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Ending. Beginning.

It’s nearly Christmas, but it has felt like early spring more often than not over the last couple of weeks.  I don’t know what the heck is going on out there, but we’ll take it.  As if we have any other choice.  I’m not sure if you are having this feeling, but I suspect that Old Man Winter is plotting some nasty scheme to make sure we all forget about this mild and pleasant December we’ve had.  My gut tells me that we’ll remember 2015 as the year we had 84 feet of snow in April and not the year of the very pleasant December.  But we’ll see.

We’ll be having our last veggie pickup of the year on Monday, so come get some roots for Christmas dinner.  Perhaps even some green things as well?  What’s listed on the website is what we HOPE to still have on Monday.  Get your orders in, and we’ll do our best to get everything you ask for.

As the year comes to a close, we’ll be officially moving all meat sales over to Short Creek Farm.  Dave and I would love to continue selling Short Creek grass-fed beef and pastured pork to you folks down in MA, while Paul continues to sell veggies from Potter Hill.  We have a fresh round of pork and beef in the freezer, including our first (!) 100% homegrown grass-fed beef.  We have been perfecting our sausage recipes, and we have a bunch of new varieties in the works.  Some of the new ones include Smoked Chili and Heirloom Pumpkin, Roasted Apple and Sage, and Quince and Roasted Onion.  Sounds good, right?  I don’t know about you, but my mouth is watering.  And it’s not just the usual slobber.

Starting after the New Year, we’ll be doing a Short Creek drop-off at Potter Hill every couple of weeks.  We’ll send out a list of what we have available via the Short Creek Farm newsletter, so head over to the website and sign up for the newsletter, if you haven’t already.  More details to follow, but we plan to take your orders by email, and we’ll likely stick to the same Monday 4pm – 7pm schedule for pick up.

Happy Holidays to everyone!  See you soon!

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December Lettuce?

What a strange/pleasant fall it has been. I heard recently that it was the 7th warmest October-November on record in Worcester, and that was before this start to December. Usually anything green is hard to find this time of year, yet if you’ve made it up Potter Hill (in daylight) you know that the hill is alive! I won’t gloat too much for fear of it coming back to haunt us, and I’ve been reminded that last winter started out pretty mild, but I have to at least say it’s been VERY nice washing veggies in above freezing temps. That said, this freak weather won’t keep for long, so now is the time to stock up on (clean) roots.

I plan to wash a ton of roots Monday, so if you can’t make the usual hours, I can meet you at the farm for root orders of 20 pounds or more (any mixture of carrots, beets, rutabaga, Munchener Bier radishes, and celeriac). Just note on your order that you aren’t able to make it, and I will email you directly.

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Oh, and December lettuce? Unprotected? That’s as rare as hens’ teeth in New England. I made a limited amount of lettuce available on the website, get it while it lasts. Baby heads are 3 for $2.

 

 

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Better late than never

Five o’ clock and just getting the newsletter out the door.  Terrible!  And, yes, you’ve seen this picture before.  But it’s so nice, I’m gonna use it twice.

Busy day today, with vehicles taking over my life.  This spring it was tractors, this fall… trucks.  The new farm truck is a beast (2003 F350 7.3L Powerstroke Diesel – yeeeeuh), but she’s an old girl and needs some TLC.  Done already, mostly with the help of Mr. Mark Beauregard – left side ball joints, shocks, new tow plate, steering stabilizer, tie rod, new trailer wiring, new front wheels, right front wheel bearing, front brakes, locking front hubs.  Man, it sure looks nice when you put it all end to end like that.  Now just to fix the coolant leak (front oil cooler header, I think… I hope) and that nasty case of the shakes she gets between 45 and 50 mph.  Hmmmpf.

And then there’s the van, which failed inspection (in New Hampshire? are you kidding me?) due to just a touch of the ol’ New England special – body rot.  Looks like a patch job should have the Green Bomber back on the road soon.  And, for the grand finale, the transmission in my pickup decided to give up the ghost.  On the highway.  With pigs in the trailer.  Luckily, I was able to limp home in low gear with the trailer and avoid a tow truck convoy.  And so the pigs are happily rooting in their new home, and my pickup has a completely rebuilt transmission.

Ninety-nine problems, and most of them are trucks.

Paul will be up in the barn on Monday for pickup between 3p and 7p.  There are – amazingly – still some green things on the list, but it’s December. So there may or may not actually be green things on Monday.  Fingers crossed!