time to make salsa!

Everywhere I look, I see tomatoes! The abundance of this sunshine-filled summer is upon us! Tomatoes currently occupy every available container on the farm, and every surface in the kitchen. What are we to do with all of these glorious fruits? Today we’re boiling down a big pile of meaty heirlooms into our first-ever batch […]

July 6 field report

Current weather conditions on the farm: 100 degrees with increasing humidity. The soil is bone dry, and actually hot to the touch (too hot for bare feet). I’m inside drinking electrolytes, thinking about going back outside to set up more drip irrigation lines. I’ve been watering pretty much non-stop for the last four days, hoping […]

June 28 field report

Leafy greens are growing well, and not suffering too much pest damage. Arugula and baby salad greens are all thriving, despite some competition with the weeds. All five varieties of kale are ready for harvesting, and Swiss chard will be ready in a week or so. I’ll be harvesting the RAFT heirloom lettuce (‘Forellenschuss’ a.k.a. […]

arugula, anyone?

At the Exeter Farmers’ Market this week, we’ll have ARUGULA! – plus baby salad greens, several varieties of kale, and purple and white scallions. Hope to see you at the market! Click here to follow the Exeter market on twitter!

to market! to market!

Stout Oak Farm will be at the Exeter Farmers’ Market this Thursday, June 17th.  We’ll have salad greens, spicy mustard greens, ‘Red Russian’ kale, scallions, garlic scapes and a few seedlings for your garden. The Exeter Farmers’ Market is open on Thursdays from 2:15 – 6:00pm on Swasey Parkway. For more info, visit www.seacoastgrowers.org.  See […]

June 1 field report

Rows of green things (other than grass) are starting to become more visible out in the field.  The onions are starting to look like more than just skinny blades of grass, and long rows of dark green potato shoots are finally poking through the crusty surface of the soil.  The baby greens are almost ready […]


Today’s hot weather got me thinking about summer foods I love – like cilantro, cucumbers, BLTs, panzanella, chard pie, pesto, and rhubarb spritzers. So I planted A LOT of cilantro today – and also dill, arugula, mustard greens, beets, and a few other things. I think my cucumber plants doubled in size since this morning. […]

listen in

Stout Oak Farm got some attention on NHPR yesterday! As part of their week-long series “Eating In: New Hampshire’s Food Supply,” we were asked to talk about what it takes to start up a new farm.  Our interview was included in yesterday’s piece on the Exchange, “New Hampshire Food Economy 101.”  To listen, click here.  […]

upside down sod

Thanks to our nice neighbor and his tractor, we now have three acres plowed up! The plow didn’t turn up many rocks, which is a nice surprise. The next step will be to drag a harrow through the fields, and try to even things out a bit. Pretty soon I’ll need to start forming beds […]