HHIF Islands Farms CSA is a multi-farm CSA offering products almost exclusively from the Lake Champlain Islands
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
We've had visitors all week...working visitors! Joan and Bob, Joan's daughter and son-in-law (Michele and Drew) and grandchildren (Scout and Cole) all arrived last Friday night so that they could all attend South Hero Land Trust's annual celebration on Saturday. The event was a HUGE success, drawing over 120 people - the largest crowd ever for SHLT's Annual Picnic. We were so thrilled with the positive energy and enthusiasm about what we're doing on the farm, and are so grateful to everyone who attended.
We've all been busy as you'll see in our photo spreads this week. The children have been helping with harvests and planting and spiffing up our beach. Michele and Drew also worked very hard down by the shore to create a retreat for all of our families AND built over 20 bird houses to attract more birds to the farm. (They'll eat flying insects that bother the animals and the humans here).
AND the whole crew including our kids have been camping at the farm all week. Madeleine and Calvin were taken under wing...I've hardly seen them all week! They're having so, so much fun with our new extended family. We feel deep gratitude to Joan, Bob, Michele, and Drew for helping so much all around.
We have started picking Rattlesnake Pole Beans! We grow these beans for the Intervale Food Hub and for all of you! I've picked 80 pounds so far myself in three pickings. Natalie will pick next and then Eric while I'm at a conference this weekend.
The cabbage family crops are looking good! I can't wait to harvest our first kale. Another dose of rain would help them along even more. Emily showed the children how to plant the last of the seedlings this week and they dug in and planted part of a row.
Carrots are very difficult to harvest still with the ground so hard and dry. The children helped dig some early this week, then Emily, Natalie and I harvest them for your shares this week. Joan has some ideas about how we might amend the soil in the row we use for carrots next year to make them easier to grow and harvest. We sincerely hope you enjoy them this week!
The BIG news this week is that Eric and Jesse FINISHED building the permanent fence around our north field - all 8,000 feet (3 strand!) around the perimeter of an 80 acre field. It looks and works great!
There was another big cattle move this morning early from the big north field to a pasture on the hill. Most of the gang was up early to help and watch and follow along behind. It was a beautiful morning to walk the farm.