baby's first solid foods from would be a good combo!

  

We are making our simple but adorable little popcorn-on-the-cob bundles again this year. Something fun for kiddos and delicious for everyone! A good item for the person who does not need one more thing. There are three brown paper bags wrapped up in string so each cob can go in a bag in the microwave to pop right on/off the cob. Of course, you can just put those bags aside for a picnic lunch, then press and twist those kernels off the cob and pop in high-heat oil on the stovetop (my favorite).

    

Generosity! If anyone would like to buy our produce to be donated to the Wrentham Food Pantry, we feel it is the perfect season for that kind of giving! The benefit of your dollars will be felt twice in our community - once supporting your local, organic vegetable farm, and a second time by the community supported by the Wrentham Food Pantry. Click Here if you would like to donate White Barn Farm produce.

     

Hot Stuff! Hot Sauce Fans, prepare yourselves! You may have noticed that last week we added Kitchen Garden's two Sriracha versions to our lineup. We have been carrying Rhed's Hot Sauce since the summer, and get ready - now we have a hot sauce made from our own hot peppers and garlic. Our friend Kenneth started Emass Provisions Company and has made one heck of a farm condiment for you to enjoy! We think a little assortment of our different hot sauces and a bag of dry beans from Baer's Best, padded with White Barn garlic, onions, and dried cayenne peppers would be a thoughtful, locally produced gift collection! Just sayin . . .

We are operating on a bit of a shoestring here and still have giant puddles/icy patches in our driveway, depending on the temperature. Please use all of your senses to navigate this treacherous terrain and we will try to do a better job of using ice melt and marking icy spots. We also have some parking right at the barn, but sometimes not enough. That means if you park at the summer farmstand you must cross state highway 1A. Please do not assume anyone will stop for you. In fact, assume they are reading a text message, drinking a coffee, eating an egg sandwich, punching an address into their GPS, handing a toy to their kids in the backseat, or all of these things at once - anything but stopping for you to cross the street. Once both directions of traffic have stopped, jauntily, carefully, cross the road.

You are not too late to snatch up one of our beautifully decorated evergreen wreaths, each one handcrafted by our own lovely floral designer, Laurene Hulbig. She has completed the final round of wreaths, so get yours this weekend!

That's it, all of you patient, steadfast people who somehow made it to the end of this email. We really appreciate you. You lift us up. Enjoy this holiday season! Don't get too stressed and remember to eat your (roasted) veggies!

 

Posted 12/5/2018 10:49am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Hi There Everybody!  Sorry for the email bombardment - we're just so hidden back behind the house and the traffic goes by so quickly on 1A - we're afraid you'll forget about us! Thanks for the great turnout last weekend. We're hoping this weekend, though colder, will be just as sunny! We need to soak in every drop as we approach the shortest day of the year! The spinach and lettuce in the high tunnels have been so happy to be uncovered during the sunny days we've been having!
  • We are open Friday, Saturday, Sunday this week:
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm

Jordan Brothers Seafood Truck will be there Friday 2-6 and Saturday 10-2 

  • CRAFT MARKET: Our Holiday Craft Market is at the Barn this Saturday, December 8th, 10am to 2pm. Click here for the full lineup!  Come see what kind of local gifts you can put together at the farm! Enjoy a wood-fired pizza while you're at it!
  

 

  • WORKSHOPS: We have our last round of Wreath Decorating Workshops in our greenhouse with Laurene Hulbig on Saturday and Sunday, at 1pm both days. There are still a couple of openings - reserve online and bring your payment to class. These are the last in the Wine & Design series for 2018! It's been a lot of fun!

 

  • PRODUCE & PROVISIONS:  We are picking spinach, baby kale, vitamin green, mustard mix, and pea tendrils out of the greenhouse and high tunnels this week. We still have those truly baby, sweet-as-candy carrots. There are leeks and celery root for giving so much flavor to winter soups. We have the best garlic around! We have Salanova lettuce mix for an easy salad base. There are plenty of humongous kohlrabi for divvying into sticks for hummus, dip, or just plain crunching. One CSA member said she likes to cut kohlrabi and apple matchsticks, then toss with just salt, pepper, and lemon juice for a yummy side salad that even her kids enjoy! We have lots of cheese spreads, hand dipped ricotta, eggs, cheeses, locally made salami, and Wright's Dairy Farm Eggnog, Coffee & Chocolate Milks coming in for this weekend. The freezer will be restocked with grassfed beef, pastured pork & chicken from Pat's Pastured in East Greenwich, RI. This is not a weekend at the farmstand to be missed!

 

  • MERCHANDISE We have enabled PayPal so we can take credit card payments online. There is a fee (which you don't have to pay if you bring cash or check when you pick up at the farm). You can order gift cards, hats, pint glasses, and onesies. We have a few samples of the onesies for you to look at now, but the rest are being embroidered - Reserve an official White Barn Farm onesie to be picked up at the farm December 15th. We have gift cards, pint glasses, and Farmer Chris Hats in stock now!

   

  • CUTENESS: Our son Graham is growing so fast! He was truly doing work at the farm after school on Monday - I tried using iMovie for the first time to make a video (click here if you want to see it) - I did manage to put two clips together, add music, and make part of it fast forward - but I think my movie editing skills have a loooong way to go! Someday I hope to make videos about how to use fresh produce - simple recipes, basic knife skills, proper veg storage, etc. Everytime I'm at the cutting board I'm wishing I had a GoPro on my head so I could share simple veg prep approaches with all of you!

 

  • REMINDER: We are adding 10% to Farmstand CSA Cards before the end of the year this year! If you need to reload your card - you don't have to wait til January to get your bonus! Minimum $200. Sign up online. You can now pay with a credit card online if you need to - but there is a fee. Mail a check or bring it to the farmstand to avoid the fee!

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