also PEACHES, rosehips, elderberries and CORN

From Birch Moon Farm, Shutesbury Center:
Hi all, in addition to SWEET CORN, red and savoy cabbage, carrots, beets, kale, rainbow chard, sweet and red onions, broccoli, painted notecards, lip balms, and olive oil (all non-certified organic besides the notecards)
we also have salve-making kits (FUN), our own fresh picked PEACHES (limited supply),
rosa rugosa rosehips, fresh elderberries and echinacea flowers. I will gladly teach you how to make your own rosehip elderberry syrup as well, free of charge!SONY DSC
Also my son is selling quite a large box of mixed legos (including many special pieces like animals and people) for $25, trying to save up for a scooter : )
Our sign post rotted and fell down yesterday so I hung an open sing on the telephone poll – but we ARE open 10-3 today!
Hope to see you, thanks, sarah

carrots, sweet onions, CORN tomorrow!

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carrots, walla-walla sweet onions, and yes, even a little sweet corn (!) will all be on the farmstand tomorrow, Saturday, 10-3. We’ll also have red cabbage, kale, fresh garlic, even a few beets, and maybe some broccoli. And delicious olive oil! Corn will sell out quick, it’s just starting to ripen, so come early!

Plants have been started for this year’s Winter greenhouse – kale, collards, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, arugula… (and we may have a few extra plants so I’ll be sure and post if we do). Carrots and beets will be direct-seeded.

Have a great weekend and enjoy these cool nights!

Remember we are a cash-only farm, plan ahead!  thanks!  

blessings, sarah

FARM closed this Saturday and NOFA class

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I’ll be teaching at NOFA – Making Herbal Oils, Lip Balms and Salves

It’s a really fun class. Each person will make their own herb oil, then pour a lip balm and flavor it, then watch the magic of making hand cream and scent their own to take home! You will learn the skills to do this at home. It’s really not that hard. My class is 1-2:30, but there’s lots of other great classes, see the NOFA link above to get the schedule!

See you next Wednesday, 4-6. I’ll send an update before then with produce available. Have a great weekend!


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open saturday 10-3, handmade shoes (sandals), empanadas

Hi there, we’ve got kale, cabbage, fresh garlic, swiss chard, parsley, olive oil today.

We’ll be self-serve off and on again today as I’ve got 16 (?) awesome family-folk visiting and we’ll be eating lunch together and making shoes! Today 6 of us will be making these sandals. How lucky is that that I have people in my own family that want to make fun (and functional) things together?

SONY DSCThis is an easy pair of sandals, inspired by a pair of Avarcas my cousin was wearing. Easy to make in a few hours!


This week I also learned how to make Colombian Empanadas, deep fried corn deliciousness usually filled with meat, peas, potatoes and spices ( I can’t eat potatoes so I used chickpeas, peas and the same spices).


I felt like a real Colombian  : )  Everyone worked together with Carlos Vives music in the background, it was really fun.


The corn grits were soaked for 2 days prior, then everything was mixed together to be spooned onto the rolled out corn-dough.

SONY DSCThen they are folded over and pressed into half-moons with the natural shape of your hand!

SONY DSC(I don’t usually like to use plastic but wow- it made it really easy to roll out and fold over!)


Today we’ll deep-fry them in organic sunflower oil and eat them with fresh-squeezed lime juice for our big lunch with other visiting Colombians. I believe rice and beans, Colombian-style will be on the menu as well. Did I mention my mother’s side is Colombian? It’s been a great visit, a little spanish, shoemaking, talking and lots of eating. I feel lucky to have such wonderful family. And such good cooks…

Open today Wed 4-6

Hello everyone, hope you have a cool place to be during this heat wave! We have been swimming a LOT.

There’s not a lot ready in our garden right now – tomatoes are not quite ready, peas didn’t like the heat and are done, green beans are coming in slowly…. but we have bunches of kale $3 and bags of cooking mix $5 (kale,chard, parsley) and heads of savoy cabbage $3, and Olea Estates organic olive oil $36, so we’ll be here with those. Also bodycare and notecards. It will be off and on self-serve, depending where I am  : )


that’s all, happy day, sarah


OPEN today, Sat 10-3 and GMO talk

SONY DSCHello everyone, happy cloudy day. Hope I get the rest of my winter squash plants in today with this nice cloud cover, it’s starting to get a little LATE.

We’re OPEN today, 10-3, with 2 kinds of kale and a cooking greens mix (including chard, kale, broccolini, parsley…), sugar snap peas, first cabbages, organic Olea Estates olive oil (yum, the real deal), herbal bodycare products like lip balms, salves, lavender and x-ema creams and Salve-Making and Lip Balm kits. If it’s not too wet out I’ll put out my notecards, showing paintings of trees and flowers I painted in my past-life (before farming and Keith) as an artist. They are $2 each or 3 for $5

Also to note, Shutesbury Farmers Market is going on until noon.

And, Wheatberry Bakery in Amherst (mostly organic and local and I think the first GMO-free restaurant in the country possibly) has copies to lend of Genetic Roulette, an amazing documentary about genetically modified foods and how they affect us. Stop by the bakery and borrow a copy!

homegrown rice
our rice being threshed!

Corn, soy, sugar beets (any product that says “sugar” not organic, not evaporated cane juice, just “sugar” is made from GMO sugar beets), alfalfa, canola oil, papaya, cotton (not for eating but cottonseed oil?), now salmon, rice (they’re working on it) and wheat (accidentally spread, was thought to be destroyed when the GMO project was ended). Vegetable oil, french fries, salad dressings, candy, corn tortilla chips… all things to watch out for and DEFINITELY buy organic. It may seem like more money now, but WAY LESS if you factor in future medical bills and value of health and vibrancy. It’s something we should all look at and be aware of. We do feed ourselves every day, at least a few times!

Our theory is to buy direct from the growers as much as we can: our meat, milk, cheese, veggies and fruits (freezers are great, apples keep in a fridge) and grains (so many local grains grown around the Pioneer Valley) so that we know what is in our food. We buy less packaged and prepared food, which saves a LOT of money, to leave more for spending at the Farmers Market. With the internet now and a little planning you can look up almost any recipe you want to make and most ingredients you can buy locally at Farmer’s Markets or a few from us! I just learned that you can buy local organic “pork belly” and make bacon, in a pretty short time (of course I forget now because I didn’t do it right away, but I’ll ask again) maybe 3 days of salt & maple curing?) for half the price of buying organic bacon. Who knew?

Olea Estates organic extra virgin Olive Oil
Olea Estates organic extra virgin Olive Oil

Anyway, here’s to real eating. Thanks and happy eating, sarah

Blessings on your day, hope to see you at the farm soon!

Peas! Broccoli! Kale! Garlic scapes!

PEASStir fry, anyone? We even sell the oil!  We even grow the rice – but sorry, we don’t sell that.  😉  But we do have a lot of good stuff this week, if you’re up this way, come on by!

We’ll be open 10-3 today (Saturday) with:

snow peas $7/ quart (maybe some sugar snaps too)
broccoli  $3.50/bunch
kale $3/bunch
lettuce mix $8/lb
braising mix $8/lb
garlic scapes $3/bunch
organic Olea olive oil $36/ 3L tin
winter squash plants $1 each

thanks!  cash only. Have a good day!

I’m having trouble importing new pictures, so I’m reusing this pea photo AGAIN…