Thursday, August 15

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One of the victims of the wet cold spring that we had this year was our basil crop.  Downy mildew is what usually kills our basil crop eventually , but this year it came especially early, and before we were able to harvest any of our own basil.  However, thanks to the generosity of the Oles Family Farm, some of our farm staff was able to visit their beautiful farm and harvest a bit of basil to bring back and share with our community! Continue reading “Thursday, August 15”

Thursday, July 25

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At 5 Loaves Farm we play many games with our youth employees, but one of our favorites is a game called “The 3 Abilities.” It is a team building game that highlights a combination of values such as connection, generosity, responsibility, and growth, that we try to highlight here on the farm.  Tomorrow is the farm’s summer fundraiser, Art on the Farm, which is also a perfect picture of what this combination of values looks like.  Continue reading “Thursday, July 25”

Thursday, July 18

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In most of North America, blackcurrants (and their red & white relatives) spent the most of the 20th century as forbidden fruits.  However, since the ban on growing currants was lifted in New York State in 2003, the fruits have made a strong comeback and have brought this unique – distinctly European – flavor back to the tables of New England and New York. Continue reading “Thursday, July 18”

Thursday, July 11

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“Let’s go! Hurry up!” Shouts and laughter accompanied the thundering sound of twenty two feet hitting the pavement, racing down the sidewalk to the great befuddlement of neighborhood dog-walkers and passers-by. Ah yes, the vibrant energy of youth. For six weeks from July to August, 5 Loaves Farm is much improved by the smiling faces, mischievous grins, and dedicated work of our summer youth interns. Continue reading “Thursday, July 11”

Wednesday, July 3


The taste of a mulberry takes me right back under the shade of the enormous mulberry tree at my grandparents house.  It’s thick arching limbs were perfect for climbing.  However, there was no need to climb to get more than your fill of berries.  The ends of the limbs draped down almost right to the ground, with free ranging chickens right underneath gobbling up the carpet of berries that covered the ground beneath the tree.

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