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Posted 6/24/2015 1:14pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Hello CSA Members! We have another great box full of fresh vegetables this week. Take a look below for some delicious recipes!
 
4 Lettuce: These heads of lettuce are great for chopping up and using them for salads. Enjoy!
 
1 Fennel:Throw these babies on the grill as part of your summer cookout spread! The licorice flavor mellows a bit when cooked, and it tastes great seared on cast iron with a simple marinade with lemon and olive oil. Throw it on a bed of cous cous or quinoa!  
 
Bundle Chard: Cool down this summer with a refreshing Green Smoothie!
 
1 Gnome Cabbage:Pointy headed green cabbage. The first choice for this weather/season is a cole slaw. The snap peas, fresh onions, carrots, and fennel could even join the party! If you want a hot side dish give this yummy cabbage with butter a try.  
 
Bundle Carrots: Shaved carrots can be a great to add to your salads and cole slaw this week! Also great raw for a summertime snack.
 
2 Zuchinni:  Cook up some quick and easy Zucchini Fries to add to your dinner!
Bundle Fresh Onions:These will keep freshest in the fridge (treat them almost as a scallion). Good-looking green tops can be used like scallion greens. The bulb is a nice sweet onion. Perfect for a quick pickle, dicing to put on a hot dog, halving to put on a skewer to grill, as a base to tuna salad, or anywhere you would normally want to have an onion. 
 
Kohlrabi: This green circular shaped vegetable can be chopped up into the shape of matchsticks and used to create Kohlrabi Pickles!
 
Bundle Dill: Create a homemade Ranch Dressing for your salads using this fresh bundle of dill, along with the garlic scapes from this weeks' share!
 
Garlic Scapes: Garlic Scape Pesto is a wonderful dip or spread with crackers, as well as a great dressing for pasta dishes!
 
Pint Sugar Snap Peas: Eat them raw for an addictive snack! Also try them as a " Christmas in July" Sugar Snap Pea Pasta dish, and you can use the Garlic Scape Pesto has a dressing for it!
Posted 6/16/2015 2:56pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

 

Hello CSA members! Lots of wonderful new vegetables in this weeks' share followed by some great recipes below to use them with!

 

3 Lettuce heads: Enjoy your salads this week!

1 bunch Garlic Scapes: Create a delicious Garlic Scape infused pesto as a dip or as a pasta sauce.

1 bunch Scallions: Scallion Couscous is a delicious side than is great paired with fish, chicken or pork.

1 Napa Cabbage: Napa is much more tender and sweet than other cabbages. If you are making a slaw with it, a much lighter dressing can be used than with your usual green cabbage. I like sliced Napa in a wrap sandwich (particularly with buffalo chicken, parsley, chunks of blue cheese, and shredded carrot). It is mild enough to add to a regular green salad. It is also nice for adding to a stir fry for the last few minutes. A great stir fry to add Napa Cabbage to is a Beef and Napa Cabbage Stir Fry.

1 Kohlrabi: The bunch of small purple-skinned veggies that look like they just arrived from outer space. Kohlrabi is in the broccoli, cabbage, kale family and it is technically a fat stem, although it looks a little like a root. Indeed, it can be treated a lot like a root. It is good raw or cooked. The easiest preparation is to peel the outer skin and slice it into veggie sticks for snacking with a creamy dressing. (Hot tip: slice the bottom of the bulb off so it has a flat surface to sit on the cutting board – then use a knife to slice off the peel from the top down.) It can also be grated for a fresh slaw. I enjoy roasted cubes or rounds of kohlrabi – it doesn’t take long to cook through – it’s much more tender than a potato or a turnip. Kohlrabi can also make fantastic chips, with just a few additional simple ingredients.I looked up some recipes and found that kohlrabi is popular for Indian curries.

2 Cucumbers: Cool off this warm week with some refreshing Rosemary Infused Cucumber Lemonade!

Broccoli: Pasta salad is nice with broccoli. How about some sesame style noodles with broccoli served cold for lunch. Kids have been giving positive reviews of the fresh broccoli flavor – plain old steamed will do the trick there. Butter or mayo for toppings only if demanded. Lemon and Broccoli are certainly complementary in a pasta dish, particularly with a white wine sauce including butter and finished with parmesan. 

1 Bunch Cilantro:  A Crisp Cucumber Salsa is a great way to use the cilantro and cucumbers from this weeks' share! Great for these hot summer days!

Enjoy the share this week, and thank you for supporting the farm!!

 

Posted 6/11/2015 3:40pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Hi everyone! It's been too long since I wrote to you! Time flies when you're having fun farming!
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In case you haven’t noticed, our Summer Farmstand Hours have started!
Hours through October 31st:
Tuesday through Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturdays: 10am to 2pm
Jordan Brothers Seafood Truck: Tuesdays and Fridays 2pm to 6pm
 
Now for this week's News:
  •   Sweet Pepper Plants: We sold out of sweet pepper seedings the first day of our plant sale on May 16th. We now have planted the farm’s pepper field and leftover plants have been potted up into 4inch pots for $3. See the updated inventory for details!
  • We have potted up any remaining tomato plants into 6inch pots, which are $5. In addition, certain varieties of tomatoes that sold out early at the plant sale and were left over from our field planting have been potted up into 6inch pots. So check the list to see if any of your previously “sold out” favorites are back.  
  • Broccoli: Today we harvested the first broccoli of the season! While supplies last! 
  • Sugar Snap and Snow Peas: a.k.a. “Nature's Candy” are ripe and ready! See if you can make it home without eating them all!  
  • This weekend, Chris' brother Patrick is getting married to the Lovely Lesley at a summer camp in New Hampshire! We are proud to be providing flowers for their wedding reception and bridal bouquets. However, as a result, there may be a shortage of fresh cut flowers at the farmstand this weekend. If we are lucky, Sarah will put together a few bouquets and jelly jar bouquets for all to enjoy!

Also, due to the wedding, Chris and Christy will be absent from the farmstand. White Barn Farm will be left in the care of our fabulous farm crew (in order of tenure at WBF): Ben, Karen, Zach, Dan, Sarah, Paige, and the all-new for 2015 weeding crew! Maybe even more special cameo appearances by other WBF alums. So please be patient, compliment their good work, and only constructively criticize! They are sure to accept tips, verbal and otherwise this weekend! Just kidding about that last part (kind of).

We have the best customers in the world! Can’t wait to feed you all the good stuff cropping up in our fields!  

Take it easy!!!

Christy, Chris, Graham, and the WBF CREW      

 

 

Posted 6/11/2015 11:14am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
csa week 3
Hello Boxed CSA Members!
Here's a quick recap of what was in the box this week:
 
Lettuce: The lime green head of lettuce is called panisse. The other heads of lettuce are other greenleaf lettuce varieties. Enjoy your salads this week!
 
Frisee & Beets: Roasted Beet Salad over Bitter Greens is a great idea to use both the beets and the frisee in your share this week
 
Bok Choy: Bok choy is great sautéed with garlic, a little oil, soy sauce, and chicken stock. You can either quarter it or slice it. I tend to add the stems first and greens second if I slice it cross-wise. In the past I’ve done a nice recipe with quartered bok choy in a pyrex baking dish, tossed with (green) garlic, zested ginger root that I keep in the freezer, olive oil, a dash of soy sauce, and slices of lemon on top. I placed salt and peppered white fish on top of the lemons, added a few pats of butter, covered with foil and baked at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Start a pot of rice at the beginning of the process and you’ll have a nice meal done in about 35 minutes. Bok choy is great for stir fry, too.  
 
Parsley Don't fear the Anchovy!! Tap into your inner Italian: Parsley Anchovy Dressing.
 
Scallions:  These are so tender and sweet you can use them right up to the tip of the leaves. I usually just peel off any dirty outer layer from the base of the white "bulb" at the bottom and they're ready to use . . . I love them in a salad, slaw, or tuna salad. They transform an egg and cheese scramble into something perfect to throw into a tortilla with a spoonful of salsa and sour cream. 
 
Escarole: This is the head of green lettuce-looking stuff. Escarole is a bitter green that can be eaten raw torn into a salad, but is more often cooked or added to soups. My favorite preparation is Escarole & White Beans. I cook the coarsely chopped greens with olive oil and garlic, add a can of cannelloni beans with the juice, add enough stock for the desired thickness of the soup, and simmer until the flavors meld a little bit. You could certainly include sausage or little meatballs (for an Italian Wedding Soup style). I recently heard of stuffed escarole rolls. I assume you quickly blanch or steam the whole leaves to make them pliable, then fill with a rice, cheese, and herb stuffing, then bake with a little sauce or stock. But to be sure I would look up a recipe. 
Posted 5/29/2015 8:38pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Vegetable Bonanza! It's been another long day at the farm and it is already so late! But hurray for all of our tomatoes getting planted! Eggplant and Peppers are on deck . . .

Almost all of tomorrow's offerings were featured in this week's CSA box at White Barn Farm. Tuesday was the first share for our CSA Members, and I sent them an email describing all the goodies and giving some recipe ideas. Check it out on the blog to give you an idea of what's going to be happening at the farmstand or to inspire you to try a new recipe!

We picked all this goodness from our fields today:

Radishes

Green Garlic. seasonal specialty! seriously, read the blog (skip the CSA pickup section) for a full description and ideas on how to use everything!

Spinach and Swiss Chard, Multiple Kales

Cilantro, Parsley

Bok Choy

200 Heads of Lettuce. Including big beautiful butterheads and gorgeous dark red romaine.

butterhead lettuce

Arugula. bigger leaves by the bunch and smaller ones looseleaf 

Mustard Green Bundles

THIS IS THE LAST SATURDAY FOR JORDAN BROTHERS SEAFOOD

STARTING IN JUNE (this coming Tuesday) THE TRUCK WILL BE AT THE FARMSTAND

TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS, 2PM TO 6PM

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WHITE BARN FARMSTAND SUMMER HOURS START TUESDAY!

Tuesday through Friday: 10am to 6pm

Saturdays: 10am to 2pm

 

We still have plants for your gardens and containers. I just updated the inventory this evening. And now that we are planting our plants from the field, we will pot up extras of popular varieties that sold out early, starting next week.

Looking forward to seeing you all. It's been a great May! Don't miss Arts on the Common tomorrow, too :)

Thanks!

Christy at White Barn Farm

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Posted 5/27/2015 9:52am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Hello Everybody! Now that you are all on the email list*, I'm proud to be sending off a description of the first share of the year!
 
*if you are on this list and are not part of the 2015 CSA and/or don't want to be on this list, reply telling me so, and I'll remove your email.
 
First, here is a run-down of pick up details:
  • Pickup is at the farmstand from 2pm to 6pm every Tuesday until October 20th, week 22. Your box will be in the white van parked to the side of the farmstand towards Wrentham center. There is a table on the side of the farmstand shed where you will see the chalkboard list of the share's contents, a display share, and your clothespin.
  • Find the clothespin with your name on it and drop it in the basket below so we know you picked up. At the end of the night, I can tell who didn't pick up by just looking at the pins left on the lines, rather than cross referencing a sign-in board and a list of 60 people!
  • If you know you can't make it before 6pm, but would still like to pick up on Tuesday evening, we can leave it on the sign-in/display share table for you. Just call or text Christy 774-210-0359 or send an email. Let us know whether it will be every week or just a one time thing.
  • If you forget to pick up your share, we can have it for you at the farmstand on Wednesday (open 10am to 6pm). Just call, text, or email to let us know you are going to pick it up. If we don't hear from you, we donate forgotten shares to family, staff, or the food pantry.
  • If you know you are going to be away, you can send any friend, neighbor, etc. to pick up for you. Just make sure they know what to do and drop your clothespin in the basket. You don't have to let me know, but you can if you want.
  • Bring your waxed box back each week and place it on the cart next to the sign in table. The boxes are pricey and can't be recycled like corrugated cardboard because of the wax, so I really want to reuse them. Some members bring their grocery bags and unpack their share right at pickup so they don't have to deal with remembering to bring it back. Try not to rip your box! Here is a video about how to break them down properly.
  • I attempt to send an email each week describing the box and giving some recipe ideas. Managing the farm and my family is crazy and I do not always do it in a timely manner. If you have a smartphone, it's a good idea to take a picture of the chalkboard so you at least have a list of your veggies. good old pencil and paper work too!  That way, the process of elimination or google can help you identify an unfamiliar vegetable. 
  • We have a recipe page on our website. There is a widget on the side that helps you search the recipe. type in a veggie name and some ideas should pop up. i also post each CSA email to the blog, so there should be six years of past CSA emails archived on there. I also recommend the cookbooks we have for sale at the farmstand, put out by a coalition of CSAs in Madison, WI.
  • We welcome your recipes and ideas for using your share!
 
week one chalkboard
Radish. Pretty little rubies!! perfect for jazzing up a salad. If you think radishes are too spicy, try slicing them very thin using a mandolin or shredding them on a box grater. You can also make a quick pickle (classic mexican taco garnish). or sautee briefly in butter. Here's an idea for a tasty tidbit to snack on while dinner's cooking (warning: it calls for 4 cups of radishes and you maybe have 1): Radish Spread
 
Green Garlic This is the whole garlic plant, pulled before it begins to differentiate into separate cloves. You use it much like leeks - the white part is tender and the leaves are mostly for putting in a stockpot (especially to make a yummy stock for soup or risotto). It is potent. You will want to chop it up and use about how much of a mature garlic clove you would use for any given recipe. You can slice it and throw it in with olive oil for sauteeing your bok choy or swiss chard. It would be perfect in pestos and whatnot. There are even recipes for green garlic soup! How about this for a delicious sandwich/burger spread or veggie dip: green garlic aioli
 
Swiss Chard. Chard is a lovely green that is productive and longstanding in the garden. It is in the same family as spinach and can be used almost interchangeably. Unlike spinach, chard has thick ribs and stems. If you are going for very tender spinachy greens, strip the greens off the stems before cooking. I tend to chop the stems into 1/2 inch or so pieces and throw those in with some garlic and olive oil to soften while I coarsely chop the rest of the bunch and add to the stems once they're softened. I toss the leaves to coat with the oil and garlic and wait for it to be bright green, then remove from heat. It's tasty just like that or you can add it to whatever you want - pizza, eggs, pasta, grain salads, whatever. I'm also fond of steaming chard - again, just til bright green (NOT army green unless you like that sort of thing). Then finish with a pat of butter and a dash of cider vinegar. simple! For something new, try swiss chard salsa verde
 
Arugula. Arugula Pesto Cous Cous. I would definitely use a little piece of your green garlic and add some parlsey, spinach and/or chard to give you the 1lb of greens called for in the recipe.
 
Spinach. Try your hand at a spinach pie. The recipe calls for 1 lb of spinach, and you probably only got a half pound in your share, so I'd say make up the difference with your swiss chard, stripped off the stems.
 
Mustard Mix. For salad. Wash, dry, and add some Annie's Goddess dressing. or your own homemade tahini-lemon dressing, of course. Delicious in a veggie sandwich, too.
 
Lettuce. Four Heads of spring lettuce. yum! I like to cut off the bottoms, get the dirt that collects at the base off by rubbing the base of the ribs under running water, then plunge the pretty clean leaves into cold water. allow the dirt to settle. lift out of the bowl (distrubing the dirt that has settled as little as possible). then pat dry with towels or use your salad spinner. If you don't have one, you should get one. Dry lettuce leaves store beautifully, loosely packed in a plastic bag in the fridge. Dry lettuce leaves also hold onto salt, pepper, and olive oil or salad dressing much better than wet leaves. Ever since the advent of clamshells of triple washed baby lettuce leaves from CA, more and more salad spinners have been appearing at St Vincent's, Savers, etc. if you're a thrift shop lover.
 
Bok Choy. What a great spring crop. Now we just have to popularize its use! Bok Choy is great in a stir-fry. I even like to chop the ribs thin and toss into fresh salads (kind of like celery). There is a delicious bok choy salad recipe with lots of variations and here are a couple of ideas for a side dish: Creamy Bok Choy Slaw and  Hot and Sour Bok Choy
 
Parsley. Those of you who have been in the CSA for years know all about my love for parsley and how I give everything the "parsley treatment" - salads, sandwiches, quesadillas, rice, pasta, soups, chicken or tuna salad, etc. I recommend rinsing, patting dry, chopping off the stems (put in your stockpot collection if you have one), and chopping the whole bunch at once. If possible, allow the chopped parsley to dry out a little, then throw it in a container in the fridge so you can easily add a pinch to anything/everything.  Parsley is a key chimichurri ingredient, and lots of you may have some mint and/or oregano in your garden or containers, so the only herb you would need from the store is cilantro.
 
Thank you all so much for your blind faith, buying 22 weeks of mystery produce from your local farmers! We love what we do and are so happy to provide good food to our community. YOU make it possible. We are so grateful.
 
Feel free to email with questions.
 
Take Care!
Christy and all the farm family and crew at White Barn Farm!!!
Posted 5/22/2015 1:07pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Hello? Hello! If you are not already on vacation or going to be gone, READ ON! We will be open on Saturday, 10am to 2pm, and the harvest is getting heftier around here.  Our fields are yielding tons of greens, salad ingredients, and herbs for you!

If you missed the Plant Sale or still have room in your garden - we still have plants. Check out the updated inventory on the plant sale page of our website.

We are open the rest of the Saturdays in May: 10am to 2pm

Summer Hours begin Tuesday, June 2nd:
Tuesday - Friday: 10am to 6pm
and always Saturdays: 10am to 2pm
 
Beginning June 2nd, Jordan Brothers Seafood joins us Tuesdays and Fridays 2pm to 6pm
logo by Soraya

Jordan Brothers Seafood will join us from 10am to 2pm with the most exquisite seafood around.

We harvested 100 bunches of spinach last week and sold every one! We challenge you as a community to do it again!!!

We have plenty of parsley, and a wee bit of mint and oregano. The basil plants for sale could easily be pinched back low to make them bushier and provide you with a few sprigs of fresh basil!

We have gorgeous Baby Romaine lettuce - red and green. It is so lovely you really could just wash, spin and serve with just salt and olive oil - Italian-style. But it is also a perfect base for a big mixed salad, of course.

Lots of fresh-cut Arugula this week. We have a Mustard Mix for you to try, too.

French Breakfast Radishes

No shortage of Bunches of Bok Choy, Kale, and Chard for your side of greens, egg scramble, massaged kale salad, bok choy salad, chard and golden raisins tapas . . .

red russian kale

We will have eggs from Puddingstone Organics in Middleboro and An Baile Nua Farm in Plainville - while the supply holds out

Franklin Honey and Harms Maple Syrup for Sweetening.

Sheldonville Coffee Beans and Iggy's Bread for weekend delight!

Looking forward to seeing everyone in the Wrentham area this weekend. Send your neighbor, mother-in-law, or cat to shop for you if you're gone ;)

Thanks to you all, we lead this crazy lifestlye!!!!!

Sending Gratitude! Christy and Chris and Graham at WBF

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Posted 5/21/2015 7:40am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

We will be open Saturday, May 23rd. 10am to 2pm.

Plants left from our mega Plant Sale last Weekend will be Available!

I just updated the Inventory

Posted 5/15/2015 12:33pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Hello Everybody! It is Plant Sale Weekend Again! This Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 4pm.
This is number seven for White Barn Farm. What a time of excitement and bustle! In fact, there has been so much bustle that I am not sending this email until Plant Sale Eve! Yikes! Please share this info if you have any gardening friends, or just see someone at a big box store about to buy a sad tomato . . .
 
Here's the Lineup:
 
White Barn Farmstand: Saturday 10am to 2pm 
french breakfast radishes and spring lettuce   logo by Soraya
  • Bunches of Broccoli Raab, Spinach, Kale, Bok Choy, and Swiss Chard
  • French Breakfast and Red Radishes,  Turnip Greens w/ tiny turnips
  • Baby Heads of Romaine Lettuce and Bags of tender Arugula
  • Mason Jars of Fresh-Cut Lilacs. $8 plus tax plus $2 deposit on the jar.
  • Cookbooks, WBF Pint Glasses, Gift Cards, Art Cards
  • Iggy's Bread
  • Sheldonville Roasters Coffee Beans
  • Harms Family Farm Syrup
  • High Mowing Organic Seeds - carrots, beans, cilantro, etc. Mostly the stuff we don't sell as plants.
 
JORDAN BROTHERS SEAFOOD  
the freshest, best quality seafood around. I don't need to tell most of you!
Saturday: 10am to 2pm (as for all Saturdays in May)
Taylor Jordan with the Seafood Truck
 
4Paws Animal Shelter Bakesale
yummy baked goods for a good cause (and a convenient low blood sugar remedy)
 
WMR Woodworking
Brother Will is trekking up from his new homeland of New Jersey to sell his beautifully crafted wooden cutting boards, utensils, and more . . . 
Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 12pm
Will Raymond, woodworker and brother extraordinaire
 
 
Lizanne Handmade Pottery
Gorgeous pieces of art that you can use!
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 1pm, both days
 
Hyphen Designs
Beautiful and Whimsical Clothing Handmade by Kelsey with all sorts of repurposed materials and lots of creativity! Handmade Jewelry made by her husband, Devon.
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 4pm, both days
 
Franklin Honey
Truly Local Raw Honey and Wonderful Bee Products
Their lip balm and hand cream are divine. I treat my farming hands and feet with the hand cream before bed and always keep a couple lip balms and soaps on hand for gifts (and me!).
They use no chemicals in their beekeeping and have several hives here at our farm!
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 2pm, both days
Roger checking the bees         Franklin Honey
 
 AND NOW, THE MEAT OF THE MESSAGE:
OUR PLANT SALE IS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MAY 16 & 17
10AM TO 4PM BOTH DAYS
 
We grow all of our plants from seed*, seeded by hand in our greenhouse into McEnroe Organic Potting Soil and fed only with Neptune's Harvest Organic Fish & Seafood Fertilizer
{ both items, plus McEnroe Organic Compost are for sale, too }
We pot up all those little seedlings by hand, label them by hand (Go Ganga!!)
and haul them across the road for the big event.
*the only exception is that we bought rosemary, thyme, lavender, mint, and sage plugs from certified organic nurseries: Hillcrest Nursery and Mountain Valley Growers
 
TIPS FOR A GREAT PLANT SALE
 
Don't arrive early and expect us to not be running around like maniacs. We open at 10am.
 
Cash and checks make the line move faster. Credit and Debit are also accepted. Sorry, you can't use your Farmstand CSA Debit Card for plants at the Plant Sale. You may use it for anything at the farmstand, though.
 
if you have a box hanging around your garage, bring it along to put your plants into.
 
pack water to drink and bring some patience in case things get crazy
 
Please enter, exit, and park with care. Chris' dad, Rich, and my Uncle David have a tradition of directing the parking of cars. They wanted official WBF Parking Crew shirts that said "Don't Run Me Ovah!" on the back. I am so disappointed in myself for not making this happen.
 
There are only two prices for plants: $3 for 4inch pots (all the tomatoes are in those)
$3 for mini-6packs (12 of these fit in a flat, as opposed to regular 6-packs, only 8 per flat)
$5 for regular 6-packs 
$5 for 4-packs
 
The deal with splitting packs:
We are happy to split regular 6-packs and 4-packs in half for you
in half only, please (don't cut 6's into thirds or 4's into singles)
You must ask one of our assistants to cut it with scissors and label the remaining half for you.
Helpers will be wearing aprons containing scissors, a sharpie, and blank labels.
the price of a half pack is $2.50
 
If a cell is empty, you will not be charged for it
The per cell price to subtract if there is one missing: 
mini 6-pack: 50 cents
regular 6-pack: $1
(okay math whizzes, I know it's not exact, but .83 is not a good number to deal with)
4-pack: $1.25
 
Take note of which items are of limited quantity on the Plant Sale inventory and have a second choice on deck. Particularly if you send your husband with a list!!!
 
I am so excited for all my little seedlings to go off and do great things for the community!!!!
Plant your tomatoes deep, pinch the basil tips pronto, water when dry
and love those plants!!!
 
Thank you to all of you plant enthusiasts, our crew, our volunteers and family "volunteers"
You are all amazing! 
christy at last year's sale  Family volunteers Aunt Ann Natalizia and Sister-in-Law Jess
 
See you soon!
Christy and Chris at White Barn Farm
 
 
Posted 4/30/2015 10:58am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Opening Day at White Barn Farm. Let the Consistency Begin!!!
 
EVERY SATURDAY IN MAY. 10AM TO 2PM.
JORDAN BROTHERS SEAFOOD, TOO 
 
Our Plant Sale is May 16 & 17th 10am to 4pm, both days. We will still have our farmstand amidst the plant sale craziness, Saturday, 10am to 2pm.
 
Here's what's on the docket for this Saturday, May 2nd:

Swiss Chard. larger leaves than before, but still wonderfully tender and just delicious. Two exhausted farmers and their grandmother had onions, swiss chard, and a leftover already cooked organic-yet-still-bright-orange-macaroni and cheese from a box, last night. The chard and onions really elevated the dish. Seriously it hit the spot and the presence of the chard preserved our dignity!

Spinach. the final harvest from our high tunnels. But we do have more spinach coming along nicely in the field . . .

Basil Tips. the delightful byproduct of pruning our greenhouse plants! Aromatherapy!!

bok choy

Baby Bok Choy and Broccoli Raab. the first spring-planted crops coming out of our high tunnels! Get ready for some vital flavor and freshness. These are vegetables to build a dish around.

Spring-Dug Parsnips from Vanguarden CSA. The spring-dug are said to be the sweetest. My aunt made fabulous, simple parsnips on the stovetop, with just a little butter and olive oil, salt and pepper, covered until tender. Parsnips are a sweet alternative to potatoes, rice, or pasta in the starch department. If your family enjoys mashed potatoes - try half parsnips half potatoes and see what they think! Vanguarden uses Organic Methods, too.

Scallions and Lettuce Mix from Medway Community Farm. From the amazing farmers in Medway, and our good buddies, Kevin and Brittany. Organic Methods, too.

Iggy's Bread. Baguettes, Olive Bread, Francese (what they serve at Cafe Assisi), and of course, Sticky Buns! Almond, Chocolate, and Plain Croissants.

Sheldonville Roasters Coffee Beans. 1 lb bags of freshly roasted beans. Freshly Brewed Coffee by the cup for the early crew, as well.

Franklin Honey. in 1lb or 2lb jars this time. ($11 and $20, respectively)

EGGS while supplies last. See the news below for an update on the whereabouts of our chickens.

MASSACHUSETTS MAPLE! Yummy Syrup for pancakes and waffles of course, but also lovely for salad dressings, marinades, and special drinks! Harms Family Farm, Brookfield, MA.

McEnroe Organic Compost. For adding to a hole you are planting into or amending your garden soil in general: $10 for a 40lb bag.

McEnroe Organic Potting Soil. Perfect for containers or seed starting: $15 for a 22Qt bag.

Neptune's Harvest Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer. Just mix into water in a watering can. It's what we feed our seedlings with in the greenhouse (every 7-10 days once true leaves appear). We lovingly call it fish sauce here at the farm. Hot tip: Use all of the diluted mix when you make it, if you let it sit it will smell positively putrid. We know!

WBF Pint Glasses, Gift Cards, and Note Cards will be available if you've got a White Barn Farm fan in mind for Mother's Day or anything else.

Cold-hardy Seedlings: Broccoli, Arugula, Mustard Mix, Onions, maybe more

TOMORROW IS MAY!!!!
THE DEADLINE TO GET YOUR PAYMENT IN FOR THE MAXIMUM RETURN ON YOUR FARMSTAND CSA CARD IS MAY 1ST. WE ADD 10% TO YOUR CARD.
 
But we are your soft organic farming friends and of course we will give you until Saturday, May 2nd. If you bring your check to the farmstand, we will still add 10% to your card. After that, 5%.
 
I just entered some of the inventory already completed for our Plant Sale if you are curious about what varieties we are growing this year. Also, note that the Garden Club's annual Plant Sale is also May 16th. Hit them up too and git her all done!! Here's their official blurb:
"The Sohoanno Garden Club of Wrentham will host its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 16th from 9 a.m.-noon at the Town Center Parking Lot in Wrentham (corner of routes 1A and 140). This sale is the club’s primary fund raiser, with the proceeds used for beautification and ecological projects and events in Wrentham. The sale features a wide range of hardy perennials from local gardens, as well as related crafts sure to delight the garden enthusiast.  
For more information, please visit the club’s Facebook page at Wrentham’s Sohoanno Garden Club."
 
If you have a place in mind to hang one of our plant sale posters or place a stack of postcard size flyers, let us know at the farmstand and we'll give you some to spread about. Grassroots!!
graham and the chickens
 
And the Chicken News! After much debate and internal struggle, we have decided to give our chicken operation (rolling coop, chickens, doghouse, dog and all) to a new farmer in Plainville, Sean McCartan. His farm is named An Baile Nua Farm (pronounced "Bally Noe"), which is the name of where he comes from in County Down, Northern Ireland. His family lives at an old horse farm which has lots of pasture, goats, chickens, and now, more chickens. We have too much going on already here with a very diversified vegetable farm (and a two and a half year old son) to truly focus on the chicken operation. We were losing time and money we just can't afford. Sean has purchased a grain silo so he can buy organic feed more economically (Soy-free Green Mountain Organic Layer Pellets, if you're interested in buying some for your backyard birds, too). He already has plans to make more efficient feeders and waterers and best of all, he has a couple other dogs and experience training dogs, so he can work with our wonderful, beautiful livestock guardian dog, Cider. We are going to miss our sweet girl, but feel very good about where she is going. Sean hopes she will eventually guard the goats as he rotates them through pasture. I'm confident we will be up to visit a fair share, too, especially since Sean's two boys have recently become like big brothers to our boy, Graham.
And! The good news is that we will still be selling eggs from happy birds raised on pasture and organic feed. We are hoping that with his ability to focus on the operation, he can better keep up with the fantastic demand for eggs we have here at the farmstand.
 
Thank you as always!
We appreciate your support and are really excited to start seeing everyone on a more regular basis!
See you Soon!
Christy, Chris, and Graham at White Barn Farm