Author: Brian and Nissa

Post ID: 553

Dear Friends of Renaissance Farms,

We are pleased to announce the re-opening of our online farm shop! And we are proud to present our Barnby Box subscription: a full year of fresh produce, paid weekly.

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Also for our Barnby Box subscribers, we offer several add on subscriptions, and a 5% discount on our other organic food items.

We look forward to packing YOUR Barnby Box and seeing you one Saturday soon on the farm!

 

Warmly,

 

The Gadbois Family

Help from a friend and neighbor

A neighbor and friend helped us over the weekend clear some of the invasive multiflora rose bushes that have been taking over our pastures.  Many thanks, Steve!

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2014 Season

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This season is off to another late start.  Old Man Winter didn’t want to let us go this year.  But we’re off and running with a wonderful selection of crops on our roster – all gorgeous heirloom varieties to delight you palate and nourish your body.

Vegetable shares are closed for 2014.  If you want to be put on the waiting list for 2015, please be in touch.  Your deposit will be due in November.

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Meat shares, including pastured chicken and beef shares, are available now.  If there is enough interest in pork shares, we will open those up again, too.

Pick up for shareholders will remain on Saturdays from 10-12, farmstand sales from 12-2 PM.  We plan to be at the City Hall farmer’s market in conjunction with the Out to Lunch Concert series.  Market is Thursday from 11am – 2 pm.

We have made significant progress in clearing abandoned nursery stock.  The cluster birches that suffered so  heavily our first winter had been cut down and had largely rotted away.  The remaining spruces and a handful of ornamental cherry were pulled with a root rake and all of the debris burned in situ, leaving all of the soil in place.  That field is now being planted with vegetable and grain crops for this year.  Those foods will go first to our shareholders and then to our market and farmstand customers.

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Now that the hundreds of remaining ornamental cherries have finished blooming, we will begin cutting those down, stripping the trunks and allowing them to season for use as turning material for woodworkers.  The tops and roots will be burned, and the soil left in place.  This will open up a large space to be used for further crops and grazing space.   Nissa got some beautiful photographs of the cherries in bloom, which are available as art prints, along with some other images from the farm (including that handsome ram up there at the top).

Bees are due in from our breeder this month.  Six new colonies of pure Russian bees will make their home here on the farm in Tanzania top-bar hives.  We’re looking forward to plenty of beeswax for our chandlery in our future – and some lovely raw honey for ourselves, our shareholders, and our customers.  But we’ve got to be patient… It takes a season or two to get there.

REMINDERS:  Please call if you are interested in visiting us on a different day than Saturday.  We are CLOSED on Sundays for the Lord’s Day.  We don’t answer phones or emails.

Life is Sweet! PREORDER your Maple and Birch Syrups

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Who loves real syrup?

Sugaring season is coming up in just a few weeks and we have an opportunity to purchase a small used sugaring equipment outfit not far from the farm. We need to raise the funds right away to go and pick it up. We will reserve you a gallon of finished maple syrup or three pints of birch syrup in the spring for $50. We need to pre-sell 60 gallons of maple or 180 pints of birch by the end of this week. We can do that right? Tell all your friends and dear families – we can ship anywhere.

Circumstances necessitate our transition to full-time farming right away. The company Brian contracts for is drawing down and preparing to move out of state. One full sugaring season replaces a significant portion of Brian’s current income.

UPDATE – New Goal::  

Last weekend (Feb. 8th), we drove out to pick up our new-to-us sugaring equipment!  We have decided to leave our pre-orders open until we start sugaring in March in order to raise enough to get our dairy equipped and licensed.  With the pre-sale of 60 more units, we can get our dairy equipped with milking machine, bulk storage tank, 3 bay sink, and some more goats.  And all of that will mean that we can get licensed as a dairy in Massachusetts.  The dairy would have the potential of replacing 60-70% of Brian’s former income during the milking season.

Thanks to everyone who has already pre-ordered syrup, to everyone who has shared this link, and to everyone who has prayed for our success.  You are amazing and we are so grateful.

If you want to see the sugaring process, please join our mailing list and watch for the start of the sugaring season.

Thanks everyone and God bless!

PREORDER your birch syrup here.

PREORDER your maple syrup here.