Monday, March 28, 2011

Good Eats Summer CSA - Early Bird Special ends April 1



Good Eats Summer Share Sign-Up

We can't wait to begin delivering Good Eats shares again in June! It feels like it has been forever since the Fall/Winter share ended prematurely with the barn fire and the last delivery. We all miss the weekly cycle of farm life geared around growing and harvesting for Good Eats and can't wait to be back on track. We are well on our way with greenhouses being planted and flats of field crop transplants everywhere. Once the snow melts we'll be planting the fields and by June the harvests will be ready for you. Will you join us?









SIGN UP BEFORE APRIL 1 AND RECEIVE 2010 PRICING!


Click here to visit website and to download a sign-up form


FOUR SHARE TYPES ON OFFER

The Localvore Share - a great mix of organic vegetables and high quality locally produced staples like cheeses, eggs, flours, grains, cooking oils and more. Sign up by April 1: $748 for the 17 week period ($44/week). After April 2: $765 for the 17 week period ($45/week).

The Veggie Only Share - same vegetables that Localvore members receive, but no local staples. Sign up by April 1: $476 ($28/week). After April 2: $493 ($29/week).


Pete's Pantry Share - brings you NO vegetables, just the same local staples included in the Localvore share. This share costs $272 for 17 weeks ($16/wk). Prices remain the same for 2011.

The Meat Share brings you a MONTHLY selection of local meats. The Meat Share features our own chicken and our own pork with beef and lamb from other producers we know and love (and who are excellent stewards of their animals and their land). $199 for four deliveries, one delivery at the start of each month of the four month share period. Prices remain the same for 2011.

Visit our website for more details or to download a sign-up form.

Early Bird Special

Shares purchased by April 1 will receive 2010 pricing. Sign up now!

Summer Share checks will not be deposited until May 30, 2011.
Refer a Friend to Good Eats Summer CSA Share and you'll receive a credit of a one week vegetable share free! If a friend you refer to Good Eats signs up for our 2011 Summer Shares and puts your name in the referral line, you'll receive a credit on your account. Details online.

Are you Interested in Splitting a Share?

There are already a couple of members seeking share partners in Burlington and Shelburne. If you would like to split a share with someone this Summer, please check the Members Seeking page. Or if you would like to have a notice posted, send me an email.


NOFA-VT Farm Share

If you are on a limited income you may be eligible to purchase a share through NOFA's Farm Share program. To learn more, visit:

NOFA-VT Farm Share Program

Pete's Greens, About Farm Share


Good Eats Spring Share will not happen this year

We made the tough decision last week. We will NOT have a spring share this year. It's been so hard to come to this conclusion since we know so many of you are missing the shares and looking forward to deliveries starting up again. But we are committed to two things right now: building a really well constructed, well planned, and efficient building that will serve us well in years to come; and planning and planting for the best harvests we have ever had.

A Spring share would require developing interim washing & packing spaces and having coolers enough for the CSA. We'd have to commit time and resources to develop these, as well as committing the weekly resources required to run the CSA (harvesting, packing, delivering, administration). We have decided that it's smarter to focus on construction and being really prepared and geared up for the start of the Summer share June 22nd.

Pete Featured on VPT's Profile

Watch a great interview with Pete and Tom Stearns of High Mowing Organic Seeds. Pete and Tom recently sat down with Vermont Public Television's Fran Stoddard. The Profile piece aired on Sunday, March 27th at 1:30 p.m. on VPT.

Click the image below to watch the video.


Note to Fall/Winter Members

Re: Share Credits, Refunds or Donations


If I haven't heard from you letting me know what you intended me to do with your remaining share funds, I have left a credit on your account. If you are signing up for the Summer Share and need to know what your credit is, email me, I'll be happy to check it for you.

If you have asked for a refund and haven't received it, or if you need one and have not yet asked for it, please email so that I can get that done for you.


Donate to the Rebuild the Barn Fund



Or copy this link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LGPK54ZZPQ2K4

Checks can be mailed to:

Pete's Greens

Rebuild the Barn Fund

266 S. Craftsbury Rd

Craftsbury, VT 05826

Tax Deductible Donations

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please consider donating to the Vermont Farm Fund through the Center for an Agricultural Economy or to NOFA-VT's farm emergency fund.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Farm Update-Happy St. Patrick's Day!




Let the Building Begin

The big news at the farm is that construction is really underway. We had a slow start last week as Pete & Isaac worked out the best way to tackle the construction. Originally, the plan was to build the walls in a greenhouse, but with spring seedling trays everywhere now, and more planted every day, the seedlings edged out the construction.

So, a flat spot was selected, snow cleared, and a deck was built that would provide the level surface on which the guys will build the walls. The walls sections are large - 20' x 24'. The plan is to be building walls while the soil is stripped from the construction zone, the foundation is dug and poured, and an adjacent greenhouse is moved. To wait for the foundation would add several weeks to the timeline of the project.

It took all week last week to finish the first wall section, because of the extra construction needed to get started, and because it just took a while get the system established into a good groove. A second wall was constructed Monday and a third on Tuesday. Pete's plan had been to build two of these a day and we hit that yesterday, with walls 4 and 5 completed After each is completed they are hoisted by excavator and stacked in a pile.

Meanwhile, Steve, Ben and and a couple of other guys began the work of clearing the site. Yesterday our excavator and dump truck were busy all day, scraping, digging and hauling. With luck we'll be pouring a foundation in a couple of weeks and then erecting the walls! Any building project requires seemingly endless research and attention to detail. Combined with a typical April planting season, the Spring will be very busy requiring much focus. We are all so ready for this mission, so looking forward to taking it to a new level.

~ Amy


This is the scene on the work site. Pete and Isaac are actually standing IN the wall in the first photo. They are constructing the walls on a platform, flat. That particular wall is an exterior wall of the freezer and it's 30" thick! The entire 30" will be super insulated. In the distance you can see the the start of the stack of completed walls, with the first two completed walls in the stack. In the second photo, the guys are preparing to put on the metal siding. The walls are completely skinned before they are stacked. The gerryrigged tarp allows construction in varying weather.


Melissa's Crop Update

Even though the snow remains banked up on the sides of our greenhouse, the starts room is chalk full of the vivid colors of spring. For about a month now Deb and more recently Annie have been working away at starting the first of our tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, and bunching greens. Over the next couple weeks we will be working hard to get all that green planted in the greenhouses so that we can have some early spring veggies. Going into the ground over the next week or so will be tomatoes, eggplants and peppers, along with napa cabbage (photo above top), beets, turnips, pac choi, kale and more. I can’t wait to be eating some good food from close to home.

To make this all happen in an organized and efficient manner we have been working diligently at creating a system for crop planning. Believe it or not, for all these years, all the farm's crop planning information has been stored in Pete's head. Since the beginning of the winter months Pete and I have had many two hour sessions of pulling all those planting details out of his head and putting them on paper. Now thanks to the fabulous Craig Mckenzie we have a database that will organize all our planting dates, cropping info, crop and field notes throughout the seasons.

I try to sneak in brief trips to the greenhouses to lend a hand in planting and to catch a little late winter sunshine. The rest of the time, I have been plugging away at crop data entry and looking forward to the end in sight. It won’t be long until we are back at full strength with our full crew harvesting, washing, and sending food off to fill lots of plates. Happy soon to be spring! ~ Melissa


Scenes from the greenhouses Tuesday. While Melissa planted Napa in the rear of the head house, Annie seeded more trays, and Deb ran hoses and sprinklers to water the crops on the bright sun shiney day. Hundreds of trays and pots of crops are ready to be transplanted.


The Vermont Farm Fund

We met with Monty Fischer and Elena Gustavson from the Center for an Agricultural Economy last week to create the framework for the Vermont Farm Fund, Pete's concept for paying forward the donations we have received from all of you and our community. The very first topic of business and a critical piece was the fact that the CAE is willing to be the home of the Vermont Farm Fund, important so that donations to VFF may be tax deductible. We talked about the donations, the spirit with which they were given, the fact that they were not just local but statewide (and national too). And we talked extensively about how helpful it would be for the fund to not just give out this money one more time but how we might use the money to create something self sustaining.

We reached the following conclusions in this initial meeting: we feel the fund should be statewide; we love the idea of VFF being a small loan fund, so that money can continue to recirculate, but we are exploring grants as well; we are interested in supporting farm-to-school initiatives, small sustainable farms and emergency farm relief.

As yet nothing is set in stone. An advisory board for VFF will be created by the end of March, and we will start hashing out even more details then. And ultimately, an experienced, informed board of directors will be created later this year who will define the fund. Thank you for your donations. Thank you for this opportunity to rebuild, and thank you for your contributions to Vermont agriculture.

Tax deductible donations to Vermont Farm Fund can be made on line through the Center for an Agricultural Economy website.


Interviews with VPR and WCAX

Pete has had a several interviews lately, sharing details about the progress at the farm and about the Vermont Farm Fund. In case you haven't caught any, here they are, handy for your listening/viewing pleasure.


Click on the VPR logo to go to the VPR website and hear Pete's interview with Mitch Wertlieb.

Click on the WCAX image to go to WCAX and watch the interview.


Good Eats Summer Share - Jun 22 - Oct 12

Sign up by April 1 and receive 2010 pricing!


Visit our website for more details or to download a sign-up form.

FOUR SHARE TYPES ON OFFER


The Localvore Share - a great mix of organic vegetables and high quality locally produced staples like cheeses, eggs, flours, grains, cooking oils and more. Sign up by April 1: $748 for the 17 week period ($44/week). After April 2: $765 for the 17 week period ($45/week).

The Veggie Only Share - same vegetables that Localvore members receive, but no local staples. Sign up by April 1: $476 ($28/week). After April 2: $493 ($29/week).

Pete's Pantry Share - brings you NO vegetables, just the same local staples included in the Localvore share. This share costs $272 for 17 weeks ($16/wk). Prices remain the same for 2011.

The Meat Share brings you a MONTHLY selection of local meats. The Meat Share features our own chicken and our own pork with beef and lamb from other producers we know and love (and who are excellent stewards of their animals and their land). $199 for four deliveries, one delivery at the start of each month of the four month share period. Prices remain the same for 2011.

Visit our website for more details or to download a sign-up form.


Drink Beer for Pete's Greens!

Rock's Art's limited edition Barn Raising Brown, a handcrafted beer created by brew master Matt Nadeau is available now for a short time. The beer will be sold throughout the state to restaurants and retailers, raising proceeds and awareness. Rock Art Brewery will be donating all profits from the Barn Raising Brown Ale to the newly created Vermont Farm Fund.

Additionally, Calmont Beverage and G. Housen Distributors will both be donating $2 for each case sold to retailers.


Fundraisers Coming Up

There are still a few fundraisers happening. Tonight, Claire's Restaurant in Hardwick will celebrate St Patrick's Day with the Go Green for Pete's Greens dinner and Open Mic Night. 100% of sales will be donated to the rebuild. Come on out and raise a pint of Barn Raising Brown, and sample Steven's version of corned beef and more of his delicious local creations.

Saturday, April 2 - Parker Pie Co. in West Glover will hold a fundraiser serving dinner specials featuring local ingredients, and Cats Under the Stars (a Jerry Garcia cover band) will play at 8:00 p.m.. Admission by donation with all proceeds going to the new Vermont Farm Fund.


Still looking for some good used items....

There was quite a variety of items that we lost in the fire, and we are slowly tackling the job of rounding up tools that we know we will need. Below is a list of items we want to purchase used, in good condition. If you happen to have any of these items hanging around, or know someone who does, please email Melissa@petesgreens.com with details.


2 push lawnmowers
2 weedwackers (larger size)
steel loading ramps for pickup
jacks - either hydraulic or screw type
kerosene or propane salamander heaters (we need 2-4)
pallet jacks (we need 4)
stainless steel bulk tank for greens washing, square or rectangular shape, roughly 4 ft by 6 ft, often times these are dairy bulk tanks, we need 2 of them.
ladders, extension or step, need several of various sizes


Note to Fall/Winter Members

Re: Share Credits, Refunds or Donations

If I haven't heard from you letting me know what you intended me to do with your remaining share funds, I have left a credit on your account. If you are signing up for the Summer Share and need to know what your credit is, email me, I'll be happy to check it for you.

If you have asked for a refund and haven't received it, or if you need one and have not yet asked for it, please email so that I can get that done for you.


Donate to the Rebuild the Barn Fund



Or copy this link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LGPK54ZZPQ2K4

Checks can be mailed to:

Pete's Greens

Rebuild the Barn Fund

266 S. Craftsbury Rd

Craftsbury, VT 05826

Tax Deductible Donations

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please consider donating to the Vermont Farm Fund through the Center for an Agricultural Economy or to NOFA-VT's farm emergency fund.



Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Farm Update--February 27th, 2011


Pete's Musings

It's been an exciting couple of weeks with plans for our new building coming together. Isaac and I will begin assembling wall sections this week. The sections will be 20' x 24' and we'll build them on the ground in the greenhouse. As each is completed, we'll roll it out and start another. Building these will give us a head start on construction while we wait to break ground March 15. We hope to have walls and roof up by early May. We are building a very environmentally friendly (very high R-value cellulose insulation) and fire safe building, and also one that will be great to work in. Much attention has been given to natural light, ability to mechanically move heavy produce, and efficient layout.

And we have a greenhouse full of starts! Tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are growing fast, onions are popping up, we're seeding more on almost a daily basis. It is great to see the green plants and to remember why we do this work. The past 6 weeks have been a real office grind for several of us and we are excited to get out and get working.

Best ~ Pete


We are looking for some good used items....

There was quite a variety of items that we lost in the fire, and we are slowly tackling the job of rounding up tools that we know we will need. Below is a list of items we want to purchase used, in good condition. If you happen to have any of these items hanging around, or know someone who does, please email Melissa@petesgreens.com with details.


2 push lawnmowers
2 weedwackers (larger size)
steel loading ramps for pickup
jacks - either hydraulic or screw type
kerosene or propane salamander heaters (we need 2-4)
pallet jacks (we need 4)
stainless steel bulk tank for greens washing, square or rectangular shape, roughly 4 ft by 6 ft, often times these are dairy bulk tanks, we need 3 of them.
ladders, extension or step, need several of various sizes


Pete's Greens will "pay forward" donations; planning for new fund begins

Recently, Pete decided to consider all the donations that Pete's Greens has received as a loan. We anticipate that within two to three years, the farm will be able to pay forward the money that has been generously donated and we plan to create a fund that will support Vermont agricultural businesses.


“We have been so overwhelmed by how generous everyone has been and we want this money to live on again another day. The idea is that in a few years, we’ll start to put the money into a fund that will be managed by a committee or board made up of local folks. That money will go back out into the community to be used in a variety of ways: farm disaster relief, farm to school programs or loans to new or small farms. We are committed to paying it forward. It’s being given to us with such love and thoughtfulness that we really want the funding to do more good work down the line.” (Pete, in a recent interview)

We are meeting with Monty Fischer and Elena Gustavson at the Center for an Agricultural Economy to start discussing the framework for the fund. We plan to iron out more details in coming weeks/months and will start to put some of the planning into action. More soon...


Starting Seeds in the Greenhouse

Deb, Melissa and Pete have been doing lots of seeding the last couple weeks. The seeding process is pretty cool. We use the vacuum seeder pictured below. The first step is choosing the right seed plate (silver) for the type of seed. The seed plate is placed on top of the seed tray filled with soil. A handful of seeds is tossed onto the seed plate. The vacuum is turned on and this pulls the seed into the hole and soil. Because of the accurate sizing of the hole only 1 seed per hole goes into the soil (ideally anyway). The vacuum is turned off and extra seeds are dumped out, ready to be used for the next tray.




Good Eats Summer Share - Jun 22 - Oct 12

Just 31 days to sign up for the Summer Share and receive 2010 pricing!


Visit our website for more details or to download a sign-up form.

FOUR SHARE TYPES ON OFFER


The Localvore Share - a great mix of organic vegetables and high quality locally produced staples like cheeses, eggs, flours, grains, cooking oils and more. Sign up by April 1: $748 for the 17 week period ($44/week). After April 2: $765 for the 17 week period ($45/week).

The Veggie Only Share - same vegetables that Localvore members receive, but no local staples. Sign up by April 1: $476 ($28/week). After April 2: $493 ($29/week).

Pete's Pantry Share - brings you NO vegetables, just the same local staples included in the Localvore share. This share costs $272 for 17 weeks ($16/wk). Prices remain the same for 2011.

The Meat Share brings you a MONTHLY selection of local meats. The Meat Share features our own chicken and our own pork with beef and lamb from other producers we know and love (and who are excellent stewards of their animals and their land). $199 for four deliveries, one delivery at the start of each month of the four month share period. Prices remain the same for 2011.

Visit our website for more details or to download a sign-up form.


Good Eats Spring Share

I know you all REALLY want to know if and when a Spring share will begin. We will have a Spring share, but still cannot commit to a start date. We have lost our vegetable washing equipment and coolers, and replacing these remain the two main hurdles. Until we can occupy our new building, we can use our processing kitchen for vegetable washing temporarily, but cooling is still TBD. We hope to begin around the middle of April, but stay tuned. We'll have details later in March.


Note to Fall/Winter Members

Re: Share Credits, Refunds or Donations

I have heard from most of you at this point letting me know how you want me to handle your remaining Fall/Winter share credit. But if you haven't emailed about this, you can still email me to let me know if you want a credit, a refund, or to make a donation to the rebuild or a combination of all three. If I don't hear from you, I will leave your credit on your account.

I believe I have sent out any refund checks that have been requested. If you have asked for a refund and haven't received it, or if you need one and have not yet asked for it, please email so that I can get that done for you.

If you are signing up for the Summer Share and need to know what your credit is, email me, I'll be happy to check it for you.

Fundraisers Coming Up

The fundraising efforts have been outstanding and such a tremendous help as we continue to plan the rebuilding of the barn. Thank you to everyone that has organized an event and participated! Here is a list of upcoming events.

For Pete's Sake Art Exhibit & Sale on Friday, March 4th. Driven Studio, is staging a one-day-only art exhibit and sale entitled "For Pete's Sake" at the JDK Gallery, at 47 Maple Street in Burlington, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. 100% of the sales will go to barn rebuilding efforts.


Featured artists include Dave Kinsey, BigFoot, Dave Aron, Andre Razo, Ben Tour, Chris Pastras, Tyler Lepore, Ryan Wallace, Reid Stewart, Allison Ross, Ellisa Weishaar, Shem Roose, Gary Land, Skye Chalmers, Lee Neary, Elise Smith, Mikey Welsh, Clark Derbes, Nick LaVecchia, Amanda Lawrence, Randy Gaetano and Marin Horikawa. All artists donated their work and JDK has donated use of their main lobby for the exhibition.

Neighbors Feeding Neighbors on Saturday, March 5th. The Highland Lodge in Greensboro, VT will host an evening benefit for Pete’s Greens—with a twist; all profits raised will help interested Greensboro and Craftsbury families to purchase Pete’s Greens Good Eats Vegetable CSA for half price!

The evening includes a 3 course buffet style dinner followed by a presentation by Pete. Dinner buffet from 5:30—7:30. Pete’s talk starts at 7:30. Tickets are: adults $20.00, children (age 5—12) $12.00 and children under 5—free. Please call to reserve your spot! (802) 533-2647 or email info@highlandlodge.com

Gardeners Supply's Williston and Burlington stores are matching donations made at the stores toward the barn dollar for dollar, up to $2000.

Onion River Sports is donating the proceeds from their annual Frozen Onion Bike Race, a bike race that takes place on the Nordic ski trails at the Morse Farm. The event has been rescheduled and a new date will be posted online soon.

Go Green for Pete's Greens on St. Patrick's Day at Claire's! Claire's Restaurant in Hardwick will host a dinner and Open Mic Night on March 17th. 100% of sales will be donated to Pete's!


Donate to the Rebuild the Barn Fund.



Or copy this link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LGPK54ZZPQ2K4


Checks can be mailed to:

Pete's Greens

Rebuild the Barn Fund

266 S. Craftsbury Rd

Craftsbury, VT 05826


Tax Deductible Donations


If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, you must give through a non profit. Both NOFA-VT and the Center for an Agricultural Economy have established Farm Emergency Funds and are accepting donations now. Pete's Greens can apply for these funds.