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The mice stole our tomatoes + Farmer Reuben doesn't like mushy asparagus

Published about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader,

A snake in the greenhouse!

Terrified? Not at all.

Farmer Reuben welcomed the garter snake and the sense of security it gave us.

You see, if a snake is present, we can be sure that the mice will stay away and our newly planted seeds will be safe.

Unfortunately, the snake must have moved on because earlier this week...


We Are Open!
Saturday: 9 AM - 3:00 PM

Fresh Brick Oven Sourdough Bread:

Olive Rosemary, Onion Rye, Cranberry Walnut

Fresh Veggies: Rhubarb, Asparagus, Radish, Spring Greens,
Microgreens, Mushrooms & More


Continue reading for more:

  • No more yucky asparagus! Tips for cooking perfect asparagus
  • Recipe featuring the seasonal combination of rhubarb and asparagus
  • Storage and usage tips for farm-fresh veggies offered in our Market Boxes this week.
  • Insights from farm members on their farm-to-table journey
  • Tessa In the Field Video show what you can look forward to.

Farmer Reuben wants you to know

The top 100 Farm Members will receive a special invitation to our Farm to Table Dinner on June 1.

This community building event will focus on building our local food economy to make nutrient dense food more visible and more available through Willow Haven Farm General Store.

Our events at this free member appreciation dinner will be purposefully directed toward our crowdfunding campaign for this endeavor.

Look for your invitation and directions to reserve your spot at the table in your inbox next week.

We'll keep farming for you!

Reuben and Tessa DeMaster
Willow Haven Farm

P. S. We want to connect you with a real farmer and send you amazing local, organic food every week!

Join Spring Market Box Subscription.

1. Choose your size.

2. Tell us your favorite farm foods.

3. Pick up your box and enjoy amazing flavors in your food again.

Find out "What Comes in a Box?" Here.


Tessa DeMaster

Growing up on my family's farm in Pennsylvania, I never would have pictured the life I live at Willow Haven farm. As a kid I spent summers in our large family garden we called, “The Truck Patch”. I helped mom every summer, picking beans, weeding, and cutting fruit and vegetables for the hundreds of jars of canned and frozen produce we put up. Now I spends less time out in the field and more time in the kitchen doing the same preserving for my own farm family. Farmer Reuben values my many hours doing much of the behind the scenes marketing, writing emails to cultivate customers and capturing the farm story each week. I'm always learning along the way in my quest to improve the farm experience for each of her current and future farm members in our 500+ member, year-round customized farm box delivery program. Reading our stories will connect you with your food in a way you never experienced before. Someday soon you will want to fit local food into your life and we'll be here to help you.

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