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Posted 8/29/2016 7:19am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

It has been a running joke between Liz and I now for weeks as she asks me if I've gotten around to posting Fall Share signup's, while she's fielded questions from farm members for weeks now, with the same response..."we'll be getting around to publishing it soon...". I'm finally now making good on my promise! You may NOW SIGN UP for your Fall Harvest Share here on our site, or just click here...!

This time of year also signifies another big change out at the farm as the Back-to-School season has started. As all the kiddos return to school, families return to their school year routines, and Winni Woods Farm looses 50% of it's workforce!

Liz's first official day of school is today and I've now taken over all the farm chore tasks as Liz has made her transition back to the classroom and a brand new position in Gilmanton. Her hard work and presence will be missed out at the farm just as much as will be welcomed by her new colleagues and students at Gilmanton Elementary School. So, please join with me in wishing Liz well on her transition back to school and new position with the folks over at Gilmanton Elementary!

The imbedded picture of our beech tree is the true harbinger of the fall season to come. So, as our pace quickens, along with the squirrels and chipmunks, over the coming weeks we'll see the leaves change and the air turn crisp and clear with the coming of autumn...I welcome the change in season and will do my best to keep up with all the harvest season tasks. I look forward to seeing you all out at the remaining Farmer's Markets and hope that you'll join with me in a great fall share season!

all our best,

aaron (& Liz!)

Posted 8/25/2016 5:38am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Our weekly poem and photos by Amy!

Huge zucchinis for heaven sakes,

Nothing to do but but bake bake bake,

12 loaves later and a zucchini lasagna pan...

Makes for a very very  happy man, 

Thanks Aaron and Lizzie,
 
For keeping me  extremely busy!!!
 
I made 3 death by chocolate zucchini , 2pineapple zucchini, 1 pineapple coconut zucchini, 3 zucchini blueberry lemon, and 3 pineapple blueberry zucchini breads!
 
  
Posted 8/21/2016 7:05pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

It is hard to believe that this time is already here, but the deluge of back to school shopping deals and talk about final summer outings make it tough to ignore; the end of summer is on its way!  

For all the farmers we have ever met, there is always the mid-season slump: a time where you don't think there is any possible way you will ever be able to sustain the energy to make it through the remaining months.  Much to our amazement each year, however, we do make it.  When it's all over, there is the post-season wind-down, where all you can think of is getting away and giving your body and mind a chance to recuperate and never returning to farming again.  But, come January, the nostalgia sets in and you are excitedly looking at seed catalogs and planning your field maps.

Since I am only the "hired help" who works part of the season, I don't really go through these phases in the same way.  As I prepare to head back to start my eleventh year of teaching, leaving Aaron all to his lonesome, I can't help but think back on all those roasting hot days in the sun where I would look up from the middle of the carrot row and think, "How could anyone do this all year long?!"  And here I am now, one week before school starts, thinking nostalgically about the season and wishing there was a way to be in two places at once.

This week marks the next to the last pickup for those who chose the Short Season Share.  We thank you for your support of local agriculture and our farm.  It has been great getting to know you and your families and sharing a small part of your world with us!  We truly enjoy providing you with organic options and hope that you have enjoyed the experience as well.  As always, we welcome feedback, comments and suggestions on how we can improve in the future!

We look forward to the final weeks of the Full Season Share and hope to see many of you this fall for our Fall Shares.  Aaron will be posting information about this shortly.

Posted 8/17/2016 1:21pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

As I was out in the fields harvesting flowers the other day, I kept hearing this distant noise.  I wasn't quite sure what it was, but because I was trying to be efficient and make my way through the row quickly, I didn't take too much time to stop and investigate.

I continued through the remainder of the snapdragons and the sound hit me again.  This time I decided that it must be one of Lyman's trucks rumbling in the distance and paid it no mind.

After a few more minutes, I was into the celosias.  Then, I heard the sound again, except this time it was louder.  I turned my head to look in the direction of the road, but my view was blocked by the popcorn that is growing in the row next to where I was harvesting. Finally, I realized what I had been hearing.  That low rumble was not a truck...it was the bees, busy at work, pollinating our corn!  

It was at that very moment that I realized that being "efficient" isn't always the best option because often you miss the beauty that is right in front of your face.

By the way, the miracle of corn is something to be appreciated...each individual kernel of corn is associated with a single hair of silk that has been pollinated.  If you are interested, check out this site for an explanation of how we get the perfect ear of corn.

Posted 8/14/2016 8:00pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

 

It's Saturday,
Which means a new CSA...
Feet(s) going running for some beets
Pair with cukes, fresh greens and tomato
Worth more than a ton of dough...

 

Thank you Amy for our weekly smile!

Posted 8/14/2016 7:55pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

This recipe comes to you from Chris and Andrea for roasted cabbage:

Slice into approx 1/2" slices then lightly brush each side with olive oil, salt and pepper (or whatever seasoning you enjoy) Bake on cookie sheet in 400 degree oven for about 10-15 mins per side (flipping half way making sure they are beginning to caramelize like in the picture) the texture is so buttery and delicious!

Posted 8/11/2016 11:35am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Our first entry and recipient of 10% off a fall CSA share!

AND...Amy wrote another poem for our enjoyment!

 
 
 
 
CSA
Broccoli ,ham and cheese
Another piece for me please
Add some onion, eggs and cream

Nothing short of a summer dream...

 
A store bought Pillsbury pie crust roll
Oven at 350 for 40 minutes or 5 to 15 more...
Line bottom of crust with diced ham, chopped onion and lightly steamed broccoli cut small.
Spread shredded cheese of your choice ...we used cheddar
Beat 4-6 eggs, add 1/2 cream or heavy cream 8-12 ounces ( 2 oz. per egg)
Pour egg mixture over veggies and cheese . Salt, pepper, nutmeg,a little garlic salt .
After baking let set for 20 minutes before cutting.
Posted 8/6/2016 7:18pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Ah, the joy of a pop up thunderstorm!  We got to enjoy that beautiful dose of rain in the shelter of the high tunnel!  The sound of rain pummeling the plastic was deafening, as we took advantage of the forced "indoor time" to trellis the tomatoes.

Then the beautiful walk through the fields to see just how happy everything was... 

It took a fraction of the time to harvest carrots this evening with that gift of showers.  Now if only it would break the heat and come more often!

Posted 8/6/2016 7:13pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Now that everyone has their share for the week...In honor of Eat Local Month,  I am passing along a challenge for the week: Take a picture of the most delicious and beautiful meal(s) you make this week with your share and send it along to us with your recipe. 

Then, as an added bonus, you can send it in as an entry for the Belknap County Conservation District and Lakes Region Food Network photo contest! You can enter up to seven photos and have a chance to win a gift certificate to Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, Local Provisions, Laconia Village Bakery, BurritoME, Local Eatery, Sunflower Natural Foods, OR Osborne's Agway.  With that lineup, how you could lose!  We just might have to have a little contest of our own!

Another option in the photo contest is to take a photo at the farmer's market, so we also encourage you to come check out all of the awesome vendors in Laconia on Thursday and Gilford on Saturday.

I will send a copy of the actual entry form if you are interested.  Unfortunately our website does not allow us to attach PDFs or I would just pass it along now.

Game on!  We look forward to seeing what you create!

 

Liz and Aaron

 

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

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 8/5/2016 10:04am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Emails from our friends of the farm sharing their recipe loves are some of our favorites.  

 

This one from CSA member Amy was a fun read.  It read like a poem and made me smile:

Roasted beets carrots turnips fresh lettuce

Goat cheese

Diced tomato

Love my CSA

 

Thanks for sharing Amy!

Jar Return ReminderJuly 10th, 2018

Good afternoon! Hoping that everyone is enjoying the beautiful day today! I just wanted to send out a quick note to all Flower Share members to remind you to bring back your Mason jar each week. If yo

Where farming and teaching collide...June 28th, 2018

Good morning! Just wanted to throw this post out there to those who might be interested in how 3-D printing can help out in the farming world. This post features the work of one of my sixth grade stud

Winni Woods CSA, Week #2June 21st, 2018

Good morning!  This week flew by, as we are sure the rest of the season will as well. We had a busy week at the farm mostly because of our furry friends...Aaron had quite the battle with our many

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