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Tricks and a Treat

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BOO!

We have an earlier pickup on Monday this week because I do NOT want to miss this little one’s first trick or treating. The pickup this week will be 3-6pm, but if you can’t make it till later, mention it in the notes and I’ll pack up and leave your order for you in the barn.

We have a few things to say goodbye to, and yet also a hearty welcome back. It’s so long, adios, sayanora to the tomatoes. The frost on Tuesday night was the beginning of the end, and the even harder frost Wednesday night sealed the deal. It seems so long ago now that we picked our first heirloom tomato of the season. I remember thinking how early it was (for Potter Hill) and, in the midst of the drought, wondering if they’d go by just as quickly as the cucumbers. Fortunately that didn’t happen, and we picked more tomatoes than I ever thought possible – a great run while it lasted, I assume future mediocre tomato summers will make me nostalgic for The Great 2016 Tomato Harvest. That said, there should still be some tomatoes available as we picked a bunch ahead of the cold.

Beans also bit the dust Tuesday night – my apologies to all you beanaholics but I didn’t get a chance to cover them. Fortunately, everything else will continue to get even better until we see some serious cold.

Enough of mother nature’s tricks, now for the treat…ground beef is BACK! Ken, the cattle man, still has a number of beef shares to sell. To give everyone a sneak peek of the quality of the meat before a big investment, he is making some ground beef available so you can decide for yourself. I haven’t tried it yet since he just got it back Monday, but he tells me it’s top quality. Meat share flyers will be passed out during the pickup. He does not have storage for 1,600 pounds of beef, so buying a share is likely the only way to get your hands on this grass-fed beef raised in our backyard.

Caramel apple season is over, but plenty of other chocolates available from Anna Banana’s.

Pickup Procedures:
Put your orders in online before 8am Monday. We’ll pick all orders fresh Monday morning and have it available for you to pick-up from 3-6pm Monday right on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the big red barn on the right at the crest of the hill. Take advantage of this short window of time when the best produce around is grown in Grafton’s backyard!

 

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Washout

Wow, we finally got the first big summer thunderstorm of the season. Wait…it’s late October? 3.2 inches of rain fell yesterday? Scratch head, rub eyes…confirm it’s not the lack of sleep from baby being up all night. Yup, we got 3.2 inches of rain yesterday, compared to 3.9 inches in June, July, and August combined! Grumble grumble.

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Despite the rain, or perhaps because of it, the garden looks fantastic. You don’t get greens like this more than a few weeks out of the year. Kale, chard, tatsoi, pea tendrils, spinach – you could have a different green each day of the week! The deluge most likely spelled the end of Potter Hill tomato season, but we did pick plenty just before it started so there should be enough for all on Monday.

All chocolates from Anna Banana’s are in stock and this is most likely the last week for the caramel apples!

Pickup Procedures:
Put your orders in online before 8am Monday. We’ll pick all orders fresh Monday morning and have it available for you to pick-up from 4-7pm Monday right on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the big red barn on the right at the crest of the hill. Take advantage of this short window of time when the best produce around is grown in Grafton’s backyard!

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That’s a Wrap!

img_4272No, our season isn’t wrapping up – I mean lettuce wraps of course! Parris Island, my favorite fall romaine variety, makes a delicious wrap. Think taco but without the shell. Or try it Asian-style with ground beef, tatsoi, rice, garlic, ginger and soy sauce.

The farmers market season did wrap up on Wednesday, and what an end to the season it was. Half of Grafton came out on a beautiful October afternoon to support our local artists, bakers, crafters and farmers. My truck was stacked precariously high with crate upon crate filled to the brim with veggies…and I returned with two heads of lettuce (dinner!). Thank you to all who made it a fantastic day and season!

I know the end is nigh, but the abundance continues for now. In fact we added a couple items to the list again this week. KALE is FINALLY back on the list. We have three varieties we’re picking right now, all super tender and it’ll just get sweeter with the lovely frosts we’ve been getting. The tomatoes survived the first two, but tonight is supposed to be another long frost. I heard it won’t climb above freezing till 9am. We won’t know the damage till the morning, but don’t fret – we picked tons of tomatoes and cherry tomatoes today and I tucked the oh-so-delicious beans in under their row cover blankets, so there should be enough for all on Monday. Everything else just improves in flavor with a frost!

If you’re new to the list…welcome! Mondays are a great way to fill your craving for organic veggies outside of the markets. Plus I often have extras available – this week Sarah from Anna Banana’s is back with chocolates, and even elderberry juice/syrup.

Pickup Procedures:
Put your orders in online before 8am Monday. We’ll pick all orders fresh Monday morning and have it available for you to pick-up from 4-7pm Monday right on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the big red barn on the right at the crest of the hill. Take advantage of this short window of time when the best produce around is grown in Grafton’s backyard!

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Monday Holiday Hours 12-2pm

You never know what to expect this time of year – depending img_4184on the time of day it can feel like August, October, or worse. That pair of 80 degree days jump-started the tomatoes, watermelon and green beans so they are back on the list. Yes, green beans! I seeded a way-too-late planting of beans hoping (but never expecting) they’d actually produce. We may even get more than one picking out of them before the frost gets them. I scoped out a couple farmers markets today and was surprised to see other farmers had beans for sale. It made me wonder if there are others out there as crazy as I am or if them beans been sitting for a while. A simple trick to test freshness – just-picked beans like you get at Potter Hill have a natural fuzz on them – put them on your shirt and they will stick like Velcro. Unsurprisingly their beans didn’t pass the test.

Three newcomers, pea tendrils, acorn squash, and purple top turnips, join the list, which stands at 24 different items this week. Not too shabby for getting toward the middle of October!

With this fall abundance, I couldn’t justify taking a Monday off, but I am moving the hours up so that anyone still in town can stock up for a BBQ or other delicious feast. Pickup hours are 12-2pm this week. If you can’t make those hours and can’t wait to get your veggies at the last Grafton market on Wednesday, I will happily pack up your order and leave it in the fridge at the farm for you. Just be sure to let me know in the notes or an email.

No extras this week:
-The cheese-makers are taking a break from winning awards to produce their biggest and best yet – their new little human is due very soon.
-You can get Sarah’s chocolates on Wednesday at the market

Ordering Procedures:
Put your orders in online before 7am Monday morning. We’ll pick all orders fresh Monday morning and have it available for you to pick-up from 12-2pm Monday afternoon right on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Take advantage of this short window of time when the best produce around is grown in Grafton’s backyard!