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Oxen Hill Farm, CSA

June 27, 2010

“Old McDonald had a farm. Ei-Ei-Oh! On his farm he had some veggies…” Okay I know that’s not how the song actually goes, but Friday was our day to work on the farm and I was super excited. I got a very small taste of farm work Wednesday night when we went to pick squash for dinner and knew that we had a big day ahead of us.

Lisa’s in-laws started Oxen Hill Farm, CSA last summer and have gone from 40 members to 120!

The barn, house and upper field

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The wet prairie that separates the upper field from the lower field

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Part of the lower field

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Sara and Sharon helped out by planting onions with Farmer G (Jonathan’s dad) driving the tractor. Sheri (Jonathan’s sister) explained what was going to happen – as the tractor went over the row a wheel with teeth pokes holes in the plastic that covers the row. As it does that water (controlled by a lever in front of the seat that Sara is in) fills up the holes and you have to drop an onion into the water-filled hole. I know it doesn’t sound all that difficult, but I promise that it’s pretty darn hard!

Oxen Hill Farm has three pick-ups per week for their customers to make sure that they are able to get their produce at some point during the week; Tuesday evening, Friday evening and Saturday morning. We were harvesting for the Friday evening and Saturday morning pick-ups.

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Sara and Sharon hard at work in the field

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While Sara and Sharon were planting onions, Dana and I picked bunches of kale. It was pretty easy to do – just find the bunchy leaves, grab at the base of the stalk and snap. Easy peasy. I will say that while it wasn’t difficult it was hard work. I have a new appreciation for the prices of veggies, especially organic produce, after working on the farm.

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Before too long we had our 42 bunches (a bunch has 6 – 8 stems just like at the grocery store) and headed back to the barn with our baskets.

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There were other baskets of veggies that were picked earlier so I thought I’d take a quick picture of them.DSC_0036.JPG DSC_0051.JPG DSC_0050.JPG

We went back to get more kale for the Saturday morning pick-up when Sara and Sharon were finishing up with their onion planting when we were asked if we wanted to join in on the onion planting fun. Dana and I were both up for the experience so we jumped on the tractor. Like I said, it wasn’t nearly as easy as I thought it would be!

Sara went behind us to pick up the onions that didn’t make it in the hole
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Once we finished our row of onions Farmer G showed us the tobacco plants on the next farm

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Lisa and Sharon came to tell us that it was time for lunch so we went back to to eat.

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After lunch I decided to take some pictures around the farm. I don’t know what it is, but I love farms and all the beautiful objects that they have them.

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Oxen Hill Farm is an amazing place and if you live in the Northern Connecticut/Southern Mass area I’d highly recommend joining and supporting them.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2010 10:53 pm

    You photography is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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