Farm News

 

October 24, 2016

While our 2016 CSA season has come to a close, we are still keeping busy plowing under the remnants of this year's bounty, and sowing cover crop to keep the soil in tact and retain nutrients for next year. We are also expanding our growing space for next year to ensure better crop rotation in future years. While this is a busy time of year for the horses (plowing is hard work!), the temperatures are more friendly for working and the flies are gone. After the field work is done for the season, Derek and the horses will begin working in the wood lot on next season's firewood. Before you know it, it will be sugaring time again, and the horses will be heading over the hill to collect sap to bring in to boil. We wish a peaceful and restful winter to our shareholders and customers, and look forward to seeing you all in the spring. Sign ups for the 2017 CSA will begin after the New Year. If we don't have your contact information already, be sure to send us a quick note on our CSA page so that we can keep you informed when it's time to sign up for next year's share. 

Derek and Bruce heading out with our team, Bob and Ted, to use the disc on the south garden

Derek and Bruce heading out with our team, Bob and Ted, to use the disc on the south garden

February 28, 2016

Seeds are growing in the greenhouse and Spring is on the way! It's time to sign up for our 2016 CSA. For more information, and to sign up, visit our CSA page. This year, we are offering add-on options, so that you can pick up our pastured raised chickens along with your weekly produce share. Our pick-you-own flower and herb garden will have more variety, and we've added some new vegetables and varieties to our produce pick-ups. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you in the Spring.

January 4, 2016

We hope you had a peaceful and joyous holiday, and wonderful start to the new year. We spent the holidays enjoying some restful days and quiet time with family. Bruce was thrilled to have some snow after Christmas, and has taken several successful runs in his new sled. Derek has been busy out in the woods with Bob and Ted bringing in next year's firewood logs and making some new logging trails that I hope will double as some (not too steep!) ski trails. We are so thankful to have shared such a bountiful season with all of our shareholder in 2015. It was wonderful to watch our CSA grow and to meet new friends and neighbors. As for the upcoming vegetable season, the seed catalogs have started to arrive and we're already busy planning for another season. This year you can sign up for add-ons to your weekly pickup and we are exploring an expansion of our pick-your-own options. Please drop us a line at and tell us what you'd like to see in this year's share, whether it be meat, eggs, vegetable, fruit, flowers, herbs, syrup, etc.Thank you for supporting local food in your community and we look forward to hearing from you soon, and seeing you in the Spring.

Derek and Don bring back some logs with Bob and Ted

Derek and Don bring back some logs with Bob and Ted

May 18, 2015

Sign-up for our 2015 CSA is now closed, and we plan to begin the season on May 28th. If you would like to get on our waiting list and/or sign up for next season, please visit our CSA page and fill out the sign-up form. We are excited to welcome new and returning shareholders to our new CSA pick-up area and our expanded and diversified pick-your-own flowers and herbs. The late spring and frosts have kept us on our toes the last few weeks, but we continue to forge ahead with the spring crop and getting the field ready for summer vegetables. We will have some potted herbs and tomato starts for sale when the season starts. 

April 3, 2015

CSA sign-ups are still underway, so head on over to our CSA page and reserve your share today. We offer whole and half size shares, and 22 weeks of fresh, sustainably raised produce. Shares also come with anytime access to our pick-your-own flower and herb garden. Please contact us with any questions, or set up a time to come by and visit the farm. We look forward to being your farmers!

January 22, 2015

Anchor Light Farm is now powered by the sun! Integrity Energy, a locally owned company in Bethel, VT finished the installation of a 7.4 Kw system last week. This will be enough to power the house, barns, greenhouse, electric fencing, and all other systems on the farm. We are excited to have participated in the Solarize the Upper Valley project, a community solar initiative that allows those interested in small scale solar installations the opportunity to buy equipment at a low-cost bulk rate. Sign up for our 2015 CSA, and take pride in supporting horse-powered and solar-powered produce!

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year! Our 2015 CSA sign up is now open! Go to the Community Supported Agriculture page to reserve your share today. If you have any questions about signing up or being a shareholder please do not hesitate to contact us. Call at (802) 565-8284, or email anchorlightfarm@gmail.com. Thanks! We look forward to being your farmers.

December 14, 2014

This year, give the gift of a CSA whole or half share

Happy Holidays from Anchor Light Farm! We have been enjoying some earlier than usual heavy snow, and a few cold snaps. Fortunately, we got the farm buttoned up early and the garlic planted in plenty of time to welcome the snow. Even though the warmer temperatures and the spring flowers seem like a long ways away, it's never a bad time to think about fresh, local produce. This year, consider giving the gift of an Anchor Light Farm whole or half CSA share to your favorite localvore. Each year, we offer produce grown exclusively with horse power from our own team of belgians drafts. Vegetables are harvested fresh, and picked up at the farm once a week. For more information, please see our CSA page, and contact us to learn more about giving the gift of local produce.

November 7, 2014

Heading into winter

Derek and the team have been busy plowing everything under, and getting the ground ready for next season. We use an old sulky plow, circa 1910, for plowing. It is an amazing piece of equipment that holds up well against some of the rocks that seem to pop up out of no where. When it does meet its match, we are fortunate enough to have made some good connections with folks around the country who somehow have replacement parts.

We had a terrific year; perfect growing weather, wonderful CSA members, and lots of new faces at the farmers market. We are looking forward to next season, and have already started thinking about the CSA. We are currently working on some different share options that we hope will be appealing and add even more value to the CSA model. 

While the Randolph Farmers Market is over for the season, we will be vending at one last market that will be held at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday November 15 starting at 3:00pm in the Esther Mesh Room. We will have chickens, honey, and some winter vegetables to offer, as well as information about next year's CSA. Please stop by and see us!

Thank you to everyone who made our season a wonderful success. We look forward to seeing all of you again this spring!

September 1, 2014

Late summer vegetables in full swing

This week we harvested loads of beautiful winter squash: delicata, acorn, and butternut, as well as pie pumpkins and onions. It was a stark reminder that fall is upon us. Our CSA season so far this year has been a huge success. We could not have asked for better weather, and we have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of our shareholders and meeting new local food lovers at the Randolph Farmers' Market. After some rough calculations, we have determined that our shareholders have already realized 94% of the value of their share (had they purchased the same vegetables at the farmers' market), and we still have at least 6 more weeks left in the season! If they had purchased those same vegetables at the local supermarket, or the local produce market, the value would be even higher. This is a great example, among many, of why the CSA model is beneficial for the consumer. We hope to build on the great success of this year, and we plan on expanding our CSA next year to include more members. If you would like to sign up, click here.

Megan and Bruce laying onions out to cure in the greenhouse


April 24, 2014

Front page news!

This week, the Herald of Randolph ran a front page story about the social, environmental, and health benefits of CSAs. The story featured a great picture of Derek working with Pete and Jake. You can check out some additional photos (taken by Ben DeFlorio) here.