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Abundance

I may be prone to hyperbole, but isn’t this the absolute best time of year? Warm days, cool nights, and LOADS of veggies. By my count, there are 27 different veggies you can order and that’s not to mention a few items that likely will be available…like Jimmy Nardello peppers, the absolute best sweet pepper evah!

Funny story about those peppers – they look exactly like a hot pepper but are fruity sweet. It’s essential that no seedlings get mixed up, which we’ve historically had no problem with. This year we threw in a bunch of extra seedlings because we had an empty row and who doesn’t want more sweet peppers, right? Well, turns out there a few impostors mixed in. And guess who had to (got to?) sample one fruit from each plant! In one of the oddest farm chores I’ve ever done, April and I took turns biting the ends off of 35 peppers. I’m still breathing fire from the two hot portugal peppers, but we’ve identified and marked the impostors so you can rest assured you will not suffer what we endured…unless you’re into that type of stuff! Yet another sacrifice made on your behalf from your favorite organic farmer!

Chocolates are back, and just in time for S’more season, Sarah from Anna Banana’s Homemade Goodness, has some fancy new homemade marshmallows dipped in every flavor you can imagine!

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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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Grow spinach in the middle of August? Is that how the saying goes? I still can’t get over how different this summer has been from the epically hot and dry 2016 summer. And how different crops can be from one summer to the next. This time last year, I had tomatoes coming out my ears. Tomatoes are a high-value crop – last year’s bumper tomato crop more than made up for everything that withered in the drought. This year, tomatoes are more scarce but I have spinach, a cool season green that typically bolts at the first sign of summer. Another reason to grow a wide variety of crops, rather than a single crop like corn – if my tomatoes fail I don’t need a government bailout to save my farm.

That said, our heirloom tomatoes ARE back in stock. As is eggplant, cherry tomatoes, peppers, bok choi, arugula, tatsoi, new potatoes, french breakfast radishes, and tokyo bekana. Oh, and yes spinach! Whew, what a list…and that’s only the new stuff this week! If you’ve been a little too busy to order, I totally get it – I have a 14 month old after all. But the harvest is in and now is the time to support your favorite local organic farm. Now back to the harvest!

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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Life’s a Beach

We’re headed to the mystical cape for the weekend. Never been but we hear great things! Typically we don’t see the beach it seems until close to the first snowfall, but a quick weekend away in the busiest part of the season couldn’t go too wrong, right?

The Monday pickup won’t change, other than a slightly shorter list for simplicity. We’ve started selling beautiful sun and wildflower bouquets. If you want one for $7.50, add a note when you checkout. And April will still be selling at the Douglas market from 9-12 today – go buy her out of veggies so she doesn’t have to haul anything back in her decent excuse for a farm truck.

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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We Got the Beet Back

And pretty much everything else. Finally, it’s starting to look a bit like summer on our veggie list. Lots of meaty vegetables to go along with your side of meat from the talented meat man from up north. Seriously, those are chops? Sign me up! Check out his meat list and send Jeff an email with your order. Add zucchini, new potatoes, beets, or cabbage and you’ve got one hearty meal. Plenty of cukes too from the second planting, mostly the green ones but the blondies are on their way too. AND rainbow carrots, first come first serve!

Looking for something lighter to go along with your grassfed steak? We’ve got that covered too. The next planting of baby lettuce looks incredible – let us do the dirty work and triple wash it for you. Salad in a bag!

I’m trying to temper my excitement though. Due to the frequent rain and heavy morning dews, every possible evil fungal disease is thriving. Late blight (tomatoes) and both basil and cucurbit (squash) downy mildew have all been confirmed in MA already, well ahead of schedule. Each of these diseases will take down the entire crop once it arrives on the winds of yet another summer thunderstorm. Enjoy it while it lasts!

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.