Marsh Mallo Farm offers organically grown (but not certified), heirloom and open-pollinated produce as well as pork and grass/milk-fed lamb and maple syrup. We are pleased to partner with other small, local producers to also offer artisan cheese, yogurt, eggs, raw honey, pastured beef and chicken shares for pickup in the Capital District.
Produce shares include tomatoes, garlic, onions, carrots, cabbages, winter & summer squash, kale, snap peas, radishes, beans, turnips, broccoli, lettuce, beets, peppers, cucumbers, and much more!
The season runs 20 weeks from mid-June through October
Should I get a full share or a half share? How much is in each? A full share is about a standard sized grocery bag full of veggies, generally enough for a family of four or couple who really enjoy cooking with vegetables on a daily basis. A half share is approximately 60% of the size of the full share. A good amount of vegetables for a single person that cooks daily, a couple, or a busy family that cooks 2-3 times a week. Full shares will have more of a variety of vegetables than half shares.
What’s this open-pollinated business? Old-school heirloom, when you think about it, is really, really cool. It is the result of generations of farmers saving the seed from the very best of their annual crops to make the most perfect produce for their specific conditions. Mass-production of seed, while still considered heirloom, kind of ruins the concept. All heirloom seed is open-pollinated but not all open-pollinated is heirloom. Open-pollinated seeds breed true to type, meaning the seeds produced by the parent plants will reliably grow into plants with the same characteristics. A newer hybrid (an artificial cross between types), over generations, can stabilize and open-pollinate for true-to-type offspring. Anybody can save seed from their heirloom or open-pollinated varieties to grow the next year. This is a very good thing. When we have not been able to find a reliable heirloom variety of something (e.g. broccoli), we do grow conventional, accounting for less than 15% of our seed.
What does one do with a Phoona Kheera? Adventure in the garden is adventure in the kitchen. If you love the idea of trying new varieties and eating with the season, that’s a good indication you’ll like us. If you must eat lettuce in July or have tomatoes in June, we’re not your farm. [You can do with a Phoona Kheera anything you would do with a conventional cucumber.]