Spring Update 2017

Well, it appears that “Miserable May” is going to follow “Awful April”.  Never thought I would grouse so much about it, but life as a farmer has me laser-focused on weather.  90% of my life I didn’t even look at the weather forecast.  Now I am checking it multiple times a day to know that the rain is going to start in 117 minutes according to Accuweather, so that I can plan what we can get done before the raindrops fall. The heavy snowpack late, the frequent and heavy rains, has us quite a bit behind normal in planting.  Our
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State of the Farm

Dear friends, neighbors, customers, supporters and suppliers of our farm: The 2016 growing season is over for Mulberry Farms. Thanks to the fine support we have received from the community, it has been a success as our first 100% fully operational year. We enjoyed great support for all channels of business: Our farm stand Our u-pick berry operation Our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Our sales to kids summer camps Our sales to other retail channels Our sales to the best organic wholesaler in Maine, Crown of Maine To recap the year, we had about seven acres in production and produced
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Thanks for a Great Season

Thank you to our year-round and seasonal neighbors and friends who supported our farm stand this year! We’ll be growing again over the winter with additional hoop houses and even more varieties of fruits and vegetables.Follow us on Facebook to watch our progress. We look forward to seeing you in Spring 2017. – Farmers Frank and Deb Pecoraro
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State of the Farm

The development of Mulberry Farms has been quite a journey so far. We’ve been so delighted to break ground – both literally and figuratively. It seems like just yesterday that we officially became the owners, or stewards if you will, of the old Edwards Farm. Here is a recap of the last couple years, and our plan for the year to come! 2014 Acquired farm parcel: Maine Farmland Trust Barn addition completed Construction on farmhouse began Began Organic Certification dialogue with MOFGA Two unheated hoop houses completed Four field acres prepped Cover crops planted 2015 Farmhouse completed Four acres planted Two additional parcels
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Time to Plan for Next Year

We’ve put the gardens to bed for the winter, but we’re already planning next year’s harvest.  And we have taken advantage of the warm temperatures and lack of snow to get a few things done around the farm. Farmer Frank has been assembling detailed plans for the hoop houses and field plantings. And of course he has been poring over the seed catalogs. Last year we had over 20 varieties of greens. Same with the tomatoes. Plus all the other usual suspects: asparagus, broccoli, beets, cauliflower, carrots, corn, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes, and peas – numerous varieties of each. The berries
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Beet and Carrot Salad

This is a wonderful recipe to use up those fresh-from-the-garden beets and carrots. Its an awesome side dish to bring to cookouts and potlucks and holds up well to use as leftovers. Don’t like cilantro? Fresh parsley works well here, too! ¼ cup lime juice 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar 1 teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon cinnamon Sea salt to taste 4 cups shredded beets 3 cups shredded carrots ¼ cup fresh cilantro Mix first six ingredients in a large bowl. Add beets, carrots, and cilantro to dressing mixture and combine. Let marinate an hour or more.
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Mud Season

Maybe “Good News” was an overly hopeful and optimistic name for our news section. Frank got the tractor stuck today…
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