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THE BASICS
 • About Our Farm
 • Annual Farm Tour
 • Community Supported
    Agriculture Plan (CSA)
 •
Directions to our Farm
 • From a Run Out Hayfield to
    a Prosperous Organic Farm
    in Ten Easy Years

 • Get Real. Get Organic!
 • History of Our Farm
 • Pictures of the Farm
 • Where We Buy
 • Where We Sell
 • Our Yearly Work Schedule
 • Just Pretty
 • Subscribe to our e-newsletter.
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 • Newsletter Archive.
 • What We Will & Won't Ship

OUR PEOPLE
 • Working Here
 • Our Apprentices
 • Our Farm Workers
 • Pictures of Us at Market

WHAT WE GROW
 • Fresh Vegetables
 • Fresh Fruit
 • Fresh Herbs
 • Perennials
 • Aloe - a magical plant
 • Our Bird Houses
 • Lupines
 • Rosemary Plants
 • Lovage, Tansy & Yarrow
 • Our Product Brochures
 • Dried Vegetables
 • Dried Culinary Herbs
MAPLE
 • Maple Syrup
 • Maple Syrup, p.2
 • Sugarin' Is Like Ice Fishin'
 • Our New Sugarhouse
TOMATOES
 • Tomato Seedlings
 • Tomato Seeds We Offer
 • Tomato Seed Production
GARLIC
 • About Garlic
 • Garlic for Sale
 • Garlic Year Round
 • Mulching Garlic
 • Growing Rounds from Bulbils
 • Whole Bulbil Cluster Method
 • Planting Garlic

MULCHING
 • Using Mulches
 • Combatting Quackgrass
    with Mulch

 • We Want Your Leaves!
 • In Praise of Chips

FOOD & FARMING INFO
 • Buying in Bulk for
    Storage, Canning & Freezing

 • Winter Storage Tips
 • Building Techniques
 • Our Outbuildings
 • Evolution of the Farm Table
 • The Story of Our Cooler
 • Prepping Veggies for Market
 • Crop Rotations
 • Drip Irrigation
 • Low Pressure Water
 • Planting with Spreadsheets
 • Greenhouse Vegetable
    Production

 • Let-tuce Begin
 • Recipe Favorites
 • Our "Remay Roller"
 • Gardening Class Notes
 • Your Most Expensive Crop

OPINIONS & IDEAS
 • Being Green
 • Digging Potatoes by Hand
 • Farmers' Markets in 2012
 • History of Pittsfield
 • Hybrids or Open Pollinated?
 • Making Websites
 • Open Source Software

FARM TRANSITION…
    Our Retirement Plan
 • How Should a Farmer Retire?
 • Impediments to the want-to-be     farmer
 • Reducing the Value
    of the Land

 • Who Will Farm Here When
    We're Gone?

 • Apprentice Terms and Stages
 • From Apprentices to Partners
 • Transferring Farm Ownership





…and now for something completely different…

At dawn
Canoe bow waves are quickly lost
    on the shoreside
But go on out of sight
    on the lake side.

-1986


The constant swish-swish of skis
    On a day long ski.
The constant swish-swish of wiper blades
    On a day long drive.

-1990


My dog, trotting barefoot
Steps on a garden slug
And thinks
Nothing of it.

-1999


Word spreads quickly
as I approach the pond.
All becomes quiet.

-1997


Hidden in the vines
a large warted cucumber
jumps out of reach.
A toad!

-1997


Delicate puffs
of marshmallow snow
carefully perched
on a branch,
await the trigger of my hat
to melt their way down my back.

-2010
Deep in the tomato jungle
Fruits of yellow, purple and red
Tell of their readiness
To go to market.

-2010
Sugarin' Chores
Snowflakes hurry through my flashlight beam,
As my boots knead new snow with spring mud,
On my nightly Hajj to keep the boil alive,
For as long as possible until the dawn,
To match the power of the flowing sap,
With my meager evaporator and will.
The prize at the finish line are jars of syrup
And Spring.

-2013
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About Our Farm

(Also see From a run out hayfield to a prosperous organic farm in ten easy years. and Our Farm's History)


Overview

Snakeroot Organic Farm started in 1995 when Tom and Lois moved from Dixmont, where they had been farming together for five years. We moved onto a run out hayfield in an opening in the woods, and immediately began to improve the soil with cover crops and compost.

Today we grow a wide variety of mixed vegetables, fruit and culinary herbs on 5 acres of gardens. We have a heated 2,600 sq.ft. greenhouse and 4820 sq.ft. in five unheated greenhouses where we grow seedlings for planting and for sale at market. During the winter months the greenhouses are planted with spinach, beet greens, radishes, lettuce, spicy greens, turnips, and carrots for harvest starting in April before the field crops are ready. Then we transplant tomato and cucumbers in the greenhouse for early harvest of those crops also.

In 2000 we began tapping maple trees in our sugarbush, and currently set about 400 taps to make our own maple syrup.

Our major crops are tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, leeks, shallots, garlic, lettuce, cucumbers, summer & winter squash, basil, celery, green beans, parsley, beet greens, spinach and onions, but we also have many more minor crops. We also grow rhubarb, raspberries, grapes, pears and apples.

We have found it useful to dehydrate many of our crops, and during the season you may find dried basil, dill, oregano, sage, tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, carrots, and more, including our specialty: cherry tomato raisins!

Although we grow some of our own garden seeds, most of our seeds are from Johnny's Selected Seeds in Albion, FEDCO Seeds in Clinton and High Mowing Seeds in Wolcott, VT. We believe in supporting small local businesses that offer good value. After all, we are asking our customers to buy their veggies from a small local business, too!

Every year we sponsor a guided tour of our farm, in conjunction with MOFGA's Daytripping Guide. It is usually on the second Sunday in July, from noon to 5pm. Bring your walking shoes, your camera and your gardening questions.

Where we sell

We sell almost all of our garden produce at four farmers markets, although occasionally folks also come by the farm to shop.

In 1994 we helped start the Orono Farmers Market. We attend Orono Market from 8am - 1pm on Saturdays from April to November and Tuesday afternoons from 2 - 5:30 from late June to October.

In 1997 we started the Pittsfield Farmers Market. We sell at the Pittsfield Market on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 2 - 6pm from early May thru late October.

In 1999, we were charter members of the Unity Farmers Market, where we attend Saturday mornings from 9am - 1pm. from early May to mid November.

In 2007 we became charter members of the Downtown Waterville Farmers' Market, and we attend that market every Thurdsay afternoon from 2-6pm from late April to mid November.

We also offer a CSA Plan (Community Supported Agriculture) where shoppers can buy a $100 share by April 1 and can then shop for $130 worth of produce from our stands or at our farm all season. This gives us some operating funds at the start of the season before market sales begin.

Our Literature

We produce a series of brochures explaining some of our crops and practices, and offering information for cooks and gardeners.

Lupines. We grow blooming lupines in pots which we bring to market in June, and offer lupine seeds which we offer all yearlong.

Garlic. This is a crop we offer in many forms, from garlic grass in May and June, scapes in June and July, and bulbs in August thru November. We also sell garlic for planting and sell garlic bulbils for planting or sprouting.

Tansy, Lovage and Yarrow. These three ornamental herbs are perennials that can provide your home with beauty, teas, dried flowers, herbal first aid and insect protection for your garden.

Our Tomatoes. This brochure describes many of the tomatoes we grow for harvest and also offer for sale as seedlings. It explains the differences in tomato types to help the gardener decide what to plant.

Get Real, Get Organic. This is a list of reasons you should consider buying organic, pointing out what some of the problems with conventional produce.

Aloe. Aloe vera is a plant that is easy to grow, although we find many people kill it through simple ignorance of what the plant needs. Aloe, the burn plant, is a medicine cabinet in a pot, and every kitchen should have one.

Rhubarb. This brochure we did for the Maine Dept of Agriculture because there wasn't one. It includes recipes and nutritional info. Every summer begins with Rhubarb.

In 2009 we added three new brochures on New England Long Pie Pumpkin, Sunchokes, and Celery & Celeriac.

Leaves and Grass Clippings: We encourage folks to bring us their yard wastes we can use in our compost piles and mulching.

We also have a web site on the internet. You can see pictures of the farm and our setup at farmers markets, and see a list of everything we grow. Our web address is http://www.snakeroot.net/farm.

Seasonal Availability

April: Spicy Greens, lettuce, radishes, spinach from our greenhousess plus spring dug sunchokes and parsnips and overwintered carrots, celeriac, and rutabagas.

May: Carrots, beet greens, spinach, radishes, turnips, lettuce, rhubarb, asparagus, scallions, parsley, vegetable and herb seedlings, perennials, house plants.

June: Carrots, beets greens, spinach, lettuce, radishes, rhubarb, scallions, vegetable and herb seedlings, giant tomato plants, perennials, blooming lupines, garlic scapes, cilantro, dill, peas, chard, broccoli

July: Garlic bulbs & scapes, cukes, carrots, beet greens, lettuce, radishes, scallions, tomatoes, zucchini & summer squash, basil, dill, cilantro, picklers, snow peas, chard, celery, potatoes, green and wax beans, broccoli, kale, peppermint, oregano

August: Tomatoes, cukes, picklers, summer squash & zucchini, beet greens, snow peas, lettuce, chard, celery, garlic, potatoes, green and wax beans, broccoli, basil, dill, cilantro, peppers, radishes, onions, kale, oregano, thyme, peppermint, rosemary, horseradish, sage

Sept: Tomatoes, canners, cukes, picklers, summer squash & zucchini, winter squash, onions, leeks, kale, chard, celery, garlic, lettuce, potatoes, green and wax beans, broccoli, spinach, snow peas, basil, dill, cilantro, peppers, gobo, napa, radishes, scallions, beets, carrots, rutabaga, oregano, thyme, sage, rosemary, peppermint

Oct: Winter squash, potatoes, tomatoes, kale, broccoli, leeks, onions, rutabagas, chard, celery, garlic, lettuce, spinach, dill, cilantro, sunchokes, gobo, napa, scallions, carrots, beets, parsnips, oregano, thyme, rosemary, horseradish

Nov: Winter squash, potatoes, onions, rutabagas, leeks, kale, garlic, spinach, gobo, tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, beets, parsnips, sunchokes, horseradish



27 Organic Farm Road, Pittsfield Maine 04967
http://www.snakeroot.net/farm
owned and operated by
Tom Roberts & Lois Labbe
Tom: Tom@snakeroot.net (cell) 207-416-5417
or
Lois: Lois@snakeroot.net (cell) 207-416-5418

Gardening for the public since 1995.



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