Proudly, a small farm in Newcastle, Maine, Dandelion Sping is a MOFGA Certiﬁed Organic operation that lives in tandeem with Straw Farm. Beth Schiller, mainly of the Dandelion Spring vegetables, and Lee Straw, primarily of the Straw Farm critters, spend every day hoping for more hours to do the work they enjoy.
Think of us like a couple with a hyphenated name. We operate as one, with two business names.
At Dandelion Spring, raising seven acres of mixed vegetables is the base of our heavy lifting. We specialize in mixed salad greens of many types, but enjoy the full compliment of vegetable crops, growing most everyting you can think of except corn. We get sparkly eyed over heirloom varieties and other unusual types of seed stock, although also rely on a hearty list of hybrid favorites to assure a good harvest of melons, beans, etc. in this challenging garden climate. We are very interested in Biodynamic methods, and are slowly working toward incorporating more of them into our practice.
We don’t limit ourselves to vegetables. Tending a small sheep ﬂock, pigs, and the spoiled home chicken ﬂock has been a staple of the Dandelion Spring operation for many years. Our meat selection, of farm raised pork, lamb, and beef, is becoming an increasing staple at the farmers’ market stand.
Straw Farm has it’s economic roots in a MOFGA Certiﬁed Organic herd of Jersey cows. Thirty girls are milked twice a day. Milk is shipped every other day to Horizon Organic and bottled here at home with the Straw Farm label for deliveries to stores in Midcoast and Southern Maine. You can also find the milk at the Dandelion Spring farmers’ market stand.
Despite the twice daily ties of milking cows, Lee is more commonly known for his history as a shepard. We have about 50 ewes that lamb each March at the farm, and another 100 ewes that lamb in May on an island in Penobscot bay. Because vegetables, dairy cows, and sheep aren’t enough to overﬂow our plate, we have laying hens, too. The eggs from our 800 girls go to natural food stores in the Midcoast.
A membership to our Full Diet CSA with all of our products is one method to get to know us. We are also increasingly holding events at the farm, like our popular monthly community picnics in the summer, and guest chef dinners in the Fall. Keep an eye on the farm calendar for information.
Additionally, Our products can be found at the farmers’ markets in Rockland and Portland, and at many natural food stores and restaurants along the coast from Camden south to Scarborough. As busy farmers, at this time we have choosen not to have a home store, but we do enjoy sharing the farm with you during on-farm Tuesday pick-up nights. Become a “follower” to this website, or on our Facebook page, for announcements about upcoming farm events.
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