July 8

Farm Update –
“Where’s the spinach?” you ask.  We got 6.5 inches of rain last week, 5 inches of it in about 18 hours.  Spinach doesn’t tolerate living in a swamp, even for a few hours.  (It also doesn’t tolerate being too hot or too dry.  Finicky.)  So that rain ruined the spinach, not by coming down so hard it ruined the leaves, just by making it so mucky that it killed it.  Some of the younger plantings may have made it, we’re not sure as of yet, and we’ve planted more, but because of that heavy rain, there will definitely be a spinach drought for a while.

“What’s the best day to come to the farm stand?” you ask.  We harvest every day, but not everything every day.  Most of the vegetables produce in a “bell curve” where there’s a little in the beginning, then plenty, then too much, then back down the curve.  When we have something we put it out, and it may be gone in a few days or a few hours.  There will be something else interesting that takes it place, and we do try to keep the things that are popular but still in short supply rotating through so that everyone has a chance at something different no matter when you come.  So hopefully, the answer to the question is, “it’s always a good time to come to the farm stand!”

The pick your own flowers are just starting, so this week they will be open for picking for kids ages 12 and under.  Next week we hope there will be plenty for everyone (fingers crossed.)  We do have some clippers, but if you’re worried about Covid, for the time being you should bring your own.  It is just occurring to me right now that we should have an excess of clippers and do some decontaminating in between.  There’s always something else with that stupid virus!!

If you can’t get to the CSA Pick Up –
You can always send a friend or you can take up to a half share additional per week in order to make up for any missed pick ups.  And remember, there are five days every week that you can come do your pick up.

Freeport Hours –
You can come do your CSA pickup during any of the times we are open.  You can go to either Freeport or Portland, and you can change from week to week.  We don’t need to know, just go at your convenience

             Tuesday through Friday       8 to 10 for seniors; 10 to 6 for everyone
             Saturday                               8 to 4 for everyone

We will continue to harvest and wash more vegetables every day throughout the week, so no matter when you get here there should be a full selection to choose from.  

Portland Pick Up –
This will be the same, Wednesday from 3 to 5:30 in the 4th floor of the Drummond Woodsum parking garage on Marginal Way.  If you’re signed up for Portland and can’t get there, feel free to come to Freeport.  If you signed up for Portland but have decided you’d rather come to the farm, please let us know so we can better plan what to bring to Portland.  If the shortened time in Portland makes it impossible for you, please let us know.

Additional Vegetables – 
Because we now have a farm stand, we have started carrying a number of additional vegetables that are staples but that we don’t have from our farm right now, including things like onions and sweet potatoes.  You will be able to purchase these extra items when you pick up your share, but the share is just Laughing Stock Farm vegetables, the same as it’s always been.  The products we buy in are all either local or organic or both.

When you come to the farm –
Please be sure to PULL ALL THE WAY INTO A PARKING SPACE.  Everyone needs the room in the middle to be able to back out of their space and leave.  If you haven’t pulled all the way in, you greatly increase your risk of someone hitting your car.

Other Additional Products – 
In order to provide our Farm Stand customers with as many products as possible for a one stop shopping experience, we have added many other products, and intend to be adding more as time goes on.  You can purchase any of these products whenever you’d like.  They are not part of the CSA Share.  Initially, we will not bring them to Portland, but we hope to add these things to the Portland pick up in the near future.

   Bread – from Standard Baking – Country Boule (sourdough white bread),
                                                       Maine 5-Grain (sourdough multi-grain), and
                                                       Normandy (white sandwich bread)

   Pork – Breakfast Sausage, Sweet Italian Sausage, Chorizo, Bacon, Pork Chops
   Chicken – Whole Roasters, Leg and Thigh Quarters, Boneless Skinless Breast, Chicken Sausage
   Beef – Sirloin Tip Steak, Fajita Strips, Rib Eye, T-bone, Stew, and Hamburger

   Apples from Ricker Hill Orchards and frozen Blueberries from Blue Barrens Farm and strawberries from various local farms

   Cheese – a variety of cheeses from Silvery Moon Creamery, 
                   Cheddar and Monterey Jack from Pineland Farms,  and
                   Chevre and Feta from Sunset Acres in Brooksville

    Dry Beans and Popcorn from Fairwinds Farm

    Eggs from our chickens and from Mainely Poultry in Warren.  We’ve got PLENTY of EGGS!

    Milk, Cream, Half and Half, Butter, and Ice Cream from Smiling Hill Farm

The prices are pretty darn good, and you can get more or your shopping done on your trip to the farm.

Pork Shares  
We are full on pork shares for the time being.  There may be more available in the fall, depending on how the pigs size up.

See you soon (from at least a 6 foot distance), Lisa & Ralph