Sunny Days are Ahead!

This weather sure has been tough... we can feel the confusion and frustration in the air as we all navigate this unusual Spring. However, the weekend's forecast is looking up; we should have some sunny days ahead!

Despite the recent cold and rain, we're still here 9AM-6PM every day! Our Norwich farm stand has been open for a week now and the cooler is quickly filling up! We're getting new produce in every day. Check out the produce availability list below!


In addition to fresh Spring veggies, our greenhouses are bursting with colorful annuals, veggie starts and herbs! We have a wonderful selection in both Post Mills and Norwich; whether you're searching for the perfect hanging basket, starting your veggie garden or adding some color to your window boxes, we've got the things you'll need. Our experienced staff will be available all weekend; introducing our returning customers to something new but also, lending a hand to our newer gardeners.

Some beautiful, bright and sunny blossoms down in Norwich. Come see for yourself!

Some beautiful, bright and sunny blossoms down in Norwich. Come see for yourself!

Produce Availability: Norwich Farm Stand
163 Rt 5 South, Norwich VT 05055 | 802-649-2852 | open daily 9 AM-6 PM

  • Apples

  • Arugula

  • Asparagus

  • Bok Choi

  • Fiddleheads

  • Lazy Lettuce

  • Red Cherriette Radishes

  • Scallions

  • Spinach

  • Sauerkraut

  • and Local baked goods, cheese and meats

February News: Seeding has Begun!!

February is suddenly upon us! We're another month closer to Spring and things on the farm are steadily progressing; our first plantings of tomatoes, onions and leeks have been seeded. Oh, and we couldn't forget about the pansies! They've been seeded as well, making us dream of warmer days and the flower's sweet yet humble pop of color!
For now, while we patiently wait for the seeds to sprout, check out some photos of our favorite Springtime memories.

Below you'll also find an introduction to another new addition to the Crossroad Family! If you've ever wondered if we have a farm dog, here's your (very adorable) answer! 

Then, don't forget to look into our 2019 CSA sign up! Thanks so much to those who have already joined us! For those that haven't yet, we're still offering the 7% discount, but only until the end of February! You're welcome to mail in a check, or sign up online - all the details are below.

Introducing: Lily of the Valley
Lily is Tim and Janet's new puppy! She'll be alongside all of us here at the farm, exploring the greenhouses this Spring and surely patrolling the fields this Summer. But for right now, she is loving the snow - going for snow-shoe walks and playing with Tim and Janet's grand-kids make her the happiest puppy in the whole Upper Valley!

CSA Sign Up:
Join our 2019 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program! Many thanks to those of you who supported us last year! For those who are unfamiliar with our program, you can learn more from our CSA page. Now is the best time to purchase your CSA share for the upcoming season – here are some details:
 
·     Sign up before February 28 to receive a 7% discount.
·     All CSA balances from the 2018 season will rollover into this season. We’ve emailed members with balances over $50. If you didn't receive an email but are curious about your balance, just email Sarah (sarah@crossroadfarm.com) and inquire! She'd be happy to help!
·     Crossroad Farm offers a CSA model using credit instead of a bushel basket pickup — it’s the best of both worlds! This system gives you the flexibility of shopping anytime and choosing exactly what you’d like.
 
Visit the CSA page to sign up! You'll find two methods there: a mail-in option paying by check or an online option paying by credit card. We prefer that you sign up with a check and the mail-in application as it avoids the fee our credit card online processor charges us... 


We hope you enjoyed the color and cute photos this week! As always, please feel free to reach out; we welcome any feedback or suggestions you’d like to share as we continue into this new season!

January News: 2019 CSA Registration Open & Fun Facts about the farm!!

Hello Farm Friends!
 
It sure has been awhile… One moment is was August and then poof!! the fall is gone and we’re well into January… We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and New Year!

After some much needed rest, we are jumping right into the 2019 season having just released the opening of our CSA program for this year! Many thanks to those of you who supported us last year! For those who are unfamiliar with our program, you can learn more on our CSA page.

Now really is the best time to purchase your CSA share for the upcoming season – here are some details:
 
·     Sign up before February 28 to receive a 7% discount.
·     All CSA balances from the 2018 season will rollover into this next season. In fact, we’ll be emailing all CSA members with balances over $50 in the next few days.
·     Crossroad Farm offers a CSA model using credit instead of a bushel basket pickup — it’s the best of both worlds! This system gives you the flexibility of shopping anytime and choosing exactly what you’d like.
 
You can visit the CSA page right here on our website to sign up! You'll find two methods there: a mail-in option paying by check or an online option paying by credit card. We prefer that you sign up with a check and the mail-in application as it avoids the fee our credit card online processor charges us... 


In addition to kicking off our CSA program, we’re also excited to share a few fun facts with you! One of our goals this year is to increase our online presence, sharing more of what we do and how we do it! So we’re taking our first step in achieving that goal by giving you a glimpse of what we're currently up to!

Did you know??
We grow a majority of our flowers (and veggies) from seed! In January Janet and Allison are busy with seeds, planning their planting schedule and preparing the greenhouses. The pictures above are just a few new varieties of annuals that we'll be growing from seed - most destined for our cutting garden to make beautiful bouquets in July and August. 
With the long, cold days of January the thought of bright colors and sunny skies keeps us going!


Did you know??
In the farming world January can also be known as "Conference Season." Tim, Phil and other folks from the farm have been attending, participating in and speaking at conferences all across the state. It's the perfect time for farmers to connect; knowledge, experience and lessons-learned are all shared as we review the previous season while looking forward to the next. A few things we've been focusing on are learning more about efficiency in the field and in our packing shed - how to streamline the magic of bringing our produce to you!
At one of these conferences, Tim recently gave a presentation that combined his knowledge of farming and VT Act 250, a law on land use and development control.  


We're really looking forward to our 39th season farming in Post Mills and our 3rd season with the Norwich farm stand as part of our business! As we venture into this new year, tackling many goals and learning knew things, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We welcome any feedback or suggestions you’d like to share!

Welcome August!

August is upon us and our Summer bounty is in full swing! This means fresh fruits and vegetables for every meal - gladly gathered around family, friends and community members alike. 

This week we're excited to welcome melons, green and orange fleshed, to the farm stands. Along with Pennsylvania peaches, Vermont plums and Upper Valley blueberries our tummies are full of sweet fruit! For veggies, we're welcoming fresh red and yellow onions and a variety of peppers. And of course, we're reveling in the season of sweet corn!

This weekend, Friday 8/3, Saturday 8/4 and Sunday 8/5 we will be offering a Special Tomato Sale, both in Post Mills and Norwich! Come on in and buy 5 lbs. or more of our Big Red Tomatoes and pay $3.00 per pound!! This is the perfect opportunity for canning, freezing or prepping for large parties. 

Lastly, check out the recipe below for a Crossroad Farm Frittata. Sarah and Kathleen in Norwich crafted this up for Saturday morning samples; it's just perfect for a quick, easy, fresh and local meal! All ingredients can be found at our farm stands! 

Produce Available at our Farm Stands:

  • Arugula
  • Beets - chioggia, gold & red
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage - green, red, savoy
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower - cheddar, romanesco, white, purple occasionally
  • Chard
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers - pickling, slicing
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Fresh Onions - red, sweet & sweet
  • Garlic
  • Green & Yellow Beans
  • Green & Purple Peppers
  • Herbs - Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley, Mint & more
  • Hot Peppers - mixed variety
  • Kale - green, red & lacinato
  • Lazy Lettuce
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce Heads - 5 Varieties
  • Melon - green & orange fleshed
  • Mesclun Mix
  • Potatoes - white, gold, reds, blues, fingerlings
  • Spicy Mix
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes - big red, cherry & heirlooms
  • Zucchini - green & costata romanesco

Coming Soon:

  • Colored Sweet Peppers - red & yellow
  • Watermelon

Specialty & Local Items Available as well - a few include:

  • Eggs
  • Fruit - apricots, blueberries, peaches, plums & raspberries (may vary between Norwich & Post Mills)
  • Maplebrook Mozzarella
  • Red Hen Bread - Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

Tomatoes, Beans and a Sneak Peak of Corn!

We are really into the swing of summer - the perfect time to be thinking and eating local!! Vital Communities had this quote in their weekly newsletter, and it's just too good not to pass forward...

"To be local to a place includes two things primarily: it is to be involved—anxiously engaged in the goings on—and to be there, able to actually look upon the landscape, to care about a place enough that you are physically present... The definition of local I offer is simple, and rooted in the same emotion as the rugged individual myth: love. In loving a place, you tie your fate to its fate. It's a big risk to take to become a local." —Ky Osguthorpe, '19, COA Magazine

Here at Crossroad Farm eating locally and seasonally is so important! We appreciate the ebbs and flows of what the land provides for us - each week of the season we welcome new produce while saying goodbye to others. 

This week we are bidding farewell to shell peas while welcoming the start of green beans. Cucumbers, both pickling and slicing are full on! We're also steadily harvesting broccoli and white cauliflower. Then of course, our delicious tomatoes are available - big reds, heirlooms and even some cherries!  

Coming soon we'll have sweet peppers, eggplant and corn! If you stop by the Norwich Stand this weekend, you may see a sneak peak of early Killdeer corn - grown with lots of love and care from the folks at Killdeer Farm. 

Produce Available at our Farm Stands:

  • Arugula
  • Beets - chioggia, gold & red
  • Beet Greens
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage - green, red, savoy
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Cucumbers - pickling, slicing and tasty jade
  • Fennel
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Green Garlic
  • Green Onions
  • Herbs - Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley, Mint, and more
  • Hot Peppers - mixed variety
  • Kale - green, red & lacinato
  • Lazy Lettuce
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce Heads - 5 Varieties
  • Mesclun Mix
  • Peas, sugar snap
  • Potatoes, new - 4 varieties of red, white and blue
  • Spinach
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes - big red, cherry & heirlooms
  • Zucchini - green & costata romanesco

Coming Soon:

  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans - will be steady soon!
  • Onions - fresh and cooking
  • Sweet Peppers - early green peppers at Post Mills 

Specialty & Local Items Available as well - a few include:

  • Eggs
  • Fruit - blueberries, cherries, apricots (may vary between Norwich & Post Mills)
  • Maplebrook Mozzarella
  • Red Hen Bread - Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday