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Posted 5/8/2014 7:46am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Good Morning Everyone and we hope this finds you well,

We're excited to announce that we are participating once again this year with our local Alton Central School in bringing fresh foods to families in need through the End 68 Hours of Hunger program.  We have many generous donors once again this year and we hope that you'll consider helping us out with a great cause in providing healthy food alternatives to our community.  We often say that healthy foods should not be dependent on financial means and this seems to resonate still...

The 2014 Farm Bill (more details here) brought us some marginal support for small agriculture, conservation and food-assistance programs, while it provided the same support for large-scale, commodity based agriculture through a switch, from direct subsidies, to the same "subsidies" under a different name..."crop insurance".  The mega-farm operations look to continue expanding our processed, nutritionally deficient, and cheap food system -- a system that is largely dependent on mono-cropping and large inputs of synthetic chemicals and pest approaches that are destroying our farmland and our health.

Although many of us reading this right now may have some ability to "vote with our dollar" and choose healthy food alternatives, many in our community cannot.  The End 68 Hours program may have only a small effect on the larger issues of the global food system, but it has a large reach right here in our community!  We thank you so much for your support of our local families in need and small-scale, local agriculture.

Another exciting addition to this year's efforts is that, once we've fulfilled our needs here in the Alton Central School End 68 Hours Program, we're extending our reach further in participating with the Gilford Got Lunch Program.  This is another great program that provides lunches to families in need in Gilford, right around the corner from where our main farm operation is based.

We'd like to thank you all once again for your membership to our farm and also appreciate your generous support all around!  More details can be found on our website under the "Donate" menu, or by clicking here.  You may access the donation page by clicking here.

Sincerely,

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 4/3/2014 7:23am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Good morning everyone,

This morning I have a great cause to share with everyone and encourage everybody to take a look...this great program is put on by one of our great organizations, the Lakes Region Food Network (LRFN).

We stay active with many organizations in our community and Winnipesaukee Woods Farm is thrilled to participate in another great program to bring fresh, local, and healthy foods to families in need in the Lakes Region...consider helping us out with a donation to our surrounding community here, and thanks!

We'd also like to let everyone know to keep a look out in the near future for other wonderful programs we're excited to participate in again this year.  

For those of you that are new to our Farm, last year we participated with a generous donor group that matched all donations for the "End 68 Hours of Hunger" program...in which we provided full CSA vegetable shares to families in need at Alton Central School.

We are just starting to put together all the details and also talking with other organizations, like the new program started in Gilford (their youtube link is here) modeled after the "Got Lunch Laconia" program.

The exciting thing is that all of these organizations are extending further into our community each year in an effort to put food on the table of families in need.  It is a joy for us as a farm to participate in helping to bring the "fresh, local" aspect to all of these programs!

check back with us soon and we'll keep you posted as we keep getting things organized!

Thanks so much!  

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

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 3/21/2014 7:36am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Happy Vernal Equinox!

Those of you that aren't on vacation somewhere warm right now surely understand the irony in the first day of spring sending you out to shovel a fresh 4-6 inches of fresh, heavy, wet snow...Happy Spring ;) !

Alas, we live in New Hampshire and finally got a truly full winter of seasonal weather for our beautiful state, but now we can start dreaming of spring flowers and fresh vegetables!!  We are now accepting CSA member enrollment on our website and you may sign up by clicking here.

There are many new changes this year to our CSA program that will hopefully make it even easier for you to get our weekly share of fresh veggies.  We've added 3 new pick up locations for our neighbors in Alton, Gilmanton, Gilford, and Laconia.

We are also now offering new ways to pay for CSA shares this year...you may "pay down" your share value in installments up until the first CSA share becomes available.  However, we're offering a 10% discount to everyone who signs up and pays in full before April 15th...that would bring a full season summer share to only $25 a week!

As always we so much appreciate all of the support that we get from everyone...to all our returning members welcome back and welcome aboard to all our new farm members...

Thank you and keep in touch!

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

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 3/21/2014 7:36am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

CSA 2014 Flyer

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

winniwoodsfarm.com

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

winniwoodsfarm.com

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...

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