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Mother’s Day

Nothing says spring more than gifts of young plants for the garden on Mother’s Day. You can get yours at our Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have a range of flowers and herbs for sale, as well as seed packets, medicinal herb seedlings, and other local products. Make your mom happy and support a good cause at the same time. The plant sale will be held at the CSA Barn, 111 Simsbury Road, West Granby, and will include:

Thousands of seedlings, mostly organic seed, all grown in organic Vermont compost soil mix in our own greenhouse. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, kale, spinach, cabbage, zucchini, cucumbers, broccoli, leeks, watermelons and tons more veggies.

Dozens of flower varieties for cut flowers, also great for attracting beneficial insects and attracting pollinators.

Herbs such as parsley, basil, chives, oregano, thyme and mint.

Organic Seed packets from Fedco Seeds for crops that can’t be transplanted, such as carrots, radishes, peas, parsnips, turnips, greens, etc.

Pleasant Valley Botanicals will be selling Medicinal Herb seedlings. Maple View Farm will be selling their beef and pork.

Check the Friends’ website for more details as the date draws near. Shop local for all your Mother’s Day needs!

Other News

We have a number of other family-fun Holcomb Farm dates coming up, so mark your calendars and watch for more details on the website (, in next month’s Granby Drummer, and through social media.

Thursday, April 18, 4 to 7 p.m., Holcomb Farm will be at Lost Acres Vineyard for the annual spring market, so you can make your holiday meals that much better with local fare from local producers.

The Farm Store opens for the season on June 11. We will be stocking our own produce, of course, but also great stuff from many other farmers in the area. We offer one-stop shopping for locally-sourced and artisanal foods and products from about 20 farms, bakeries and dairies that operate in Granby and nearby towns. You do not have to belong to our CSA to shop at our Farm Store. The Farm Store will be open all summer long, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Summer CSA memberships are available for purchase through the website. With either a full-share or a half-share you will enjoy a dizzying array of fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers, grown without chemicals, all summer long. You’ll come to the farm to pick-up your share of the bounty, harvested and cleaned for you just hours before pick up. You can pick up at your convenience, Tuesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eat healthy and local this summer and support Granby’s nonprofit farm.

Hibernation for Farmer Joe O’Grady was rudely interrupted earlier this year when the winds came through and tore apart a farm hoop house, see photo below. With lots of hard work, reliance on contingency plans and good old-fashioned New England ingenuity, we are off and growing anyway. And, with help from our insurance company, we will be back to full production before you know it.

As part of CT trails day, the Friends of Holcomb Farm will be conducting a hike on Saturday, June 1, meeting at 10 a.m. at the main campus on 113 Simsbury Road. The hike will be in the east fields and woods and will not be strenuous. It is particularly designed for families and will include a tree scavenger hunt. New trees have been planted and several trees have been labeled with species identifications. If there are sufficient participants, teams will be formed and a list of trees and maps will be provided for each team. Dogs on leashes are welcome.

The Friends of Holcomb Farm’s Annual Meeting is planned for June 9. Become a member of the Friends by making an annual contribution of $25 and come to the meeting. Building a new tradition based on last year’s fun, we will host a pie contest. Entries are welcome from any and all, and prizes will be awarded.