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2015 Pick-Your-Own

Note: PYO is only available to Red Fire Farm CSA and Farmstand members.

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As part of your Vegetable CSA membership, you have access to our Pick Your Own patches. The farm is family-friendly, so bring your little ones and check out our land. PYO includes herbs, flowers, berries, peas, tomatoes, tomatillos, hot peppers, and more (changes with the season).

Late July, August and September are great months to come for pick your own, as by then we’re brimming with crops like cherry tomatoes, basil, tomatillos, hot peppers, green beans, herbs, flowers, and ground cherries.

Pick Your Own is a perk for members that can make it out – we still aim to give all members the value of their share in harvested and delivered vegetables :). But of course we want you to come out to visit. The whiteboards located in barns have the most updated PYO limits and info, so please follow those if they differ from what is written online.

  • If you are traveling to the farm for over 1 hour to do the picking (Boston area and Worcester members), then you probably will come for picking only once during the early summer. This means that when you are here you can pick a lot at once, once the limits have gone up.
  • If you are a member from Franklin, Hampshire or Hampden County and you can easily make it to the farm each week, then we ask that you pick weekly but not as much each time. This is why there are different limits posted for each crop depending on where you are coming from.
  • Farmstand & Market Members ($300 level) can pick a lot at once if desired, but you must pay as you go (by using credit from your card). Prices are posted for each PYO crop on the board. There are sometimes limits on crops for Farmstand Members.

 

What to Bring and Where to Go
Come ready for outdoor weather. Also please bring containers to take your pickings home in, and leave the quart and pint containers for reuse if possible. If you have a car, share a ride! Meet some other local food loving people. You can post on our facebook seeking rides. Read below to find out which farm location you should visit based on your CSA pickup location.

 

GRANBY PICK YOUR OWN

Open to CSA and Farmstand & Market Members from Granby, Springfield, Worcester and the Boston area.

Pick Your Own details are inside the farmstand in the center of the barn at 7 Carver St., including a map of field areas and a list of picking limits, and often containers for harvesting. You can come to pick any day, hours are 9am – 8pm.
We usually have someone working the farmstand from 9-8pm who can answer questions. The PYO is all self-serve. There’s extra parking in the Brown-Ellison Park next door if needed.

Cherry Tomatoes

     CSA Members

     Weekly pickers: unlimited

     Long-distance members: unlimited

     Farmstand & Market Members$2.50 per 1/2 pint or $4 per pint

Herbs
Basil, Parsley,
Oregano,  Savory, Sage, Chives, Mint, and more!

CSA Members: Pick as needed.
Farmstand & Market Members: Pick as needed, no charge.

Hot Peppers

     CSA Members:

     Weekly pickers: pick as needed

     Long-distance members: pick as needed

     Farmstand & Market Members: 5 fruits for $1

        Yellow and Green Beans

              CSA Members

              Weekly pickers: 3 quarts per week                                                                                                   Long-distance members: 6 quarts

              Farmstand & Market Members: $3 per quart

 Shell Beans (Available in Granby)

CSA Members

Weekly Pickers: 1 quart

Long-distance members: 4 quarts

Farmstand & Market Members: $3 per quart

       Cut Flowers

             CSA Members: 10 stems

             Farmstand & Market Members: $.50 per stem

        Sunflowers

             CSA Members: 7 stems

             Farmstand & Market Members:  $.50 per stem

         Husk Cherries – also known as Ground Cherries

             CSA Members

Weekly pickers: unlimited

             Long-distance members: unlimited

             Farmstand & Market Members: $2.50 per 1/2 pint or $4 per pint

           Yummy Sweet Mini Peppers

CSA Members

Weekly pickers: 1/2 pint per week

Long-distance pickers: 3 pints per season

Farmstand & Market Members: $2 per 1/2 pint or $4 per pint

 

MONTAGUE FARM PICK YOUR OWN


We now have a patch on our Montague farm at 184 Meadow Road. This section is small, so there’s capacity for Montague, Amherst and Northampton area members only!

Please park on the grass along Meadow Road, not blocking any thruways or driveways. 

Pick Your Own information is at the large old tobacco barn next to Meadow Road near the red hand-painted Red Fire Farm hanging sign. Pick Your Own details will be there, including an informational map attached to the side of the barn facing the road, a list of picking limits, and often containers for harvesting and measuring. Bring containers to take things home!

Self-serve. You can come to pick any day 9am – 8pm. There will be a log book, so you can keep track of your picking if you are at the $300 Farm stand member level, as those members pay half of retail price for PYO items. Please tally your purchases as you go, and we will process them periodically at the office. PYO for CSA level members is free up to limits provided.

Cherry Tomatoes

     CSA Members  

     Weekly pickers: unlimited

     Long-distance members: unlimited

     Farmstand & Market Members: $2.50 per 1/2 pint or $4 per pint

Herbs
Basil, Parsley,
Oregano,  Savory, Sage, Chives, Mint, and more!

CSA Members: Pick as needed.

Farmstand & Market Members: Pick as needed, no charge.

Hot Peppers

     CSA Members

     Weekly pickers: pick as needed

      Long-distance members: pick as needed

     Farmstand & Market Members: 5 fruits for $1

        Yellow, Green, and Purple

              CSA Members

              Weekly pickers: 3 quarts per week                                                                                                     Long-distance members: 6 quarts

              Farmstand & Market Members: $3 per quart

       Cut Flowers

             CSA Members: 10 stems

             Farmstand & Market Members: $.50 per stem

        Sunflowers

             CSA Members: 7 stems

             Farmstand & Market Members:  $.50 per stem

         Husk Cherries – also known as Ground Cherries

             CSA Members

Weekly pickers: unlimited

             Long-distance members: unlimited

             Farmstand & Market Members: $2.50 per 1/2 pint or $4 per pint

Tomatillos

Weekly pickers: 1 pint per week

Long-distance members: 2 pints

Farmstand & Market Members: $2 per pint or $3 per quart

           Yummy Sweet Mini Peppers

CSA Members

Weekly pickers: 1/2 pint per week

Long-distance pickers: 3 pints per season

Farmstand & Market Members: $2 per 1/2 pint or $4 per pint

We're famous for the variety of crops we grow!

We’re famous for the variety of crops we grow!

Fun things to do in Montague:

  • Visit our Old Depot Gardens farm stand at 504 Turners Falls Road in Montague, very cute, with our produce and tasty local products.~ 2 miles from the farm.
  • Check out the Bookmill, a cafe with waterfall, used bookstore, cd shop, art gallery, beer. 1/4 mile from the farm stand.

Enjoy the season and the fields!

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Helping Monarch Butterflies with a Butterfly Garden

Butterflies bring joy to the garden – and you can make much needed habitat for them! Plants that butterflies love have flowers with lots of nectar, as that is food for butterflies. Not all flowers make good nectar sources; these ones below are especially rich in it. We carry these varieties and more at our farmstands over the month of May and into June. Many of these flowers are frost sensitive, so we will be stocking them in mid May.

A few key tips for butterfly gardens:

  • Plant nectar-rich flower varieties
  • Multiple plants of the same kind in one spot are easier for a butterfly to see
  • Choose host plants for the caterpillars of butterflies, like Milkweed for Monarchs, Lupine for Painted Ladies, Snapdragons for Buckeyes
  • Butterfly nectar plants are also great for honey bees and other beneficials, bringing pollination and protection to the rest of your garden

If you know only one butterfly, it is most likely the Monarch! Monarch butterflies especially need our help in providing nectar plants and safe habitats for caterpillars. Many of their previous safe grounds for feeding and laying eggs have been diminished by increased use of GMO glyphosate resistant soy and corn, or plowed over to grow government-subsidized corn for biofuels. Parking lots, roads, and front lawns have also replaced the sweet fields of wild flowers necessary for a healthy butterfly population. Read more about what is happening with Monarchs and what we can do.

One critical plant for the survival of the Monarch butterfly is milkweed. Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed and the caterpillars will only feed on this kind of plant. We have found a native variety that also has beautiful flowers and fall seed pods.

 

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Above is Butterfly Milkweed, or Asclepias Tuberosa. It’s a bright orange wild flower that loves full sunlight and fairs well in dryer soil. Monarchs migrate north to lay their eggs and will only lay eggs on milkweeds such as this one. Seeing a chrysalis on a milkweed plant is a rare joy, something we should all get a chance to see.

 

Some of the other plants we grow that butterflies love:

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Buddeleia Butterfly Bush: A woody shrub with fragrant lilac blooms that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and beneficials. Lovely at the back of borders for its height and arching shape. Perennial.

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Verbena Bonareisis: Tall, beautiful and purple. An excellent cut flower. Clusters of tiny flowers on top of a long stem that Butterflies love to land on.

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Coreopsis: A bright blooming flower that does well in full sun. Perennial.

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Marigolds: Bright colors that not only attract butterflies but also repel aphids from your garden. Annual.

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Snapdragons: These attract butterflies and provide food for Buckeye butterfly caterpillars. The make beautiful cut flowers as well. Annual.

Bee Balm

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Monarda (Red Bee Balm and Purple Wild Bergamot): A fragrant, fun and quirky flower. Grows tall and is also a favorite of hummingbirds. Edible for us too! Perennial.

Sweet Alyssum: This flower smells like honey and butterflies and bees enjoy the sweet scent. You will too! Growing in white and light pink. A perfect spring flower that loves cooler weather. Annual.

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Echinacea: This flower is drought tolerant and makes an excellent addition to any bouquet. Also known for its healing properties. Perennial.

 

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Salvia Gruppenblau: Shorter, fragrant blue spires that attract hummingbirds also. Great for drying! Perennial.

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Cosmos: Idyllic, wispy flowers with long skinny stems. Annual.

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Gomphrena: A shooting plant with spikey flowers perfect for drying. Butterflies love to dance around from flower to flower. Annual.

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Cleome: Also known as spider flower, this flower is unlike any other. We feature it in many of our summer time bouquets. The large exploding flowers gain everyone’s attention, especially wandering butterflies. Annual.

 

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Ellagance Lavender: Highly fragrant low growing purple flowers. Many uses. Perennial.

Benarys Giant Zinnia

Zinnia: One of summer’s most colorful features. Will bloom into the fall! Makes a great cut flower and can be featured in single variety bouquets. Annual.

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Yarrow: Large flat-top flower heads on ferny foliage make clouds of color all summer long. A mix of colors on drought tolerant plants. Superb for cutting, and drying as well.

 

Come visit us at the farmstands in Granby and Montague for even more varieties! Keep an eye out for our poster at the stands that highlights these butterfly flowers, and also read the plant descriptions on display to learn more about each plant.

 

Best wishes in the garden this summer!