The constant swish-swish of skis
My dog, trotting barefoot
Word spreads quickly
Hidden in the vines
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 at the farmers' markets.
|Lois's setup at Unity Market Day in early June 2005. Vegetable and herb seedlings and perennials make up most of the display this early in the season,
but the tilted table holds wooden boxes of fresh veggies from our greenhouses and gardens, and the last of the overwintered carrots and potatoes.
Lois's new minivan allows her to bring a much larger display and more to fill it with than her station wagon did.
In late June of '04, the last of the blooming lupines in pots and the first of the greenhouse cucumbers make their appearance, among vegetable seedlings and perennials. By July the seedling season will be over and there will be so many vegetables to bring that we will stop bringing perennials to market until the fall.
Taken at the Winslow Farmers' Market in the Johnny's Selected Seeds parking lot on the Back Benton Road.
|Tom weighs out a pound of beet greens at the Fairfield Farmers' Market. "It's a whisker over, but you know me, I don't mind
whiskers!" Giving folks a little extra is our way of thanking them for shopping at the market.
This was taken when we still towed a trailer to market behind a Honda Civic - we now have a van so we can bring even more produce to market!
|Lois at Unity Farmers' Market, looking for a requested herb plant. Since she just unpacked the car when the customer stopped by, she's trying to
remember where she put it. Garlic scapes from the greenhouse are visible peeking out of the basket on the table.
Taken in June '03.
|We still have plenty of tomatoes in early October of 2004 at the Orono Farmers' Market. Tilted tables allow approaching customers to see what's available at "TOMATO CITY". A roll of bags hanging on the display encourages shoppers to "grab a bag and fill it up!"|
|At the height of the tomato season, we have heirloom tomatoes and hybrid tomatoes on separate tables, with the heirlooms labeled by variety. This allows folks to try a variety for the first time or to go back for it the next time. During the 2005 season we converted to ¾ bushel crates for our tomatoes. Taken 10-Sep-05 at the Orono Farmers' Market.|
|Pittsfield Farmers' Market, early June 2000. It's still just the beginning of market season, so most of our display is garden seedlings and perennials. Not shown here is the lettuce, carrots, beet greens, herbs, and asparagus next to the rhubarb.|
|Tom discussing tomato varieties with a Fairfield CSA member. Since we offer varieties we grow ourselves, we can match a variety to what a gardener wants to grow. Heirloom varieties offer unique old-time characteristics not found in modern commercial hybrids, but most folks aren't familiar with them.|
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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