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Future Farmer

They grow up so fast!

I can’t say I’m typically a big holiday person. Many of them seem forced or hyper-commercialized. However, I deeply connect with Thanksgiving for obvious reasons…I have so much to be thankful for and I’m obsessed with great food. One big goal I had for the season was to have something good for you to add to your Thanksgiving meal. It’s certainly not a given considering our unpredictable and sometimes brutal weather. But I’m proud and so very thankful to provide you with a long list of no-spray, diligently tended and hand-picked organic veggies! Your two options for stocking up with our veggies are via our usual online ordering system for on-farm pickup Monday (link above), OR you can come see us tomorrow at the Shrewsbury one-day Winter Farmer’s Market from 2:30-6:30 at Oak Middle School.

As an extra bonus, there will be cheese available for sale at the Monday pickup from our friends at Couet Farm and Fromagerie! Whether you need just a single block, a gift basket, or a whole cheese platter for your holiday meals, they have you covered. If you’ve never tried their delicious cheeses, now is your chance as they will be joining us from 4-6pm with samples. And, as always, Anna Banana will be dropping off chocolates  and has some boxes that would be a great gift for any host!

I hope y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with great food and even better company!

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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Under Cover

Nature, and specifically veggies, can do some amazing things. Our first real frost of the season Wednesday night was also a hard freeze – I watched my weather app with dismay as it dropped below the predicted low of 31 already at 7pm. By then it was far too late to cover anything, and by the morning it was 23 degrees and we had some frozen greens. Amazingly, both the frozen lettuce (above) and spinach (below) thawed out and went on their business of being delicious food for you and me like nothing happened!

Speaking of 23 degrees, that’s the temp as I write this and free-falling, where it will stop, no one knows. I’ve removed the “hardy but not tundra-hardy” items from the list in preparation of a low of 20. If we hit 14, which is one of the predictions I saw, the list may need further revisions. We spent the afternoon getting the most near and dear to my heart under cover – spinach, baby lettuce, and spicy mix. Meanwhile kale laughs at 14 degrees like it’s an awkward boy band going through puberty, so I’m fairly confident we’ll at least have those in the greens department. Either way, we have some pretty stellar roots right now with our rainbow and orange carrots the star of the show. And thine eyes do not deceive you – we picked a bunch of heirloom tomatoes and sweet peppers Wednesday afternoon, and just in time too as the plants are deader than a doornail now. There are only two more Mondays before Thanksgiving, so it’s time to stock up!

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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Loads of Treats

This house has been here for 247 years, but I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to make it through Sunday night. You know it’s a bad storm when the neighbor’s wind sock gets shredded in the wind – it’s a wind sock! A proper thunderstorm conjures up fond memories of summers back in Ohio, but the wind up here is unsettling, I think because of how persistent it is. The rain finally stopped after a mere 3.5″, but the winds continued through Monday afternoon. I spent the whole windy day feeling unnerved and in a bit of a haze. Fortunately April picked up the slack and got us through another busy Monday harvest. I guess it could have been much worse – the wind ripped a few metal panels and boards off a couple of our barns that were surely not built to last 247 years. But we had power through the whole storm and the house remained fully intact to see another 90,155 days or so (hopefully). Meanwhile, guess what’s howling outside right now as I type this!

After all the dust settled, our little native pollinator (not a bumblebee!) had a wonderful time running around South Street on Halloween. Fortunately she hasn’t discovered candy yet, so she had to settle for some treats fresh from the garden. And popcorn.

Paddy Rose’s Recommended Garden Treats This Week:
-Apples: So sweet and so ugly, just like her daddy. PR eats at least one of these a day.
-Heirloom tomatoes: Uh, yea…November tomatoes. Gotta get you some of those before PR eats them all!
-Spinach: We’ve begun picking our winter spinach variety and it’s even better than the summer variety, if that’s possible.
-Rainbow and orange carrots: We just started picking the next planting of carrots – they’re delicate, gorgeous and getting sweeter with each frost.  It turns out that planting is all orange, so I must have ran out of rainbow seed. But don’t panic, we still have loads of rainbow carrots (pictured below) that will be sold loose from now on instead of bunched.

Also, you can order cheese, chocolates, and meat this week as well. Cheese and chocolates can be ordered directly on our website, while you need to email Jeff to order meat. You can pick everything up right here on the farm during our usual Monday pickup times.

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.