Week 9: September 2- September 8

Week 9: September 2- September 8

Sep. 1, 2021 by

Welcome to Week 1 of the Autumn CSA! For those of you who are new to the CSA, we’re so glad to have you joining us. Please feel free to look through previous weeks’ blog posts to learn a little

CSA Week Eight

CSA Week Eight

Aug. 25, 2021 by

This week marks the last week of the 8-week Summer CSA season- it’s hard to believe it’s gone so quickly! But while August might be coming to an end, the weather still says summer, and we’re still seeing lots of

Week 10

Week 10

Aug. 4, 2021 by

In recent years, many health professionals have been advising people to “eat the rainbow,” but what exactly does that phrase mean? The term “eat the rainbow” illustrates the importance of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. By eating an

Week 7: August 19- August 25

Week 7: August 19- August 25

Aug. 3, 2021 by

During the summer, the farmers harvest the vegetables. Then, they pull onions and other vegetables out of the ground or off the plant. Once the farmers harvest the vegetables, they need to store them in a cold environment to prevent

Week 6: August 12- August 18

Week 6: August 12- August 18

Aug. 2, 2021 by

Coming up with fun and tasty recipes is difficult, especially for a vegetarian. I have been a vegetarian for more than four years now, and creating diverse and easy recipes is challenging. In the past, I would make the same

CSA Week 5: August 5- August 11

CSA Week 5: August 5- August 11

Aug. 1, 2021 by

In 2016, the New Roots Cooperative Farm was formed. Since then, the farmers have been working extremely hard to expand their land and create more space for their delicious crops; however, the farmers still need help from the local community.

CSA Week 3: July 22-28

Jul. 21, 2021 by

Once again, New Roots has started making deliveries! Every Wednesday, the farmers drive all over Maine to give delicious vegetables to members and buyers of New Roots. The drivers, Muhammad and Kenny, Bates’ 22, leave the farm around noon and

CSA Week 4: July 29-August 4

CSA Week 4: July 29-August 4

Jul. 20, 2021 by

The farmers of New Roots graduated from the New American Sustainable Agriculture Program (NASAP) in 2006, and since then, they have integrated their education into their farming. They combine their traditional farming techniques in Somalia with their new American customs

CSA Week 2: July 14- 21

Jul. 14, 2021 by

During the last few weeks and the remainder of the summer, two students have put in many hours dedicated to New Roots Cooperation through Bates Purposeful Work. Since early June, Kenny Aruwajoye Bates’ 22 and I have been helping the

First Week of CSA: July 6-13

Jul. 6, 2021 by

The Heat of the Summer Hi Everyone! Once again, we are back for another year of CSA. Its Maya, I am an intern from Bates, This summer is my first year working for New Roots, and so far, I’ve loved

CSA Week Thirteen: September 28 – October 3

Sep. 30, 2020 by

Welcome to the last week of the 2020 CSA! It’s a bittersweet moment for us- we are sad to cut the season short, but it has been so incredible to see how you, our CSA community, have come together for

CSA Week Twelve: September 21 – 26

Sep. 23, 2020 by

And that’s a wrap on summer! Fall and frost came hard and fast last week, delivering a final blow to all the tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and other summer favorites. This is relatively early for a hard frost in our area

CSA Week Eleven: September 14 – 19

CSA Week Eleven: September 14 – 19

Sep. 16, 2020 by

We had the first hint of a frost this past weekend, at our the farm- a few basil plants were nipped just a little, and tomato production is definitely slowing down. It’s crazy to think that we’re almost done with

CSA Week Ten: September 7 – 12

Sep. 9, 2020 by

I’m beginning to see some leaves start to change color on my morning drive to the farm each day- but if you look in our CSA bags or in the produce cooler, it still looks like the middle of summer!

CSA Week Nine: August 31 – September 5

CSA Week Nine: August 31 – September 5

Sep. 2, 2020 by

Welcome to Week 1 of the Autumn CSA! For those of you who are new to the CSA, we’re so glad to have you joining us. Please feel free to look through previous weeks’ blog posts to learn a little

CSA Week Eight: August 24 – 29

Aug. 26, 2020 by

This week marks the last week of the 8-week Summer CSA season- it’s hard to believe it’s gone so quickly! But while August might be coming to an end, the weather still says summer, and we’re still seeing lots of

CSA Week Seven: August 17 – 22

CSA Week Seven: August 17 – 22

Aug. 19, 2020 by

We’ve settled into a rhythm at the farm, with bins of vegetables flowing from the fields, to the wash station, to the harvest station, and then into CSA bags or wholesale boxes. In some ways, our new COVID-19 precautions have

CSA Week Six: August 10 – 15

Aug. 12, 2020 by

New Roots officially reached giant zucchini season! Seynab harvested this squash out of her field, and I’ll be taking it home to turn it into more muffins and bread to share at the farm. I tried out this recipe this weekend, which

CSA Week Five: August 3 – 8

Aug. 5, 2020 by

Happy August, everyone! It feels like we’ve reached a summer milestone, with the first ripe tomatoes coming out of the fields. If you haven’t seen them in your CSA yet- don’t worry, they’re coming! When we stop to think about

CSA Week Four: July 27 – August 1

CSA Week Four: July 27 – August 1

Jul. 29, 2020 by

This week, I wanted to share some recipes that can be used with a variety of greens- you’ll receive some combination of chard, kale, collard greens, amaranth, and spinach over the season. The beauty of greens is that they’re so

CSA Week Three: July 20 – 25

Jul. 22, 2020 by

With all this rain, vegetables have been happy- but so have the weeds! Farmers have been busy keeping their fields clean, and we hope that the quality of the veggies coming off the farm reflects that hard work. On some

CSA Week Two: July 13 – 18

Jul. 14, 2020 by

Thanks so much to everyone who made the first week of CSA so easy for the farmers! Your messages of appreciation and excitement were such a joy to share out to them, as were your inquiries into the crops you

The First week of CSA! July 6-12.

Jul. 7, 2020 by

Hi everyone! It’s that time again- we’re back for another year of the CSA. Hard to believe it’s my fourth year on the job! Watching the way the farmers have developed their skills over those years has been so much

CSA week 16

CSA week 16

Oct. 23, 2019 by

Well, here we are- at the last week of CSA for 2019! I want to wrap up the blog this year with a big THANK YOU for your continued support of the CSA and the New Roots Farmers. It was

CSA Week 15

CSA Week 15

Oct. 15, 2019 by

Welcome to week 15!  This week is the second to last week of the CSA season and with the ending of the season comes to a shift away from fresh, leafy veggies, towards crops that store better. Of course, you’ll

Week 14 of CSA

Week 14 of CSA

Oct. 7, 2019 by

Welcome to week 14!  This year, we donated vegetables like kale, leeks, celery, radishes, and cabbage to pantries in the Lewiston/Portland areas. As we near the end of the CSA and marketing season (as well as the end of the

CSA Week 13

CSA Week 13

Oct. 4, 2019 by

Welcome to week 13 of CSA! It’s still business as usual here at the farm, not a lot has happened since last week, Although New Roots has been working to finish up the high tunnels. So far we have two

Week 12 of CSA

Sep. 25, 2019 by

With the start of the official fall season, New Roots Cooperative Farm is seeing an abundance of crops on the farm – from summer tomatillos, jalapenos, and cilantro to late-season watermelon, eggplant, and salad mix to fall parsnips, brussel sprouts,

Week 11 of CSA

Week 11 of CSA

Sep. 18, 2019 by

With 40 degree overnight temperatures at the farm this week, autumn is certainly in the air! The crops still doing just fine, though, and we’re glad for a break from last week’s sweltering temps. We’re seeing the first of the

Week 10 of CSA

Sep. 11, 2019 by

On the farm, we’re feeling the shift towards autumn, even if the weather is still full of mid-summer heat and humidity. Farmers are tilling under their crops that have gone by and putting in cover crops. Cover crops are plants that

1st Week of Autumn CSA! (Also Called Week 9)

Sep. 4, 2019 by

Welcome to the first week of Autumn CSA! If you are just joining us, we are delighted to be able to provide veggies to you this fall. If you are continuing on from the summer, thank you for your full-season

Week 8 of CSA

Aug. 28, 2019 by

It was a crisp morning on the farm today, which helped us wrap our heads around the fact that this is the last week of the Summer Share. There was the slightest hint of fall in the air, and we’re

CSA Week 7

Aug. 21, 2019 by

Updates from the farm: New Roots just signed an agreement with the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to get a new well on the farm! The NRCS is an agency of the USDA, which provides technical assistance and conservation planning

Week 6 of CSA

Aug. 14, 2019 by

It’s hard to believe it’s already mid-August! We are seeing a greater variety of crops coming in from the fields, like bell peppers (and hot peppers!), cucumbers, and celery. Plants are continuing to grow, and the corn in our fields

Week 5 of CSA

Aug. 8, 2019 by

It is time to sign up for the Autumn Season of the CSA if you have not done so already! The Autumn Season is our favorite season, as it has plenty of tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplant, peppers, and other items you

The Heat is Here! Week 4 Of CSA

Jul. 31, 2019 by

July is ending, and what an end! It has been hot, humid, and almost unbearable on the farm, and we’ve been doing our best to find respite from the heat here and there- under a shady tree with a cup

It’s (almost) Summer On The Farm! Week 3 of CSA

Jul. 24, 2019 by

Even just since last week, there are so many new crops “cropping” up; there are rumors and have even been brief sightings, of green peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, and tomatoes, although only in quantities large enough to tease. We’re still

Week 2 Of CSA

Jul. 17, 2019 by

I hope you all had a relaxing week and were able to stay cool during last week’s heatwave. With all the sun and humidity we’ve had on the farm, it feels like the season’s accelerating right into summer: all of a

The first week of CSA!

Jul. 10, 2019 by

The New Roots Farmers are super excited about delivering vegetables to families in Maine this week! The heat and sun after all the rain this spring has done the vegetables a lot of good. We hosted a MOFGA workshop at

Pre-CSA Season

Jun. 27, 2019 by

It is almost CSA season on the farm, and we are hard at work putting new seedlings and seeds into the ground, weeding crops, and getting ready for sales. This spring has been the wettest and coldest spring we, and

CSA Week 12

CSA Week 12

Sep. 22, 2021 by

And that’s a wrap on summer! Fall and frost came hard and fast last week, delivering a final blow to all the tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and other summer favorites. This is relatively early for a hard frost in our area