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 :: Saturday, August 1 :: 8:00am
Posted by Laura :: Friday, June 26 :: 7:25am
The solstice has come and gone...and summer is truly here! The onions are starting to bulb up, the first summer crops are coming in, and, of course, the weeds are enjoying a period of unprecedented vigor and growth.
It's about to be July. This time of year is the hardest, busiest season on the farm. Not only are the weeds growing as fast (or faster) than we can kill them, but we're busy planting and seeding fall crops, the greenhouse is full of seedlings, and our harvests get bigger and bigger every week. This is the time of year when everything is happening at once: seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting. It's a hard and exhausting time, but it is also gratifying.
New crops are coming in every week. Soon we'll be harvesting our first beets, summer squash, zucchini, fennel, carrots, cabbage, and cucumbers. The tomatoes in the field look incredible--lush and green, already waist high, and starting to make fruit clusters! The flowers are coming in, too. We harvested our first round of sunflowers this week, and we'll soon be picking the first Sweet William from the field. Pick-your-flowers are just around the corner!
In all the bustle of late June and early July, it's sometimes hard to take a breath and enjoy all the beauty everywhere on the farm. I'm always looking at the fields from a manager's perspective. I see everything that needs to be weeded, triaging it in my head, trying to figure out how we'll possibly get it all done. I see beds that need to mowed, tilled, turned over and reseeded. I see tomatoes that need to be tied, and field edges that need mowing, and aisles that need cultivating.
But the truth is that the farm is gorgeous right now. Of course there are weeds. Of course there is too much to do. This is how it always is this time of year. So this week I'm reminding myself to look at the farm from another perspective--an eater's perspective. An appreciator's perspective. There is so much food coming out of the fields right now. The pick-your-own field is about to burst into bloom. The peas are full of fat green pods and little white flowers.
This time of year can be stressful, can be exhausting--but it is also full of so much beauty. Clear, golden evenings, the sun glinting on the sunflowers, rows of gorgeous alliums, the fragrance of fresh herbs on harvest mornings.
The potatoes are as lush and healthy as I've ever seen them. We haven't lost a a carrot planting yet this season, to weeds, or poor germination, or anything else--and that's saying something. There is so much to be thankful for on this little farm right now.
I hope you'll all come enjoy the beauty of early summer on the farm in the coming weeks. We'll have sunflowers and strawberries for sale at the farmstand tomorrow, as well as lots of greens and other veggies, and pick-your-own sugar snap peas. And there's a beautiful new garden just waiting for you to have a picnic in.