Farm News

Fiddlin' in the field Concert & Contra dance July 28

posted Jul 26, 2018, 12:29 PM by Kelly Roopchand

Join us this Saturday for a truly magical evening! Sassafrass Stomp will be playing their sweet folk music starting at 6 pm, and John McIntire will be calling the contra dance. Start the evening with a wagon ride to the tent in the field, then pick up some coconut curry or homemade ice cream from local chef Yuki Goseki. Find a seat to enjoy the music and watch the sun darkening the hills, or join a line and get swept up into the dance. Kids can play in the fields alongside the tent, as lanterns are lit at dark. Hope you can join us for an evening of live music and community dance, as we celebrate the beauty of the land. 

Dairy Magic on June 10

posted Jun 1, 2018, 9:36 AM by Kelly Roopchand

Come celebrate the magic of milk - and all its amazing transformations - with us on Sunday, June 10 between 11 - 3. At noon we will have a goat milking demonstration, followed by a cheese-making demo at 1 pm. Learn how to make paneer, a simple Indian style cheese, then enjoy it on the grill. At 2 we will be hand-churning some luscious jersey milk ice cream... a turn at the crank guarantees a sample :) Think you know everything there is to know about dairy? Come try some of our blind taste tests. And if you just need a snuggle, the baby goats will be happy to oblige...

Baby Goats at Spring Fest May 27

posted May 17, 2018, 12:50 PM by Kelly Roopchand   [ updated May 17, 2018, 12:53 PM ]

The farm is bursting with new life, and you are invited to join us as we kick off our market season on Sunday, May 27 from 11 am – 3 pm with a celebration of spring. If you haven’t had a chance to hug a baby goat yet, we have more than enough loving energy to go around - we have 16 kids so far, and we’re only halfway through kidding! Human children can frolic as well – we have room to play and a variety of kids activities planned, including baby goat coloring pages. Grownups can stroll the grounds, tour the barn, and sample the goodness of fresh, local food. 
Our new farmers’ market will be bursting with the sweet flavors of spring: we now have seven farmers contributing to our Sunday market, with everything from Somerville’s own maple syrup to pork, honey, organic veggies, seedlings, baked goods, flowers, and both cow and goat dairy products. As always, we offer free tea and coffee, with great views and good conversation guaranteed!

April 29 Livestock Guardian Dog Presentation

posted Feb 3, 2018, 4:34 PM by Kelly Roopchand

April 29 at 2:00 PM. Guardian Animals on Farms ~ Speaking the Language Carnivores Understand
Guardian animals ~ dogs, donkeys and llamas ~ are of great assistance to farmers who wish to coexist with carnivores. These special guardians speak the language carnivores understand: about territory and about staying safe. But for these guardians to be successful, our farmers need to learn all the important facets regarding them. Come join us! Guardian Maremma Dog seen here.

Yule Goat & Holiday Crafts Dec 3 & 17

posted Nov 25, 2017, 9:19 AM by Kelly Roopchand

Our second annual Holiday market is twice the fun, with a visit from the Yule Goat and Tomten as well as beautiful handmade crafts from our local artisans and delicious treats from the Somerville Farmers Network. 
In Scandinavian tradition, it is the Yule Goat who brings gifts to children, accompanied by the Tomten, a farm gnome who looks after the well-being of the animals. Here at Pumpkin Vine Farm, we are lucky to have our own special Yule Goat, and not one but two tomten who help us take care of the farm, and they will be visiting with children from 11 - 2. Special story-times with activities begin at 12 and 1, and children will have the chance to make a special treat for their animals at home. 
After you visit the barn, browse the market for some extra special holiday gifts, from earrings and chains by Ms Alice's Designs to nature photography by David Rafuse, hand spun woolen mittens and sweaters by Janet Percival, Black Locust's cashmere goat yarn and pelts, nature decorations from Great Gardens, truffles and goat milk lotion from Farmer in the Dell, teas and salves from Ridge Pond Herbals, and hand-turned wooden bowls by Frank Tichy. On the edible treat side, you can't go wrong with our cajeta (caramel sauce) or Briggs Farm's honey or pork. And everything tastes better when it it graced by Sand Hill's organic veggies!
If it gets a little crowded inside the market, step out by the fire and have a mug of hot chocolate (on us) while you admire our special wild-crafted wreaths - we have sizes and styles to suit every home. 

Farming with Coyotes Presentation on Nov 5

posted Nov 2, 2017, 3:51 PM by Kelly Roopchand

Did you know that a stable coyote population is actually your farm’s best defense against predation? Were you aware that coyotes can provide free services to your farm? Join wildlife biologist Geri Vistein on Sunday, November 5 at 2:30 pm, to learn more about the role these fascinating animals play in a farm ecosystem, and how we can keep our livestock safe while enjoying the benefits of these keystone predators. Dr. Vistein will discuss coyote ecology and behavior as well as good animal husbandry practices, including the use of guardian dog.
Come one, come all! This fascinating presentation is relevant to farmers and non-farmers alike, as a coyote’s territory stretches beyond and between farms. This event is free and and open to the public.
Please RSVP if possible so we can get a count on chairs.

Halloween Harvest Festival Oct 29!

posted Oct 29, 2017, 5:54 AM by Kelly Roopchand

Join us as we celebrate the bounty of the season, farm-style! We have activities for the kids from 12 - 4, and treats for the adults beginning at 11. 
  • Make your very own corn husk doll - for all ages!
  • Cider pressing - come see & sample the fruits of our labor
  • Homemade donuts & SPOOKY cookies by Mistress Benji
  • Squash tasting - sample our heirloom varieties hot off the grill, Venetian-style
  • Sample our cajeta - a traditional goats milk caramel
  • Shell some dry beans & husk some ornamental corn
  • Make a mini acorn jack-o-lantern
  • Sample our special fall cheese flavors and smoothies
  • Pumpkins, squash & gourds for sale
  • Free dancing gourd for every child!
Come in costume, if you dare…

Chicks for Open Farm Day!

posted Jul 21, 2017, 12:55 PM by Kelly Roopchand

We are excited to have a new batch of chicks just in time for Sunday's statewide Open Farm Day, and the beginning of our Peepers Farm Camp. Our outreach has been extra meaningful to us this year, given the divisions in our country, and the fact that we are now officially a farm education center. We purposefully selected a mixed assortment of chicks to celebrate the beauty and strength of diversity, and I have to tell you, their fluffy multi-colored heads all snuggled together has moved even my old farmers' heart. Come see for yourself this Sunday from 10 - 4; their fluffy charm is hard to resist! And if you Really are more interested in our delicious local food... Benji & Shaun are bringing cherries, peas, baguettes and pies, (among other goodies) and I've added blueberry to our smoothie selection...As one of our guests remarked: Vive la difference!

Baby Goats & May Baskets to Open the Season!

posted May 22, 2017, 11:00 AM by Kelly Roopchand   [ updated May 22, 2017, 11:00 AM ]

The Sunday Farm Stand will be re-opening over Memorial Day weekend. To celebrate the season, the new crop of baby goats will be in attendance, full of their usual antics and ready for snuggles. Just for kids, we have a
spring craft activity - make your own May Basket and fill it with handmade flowers. At the farm stand, we are excited to have 2 new Somerville farms offering products: asparagus & pork from Briggs Farm and eggs from Eyrie Farm. As always, you are welcome to tour the farm and enjoy the changing beauty of the land. Our fruit trees are in full bloom, and the lilacs are catching up...

Open Monday, Dec 19 from 4-7 pm for Crafts!

posted Dec 19, 2016, 11:50 AM by Kelly Roopchand

We will be open this evening from 4-7 for those of you who couldn't drive safely yesterday. We still have all the crafts and treats, and the roads are clear, so come for some Christmas cheer!
Who knows, the Yule Goat might be there!

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