Growing and Donating Food in COVID-19 Times

Posted by on Aug 22, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Our second growing season at Veggies to Table is going strong with over 2000 pounds of food already donated. Despite many challenges, COVID-19, social distancing, masks, drought, pests and more, we are harvesting and donating produce and flowers like crazy.

Me collecting flowers to give away

I will try to be better about updating Paris to Maine… but I am good about Instagram if you want to follow more of what’s happening on the farm.

Fresh Red Onions

Veggies to Table, my non-profit, has received some wonderful press of late that I am happy to share. From a feature in Forbes to the Boothbay Register and a lengthy piece on News Center Maine, it’s been exciting. More fun news to come soon.

Farm Overview Kelsey Kobik early August

We are harvesting; tomatoes, peppers, sweet potato leaves, salad, cucumbers, onions, shallots, garlic, kale, chard, beans, beets, turnips, basil, sage, scallions and tons of dahlias, zinnias, sunflowers and more.

We also have a lot of roosters. Luckily this gorgeous guy found a new home. Let me know if you want a lovely rooster to protect your ladies, or for a pet!

Someone found a new home

And we hope you can visit us… socially distanced, and with a mask of course! We love sharing the farm.

Visiting Friends
Visiting Friends
Me and French hubby – Photo: Kelsey Kobik

All photos Erica Berman unless otherwise noted.

Coq au Vin and Hatching Eggs in Maine

Posted by on Mar 28, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Two bad boys

We hatched eggs last year. They were unsexed. We ended up with 19 roosters plus Monsieur … the original roo. We gave away 15. Kept four. It was all going so well, Monsieur ruled the roost. The ladies were fine. Winter came and went and the little roos are now adults. They are attacking each other, attacking Monsieur, and worst of all attacking, wounding, maiming and even killing our ladies. It’s time for action. We must kill them or give them away. This is hard as, despite the havoc they are wreaking, we love them. They are all very different and very interesting. But they must go. The slaughterhouse is full up for months, COVID_19 lockdowns going strong, so we must do this ourselves. Luckily we have YouTube and experienced friends. What we don’t have are the proper tools and equipment. We will improvise.

This leads us to the next issue, chick season is upon us. We thought of ordering some breeds we don’t have. With Covid-9 we dont really want to ship chicks (plus its not so good for the babies). We could get eggs… but we think we will hatch our own, again. This means we have to do it now as the ladies with less roos may not be fertile.

Eggs going into the incubator

Hatching chicks is quite a bit of work. Killing roos does not thrill me. Especially since I am attached. Do both we will. And we may just get a delicious coq au vin in the process!

Organic Tomatoes Continue in Maine

Posted by on Sep 22, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Fall is here and frost is on the way. We had a recent scare but, fortunately, we were not affected much. We are harvesting our tomatoes like crazy in hopes to get as many as we can before that fateful final day when we do get hit. Hundreds of pounds of heirloom beauties (large and cherry) have already been through our non-profit Veggies to Table. We have also been frantically making sauce with the damaged tomatoes, and sun-dried loveliness for winter treats! Let’s hope this warm weather holds as long as possible.

Tomato Season at Veggies to Table

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments

We started them in March in our guest bedroom under flourescent lights and tended them for many months with care. They went from the bedroom, to the screen porch, to the unheated greenhouse and finally to the garden. And now, many months later they are ripening and delicious. We have many kinds of organic and heirloom tomatoes and we are so happy to be able to donate them to those in need of healthy food through Veggies to Table our non-profit.

Our First Transplant

Posted by on Apr 5, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments

It’s exciting times on the farm. We had our first indoor transplant of seedlings planted on March 8 and transplanted on April 2! We moved hundreds of celery, celeriac and parsley from tightly packed trays to more spacious accommodations. We are now fully maxed out in our indoor, fluorescent light in the guest bedroom setting. We have also planted the first of the lettuce and kale in the greenhouse. And the onions and leeks got a hair cut.

Everything is coming up, even my saved seeds which is exciting.

As you will see, we have planted a lot of things already! Here are all of the new ones since my last post. It’s all very exciting and kinda overwhelming.

New Plantings:

Herbs and Flowers
Stevia – Botanical Interests

Foxglove – Pinetree Seeds

HollyHock – Botanical Interests 

Green Twister Echinacea _ Pinetree 

Belles of Ireland 

Thompson – Fedco

Super Red – Fedco

Golden Acre – Fedco

Early Jersey – Seeds Savers Exchaange

Toma Verde – Botanical Interests

Green and Purple Tomatillo

Orange Peppers

Yolo Wonder

Red Peppers

Long green from Thailand

Green Egg

Chinese White Sandy

Round from Valence

Hot Peppers
Early Jalapeño – Botanical Interests

Piment sweet and long from les Landes



Fruition – Honey drop 

Delicious tomatoes don’t know name but I saved the seeds 

Sungold seeds I saved



Orange, red and yellow cherry

Yellow Brandy Wine  – High Mowing Seeds

Indigo Apple – High Mowing Seeds

Gold Medal – Fruition

Green Zebra


 Delaway – Seeds Savers Exchange

 Russian Frills  – Fedco

Lacinto Seed Savers Exchange

Dwarf green Curled Kale High Mowing Seeds

Red Russian Seed Savers Exchange

Vates High Mowing Seeds


 Bloomsdale – Botanical Interests 


Parris Island Cos – Botanical Interests

Ice Queen Baker Creek

Green Towers Romaine  High Mowing Seeds

Little Gem – Baker Creek