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Posted 5/22/2017 12:23pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Hi! We apologize for the last minute reminder and are blaming plant sale madness!

If you are getting this email, you signed up for any of the CSA segments this year. ( if you did NOT sign up for the spring share, disregard this notice - we haven't had a moment to separate out the mailing lists!) The Spring CSA Boxed Share begins tomorrow so I figured it should just be sent immediately! 

Normally the farmstand will be open during CSA pick-up, but we don't start weekday hours until next week, May 30th. Jordan Brothers Seafood truck will be there on Tuesdays 2pm to 6pm beginning May 30th also. Now this from Farmer Chris:

Howdy committed members of white barn farm

thank you all for your purchase of white barn farm 2017 spring share.  Your commitment to good local food helps white barn farm buy seeds, employ workers, and invest in capital improvements for this little vegetable operation.  now all the planning and hard work has paid off and the wait is over.  FIRST SHARE BEGINS TOMORROW!!!!

CSA Pick up procedure

1. pick up is located at shed next to farmstand tent. PARK at our farmstand.

2. pick up starts at 2pm and ends at 6pm

3. your share will be boxed and ready for pick up in the white van. (you can drop your empty box off the following week)

4. you will receive an email with share details either tuesday or wednesday of the week of the share

5. when you pick up your share put the clothespin with your name into the basket

6. if you can not pick up share please try and contact us so we can make other arrangements.

 

thank you once again, can't do this farm without your help.

see you soon and enjoy the bounty!!!

famers

chris, christy and graham

 

Posted 5/19/2017 12:59pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Hey there everyone! 
 
We're gearing up for an amazing weekend at the farm - the weather looks fantastic AND it's the 9th Annual Plant Sale Weekend
 
 
It's been a busy week getting ready and the seedlings have all been basking in this newfound sun and warm weather. With all of the cooler temperatures this spring, they were off to a slow start, but now that the heat has kicked up, they are starting to take off! 
 
There are some pretty exciting things in store for this weekend including some upbeat live music, vendors that you won't want to miss, AND new additions to the plant sale! Check them out!
 
Because we are big fans of listening to music while we farm, garden, work or shop, we've got a great live band that will be performing: 
 
ISLES VIBE
Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 - 2:30 p.m.
 
Perfect for all events and all ages! Performing Calypso, Reggae, Bossa, Motown, Jazz and other popular styles.
We offer island favorites including vocal tunes by Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley, and Harry Belafonte, Caribbean steel drum instrumentals like Guantanamera, Yellow Bird, and The Lion Sleeps Tonight, as well as classic songs from artists like Van Morrison, James Taylor, The Beatles, Sting, and Paul Simon, to name a few. The group includes Wrentham residents Bill and Cindy
Jones (Piano and Vocals), KP Percussion Instructor, Ryan Loud (Steel Drums, Vibes, Percussion) and Foxboro resident, Steve Gaudreau (Saxophone).
 
White Barn Farmstand: Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
 
 
​Our farmstand will be set up during the plant sale, so don't worry, you can stock up on all your fresh produce, meat and dry goods needs before or after shopping for your plants. Here's what's on the list for harvesting this week: 
  • Bags of spinach, mustard greens and arugula
  • Spring mix and microgreens
  • Butterhead lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Cilantro
We'll also have these fabulous (and local!) products available at the farmstand as well:
  • Local Farm Eggs: supplied by Birchwold Farm (across from Joe's Rock down West St.) ($6.25/dozen)
  • Frozen Ground Beef and Chicken legs and thighs from Pat's Pastured in East Greenwich, RI. We will have Pat's eggs from pastured birds fed non-GMO grain, too ($5.25/dozen)
  • Frozen Pork - a variety of cuts - from pastured heritage breed pigs raised by the famous Floyd at Burnshirt Valley Farm in Barre, MA
  • Sheldonville Roasters Coffee Beans
  • Franklin Honey
  • Dry Beans from Baer's Best of East Berwick, Maine.
  • Harms Family Farm Maple Syrup from Colrain, MA. 
  • White Barn Farm Pint Glasses, gift cards
  • High Mowing Organic Seeds - carrots, beans, cilantro, etc.
  • Iggy's Bread baked daily and delivered fresh in the morning from their bakery in Cambridge, MA. Plus sticky buns and croissants!
  • Dried Organic Cranberries from Fairland Farm
  • Narragansett Creamery Mozzarella Balls, Sea Salty Feta, and Atwells Gold Cheese
  • Goat Cheese from Beltane Farm in Lebanon, CT - Chèvre
  • Non-GMO Canola and Sunflower Oils - cold pressed by Full Sun Company in Middlebury, VT - from non-GMO seeds grown on family farms. Their website includes some great salad dressing recipes!
 
The freshest, best quality seafood around!
Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 2 pm
 
 
Saturday: 10am - 2 pm
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!
 
Lizanne Handmade Pottery and Sandy Smith Pottery
Saturday: 10am - 2pm
Gorgeous handmade pottery by these two local artisans. An incredible gift (or maybe just a special treat for yourself.) :) 
 
WMR Woodworking
 
Brother Will is trekking up from his homeland of New Jersey and will display his beautifully crafted wooden cutting boards, utensils, and more at our farmstand.
If this busy working family can rearrange their schedule - Beautiful and Whimsical Clothing Handmade by Kelsey with all sorts of repurposed materials and lots of creativity! Handmade Jewelry made by her husband, Devon.


Delicious Baked Goods for a Great Cause! 
 
4Paws Animal Shelter Bakesale: Saturday 10am to 2pm
 
SWISH Bake Sale on Sunday
SWISH stands for Students With Illnesses Score Help. "SWISH began 12 years ago as the brainchild of many Wrentham Elementary staff members. They saw that there was a need in the community to help students and their families out during difficult times. They understood that there were families in the Wrentham community who were going through traumatic spells that needed a little bit of sunshine in their lives. Over these past 10 years, SWISH has provided dinners, tutoring, gas cards, camp scholarships and more for these families. If there is a family in need, SWISH has been there to help."
 
And now, the part of the email you've all scrolled down to read!....
 
THE PLANT SALE
 
Saturday AND Sunday, May 20 and 21 from 10-4 each day. 
We grow all of our plants from seed*, seeded by hand in our greenhouse into Organic Vermont Compost Potting Soil and fed only with Neptune's Harvest Organic Fish & Seafood Fertilizer
{both items, plus Organic Vermont Compost potting soil, compost and compost plus are for sale, too}
We pot up all those little seedlings by hand
and haul them across the road for the big event.
*the only exception is that we bought perennial herb plugs from certified organic nurseries: Hillcrest Nursery (the extra cost involved means these are the one category of 4" pots that are $4.50, not $3.00)
 
***New this year!!! Strawberry Planters for sale!***
 
 
 
We have strawberry plants and will be selling them in groups of five plants in low-maintenance hanging planters. 
These plants are everbearing, so they will produce all summer long! Delicious organic strawberries on your front patio, back patio, whereever you decide to hang your planter - can't get any better than that! 
 
Price for the strawberry planters is: $25/hanging planter
 
Side note: If you look to the right of the plant sale, you'll see our freshly planted strawberry patch! We are hoping to have pick-your-own strawberries next year! 
 
For your gardening needs...
 
Did we mention High Mowing Organic Seeds? :) 
It is a great time to plant carrots, beans, cilantro from seed! So grab some and add an extra row to your garden! 
 
Organic Vermont Compost potting soil, compost, and compost plus. 
* We suggest grabbing a bag of manure compost or compost plus and using it when you plant your seedlings to enrich the soil a bit. Just put a handful or two in the hole that you dig to plant your seedlings. 

Neptune's Harvest organic Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 
*This is a great organic food for your plants! A small bottle goes a long way (since you dilute it when you use). So grab some for those tomatoes, new strawberries, peppers, anything you are planting at home this year! 
Tips For A Great Plant Sale
 
Don't come early - you'll see a bunch of people running around like crazy. 10 a.m. is the start time - that's when we open. 
 
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. 
 
Bring a box if you can - We will have some extras available, but if you've got one hanging around your garage, please bring it along to put your seedlings in. 
 
Pack an extra dose of patience in case things get crazy. Get your zen on in the morning and bring your best smile. Just think how exciting it is that so many people are showing up to buy organically, locally grown seedlings to grow in their gardens! 
 
Please enter, exit, and park with care. Chris' dad, Rich, and my Uncle David have a tradition of directing the parking of cars. We still haven't gotten them their requested WBF Parking Crew shirts that say, "Don't Run Me Ovah!" on the back, so just pretend they are wearing them. Maybe it will happen next year! 
 
Remember - Sunday is a GREAT day to shop for plants, too! If you aren't looking for a specific variety of vegetable or flower that we may only have a small amount of, Sunday is a great choice to come to the plant sale. You might even be able to stroll around it a few times before making decisions. AND Chris and Christy may be breathing on the regular again and will likely be available to answer questions, too! 
 
PRICING:
$3 for 4inch pots (almost all the tomatoes are in those)
$3 for mini-6packs (12 of these fit in a flat, as opposed to large 6-packs, only 8 per flat)
$5 for large 6-packs 
$5 for 4-packs
*perennial herbs that we grew from organic plugs we bought in are $4.50 in a 4" pot
 
The deal with splitting packs:
 
We are happy to split large 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 by perusing our Plant Sale Inventory and have a second choice on deck. Particularly if you send your husband with a list!!!
 
AND...Keep in mind that Wrentham's Sohoanno Garden Club is holding their annual Plant Sale this weekend - Saturday from 9-12 in the center of Wrentham. They have all sorts of perennial plants from divisions and a super cool fairy garden exhibit this year! Stop on by and grab some plants. 
**Located in the parking lot in Wrentham Town Center across from the Congregational Church at the intersection of 140 and 1A. 

Pass this info along to all of your gardening friends, or better yet, bring your non-gardening friends along - it's never too late to grow your own! We can't wait to hear all about the amazing backyard gardening adventures that these seedlings go on. Make sure to share with us throughout the season!  
THANK YOU for your commitment to buying local and all of the support you give us! 
 
Oh yeah! And don't forget, we'll be open on Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) as well, so any seedlings we have left will be for sale then, too. Our season is just beginning and we have so many new things in store for 2017 - pots of amazing edibles and flowers galore, some new varieties, so get ready! This is just the beginning!
 
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Posted 5/11/2017 8:55pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Happy Mother's Day weekend everyone! Three pieces of news:

  • CLOSED for Mother's Day (weather looks frightful - perfect for lazy breakfast/brunch time!)
  • Open until 4pm this Saturday, May 13th.
  • Tool Sharpening Workshop with expert Brian Huckins is still on! Get yourself empowered! Saturday morning, 10am to 12pm. $25 - save your spot @ signupgenius
  • We are again offering the Flower CSA! And it would make a superb mother's day gift! as would a Farmstand Gift Card!
  • We have plenty of fixings to make an all-local homemade meal for your mom, or a mom you know (I'm talking to you, partners of moms with kids too small to know about Mother's Day!)
  • We have lots of plants (and potting soil!) that could be planted into a container to make a neato edible planter! All spring, we have been dreaming up combos and starting new stuff from seed for this purpose! Keep an eye out for White Barn Farm Edible Planters when they finally materialize!  

 

We're celebrating Mother's Day at White Barn Farm!!

We are OPEN Saturday, May 13th 

10am to 4pm

with Jordan Brothers Seafood  (Sat 10-2)

 CLOSED this Sunday, May 14th

 

Plant Sale next weekend

Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm

Rain or shine!

 

Hi folks! This is Erina, the Office Assistant at White Barn Farm, reporting this week's updates to give Super-Mom-Extraordinaire Farmer Christy a much needed reprieve from the behind-the-scenes work at the farm. Being a mom myself, it's inspiring to be around this beautiful farm and wonderful family and, especially, support them during a much needed holiday (for both of us) this weekend. Speaking of, we have lots in store for one excellent day of market shopping this weekend!

Featured this weekend:

  • Cold Hardy Seedlings - click the link for this weekend's Early Plant Sale inventory
  • Baby Kale Mix
  • French Breakfast Radishes
  • Mustard Greens - perfect for a quick wilt or braise
  • Butterhead & Romaine lettuce
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Specialty Microgreen/ Pea Tendril Mix
  • Cilantro
  • Bunches of Viburnum and Lilacs
  • Franklin Honey - raw, unfiltered honey (in part from hives right here at WBF). If you live around these parts - it's local! Plus Franklin Honey Soaps - experience the fragrance
  • Local Farm Eggs: supplied by Birchwold Farm (across from Joe's Rock down West St.) ($6.25/dozen)
  • Frozen Ground Beef from Pat's Pastured in East Greenwich, RI (for real this time). We will have Pat's eggs from pastured birds fed non-GMO grain, too ($5.25/dozen)
  • Frozen Pork - lots of different cuts - from pastured heritage breed pigs raised by the famous Floyd at Burnshirt Valley Farm in Barre, MA
  • Dry Beans from Baer's Best of East Berwick, Maine. 
  • High Mowing Seeds for Sprouting AND those super-cool mason jar lids for easily rinsing and draining your sprouts without fussing with cheesecloth and rusty metal bands.
  • Iggy's Bread baked daily and delivered fresh in the morning from their bakery in Cambridge, MA. Plus sticky buns and croissants!
  • Jordan Brothers Seafood
  • Non-GMO Canola and Sunflower Oils - cold pressed by Full Sun Company in Middlebury, VT - from non-GMO seeds grown on family farms. Their website includes some great salad dressing recipes!

For your gardening projects:

  • Neptune's Harvest organic Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer

* * * * * * * * *

This Saturday, May 13, we are offering a workshop to give you the skills to keep your tools sharp and working well. Nothing worse than dull clippers!! Click below to read all about it and sign up:

Gardener's Tool Sharpening workshop

* * * * * * * * 

Gifts for Mom!! In need of last minute gift ideas? Offer her a season of beautiful bouquets of flowers by purchasing a Flower CSA

We also have Gift Cards that can be used at our Farmstand all season long!

* * * * * * * * 

 

Thank you from the crew at White Barn Farm

 

Posted 5/4/2017 6:04pm by christy kantlehner.

Howdy Everybody! Three pieces of news:

  • it's opening weekend
  • we are offering a tool sharpening workshop with expert Brian Huckins
  • our Plant Sale Poster is here



It's Opening Weekend

for the Farmstand at White Barn Farm 

Every Saturday & Sunday in May!

10am to 2pm

with Jordan Brothers Seafood  (Sat & Sun, 10-2)

The tent is up! Thank you Mike and Chris! I was skeptical that we could maneuver it back over our two walls! The plant situation is overflowing. As soon as any space in any greenhouse opens, it is instantly flooded with more plants! I am going a little nutty, but feeling great about the quality of the plants and the vegetables we are producing right now. I am off to a dear childhood friend's wedding this weekend, so take it easy on the crew! If you can't get to the market on Saturday, don't forget we are open on Sunday, too! Bring a cardboard box for seedlings and a reusable  bag for your groceries. Thank you for all of your support! You know we could not farm without your encouragement and patronage!

Featured this weekend:

  • Cold Hardy Seedlings - click the link for this weekend's Early Plant Sale inventory
  • Baby Kale Mix
  • French Breakfast Radishes
  • Mustard Greens - perfect for a quick wilt or braise
  • Broccoli Raab
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Baby Bok Choy
  • Specialty Microgreen/ Pea Tendril Mix
  • Fresh Lilacs
  • Franklin Honey - raw, unfiltered honey (in part from hives right here at WBF). If you live around these parts - it's local! Plus Franklin Honey Soaps - experience the fragrance
  • Local Farm Eggs: supplied by both Birchwold Farm (across from Joe's Rock down West St.) ($6.25/dozen)
  • Frozen Ground Beef from Pat's Pastured in East Greenwich, RI (for real this time). We will have Pat's eggs from pastured birds fed non-GMO grain, too ($5.25/dozen)
  • Frozen Pork - lots of different cuts - from pastured heritage breed pigs raised by the famous Floyd at Burnshirt Valley Farm in Barre, MA
  • Dry Beans from Baer's Best of East Berwick, Maine. 
  • High Mowing Seeds for Sprouting AND those super-cool mason jar lids for easily rinsing and draining your sprouts without fussing with cheesecloth and rusty metal bands.
  • Iggy's Bread baked daily and delivered fresh in the morning from their bakery in Cambridge, MA. Plus sticky buns and croissants!
  • Jordan Brothers Seafood
  • Narragansett Creamery Mozzarella Balls, Sea Salty Feta, Divine Providence, Atwells Gold, and Plain Yogurt
  • Non-GMO Canola and Sunflower Oils - cold pressed by Full Sun Company in Middlebury, VT - from non-GMO seeds grown on family farms. Their website includes some great salad dressing recipes!

For your gardening projects:

  • Neptune's Harvest organic Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer

* * * * * * * * *

Next Saturday, May 13, we are offering a workshop to give you the skills to keep your tools sharp and working well. Nothing worse than dull clippers!! Click below to read all about it and sign up:

Gardener's Tool Sharpening workshop

* * * * * * * * 

Heather Willey's annual Plant Sale Poster is hot off the press and ready to pass about town! Grab some postcards or a poster while you are at the farmstand if you know a good place to hang one!

plant sale poster 2017

Thank you from the crew at White Barn Farm

 

Posted 4/22/2017 10:09am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Hallelujah!
Looks like we are going to have a beautiful spring day for Earth Day Sunday! 
 
So put away that adorable matching raincoat, rainboots, and umbrella set you just purchased for this event. Save it for the next rainy day!
 
Sunday, April 23rd: 10am to 2pm
EARTH DAY SUNDAY CELEBRATION & MARKET
 
White Barn Farmstand in the Barn w/ Jordan Brothers Seafood
 
There will be Family-Friendly Activities to celebrate Earth Day 
AND an Eco-Friendly Local Business Fair

* * * * * * * *

10am to 2pm ~ going on the whole time ~
 
Pop-Up Farmstand in the barn at White Barn Farm 
458 South St. Wrentham, MA 02093
overflow parking across the street at the site of the summer farmstand 
 
For Edibles, we will have:
  • Loads of beautiful tender, first-cutting Arugula & Mustard Mix
mustard mix   

  • our final Spinach harvest
  • Fresh Parsley and a wee bit of Basil from the greenhouse
  • a smattering of tiny French Breakfast Radishes and overwintered Scallions
  • Fabulous Birchwold Farm Eggs from right down the road in Wrentham
  • Fat Moon Farm Mushrooms - your choice of the pints we usually sell or an 8 oz bags with a gourmet mix
  • Franklin Honey - yes! local, raw, good tonic for allergies. plus their lovely soaps
  • Sheldonville Roasters Coffee Beans
  • Harms Family Farm Massachusetts Maple Syrup
  • Fairland Farm Dried Cranberries - (yes - gluten free to the person who emailed me and i never responded but did finally find out!)
  • Full Sun Canola and Sunflower Oil
  • Pat's Pastured Ground Beef (frozen.  1 lb packages)
  • Burnshirt Valley Farm Heritage Breed, Pastured Pork (frozen. Hot Italian or Sweet Italian Sausages, Cutlets, Kabobs, Chops, Ribs)
  • High Mowing Seeds for Sprouting (edible if you add water & light, at least)
  • Baer's Best Dry Beans
  • Iggy's Bread, including Sticky Buns; Plain, Almond, & Chocolate Croissants
  • Jordan Brothers Seafood will be there from 10am to 2pm, too!
  • I forgot to place an order with Narragansett Creamery - so no cheese or yogurt this time. sorry!
  • and celery root, of course!
For Gardeners, we have:
  • High Mowing Seeds
  • Vermont Compost products (I erroneously reported in a previous email that 20 Qt bags of compost were $20 - but they are $10. the 20 Qt bags of potting soil are $20) 
  • Neptune's Harvest Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer
  • and Check out the Garden Like a Pro Workshop we are offering next Saturday, April 29th, 10am - 12pm! (description below)

* Live, acoustic guitar by local musician, Ben Blakesley, all the while!

* * * * * * * * * 

Earth Day Sunday Activities
$10 Parking/Admission/Suggested Donation - comes with 5 Free Tickets!
- no admission/suggested donation if you just want to shop at the farmstand -
 
Participate in Each Activity for one ticket
(additional tickets can be purchased for $2 each)
 
  • Just Added!!! MULCH MADNESS COMPETITION. A wheelbarrow race that does not involve walking on your hands! Shovels and Wheelbarrows provided. Your energy is the missing ingredient! If you can't stand the idea of pedaling away on a stationary bicycle that doesn't even generate electricity on Earth Day Weekend - this is your call! Our fabulous office assistant, Erina, who also competes in crazy Spartan obstacle course races (OCRs) during her free time, will be holding the stopwatch and recording the current record holders in all sorts of categories. Prizes for breaking the current record! Anyone who delivers at least one wheelbarrow of wood chips to the pathways of our first-ever planting of strawberries (for pick-your-own 2018 if all goes well) - gets a free raffle entry.
  • If you are wearing high heels or wish to not mulch for any other reason - raffle tickets are $5. Buy your raffle tickets with Erina at the Mulch Madness Competition zone. Winner drawn at 2pm sharp and notified by email or text.
  • What does the raffle winner win, you ask? A Spring CSA Share at White Barn Farm ($100 value)
  • Facepainting with Becky Garcia Sheerin - true artwork - not just for kids!  
  • Plant a Seed in a Pot to bring home - with White Barn Farmers, Laurene & Marcia
  • Seed I.D. Challenge - with prizes!
  

  • Photo with a Tractor - digital copy sent straight to your email
  • Learn to Clean Green:  "make n' take" table - make a bottle of non-toxic, natural and effective multi-purpose cleaner with Dr. Faith Miller
  • Craft! Make a flower with wool scraps or a tee-shirt yarn braided wrist band with Kelsey from Hyphen Designs. She will also have her fun, upcycled tee-shirt-twirly-skirts and other beautiful upcycled fashions for sale.twirly skirts
  • Guided White Barn Farm Tours: 
    • 11am with Farmer Chris or
    • 1pm with Farmer Christy

 Confirmed for the Eco-Friendly Business Fair:

  • FOREST friends of restoring enduring shade trees (actually not a business)

* * * * * * * *

 Our First Workshop Announcement -

Garden Like a Pro: Inside a Professional Gardener's Tool Bucket:

Saturday, April 29: 10am - 12pm

Walk through the perennial gardens at White Barn Farm and learn the tools and techniques used by a professional gardener to make your landscape the envy of the neighborhood.  Learn what to do in the garden right now that will make it thrive all season long.  Find out the best local sources of organic fertilizer,  compost, and mulch, and discover which are the few garden tools that you really need (hint: you can fit almost everything you need to care for a garden in a 5 gallon bucket!).

Catherine Volić, a landscape designer and professional horticulturist, is the owner of Sweetgum Horticulture in Natick, MA, a company whose focus is sustainable garden design, fine garden care, natural outdoor play spaces for children, organic vegetable gardens and coaching in fine gardening skills.

Cost is $45 and includes a $10 gift card to spend at White Barn Farmstand (we sell seeds, compost, organic fish&seaweed fertilizer)

To run the workshop we need at least 5 attendees, class size limit is 12

Sign Up Here

 
seed i.d. challenge
 
Posted 4/17/2017 2:46pm by christy kantlehner.
The next pop-up farmstand will be  . . . .
this Sunday, April 23rd: 10am to 2pm

EARTH DAY SUNDAY CELEBRATION & MARKET

There will be Family-Friendly Activities to celebrate Earth Day

AND an Eco-Friendly Local Business Fair

 

* * * * * * * *

 

10am to 2pm ~ going on the whole time ~
 
Pop-Up Farmstand in the barn at White Barn Farm 
458 South St. Wrentham, MA 02093
overflow parking across the street at the site of the summer farmstand 
 
 
offerings will be very similar to last time -
except now we have arugula, mustard mix, radishes, and parsley to add!
 
Jordan Brothers Seafood will be there from 10am to 2pm, too!
 
jordan brothers

 

Earth Day Sunday Activites
$10 Parking/Admission/Suggested Donation - comes with 5 Free Tickets!
 
Participate in Each Activity for one ticket!
(additional tickets can be purchased for $2 each)
 
 
  • Facepainting with Becky Garcia Sheerin - true artwork - not just for kids!
  • Plant a Seed in a Pot to bring home with White Barn Farmers, Laurene & Marcia
  • Seed I.D. Challenge - with prizes!
  • Get your picture taken with a Tractor - digital copy sent straight to your email
  • Learn to Clean Green:  "make n' take" table - make a bottle of non-toxic, natural and effective multi-purpose cleaner with Dr. Faith Miller
  • Make a flower with wool scraps or a tee-shirt yarn braided wrist band with Kelsey from Hyphen Designs. She will also have her fun, upcycled tee-shirt-twirly-skirts and other beautiful upcycled fashions for sale.twirly skirts
  • Guided White Barn Farm Tours:
    • 11am with Farmer Chris or
    • 1pm with Farmer Christy

*Check the blog version of this email on our website, www.whitebarnfarm.org for additions and updates!

 

Confirmed for the Eco-Friendly Business Fair:

  • FOREST friends of restoring enduring shade trees (actually not a business)
  • We have reached out to Simply Safer, KinderSpray, and Landscape America

*Please get in touch if you feel you have an eco-friendly business or organization and would like to take part! call or text Christy 774-210-0359

*Again, check the blog for updates!

Seed I.D. Challenge 

 

Posted 4/12/2017 9:19pm by christy kantlehner.

Hello everyone! Here is an email trying to clarify our CSA program this year. Community Supported Agriculture is how White Barn Farm can grow vegetables on open space in the middle of suburbia. Your commitment to buy our produce or faith in us to pack you a delicious box of veggies each week is what allows us to operate our farm.

If you have participated in the Boxed CSA program in the past and would like to renew, consider this your call to action. We did not send out individual renewal notices this year because we are offering more shares than in the past so we do not have a waiting list. As explained at the bottom, we are making smaller shares and making more of them for the Boxed CSA seasons. During Summer Vacation we have the Farmstand CSA card option only. The best bet to renew is to do the Four Season Bundle deal.

Farmstand CSA Card

  • Get your payment in before May 1st, and receive a 10% bonus
  • $200 minimum. Cash or Check only.
  • Spend it on anything we sell at our farmstand.
  • Funds do not expire.
  • Keep your card and reload it each year.
  • Example: You write us a check for $300. You get a card with $330 to spend on whatever you want at the farmstand, whenever you want.
  • exceptions: you can't use your card to buy seafood or to buy plants during Plant Sale Weekend 

Fill out a form so we know whether you have a card or not and where to send it if you need one.

Then, mail your check, payable to White Barn Farm, to:

White Barn Farm, P.O. Box 207, Wrentham, MA 02093  

 

Boxed CSA Shares
“the weekly veggie box”  
  • Three segments: Spring, Fall, and Winter
  • Pick up your share at the White Barn Farmstand
  • 458 South St., Wrentham, MA 02093  
  • We can accommodate 100 shareholders for each season. Shares are filled on a first come – first serve basis.  

Spring Share ~ 5 Weeks ~ $100 ~ Tuesdays 2pm – 6pm ~ May 23 – June 20

  • Low investment, short commitment
  • A great way to make sure you eat lots of fresh salads, cooking greens, crunchy tender roots, and fresh herbs
  • Ends at the same time Summer Vacation begins – so you don’t have to worry about missing pick-ups when you go away or your routine becomes less predictable
  • Great way to discover vegetables you may not have chosen on your own
  • Payment due by May 1st  

{Summertime} – Get a Farmstand CSA card and come buy produce at the farmstand whenever we are open – 6 days a week! We will make a “Suggested Summer Share” chalkboard for those of you who want direction.  

Fall Share ~ 6 weeks ~ $120 ~ Tuesdays 2pm – 6pm ~ September 5 – October 10

  • Back to School - Routine Resumes – veggie boxes return!
  • Transition from the treasures of late summer – tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini - to the hearty fall harvest – roots, winter squash, and cooking greens. Always salad ingredients, something from the onion family, and fresh herbs.
  • Again – an excellent way to school yourself on what’s in season locally and how to best enjoy it. We send an email each week with a description of the box and a few recipes we recommend.
  • Payment due by August 1st    

Winter Share ~ 5 pickups over 10 weeks ~ $200 ~ FRIDAYS 2pm – 6pm

Bi-weekly: October 20, November 3, November 17, December 1, December 15

  • Pickup is at the barn, where we will also be having our farmstand during the colder months
  • You will pack your own box, following instructions on the signs, weighing out or taking a certain number of the given item.
  • This share is meant to last two weeks so it packs a much fuller box than the spring or fall share. As long as everything is stored properly, it should keep beautifully.
  • This share begins after the usual first frost – so only the cold-hardiest fresh veggies (spinach, kale, mustard mix, pea tendrils, perhaps lettuce, fennel, broccoli in the first few distributions) will be included, but there will be lots of storage crops: cabbage, carrots, winter squash, sweet potatoes, onions, potatoes, leeks, garlic, celery root, beets, turnips, winter radishes, kohlrabi, and so on. Payment due by October 1st  


Four-Season Bundle Deal

  • If you sign up for spring, fall, and winter AND buy a minimum Farmstand CSA card of $200 before May 1st, we will give you a 10% discount on the boxed shares.
  • (the math is a little weird – but it comes to $378 plus whatever amount you want to load onto your CSA card, which gets a 10% bonus anyway)  
  • This is the best substitute we came up with for our previous Boxed CSA program which spanned most of the season and cost $625. Each share is designed to be smaller (approx. $20 of produce vs. $28 it used to be). CSA pick-ups begin at the same time as ever, but with the winter share CSA distributions continue until halfway through December, and cost less. The number one reason people say they discontinue the Boxed CSA is that they can’t use all of the produce – so we are making the shares smaller in hopes of meeting the needs of our very busy and  hard-working customers.

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Posted 4/11/2017 11:20am by christy kantlehner.

Sun! Sunny Sunshine! Doesn't this weather make you want to hop into a bright red convertible, put the top down, and zoom around town singing out loud, even at stoplights!? I dare you to be in a bad mood today!

Suddenly it is finally spring and I am sure lots of you are being lured to the blooming plants at Briggs, Tropical tree, even Lowe's! For all you springtime go-getters buying pansies - give us a jingle if you would like to feed your soil or have a quality potting mix to put into your planters.

We are at the farm Monday thru Friday 8am to 5pm. Make an appointment to come grab some bagged soil or compost by texting Christy 774-210-0359. I do have to water on Saturdays and Sundays too, so if weekdays don't work for you, we may be able to make a time on the weekend.

We are carrying Vermont Compost products this year

and their quality is fantastic!

  • Organic Compost - 20 Qt. bag $10 - the perfect amendment for improving soil texture and adding some food for soil biology, which will eventually feed your plants.

"Premium compost comprised of carefully sourced, high-quality ingredients: a fully mature composted blend of bovine, equine, and avian manures, hardwood bark, late cut hay, spoiled silage, animal bedding, food residuals. We blend biodynamic preparations and mature compost to inspire bacterial and fungal activity. Sphagnum peat moss is added for moisture management. Free of live weed seed, never any sewer sludge. Manure Compost is approved for use on certified organic farms and forms the base of all Vermont Compost soil mixes."

  • Compost based Potting Soil "Fort Vee" 6 Qt. bag: $10 or 20 Qt bag: $20

"Developed for organic growers who want a compost-based germination and growing mix. Designed for soil blocks, trays, and pots."

  • or try a little bag of the deluxe Compost Plus $10 to revitalize an existing potted plant or add to the planting hole with your plants.

"A premium supplement designed to rejuvenate "tired" soil in containers or garden beds. It provides a blend of minerals and organic matter to improve the structure and fertility of existing growing media when immediate fertility is needed. This mix will not burn roots. Compost Plus is approved for use on certified organic farms."

  • We also have the fabulous fish juice from Neptune's Harvest straight outta Gloucester! This liquid fertilizer can easily take the place of the blue juice. 
available in concentrated, stable, not-too-stinky form -
Fish & Seaweed Blend:
pints $11.69
quarts $17.79

you just dilute it in a watering can according to instructions and feed your plants (We do the seedlings in the greenhouse every 7 to 10 days). The pH changes once you dilute it, so use it all up the day you make it, then rinse your watering can with clean water, taking extra attention with the spout so the fish gunk doesn't clog your can!

That's all for now folks! Happy Gardening!

 

Posted 3/29/2017 7:30am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Howdy Everybody!

I have been trying to spread the rumor and hold off on the official announcement until all of our offerings were confirmed, but it's true . . . it's happening . . .

Friday, March 31st, 12pm to 6pm 

- in the barn -

POP UP Farmstand at White Barn Farm 

 Jordan Brothers Seafood from 1pm to 6pm.

Friday is April Eve! Come on down for a chlorophyll fix! We have spinach and we have been growing pea tendrils  alongside our seedlings in our heated greenhouse.  The remaining storage crop this year is . . dun dun dun . . . celery root! and it is still hard as a rock (that's good!). We've organized a full lineup of all of our cohorts, plus some new ones, and we will place an order with Iggy's Bakery. It should be fun!

flat of pea tendrils

In addition to White Barn Farm produce, we'll be selling:
 
  • Vanguarden CSA Lehigh Golden Potatoes and whole White Winter Wheat Berries for the most hip tabouleh this side of Portlandia! A true staple grown, dried, threshed, and winnowed in Dover, Mass! 
  • Marj Immonen's homegrown Onions, raised in her organic garden right here in Wrentham. Perhaps a few spaghetti squashes, too!
  • Franklin Honey - raw, unfiltered honey (in part from hives right here at WBF). If you live around these parts - it's local!
  • Local Farm Eggs: supplied by both Birchwold Farm (across from Joe's Rock down West St.) and our friend, Katy, at Treehouse Farms in Millis
  • Frozen Ground Beef from Pat's Pastured in East Greenwich, RI (for real this time)
  • Frozen Pork - lots of different cuts - from pastured heritage breed pigs raised by the famous Floyd at Burnshirt Valley Farm in Barre, MA
  • Dry Beans from Baer's Best of East Berwick, Maine. 
  • High Mowing Seeds for Sprouting AND those super-cool mason jar lids for easily rinsing and draining your sprouts without fussing with cheesecloth and rusty metal bands.
  • Iggy's Bread baked daily and delivered fresh in the morning from their bakery in Cambridge, MA. Plus sticky buns and croissants!
  • Jordan Brothers Seafood: from 1pm to 6pm 

New Additions! We went a little crazy on FarmFreshRI's Market Mobile!

  • Goat Cheese from Beltane Farm in Lebanon, CT - Feta and Chèvre
  • Non-GMO Canola and Sunflower Oils - cold pressed by Full Sun Company in Middlebury, VT - from non-GMO seeds grown on family farms. Their website includes some great salad dressing recipes!
  • Granola from the Providence Granola Project! Perfect to pair w/ Narragansett's Yogurt! and for a great cause! All proceeds from the non-profit business go towards job training for the refugees that produce each batch from scratch.
  • Our own Laurene Hulbig has been threatening to debut her homemade granola as well, so we may have dueling granolas! Now that is crunchy!

Do you see what we are doing here? You can go home with a whole meal plan - 

Mozzarella for a Homemade Pizza - Spinach, Mushrooms & Onions all make wonderful toppings - on their own or in combination. Hot tip: Shaws in Franklin has the best pizza dough if you aren't making your own.

Spinach, Pea Tendril, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberry Salad w/ homemade dressing made w/ Full Sun oil

Spinach & Feta Quiche, Frittata, Omelet, or Scramble served w/ some beautiful golden potato home fries 

A cup of coffee with freshly roasted Sheldonville beans alongside a sinful sticky bun or chocolate croissant

Chive Chevre on a slice of French Baguette, topped w/ some coarsely chopped pea tendrils for a delicious snack

Wicked Seasonal Tabouleh - w/ Vanguarden wheat berries, dried cranberries, and pea tendrils or finely chopped spinach

Yogurt w/ a drizzle of Maple Syrup or Honey and a handful of Granola

Pork & Beans

Meat & Potatoes - Homemade Burgers w/ Roasted Sweet Potato "Fries"

Slow Braised Pork served over a creamy Celery Root & Potato Puree 

Seafood is the healthiest fast-food around! and you can make it at home. Nothing quicker than pan-searing some scallops or baking some haddock, flounder, or cod. I am imagining very thinly sliced onions & golden potatoes seasoned w/ salt, pepper, fresh herbs and canola oil in a baking dish with a piece of similarly seasoned fish laid on top (a few dots of butter would do nicely), covered tightly w/ foil and baked till all is tender. or en papillote - in parchment packets - if you're feeling fancy!

We are nearly a one-stop shop at this pop-up! 

Wash that all down w/ a hot shower fragranced by Franklin Honey's homemade bee-based soap!

You will feel so good you will want to start your own garden!

 

  • Neptune's Harvest organic Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer. We just went to Gloucester to pick it up and got some cool swag - so free sticker or coozie with any Neptune's Harvest purchase!

Have we tied it all together?

Hope to see you there! Thanks for reading and being game for our spontaneous farmstands!

Christy, Chris, Graham, & the crew at White Barn Farm

 

Posted 3/14/2017 1:46pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Dear Friends, Gardeners, and WBF Plant Sale Maniacs!
 
Happy Blizzard!
The crazy snow definitely makes me feel like I am not supposed to be running all over the farm doing field work! That is kind of nice. My whole life I have felt tardy (because I was) and I am just trying to hang onto punctuality by a thin strand. This storm is a little respite to regroup and remember what is important, not just urgent. We are just keeping the wood stove stoked in the propagation greenhouse, watching seedlings emerge and show their beautiful green cotyledons! But today Chris and I get to finally finish our greenhouse and plant sale plan/schedule, decide once and for all on 2017's approach to selling flowers (stay tuned!), map out our Pick-your-own plan (yep! it is in the works!), focus on marketing, budgeting, new projects, the retail products we want to carry, and catch up on some ordering.
 
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
 
Speaking of all of that ordering, if you're hanging around the house with your computer and your checkbook, why not fill out the online sign-up forms, put your check in an envelope, and send it to the farm when all this snow madness cessates. That is my subtle hint that the farm needs Community Support now in this time of credit card payment due dates.  We would rather the amazing customers in this community get a free $20 worth of farmstand veg for mailing us a $200 Farmstand CSA check than pay finance charges to some faceless bank (even if the interest rate is under 10%). It is principle!
Research our different CSA options:either the boxed share and/or the farmstand csa card, decide which is for you and fill out the form/s:
 
Christy at the Plant Sale
SAVE THE DATE: WBF Plant Sale is May 20 & 21 this year. Cancel all vacations, weddings, graduation parties, and birthday celebrations you may have planned on for that weekend. Do not miss our Plant Sale! It is fun and festive and full of an astounding variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings! All grown with organic methods in our greenhouse! At least send someone with a shopping list (second choices recommended). 
 
Anyone who wants to finally become an expert gardener, take note:
For the third year in a row, local farm guru, Kathy Huckins, is offering a season-long course for beginners and need-help gardeners in How to Grow A Garden. Kathy was the farmer at Stearns Farm in Framingham, where Chris worked for two years before embarking on the adventure that has been growing White Barn Farm. Kathy and her husband, Brian, a welding and tool guru, are sort of mentors to us and certainly dear, dear family friends. I feel like Kathy and I are kindred spirits, with an affinity for biodynamics and both listening to and talking to plants. She let me take some divisions of Stinging Nettles and Comfrey from her gardens at Stearns when Chris and I were first getting together.  She is a wonderful teacher and will certainly share with her students the magic of gardening.  
 
More about How to Grow A Garden: The group will meet the third Saturday of each month from March through September,  (March 18th, April 15thMay 20thJune 17thJuly 15th, August 19th and September 16th) from 9:30 till 12:30 at her home in Northboro, MA.  The first part of each Saturday will be spent around a table, learning the basics and discussing our gardens.  Then the course moves into the garden and greenhouse, applying what we have learned.  This comprehensive course will give you the knowledge and tools necessary to grow your own garden, eat your own food and share it with friends.  Class size is limited to 8 participants.
 
Reviews from last year's group:

This was a wonderful, exceptional experience--I learned so much, and have wonderful memories. I now have a full roadmap for the garden next year, which I never would have been able to see without your course.  -EL 

I liked the hands on aspect in the greenhouse and the garden.  -D

By the end of the course, I felt much more prepared for next year's garden -- without the experience of seeing your garden over the course of 3 seasons that would not have happened.  -MM 

I loved that it spanned seven months, from the time snow was on the ground and the garden was just an aspiration, through the entire summer and fall. It really showed me how the garden is actually a year round process  ....   I loved the idea of working WITH the land, and observing the messages it is giving us.  I learned a different way of being in nature from you.   -LC

 
For more information or to register 
call/email at 508-393-8695  huckinshome@gmail.com
or visit Huckinsforge.com/garden-course.