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North Branch Farm
Contact
Anna Shapley-Quinn
Seth Yentes
122 Stream Rd.
Monroe, ME 04951 (Map)
County: WALDO
Phone: 207-525-3323
http://www.northbranchfarm-monroe.blogspot.com/

Winter CSA:

Our winter CSA generally starts the week after Indigenous Peoples' Day (aka Columbus Day) in mid-October and goes bi-weekly until around Valentine's Day. Every other week, members picking up in Blue Hill, Camden or at the farm in Monroe get a bushel box full of squash, onions, cabbage, garlic, potatoes, greens (lettuce, spinach, mustard greens, kale, chard, arugula are among what we grow in our greenhouses), a rotating cast of roots (parsnips, beets, rutabaga, turnips, root parsley, celeriac, daikon) and other miscellaneous items (kohlrabi, fennel, herbs, brussels sprouts, etc). Half shares are also available, but only for on-farm pick-up. One unique thing we are trying for the first time in 2016 is a free choice model for those picking up at the farm: you pack your own box from what we have available, in whatever quantities and combinations you like.

The Farm and Its Farmers

North Branch Farm is family-owned and run by Tyler and Seth Yentes and Anna Shapley-Quinn. In 2009 we bought the farm and started rehabilitating the barn and preparing fields for organic vegetable crops, orchards, a nursery, higher quality hay fields, and grass-fed meat and milk production. We use a combination of horsepower, hand power, and tractor power on the farm.

Our Mission

Above high yields, we prioritize soil fertility and work to improve it from year to year. We hope to increase the social, environmental, and economic vitality of our community. We also work to minimize our reliance on fossil fuels by using horsepower and people power before tractors. We use only organic treatments for fertility and for pest and disease control, which means no petroleum-based products. Our goals are to strengthen the local and rural economies of Maine, earn a fair living, and supply high quality, delicious, and farm-fresh foods to our neighbors and community members.


Certified Organic Products
  • garlic
  • kohlrabi
  • spinach
  • blueberries-high
  • apples
  • fruit trees
  • pasture
Uncertified Products
  • arugula
  • beets
  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • chard
  • daikon radish
  • garlic
  • kale
  • kohlrabi
  • leeks
  • lettuce
  • mesclun mix
  • mustard greens
  • onions
  • parsnips
  • peppers
  • pumpkins
  • rutabaga
  • shallots
  • spinach
  • squash-winter
  • sweet potatoes
  • turnips
  • cilantro
  • parsley
  • sage
  • thyme
  • blueberries-highbush
  • raspberries
  • peaches
  • apples
  • cherries
  • pears
  • plums
  • grapes
  • fruit trees
  • beef cows
  • dairy replacements
  • dairy cows
  • cheese
  • beef
  • lamb
  • pork
  • plant propagation

Products Description

All of our products are grown according to organic standards, though only our vegetables are certified organic so far. We grow about two and a half acres of vegetables that can be either root-cellared or harvested through the late fall and winter, and we distribute these through a winter CSA, natural food stores, and The Winter Market in Blue Hill. We also milk a mixed herd of grass-fed American Milking Devons and Canadian Jerseys for our farmstead creamery where we make hard, cave-aged, unpasteurized cheeses, and we graft and grow nursery stock--mainly fruit and nut trees--for sale to Fedco Trees. In addition, we have an acre of highbush blueberries for pick-your-own which opened to the public in 2016 and we've planted an apple and pear orchard which will be opening in the next two to five years. We sell grass-fed beef by the whole, half and quarter and pork raised on organic grain and our whey by the half and whole animal.
Markets

We sell vegetable storage crops and winter greens through our Winter CSA, which runs for fifteen weeks from mid-October through mid February. CSA shares and special meat or vegetable orders can be picked up on our farm in Monroe or at satellite pick-up locations every other week in Camden and Blue Hill. We sell regularly to natural food stores such as The Good Tern, Fresh off the Farm, Belfast Co-op, and Blue Hill Co-op. We're part of Blue Hill's "The Winter Market" at Mainescape Garden Center from 9:30am until noon on Saturdays, October through February. Please contact us if you are interested in pork or beef. If you are interested in northern-hardy fruit and nut trees, we refer you to Fedco Trees, where we supply all of our nursery crops, though you may contact us if you need custom grafting.

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