The Farm Dirt

News from Bartlett's Farm

June 8, 2011


Open Every Day 8-6

The National Garden Bureau has declared this as


Interesting tomato facts -

(well, they're interesting to us plant geeks anyway)

Tomato's wild relatives originated in South America, probably in the Andes, but were not cultivated by the Andean people.

Pre-Mayans grew and domesticated the wild plants

2000 miles away in Central America.

Hernan Cortes is credited with finding the tomato in an Aztec market around 1520. He took the seed back to Spain and from there, the tomato traveled through Europe and across the English Channel to England.

An English country doctor declared tomatoes inedible in 1600.
Thomas Jefferson raised tomatoes as ornamental plants at Monticello in 1781

Tomatoes can be creamy white, lime green, pink, yellow, golden,orange, purple, red or striped, ranging in diameter from about 1/4" to 6".

One cup of cherry tomatoes will provide:

25% of daily recommended Vitamin A

32% of Vitamin C

a substantial amount of vitamin K and potassium.

Bartlett's Hot House Tomatoes are ripe and in the market!

Try these simple and flavorful side dishes for an early season taste...

Cut a few tomatoes into chunks, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with Bartlett's Organic Herb flavored Kosher Salt (pictured below)
You can find the herb salt in the produce case near the fresh herbs

Herb Salt

Or slice them with some Maple Brook Mozzarella and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. mmmmm....tastes like summer

Our hot house tomatoes are grown from seed that was started in January, and carefully nurtured in the greenhouses. They are pesticide-free and delicious no matter how you serve them!

It's Perfect Planting Time!

Plant Our Potted Vegetables and Herbs in Your Garden!

Organically certified and grown here on the farm, by our own growers, these are the best vegetable plants you can buy.

Herb plants for your kitchen garden:

Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Parsleys, Mints

Tarragon, Lemon Verbena, Cilantro

Sow Some Seeds


Growing your own greens could not be easier, and the results are delicious!

Plant Your Window Boxes and Pots Or Let Us Do It For You

Our Blooming Creations Designers are here every day to discuss what plants you would like. Color, form and conditions are all considered when planting your boxes.

Plant Your Perennial and Annual Beds

From Agastache to Zinnia and everything in between, our annuals and perennials

are healthy, hardened off and ready to plant. All grown locally and regionally, our varieties are chosen for their hardiness and appropriateness for your

Nantucket Garden.

What's fresh, local and farm-grown?

Hot House Tomatoes


Head Lettuce


Baby Arugula

Baby Spinach






Lemon Thyme

Lemon Verbena




Curly Parsley

Italian Parsley


Coming Soon:

Field Lettuce


Farm Grown Oval

Around The Farm...

Farm Tours start June 7 at 9am. $10.00 per person for a 1 1/4 hour tour behind the scenes.
Weather permitting. Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July. Tours leave from the front of the market at 9 am.

There's a GRAND RE-OPENING at Epernay Wines tonight (June 8) featuring "A killer selection of cheeses" by Leah Mojer, our Cheese Monger - Charcutier! 1 North Beach St from 5-7pm.

It's iced coffee time...our stylin' Tervis Tumblers are just the thing to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. They're in the market near the coffee.

Photo Safaris: Take a 1 1/2 hour tour through the fields early in the morning with renowned photographer, Claudia Kronenberg. Figure out how to use ALL the buttons and setting on your DSLR. The early morning tour will provide the best light and capture the dew on field vegetables.

Squash On Plastic

June 28 7am. Rain date June 29 7am Register Here for June 28 Safari

July 20 7am. Rain Date July 21 7am Register Here for July 21 Safari

August 23 7am. Rain Date August 24 7am Register Here for August 23 Safari

Cost is $40.00.

YogaFarm with Joann Burnham. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm and Sundays at 4pm. Join her in the Hayloft. For more information, click here

It's Nantucket Restaurant Week from June 6-12! You can find our veggies on the menus of several restaurants including American Seasons, The Galley, Oran Mor Bistro, The Club Car, and Boarding House

Join us for our

Summer Celebration

June 21 10-5 (Open 8-6)

Window Box Workshop by Maya Chase
10:30-11:30 in the Garden Center

Kid's activities and face painting
beginning at 10am

Food Sampling 10-5

Justin's Nut Butter


Dole and Bailey

SoCo Creamery

12 Beverage

Farm-Made Charcuterie


Juicing Demonstration (using organic farm greens) and Sampling 10-12 and 2-5


11:30-1:30 and 2:30-4:30

(Power provided by Nantucket Solar -

Pie eating contest - Win Prizes!

Begins at 1:30

Ages 5-10 @ 1:30

Ages 11-15 @ 1:45

Ages 16+ @ 2pm

Save The Dates

June 28: C.L. Fornari will speak about perennials and perennial maintenance. 11am

To learn more about C.L., click here

TBD: Book Release Party.

Harvesting Nantucket: The Taste of Bartlett's Ocean View Farm

July 15: Full Moon Dinner 6pm

August 12: Harvest Dinner 6pm

Please note: The Friend of the Farm program is changing.

Tuesday June 21 will be the last 10% Tuesday until September 6. We're a family farm and unfortunately we can't afford to continue to offer the discount year-round. But we are reviewing the program and would be interested in hearing your thoughts on other benefits you'd like to see.

In the meantime, the other benefits of the FOTF program will remain unchanged through the summer.

  • Accumulate $1000 Farm Dollars and automatically get a $20 credit next time you check out
  • Store Special Discounts
  • Subscription to The Farm Dirt and Other Fun Newsletters
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