Stout Oak Farm

Jun 7, 2016

CSA Week #1

Butterhead Lettuce
Redleaf Lettuce
Bok Choi
Choice of Baby Greens

Bok Choi Sesame Noodles
Bok Choi Fried Rice with Chicken
Kale and Cheddar Scrambled Eggs
Kate's Kale
12 Great Kale Salad Ideas
How to Make Perfect Kale Chips


May 10, 2016

Introducing Our 2016 Farm Crew: Cameron Lunardo

By: Julia Holup

Assistant Grower, Cameron Lunardo 

An Exeter native, Cameron has always grown up around an atmosphere of family, farming, and good food. Cameron smiles as he talks about his mother's cooking, herself a professional cook for 30 years, and his favorite cookbook -- his grandmother's collection of recipes from Sicily. "Why do I love farming? You need vegetables to eat," he kids.  

When Cameron was younger, he spent many hours at the Bodwell's Farm in East Kingston. Surrounded by the farm and its livestock, he developed a love and appreciation for agriculture and the outdoors that stuck with him. 

Before joining Stout Oak, Cameron studied Integrative Agriculture Management at UNH, and worked at both New Roots Farm in Newmarket and Applecrest Farm Orchards in Hampton Falls. Last year he set out to test his growing skills on his own, planning and managing a one-acre vegetable garden in East Kingston. "Tomatoes were difficult to grow, but my favorite to harvest," he adds.

This season, Cameron looks forward to learning more about organic pest control methods, irrigation systems, and greenhouse management. He hopes to continue to improve his skills and understanding of organic farming towards the goal of one day having his own small farm and on-farm bistro where lower-income families can enjoy a good meal made with fresh, wholesome ingredients. 

Fun Facts About Cameron: 

Favorite Vegetable: "Garlic."
Cooking Inspiration: "My grandmother's cookbook. I use it all the time."
Free Time Fun: "I'm a borderline psychotic fisherman. I love fishing."

Apr 27, 2016

Scenes of Spring

By: Julia Holup

Springtime has arrived at Stout Oak Farm, and our fields are ripe with activity. Our season is off to a strong start with the help of a mild winter and our talented new farm crew. Together, we've been hard at work preparing for the months ahead and heeding the wise words of Margaret Atwood: "In the Spring at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."

And delightfully dirty we've been. Here's a peek at what's been happening on the farm:

All month, we've been busy preparing the fields for planting - discing, tilling, fertilizing, and irrigating beds of soil to create comfortable conditions for our young seedlings to take root.

Planting is also a top priority. Sugar snap peas, arugula, baby kale, lettuce, napa cabbage, and bunched kale plants have already found their way into our soil. Soon, spinach and bok choi will follow. (Left) Abbie and Amber plant kale at the top of the hill. (Right) Amber transplants Red Russian kale.

Peppers, bright green and vigorous.
Meanwhile, we are hard at work in the greenhouse - seeding flats of plants for both the farm and our annual Spring Plant Sale. Many of our plants, such as tomatoes and peppers, have already outgrown their cells and are ready to be pricked out and transplanted into a larger pot, where they'll thrive from now until they find a new home  - in our fields or a future garden.

As the days grow longer, so do our to-do lists. Spring is a notably busy time on a farm. Yet it's a season that demands patience as much as hustle. Sometimes a rain shower puts tilling on hold for the day, or a mother Killdeer decides to build her nest in the middle of the field. In which case, it's all you can do to pause for a moment and admire nature at work at the turn of the seasons.

A Killdeer nest found in the middle of our fields one morning.

Apr 20, 2016

Introducing Our 2016 Farm Crew: Amber Walker

By: Julia Holup

Assistant Grower, Amber Walker

If you spend time in Exeter, it's likely you may have seen Amber's smiling face around town. An Exeter native, Amber is a veteran of the small business community. Before joining Stout Oak, she worked for over a decade at such downtown establishments as Blue Moon Evolution and St. Anthony's Bakery where she specialized in various kitchen and retail positions. 

"I really just love my community," Amber echoes. 

A passion for community, food, and farming led Amber to Stout Oak this year. Throughout the season, she hopes to build upon her knowledge of vegetable cultivars,  enhance her growing skills, and learn more about the systems behind organic vegetable production. "It's going to be an adventure," says Amber, "and I'm really looking forward to it."

Outside of the farm, Amber enjoys keeping her hands busy.  She currently lives in Kensington with her partner, their four children, and a gaggle of pets. There she enjoys homesteading, tending a thriving garden, and caring for a flock of new laying hens.  

Fun Facts About Amber: 

Favorite Vegetable: "Asparagus!"
Cooking Inspiration: "The Enchanted Broccoli Forest," or any book by Mollie Katzen. 
Free Time Fun: "Reading, learning, and adventuring." 

Stay tuned for more bios about our fantastic new crew!