Winter

How to shop:
Portland Winter Market:¬†Saturdays 9am-1pm, December through mid-April. 631 Stevens Ave, Portland (formerly The Maine Girls’ Academy).
Seacoast Eat Local winter markets in Rollinsford & Exeter, NH from mid-November through mid-April.
Portland Farm Drop is an online “farmers market” where you can buy our produce, and other local products, year-round.

In the winter, we harvest salad and cooking greens fresh weekly from¬†our unheated tunnels and hoophouses. Customers often wonder “how do you grow greens all winter without heat??” Well, we grow varieties that are bred specifically for cold climates and we make sure that the plants have a strong and healthy root system going into the winter. We grow everything directly in the earth (we don’t use any hydroponic or potted greenhouse systems), so all of our winter produce has a rich, field-grown taste. Since we don’t use any supplemental heat (only the sun!), our greens are very hardy and frost-sweetened. Freshly harvested winter greens include: arugula, baby kale, boc choy, kale, lettuce mix, rainbow chard, spicy greens mix, spinach, and more.

We also have a full complement of “storage crops” that we keep fresh all winter long in storage: carrots, beets, parsnips, onions, shallots, sweet potatoes, fingerling potatoes, and more. We use insulated “coolers” that we actually both heat and cool during the winter months, depending on the specific needs of the crops in storage. To make sure our storage crops stay crisp and full of flavor, we store them straight from the field in perforated bags or containers and wash them to order.

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