We love to package roots for you.  Order Away!  for pick-up this week.

Full Bowls

full bowl peels

Our plate is always full. It feels like an incredible gift and privileged to say that I’ve never truly been hungry. Meanwhile, only one step removed we witness a great amount of hunger in our community. The good volunteers at Preble St in Portland and the Food Pantry in Newcastle are reporting greater need than ever.

Help others, and us, with a last minute gift this season. For the past year we’ve been donating milk & vegetables to our local pantry in Newcastle every week. We often stop at Preble St. after our Saturday farmers’ market. We would like to give more, and can do so with your help. Consider giving a loved one or co-worker a note of thanks and gift in their name of a donation to our local food shed. We will turn your gift into a $50 food donation, and match it with our own investment.

Give our nutritious food to the Newcastle pantry by donating a gift  HERE.

We are so grateful for all you and the privilege to share food in this world.

May we all lift our heads in this balmy weather and give thanks, knowing our own belly is full.

Happy Holidays,
The farm crew at Dandelion Spring – Straw Farm,
Beth, Lee, Tom, Jenny, Katya, Koren, Becky & Brie


Tomorrow afternoon we will be working with Golden Rod, Coreposis, and Onion Skins to create natural dyes for our yarn.  Please join us!  4pm-6pm.  no charge.  The farm stand will be open – and rolling in cantaloupe!


This Wednesday, September 9th, is our last Farm Picnic of the season. From 4pm until dark, please join us for a relaxed evening of simply sitting around at the farm (you don’t hear that often – or, ever).  It’s free.

  • The Uproot Pie Co. will be here with wood fired pizza for sale.
  • Our farm stand will be open with fresh vegetables, meats, and milk & eggs for sale.
  • Oxbow beer will be available.

We are a community enjoying an evening together, outside. Simple and beautiful.

Our Wednesday Farm Stand will continue to be open every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm through the end of September and then perhaps through October, depending on weather. Please make sure we have your most current email to be kept up to date!

In today’s snapshot of the farm: The winter squash looks really good. We are grateful for these warm days (and regular rain, please come) to size up our winter roots. Another round (or two or more… ) of the cut greens will definitely be in our future.  Cantaloupe and Watermelon are currently at the top of our roost.

Rich conversations with observations of both the present moment and looking forward are starting to replace the constant internal ticker tape that drives the work that needs to be right now. It feels really good to have this expanded view, which can inspire us while we simultaneously put some of the gardens to bed.

We truly hope to see all of you on Wednesday.

– Beth

The price for tomatoes per pound at our market stands was misstated in an earlier version of the previous post: slicers, heirlooms and paste tomatoes are $4/lb.

Tomato time!

Now is the time we have been waiting for! Celebrate the abundance and stock up. We have delicious tomatoes in a number of varieties for you!


Slicing, heirloom and paste tomatoes are $4/lb and cherry tomatoes are $5/pint.

We also have canning tomatoes in 20-lb boxes for $60.

20-lb boxes of 2nd quality, mixed variety tomatoes are $35.

Please call or email Beth with your order: (207) 380-4199,

It’s also a great time to put up herbs for winter – simply cut them up and put them in a bag in the freezer. It’s so nice to have fresh herb flavor in your cold-weather dishes. Parsley, thyme, marjoram are great to have on hand. Expand your options with anise hyssop, tulsi basil and lemon verbena. Available at our market stands and special order for $2.50/bunch.

This week we are excited to welcome Abi Morrison to the farm to teach a free qigong workshop.

Abi will share some simple qigong exercises to loosen the joints, ease tension, and generally reduce stress. Whether young or old, active or sedentary, this style of qigong (“chee gong”) will help free up stuck areas while relaxing the mind and body. Come with loose clothing and experience the heart of Chinese medicine and ancient pathway to longevity.

qigong shot

Abi has been teaching qigong for over 15 years. It is an integral part of her acupuncture and Chinese herb practice in Rockland Maine.

Come to the farm to enjoy the summer, learn some new body movements and see what new produce we have on offer!

Fresh peas, summer squash and zucchini, beets, greens and much more will be available at the on-farm stand. Every Wednesday from 4 to 7pm.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Beth and crew


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