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 • What's New Here
 • Snakeroot Poultry

 • About Our Farm
 • Annual Farm Tour
 • 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
 • 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.


Snakeroot Organic Farm at the farmers' markets.
Click on photos to enlarge.

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.
[Lois at Unity Market Day Jun '05.]

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.
[Late June at the Winslow Farmers' Market]
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!
[Tom weighing beet greens]
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.
[Lois reaching for a plant]
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!" [Tomato City at Orono, 2004]
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. [Tomato table 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. [Pittsfield Farmers' Market, June 2000]
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. [Tom and CSA member discuss tomato varieties]

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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