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Posted 8/6/2012 10:32am by Jed Beach.

Dear Ararat Farms Community Member,

Even though you can get delicious Ararat Farms produce at our Farmstand, at local grocery stores, and online, sometimes you just don't want to cook from scratch at home.  Fortunately, Midcoast Maine is one of the best places to eat out in the summer.  Its top rated chefs combine culinary skill with ingredients from local farms and fisheries to make delicious cuisine.  At Ararat Farms, we are proud to supply the following local eateries with fresh organic produce.  If you're looking for a night out, consider trying one of these locations:

  • Natalie's Restaurant at the Camden Harbor Inn.  Natalie's offers some of Camden's best fine dining in a town known for its fine dining.  Chef Geoffroy Deconinck was named Best New Chef in the USA by  Food and Wine magazine in 2011.  We are proud to provide Natalie's with saladette tomatoes, colored carrots, salad mix, and beets, amongst other things.
  • The Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa in Boothbay Harbor offers several different dining experiences at its various restaurants, all masterminded by executive chef Peter Stiles.  We are proud to provide the Inn with salad mix, lettuce, beets, and kale.
  • The Waterfront in Camden offers creative, delicious, and affordably priced cuisine overlooking Camden Harbor.  We can speak from experience that it is one of the most family friendly restaurants in Camden, and we are never disappointed by our meals.  Ararat Farms provides salad mix, lettuce, and cooking greens to the Waterfront.

Sincerely,

Jed, Emilia, and Ray

Posted 8/6/2012 10:03am by Katrina Karlsen.


Dear Online Farmstand Shopper,

The high harvest season is gaining steam, and the summer crops are starting to come in thickly.  Eggplant, fava beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, garlic, leeks, onions, beets, carrots . . . the list goes on and on!  This is the season where all the grumpiness we built up over the rainy spring gets left behind in the jubilant frenzy of trying to get everything picked, washed and packed in time to deliver to our hungry customers.

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Sincerely,

Jed, Emilia, and Ray

Posted 7/30/2012 11:02am by Katrina Karlsen.

Dear Online Farmstand Shopper,

As we transition from July to August, the garden growth is still rampant.  But there is a change in the air.  It's subtle at first, but crops and weeds alike are redirecting their energies, from making leaves to making seeds; from growth to reproduction.  Tomatoes slowly begin to let their lowest foliage dry up and die, as their fruit begin to ripen.  Fava beans swell to readiness.  Pigweed rears its ugly seedhead above the squash crops, leaving us to wonder, "How did it get so BIG so FAST????"

And the culinary palate of the garden changes as well.  While we still have the green leafy crops you've come to depend on, we'll also have more fruiting crops and long season crops coming into fruition as well.  This week, we've got tomatoes, fava beans, and green onions, as well as many more crops.

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Sincerely,

Emilia, Jed and Ray

Posted 7/16/2012 1:32pm by Katrina Karlsen.


Dear Online Farmstand Shopper,

We are now entering the Manic Growth phase of the growing season, where vegetables are spreading outward and upward at rates that seem exponentially faster than that of even the previous week.  Peppers that were just little sproutlings two weeks ago now sport ripening fruit.  Snap peas seem to swell to maturity when your back is turned.  Deep in their instinctive memory, our crops know that the New England summers are short, and that they have  only a few months to photosynthesize and reproduce before the cold sets in.  This makes for heady growth and busy farmers!

This week, we've got tomatoes, sugar snap peas, beets, cucumbers, leeks, and more . . .

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Sincerely,

Jed, Emilia, and Ray

Posted 7/9/2012 12:40pm by Katrina Karlsen.


Dear Online Farmstand Shopper,

The primadonnas of the summer have burst forth from our greenhouse with their usual glitz and aplomb!  Ever since we planted them in early April in our greenhouse, we've been constantly tending to them: watering, pruning, trellising, fretting over temperature ("Are they too hot?  Too cold?") and moisture ("Too dry?  Too wet?"), and of course, living in constant fear fo the dreaded late blight that seems to be endemic to this area nowadays.

For the moment, at least, we can cast our worries aside and revel in the juicy, acid-sweet flavor of our greenhouse tomatoes.  Because, let's face it, we are their willing slaves for a reason.

This week, we've also got beets, basil, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, and a whole host of other goodies to snack on.  So, without further hesitation,

Click here to visit our online farmstand.

 

Thank you!

Jed, Emilia, and Ray

Posted 7/2/2012 8:33am by Katrina Karlsen.


Dear Online Farmstand Shopper,

The summer heat is upon us, and that means summer crops are finally starting to come in!  This week, we've got a load of newcomers, including cucumbers, sugar snap peas, beets, carrots, fennel, and much more.  Add that to our usual lineup of greens, and we've got quite a menu available for you this week!

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Sincerely,

Jed, Emilia, and Ray

Posted 6/25/2012 10:14am by Katrina Karlsen.

Dear Online Farmstand Shopper,

Each year, as our garlic plants make their bulbs beneath the soil, they also produce "scapes," or stems containing the seed of garlic, that emerge from their foliage.  These curly scapes are tender and offer all the garlicky goodness of the garlic bulb.  When roasted whole and served atop a dish, they will delight and impress your family or your guests.

This week, we've also got mini red onions, salad mix, kale, fennel, and scallions, among other things.

Cick here to go to our online farmstand.

Sincerely,

Jed, Emilia, and Ray

Posted 6/11/2012 9:41am by Katrina Karlsen.

Dear Online Farmstand Shopper,

We checked the weather radar this morning to discover that we are the only state on the Eastern seaboard not being doused with rain!  We are very grateful for the sunlight and so are our veggies.

As we transition from greenhouse to fields, we've got several new offerings, including scallions and parsley, as well as some of the early season standbys, like kale and salad mix.  We're still pretty greens-heavy, so if you're a greens-phobic our lineup may not impress you - but not to worry!  Sugar snap peas and greenhouse tomatoes are just around the corner!

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Ararat Farms now certified organic

We are pleased to announce that our vegetables are now certified organic by MOFGA.  While we've always been organic in practice, this certification gives our customers the guarantee that no conventional pesticides were used in our production, and that we farm in such a way as to increase the vitality of our soil and the ecosystem around us.

Sincerely,

Jed, Emilia, and Ray

Posted 6/4/2012 1:14pm by Jed Beach.

Surprise!!  Look who we just discovered in the barn. .  .our very own naturally hatched Ararat Farms chick!!!

 

Photo: Surprise!  Look who we just discovered in the barn. . .our very own naturally hatched Ararat Farms chick!!

Posted 6/4/2012 10:12am by Katrina Karlsen.


Dear Online Farmstand Shopper,

We are nearing the end of our early greenhouse harvest season, and so we'll be clearing our spring crops out over the next few weeks to make room for new plantings.  This week, it's the last of the beets from the greenhouse - and the cold rainy weather we've been having means it'll be a few weeks before the beets in the field are ready.  So, if it's the sweet, earthy flavor of beets you're looking for, now's your last chance to grab them before they take a hiatus!

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Sincerely,

Jed