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Posted 2/15/2014 3:21pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Hello to everyone!

Liz and I hope you all are having a great winter and not too sore from shoveling yet (I know I am)!  Given that, it may seem that the growing season is still far away yet.

However, we’re in full planning mode, receiving seeds and getting ready to get the early starts going, like onions, leeks, kale, cabbage & broccoli.  We’re excited to get things started and hope that you all will join us for another great season this year!

In an effort to keep getting better at what we do and offering the best to our members we’d love to have your feedback.  I know, it’s sometimes a nuisance to have to fill out surveys, but your feedback is what helps us be better farmers and give you all more of what you want.

So please take a moment to fill out our survey here at this link…and it is anonymous, so please feel free to let us know what you’re really thinking!  Thanks so much once again and we look forward to keeping you posted with more news as the spring approaches.

All our best, Aaron & Liz 

www.winniwoodsfarm.com-csa-survey-2014

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

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Posted 2/15/2014 9:41am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about spring!  While we all shovel ourselves out from the deluge of snow and dig through the plow truck's gift at the end of our driveways, we here at Winni Woods Farm are receiving seed orders, planning field maps, and cleaning off the heat table.

As each spring arrives, so to does the anticipation for what the new season will bring and the starry-eyed optimism for what two people can manage!  This week's mail brought the first round of seed orders and next week we will receive our shipment of seed starting mix.  Before we know it, the onion planting party will begin and our friends will begin dodging our phone calls for "dinner and seeding"!

Keep your eye on our website for new changes and updates.  The 2014 CSA signups will be open before you know it and we would love to have you on-board again or for the first time.  As always, feel free to contact us at any time with questions, special requests, or concerns.  We will do our best to walk you through the process.

Posted 8/13/2013 1:26pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

We are finally seeing red after nearly four weeks of sweet-talking and coaxing the green tomatoes!  We are flush with beautiful heirloom varietals such as Brandywine (red and yellow), Rose De Berne, and Moscavich, Roma/Saladette tomatoes, tasty cherry tomatoes including Black Cherry and Sungold, and slicing varietals.  It's late, but definitely worth the wait.  Now, if only we can hold off these 40 degree nights...

Last week we harvested the first round of new potatoes.  It is always like a treasure hunt when we go digging for these, hoping for the largest multiplier!  We enjoyed our first dinner of many featuring roasted potatoes with fresh herbs and tossed in olive oil.  

Today brought a little more rain, only at just the right time.  Shortly after covering the newly seeded arugula, beet, and carrot beds and transplanting 100 broccoli seedlings, 100 bok choi seedlings, and a group of brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, and lettuce, the sky unleashed.  The timing, for once, could not have been more perfect.  Seedlings were watered in without any of the extra effort of hauling buckets of water.  Nature does listen, sometimes. The chickens were even willing to let Liz take shelter with them in their moveable coops when she got stuck in the downpour collecting eggs!

   Transplanting broccoli seedlings.         

A farmer's market regular's gorgeous basket full of goodies!

Posted 6/14/2013 5:08pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Hello Everyone & Happy Father's Day Weekend!

 I am writing to share with you all what a great success the “End 68 Hours of Hunger” program has been so far. Today I was able to drop off the first donations with the administrator that is organizing the program and was asked for a hug first! The appreciation of all the staff at Alton Central School is overwhelming. Everyone is so impressed with how MUCH food was actually donated. Their eyes were wide as they browsed the fresh chard, kale, and many other veggies that went into the boxes this week.

 The other big news that I'd like to share is how much support I've had on the “back end” of the production side of things. Andy Howe, of Beans & Greens Farmstand in Gilford, has been a HUGE help as a “mentor” and producer for much of the great, fresh food that has gone out today to the 68 Hours program, as well as some of the things in your CSA boxes this week. As I had mentioned in past newsletters, I have started some “Producer Partnerships” that I am excited to keep exploring in addition to Beans & Greens. The ability to bring fresh local products to your doorsteps is a true collaborative effort from the farmers in your community. That means more offerings, fresher food, and more support for local agriculture in the region. Thanks for being a part of our local food system!

 To remind some of you, and to share with some of the newer members, one of the other Producer Partnerships is with Alan Fredrickson of Top of the Hill Farm in Wolfeboro. You can find some of his wonderful grass-fed Hereford beef products listed in the Producer Partners section of the website. I look forward to bringing on more Partnerships soon...so, keep an eye out for fresh roasted coffee from Woodshed Roasting Co., as well as local mushrooms from NH Mushroom Co.!

 Finally, I'd like to share one more story about the “68 Hours” program that happened today with two students involved in the program. As Liz helped the first student settle into his seat on the bus with his two bags full of produce, his eyes widened and he looked up at “Mrs. L” and said, “Wow! Is all that for me?” “It sure is,” replied Mrs. L. “Do you think your mom is going to be happy with all that food?” she asked. Then, the young boy just looks up with a big grin on his face and simply replies,”Yeah, she will be.” Just before Liz got off the bus, another student in the program went to the front of the bus to check out her bags sitting with the driver. The bus driver asked her if she wanted to bring them back to her seat. She peered into the bags, asking if there were carrots in there. When told there were, she reached right in, grabbed two and said, “I am going to eat these right now.”

You all are making a big difference, and you should all know it...thanks for the support.

 Best,

aaron & Liz

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

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Posted 5/20/2013 8:59am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

End 68 Hours of Hunger

 

Good Morning Everyone,

  

We're proud to announce that we're launching our donation campaign for the “End 68 Hours of Hunger” program. We have many details about the program on the website that explains much of what the program is about, like how we're participating in it this season and how you can too! You may find it here.

  

In launching this program we have a great opportunity to collaborate with one of our neighbors and loyal CSA customers, Marc & Marie Hebert, to expand our communities’ ability to help families in need. So please, go on the site, check out the program, and consider helping a family in need in our local community. Your support of these families in need has a huge effect on our community and the donations are very much appreciated! We feel having access to fresh, local foods should not be based on financial means!

  

Also in the news is the collaboration with some other local producers in our area. I've been speaking with some of our other local farmers here in the Lakes Region and am excited to say that I'll be working hard to try and connect folks with many other great products from these local producers. Some of the producers that I've been speaking to are: Top of the Hill Farm in Wolfeboro for fresh beef from Alan's beautiful herd, The NH Mushroom Company, in Tamworth for some of the best mushrooms you've ever tasted, as well as Beans & Greens Farm-stand in Gilford to make sure our offerings of fresh vegetables are plentiful and always available.

  

All of these producers have exceptional products and are big players in our local food system. Our working together signals a true collaboration in local producers working to provide fresh, local food to our community. The more local producers work together to offer products collectively, the more variety that can be offered to all of us, also any production gaps are filled. You may not have known it, but much of the sweet corn we had last year was a result of this collaboration with Beans & Greens Farm-stand. We greatly look forward to these opportunities and think that all of you will enjoy the expanded bounty offered from our producers in the Lakes Region!

  

Also, we'd like to remind all of you that you may participate in the online store at any time. We're often able to work with you to get products to you whenever we can, so don't hesitate to contact us with other options for pick-up or delivery options. We look forward to when the offerings will be more substantial than in this early season!

  

Thanks and everyone have a great week!

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

Posted 5/9/2013 3:38pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Thank you to everyone that took advantage of the early sign-up period, we're happy to have you back!

Things are really getting busy out at the farm and everything in the ground is showing promise thanks to the recent rain (finally!).  We still have plenty of spots available for CSA members to sign up.  We thank you again to those that signed up early...it is a big help for planning purposes, as well as helping to manage the large overhead that is required at the beginning of the season.  Your support goes into all that makes the farm run, from seed orders, to fertilizer, to irrigation, equipment and so much more.  It takes a lot to try and make sure that everyone will have another great year with boxes full of fresh vegetables!

Thanks once again and we do appreciate you letting us know of your return or not...no hard feelings if you're not able to come back for this season, although you'll be missed, we look forward to next time around.

All the best,

Aaron & LizClouds before much needed rain...

Posted 4/24/2013 3:09pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

1964 FordHarrowingWell the weather out there today is just beautiful!  Here are a few more shots to give everyone a sense of what's going on at the farm.  These are already week old pics (I've been too busy), and so much has changed since then!  We are out of space here on the light tables, greenhouses, back rooms, etc. with all of the young starts ready to get in the ground and we're keeping pretty darn busy for Liz's spring break.  

We'll be heading out of town this weekend to return Sunday, but wanted to remind everyone about the April 30th 10% discount deadline.  We can't believe that April has already slipped away!  Thanks to all of you that have already renewed your membership and thanks to everyone for recommending us to anyone you think may be interested.  All the best, and enjoy your weekend!  Aaron & Liz

Posted 4/14/2013 8:21am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

First Lettuce Planting of 2013Our first transplants went into the cool ground yesterday after the last of the recent sleet/snow storm remnants melted under splashes of spring sunshine yesterday. It was nice to

Baby Chard in the groundget outside yesterday and actually do some work in the dirt! I have been spending much of my time indoors planning, starting seeds and, more recently, being a “web developer”!

I have to admit, computer work is not my forte if you all had not already guessed. My eyes start to cross after about 45 min. and I've spent many sessions beyond that time limit trying to get this website up and running. I'm sure you'll see some streamlining and changes here and there as I get things dialed in a bit more...however, I would welcome any suggestions from anyone about how things work on the site, etc.

I certainly encourage you all to let me know if you're having trouble with any of the functionality so that I can fix it for you and everyone else. Thanks again everyone for your support and hope to see you all soon! Best, a

Posted 4/3/2013 8:21am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Overwintered Onions for June HarvestMany of you may be wondering what the heck all of those "caterpillar" tunnels are dotting the landscape here at the home farm.  Well, I may not be able to grow the majority of the food that ends up on your tables right here on our street, but I do grow some things you may end up seeing in your fridge.  

I do many experiments every year with different "over wintering" of vegetables, some are successful and some aren't!  Here you see some over-wintered onions that should be ready around June and will end up in your CSA boxes for an extremely early fresh onion.  Also shown here are two photos of the same spinach bed.  Late in the fall, I got lazy on how I covered the bed...needless to say that if the cover isn't strong enough to withstand the snow...it will fail.  I'm glad the spinach was stronger than my tunnel!  I may just harvest some tonight for dinner...

spinach under snow load!spinach relieved of its load

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