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A Thankful Break

dsc09768Thank you to everyone who braved the frigid barn on Monday and stocked up for their holiday meals! I expect at least half of Grafton should have our amazing Potter Hill carrots in their Thanksgiving meals based on the 55 pounds we harvested and sold on Monday. There’s nothing quite like those frost sweetened carrots. Why are fall crops so much sweeter than the rest of the year? Sounds like a good newsletter theme for next week.

On the next week topic, there will be no pickup on Monday 11/28. We are going to take a week off as I focus on my new role as stay at home dad. Plus, I’m ready for a week off after 5 months of constant harvesting (and weeding), preceded by 2 months of constant planting (and weeding). Our goal was to have something available from Potter Hill to grace your Thanksgiving plates – with 21 different vegetables for sale on Monday, mission accomplished! Everything from here on out is gravy.

We’ll be back at it the following week when Jeff comes down from NH to spread some holiday cheer (meat). You don’t need to wait till then to put in your meat order – check out what he has for sale and send him an email at info@shortcreeknh.com. We had his roasted chili and pumpkin sausage (from Potter Hill pumpkin) stuffed inside an acorn squash the other day – so good!

We’ll at least have roots for sale to go along with the meat. Mother nature willing, greens too. It may be our last week of the season, but it sure has been a good run. I am very thankful to all of you for supporting Potter Hill and making my first season a success. I know it’s not easy to add a separate trip to your busy lives just for veggies, especially now that the sun goes down so soon after coming up. So thank you, thank you, thank you. And while I’m at it, a huge thank you to our family! I always try to write as “we” because I certainly have not done this alone. Our house has been a revolving door of family coming from all over the country and world to help however they’re able – from helping on the farm to helping with the babe, this season would have been a disaster without them. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving y’all!

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One Stop Shopping

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Where else can you get the best chocolate, cheese, eggs and organic veggies around? All that is missing is the turkey! And yes, I said cheese – Couet Farm cheese is back, just in time to add to your holiday feast! Anna Banana’s has added a large chocolate sampler filled with 4 different types of chocolate. You’ll definitely get an invite again next year if you show up with cheese and chocolate.

As if life couldn’t get any better, I’ve added triple-washed baby leaf lettuce to the veggie list. I can’t even begin to describe to you all how much this has improved my life! 1/3 pound bags for $4. Instant salad, and so very nutritious and delicious. Two salad(ie)s a day keeps the maladies away. Also (sort of) new to the list is rainbow carrots with no limits – I’m pretty sure they doubled in size after Tuesday’s rain and are finally the perfect size. I connected with an organic (non-certified) farm to fill out the selection – the potatoes, kale and eggs will be mostly from Chestnut Hill Farm. No need to fight over the eggs this week!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday filled with family, friends, joy, and appreciation. And Potter Hill veggies.

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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The Peace of Wild Things

img_4515“When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”

There’s nothing quite like the quiet of the forest to calm an anxious spirit – for a multitude of reasons, we’ve been taking frequent long walks in the woods behind Potter Hill’s pastures lately. A friend posted this Wendell Berry poem recently that really captures my mood – clearly great minds think alike!

Sarah from Anna Banana’s Homemade Goodness now has sampler boxes for sale in the chocolate category – great to take to a holiday get together or to binge eat at home alone.  And on the box topic, Ken the cattle man has received feedback that 100 pounds of beef is like, a lot of meat. He is going to offer meat boxes of 10, 20, and 30 pounds – as always, contact him at kdionfly@verizon.net for details. He is still offering ground beef for sale, 2 pound packages for $14, so you can try before you buy.

Oh, and yes there are still lots of great greens, roots, and squash but this beautiful weather won’t last forever – get them while you still can!

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? Meat day!

Hey, Grafton!  It’s Jeff, the farmer formerly known as… that Potter Hill guy with the pants.  Paul invited me to invade the newsletter again, and I’m going to make it snappy.  Mostly I want to spare the good folks who are also SCF newsletter subscribers from a heaping double dose of ridiculous.  What?  You don’t get the Short Creek newsletter?  But it has so many pretty pictures!  It’s OK, I forgive you.  But you really should go sign up.  That way all of the good folks who usually enjoy Paul’s fantastic newsletter, and who don’t care a good gosh-dang about Short Creek meat (Hi, Fiona!), don’t have to suffer these occasional takeovers.  Hmmmm, it seems my goal here is to spare as many readers as possible the pain of reading what I write, so let’s get right to…

The POINT!  Monday is Meat Day at Potter Hill!  Remember that you can order sausages and other pastured meat treats from Short Creek Farm for pickup during the regular Potter Hill pickup hours.  Go forth and examine the list on our website, and then shoot us an email with your grocery list.  Posthaste!

Finally, I just happened to go check out the selection of vegetables available from Paul this week.  Daaaaayyum, son!  That’s an extensive list of organic local produce for November in New England.  Get it while you can – you’ll be kicking yourself in December if you don’t take every opportunity to eat fresh greens.  Paul assures me the lettuce is top notch, so get your order inToot sweet.

P.S. We have bacon.  And it’s sliced, just like proper bacon.  So if you love bacon, but can’t be bothered with knives, today is your day.

Thanks!!