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The Year in Photos: 2013 on Green Island Farm

By Susie Middleton | January 27, 2014




DSC_3468_02Crunch, crunch through the snow and ice.


The new hoop house, post-hurricane, post-nor’wester, mid-snow-spell, still standing.


cauli pic 5_01Winter whites aren’t so bad…a simple cauliflower gratin made a hearty dinner.

DSC_4579_01Crisp, rosy Pirat lettuce thrived in the hoop house–year-round growing might just happen!


DSC_3701_01Baby kale rocked the winter garden.


So we mixed it with Savoy cabbage for a spectacular slaw.



Cosmo seedlings were happy, happy in the hoop house — hope for the flowers.

DSC_5584_01We made farm bouquets of white daffodils to honor the Boston Marathon bombing victims.

DSC_5547_01The first bok choy harvest from the hoop house was perfectly lovely with no pest damage.



DSC_5606_01It doesn’t get any cheerier than this–little bunches of Easter Egg radishes hit the farm stand.

DSC_5868_01The brand NEW farm stand, I should add.

DSC_5735_01But the little heads of purple bok choy got my vote for prettiest spring vegetable.

DSC_5959_01The 300 new pullets got used to their new digs pretty quickly…

DSC_5954_01…while the yearlings were laying like crazy.

DSC_6043_01And of course there were new babies.


DSC_6163_01This first crop of Nelson carrots were extra sweet.

DSC_6297_01 And guess who arrived at the farm? That would be Wilbur and Dozer.

DSC_6420_01The birthday rose started blooming.


And an uninvited guest stayed for the weekend, much to Libby’s delight.

DSC_6402_01DSC_6600_01Harvesting and washing all those salad greens was just exhausting, Farmer said.



DSC_7208_01Finally the good stuff started rolling in.

DSC_7296_01Meanwhile the boys got bigger, thanks to nonstop snacking.


DSC_7492_01 The farm stand looked spiffy in high summer.


DSC_7829_01And then it was Back Yard Black Raspberry Ice Cream time again–the best!

166_01 The Fair was pretty swell too–lots of blue ribbons, including one for Libby’s eggs!DSC_8131DSC_8112Cosmos and sunflowers went into knock-out mode in late August.



Goldenrod and Joe Pye Weed painted the path along the Square Field.

apple leaf rackpears 1Apples and pears decked out the farm stand.

pauley 1

And our fine-feathered Polish Crested turned out to be Paulie, not Polly.


pathfarmstand shelfWe loved the October light and our first Sugar Pie pumpkins.


Options for a harvest frittata were endless in October.


grey skies

two hens aracblueish eggsThe Aracaunas started laying–some blue eggs, some green.nasturtium snow

A November surprise brought us this rare juxtaposition: Snowflakes on nasturtiums.

gratin 2For Thanksgiving, we made a potato, gruyere, and horseradish gratin.


pan veg

A winter warm salad template got a lot of hits on Pinterest!

kiss finalWe made peppermint meringues from our egg whites.

RoastedBeetJewelsPg.205And roasted beet “jewels” from Fresh From the Farm!


We cut down our tree…

doggieand hid the bare spots with lots of ornaments and tinsel.
DSC_0619We snipped holly and cedar from the back fields and decorated the farm stand to look festive.

DSC_1016At last, it was Christmas morning: Warm popovers and cool winter light on Green Island Farm.

It was a year of plenty.

“And we pray, not for new earth or heaven, but to be quiet in heart, and in eye clear. What we need is here.” — Wendell Berry

May 2014 bring you lots of every-day, garden-variety moments of joy.