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Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
11:23 am
Welcome to the 2010 season!
I assume everyone is as excited as I am about the start of the farm share season. As you probably know, Steve has been posting updates to the Farm Facebook page as well as info on on each week's share to the web page.

For folks who find Facebook too annoying to keep up with, I created syndication feeds you can subscribe to, and the posts will show up on your friends list:

Happy Vegging! :)

Friday, April 23rd, 2010
6:05 pm
Free hostas
I have a surfeit of Hostas. The previous owner of my home must have really loved them, because my back yard is full of them. They're lovely, healthy plants, but I'd like a little more variety.

They're great plants for shade, they thrive with neglect. They produce lovely masses of deep green, variegated leaves with impressive stalks of blue, orchid-like flowers in midsummer.

So, if you'd like some Hostas, please drop me a note here. I'm removing a few today, and I'll tuck them into a quiet corner of the yard for now; but in a week or so, they'll have to go either to a good home or the compost.

Oh, and if you're not sure what a hosta is, you can read about them here. The ones I have are not the giant, 4' tall ones, but more modest ones reaching maybe 2' at the peak of summer.
Thursday, December 17th, 2009
7:40 am
Parker Farms update
Hello all-Well,winter really is here-down to the single digits this morning as I went out to get my coffee-I actually happy that it is so cold,the firewood business has been a bit slack the past few weeks with the mild weather,now,with the mercury dropping the phone is starting to ring for orders-much needed as I rebuild from a devastating year.
In the meantime,I remain frustrated at my attempt to rebuild the mailing list so I can reconnect with all who participated in the 2009 farm share program-which is important as I have some important news regarding signing up for the 2010 season,as well as vouchers redeemable for produce that I want to distribute to compensate for the weather reduced yields of 2009.
So if you could please forward this note to friends who may have participated,post it on your blogs,myspace,facebook ect,I would appreciate it greatly.If you are getting this message it means you are already on the list and will be receiving the previously mentioned update,as well as all other news from the farm!
Thank you,and I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!-Steve
Parker Farm
828 Lancaster Ave
Lunenburg, MA 01462
(978) 785-9884
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
12:05 pm
New email from Steve
Shares still available at all drop points. Letter (but not signup sheet attachment) under cut)
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Saturday, November 21st, 2009
3:48 pm
Email from Steve about 2010 farm share
In case anyone didn't see this email:

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Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
9:14 pm
I seem to have lost touch with Steve
surrealestate recently posted about her last share, and gleanings from the fields, and I felt left out. I was one of the small share people, but I can never make it to the farmer's markets so I never got my last two shares. And I never heard about the opportunity to glean, which I would have done with pleasure. I know that Steve's computer died, among his other woes this summer. Is there a new way to reach him? Does his old email address still work?
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
8:36 pm
posted on facebook - FYI
Parker Farm will now attempt to explain things....

Ok,first of all,thank you all for the support offered.As we all know,this has been a very difficult season not just for me,but for most farms here in the northeast,so much so that the USDA has declared an agricultural disaster for the region.My best estimate at this time is that I have lost 50% of my crops,including the entire corn crop,and for all... Read more intensive purposes the tomatoes,potato's,eggplant and numerous other minor crops.This,along with a dramatic slowdown at the farmers markets,from which I depend on for half of the farms gross income,has caused a severe financial crisis-to the point that finally,I had to let my help go,thinking that I could possibly save things by just working by myself picking for the farmers market as I have in the past,and without the labor to pay I might possibly be able to catch up on some of the debt that is threatening the farm.

The problem with letting the help go,was that by doing so,there was no way I could continue to supply the csa without them,so at first it seemed logical to also shut the csa down for the year-but after walking around with a knot in my stomach all day that felt like the one I had after my first girlfriend dumped me,I knew that I had to find a way to carry on.

So,after considerable thought,I think I have come up with a way to continue the season that is fair to you the shareholders,and also will allow me to protect the farm.

First,the large shares will resume the week of 9/29/09 at your designated pickup spot.There will be a reduction in share size,for obvious reasons.

The small shares will receive 2 more drop offs-now this is where things get a little complex-in order to do this,I need some flexibility on the small shares part.I will bring a sign up sheet with me to the union sq market on sat between 9-1,and also to central sq on monday between 11:30-6.You will be asked to pick 2 drop off dates over the next 5 weeks on which to pick up your share-the first 25 at union and central will also have the option of having your first drop off that day.

The small share drop off options will be sat at the union sq market,9-1,monday in central 11:30-6,Davis sq(tuesday) Central Sq (wens) or porter sq(thursday) all between 5:30-7 at night.
2 minutes ago
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
10:17 am
pick up suspended?
'I just saw a message on parkerfarm facebook newsfeed that due to poor growing conditions, delivery will be suspended:  "

Due to the unprecedented poor growing conditions of the 2009 season,which has caused enormous crop losses and is putting the future of the farm in grave danger,I am forced to suspend CSA drop offs for the balance of the season.I will be issuing refunds in the form of vouchers that can be redeemed at the stand at the various farmers markets I attend during the 2010 season."

does anyone have more info?  does that mean no pick up today?  where do we pick up these vouchers?

I'm going to miss my veggies.

Saturday, September 12th, 2009
9:04 pm
My God, that's a good watermelon!
This week's share had a beautiful little watermelon. I've eaten half of it now, and it's got to be the best watermelon I've ever encountered. Sweet, literally bursting with juice, and hardly any rind. I feel like I should offer people samples, saying "See! See what watermelon could be!" But then I'd have less of it for me.

Thanks, Steve!
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
9:45 am
Looking to switch Wed Aug 19th for Tue Aug 18th

Would anyone in the Tuesday Davis Sq. group be interested in switching with me next week (Aug 18th)?
I'm in the Wednesday Central Sq. group.


Monday, August 10th, 2009
1:13 pm
anyone want to switch with me? tomorrow tues 8/11 davis sq small
I unexpectedly got sox tickets

please let me know, thanks!
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
4:38 pm
Davis this week
Did anyone get an e-mail today? What are we getting?
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
9:54 am
list of items
The list of items we get at Central has sometimes been partly wrong and this week was not even sent. Does anyone mind?
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
7:21 pm
CSA Week Three!

I'm a large, so it's a little different than the small:
2 heads romaine, 2 heads red leaf, 2 heads chicory, 2 pounds sugar snap peas, 1 bunch carrot, 1 bunch turnips, 1 bunch mustard, 1 bunch chard, 1 pound broccoli, 1 bunch arugula, 1 bunch radish and 1 bunch pak choi.

Yay Vegetables that aren't salad greens. :)
Thursday, June 18th, 2009
11:02 am
What are garlic scrapes?
And what does one do with them? Feel free to share recipes -- I get my share tonight! :)

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
6:43 pm
CSA Week Two!

Aren't the lettuces cute??
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
7:09 pm
CSA Week One!

Now to figure out what the heck to do with Pea Tendrils. Any hints?
Monday, June 1st, 2009
2:44 pm
Getting closer!
Hello all-I have been going back and forth on this for a while,but
finally decided to start the drop offs the week of June 8th as I have
planned all along-its been a difficult decision because the great growing
weather this spring has made a lot off things ready earlier than usual,so I
am risking losing some things by not starting harvest this week,but in the
long run think it is better to hold off and start on schedule as we still
need our primary focus to be planting weeding ect-but anyway,the drop offs
will start as follows-Davis Sq-Tuesday,June 9th,5-8 at night,14 St.james
ave,Somerville,Central Sq-Wens June 10th,5:30-8,in the parking lot by the
corner of bishop allen and columbia(not the one behind the harvest coop-the
next one down towards kendall sq)Porter Sq-Thursday June 11th,52/52a Elm St
Somerville(the actual driveway is around the corner on Mossland st).
To answer a few of the anticipated questions,If you cant make the drop
off,you may send anyone you want to pick it up for you,you cannot switch
nights and pick up at another location if you miss your scheduled drop
off(if you have contacted me about making a permanent switch,don't worry if
you are still listed on your original drop site list,I am the process of up
dating my data,so goes if you have upgraded from a small to a large).
Please understand that the volume of mail I receive precludes me from
answering every e-mail I get-I will post on the My space
site(myspace.com/parkerfarm)what I anticipate for harvest for the first week
by next Sunday,June 7th-I will also be sending out e-mails to each
individual site the day of harvest to inform you what you will be receiving.
I will be at the Central Sq farmers market today(Monday,June 1) and
Union sq on Sat,June 6th-stop on by,all csa members get a 25% discount on
purchases from me at the markets,and I will be happy to answer any questions
you have regarding the csa.
Please forward this e-mail to your fellow shareholders-in order to
reduce even more confusion,I am sending out this reminder and the next
several ones out to the person I have listed as the primary shareholder
Finally,as if my life is not complex enough,for those of you wanting to
enjoy a little of the music I like to call farmcore,I am playing with my
band<Steve The Farmer and the Murder Balladeers,tonight at All Asia in central Sq-doors open at 7,we are on sometime around 8:30-hope to see you there! Looking forward to seeing you soon,Steve
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
9:33 pm
I created an LJ feed for Steve's myspace updates

in case anyone cares. I use LJ as my default Rss thing so it means I'll remember to watch his posts.
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
9:32 am
I spoke with Farmer Steve this morning!
I chatted with Farmer Steve for a little while this morning. He asked me to pass on that he expects to be on track for deliveries around the first week of June, as usual. He'll also be sending out more email soon. He hasn't been writing as many email updates because something personal has been occupying more of his non-work-time. But never fear, he thinks it's sorted out now. :)

In addition, there's a new exciting possibility for this year -- Steve is working on partnering with a delivery service that uses tricycles to deliver groceries! This option will hopefully be available for a season or for individual weeks, so long as you email the tricycle coordinator in advance of the pickup day. Steve is no longer going to allow people to move pickup days from week to week -- you will need to either stick to one day for your pickup, or arrange for a pickup trade with someone else (which also requires advance planning), not coordinating it through Steve. With the tricycle option, now, folks whose plans change really don't need to involve Steve with it, and he's got more than enough on his plate, so he's happy to offer the trike option instead. There will be a charge for this service (not sure what it will be), as it is a separate company.

Steve is renting an additional plot of land this year, somewhere on the order of 10 or 12 new acres that can be cultivated. His greenhouses are full to the gills, and he's been working hard. He looks forward to seeing us all soon! :)

Current Mood: happy
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