…and now for something completely different…
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
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.
of marshmallow snow
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.
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
Snakeroot Organic Farm
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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.
- 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
- 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 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.
- Garlic flakes.
- Sweet Bell Peppers.
- Jalapeño Peppers.
- Habañero Peppers.
- 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
- Anise Hyssop (Korean Mint).
- Gobo (Japanese Burdock) root.
- 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.
- 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.