November 30, 2016
by Hannah
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‘Tis the Seedling to be Jolly!

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This is, LITERALLY, the gift that keeps on giving–a gift that combats the short-day blues and gives your favorite gardener or yourself something to look forward to.  

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

1) Purchase a certificate for a full flat (32 plants for $40), half flat (16 plants for $22) or quarter flat (8 plants for $12).  Purchase online or put your check in the mail (see below), and I’ll mail your gift certificate to you or meet you in town for a clandestine hand-off.

2) Giddily savor the moment when you’ll gift your loved one with this ray of sunshine.  Or if this is for you, post on your refrigerator and gaze longingly throughout the winter.

3) Redeem the certificate at our annual spring seedling sale for your choice of vegetable, herb and flower starts.

4)  Meanwhile, you help your local farmer by providing off-season capital for seed orders and heat in the greenhouse.  Win win win!

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Order now with PayPal and we’ll put your gift certificate in the mail right away!

“Buy Now” button includes price of seedlings plus pay-pay fee.  To avoid fee, you can mail your check made out to Farm Girl Farm to 22 Manville Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230.


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A LITTLE MORE ABOUT OUR SEEDLING SALE AND HOW MUCH I LOVE GROWING PLANTS FOR PEOPLE

Every year, when we start our seedlings for the field at Farm Girl Farm, we start extra ones for your gardens. We are constantly scouring the catalogs, seeking new seeds to add more color, more crunch, more texture, more taste to our own crop offerings, while keeping the most reliable performers, and so we grow seedlings for sale representing many heirloom, rare and esoteric varieties. At last count, I was growing over 180 varieties of tomato plants.

Putting happy, healthy plants into the hands of gardeners, new and experienced, has turned into one of the most exciting parts of my business. The reward I get through growing my own plants—the almost child-like joy I feel at harvesting that first root or fruit every season—never gets old, and corny as it sounds, it turns out I get that joy a thousand-fold when one of my seedling customers tells me his or her gardening story. There is simply nothing better than being stopped on the street by a friend with a huge smile, telling me how her counters are overflowing with all colors, shapes and sizes of tomatoes from those four seedlings she bought from Farm Girl Farm. Or when that man from up the road shows up at the farm, spring after spring, and I can see from his skin and his hands as he matter of factly fills his truck with our baby plants that he knows a thing or two about gardening. Or when the mother and daughter team hand me a piece of paper with a sketch of their first garden and ask me what I think…

Something about sharing the act of growing food with friends and strangers alike—swapping success stories and visions for the coming season—is deeply moving and deeply satisfying. I love growing seedlings and I love sending them out into the world to bear fruit for people.

 

 

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May 8, 2016
by Laura Meister
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SO MUCH STUFF!

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There is so much going on at Farm Girl, both on and off the farm that it is hard to find time to write about it!

We have been busy bees in the greenhouse, starting and growing plants for our fields and for your gardens.  Some of those plants are now available at the Berkshire Co-op Market , open every day, and also at the Great Barrington Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9-1 pm.

We’re also gearing up for our annual Memorial Day farm-side seedling sale, May 28, 29th and 30th, 10-3 daily at our farm at 237 Bow Wow Road in Sheffield.  You can avoid the crowds and pre-order your plants or browse our offerings and get your list organized here.

Still mulling over a CSA share but feeling  unsure about the commitment? Check out our Farm Girl Flex program—same farm-fresh veggies, less full-time investment.  We also have 1 or 2 more full shares available in our CSA for this season. Pick-ups begin the second week of June.

We have a couple of amazing additions to our Farm Girl crew this season and we’ve got our work cut out for us, planting and growing and growing and planting, so please arrange any farm visits for seedlings by appointment.  We look forward to seeing you soon  at the GB Farmers’ Market or at our seedling sale over Memorial Day.

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February 29, 2016
by Laura Meister
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NEW STUFF!

Spring is starting to spring, everywhere you look (and smell, and listen, and touch)! The air and the earth are thick with life and we farmers are up to our ears doing our thing(s) to get the party started.

We thought up an exciting new way to get the veggies you want, when you want them, with FGFlex: A Flexible, Pre-paid Produce Card.  Check it out if you love farm-fresh produce but can’t do a full-season CSA commitment.

And for you gardeners out there who are chomping at the bit, our pre-season Seedling Sale is now open–we’re still adding and updating our selections but we are ready for you to start making your orders.

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February 28, 2016
by admin
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Seedlings are the new black…

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Never out of season, never out of style–seedling gift certificates for the one(s) you love!

A thoughtful gift for birthdays, Mother’s Day, or any day!

Putting happy, healthy plants into the hands of gardeners, new and experienced, has turned into one of the most exciting parts of my business. The reward I get through growing my own plants—the almost child-like joy I feel at harvesting that first root or fruit every season—never gets old, and corny as it sounds, it turns out I get that joy a thousand-fold when one of my seedling customers tells me his or her gardening story. There is simply nothing better than being stopped on the street by a friend with a huge smile, telling me how her counters are overflowing with all colors, shapes and sizes of tomatoes from those four seedlings she bought from Farm Girl Farm. Or when that man from up the road shows up at the farm, spring after spring, and I can see from his skin and his hands that he knows a thing or two about gardening, and he matter of factly loads the back of his truck up with our baby plants. Or when the mother and daughter team who are starting their first garden together hand me a piece of paper with their sketch and ask me what I think…

Something about sharing the act of growing food with friends and strangers alike—swapping success stories and visions for the coming season—is deeply moving and deeply satisfying. I love growing seedlings and I love sending them out into the world to bear fruit for people.

Every year, when we start our seedlings for the field at Farm Girl Farm, we start extra ones for your gardens. We are constantly scouring the catalogs, seeking new seeds to add more color, more crunch, more texture, more taste to our own crop offerings, while keeping the most reliable performers, and so we grow seedlings for sale representing many heirloom, rare and esoteric varieties. At last count, I was growing over 180 varieties of tomato plants (I admit I have a bit of a tomato problem).

Farm Girl Farm seedling gift certificates are available for a full flat (32 plants, 2″ pots) for $35, a half flat (16 plants, 2′ pots) for $24, or 8 plants for $15. When the seedlings are ready for planting in the spring, come to the farm and simply redeem the certificate for any plants we offer—mix and match, gardener’s choice, talk it over with the farmers and home you go to plant!

 

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Order now with PayPal and we’ll send you your gift certificate in the mail or even meet you in town with it, as I did last year on a few last minute occasions!


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May 20, 2015
by admin
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The Berkshire Edge – Culinary Adventures: Laura Meister’s Farm Girl Farm

Laura Meister breaks for watermelon, at her Farm Girl Farm.

Laura Meister, owner of Farm Girl Farm is beginning her 11th season as a farmer. She started out on Pumpkin Hollow Road in Egremont and farmed there for eight years before moving to the four acres she now farms at Equinox Farm in Sheffield.

Meister and Equinox Farm’s owner Ted Dobson share many customers. Dobson, who specializes in baby salad greens, is on the road in his van every day delivering. “It made sense for us to double up, particularly since I don’t grow baby greens like Ted does,” she says.

At Farm Girl Farm, Meister grows a wide spectrum of vegetables that can flourish in New England. Her specialty is tomatoes, particularly heirloom varieties, along with eggplant and peppers. She likes to find vegetables with different colors, shapes and sizes. “I enjoy that mix of things rather than just finding that one tomato that really works,” she says, noting that it is rare that anything is totally a failure. “That’s the point of diversity,” she reminds me.

 

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