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Welcome to the 2010 season! [Jun. 9th, 2010|11:23 am]

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! :)

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Free hostas [Apr. 23rd, 2010|06:05 pm]

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.
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Parker Farms update [Dec. 17th, 2009|07:40 am]

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
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New email from Steve [Dec. 3rd, 2009|12:05 pm]

Shares still available at all drop points. Letter (but not signup sheet attachment) under cut)
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Email from Steve about 2010 farm share [Nov. 21st, 2009|03:48 pm]

In case anyone didn't see this email:

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I seem to have lost touch with Steve [Nov. 17th, 2009|09:14 pm]

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?
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posted on facebook - FYI [Sep. 23rd, 2009|08:36 pm]

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
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pick up suspended? [Sep. 22nd, 2009|10:17 am]

'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.

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My God, that's a good watermelon! [Sep. 12th, 2009|09:04 pm]

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!
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Looking to switch Wed Aug 19th for Tue Aug 18th [Aug. 12th, 2009|09:45 am]

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.


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