Category Archives: Articles by Farmer Paul Betz

Storage Carrots: A Fall Planting Guide

Here in Vermont, it feels like we just finished talking about how much wood we have left to heat the house, and now it’s time to be thinking about storage carrots? It just doesn’t seem fair. I realize that there … Continue reading

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Crop Talk: A Season of Lettuce Production at High Ledge Farm

No matter where you grow, our high quality lettuce varieties mean a consistent supply all season long. I really like that we offer all the classic market standards, as well as a number of specialty varieties that are exciting visually … Continue reading

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Crop Talk: A Year of Potatoes at High Ledge Farm

It’s that time again – I’m planning for this year’s potato crop and wanted to share some of my excitement for the season ahead. High Mowing has built a comprehensive collection of seed potatoes that brings value to the commercial … Continue reading

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The Sweeter Side of Farming: Grow Your Own Candy Bars

One of the things I like the most about farming is access to some amazing food. Even if I don’t grow a particular crop, my network of producer friends allows me to trade around and cover most of my food … Continue reading

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Reaping the Benefits of Pelleted Lettuce

Plants have been doing a pretty good job developing strategies to move seeds around for a few hundred million years. The ranges of sizes, shapes, and packaging have clearly suited them well. There are some, particularly the round ones, that … Continue reading

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Brassicas Rule! A Fall Planting Guide

  Listen… do you hear that? It’s your kale talking. It has really been loving the extra attention that you’ve been giving it, and as a result, it’s inviting you into the garden to take a few leaves. It’s OK, … Continue reading

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Seeding Beets and Carrots with Success

Beets and carrots are a weekly selection at most farm stands for good reason. There are varieties to meet the needs of almost any seasonal slot, and they taste amazing regardless of whether they’re fresh out of the ground or … Continue reading

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Jumpstarting Spring: How to Greensprout Potatoes

Spring is getting off to a late start here in Vermont, and in many other parts of the country as well. As a result our customers have been asking us what they should do with their potatoes while they wait … Continue reading

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I Love Winter Squash – Harvesting, Storing, & Curing Winter Squash

When I was a little baby, I have been told, I loved winter squash so much that it was fed to me so often that I got sick of it, and then I refused it for the next 25 years … Continue reading

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Optimizing Your Backpack Sprayer

Most farms have at least one backpack sprayer. They are cheap to buy, easy to run and are an efficient way to get the sprays on the crop. My farm is small enough that I will probably never use a … Continue reading

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