Harvest Festival

harvest-celebrationPlease join us on Saturday October 17th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm to celebrate the end of Lexington Community Farm’s second season.  Much of this year’s success has been thanks to YOU and we hope that everyone who has been a part of the farm this season as CSA shareholders, volunteers, or education program participants will stop by for a chance this fall to enjoy the farm as a community.

This event will feature family friendly activities, musical entertainment and free tastings of locally produced products from the many vendors that have been filling the farm stand shelves this season!

End of the Season Savings in the Farm Stand

saleOur farm stand will be open for only three more weeks, so we’ve begun offering some great sales to clear out inventory! This week only, buy any grocery, frozen, or refrigerated item and get 20% OFF the second item! You can mix and match, so pick up some Nella Pasta and get 20% off Sauces ‘n Love pesto and dinner’s taken care of!

Stock up on your farm stand favorites today!

W-F 3pm-7pm     Sat- 9am-4pm     Sun- 11am-4pm

Volunteer Spotlight: Oliver Bentham

oliverOliver originally came to Lexington Community Farm as a volunteer as part of a college project on sustainability and the importance of local produce. He had such a good experience on the farm that he decided to continue volunteering throughout the season. Oliver could be seen working alongside Tim in the fields 3 days a week.

“Oliver has helped me with every aspect of my work” says Farmer Tim.  Oliver helped plant, weed and harvest almost every fruit, vegetable and herb grown on the farm. Now, most of the time he either shadows Tim, making whatever task he’s doing take half as long, or works on his own in the fields while Tim tackles other farm tasks.

Oliver has been such a great help around the farm, we hired him!

Welcome aboard, Oliver, and thank you for all your hard work on this farm this season!

Notes From the Field — September

With this latest stretch of warm, dry September weather, it’s hard to believe autumn is upon us.  As a farmer, summer feels like a collection of grueling, hot work days mixed with a constant choice between tasks, all which effect the outcome of the crops, the satisfaction of farmstand customers and CSA shareholders, and the farm’s income. Do we weed the tomatoes before the weeds produce seeds for next year, or do we plant kale for the fall?

notes-from-fields-septWe have been working to anticipate and navigate these choices since March, and it is hard to believe we are nearing the end of our CSA season. This fall, the crops we’ve planted will keep us busy, and we will also be taking time to turn toward planning. As we take a step back from the commotion of this transitional season, we are excited and hopeful as we begin carefully creating next year’s plan. We hope to continue with our goal to remediate some of the diseases in our soil and increase production over the next few years. Stay tuned for more details on our plan for next year over the next few weeks!      – Farmer Tim Hines

If you are interested in helping Tim in the fields, join him for drop-in hours on Thursday afternoons or Wednesday and Saturday mornings. All ages high school and older are welcome! We are an approved organization for community service hours at Lexington High School.

The Farm Stand is Open!

IMG_1487We are so excited about the season opening of our farm stand, Wednesday, June 10! Jaclyn, our new farm stand manager, has been hard at work sourcing the best local products to stock the stand with. We are committed to supporting local foodcrafters and farmers, so everything you buy in the stand this season will be from the great state of Massachusetts!

We are expanding the range of products in the stand, with exciting new offerings like organic pizza dough, non-GMO tortillas and chips, freshly made salsas, a larger selection of locally produced cheeses, and plenty of fantastic pantry staples and snacks. Another new item in the stand will be ice cream! We’ll be selling locally produced ice cream in containers and individually wrapped treats and sandwiches, which will be great for enjoying on a hot summer’s day!IMG_1482

The farm stand will be open Wednesday through Friday from 3pm-7pm, Saturdays from 9am-4pm, and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Come on out to the farm stand and support local food!

Lexington Field and Garden Club Garden Tour 2015


“Inspirational Gardens of Lexington—A Tour” is Saturday, June 6th, 2015 from 10 AM to 4 PM, rain or shine. Tickets for this biennial event are for sale through the Garden Shop at Wilson Farm and at the Lexington Visitors Center, 1875 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. Tickets cost $20 for advance purchase, and $25 on the day of tour. Proceeds from “Inspirational Gardens” support the plantings of traffic islands, park lands and public spaces in Lexington.  Visit www.LexGardenClub.org

Seedlings For Sale!



Every weekend during the month of May, vegetable seedlings and flowers grown in our greenhouse will be for sale at the farm stand.  The farm stand will be open Saturdays and Sundays only from 9 am to 4 pm.

There are still some CSA (Community Support Agriculture) shares available for this summer.  Pickup starts the week of June 10.  For full details and to signup, check the LexFarm website:  http://lexfarm.org/csa


Welcome New Farm Manager Tim Hines!

Lexington Community Farm’s new Farm Manager, Tim Hines, comes from a background of environmental restoration and land stewardship. He worked most recently as a member of the farm management team at The Trustees of Reservation’s Moraine Farm in Beverly. After working with organizations like the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service on various ecological restoration projects, Tim became deeply interested in the social, economic, and environmental forces governing resource management, land use, and food systems.

Tim is extremely excited to find creative solutions to these complex issues at Lexington Community Farm. He feels that the farm has great potential as a source of sustainable and healthy food production, a teaching tool, and a place for the community to come together.  Tim looks forward to the challenge of learning about the land, honoring its deep agricultural history, and educating the community about sustainable farming and healthy food.

Tim enjoys working in the field with volunteers and helping them realize their “soul” vegetable–the vegetable most representative of their personality—as well as sharing cheesy jokes!

Come meet Tim at the LexFarm annual meeting on March 22.

2015 CSA Shares Now For Sale

CSA-BoardThank you for your patience!  We are excited to announce the details for the 2015 CSA offering at Lexington Community Farm.

We will be cover cropping about half of Lexington Community Farm to enrich and renew the soil. Because the farm will not be in full production during the 2015 season, we have signed an agreement with Bruce and Jenny Wooster at Picadilly Farm in Winchester, NH, to supply the core of our CSA shares for this season.  All of Picadilly’s produce is certified organic.  We are in the process of hiring a farmer to manage the cover crops and to grow “Pick Your Own” (PYO) crops on the farm in Lexington, which will also be part of the Lexington Community Farm CSA share.  We plan to return to CSA production on Lexington Community Farm in the future, but we are excited to provide this high-quality CSA from Picadilly with PYO from LexFarm in the interim.

Produce ($550) and/or PYO Flower ($100) shares are currently available.  Full details along with Frequently Asked Questions can be found on our website.  In the first week, over one-third of the shares sold, so if you are interested in participating this year, don’t delay and sign up now.

Lexington Seed Library

unnamedAs the Lexington Seed Library gets ready to launch, Cary Memorial Library is hosting speaker Christie Higginbottom, expert garden consultant and plant historian, on Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. Christie Higginbottom will speak on the importance of saving local heirloom seeds. Higginbottom has worked at Old Sturbridge Village, creating period gardens and preserving heirloom plants, and is a recipient of the Thalassa Cruso Award from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

This event will take place in the Large Meeting Room of Cary Memorial Library and is open to all. No registration required.

The Lexington Seed Library is a collaborative effort of Lexington Community Farm, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington Public Schools, and the Lexington Field and Garden Club. For more information, visit http://carylibrary.org/lexington-seed-library or contact the seed library at lexingtonseedlibrary@lexfarm.org.