Sky Hill Farm and Florence & Manton Farm photos

More historic photo album links today of photos depicting the farms from which I supply the Backyard Farms CSA.


Florence & Manton Farm (picasa) (flickr)


Sky Hill Farm (picasa) (flickr)

These farms have changed a lot since I started Florence & Manton in 2011 and I became involved in Sky Hill in 2012.


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Historic images of the CSA

As we’re looking forward to the 2015 CSA share and the glorious season of Summah that it attends, I’ve been looking back at photos of CSA shares from previous years. I’ll share some of these albums with you all now.

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Picasa photos of Backyard Farms CSA (from 2013 and 2014)

Flickr photos of Backyard Farms CSA (these are from 2011)

Where is 2012? I’ll let you know if it turns up.


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End of April Outlook

fava beans flowering

fava beans flowering

I’ve got some nice carrots and radishes sprouting up, lots of spinach and arugula, and the perennial strawberries and raspberries.

Does anyone like fava beans? I’m undecided on whether to just till them in for the nitrogen or wait for them to fruit. If you want to eat ’em, let me know.

The favas pictured I grew in 2009. This year’s favas are not this large yet.

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2014 CSA Lineup

Anders and Rich at the LCGC stand

Anders and Rich at the LCGC stand

The 2014 farming season is bringing a new collaboration to the Backyard Farms CSA, and a new farmer to Front Step Farm. Anders will be growing at Front Step this year, and providing for the Backyard Farms CSA. Anders is hooking up the New Harvest Coffee share for the CSA this season.

Adam will also be providing produce for the CSA, as last year, from Florence and Manton Farm and Sky Hill Farm in Olneyville. Adam will be providing the fermented vegetable share for the CSA this season.

Adam and Max throwing stuff in the river

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If you can get your strawberries home without eating them all first

Then you should put some semi sweet chocolate in a double water boiler, add a spoonful of coconut oil or butter, and dip those babies in! A few minutes in the fridge on wax paper will help them to solidify. Voila! There good just as they are, too.


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Member Shares Available!

It’s begun! We’ve got seeds germinating under grow lights in our basement and we are now accepting members for the 2012 season of Backyard Farms Urban CSA!

A share for the season (24 weeks) costs only $10 a week, which means you pay $240  in the spring and receive a weekly bag of vegetables from the end of May through the beginning of November. Our shares are smaller than typical CSAs, perfect for an individual or couple, or for a family who wants to have their basic greens needs covered each week!

A typical share includes:
– salad greens
-cooking greens
-seasonal goodie such as a bag of spinach, bunch of scallions, or bunch of carrots                    and an optional sourdough bread share

Pick-Up Day: Tuesdays from 4-7 pm at Sidewalk Ends Farm (47 Harrison Street, one block east of Armory Park)

Dates: First pick-up is Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The last pick-up is Tuesday, November 6, 2012 (Election Day!)

Email us at to sign up or for more information!

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Carrot harvest

Today we’re bringing carrots to our CSA! We grew a whole bunch (14 bunches!) of heirloom carrots, and they all thrived in the beautiful soil at the garden on Bowdoin Street. Cosmic purples, red cored chantennays, atomic reds, napolis, and scarlet Nantes are among the varieties that we pulled out of the ground this morning. We have more for the market next week, too, which we’re leaving in the ground to get bigger. And of course we’re celebrating the harvest with carrot salad for lunch…for quality control purposes 🙂


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