First Root Farm
First Root is a little vegetable farm with a big heart. We are young farmers who grow food with love. We love to eat, we love to cook, and we love working outside.
We farm on 4.5 acres of historic farmland in Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, MA. Since 2009, we have been providing sustainably-grown vegetables and flowers to our community in eastern Massachusetts. Our vegetables are available in the summer, fall, and winter through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We also sell to several local restaurants and operate a mini-farmstand.
We use organic and sustainable growing practices because we want this land to be fertile and healthy for generations to come. We host monthly community work days and farm potlucks because we believe connecting folks to each other and the land and the food we all eat is both satisfying and important.
As a successful start-up farm, we hope to inspire other farmers (young and old) to take the plunge and make their own farm dreams come true.
Posted by Laura :: Tuesday, November 17 :: 4:11pm
This Saturday, November 21st, 1pm-5pm
First Root Farm Pre-Thanksgiving Sale
The First Root Farmstand, 955 Lexington Road, Concord
It is going to be a great time! We'll have loads of our own fall produce, including lots of Thanksgiving standbys like carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, Brussels sprouts, and leeks. We'll also have lots of beautiful late season greens (salad mix, kale, mustard, mizuna, baby kale, lettuce), and some of the more unusual fall veggies that many CSA members have come to love--kohlrabi, celeriac, and daikon radish, to name a few.
We're also going to have so much more--apples from local orchards, organic pears from a friend's farm in Boxborough, cider, goat cheese, maple syrup, eggs, meat, cornmeal, and flour--all grown, raised and produced by neighboring Massachusetts farms!
Washing sweet fall carrots on a cold, sunny afternoon.
I love this time of year. The days are still full, but instead of spending hours and hours weeding, we spend all of our time harvesting. This week we'll be pulling in huge harvests every day. We pulled the last of the carrots and celeriac out of the ground today. We'll continue through the week with cabbage, leeks, parsley, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and finish up with lots of tender baby greens.
Cheryl and Jeffrey harvest the last of the celeriac.
I am continually amazed by the resilience of plants. Though it's been a mild fall overall, we've had a few cold snaps with nights in the low twenties. But the hardy baby kale and mustard greens, tucked in under the remay, are absolutley perfect. There's something magical about all the food still coming out of the fields, even now, when there is so much less light and warmth. It is harder for plants to stay alive this time of year, and colder on the fingers as we harvest, but that just makes the overwhelming bounty of vegetables you'll see this Saturday even more miraculous.
So come stock up on vegetables grown with care and love, by farmers you know and trust, for your Thanksgiving table. I can't think of any better way to celebrate, and give thanks, than with a home-grown meal. And if there's one thing we do pretty well at First Root, it's home-growing meals!
See you Saturday!
Posted by Laura :: Sunday, November 1 :: 8:00am