Another nor'easter underway.. Spring is coming don't you worry.
Another nor'easter underway.. Spring is coming don't you worry.
Pick it up or get it delivered.. It's going to be a great summer. . . #Maine #portlandmaine #Portlandme #gorhammaine #westbrookmaine #buxtonmaine #eatmaine #csafarm #mainefarms #mainefood #eatlocal #smallfarms #farmsmallfarmsmart #scarboroughmaine #capeelizabethmaine #thepreservationfarm #youngfarmer #modernfarmer
Currently thinking spring but eating summer. Fresh batch of gorgeous sunflower shoots dropping soon. Unfortunately most are spoken for but there might be extra after they're all harvested and weighed. Deliveries go out Wednesday and Thursday. Message if interested and thanks again! Neil
Couldn't find a sitter for the kids today which means it's a perfect day to do some super fun work building the farm website... 2018 CSA offering coming soon!
Thank you for the continued support! All sold out of shoots for now.. Look out for some tastey shoots hitting the plates down at @evooldport, @mamiportland, @highrollerlobsterco for restaurant week as well as some of your neighbor's dinner tables! Thanks! Neil
Seeding peas and drinking beers... It's what you do on a Friday night.
My two pea shoot thieves and I will be out delivering a little fresh taste of summer around town tomorrow. We have extra available if interested so let me know!
In a recent conversation I had with our babysitter, I said "I'll find a way," to which she responded "or make one." She went on to tell me a short story about the gun of Admiral Peary she owns which has the Latin inscription "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam." "I shall find a way or make one." Before we had children, we did a #mofga apprenticeship on @hatchetcovefarm, and after that experience, I knew I wanted to be a farmer- but even farms in landtrusts were too expensive, our experience too limited to qualify, and our income to low for a basic loan. So the idea was retired, we moved around, I started a painting business, our family grew, and we finally were able to secure a loan to buy a small home on an acre of land. Every year my gardens grew, but the dream of farming remained too far out of reach based on the amount of land we had to work with. Right around this time last winter I read @jeanmartinfortier book #themarketgardener and was inspired to take what little property I had, throw some caution into the wind and see what I could accomplish, knowing the worst case scenario was I wasted some time & money. Throughout last spring, summer, and fall, I returned home from work to attack the expansion 7 days a week until it was dark. I levelled the slope on the back yard as soon as the snow receeded, stripped around 10,000sq feet of sod, took down 8 trees, built 80 40 foot long permanent raised beds, stripped the metal siding off my barn and resided it in plastic, practiced crop rotation and spacing, and wake up early to harvest before going to work. I read other books such as @greencityacres #theurbanfarmer , researched microfarming, trucked in tons of compost, manure, and extra topsoil and just kept going. In the recent weeks i've begun selling small amounts of microgreens to friends, family, and a few local restaurants in #portlandme . Ive got thousands of garlic in the ground, a few hundred seedlings under lights and a few thousand scallion sets and onions sown. Today i finished up the seedling tables in bubbleroom in the barn. It may all be unconventional, but so am I. I'll find a way or make one.
Misty morning in the backwoods today
Okay, Portland. I got a very very serious challenge for you. I'm soaking enough seed to yield pounds of fresh, crisp, nutty sunflower shoots for your mouthole. Have you ever tasted sunflower shoots?! They are not only wildly delicious but also one of the most nutrient dense forms of food you will ever find. Below is an informational excerpt that will convince you to take my challenge. And if you chose to do so, I will personally put a clam shell in your hand. Sunflower shoots are a perfect source of complete protein. In fact, they are considered to be the most balanced of all of the sources of essential amino acids, helping to repair muscle tissue and aid in enzymatic functions in the body. They help build our skeletal, muscular, and neurological systems. They activate every cell of the immune system and help to keep gut bacteria healthy, thus improving our ability to fight disease. They boost fertility as they contain high amounts of zinc. Zinc is a well-researched mineral that is essential for the development of sperm. Sunflower greens are a nutritional powerhouse packed with vitamins A, B complex, D, and E; they also contain minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Sunflower shoots are high in B vitamins, especially folate. Folate is a necessary B vitamin for pregnant women. Folate helps to protect babies from developing neural tube defects (NTDs). The combination of B vitamins also assists in the mother’s circulation as well as aids in stress relief. In fact, sunflower sprouts are rich in all of the nutrients that are important during pregnancy such as iron, calcium, essential fats, and folate. Sunflower greens are a rich source of lecithin which helps to eliminate accumulated deposits in arterial walls, and break down fatty acids into an easily digestible water soluble form. They are rich in chlorophyll which benefits many functions within the body, including building blood supply, revitalizing tissue, calming inflammation, activating enzymes, and deodorizing the body. The sunflower sprout is a natural expectorant for chest congestion. Theres more, but no more room...
Big batch of Spicy Radish mix harvested tonight. It's a bit leggy but wow do they pack a wallop! We have been putting them on everything from salad to salmon! $6 for a clam shell. I'll have another round of pea shoots available in a few days. Thanks! #mainefarms #smallfarms #microgreens #portlandmaine #portlandme #thepreservationfarm
Thanks everyone for the interest in the micros and shoots! I am sold out but will have more radishes and pea shoots available in the coming days. So please touch base if you know you'd like some of the next harvest. I am seeding more tomorrow so if you know you'd like some please let me know so I can make sure there's plenty for you. Pea shoots are $3/2oz clam shell. If you're interested in larger quantities it will be $20/lb. I like to harvest them smaller while they are far more tender and sweet than what you'll find in the stores with the large leaves and slender stems. It's a bit of a yeild loss harvesting them less mature but they taste so much better ! ALSO, A huge thank you to both @peterjensenbissell for hooking me up with the dope emblem that's been so well received and @peterk802 for this killer linocut stamp. I sincerely appreciate all the support. Thanks again, neil #thepreservationfarm #mainefarms #portlandmaine #portlandme #smallfarms #microgreens
So I've been practicing succession growing microgreens and am starting to produce more than we can get through. If anyone is interested we have a few clamshells of fresh pea shoots and a spicy micro radishes. The kids have been eating the pea shoots like candy. The radishes are amazing on dinner or in salads. Super healthy and so refreshing in the dead of winter to have a local fresh cut flavor bomb. The shells are 2oz on weight - $3 for shoots and $6 for radishes Gimme a shout if interested! . #mainefarms #smallfarms #portlandmaine #portlandme #gorhammaine #thepreservationfarm
Sunflower shoots, pea tendrils, and micro radishes . Winter gardening and eating fresh, nutrient dense food in february. Wow I love this stuff. . . #thepreservationfarm #mainefarms #smallfarms #smallfarmsforbigchange #marketgardening #microgreens #portlandmaine