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Christmas at the farm

Join us at Our Christmas Party
Christmas on the Farm
December 16th, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Do Your Shopping and Join in the Festivities with
Live Music by Vineyard Classical Brass.


Buy a light supper of Chili, Mac-n-Cheese, Corn Bread,
and Apple Dumplings,
Free Hot Drinks, Eggnog,
Roast Marshmallows on the Open Fire,
Free Cookie Decorating for Children
& Door Prizes and More!

A share of the proceeds
from the sale of each Christmas tree sold
will be donated to the Island Food Pantry.

The farmstand is collecting non-perishable food items
for the food pantry.

Closing after Christmas, but come to our
End-of-Season Sale from Mon-Wed, December 27-29.
Closing Wed 29th at noon.
Reopening May 2011, when the asparagus ripens.

December Farmstand Hours

Monday – Saturday 9am – 5:30pm
Sundays ’til Christmas 11am – 4pm

Thanksgiving offerings from the farm bakery & kitchen

To Place an Order call 508-627-9003

Pie/Quiche orders taken until 10am Tuesday.
Everything else can be preordered until 9am Wednesday.

Pies and Side Dishes will be ready at 2pm Wednesday.
 Fresh Turkey orders ($3.50/lb) will be taken until Monday Nov. 19th

Morning Glory Farm Fresh Baked Pies

$14.95 for a 9” Pie.  Serves 6 to 8.

          Our own Pumpkin Pie                Apple Pie

          Apple-Cranberry Pie                  Blueberry Pie

          Blue-Cranberry Pie                    Pecan Pie $15.95

Harvest Pie – Apples, Cranberries, Raisins, Walnuts, Orange and spices

Quiche $14.95 Veggie, Mushroom/Scallion, Portobello, Ham & Cheese
Quick Breads $6.95

Cranberry or Cranberry-Walnut          Pumpkin – with our own pumpkin               

Banana              Zucchini

Carrot Nut         Date Nut $7.25

Butter Dinner Rolls = $3.95/pkg   (6/pkg)

Boston Baguettes from Ace Bakery = $3.25 ea

Morning Glory Sides 

Sold by the pint and quart; a pint is approximately 2-3 servings

Our fresh chicken broth $3.95pt / $6.95qt

Our own butternut squash puree; $5.95 / $11.95

Our own Roasted Pumpkin Soup; $4.95 /$9.95

Wild Rice with wheat berries, roasted pears & cranberries. $6.95/$13.95

Ready to cook Beans Almandine $6.95/lb

Cranberry-Orange Relish $6.95/ $12.95

Whole cranberry sauce $3.50/$7.00

Our Own Fresh Pumpkin Puree   $2.95pt

Cornbread Stuffing with farm raised ground sausage $5.95pt/$10.95qt
Stuffing without sausage $4.95pt/$9.95qt

Heat ‘n serve par cooked Acorn Squash with sage/pecan/cranberry butter.  $5.95/serves four

Morning Glory’s famous pickled beets $5.95 /$11.95
NEW: Artisan Cheese Platter and Seasonal Pate Platter; price yet to come 

 

Exceptions and special requests usually available, just ask!

Thank you for including our products at your Thanksgiving table!

Wind Spin

Our windmill is up and running and producing energy for us and the nieghborhood!

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The windmill is steadily pumping out electricity and I gathered some data to share with you all.
The turbine survived a direct lightning strike on Thursday Aug 5th  just as it is supposed to.
So a snapshot of time for our 50Kw turbine:
                  24hrs ending 12 noon on Friday the 6th
Farm’s total energy use: 569 KwH
Windmill Production for same period: 208 KWh
                  24hrs ending 12 noon on Thursday the 5th
Farm’s total energy use: 669 KwH
Windmill Production for same period: 442 KWh
                   24hrs ending 12 noon on Wednesday the 4th
Farm’s total energy use: 640 KwH
Windmill Production for same period: 420 KWh
This is a snapshot of the production, we will not really know what it is capable of until we see a full year of production (the best wind times are in the winter of course). 
Our stand and farm operation is at full tempo now at the start of August and I expect that these are peak energy use numbers.  The greenhouse fans run near non stop trying to cool the greenhouses and the many freezers and coolers we have are working very hard in the heat and humidity.  With about 18 people living and showering with us.  I look forward to comparing these peak use numbers with winter time peak production numbers. 
I hope you all find this as interesting and exciting as we all do here.  I will continue to update this blog with windmill stats and we are working on a windmill production data display down at the store. 

Did you know?

by Alina Harris, a happy fieldhand of  Morning Glory Farm since May, 2010

Alina works her lettuce magic

Green and Red Peppers Come From the Same Plant

Ripening: Did you know that the difference between green and red peppers is their maturity?  The difference in price, taste, and color all depends on the time that the fruit is picked.  Green peppers are picked the youngest and red peppers are harvested as the oldest.

Think Twice About Eating Rhubarb Leaves

Poison: Ever wonder why rhubarb is sold without the leaves?  Because the leaves contain oxalate, a substance that has been reported to cause poisoning if large amounts of raw or cooked leaves are eaten.  The stalk also contains a small amount of oxalate, but nothing that could be problematic.

Indeterminate Tomato plants grow “forever!”

An indeterminate tomato plant is one that continues to vine and set fruit until killed off by any outside force. In New England, this usually is the frost (hopefully not the tomato horn worm or late blight).  In warmer climates or greenhouses, indeterminate tomatoes can grow to be trees!

In contrast, determinate tomato plants are ones that will set all of their fruit during the same time period.  These type of plants would be best used if one wanted to can the tomatoes all at once.

The Waiting Game: A Farmer Needs Patience

Asparagus: A productive bed of asparagus can last for 10 to 15 years, however the waiting period for this crop to become productive can be 3 years!

Strawberries: The Athearns grow their strawberries in a perennial system of matted rows, as opposed to using plasticulture.  For a whole year, the Athearns weed, water, fertilize and lay straw around their strawberry plants in order to prepare for harvesting.  Even though the plants begin to flower, the flowers are pinched off in order to encourage vegetative growth, instead of reproductive growth to form the fruit.  On the 2nd year, they are finally able to pick the first strawberries (and man, are they good!)  After the 3rd year, however, the strawberries get tilled into the ground and it starts all over again.

Farm Update

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The whole gang in a group photo in front of the new Morning Glory Farm Store.

The best growing season in years in flying along.  I have not posted in surprisingly long, I got so caught up in all the farming duties and moving into the new building I was unable to post, but alas I just grabbed a moment during a heavy summer thunderstorm to write a few notes.

This rain is all so welcome as we have been dry for a long time now and been working hard at irrigation.  Oh I can just feel all the plants breathing a sigh of relief.  The great spring weather allowed us to get our plantings in early or on time and then they seem to take off and we are now harvesting many things ahead of schedule.

Dad, Dan and I picked the first Sweet corn of the season today!  We picked 20 bushels of Sweet Chorus in West Tisbury on Uncle Lenord’s Farm.  It tastes so snappy and sweet, I have been eager for it to ripen all season.  We should have every day now for the foreseeable future.

We are now picking:

Sweet Corn, 9 varieties of lettuce, salad greens, boc choi, broccoli, zucchini and squashes, cucumbers, early peppers, greenhouse tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, garlic, fresh eggs, carrots, baby carrots, beets, swiss chard, 3 kinds of kale, collards, Shelling peas, green beans, slender young beans, yellow beans, snow peas, green onions, scallions, purple scallions, walla walla sweet onions, cut flower bouquets, red potatoes, Yukon potatoes, fingerling potatoes, blueberries, and loads of culinary herbs from arugula and cilantro to Parsley and basil to Radicchio and on

The crew is busy busy every day keeping up with the weeds and all the harvesting, the baking of pies and working the store, turning the veggies from the fields into soups, salads, muffins, and happy customers,  they are a fantastic group of people and we together can grow all this food, with out their passion and energy the farm would cease to exist.

Thanks for checking in…

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Morning Glory to Open May 28th

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Nearing completion, this week we have finished all the coolers, laid the new pitch pine floor, hung the lights, tiled the new bathroom floor, laid the brick patio, put the front porch on, and so many more things.  We are feeling ready to open on Friday May 28th and are just awaiting all the requisite town officials to sign off.   Meanwhile all the normal field work has continued with many of us splitting time between construction and weeding carrots, planting broccoli, and sowing beans etc.

We need to open for one because the crops seem to be way ahead of schedule, the asparagus started 12 days earlier that the average for us and is coming in very strong every day now, spinach is ripe, first and second plantings of lettuce are ripe, garlic scallions, 2 kinds of radishes, baby salad greens, rhubarb, chives, many herbs, the strawberries are way ahead of schedule and may be ripe by May 5th and be a strong crop, followed by green onions, baby beets etc.

Here is a picture of our new space, this is the main area, unseen is the ‘corn room’.  The registers and vegetable tables are moving in now.  The floor is made from local Pitch Pine cut by local sawyer and fisherman Tom Turner from logs from trees removed for the addition and others tom cut from island forests.  Soon this area will be filled with vegetables, fruits, baked goods, our famous salad bar, local meats, hot coffee, and happy customers and staff enjoying the new building.  We really believe that our new store will create a significantly better customer and staff experiences.  Many of the changes were for work flow, customer and staff ease, energy efficiency, and food quality.

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The view from the second floor storage/office area.

Was on Paper is now in Place

Wow things seem to be moving so fast down here at Morning Glory.  Farming activities continue ahead of schedule, the perennials, asparagus, fruit trees, strawberries may be as much as 2 weeks ahead this season.  Lilly Walter is back on the farm and has taken over the field crew chief job; organizing each days planting/weeding/watering/and harvest.  The asparagus has been growing very well, and we expect over 100lbs each day this week,  Look for it in Cronigs, Alleys, Middletown Nursery, and many island restaurants; such as Letoile, State Road, Zephrus, Blue Canoe, and others.

The store addition is moving fast, the builders built a roof on Tuesday and by Wednesday night it had been wired with lights, and shingled!  A quick count of the workmen/women at the farm this week was 44!  DECA had 4 carpenters and 2 parking lot builders, Jonas Cavallo from Workshops and Sons had 3-4 men working at shingling the roof, Craig Willett and Cielio were running electric, Judy Klumick and Taz Armstrong were painting the huge basement walls, 2 men from the cooler wall installation team were putting up our new walk in cooler, Alex and Tim were here from Alexander and Dyke fitting refrigerant lines.  Sam was up on the roof breaking back shingles and fitting the two buildings together and redying the new stairs that were installed this week.  Galley Plumbing was in to run piping to the upstairs office/break room.  And all the while Gary Harcourt had up to 6 men working at the base for the windmill.  Rebbecca had her crew of 6 in the greenhouse selling and planting.  And Lilly had 11 farmhands getting crops in the ground.  It feels like and orchestra all playing along to the baton of Jim and Jim (Glavin and Athearn)

Thanks for checking in, more info to come I have become very busy with all going on this week but will update again soon.  All is very close to on track for our May 28th opening!  Please come down and check it out.

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Insulating Panels Locked into place

Construction and farming activities continue at a blistering pace, the great weather and general haste as the season progresses has enabled allot of work to be complected in the last couple weeks.  At the new store Foard Panel company arrived and started to coat our building with their insulating panels.  We are very impressed with the efficiency of the product and of the team that has been putting it together.  We will hopefully be able to keep our produce and store comfortably cool in the summer and in the cool days or fall to keep the cashiers toes from freezing to the barn floor as in the past.

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Our new parking area is coming together, more than 20 new spaces , better drainage and easier access with out risk from the farm vehicles.

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Foard Panel arrives at the farm!

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You can see here the system; first the barn boards (as to be seen on the inside) then this stressed skin panel that is locked into place by these splines that significantly lessen the ‘bridging’ effect from cold air squeezing through or traveling down the nails, then the spray foam seals the deal literally.  We will nail up more barn boards on the outside walls once Foard finishes.

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Not bad for 4 days work!

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Fitting the ridge pole over the cooler building, this building is structually made form these panels, WOW.

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Inside work continues with Willet Electric sheding light on it all and Galley plumbing adding a new customer bathroom.

Thanks for checking in, amazingly we still are on track to open the doors  Memorial day weekend, Friday the 28th of May!!!

Barn Boards onto the Barn

The workmen have been feverishly working away.  On Thursday I counted 17 men and women pounding away at: installing the post and beam porch, nailing up barnboard roofers, staining the white cedar trim, laying out a fire suppression system, running electric services, digging water trenches to service the greenhouse, reinstalling the pump in the well; and through it all Jim Glavin coordinating it all like a conductor with his baton.  The timing and staging of materials and workmen is a staggering workload, thank you Jim!

Thursday evening Daniel and I set up a couple of work lights at night to back light the new white oak post and beam frame. I captured this image that night, I hope a few passersby found it as beautiful as I did.

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Jim Athearn nailing up a little pitch pine for the last rafter.

jim athearn with the pitch pine for the last rafter

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Here is the Easterly view of the new store, looking from the Meshacket road.

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The first boards to go onto the roof.  This is island cut white pine cut by the fisherman and sawyer Tom Turner from Katama.  We ordered nearly 8,000 board feet of lumber from him this winter to sheath the store and for the pitch pine floorboards.  These are nice clear boards that we ‘kiln’ dried in our greenhouse over the winter months, let’s hope they don’t shrink much more once they are on the roof!

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inside morning glory

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The post and beam frame all covered up.  The upper sidewalls will get a cedar shingle treatment and the lower sidewalls will be board and batten.  All of these boards will show from inside the store.

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Next step, the insulated panel company comes Wednesday to lay their panels on top of the skin we put on, and then we can start to shingle.  Our family friend Jonas Cavallo and his company Workshops and Sons will be doing the shingling with Dan and I working alongside.

Thanks for checking in on the progress, soon I will be able to share some pictures of our early crops they start to hit the ground this week.  We already have filled a greenhouse with vegetable transplants and hopefully by the end of the week we will have three greenhouses full of plants!  happy spring

Post and Beam going up!

Hardwick Post and Beam arrived this week and got right to work.  All the oak framing was pre-cut in their mill in Hardwick MA and it should go together like a puzzle from here.  With the use of the Tashmoo Crane they lift it all into place and pound the pegs into place to lock it up.

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The lumber arrives at our farm!

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These are the ‘Bents’ the roof trusses all in order to go up.

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The first frame went up Tuesday morning March 23rd.

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Notice the scarph joint on the right, they then pound a square peg in to the notch in the center of the joint and it drives them tighter together, should be as tight as a single piece of lumber by the end.

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The view from Meshacket Road

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As the rainy, snowy, and windy weather moved in the team called it a week and will return Tuesday to finish up.  We then will start to nail up the barn boards.  It finally feels like the barn we have been building for the last 3 months!  Woo hoo!  Stay tuned for more updates on the progress at Morning Glory Farm.