Last Saturday we had some snow. On Sunday morning we noticed a few interesting tracks. There were the usual rabbit tracks and you now how farmers feel about rabbits. We have meadow voles at the farm and it was quite interesting that we could make out tunnels that they were making in the four to five inches of snow that fell.
If the snow was much deeper, we might not have even noticed them. These mice construct a labyrinth of tunnels that conceal their movements from predators. The snow acts much like an igloo and insulates their nests from the bitter cold. The voles tend to survive better when winters have more snow.
The tracks here are from a racoon that is seeking refuge in the old barn. The digits are quite distinct and make very interesting patterns in the snow.
On Monday December 28th we heard the scream of a rabbit as a Red Tailed hawk snatched at it in a thicket of sage. It is an unsettling sound and was not easy to explain the scene to my 10 year old daughter, Narineh. The hawk was young and not concerned much about our presence, but the ducks were concerned about the hawk and immediately sought shelter in their coop. The rabbit was too big for the hawk to fly off with, but it did manage to drag it’s prey deeper into the field several yards.
Once Narineh worked through her immediate shock, she began to take some pictures with her camera. The rabbit was too big for the hawk to eat in one sitting, but returned each day until December 30th. There was not much left of it, but on the morning of January 1st, it was entirely gone. Coyote tracks were at the scene. Nature doesn’t waste anything
Belmont Acres Farm is offering a fall CSA with a limited number of shares this season that will run from November 7th through December 12 (six weeks of pick ups). Many Fall CSAs are monthly pickups, but our pickup is weekly. This is to not burden you with an overly large share that may be difficult for you to store (so we will do it for you). We also hope to offer more greens in the beginning before the weather turns too cold. Weather patterns are volatile in late fall and big changes can happen over the course of a month, more frequent pickups will mediate risk of more weather sensitive crops.
We have planted kale, collards, leeks, cauliflower, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lettuce, swiss chard, fennel, garlic, shallots, sage, rosemary, thyme, arugula, turnips, radishes, pumpkins, winters squashes, carrots, popcorn, celeriac and beets. Of course what we plant doesn’t always mean it will end up in the share. Farming is high in risk and this has been a tough year to farm. We expect to provide at least $30 of produce in each share. We also include 1/2 dozen eggs in the share each week. The price for the share is $235. Pickups are at Belmont Acres Farm on Saturdays from 12:30 to 3:30pm
We expect to source cranberries from Plymouth and have partnered with Bascolm Hollow Farm for pork and ground beef. These will be offered at additional cost. We are looking into several other locally sourced items and will keep members informed of other items we may be able to provide.
Contact us if you would like sign up or have additional questions about our CSA.
Though we are in the midst of a polar vortex, we still have crops in the field as we move into the Persephone months!
The temperatures have been in the mid to low twenties at night and the ground has frozen solid, but the lettuce in the low tunnels are holding up well. It has been so cold that even several varieties of kale are struggling.
We have some arugula that is growing in a cold frame inside the hoop house. Two layers of protection against the cold and wind. We are hoping to harvest this around Christmas time for the holidays.
Stop by the stand and pick up some squash to go along with our lettuce. We also have carrots, potatoes, beets, garlic, celery, celeriac, brussel sprouts, cabbage and herbs.
In celebration of National Food Day, Belmont Acres Farm joins Americans around the country in gathering to enjoy real, local food and promote community and conversation.
Join us from 10am-12pm on Saturday October 25 for:
– Farm tour
– Cooking and canning demonstrations
– Visit from State Senator William Brownsberger
34 Glenn Rd, Belmont
Fall has brought a lush array of flowers to the farm, and the rich and varied burgundy, red and pink hues of amaranth are a farm favorite. Tall spikes of amaranth seed are towering at six feet tall now, growing in the rows right next to our lettuces and other greens. Hermik arranges them into stunning bouquets with zinnias, sunflowers, dill and herbs.
Richly colored, plump pumpkins grown right here in our fields, harvested now and available for Fall decorations…or for delicious pies and roasted seeds.
Bunches of corn stalks and flowers decorate the farm stand and are available for purchase.
Come visit us and pick up Belmont-grown, fresh Fall decorations for your home.
With Fall approaching, we are enjoying the last few weeks of Summer crop harvests.
Come visit the farm stand for heirloom tomatoes, corn, eggplant, fresh flowers, and much more. Highlights below.
Community-support agriculture (CSA) baskets loaded with Summer produce and ready for pickup
Baba ganoush, tomato, picked eggplant, cabbage, and purslane – all made from farm-grown vegetables
Eggplant parmesan (farm eggplant and heirloom tomatoes) garnished with edible nasturtium flowers
We are delighted to have our farm’s fresh vegetables featured in delicious dishes at Uncommon Grounds restaurant in neighboring Watertown. Uncommon Grounds owner Lisa comes to the farm personally for vegetables which chef Chris whips up into lovely featured dishes like this roasted beet salad with mesclun greens, goat cheese, fresh apples and orange slices, pistachio nuts and a homemade Sherry Vinaigrette dressing.
We are so happy to be working with great partners like Uncommon Grounds, and helping to make food seriously local!
Uncommon Grounds was voted Boston’s Best in Breakfast, 2013.
The restaurant is located at 575 Mount Auburn St in Watertown. More info at www.myuncommongrounds.com.
Our farm watermelons are ready for harvest!
Here’s Mike harvesting the first few fruit.
Farm visitors often tell us how amazed they are to see these melons in our fields – right here in Massachusetts. Though watermelon requires a long hot Summer growing season and is more commonly grown in the South, it is possible to grow it in the Northeast too.
A few months ago, we planted, watered generously, and laid down salt marsh hay to deter weed growth and give the plants’ long vines room to ramble and grow. We protected the melons from animals with fencing, and were delighted to watch them set fruit and flourish.
We sliced one open to enjoy yesterday during farm lunch break. It was juicy with few seeds and a thin rind – sweet and refreshing.
Community-supported agriculture (CSA) share customers received melons in their baskets yesterday, and melons are available for sale at the farm stand, Tue 3-6pm, Fri 2-5pm, Sat 1-5pm.