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LOL…not

Careful what you ask for. I did in fact complain about a lack of rain in my last discourse, so you can blame me if your basement is flooded. Whoever’s controlling the weather up there has a real sense of humor. In the preceding 2 months and 23 days, we got a total of 4.6″ of rain (and that’s Worcester’s totals – I bet we got half that). From Tuesday-Thursday, we got 4.5″ of rain. Oh, and there’s 2.5″ more on the way Sunday. Ha, real funny mother nature!

There’s so much going on this week you absolutely need to know about that you’ll have to wait a week for more biting commentary.

Seasonal Cooking Classes! Friend, food writer, and chef extraordinaire Tori, a local food writer, is hosting a series of seasonal cooking classes at the Grafton Rec Center and the next one is November 7th. The topic fittingly is Thanksgiving sides. Check out more here.
Potter Hill fruit? It’s true, we’ll be selling some apples from our backyard trees. Never sprayed so they sure ain’t pretty, but they taste great.
-You know what goes well with apples? Cheeeeese is back in stock for this week. They’ve added two flavors – pumpkin spice and maple – to their popular Adelisca cheese (a spreadable cheese enjoyed every morning by the Grady family on their eggs and greens). They recommend the aged raw-milk cheese Karolina would go best with apples.
Flower bouquets are also back. April’s been making some incredible bouquets lately so we decided to make them available for sale again. I won’t give away her secret recipe, but it will smell and look fantastic!
-Get the caramel apples before they’re gone – Anna Banana’s has some crazy caramel creations but only for the next 2 weeks.
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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Staying Alive

We’ve had a couple frosts up here on the hill, and yet none in sight over the next 10 days. Sure all that could change on the whims of a weatherman, but the crazy thing is the tomatoes are still alive. And eggplant, and peppers. Summer is hanging on like a hair in a biscuit!

It’s really, really hard to complain about 70s and sun all day every day, but I’m going to go ahead and try. How about some rain?! We’ve actually returned to drought status, which is highly unusual for this time of year. My weather app has been continually warning me of elevated fire risks – doesn’t it know it’s October? Late October even. I’ve been delaying putting down cover crop seed to prepare the garden for next year because it’s a dustbowl, but it’s now or never time according to a wise old man I consult with often up in NH.

What’s Great This Week
-If you thought the kale has been good this season (it has!), it’s going to be even sweeter with the recent frosts. The same will be true for our mustard greens, spinach, and incredible rainbow carrots!
-Eggs – The ladies have had a daily buffet of surplus greens lately. Kale, swiss chard, lettuce…they’ve been eating like the princesses they are. You are what you eat, and what you eat eats too!
-Fried Green Tomatoes – There’s always a narrow window of time you can get this fall treat and now is that time. I made the tough decision to take out a couple rows of tomatoes before the cold did so. We treasure these tomatoes so much that it’s the first time we’ve prematurely ended their season, but there’s been so much disease on them that they stopped being productive. So when life gives you lemons, make fried green tomatoes!

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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Frosty Paws

Brrr….out of nowhere, what a chilly morning yesterday! There was a bit of frost on my way down the hill and quite a bit more throughout Grafton, but it was a few degrees warmer (34) at the top of the hill and everything survived to see another day. You’re on notice tomatoes, the end is nigh! Possibly as early as Tuesday.

It certainly will be bittersweet when the end does come. I’m not going to lie, I may have done a little frost dance in hopes it might take a few things out. The tomatoes are already circling the drain (first come, first serve on Monday), but I just don’t have the heart to pull the plug. It’s been a fantastic season, but such a good season necessarily means there’s a never-ending list of things to do, which is pushed to the back burner while we harvest the abundance. Now that the Grafton market is over for the season, we’ll be able to chip away at that list! Hopefully.

Speaking of lists, the order list is down to…only 28 different veggies! Not bad for mid-October. If you don’t see something that gets you excited, you’re not trying very hard – try something new like salad turnips or watermelon radishes (so spicy!).

With the market season (almost*) over, we will start offering more add-ons to your orders like chocolates. Anna Banana’s candied apples are big, bold and beautiful. *Almost because there are still 2 Douglas Markets left – today and next Saturday 9am-noon.

State of the Garden Address:
-Get the last of your summer faves while there’s still time; bell and sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, maybe lovely late eggplant too?
-We’re on the verge of another spinach explosion. I can’t even describe how excited I am about this next planting that is just about to hit the shelves.
-Onions galore! Last season we really didn’t have any storage onions, so I’m thrilled about the hoop house currently full of them.
-Veggies beginning with L had a rough week. Leeks are sold out for the season and head lettuce is on injured reserve and probably too late in the season to make a comeback. Fortunately baby cut lettuce and our spicy salad mix will pick up the slack.

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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Homestretch

Before we dive in too deep, yes there will be an early pickup for Columbus Day from 12-3pm. Different time, same great place. Email me if you can’t make that time frame and I’ll set your order aside for you. If you can’t wait, come on up to Tower Hill’s Fall Fest tomorrow. You can find our veggies on their menu and for sale, along with fall goodies (cider donuts) from other local vendors from 11-3pm.

The LAST Grafton market of the season is next week, which makes this the home stretch. Please come out to support your local farms and vendors – the market hasn’t been particularly well attended this year except a slamming opening day, so we’d love to go out with a bang! It’s bittersweet to see it end – I love the market but I’m REALLY looking forward to a little R&R. And sleep.

Looks like we’ll finally get some rain starting Monday. It’s funny to be typing this after the start we had to the season, but we’ve been desperately dry lately. A month ago we were coming off a fantastic August and the garden was flourishing like I’ve never seen before. Turns out we just swapped months – a very Septembery August transitioned into a very Augustic September, capped by a stretch of 90 degree days. I’ll have to look back, but I’m pretty sure we didn’t get a lick of rain the entire month, which typically isn’t hard to come by in September. Here’s to a normal October!

Despite the thirsty crops, lots of great stuff is still coming in. If you’re around for the long weekend, these are my suggestions to stock up on:
-them green tomatoes. Yes, they’re ripe. And incredible.
Spicy Salad Mix – My best idea ever. Pair with a pear or apple, red onion, and Couet Farm’s Franciska cheese, which you can get at the market Wednesday.
-We’ve moved onto the next planting of spinach and it’s at its absolute peak right now. But don’t sleep on the chard and kale too!
Purple fingerling potatoes. Not the knock off purple skinned yellow flesh tots. These taters are purple to the core, and taste as good as they look.

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 noon-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.