Newsletter: March 28, 2013

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Just in time for Easter – Lambs!

Three lambs born in the last five days here at the farm.  Four more ewes expecting.  Hopefully the snow will be gone by the time they are all mischievously hopping about the barn.   This morning, we found two more black ewe lambs in the barn, probably about an hour old.  All sheep involved are doing fine.

 We are now open at the farmstand for the season!  Stop by Monday – Saturday, 10-5:30 and breathe in some spring as you peruse the greenhouse plants.  Easter lilies, hyacinths, daffodils, tulips and the first violas and pansies are in bloom.
            While the snow slowly melts, the greenhouses are filling up with all sorts of annuals, perennials and vegetable plants for your gardens.   We are growing dozens of varieties of impatiens plants, along with many other shade-loving annuals.

Today, we planted the Big Tomato house with over 600 tomato plants.  We hope to startharvesting in mid-June.  We are currently harvesting spinach and kale out of the cold frames, and both greens are delicious this time of year.  A spinach salad would be a great addition to your dinner, especially with hard-boiled eggs and crunchy croutons.
 
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 Have enough paragraphs passed so that I can mention that we have last year’s lambs in the freezer, ready for Easter dinner?   Leg of lamb, lamb chops, and many other cuts are available at the farmstand.  These lambs from 2012 were pasture-raised here at the farm and we rotated their grazing area throughout the summer and fall to provide fresh forage.  They also ate any extra sweet corn, lettuces and tomatoes!   Nice to know where your meals come from.

           Also on tap for Friday & Saturday are artisan breads from the Good Loaf bakery, Red Hen bakery, pies from Rocky’s and Home Hill Inn plus fresh pasta, eggs, McNamara dairy and Star Lake beef.

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    Seed Sowing 101 - Workshop - Saturday, April 6th 1-4pm

Join us as we show the basics of sowing flower and vegetable seeds.  You can sow your own tray of seedlings here in our greenhouse.  Choose from dozens of seed varieties.  We supply the seeds, soil, seed trays and expertise.  You choose your favorites and do the sowing.  There will be basil seeds, tomato, pepper, broccoli and other vegetable seeds, seeds for flowers and flowering vines.   You may also purchase seeds here at the farm from our offerings of High Mowing organic seeds and Hart’s seeds.

Cost is $15. per seed tray you take home, or for $30, we will keep the seed tray in our controlled environment greenhouse and tend to the germination and growth of the seedlings for 4 weeks.  One seed tray equals 100 plants.  A great way to invest in garden starts, or perhaps in a mass planting of a particular cultivar.

We will be set up at the farmstand on Saturday, April 6th from 1-4 pm.  No appointment necessary.  We will have a list of the available seeds on our website very soon.  (in other words, I haven’t had time to set that all up on the website…I’m just trying to get this newsletter out before Easter!)

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Scratch & Sniff at Spring Ledge Farm:

Gardening is about scents and textures as much as flowers and color.

Stop in to see our table of scents; a tomato plant to remind you of summer days in the garden, an oregano plant for the pizza lovers, rosermary – the plant of remembrance, a White Sage plant – very strong essential oils of sage.

Stop by and brush your fingers over these plants to pick up some of the best scents to be found this time of year.

Free Aromatherapy! 

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 Impatiens update:

Yes, we are growing impatiens at Spring Ledge Farm this year.  We will offer 45 varieties of this garden favorite.  We will continue to inform and alert our gardening customers about Impatiens Downy Mildew, which is a foliar disease of garden impatiens that is predicted to be a major problem in NH this year.
       Impatiens Downy Mildew is the reason we are growing an additional 22 varieties of New Guinea Impatiens, which are not affected by this disease.  We are also growing dozens of new shade-garden annuals including torenias, begonias, hypoestes and coleus.  We offer these as new opportunities for your gardens.  Click here for a list of the impatiens varieties offered at Spring Ledge Farm in 2013.

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         Check out the Kearsarge Valley Going Localevent this Saturday, March 30th at Colby-Sawyer College 12-5.  Live Music, local resource education, plan for action, connect with your neighbors.  Check here for complete information.  

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Frozen Bread & Ice Cream Sale - 

         50% off frozen Artisan Breads & 20% off Walpole Creamery Ice Cream.

        Walpole CreameryIts not easy predicting what our customer’s will purchase for the winter markets.  We strive to offer a range of products and varieties, while at the same time limiting our risk of leftovers.  Recently our artisan bread purchases have been a bit over.  At the end of the day, we bag up the breads and send them directly to our freezer.  Although an oxymoron on some levels, it is really “fresh frozen”.  Once thawed, the breads are delicious – crusty on the outside, and soft on the inside.  All of these frozen breads are now 50% off- a great deal on excellent artisan sourdoughs and loaves from The Good Loaf bakery and Red Hen Bakery. 

        By the way, we do take reservations on these perishable products – if you know you want a particular flavor of bread or milk or pasta, just let us know. 

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