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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
 • Subscribe to our e-newsletter.
 • Newsletter Archive.
 • What We Will & Won't Ship

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

 • 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 Syrup
 • Maple Syrup, p.2
 • Sugarin' Is Like Ice Fishin'
 • Our New Sugarhouse
 • Tomato Seedlings
 • Tomato Seeds We Offer
 • Tomato Seed Production
 • Paste Tomatoes
 • About Garlic
 • Garlic for Sale
 • Garlic Year Round
 • Mulching Garlic
 • Growing Rounds from Bulbils
 • Whole Bulbil Cluster Method
 • Planting Garlic

 • Using Mulches
 • Combatting Quackgrass
    with Mulch

 • We Want Your Leaves!
 • In Praise of Chips

 • Buying in Bulk for
    Storage, Canning & Freezing

 • Winter Storage Tips
 • How to Freeze Our Veggies
 • 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

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

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

    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.


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


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


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


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


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

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

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.


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PERENNIALS: Living plants that come back every year.

We grow a small selection of perennials. Some we overwinter indoors in pots, while the hardy ones overwinter outdoors in the field. Available at market in May, June and October or at the farm all season long.

Angelica. Medicinal, ornamental and cullinary. Overwinter outdoors. $5 per pot.
Echinacea. Medicinal and ornamental. Overwinter outdoors. $3 per 4 inch pot.
Horehound. Medicinal and cullinary. One of the bitter herbs; the tea is great for coughs and sore throats as well as a starting place for horehound candies. Overwinter outdoors. $3.00 per pot.
Hyssop. Medicinal and ornamental. Zone 3-9. Good border plant, with 2-3 foot spikes of fragrant indigo flowers. Attracts bees and has medicinal uses. 6 inch pots. Overwinter outdoors. $5 per pot.
Lemon Balm. Medicinal and cullinary. Good for tea and tea mixes. Will spread, but is not aggressive. 6 inch pot. $5 per pot.
Blooming Lupines in pots. Ornamental. Available in June & early July. Get the color Lupine you want to see blooming in your yard every June for many years to come. We grow the Russell Strain of lupines, known for their brilliant reds, pinks, yellows, salmons, and deep purples. We have been saving and replanting our own lupine seed since 1993. See our Lupine brochure for care instructions. Overwinter outdoors. $8.00 each or 3 for $20.
Baby Lupines in pots. Ornamental. First year seedlings, will bloom starting next year. Overwinter outdoors. $1 per pot, or 12 pots for $10.
Marshmallow. Ornamental, medicinal and cullinary. Grows to 5 feet with spike of white flowers. Dig 3 year old roots for marshmallow flavor. Overwinter outdoors. Six inch pots for $5.
Oregano, the "pizza herb" that transforms ordinary pasta and stir fry dishes into specialties. Overwinter outdoors. $5.00 per pot.
Rosemary, first year rooted cuttings in 3 inch pots. Learn more about Rosemary in our Rosemary brochure. $3.00 per pot.
Rosemary, second year plants in 6 inch pots. $8.00 per six inch pot.
Sage, the essential herb for sausage and poultry. Overwinter outdoors. $5.00 per six inch pot.
Tansy. Ornamental. Repels ants. $3 for 5 inch pots.
Valerian. Ornamental and medicinal. $5 for 6 inch pots.
Winter Savory, a peppery herb, slightly more pungent than summer savory. Overwinter outdoors. $5.00 per pot.
Yarrow. Plants, fresh roots for planting.


Fresh Vegetables:

  • Beans, green, wax and flat Italian, late July thru early September.
  • Beet Greens, early June thru September.
  • Bunched Beets, late June thru September.
  • Carrots, bunched and loose, early May thru November.
  • Cukes, picklers and slicers, July thru early September.
  • Garlic, mid July thru December.
  • Garlic Scapes, June & July.
  • Gobo (Japanese Burdock) root, October thru April.
  • Leeks, September thru November.
  • Lettuce, early May thru October.
  • Onions, mid August thru November.
  • Peppers, green bell, colored & jalapeños, mid August thru October.
  • Potatoes, yellow-fleshed varieties, July thru November.
  • Rhubarb, late May & early June.
  • Rutabagas, mid August thru November.
  • Scallions, mid June thru September.
  • Snow Peas, August & September.
  • Spinach, May & June and October & November.
  • Tomatoes, late June thru November.
  • Zucchini & Summer Squash, early July thru early September.


Fresh Culinary & Medicinal Herbs

  • Basil, Genovese variety for making pesto. Sold by the bunch or by the bushel. July thru September.
  • Cilantro, the essential herb for salsa. By the bunch or by the pound. July thru September
  • Dill, for pickels, fish, breads or potato salad, July thru October.
  • Horehound, for teas and candy, August thru October.
  • Lavender for potpourris.
  • Marjoram, by the bunch. August & September.
  • Oregano, the pizza & spaghetti herb. By the bunch or by the pound. July thru October.
  • Parsley, flat Italian, July thru October.
  • Sage, the poultry herb. By the bunch or by the pound. July thru October.
  • Winter Savory


Dried Vegetables:

Dried vegetables are packed in ziplock plastic bags. Cherry tomato raisins, jalapeño and habañero peppers and rhubarb are packed in snack bags for $2.50. Garlic flakes are packed in 2 ounce jars for $5.00. Tomatoes, carrots, onions and sweet peppers are packed in 4 ounce quart freezer bags for $5.00. For shipping add $1 to your order.

  • Cherry Tomato Raisins. Red & yellow pear cherry tomatoes, halved and dried.
  • Red Tomatoes. Regular tomatoes of mixed varieties.
  • Hogheart Tomatoes. Long banana­shaped paste tomatoes, excellent flavor.
  • Yellow Tomatoes. Golden Roma and/or Yellow Brandywine.
  • Carrots.
  • Onions.
  • Garlic flakes.
  • Sweet Bell Peppers.
  • Jalapeño Peppers.
  • Habañero Peppers.
  • Rhubarb.
  • Kale. Both Red (Redbor) and Green (Winterbor).


Dried Culinary and Medicinal Herbs:

Dried herbs are packed in ziplock plastic bags. The quart freezer bag size is 2 ounces for $5.00. The snack bag size is 1/2 ounce for $2.50. For shipping add $1 to your order.

  • Anise Hyssop (Korean Mint).
  • Basil.
  • Cilantro.
  • Dill.
  • Gobo (Japanese Burdock) root.
  • Horehound.
  • Lavender.
  • Marjoram.
  • Oregano.
  • Parsley.
  • Sage.
  • Winter Savory.



  • Vegetable, herb and perennial seedlings are offered at the farmers' markets and at the farm each year from the end of May to the end of June. We sell only the varieties of seedlings we plant ourselves in our gardens. One of our specialties is giant tomato plants, some 18-24 inches tall in six inch pots.


Medicinal Roots & Plants:

  • Echinacea. Plants, fresh & dried roots.
  • Marshmallow. Fresh or dried roots.
  • Licorice. Plants, fresh or dried roots.
  • Angelica. Plants.
  • Valerian. Plants.
  • Elecampane.
  • Yarrow. Plants, fresh roots for planting.
  • Tansy. Plants, fresh roots for planting.
  • Burdock. Roots, fresh and dried for cullinary or medicinal use..
  • Horehound. Plants, leaves, fresh or dried.
  • Lemon Balm. Plants, leaves, fresh or dried.

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

Gardening for the public since 1995.

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