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Canticle Farm-Fresh Produce in Winter

Sr. Joyce Ramage, OSF (president of Canticle Farm) and Mark Printz (farm manager).

Sr. Joyce Ramage, OSF (president of Canticle Farm) and Mark Printz (farm manager).

Public Market Offers Fresh Vegetables and More 

By Eva Potter

It’s a growing trend — farm markets offering locally grown produce all winter long — and Canticle Farm Market offers just-picked greens and storage crops even in these subzero temperatures.

Canticle Farm, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, in Allegany, N.Y., has been growing winter produce for years and holds public sales every other week all winter long. You don’t have to be a shareholder to purchase from the market. Everyone is welcome to buy nutritious produce and related farm products all year long.

Choose from fresh greens (spinach, lettuce heads, lettuce mix, mesclun mix, greens mix, kale, Swiss chard, arugula, pak choi, mizuna) and storage crops (carrots, beets, potatoes, French fingerling potatoes, radishes, turnips, garlic, onions, cipollini onions, shallots, leeks, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Napa cabbage, pie pumpkins). They even offer stew mix and juicing combinations.

Other local products include organic popcorn from Abers Acres; naturally raised heritage meats from BRD’s Forever Farm; raw and liquid honey from Country Honey; flavored cheeses, cheese curd, ice cream and eggs from New Horizon Creamery; maple syrup, maple cream and maple candy from Over the Hill Maple; honey from Phearsdorf Farm; baked goods and pie pumpkins from Wabi Sabi Acres; and grass-fed beef and lamb from Wild Geese Farm.

In the summer, the market offers seasonal items like strawberries and corn, which are also grown locally.

During winter, Canticle’s three high tunnels (tall, tube-like greenhouses) provide an insulated, cold-weather growing environment for cold hardy and disease-resistant varieties of greens.

Farm Manager Mark Printz said, “High tunnels create a little microclimate inside. (The greens) still freeze … but can take a few freeze and thaw cycles.”

Canticle’s vegetables are Certified Naturally Grown (CNG), following USDA organic principles. CNG is a grassroots organization of mostly farmers and serves smaller producers that sell directly to the consumer.

CSA also comes with many perks.

Canticle Farm President Sr. Joyce Ramage, OSF, said “The benefit of a CSA is you get to the farm, you get to see how everything is grown and meet the farmer. You become more in touch with what you’re eating.”

Upcoming winter sale dates are Feb. 4 and 18, March 4 and 18, and April 1, 15 and 29. Canticle Farm Market is located at 3809 Old State Rd. in Allegany and is open Tuesdays 2-6 p.m. during winter.

“People are usually waiting outside the door for us to open,” said Sr. Joyce.

Spring shares begin May 9 and start at $90, summer shares begin June 17 and start at $190, and fall shares begin Oct. 14 and start at $115.

The public is welcome to purchase spring, summer and fall shares or to visit the public farm market open twice a week during summer and fall. From May through October, you can also buy Canticle produce at the REAP Farmers’ Market on Saturdays in Olean.

For more details, visit Canticle Farm on Facebook or at www.canticlefarm.org. Email canticleoffice@yahoo.com or call (716) 373-0200, ext. 3358, to get on their newsletter email list.

Support your local economy, get to know your farmer and feed your family nutritious meals. What a delicious concept!

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