5 a.m.

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Ring, ring. The alarm clock goes off and the coffeepot turns on at Sweet Acre Farm, owned by Jonathan and Chrolotte Ross. Over breakfast, they plan the workday, including harvest lists, farm-crew field tasks and more.

6 a.m.

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The crew arrives and begins harvesting greens before the heat of the day. Today’s harvest includes kale, lettuce, chard, radish, turnip, herbs and flowers.

7 a.m.

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Charlotte feeds and waters the chickens, collects eggs and milks the goats. Next, it’s time to water the seedlings in the propagation greenhouse.

8 a.m.

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Tomorrow is a CSA pickup day, so it’s time to start washing greens and packing boxes. Crew members transition to harvesting roots and fruits, starting with beets, carrots and onions.

12 p.m.

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Charlotte sits down at her desk to call wholesale accounts and place orders, and puts the finishing touches on the CSA e-newsletter.

12:30 p.m.

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Everyone enjoys a brief reprieve from the hot July sun as they sit down for lunch together, crew included.

1:30 p.m.

Tomato plants. Photo by Jeffrey S. Otto

The crew heads back out to weed carrots, prep new beds for arugula seeding, prune tomatoes, transplant lettuces and irrigate the greenhouse tomatoes.

2 p.m.

Farmer's Market

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Charlotte packs the van that will head out for the West End Farmers’ Market. Along the way, they’ll stop to make two wholesale deliveries.

3 p.m.

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The West End Farmers’ Market brings a flurry of activity for the next five hours.

9 p.m.

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Back home, it’s time to eat supper before heading to bed.

 Sweet Acre Farm

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Sweet Acre Farm is a small family farm owned by Jonathan and Charlotte Ross, producing certified organic vegetables and flowers on 2 acres in Lebanon, Connecticut.


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