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Bees and Peas

This week felt a lot like September, and that is NOT a complaint. Our heat-loving plants may not have appreciated this week’s relief, but I sure did. It’s usually sometime in mid-July that I question if I really truly actually like working outside. That was my mind-frame last week…a distant memory now. Now I feel rejuvenated and positively exhausted at the same time as we took full advantage of the weather to get a TON of things checked off the list. Let’s go down the yesterday’s list as an example.

-Harvest for a big delivery to the incredible cafe at Tower Hill ✔
-Get awesome picture of  our BEES on a sunflower with our house in the background ✔(photo cred April)
-Plant a late, risky third planting of squash, zucchini, and cucumbers ✔
-Make harvest list for today’s (Saturday) Farmers Market in Douglas from 9-noon. ✔
-Seed buckwheat and oats and PEAS in two fallow sections and disk in ✔
-Spread ground cover in preparation for next season ✔
-Find missing pig and put back in pen ✔
-Weed everything ✔ (for now)
-Pick cherry tomatoes! ✔

And yet, there’s still so much left to do! Our cherry tomato haul was just about enough for my cherry pickers and daughter to eat (she eats them by the handful), so it’s doubtful they’ll be available Monday. However, there will plenty of zukes and cukes, thanks in part to a friend’s farm in Ashland and pastured, organically fed chicken via Fern Hollow Farm in Sturbridge. Order away!

Pickup Procedures:
Put your orders in online before 8am Monday. We’ll pick it fresh Monday morning and have your order available for you to pick-up from 4-7pm Monday on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the long white garage on the left across from the big red barn at the crest of the hill.

 

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First Blush

I’m not the only one turning red after a week of fun in the sun! April, my ever trusty sidekick, found our very first cherry tomato blushing red on Thursday. The plants look fantastic after a rough start – hope for, but certainly don’t expect, to see them for sale Monday at the pickup. More likely we’re a week away from tomato bounty.

Your very favorite cucumber is just starting to come in. For the uninitiated, Boothby’s Blonde is a…well, blonde cucumber with extraordinary flavor. I sometimes forget the difference between it and a grocery store cucumber because I eat my year’s allotment of cucumbers during the summer and don’t buy any fall through spring. But then someone exclaims, ‘hey this cucumber actually has taste!’ after biting into them. With skin this thin, there is NO need to peel this blondie. The second planting is getting hit hard by the aptly named cucumber beetle, so get them while the getting’s good.

We have a perfect (almost) storm of herbs coming in. The basil, savory, mint, and cilantro we’re cutting right now are at their peak. Now if only we had dill to go along with those cukes!

Pickup Procedures:
Put your orders in online before 8am Monday. We’ll pick it fresh Monday morning and have your order available for you to pick-up from 4-7pm Monday on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the long white garage on the left across from the big red barn at the crest of the hill.

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No Rain, No Gain

What a difference a year makes huh? This time a year ago, I was grousing about too little rain. And a string of 95 degree days. Well, it hasn’t exactly been a cool summer, but the sky faucet seems to be stuck on. Severe drought to daily severe thunderstorms…sometimes I feel like I’m being hazed as a new farmer! A friend’s father once told me if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. Maybe my first two seasons is my New York, and it’ll be clear skies and sunshine from here on out? I’m sure all this rain is a good thing in the long run, but it’s hard to see the farm through the weeds during this string of four days of pain.

I have to admit a little disappointment on this season after looking at that post from last year. I had been picking cucumbers and zucchini for a couple weeks, and the tomatoes just started rolling in. This year, we’ve picked a handful of zucchini, nary a cucumber, and there is not even one brave tomato threatening to turn. On the bright side, the onions have never looked so good – I can’t even step over them in the rows because they’re so tall! We will actually get eggplant and peppers this year as they look fantastic. And don’t even get me started about the greens – they’re like really, really green. Get it while the getting’s good!

The Douglas Farmers Market starts back up this week (9am-12), and your favorite organic farmer will be there along with your favorite farm baby. Come say hi and stock up! Or put in an order online and pick up your veggies on the farm Monday evening. Zucchini is disappointingly still first come first serve, but perhaps there will be a cucumber or two.

Pickup Procedures:
Put your orders in online before 8am Monday. We’ll pick it fresh Monday morning and have your order available for you to pick-up from 4-7pm Monday on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the long white garage on the left across from the big red barn at the crest of the hill.

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Pickup Party

Hope y’all had a wonderful 4th! Things are really picking up steam here on the farm, and so are our pickups. We had a fantastic turnout last week despite the holiday. This week will be even better as we have an extravaganza of good food! Organically-fed and pastured meat chickens from Fern Hollow Farm is the newest addition to the feast (yes you read that right, finally chicken!!). And all the oldies but goodies will be joining in too. The senior of the group, Mr. Jeff will be coming down from NH with his latest sausage creations. You need to email him directly to order, list can be seen here. Cheese, chocolates, veggies, and meat chickens can be ordered on our website…one stop clicking!

New veggies are being added daily as the harvest season really begins. If you’re looking for suggestions, our swiss chard and bok choi are out of this world right now. It’s a new, fancy, and gorgeous variety of bok choi so if you previously wrote it off, give it another shot. We’ll be picking the first of our heirloom zucchini, but there’s only enough for first come first serve. This is unlike any listless and tasteless “zucchini” you’ll find in the grocery store. Even other farmstands’ zucchini pale in comparison! Salt, butter and pepper is all that’s needed.

If you can’t make it Monday, come see us at the Grafton Market on Wednesdays from 2-6pm. The market committee (myself included) has done a lot of work to reinvigorate the market, and it’s been a roaring success so far. Just like the bok choi, give it a second chance if you’ve given it up for dead!

Pickup Procedures:
Put your orders in online before 8am Monday. We’ll pick it fresh Monday morning and have your order available for you to pick-up from 4-7pm Monday on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the long white garage on the left across from the big red barn at the crest of the hill.

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SOS Eat Our Veggies

It happens every year – after months of waiting for the good stuff to come in, it finally does…right when everyone leaves for vacation! Kale, chard, lettuce, more lettuce, radishes, kohlrabi, fresh eggs. The list goes on. If you are around next week, go ahead and fill your fridge full of the best organic vegetables around! If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines thinking about ordering, now’s the time. The process couldn’t be easier. Add anything to your cart that sounds good from the link above by Sunday night (hint: it’s all good). Payment is taken upon pickup, not online. So your last step is to come to the farm from 4-7pm Monday evening to grab your goodies (you will get multiple reminders). If you can’t make it Monday, be sure to hit the farmers market Wednesday from 2-6pm. Thanks in advance for your support!

Pickup Procedures:
Put your orders in online before 8am Monday. We’ll pick it fresh Monday moring and have your order available for you to pick-up from 4-7pm Monday on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the long white garage on the left across from the big red barn at the crest of the hill.