HHIF Islands Farms CSA is a multi-farm CSA offering products almost exclusively from the Lake Champlain Islands
Saturday, August 3rd, 11:30-1:30
South Hero Land Trust Annual Meeting
Health Hero Island Farm, 350 West Shore Road, South Hero, VT 05486
*Also know as the Sawyer Bay Farm
With Eric Noel as the Keynote Speaker, talking about the plans for the Sawyer Bay Farm and the importance of new innovations to protect the land and water.
Potluck picnic, wagon ride and tour.
No RSVP necessary. Just come, share a great meal, and see the farm.
We hope you can make it! Come out and tour the farm, meet some neighbors and EAT!
Save the Date
Sunday, August 25th, 3:00-6:00PM
Lake Champlain Islands Farm and Food Festival
@ Health Hero Island Farm
Come spend an afternoon with your family on the farm and enjoy:
The event is FREE to the public. Invite your family and friends and come spend the afternoon with us.
The Missisquoi River Band
FREE pizza from the Northeast Organic Farming Association traveling pizza oven with all local toppings
FREE local popcorn
A spell-binding storyteller
Engaging activities for all ages
Mini-classes, demonstrations and tastings by Islands Farmers and producers
AND SO MUCH MORE
Green CSA Bags
Please remember to return your green CSA bags each week. Just leave them at your pick-up site. Thank you!
News from Health Hero Island Farm (and what we had for dinner)
Oh my gosh it's dry! With all the rain of May and June, I didn't think I'd be saying that. I'm really hoping for rain to finally fall today. Even with watering, the gardens are parched. Rain would be welcome right now. Harvesting the carrots was a real challenge with the ground so dry and hard. What I managed to get out of the Earth sure tastes great!
We had steamed carrot coins last night with melted butter....mmmmmmmmm.
I also lightly sauteed red onion (ours aren't ready yet...got this one at Sweet Clover Market) with summer squash and zucchini then put the pan under a hot broiler to finish it off. Yum! Put all the vegetables together over some lentils seasoned with sea salt, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Ended with grass-fed beef burgers - a very satisfying meal.
We're very happy that Joan and Bob will be joining us at the farm for about a week. They'll be here for the picnic on Saturday along with some family who are coming to see the farm for the first time. It promises to be a full and exciting week.
The seedlings we planted are doing really well. I'm astonished at how much they've already grown. The squash plants we rescued have made a stunning come-back. If you can make it to our picnic Saturday, you can walk around the gardens and see for yourself all of the beautiful plants!
We're keeping up with the weeding and have a few more plantings to do before the fall: spinach, lettuce, more carrots, some herbs. When we're tired of tomatoes, we'll prepare our greenhouse for winter greens - mostly kale and spinach.
Upcoming projects include building a new high tunnel greenhouse with an NRCS EQUIP grant (a USDA program), building end walls for our small greenhouse, applying minerals to the gardens in the fall along with cover crops.
All of the big red cedar posts are pounded! Yippee! Eric finished this week while Jesse was away for vacation. He also put together all of the braces. There are still some parts to finish up, but we're nearly there.
We are getting closer to our plan for adding minerals to our biggest open field. We had a talk with our friend today and got some preliminary recommendations. As soon as the fence is finished, Eric will be able to get the subsoiler ready and start using it in the fields.
We have some cattle leaving this week, so we'll get to use our newly constructed low-stress cattle handling system again. Frequent use gives Eric the opportunity to work out the kinks in the system, fine tuning it until it's the best it can be.