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Oh What a Spring! ... and Summer is Here!

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We've had a crazy busy spring, and things are set for a very busy summer and fall. Where to start?

  • How about Facebook? ... it's our new portal for short, quick updates about activities on the farm. Like us to keep up with current events. Facebook complements our long standing Twitter feed, which features commentary by us along with re-tweets on topics of interest. If you are into pictures of events around the farm, then our Instagram postings may be for you.
  • Physical infrastructure improved with access to a commercial kitchen. Our production has expanded beyond what is convenient in our approved, residential kitchen. Plus a commercial kitchen sets the stage for a wholesale license, of which we are in the application process. The attached photo shows Rooster's Rocket Fuel™ hot sauce and Ghost Pepper Jelly in production.
  • We're doing two farmers' markets this summer: Falmouth Farmers' Market and Mashpee Commons Farmers' Market. Check our Facebook page for upcoming dates.
  • Edible Cape Cod ran a feature article about Nobska Farms. The author, Julie Mirocha, did a wonderful job of capturing the essence and spirit of our operations.
  • In addition to farmers' markets and direct sales at the farm and events, Nobska Farms products are appearing in stores and outlets across the Cape. We provided Pocket Rocket™ hot sauce to Delicious Living Nutrition for their CSA along with Rooster's Rocket Fuel hot sauce for the store. We also have a complete line of products available at Windfall Market, Cape Abilities, and Cape Cod Beer. These new outlets complement existing sales at Bean & Cod, Spice Merchant, and Marty's Fine Wine
  • Nobska Farms is tripling our growing operations this year. We have laid out new beds in the continuing transformation of our property from almost purely ornamental to a combination of ornamental and functional (for food production). In the fall, we will start our first winter of four season farming via the methods championed by Eliot Coleman. If he can do it in Maine, we can sure give it a shot on Cape Cod.
  • We're thankful for help during the busy summer season by two young women. One is a college student helping with the growing operations, harvesting, and general management of the plants. The other is a high school student who is using our aquaponic system as the basis for a science fair project. Both are interested in the science behind the agricultural methods and are learning by doing.
  • Nobska Farms is now a member of Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod. See our listing on their website here along with many other local farms and farm stands on the Cape. Also, stay tuned for details about our participation in the BFBL scavenger hunt. Sounds like a lot of fun!
  • If you are near Woods Hole over the summer, please stop by. Call, text or email ahead of time to make sure we are around. When you visit, we'll give you a tour of the operations, talk about our mission for developing methods in high-intensity urban agriculture, have you sample products, and send you away with a bag full of chili goodies.
  • New developments are in the works. We're always looking to improve our operations and expand our market reach. Contact us with comments, requests, suggestions, and feedback.

    Cheers,   Rooster

2014 Chili Pepper Seedlings

We're well into spring. There might be one more snow coming, but daffodils are up, lawn is greening, forsythia are blooming, osprey have returned ... SPRING! Frost free date is in a few weeks. In our greenhouse, we've been planting seeds for almost 100 varieties of chili peppers, many of which we are offering to the [...]

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Soil Recipe for Container Planting

Spring is here. Seedlings are started or are going to be bought soon. Frost free date is only a handful of weeks away. If you are planting in containers, the question arises ... What soil mix do I use? At Nobska Farms, we have developed an organic mix that gives good and consistent results. We're passing [...]

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Retired Chili Plants Available

Winter's comin'! Temps in the low 30s. Gotta act. Gotta act now! We have more chili plants than can fit into our greenhouse. We also have plans for an aquaponic system in our greenhouse, which further limits the available space. So, what to do? Move some of the plants to another greenhouse and retire the rest. [...]

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Super Spicy Farm - Cape Cod Times

We were interviewed by Cape Cod Times a couple of weeks ago. They produced a video about our operations here at Nobska Farms. Chili peppers were just starting to come in strong. Now have some ripening that were still green in the video. We have about 200 plants this year in three waves with about 50 [...]

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Starting and Planting Chili Peppers

Plant chili pepper seeds about ¼” deep in growing medium. Medium should drain well but have moderate moisture retention capabilities. Medium should also have moderate organic material. Suitable mix would be equal parts of compost, perlite, and loam. Seeds germinate best at 85-90F. Keep medium moist during germination. A humidity dome [...]

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Propane is Our Friend

We're in transition from startup to sustainability. This winter we have to tap into every resource to keep our greenhouse warm. With nighttime temps in single digits and daytime temps in the teens, passive solar just will not suffice with our current setup. Until we have a more energy efficient setup, we're relying on [...]

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Winter Sunrise on the Farm

Early morning sunrise. 18°F. Cold but beautiful. Greenhouse a cozy 48°. Just another day on the Farm.

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Now We Know What "Unvented" Heater Really Means

Last week we had a really Bad day on the Farm. Pilot light went out on heater and temps went down way below freezing. If we didn't loose our entire crop (situation still evolving), it was at least a severe setback. Killed all of the foliage but maybe not the roots and [...]

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Bad Day on the Farm

Well, temps were down to about 17° this week. Propane heater pilot light went out. No heat. Greenhouse went cold. Down to about 28°. Bad news. May have lost the entire crop of chili plants; one was our original Bhut Jolokia that is four years old.Possible that the core of (some of) the plants are [...]

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