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THE BASICS
 • About Our Farm
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 • Community Supported
    Agriculture Plan (CSA)
 •
Directions to our Farm
 • From a Run Out Hayfield to
    a Prosperous Organic Farm
    in Ten Easy Years

 • Get Real. Get Organic!
 • History of Our Farm
 • Pictures of the Farm
 • Where We Buy
 • Where We Sell
 • Our Yearly Work Schedule
 • Just Pretty
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     Now at subscribers!
 • Newsletter Archive.
 • What We Will & Won't Ship

OUR PEOPLE
 • Working Here
 • Our Apprentices
 • Our Farm Workers
 • Pictures of Us at Market

WHAT WE GROW
 • Fresh Vegetables
 • Fresh Fruit
 • Fresh Herbs
 • Perennials
 • Aloe - a magical plant
 • Our Bird Houses
 • Lupines
 • Rosemary Plants
 • Lovage, Tansy & Yarrow
 • Our Product Brochures
 • Dried Vegetables
 • Dried Culinary Herbs
MAPLE
 • Maple Syrup
 • Maple Syrup, p.2
 • Sugarin' Is Like Ice Fishin'
 • Our New Sugarhouse
TOMATOES
 • Tomato Seedlings
 • Tomato Seeds We Offer
 • Tomato Seed Production
GARLIC
 • About Garlic
 • Garlic for Sale
 • Garlic Year Round
 • Mulching Garlic
 • Growing Rounds from Bulbils
 • Whole Bulbil Cluster Method
 • Planting Garlic

MULCHING
 • Using Mulches
 • Combatting Quackgrass
    with Mulch

 • We Want Your Leaves!
 • In Praise of Chips

FOOD & FARMING INFO
 • Buying in Bulk for
    Storage, Canning & Freezing

 • Winter Storage Tips
 • Building Techniques
 • Our Outbuildings
 • Evolution of the Farm Table
 • The Story of Our Cooler
 • Prepping Veggies for Market
 • Crop Rotations
 • Drip Irrigation
 • Low Pressure Water
 • Planting with Spreadsheets
 • Greenhouse Vegetable
    Production

 • Let-tuce Begin
 • Recipe Favorites
 • Our "Remay Roller"
 • Gardening Class Notes
 • Your Most Expensive Crop

OPINIONS & IDEAS
 • Being Green
 • Digging Potatoes by Hand
 • Farmers' Markets in 2012
 • History of Pittsfield
 • Hybrids or Open Pollinated?
 • Making Websites
 • Open Source Software

FARM TRANSITION…
    Our Retirement Plan
 • How Should a Farmer Retire?
 • Impediments to the want-to-be     farmer
 • Reducing the Value
    of the Land

 • Who Will Farm Here When
    We're Gone?

 • Apprentice Terms and Stages
 • From Apprentices to Partners
 • Transferring Farm Ownership





…and now for something completely different…

At dawn
Canoe bow waves are quickly lost
    on the shoreside
But go on out of sight
    on the lake side.

-1986


The constant swish-swish of skis
    On a day long ski.
The constant swish-swish of wiper blades
    On a day long drive.

-1990


My dog, trotting barefoot
Steps on a garden slug
And thinks
Nothing of it.

-1999


Word spreads quickly
as I approach the pond.
All becomes quiet.

-1997


Hidden in the vines
a large warted cucumber
jumps out of reach.
A toad!

-1997


Delicate puffs
of marshmallow snow
carefully perched
on a branch,
await the trigger of my hat
to melt their way down my back.

-2010
Deep in the tomato jungle
Fruits of yellow, purple and red
Tell of their readiness
To go to market.

-2010
Sugarin' Chores
Snowflakes hurry through my flashlight beam,
As my boots knead new snow with spring mud,
On my nightly Hajj to keep the boil alive,
For as long as possible until the dawn,
To match the power of the flowing sap,
With my meager evaporator and will.
The prize at the finish line are jars of syrup
And Spring.

-2013
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Fresh
Fruit

~ Seasonal Sweetness ~

[Snakeroot Organic Farm]
on the Snakeroot Road in Pittsfield, Maine
27 Organic Farm Road, Pittsfield ME 04967,
ph (207) 487-5056
Gardeners to the public since 1995.


Click on photos to enlarge.
Items marked with a * are also available from us as rooted cuttings in May and June.

Also see our Fresh Herbs page, Fresh Vegetables and our Perennials page.


Apples, early September to mid November. From the small sweet Chestnut crabapple in early September to the Liberty, Baldwin and Northern Spy in late October, with several unknown, but good-eating varieties thrown in. We also dry many of our apples.


Blackberries Coming Soon! We planted a dozen blackberry plants in the spring of 2007, and expect to have blackberries for market within three years.


Grapes*, Mid September to mid October. Planted in the spring of 2004, the vines began bearing in 2006, and really came into abundance in 2007. The season begins with Fredonia (small dark purple grapes in tight bunches) maturing first, followed by Kay Gray (looser bunches of larger green grapes), and finally Concord (loose bunches of large purple grapes). All varieties are seeded.


Pears, Late September to mid November. We have one tree each of Bartlett (late Sept.) and Bosc (mid October), and bring in a few bushels of each in a good year. Bartletts are on the left, Bosc on the right. We also dry many of our pears.


Raspberries*, mid July to early September. We grow regular raspberries and everbearing raspberries. Taylor variety, which matures in July, produces for a few weeks. The everbearing August Red begins bearing in early Agust and continues for about a month. Raspberries are a minor crop for us and we are still trying to find the time to get them picked regularly.


Rhubarb*, mid May to mid June. The pie plant, rhubarb also makes a wonderful sauce for ice cream or as a subsitute for the tartness of cranberries in a muffin recipe. Ask for our rhubarb recipe brochure. We have been expanding our plot by planting seeds from our current plot.




27 Organic Farm Road, Pittsfield Maine 04967
http://www.snakeroot.net/farm
owned and operated by
Tom Roberts & Lois Labbe
Tom: Tom@snakeroot.net (cell) 207-416-5417
or
Lois: Lois@snakeroot.net (cell) 207-416-5418

Gardening for the public since 1995.



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