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Posted 3/25/2016 12:35pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

We saw the Spring Equinox come and go last weekend and we're now enjoying more hours per day of sunlight more than darkness. We hope that it has increased your spirit and quickened your step like it has ours!Spring Spinach!

We're well underway with planting our starts, with Eggplant, Kale, Chard, Onions, Tomatoes, Parsley and many of Liz's flowers sprouting and giving us a nice flush of green to give us a smile everyday. We want to thank Red Manse Organic Farm for lending us some space in their starts greenhouse so we can keep planting!

Another reminder that next week will be the last week to take advantage of our "Early Bird" & "Full Payment" discounts for your CSA shares, so don't pass up the opportunity, and don't forget to tell a friend! Discounts end on April 1st!!

This weekend will be the last one that we'll be attending the Wolfeboro Farmer's Market, Saturday 10-2 Pm...get there early, as word on the street is...there will be SPINACH!! I'm sure it will go fast, but between Mountain Heartbeet Farm, and our stock we hope to supply as many folks as possible.

As you can see in the picture, even though we wish that planting looked a bit better, but we're finally pulling some green out of our high-tunnel and are turning in beds to prepare for our early plantings. We'll keep in touch as the spring chores keep coming on and sharing what we're up to!

peace, aaron & Liz

Posted 2/26/2016 9:01am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Good Morning Everyone!

Well yesterday sure felt bizarrely like Spring to me! I was able to go out to the high-tunnel and harvest some greens for the Farmer's Market in Wolfeboro tomorrow and it sure looked like mud season...

I want to thank all of those that have already signed up with us for the season, you're early contributions in membership are a big help as we get our supplies ready for the season. This week we're starting Onions, Eggplant, and maybe even some tomatoes! We'll send along some pictures as they start poking up and giving us some real optimism.

Today has been declared "CSA Sign-Up Day" and we wanted to have you share your enthusiasm with friends and family. If you know others that support a farm with CSA membership, encourage them to sign up for membership again with their farm!

You can find out more about CSA Day by clicking here...

There you'll find information about farms all over the country, and even Canada...so, if you have friends and family afar, you can share with them this directory and they may be able to find a great farm nearby!

All those that haven't signed up yet, don't forget that March will be the last month that we'll offer "early sign up" discounts, and we also still have the "auto payment" option if you'd like to pay smaller amounts monthly with a credit card.

Thanks again for all you support and we'll be in touch again soon!

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 2/15/2016 2:47pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Hello to all you Farm Faithful!

We hope that the 2016 growing season isn't as much of a weather rollercoaster as this winter has been! Alas, we're underway with our season planning and are just about ready to send in our first big seed order and start onions NEXT WEEK, if you can believe it!

We've opened our sign-up period for the 2016 CSA season and may sign up by clicking here!

 Just like in past years, we're offering up to a 10% discount off of your share for paying your membership off early, and 5% off just for signing up and getting your down-payment in by April 1st! We also will be offering our "monthly payment plan" for your convenience!

Feel free to forward this email to a friend and click here for 2016 CSA Program details!

You may notice a few changes to the program this year and are happy to hear any feedback that you may have for us. We've done our best to streamline things for ourselves to help our operation work even smoother this year with some exciting collaborations...

We're proud to announce that we're working with the Lakes Region Agricultural Collaborative (LRAC) growers to help provide a diversity of produce from many of your local farms in addition to what we grow! We'll be putting out more details about LRAC as the year progresses, so stay tuned!

We're also proud to announce that we're undertaking the "Organic Certification" process and anticipate being able to transition into "Certified Organic Production" for the 2016 season. Those of you that have been with us for awhile know that this doesn't mean anything new or different, we'll just be "official" now!

So, on that note, welcome to 2016 and THINK SPRING! As always, please do keep in touch and let us know of any feedback that you may have as we solidify our plans for the upcoming 2016 growing season...even if it's just some vacation photos from a winter vacation!

all our 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 2/15/2016 9:54am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Hello to all of our Farm Faithful!

We hope that you are all enjoying some time in front of the woodstove and staying warm now that winter has finally set in! We're writing to update everyone that we've started putting together our plans for the upcoming CSA season and wanted to update you on a few things.

Firstly, we're thrilled to announce that Winni Woods Farm is participating in the formation of the Lakes Region Agricultural Collaborative (LRAC) and will be sharing details throughout the year on our activities. The LRAC farms you may already know, or even have already been eating their great products as I've been working with many of the farms already in past seasons! Keep in touch and stay posted as we keep working in developing the Lakes Region food system!

There have been a few changes as we've gone about planning out the season. One of the bigger changes you might notice is the pick up times and locations that we've adjusted. With our lack of additional labor, we've had to make some hard choices in changing times and dropping our Gilmanton Year Round Library pick up location.

We hope that all of you will keep in touch and let us know any thoughts for the coming growing season. It's not too late to request some veggies that you haven't seen in your share so we can try and work them into our 2016 growing plans!

Lastly, please do know that we so much appreciate all of your support each year and are so thrilled when we get a new member that you've recommended to us. We sincerely thank you for letting folks know about us and for supporting your local farms!

all our best,

aaron & Liz

Posted 8/9/2015 11:18am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Fennel has an anise flavor - which for those of you that dislike black licorice may cause you to cringe.  However, as one who also dislikes licorice, I will tell you that it is subtle and fantastic! In salads, fennel is crisp and refreshing.  When caramelized or slowly cooked, the flavor changes to a savory sweetness.  The feathery dill-like leaves at the top can be chopped and used in salad dressings or any other dishes.  Just this week I used it to augment the filling for some stuffed zucchini.  All parts are edible, although the mild, tender bulb is most commonly used and served.

How do you prepare the bulb? 

Cut off and discard stalks. Trim the bottom of the bulb and peel off any wilted or browning layers from the outside of the bulb. Cut the bulb in half, lay the halves are their flat, cut sides and quarter, slice, or chop as you like.

Some cooking ideas:

Pear Walnut Fennel Salad

1 bulb fennel

2 pears

3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided

3 Tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/3 cup walnuts

Trim the fennel, cut the bulb in half lengthwise, and slice fennel very thinly. Core the pears and slice them very thinly. In a large bowl, toss the fennel and pear slices with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Whisk the olive oil, remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and salt to combine  

Eggplant Tomato Bake with Caramelized Fennel

Check out our recipe search engine and type in eggplant or click here.  The first recipe that comes up is an eggplant tomato bake.  When it says to caramelize the onions, add the chopped fennel bulb and caramelized that as well.  This is our favorite summertime dish!  

Posted 6/15/2015 9:26am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Good Morning to You All!

We are thrilled to announce that we've had some great support for our End 68 Hours of Hunger campaign for the 2015 season!  We'll start providing fresh vegetable shares to families in need beginning next week, the week of June 22nd.

Our work with Alton Central School to bring fresh foods to families in need through the  Alton Central School End 68 Hours Program is FULLY FUNDED! By reaching out to generous donors, once again, this year we'll help bring healthy, local food options to over 16 families in need.  This all made possible by all of your donations and the huge multiplier of all your donations being generously matched by, Alton residents Marc & Marie Hebert, the owners of The Harbor Group, Inc.

Due to some "last minute" contributions we were put over the top for our goal of funding all 16 families for the summer.  Although ALL donations were so much appreciated we'd like to mention that the significant donation by the Smith family made a huge difference in getting us there!

Another significant donation came in as a wedding gift, made on behalf of Monique Ricker & Armand Circharo who just took their vows, and gave instead of receiving on their wedding day, how great is that?!

Although you've seen some of this information below, I would like to include it again to remind everyone what a huge impact you're having on a nationwide issue.  What's more, due to the program we're going to be effecting approximately 25% of these families' yearly meals by providing these fresh, local vegetable shares.

A research bulletin, covered recently in the educator's publication NEA Today, was released in January 2015 by the Southern Education Foundation (SEF).  For the first time in recent history just over 50% of all children attending public schools today come from low income families...50%?!

On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., Liz and I got to speak with teachers from almost every state in our country that confirmed this statistic. We spoke with teachers from Las Vegas, NV to Salt Lake City, UT and Birmingham, AL to Farmington, ME who all shared shocking percentages of children eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

The SEF research collected data from the National Center for Educational Statistics pointing out the percentage of students who were eligible to receive free or reduced price lunches during the 2012-2013 school year. State-by-state figures showed that in 21 states 50% of students fit the NSLP eligibility criteria, 19 states have 40-48% eligible students and 10 have 38-42% of their students living in poverty.

Another stunning point is how quickly these numbers have changed. The article points out the nationwide low-income figures grew from 33% to 38% between 1989 and 2000, just over a 10 year period. However, from 2006 to 2013 that percentage jumped from 42% to 51%, making an almost two-fold percentage growth difference, but in four years less time.

“The trends are staggering, and yet the national debate over public education still provides inadequate space for a serious discussion about poverty and its effect on student achievement...”, The NEA Today article comments. The authors of the SEF study continue, “Without improving the educational support that the nation provides its low-income students – the trends of the last decade will be a prologue for a nation not at risk, but a nation in decline,”.

Many members of our community have little financial means to choose healthy food alternatives, let alone “vote with their dollar” to support local agriculture.  The End 68 Hours program may have only a small effect on the larger issues of social inequality, the global food system, or a society with an ever-expanding wage gap, but it has a huge reach right here in our community.  We thank you so much for your support of our local families in need!

Lastly, due to the success of our fundraising this year, we will further extend our reach by providing fresh vegetables to the Gilford Got Lunch Program! The GGL program provides similar support to families in need in Gilford, right around the corner from where our main farm operation is based.

More details about how these programs work can be found on our website under the "Donate" menu, or by clicking here. Thank you once again for your participation and we look forward to another great program next year!

With sincere thanks,

aaron & Liz

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

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 5/19/2015 7:27am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

It has been extremely busy around the farm trying to catch up and get everything in the ground, I have been behind in communicating some great events happening right now!

Winnipesaukee Woods Farm is proud to announce our involvement with a new collaboration of local farms here in the Lakes Region.  The Lakes Region Agricultural Collaborative has its first project, teaming up with Got Lunch! Laconia, to provide fresh vegetables to families in need in Laconia.

Got Lunch! Laconia is running their annual fundraising event at local restaurants in the Laconia area this week.  Sadly, Monday has come and gone, but there's still time to treat yourself to a lunch or dinner out and support the program!  Got Lunch! Laconia provides food, during the summer months, for over 600 children in the Laconia area.  Learn more about their wonderful efforts by clicking here.Got Lunch Laconia Restaurant Week

We're also seeing donations start to come in for our End 68 Hours of Hunger program to help families here in Alton.  However, we still have some ways to go before we're fully funded to offer all families fresh vegetables for the summer season.  To learn more about it, check out our blog, go to the "Donate" page, or click here, to find out how were getting fresh local food to families in need here in Alton.

Thank you to all those who have already donated to these great causes to help get fresher, healthy foods to those that have difficulty affording it!

--

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

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 5/4/2015 6:42am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Hello to You All!

We are thrilled to see so many new members this year and are happy to see our “regulars” return for another year. It's hard to think that we're only 3 ½ weeks away from our first shares going out and we'd like to thank you all once again for your membership and support of our farm!

We're excited to announce that we are continuing our work with Alton Central School to bring fresh foods to families in need through the End 68 Hours of Hunger program.  We are reaching out to generous donors once again this year to help bring healthy, local food options to families in need. All donations will again be generously matched by The Harbor Group, Inc.  We feel that healthy foods should not be dependent on financial means and that challenge seems to resonate still...

 

A research bulletin, covered recently in the educator's publication NEA Today, was released in January 2015 by the Southern Education Foundation (SEF). For the first time in recent history just over 50% of all children attending public schools today come from low income families...50%?!

On our recent trip to Washington, D.C., Liz and I got to speak with teachers from almost every state in our country that confirmed this statistic. We spoke with teachers from Las Vegas, NV to Salt Lake City, UT and Birmingham, AL to Farmington, ME who all shared shocking percentages of children eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

The SEF research collected data from the National Center for Educational Statistics pointing out the percentage of students who were eligible to receive free or reduced price lunches during the 2012-2013 school year. State-by-state figures showed that in 21 states 50% of students fit the NSLP eligibility criteria, 19 states have 40-48% eligible students and 10 have 38-42% of their students living in poverty.

Another stunning point is how quickly these numbers have changed. The article points out the nationwide low-income figures grew from 33% to 38% between 1989 and 2000, just over a 10 year period. However, from 2006 to 2013 that percentage jumped from 42% to 51%, making an almost two-fold percentage growth difference, but in four years less time.

“The trends are staggering, and yet the national debate over public education still provides inadequate space for a serious discussion about poverty and its effect on student achievement...”, The NEA Today article comments. The authors of the SEF study continue, “Without improving the educational support that the nation provides its low-income students – the trends of the last decade will be a prologue for a nation not at risk, but a nation in decline,”.

Many members of our community have little financial means to choose healthy food alternatives, let alone “vote with their dollar” to support local agriculture.  The End 68 Hours program may have only a small effect on the larger issues of social inequality, the global food system, or a society with an ever-expanding wage gap, but it has a huge reach right here in our community.  We thank you so much for your support of our local families in need!

This year's efforts will once again be aimed at our needs here in the Alton Central School End 68 Hours Program, and will further extend our reach by participating with the Gilford Got Lunch Program once we have enough support for all the families here in Alton.  The GGL program provides similar support to families in need in Gilford, right around the corner from where our main farm operation is based.

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.

With sincere thanks,

aaron & Liz

--

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

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 4/15/2015 5:37am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Good Morning!

I am reaching out this morning to remind folks that I'll do my best to communicate regularly with what is in season and available in the Online Farm Store.  However, this may not necessarily be a weekly email until the CSA & Farmer's Market season starts...and even then!?  ;)

So, if folks are interested in connecting with us to get what we have available you'll have to go to the farm store on the website and see what's new!  To go to the Farm Store Online now, click here...

Although our attempt at offering the on-line storefront for folks to be able to order from is aimed at offering an easy way to order from us, I understand that it may not be for everyone!  So, if you'd prefer to email me directly to get products before the farmers market and CSA season starts you're welcomed to...

1st Harvest 2015 Spinach!

We of course have plenty of eggs and the spinach is really coming in now, with many more large leaves now, suitable for cooking or fresh eating as a salad.  You can find it in our farm store and is offered on a first come first serve basis.  We will continue offering the larger 1/3 pound portions and will pack our spinach this way for the rest of the season...so whenever you see our spinach this year, remember it's a bigger portion than last year's bags!

I hope you all have enjoyed the beautiful weather as much as I have, the pastures are clearing and our starts are anxiously awaiting some prepared ground to get into...

thanks again and enjoy the week!  aaron

--

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

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 1/30/2015 12:55pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Greetings Everyone!

We've placed our seed order an are planning for Spring, even though I'll be shoveling snow after sending this out!  We're reminding folks that the 2015 Summer CSA sign-up period is officially open and you will notice a small change in the checkout process if you intend to pay with a credit card.

We now are taking payments directly through the "Member Assembler" tool in our website.  This is a completely secure service offered by our webmaster and all information is held completely confidential and not released to anyone!

After you select your CSA program choices and proceed to checkout, you will have the option to pay in full or in monthly installments.  This option was expressed by some of you as something that would be helpful to manage your financial commitment to CSA and is now available!

The "Monthly Installment Plan" is intended still pay off your share before the season starts and is currently set up to have (4) monthly installments to pay off your share.  So, if you were to start now, the first payment coming in February, your payments would only end up being around $50-$75 a month for the average sign-up! (avg. based on what most folks choose)

Also don't forget that you may take advantage of the payment plan or the "Early Payment Discount" 

The 10% early Full Payment Discount is offered through April 1st, 2015...use discount coupon code APRILDISCO to receive your discount at checkout

You may still use the discount code, even if you plan on paying on your own "installment" plan schedule, as long you'll be paying off your share by April 1st, please email me if you have any questions about following your "own payment plan schedule"...thanks, and click here to sign up!...sign-up for your 2015 share 

I hope that you all have been able to deal with the snow alright and are enjoying the winter season that's finally arrived.  If you haven't already done so and still want to fill out our 2015 Survey to help us plan for next season, I appreciate your time in doing so!  Your input is helpful as it guides our decisions in the future. You can find it at winniwoodsfarm.com under “Contact Us” or just click here......until then, thanks again for the feedback and stay warm!

All our best,

Aaron & Liz

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

winniwoodsfarm.com

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