Memorial Day Farmers’ Market

A few snaps from today’s Central Square Market…

Basil in Centrallettuce plants at central

We've got eggs!

We are thrilled to be able to offer some of Pete and Jen’s fresh eggs at the farmstand. Located in Concord, Pete and Jen’s Backyard Birds is a small scale local grower of  pasture-raised,  meat and layer chickens, pigs, sheep, and a few rabbits. The hens free-range on fresh pastures with access to a large mobile coop on a farm wagon which is moved around the field on a weekly basis allowing the birds consistent access to fresh grass and forage. The chickens are fed a diet of vegetarian grains from Green Mountain Feeds – a certified organic feed company located in Vermont. Occasionally Pete and Jen feed the birds alfalfa, kelp for minerals, oyster shells for hard egg shells, and grit (granite bits) to assist their digestion.  A carton of eggs contains a mixture of sizes and colors, including an occasional blue egg from their Araucana chickens, light brown and dark chocolate brown eggs. Each carton contains a “nest run” – a mixture of ungraded and unique sizes and shapes. We welcome folks to return clean cartons for reuse.

We hope you all will enjoy these tasty eggs!

Around the farm

View First Week of May

Spring is here!

Lettuce in the greenhouse in MayOpen for Self Service!Overwintered Scallions

Spring Greetings from Hutchins Farm

Although it’s not looking much like spring currently, the calendar insists that April has begun.  We survived the snowy winter without any serious problems, and I was very thankful that we don’t have any livestock to keep fed and watered in the cold depths (and it was deep) of winter.  But that’s all behind us now—I trust.  Now each day will beguile us with swelling buds, unfolding leaves, warm sunshine, newly turned soil, gentle rain, and ultimately, the first (and succeeding) fruits of summer.  Of course all that is quite theoretical at this point, though our greenhouses are rapidly filling with hypothetical fruits and vegetables, eager to bask and bathe in the sun and rains that, after all, will come, and thereby (with a lot of work besides) be translated from potential into actual—the good food of summer for which we impatiently wait the rest of the year.

We don’t have to wait any longer for that first gift of spring— overwintered parsnips, incomparably tender and sweet.  They are available now on the porch, self-serve, and presumably will be around for a couple weeks.  In short order they will be joined by a wide and ever-growing variety of vegetable and herb plants for gardeners.  Those of you who have ordered plants from us in the past may be disappointed to learn that we won’t be filling orders this season—we will, however, have a similar wide variety of plants.  A list of most of the varieties we will have available and when they will be ready can be found in .pdf form at our website www.hutchinsfarm.com.  In addition, you can find bagged compost and potting soil available now on the porch.

By late May, we should begin to see the earliest lettuce and other greens, and with the arrival of June and the miraculous transformation of hypothetical strawberries into delicious, ripe reality, we will open our doors for another season.  Once again, we will be attending three farmer’s market each week:  Cambridge/Central Square on Mondays, Belmont on Thursdays, and Somerville/Union Square on Saturdays.  For complete times and dates, see our website.

We hope all of you came through the winter as sweet as the parsnips and we’re looking forward to seeing all of you again soon.  Look for more frequent updates to our website and Facebook page as the capable Liza Bemis increases her involvement with the farm this season.  The newlyweds Taylor and Andrea Bemis, who worked with us last season (in sin), have returned as well to bring their considerable combined energies and enthusiasms to bear on our common goal—to provide you with the freshest, finest food you can find anywhere.

 

Hope to see you all soon,

Brian Cramer

The crew is already hard at work!

Greenhouses are filling up!

Welcome to the New Hutchins Farm Web Page

We have been busy this winter! Please check back for more information this coming spring.

tree in snow