Keeping Tomato Plants Warm

sleeping tomatoesOn a cold winter night the tomato plants need and extra cover.
FullSizeRenderAs the sun warms the high tunnel Farmer John checks to make sure the plants are not getting too hot.
IMG_0808The covers come off so the plants can enjoy the warm sunlight.


It’s π day!

Have some fun and enjoy a delicious pie.

Getting Ready for Spring

  FullSizeRenderIMG_0711Farmer John is getting ready for the warm days of spring (if they ever gets here) by keeping tomato and lettuce plants warm, watered and happy until they are ready to be planted. These will be some of the produce that will be available in the Lock Farm CSA’s. For more information check out our website:

Lock Farm in Frederick

Mary and John will be in the Frederick area on Thursday, February 19th. Items for sale this week include: eggs, sausage (frozen), sauerkraut, jams, cheeses, and our famous apple chips and fruit rolls. Location: 101 S. Main St. Woodsboro (noon to 6 pm), Frederick (5:30 to 6 pm), Walkersville (6:30 to 7:00 pm).
To request a list of products for this week and/or to place an order contact Farmer John.

Strawberry, Rhubarb Orange, Blueberry Lime and Sour Apple Jams along with our famous Apple Chips, and Fruit Rolls.

Request a list or to order contact Farmer John.

What Do Farmers Do in Winter?

One question we are frequently asked is, “What do produce farmers do all winter?”
Here are some of the things Farmer John at the Lock Farm does during the winter.


He builds a high tunnel.

Reading seed catalogs.

IMG_0343He checks out seed catalogs ….
and places orders.
He attends the 2015 MID-ATLANTIC fruit and vegetable convention.



he waits for summer.IMG_0369

Beyond Black Friday, Small Shop Saturday and Cyber Monday

The Lock Farm offers several ways that you can show your thoughtfulness during this holiday for website1. Gift Cards — made out to the amount that you wish.                                               These can be redeemed any time during the year: either at the Woodsboro location (Thursdays between 12 and 7 pm at 101 S. Main Street) or at the Shippensburg location (822 Ritner Highway, every day except Thursday).
CSA gift card
2. Gift Bags — These include 2 jars of jam, a packet of herb tea, a holiday mug, cone mix, and apple chips.  Cost: $15                                                                         A great gift for teachers and/or secret Santa’s.


3. A CSA subscription — This is a wonderful way to surprise others with a gift that keeps giving after the holidays. Also a great gift idea for the person or family that has everything.
We offer several CSA subscriptions. Choose one, two or all three!

csa picture



A cold and rainy Saturday

It is a cold and rainy Saturday here at the Lock Farm. Not a good day to do outside chores. So… this morning I took one of our huge sweet potatoes and made: a sweet potato pie, sweet potato bread and sweet potato fritters.

Almost as good as New Orleans' beignets.
Almost as good as New Orleans’ beignets.

The fritters are delicious. Here is the easy (and tasty) recipe.

Sweet Potato Fritters

2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup of milk
2 egg yolks

1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

2 egg whites well beaten

oil for frying

Combine liquid ingredients. Beat until smooth.
Combine dry ingredients. Add to mixture.
Fold in the beaten egg whites.

Drop by teaspoon-full into oil at 365º.
Flip when browned on bottom until both sides are brown.
Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Gobble them while they are still warm. YUM!









This vegetable is good fixed in many ways: raw, in salads, cooked, steamed, braised or fried.
Over cooking gives cabbage a strong flavor and odor.
Cooking celery with cabbage will help cut to strong cooking odor.
Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids.

1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup butter
4 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
8 oz noodles, cooked and drained
1/2 cup sour cream

Sauté onion in butter.
Add cabbage; sauté until tender crisp (about 5 minutes)
Sprinkle with slat and pepper.
Stir hot noodles into cabbage.
Add sour cream.
(Taken from The PRACTICAL PRODUCE Cookbook)