Who We Are
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, we love working outside, and we love sharing it all with so many wonderful folks.
Founded in 2009 by two enthusiastic, dedicated young farmers, First Root has grown into a thriving community farm. We grow vegetables and flowers on 4.5 acres of historic farmland in Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, MA. We run a 200 member summer CSA and smaller November and December CSAs, and sell to several neighboring restaurants.
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 what makes farming so much fun.
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.
Nina & Laura do American Gothic
Posted by Laura :: Wednesday, January 21 :: 4:16pm
Summer shares, Back-to-School shares, November and December shares, flower shares, work shares: we've got shares of all sizes for households of all kinds! 2015 CSA shares will be primarily choice-based and entirely awesome, and they're going to sell out fast.
One of my favorite parts of farming, believe it or not, is the planning. I admit it: I love spreadsheets. I love being able to plug numbers into a computer and watch it do the work before my eyes. I love how beautifully simple spreadsheets are, and I appreciate the many ways in which they make my life easier. But most of all, I love the wealth of important information that spreadsheets give me.
In the past few weeks, we've learned a whole lot about our CSA from spreadsheets. We've poured over last year's harvest data, analyzing exactly what happened last season. It's easy to remember things subjectively, things like "we had an amazing cucumber crop" or "the summer carrots were terrible", but those statements are hard to make a plan around.
Here are some fascinating things we've learned from the spreadsheets:
- Cucumbers in the hoophouse yielded a whopping 5.5 pounds per foot!
- CSA members had a choice of cooking greens in their share 14 out of 21 weeks.
- We only had head lettuce 8 weeks out of 21. Thanks, deer!
- Potatoes yielded 2.1 pounds per foot!
- We harvested 6,914 pounds of tomatoes between August 8 and September 20th.
- CSA members had a choice or radishes or turnips 13 weeks out of 21--too many for many folks.
- We grew 1,609 pounds of rutabaga--a whole lot more than we knew what to do with.
You might wonder what any of this has to do with 2015 CSA shares. Everything! All of this data analysis allows us to plan for an even better season in 2015. It also gets us really excited. Something always goes wrong, every season. But analyzing the data and looking closely at the spreadsheets allows us to better plan for the unexpected. It gives us an accurate picture of exactly what we grew last season, and we use that information to make better decisions for 2015.
Some decisions that we're especially excited about:
- More baby greens, and more variety: arugula, baby lettuce, spicy mix: we're hoping to have a choice of these baby salad greens available as often as possible!
- Later basil successions in the hoophouses instead of the field, which will hopefully help protect our basil against the dreaded downy mildew, and allow us to give it out in July and August.
- More tender, purple kohlrabi in the spring! We know it isn't everyone's favorite, but we want to have it available for more weeks for those of you who do love it.
- 50' successions of radishes and turnips instead of 100' successions. There will still be plenty, but CSA members won't be drowning in them.
I can't wait to see all of these calculations come to life in the dirt. Nothing ever happens on a farm exactly the way it happens in the static world of Excel, but the spreadsheets do matter. They help us to grow vegetables more efficiently, to make the best use of our space, and to figure out where we need to be putting our resources.
We hope you'll join us for the 2015 season! You can read all about the share types we offer here, sign up here, get more of your questions answered here, and if you're still curious about something, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Here's to a cozy and beautiful winter, and to the first green of spring, which is just around the corner...
Posted by Laura :: Sunday, December 14 :: 12:41pm
Did you miss our Holiday Sale? Do you have a big holiday meal to cook in the next few weeks? Do you just want to stock up for the winter?
We had an abundant crop of root vegetables this season! This week, we're offering you the chance to order bulk quantities of winter produce, for pickup at the farm this coming Saturday, Dec. 20th, from 1-5pm.
Crops Available for Bulk Purchasing:
- Watermelon Radishes
- Popcorn Bunches
- Popcorn (ears)
Check out our Bulk Produce store and place your order here.
Thanks for a wonderful season!