And we’re back! Hope everyone had a nice holiday and a great start to the new year. I got back from the Midwest this week after lots of quality time with the family and 2,000+ more miles on my vehicle.
Just before I left, I was faced with a tough decision – I realized the covered area of the barn just wasn’t fit to overwinter chickens. The roof leaks and water runs off the road right through the barn. With the warm December weather and plenty of rain, they were swamp creatures. During the previous storm, I thought had fixed the issue, but running water can be relentless. With a two week trip coming up, I had to send the chickens to the farm. Not the NH farm and not the figurative farm in the sky, but to a farm in Boylston. They’re doing great (I actually visited them today), but I will miss them and their eggscellent production.
On the ‘all good things’ topic, it was tropical when I left and frigid when I returned – any and everything green (finally) is done for the season, though we have tons of great roots in storage.
New location for the rest of the winter:Community Harvest Project – 37 Wheeler Rd in North Grafton. A great organization that’s generously allowing us to use their beautiful indoor space. No matter the weather outside, it will be warm inside. Same time (Monday 4-7pm), different place – get your order in by Sunday night and I’ll see you then!
What a strange/pleasant fall it has been. I heard recently that it was the 7th warmest October-November on record in Worcester, and that was before this start to December. Usually anything green is hard to find this time of year, yet if you’ve made it up Potter Hill (in daylight) you know that the hill is alive! I won’t gloat too much for fear of it coming back to haunt us, and I’ve been reminded that last winter started out pretty mild, but I have to at least say it’s been VERY nice washing veggies in above freezing temps. That said, this freak weather won’t keep for long, so now is the time to stock up on (clean) roots.
I plan to wash a ton of roots Monday, so if you can’t make the usual hours, I can meet you at the farm for root orders of 20 pounds or more (any mixture of carrots, beets, rutabaga, Munchener Bier radishes, and celeriac). Just note on your order that you aren’t able to make it, and I will email you directly.
Oh, and December lettuce? Unprotected? That’s as rare as hens’ teeth in New England. I made a limited amount of lettuce available on the website, get it while it lasts. Baby heads are 3 for $2.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends, turkey and maybe even some delicious Potter Hill veggies!
We’ll take some time off around Christmas, but there are too many great veggies coming out of the garden right now to miss a pickup. As always, get your orders in before Monday morning – you can now pick up your orders from 3-7 pm on Monday.