This Week’s Notes From the Field

Here at LexFarm, we can’t make up our minds. Harvesting watermelons and tomatoes last week has us holding onto summer.  On the other hand, occasional cool weather has been a welcome change from the summer heat, and with all of our beautiful fall vegetables we’re looking forward to the last few weeks of the share.

This time of year brings big harvests of storable crops like winter squash, pumpkins, carrots, and beets.  Our new on-line sign up system allows us to line up harvesting volunteers two mornings a week.  Many of our crew members have returned to school, so our small crew is grateful for the help!  It can be a fun way to get a taste of what goes into filling the CSA and farmstand with produce. If you’re interested in helping to harvest, find out more here.

- Tim Hines, Lexington Community Farm Manager

Fall Potluck Dinner

Saturday, September 24, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Come join us for the final Pot Luck Dinner of the season! Maybe you can include some of these tasty chili peppers in your dish — now available in the LexFarm CSA.

chilisThe event is free and open to all who support our farm and our community, so please bring a dish to share that uses some of our farm’s bounty. Bring the kids and your own plates, cutlery and beverages. Please label your dish for those with food allergies. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating the harvest together!

Please note the date and time change; we are starting earlier to adjust to the shorter days of the fall season.

FREE Harvest Celebration

Harvest festival sign_2016-smallSaturday, October 22nd
10 am – 12:30 pm

We will be holding a celebration of the fall harvest on the farm with food samples, live music, tours, kids’ activities and fun for the whole family!  Free parking at the Arlington Reservoir, next door.

Meet our farmers, Tim and Elena, take a tour of the farm, enjoy live musical entertainment from two bands, the Harmonators and the Sorry Honeys, learn about volunteer opportunities, watch vegetable races and visit the kids’ activity and education tables, nibble on tastes of the harvest and enjoy great shopping in the farm stand of produce as well as other products.  In addition, the private farm behind us, Silk Fields Farm, will be open for goat, chicken, rabbit and now alpaca viewing.

Rock Harvesting ;-)

Rock Harvesting on Saturday, September 24, 9:00-11:00 am, is a great way for folks 5 years of age and older to help the farm and have fun at the same time. Rock harvesting (aka clearing the fields of rocks bigger than a softball) is an old New England farming tradition. Farms with lots of rocks can be super weedy, suffer equipment failures and lengthy repairs and frustrate farmers to no end:

  • Rocks dull the disks on our disk harrows, slowing field preparation and necessitating frequent disk sharpening and replacement.

  • Rocks get caught between the tines and the cover of the rototiller we use to prepare the planting surface (we call it a bed) causing the tiller to jam.

  • Rocks can get wedged between the shovels of our Super A cultivating tractor. These shovels, meant to deal with weeds without damaging the crop, become small plow-like claws that can wipe out entire rows and beds of veggies.

Clearing our fields of rocks is important work. We’d sure appreciate your help, energy and enthusiasm on Saturday, Sept. 24, 9:00-11:00. Sign up here: Rock Harvest, Sept. 24.

Farm Manager Tim Hines to Speak at Lexington Field and Garden Club

fe0cdf02-c3ef-4441-91ab-442ca7079176What: “Your Community Farm: Adventures in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture”

When: Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Keilty Hall, St. Brigid’s Church, 2001 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington

Join the Lexington Field and Garden Club to hear Farm Manager Tim Hines give his first-hand account of the first three years of farming at LexFarm — transitioning the land from conventional to organic or sustainable growing practices. He will explore some of the forces that have shaped farming methods, markets, and the business model for our farm. This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from Tim about the why and how of LexFarm’s operations and get your questions answered!  This event is free.

Check the Lexington Field and Garden Club website for more details.

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lexington High School, 251 Waltham Street

Come learn more about ways we all can contribute. Lexplore Sustainability Fair will have hands-on workshops, children’s events, vendors and speakers on topics such as: “Renewable Energy and Efficient Buildings;” and “Clean Food, Gardening and Landscaping;” “Public Health and Avoiding Toxics;” Clean Water and Healthy Oceans”  “Public and Private Transportation;“ and “Greener Schools.” The track on sustainable agriculture and gardening should be particularly interesting to LexFarm members, and we will have a table at the fair.

Sponsored by Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition (LexGWAC). Thank you to the Community Endowment of Lexington for making the fair possible.