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Posted 6/13/2019 1:11pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Greetings to all!

Believe it or not, the time has come for our first CSA shares. You will receive an auto-reminder for your pickup each week. However, we also try our darndest, amidst the very busy summer seasoon, to send a short bit of news and the anticipated contents of your share by Thursday of each week.

For those of you who also have a flower share, please note that these shares do not begin until the end of the month. However, if you just cannot wait...we will be selling flowers, beginning today, at the Gilford Village Store and will be at the Gilford Village Farmer's Market on Saturday's with our early-season blooms!

This week we are excited to offer a little friendly competition, elementary-school-style where everyone that plays, wins (gotta keep that teacher in me in there somehow, even during the summer)!

Any CSA member will win a FREE Winni Woods Farm t-shirt (made from US made and organically-grown cotton) by sharing a recipe and photo either by email, Facebook(@winniwoodsfarm), or Instagram (@winniwoodsfarmer) with something you made using your CSA share (while supplies last!)

This is truly a community supported farm...we learn and grow with each other, so please feel free to join us in sharing your ideas!

These are some high-quality t's too! Just as an FYI, we only have L through XXL remaining. Limit one per member.

                             

Speaking of recipes, be sure to check out our recipe bank. Each tab at the bottom leads you to a different vegetable with some ideas that we have used, found, or have been shared with us.

In your share this week (subject to availability):

Thurs. 6/13-Sat. 6/15, FULL

1 Herbs, Fresh Bunch (choice)
1 Maple Syrup, 12oz. Glass
1 Rhubarb (bunch)
1 Pac Choi (ea)
1 Head Lettuce (mini-head)
1 Lettuce Mix, (Lg. bag)

Thurs. 6/13-Sat. 6/15, SMALL

1 Herbs, Fresh Bunch (choice)
1 Maple Syrup, 12oz. Glass
1 Rhubarb (bunch)
1 Pac Choi (ea)
1 Lettuce Mix, (sm. bag)

-Eat well and Be well
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

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Posted 5/20/2019 7:49pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Hello Farm Faithful!

It's been awhile since we've reached out as we've now started the battle with this cold, soggy spring, and we hope you all are doing well and getting ready for summer. We've been quite busy with the planting season and some new projects we'd like to share with you, so we hope you will enjoy the snap-shot of what's going on right now at the farm!

So, pest pressure has already begun in the high tunnel with "Green Peach Aphid". As growers we spend a great deal of time finding ways to not to have to spray, orgainc or not, and the strategy we have recently integrated into our regime includes bringing in "beneficial" insects to target these unwanted new pests. 

Here you see one of the species we've recently released into the tunnel to help battle the aphids on our early spring flowers that were supposed to be ready for Mother's Day. Cold, rainy days, plus aphid pressure thwarted that plan (much to Liz's disappointment!). The Aphidius Colemani (parasitic wasps) can be seen here of the crawling on the bottle and on the leaf in the top right of the photo. These parasitic wasps feed on Green Peach Aphids, as well as other species of aphid..., but we'll share more on that as we'll keep you up to date on the progress in our next newsletter!

Nuisances that pose constant challenges on the farm aren't just insects; they include annual (and perenial) weeds, and we use many strategies to combat these weeds including tarps and timed cultivation (soil disturbance with tools). The perfect time to kill weeds is when they're still young and easy to kill, at what's called the "thread stage". These weeds you see here have been under a tarp for about a week after spreading compost on the beds...they're now very weak from being under the tarp, which we could leave to kill them or cultivate if we need to plant into the beds.

The compost used to top the beds was FULL of weed seeds (and a few other things!), teaching us that all good things come with compromise. Some of that original compost stock came from a diver that removes millfoil from the lake without herbicide...so the "extra items" you see here in this photo came from Lake Winnipesaukee!

Speaking of compromise...a great article came through, from an online newsletter we get from a great resource know as ATTRA, on a study about East Coast produced broccoli.

"...Are buyers willing to forego Quality?"

I find it more than a little troubling, mostly because of their use of the word "quality" throughout the article. However, I believe it to be spot-on regarding how folks get used to "how things are supposed to look".

As most individuals buy produce from the grocery, we local producers find it critical to educate consumers regarding the variability in produce, not just in terms of looks, but also with regards to how we grow different varietals that, although may look different, are every bit as good, if not better! The "quality" difference that the article points out speaks for itself in addressing the challenges of consumer expectations for local producers.

For those of you that are new to our CSA program this year, we look forward to meeting you soon...only a month away from the first shares going out!

Those that have already signed up for a share, thank you so much for joining, and remember that we like to have all balances paid up by the second week of the beginning of the CSA season...Just an FYI, you can always divide up your payment if it's a big check to write, so that you can pay a little now and the rest a month from now.

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And, if you haven't signed up for the 2019 CSA season yet, click here to sign up now...don't forget to check out the Top of the Hill Farm & Wayfarer Coffee Roasters "add on" shares too!

Thanks again to you all and have a great week!

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

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Posted 3/28/2019 9:48am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Happy Spring Farm Faithful!

The farm is starting to thaw from it's winter slumber, the farm-work has begun, seeds are sprouting and winter planning is being put into action. You may also notice the quikening of your steps with the gaining warmth of the longer spring days. The busy routine starts to move outdoors, and the weekly "to-do list" continues to get longer.

On routines...the annual tractor maintenence is underway, which sometimes feels like a daunting task. Spending all day putting pieces back together can sometimes feel like forever while so many other things clammor for attention...and tax day is right around the corner! (so those that still haven't filed yet, you're not alone! ;)

Speaking of April (next week, what!?) ...we're shy of our CSA sign-up goals for March.

...so about that busy weekly checklist getting longer...consider this:

Have you ever thought about how much time it actually takes to get through the grocery store?

...getting the kids together, finding a parking spot, remembering your reuseable bags...and sticking to the plan on the shopping list! (don't go shopping hungry! ;)

One way to help that weekly routine go smoothly is a CSA Share...and now that we offer meat and coffee shares to get along with your veggie CSA, think about the whole part of the grocery store you can cut out. Imagine just running in for some sugar, pasta and half & half!

If you want to know more visit our website or sign up now by clicking here!

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 2/22/2019 8:35am by Aaron Lichtenberg.
Welcome to the 2019 growing season!
 
The seed orders are in, planting schedules are being put into action, and we are only a couple weeks away from the beginning of the growing season. We've been hard at work analyzing our business, attending workshops & collaborating with other growers this winter. Each year we spend a lot of time within the strong community of local growers & support agencies talking earnestly about our businesses, the eaters we serve, and how we fit in the food system at large.
 
While we know that most folks shop at the grocery store to get most of their food, there are a select few within the community that understand the quality, health, and economic difference of supporting the local farming community, and we can't say enough how much we appreciate that understanding and commitment.
 
To launch our 2019 CSA Signups, we're promoting #CSADay, and Winni Woods Farm is pleased to join other farms from around the country for the third annual CSA Day on February 22, when you can join other like-minded people around the country who are committed to:

>eating healthful foods and preparing them for their families;
>supporting their local farmer, with easy pickup locations;
>being kind to our planet by supporting fresh/local;
>learning something new & learning about other producers;
>being adventurous in the kitchen and playing a part in the thriving farm community!
 
This year we're again offering add-on shares, including Flower Shares, Top of the Hill Farm Meat Shares, and NEW this year Wayfarer Coffee Shares!
 
If you haven't joined your fellow community members in CSA yet...go to winniwoodsfarm.com to order your CSA Share, and don't forget to tell a friend or family member and share on the FB!
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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

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Posted 12/12/2018 8:19am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Hello Farm Faithful!

The weather outside is more than a bit frosty, but the high tunnel is still cranking out some beautiful, sweet spinach for ya's. After a nice start to the harvest morning, hanging at around 60F, a couple hours of of picking ended around 2:30 Pm with frozen fingers as the temperatures quickly plummeted as long shadows were cast by the winter sun falling behind the treeline...the sun dissapears early in these dark December days!

We have been out and about this holiday season offering our prepared goods to the local community at different markets and special events. So, if you're looking for a stocking stuffer or last minute gift for a coworker, friend, or family, feel free to get in touch...and you can always order something from our online store.

You can also find us at the last Gilford Farmer's Market this Saturday from 9-noon. We're also back again, as a guest vendor, at the Wolfeboro Farmer's Market this Saturday from 10-2pm, or the Wolfeboro Co-op on Sunday from 11-2pm. We are considering more attendance at the Wolfeboro Winter Market a few more times in the new year, so watch out for a newletter letting you know when we'll be there!

Beyond the usual recipe bank, here are a couple of recipes we have used or have been recommended to us:

Butternut Squash Lasagna with a Bechamel Sauce - We have made a version of this for years. It is basically a combination of this and this. In lieu of fresh basil, we brown sage leaves in butter which we lay on the noodles for one layer, and add star anise and rosemary to the sauce as it cooks.

Butternut Squash and Kale (or Spinach!) Strata

Butternut Squash Casserole with Leeks, Prosciutto, and Thyme

Pumpkin (sub butternut squash) Doughnut Muffins  - We made these to add to our holiday cookie bags and, while dense and filling, they are still tasty!

In your share this week:

Thurs-Sat, Dec 13th-15th, Fall #6

4 Carrots (lb's)
6 Garlic (each)
2 Potatoes, Regular (lb's)
1 Spinach, Baby (bag)
4 Squash, Butternut (lb's)
1 Tomato Sauce/Pickled Jalapenos, (Choice of, jar)

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

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Posted 12/3/2018 3:48pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.
Happy Monday,
 
We wanted to share the news of this wonderful event this weekend with all of our mailing list and farm members. It is an excellent opportunity to give the gift of beautiful local artwork at very reasonable prices. I was just at Sarah's studio on Saturday helping set-up and I wanted to purchase one of everything
 
We will also be there on Saturday to share in the fun, offering samples, and selling our own prepared goods including roasted poblano salsa (including a new hot Mexican-style offering), candied jalepenos, spicy carrot relish, basil walnut pesto, and corn salsa. These all make excellent stocking stuffers or gifts for the foodie in your life!
 
We hope to see you there this weekend!
 
 

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 11/1/2018 6:29am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Hello Farm Faithful!

This week's share will mark our halfway point through the Fall CSA season if you can believe it. November is already upon us and the snow will surely be coming soon...at least I hope, all this rain I could do without.

The weather predictors lied again to us this week, as there was only a small shot of sunshine, briefly on Tuesday, while I was washing leeks for ya's this week...pulling them in the cold and dreary morn' that was supposed to be "sunny" was another thing! (sorry, couldn't rotate the photo)

We've tried a couple of new recipes in the past couple of weeks and have updated the database with them...I'm sure you're sick of the fennel (last time, promise! we caramelized it with the onions), but the "green tomato casserole" we made sure was tasty...it's in the bank for you to check out...

Also, if you haven't heard of Lakes Region Uncorked, it's a fun event in Meredith that we'll be attending on Nov. 8th so come check us out. There's wine & beer tasting, food and fun all to support Lakes Region Community Services!

Check out the recipe bank here...

In your share this week: (subject to availability)

Thu.-Sat. Nov. 1st-3rd, Fall #3

1 Fennel, Bulb Fresh (each)
3 Garlic (each)
2 Potatoes, Regular (lb)
1 Onions, Bulb (lb)
1 Spinach, Baby (bag)
1 Squash, Butternut Lg. (each)
1 Leeks (bunch)
1 Corn, Frozen Qt. (quart)
2 Beets/Carrots (lb., choice)
1 Cabbage, Small (each)

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 10/18/2018 9:55am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Hello Farm Faithful!

Two weeks has flown by, as it does always, but much has happened since your last share. Namely, the "official end" to the growing season. We finally got our first killing frost at the farm last weekend on Saturday night.

So, we've started the cleanup process in the fields, winding up thousands of feet of dripline, removing trellising, picking up sandbags and tarps, etc. ...with plenty more to do before the snow.

Hopefully you've enjoyed the switch in seasons and your Fall CSA Season offerings. As we continue to put up more storage crops for the winter, you'll eventually see more roots in your shares, like beets & carrots, very soon!

Have a great couple of weeks and we'll see you at pickup!

In your share this week: (subject to availablity)

Thu.-Sat. Oct 18th-20th, Fall #2

2 Tomatoes, Slicing (lb)
1 Eggplant (lb)
1 Fennel, Bulb Fresh (each)
2 Garlic (each)
2 Potatoes, Regular (lb)
1 Onions, Bulb (lb)
1 Greens Choice: Spinach -or- Baby Lettuce Mix (bag)
1 Squash, Spaghetti (each)
1 Herbs, Fresh Bunch (bunch): Parsley -or- Sage
1 Lettuce, Head (head)

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 9/27/2018 9:59am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Hello Farm Faithful,

We hope that the transition to Fall has been smooth for you and that everyone is settling back into the school routines and dusted off their vests and sweatshirts for these chilly mornings.Win a Free Pumpkin!

Although we've arrived at the last summer shares for the season, we're starting up our bi-weekly Fall CSA Share season next week! Aso, this year we're starting what will hopefully be a fun annual tradition with our "compost pumpkin & flower giveaway".

All CSA members signed up by this weekend will be entered to win a free pumpkin or Fall Flower Bouquet, and we'll be drawing a winner for each of our (4) pickup locations!

You'll also notice, other than the melons, the transistion in this week's Seasonal Veggie options, which you'll be finding more of in the Fall CSA Shares...although there will be more to come as the winter squash is curing, the onions are drying down and the new planting of spinach is looking great!

Lastly, we want to sincerely thank all of our Farm Members that joined with us for the 2018 season. It was another Agri-Rollercoaster, as usual, and we hope you enjoyed the ride!

All our best and our big thank you to all our Farm Faithful!

In this week's share (subject to availability):

Thu-Sat., Sept 27th-29th, FULL

1 Greens, Choice (lettuce, Yukina, Chard, Kale)
2 Tomatoes, Slicing (lb)
1 Melon, Musk LG. (each)
3 Seasonal Veggie Choice (each)

Thu-Sat., Sept 27th-29th, SMALL

1 Greens, Choice (lettuce, Yukina, Chard, Kale)
1 Tomatoes, Slicing (lb)
1 Melon, Musk LG. (each)
3 Seasonal Veggie Choice (each)

Seasonal Choices: 

Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Chard, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fennel, Onions, Radishes, Green Peppers, Potatoes, Slicing Tomatoes, Squash/Zuchs, Yukina Savoy (asian "lettuce"/cooking green similar to bok choi)

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

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Posted 9/13/2018 7:46am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Hello Farm Faithful!

After another long week I've picked up my draft from last week and am trying to keep in touch for week #14...after this week, only two more summer shares left!

We're managing, for the most part, to keep up with things coming out of the fields on time...except the weeds, and we've given up on that. The good new is that the Fall CSA Season schedule has been worked out and is open for enrollment! Here is a picture of last year's winter spinach crop, without the high tunnel over it...so imagine what I'll be able to do with one (I hope!)

Sign-Up for the 2018 Fall CSA Season Here...

The SHORT SEASON Shares have ended for the season and only the Full Season 16 wk. shares continue through the end of this month.

In this week's share (subject to availability):

Thu-Fri., Sept 13th-15th, FULL

1 Lettuce, Head (head)
1 Greens, Choice (bunch)
1 Broccoli (lb)
1 Tomatoes, Slicing (lb)
4 Garlic (each)
3 Seasonal Veggie Choice (each)

Thu-Fri., Sept 13th-15th, SMALL

1 Lettuce, Head (head)
1 Greens, Choice (bunch)
1 Broccoli (lb)
1 Tomatoes, Slicing (lb)
2 Garlic (each)
2 Seasonal Veggie Choice (each)

Seasonal Choices: 

Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Chard, Eggplant, Fennel, Kale, Pac Choi, Radishes, Slicing Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes

Click here to access our Recipe Bank:

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

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First CSA Share Pickups, this week June 13th-15th!June 13th, 2019

Greetings to all! Believe it or not, the time has come for our first CSA shares. You will receive an auto-reminder for your pickup each week. However, we also try our darndest, amidst t

Beneficials, Broccoli, and Weeds!May 20th, 2019

Hello Farm Faithful! It's been awhile since we've reached out as we've now started the battle with this cold, soggy spring, and we hope you all are doing well and getting ready for summer. We've been

Photo(s) added: , Another New PhotoApril 8th, 2019

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