2016 was a busy year for the farm despite may challenges including a very dry growing season. Our wholesale and retail operations expanded this season, many new happy customers! We had a great season at Old Squire’s Farm Market in Norway and enjoyed our time on the green this summer.
With the addition of the smaller but more versatile Hoop House 3 we successfully expanded our tomato growing area. We are also able to manufacture these small hoop houses in our shop and will continue to find new uses for them in the future.
This year the we finished the build out of our vegetable packing area in the barn. This room allows us to clean and pack our vegetables for market in a temperature controlled environment right next to our walk in cooler.
One positive result of the hot dry growing season was a spectacular harvest of winter squash and onions!
Here is a look at our fall harvest drying in the barn.
Our CSA shares were truly colorful this season! We expanded our membership and continued to offer pick up at our farm, at Old Squire’s Farm Market in Norway, and at the Paychex cooperate office in Auburn.
We were pleased to participate in the SNAP CSA program this season. This federal grant program administered statewide by MOFGA partially subsidized the cost of CSA shares for low income residents that received food assistance. We look forward to participating in this program again next season.
Toward the end of the year we focused our efforts on improving and maintaining our infrastructure.
Another large project was the relocation of Hoop House 1 to a new site. This move will keeps the soil fresh and free from disease without the use of chemicals.
As the year came to a close we welcomed another calve to our herd which brings us to six Highland Cattle on our farm.
Thank you to all of our customer both new and returning, we look forward to serving you in 2017!