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Routines

They’re hard to start, but easy to maintain. And oh so important in our life – a constant in the ever-evolving challenges of raising a toddler. My favorite routine is breakfast. My wife, 15 month old, and I sit down every single day and have bread, eggs, and greens first thing.

On the farm, we’ve settled into a pretty busy weekly routine…it goes something like this: harvest, harvest, harvest, plant, harvest, harvest, rest (yea right). Harvesting 5 days a week doesn’t leave much time for anything else. Little by little, we’re finding the time to prep the garden for next year – with plans to further our no-till experiment, we prepped 10 beds in a new field adjacent to the current lush garden. The goal is to make permanent beds so you’re only fertilizing where you grow, and compacting only where you walk…among a million other benefits. Sounds like a future newsletter topic!

I understand that it takes a little extra effort to add ordering veggies to your busy weekend routines, but you’ll thank me later. I wouldn’t be able to work as hard as I do without our wonderful breakfast routine. Eating seasonally will give you that extra boost to get over the middle of the week hump. I’ve always eaten well, but with Paddy Rose in our lives, we’ve made an effort to diversify our meals. I’ve never craved kale, beets, arugula, spaghetti squash, etc but if you’re anything like me, the more you get of veggies this fresh, the more you crave them. It’s a delicious virtuous circle that keeps me running strong even after a 12 hour day.

Here’s what I’m currently craving:
-Arugula – This salad. Can’t get enough.
-Beets – It finally cooled off enough to turn the oven back on. Add roasted beets to the above salad, or just add roasted beets to your daily diet. They’re that good. Oh, and no need to peel these gems – eaten fresh, the skin isn’t even noticeable. While you’re at it, go crazy and throw in some rainbow carrots.
-Short Creek’s Breakfast Sausage – Add to your greens and eggs in the morning and you’ll feel like a superhero the rest of the day. Yes, it’s a meaty Monday…order away!
-Rainbow Cherry Tomatoes – Order three and get one free! They won’t be around forever, it is officially October eve after all.

I hope you can make ordering your veggies over the weekend a routine for the rest of the season! Set a reminder to yourself to order first thing Sunday morning, or just click this link and order right now. There are only two more weeks of markets, and then my only reliable outlet for all this goodness is the  pickups on Monday, so you might as well get in the routine now!

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 Seasons Collide

It’s a foodie’s dream, a perfect food storm, the pinnacle of the season…the absolute best time of year as far as I’m concerned. Tomatoes, zucchini, and peppers meet butternut squash, leeks, and fall-sweetened carrots – sadly you won’t get to know each other well, but let’s celebrate the convergence of flavors rather than lament the inevitable.

 

Seriously y’all, we have so much good food up here we broke the system. The website for some reason will only display 34 items, so I had to remove a few of the less popular items to make way for sweet dumpling, acorn, and butternut squash! For snack today, Paddy Rose and I shared a roasted sweet dumpling squash – I got a few bites, but she ate most of it. She takes after her daddy…the kid can flat out eat. No salt, pepper, or butter needed, though that would have made it even better.

Meanwhile our heirloom tomatoes are so good they’re reaching legendary status. We have every color and flavor imaginable. Have you tried the tie dye red and yellow ones? Or Aunt Ruby’s German Green? Both are ginormous and fantastic, making a caprese salad that looks as good as it tastes. With the Grafton Market canceled because of the hurricane, you can still get your fill of them at Anzio’s, Tower Hill, UxLocale, Spring Ridge Farm, or Framingham State this weekend.

With this whacky weather, the tomatoes might be here today, gone tomato. You can see the whole trellised row rock back a few feet with each strong gust, employing the old ‘bend but don’t break’ strategy. I’m having flashbacks to this past winter listening to the wind howl and house shake as I type. My prediction is that they’ll power through and go nuts again with the second wave of warm temps headed our way! There’s likely still time for sauce making, so go crazy and load up. A 25% discount will be given over 20 pounds when you checkout at the farm (assuming the tomatoes survive!).

A few other highlights:
-Arugula, arugula, arugula: Just getting into the next planting. This is eat raw in your salad, yummy yummy so so good arugula.
-Cilantro: Make cilantro pesto, thank me later. Seriously, it’s a thing, my wife’s doing it right now for slow roasted pork shoulder tacos tomorrow night.
-Leeks and potatoes: Soup them together for later in the week when the temps drop into the 40s. We just dug up 3 buckets full of gorgeous new potatoes and I’d prefer you eat them than me store them!
-Greens: Kale, rainbow swiss chard, and spinach…you’re missing out if you don’t get one of each. You’ll kick yourself that you didn’t get 2 of each, believe me.

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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Summer’s Back!

It happens every year – a wonderful, delicious, and absolutely gorgeous onslaught of tomatoes. Sometimes I don’t even want to eat them they’re so darn purty. A little late this year but it’s hard to complain when we’re getting loads of bowling ball 2.5 lb tomatoes. You all should know what this means – it’s SAUCE time! In fact, I just made a simple quick sauce while writing this, and had it over a spaghetti squash – so good! Sauce discounts are 20% off for 10lbs or more, 25% off for 20 or more, and so on (reply to this email if you want “a lot a lot”). Your cart won’t show the discount because I haven’t figured that one out yet, but it will be taken on checkout. It is mid-September so get ’em while the getting’s good…here today, gone tomato!

Tomatoes aren’t the only ones enjoying this Indian summer. Or is it too early to call it that? We picked 50 pounds of zucchini from a quarter row today (Friday), after having picked the same amount from the same planting on Wednesday. Incredible. And don’t even get me started on the cherry tomatoes! The rainbow carrots were a huge hit last week, and there’s plenty more where they came from, while the greens continue to go gangbusters – we’ve had the absolute best spinach, chard, and kale lately.

Lest you think this farming thing is a breeze, it’s not all good news – the cucumbers succumbed to the cold nights and are the first casualties of an otherwise stellar fall. Next in line is basil, but this is the latest we’ve had it in years!

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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Cookie Jar

Aha, caught red-handed! Paddy Rose has figured out if she climbs a few stairs, she can reach over and help herself to her favorite summer treat. Fortunately for the bottom line, cherry tomato production has overtaken baby’s consumption and we have buckets of them to sell y’all! They are flat out the best cherry tomatoes around, objectively speaking of course. You might also see them on a few local menus – without a Saturday market to sell at because of the holiday, Anzio’s happily heeded my tomato plea. And as always, Twigs Cafe up at Tower Hill ordered tomatoes and so much more. We went up there today for lunch – let’s just say it’s worth the drive on this lovely holiday weekend!

Speaking of which, yes we are absolutely still doing a pickup on Labor Day from 12-3pm (let me know if you can’t make this time). There is far too much good stuff coming in to deprive y’all of this incredible abundance. Jeff from Short Creek Farm is coming down with pork and beef, Fern Hollow Farm is bringing pastured chicken, and Sarah from Anna Banana’s has lots of chocolate treats – you get a prize if you can think of something good we won’t have for your holiday BBQs. Email Jeff directly with your order – you can order chicken and chocolate on our website just like your veggies and eggs. The forecast looks fantastic for Monday so go crazy!

Incredible sleeping weather and perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes don’t usually go hand in hand, but this season has been unusual from start to finish. 45 degree nights in August is NOT the norm, but it’s hard to complain with highs in the 60s and 70s! The third planting of cucumbers has not enjoyed the cold nights, but the zucchini doesn’t seem to be suffering so much. And if we get some warm nights like they’re calling for, watch out because we’ll be throwing buckets of massive heirloom tomatoes your way! I didn’t think we could possibly be more overwhelmed with this abundance, but we might just get there. Get the good stuff while the getting’s good, because who knows how long this will last!

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 12-3pm 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.