Birch Moon Farm has fresh GREENS this Saturday!

Birch Moon Farm & Herbals

42 Cooleyville Rd,  Shutesbury Center

2 houses down (east) from the library!


Greenhouse Feb 22, 2011 (after the big snow piles melted WAY down...)

I don’t know… there’s a lot of snow around… do you think anything’s growing in this UNHEATED greenhouse?


inside in December

YES! This was taken in December, and although “they” say plants don’t really grow during the winter, they just stand still, we found that ours grew a LOT, and re-grew after we picked and ate tastey greens all winter long! (Yes those orange tubes are heating tubes, but used only later in the spring when early tomatoes are planted in between things, because they tolerate NO cold… It would be a complete waste of energy to try to heat an uninsulated space in this weather!)


January dinner

Pretty lucky, I know.

But YOU are lucky too, because we are


with delicious freshly harvested spinach and cooking/salad greens!!

Of course we’ll also have Organic Olive Oil for sale in the 3 L tins for $36… and onions, red and gold for $1.50/lb, as well as lavender cream, x~ema cream, healing comfrey salve, lip balms and herbal teasBring your own shopping bags if you have em’… but we’ll have some too!  ALSO, potting soil, if I dig it out of the snow in time (haha) will be available for $11/bag – a good worm-casting, safe-for-organic-growers mix from NY.

spinach photo taken today, Feb 22, 2011

Last week Jacqueline, Keith and I planted new baby lettuce, broccoli raab and kale plants in one of the beds that didn’t make it thru the winter (a red-flowered mini fava bean, not hardy enough). These greens will be ready in Mar or April for harvest.

notice the snow outside?

Spinach, lettuce, mizuna, pac choi, kale and mesclun mix all did amazingly well over the winter with no heat. Row covers were put on every afternoon around 2-3 pm (when the sun started to go off the greenhouse) and removed every sunny morning, around 10 am, after the sun had warmed up the air a little. We were especially lucky on the -15 degree F night, that it was sunny the day before, so the soil had a chance to warm up before being covered for the night. Kale seemed to have the hardest time, yellowing a little, but with these super warm and longer days it is sprouting all up and down every stem, and we pulled off all the bad leaves. Spinach has the easiest time, growing measurably on the warm days and perfectly content on the cold nights. Amazing what these plants can do. I love them.

cooking greens ready this weekend!

So that’s all for now! We’d love to see you this   SATURDAY  10-2 for FRESH spinach and cooking greens (also really good for mesclun mix salads) as well as all the other goodies we still have! Email us by Friday night if you want to pre-order so it’s sure to be ready when you get here, especially if you’re in a rush. We tend to move at winter pace right now. 413-259-1183 or email

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful old-fashioned winter.  Sunset is later each night and sunrise a little earlier… Spring is really coming!

Sunrise with icy trees

See you Saturday!  Sarah & Keith, Birch Moon Farm & Herbals


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