In true 2020 fashion, it looks like we’ll just get one more harvest in before an epic cold snap preceded by another N’oreaster. I’ve been watching next week’s forecast continually deteriorate the last couple of days. Thursday’s forecasted low has steadily dropped from 16 to 10, and Wednesday looks like up to a foot of snow, so I have a pretty tight window to wrap up 2020. The last two things on my to do list are clear the delicious greens from the tunnel and cut/remove the plastic. You can help me with the first task by loading up on your greens, specifically kale and lettuce. Both will keep for a couple weeks in your fridge so you can add some color to your holiday meals!
The second task is going to be a doozy. I’ve been wrestling with the decision for months, but Mother Nature made the decision for me via the last two wind storms. Despite its name, the N’oreaster model high tunnel I purchased (only two years ago) is no match for real N’oreasters on the top of Potter Hill. It started out as a few holes in the plastic, but there are now holes at the peak of each (24 of them) hoop! I’ve army crawled across the **** thing too many times patching them up, but the plastic is beyond repair at this point. I’ll have to cut the plastic, leaving it open for the winter and decide what to do about it come spring.
Although the tunnel structure has taken more than its share of punches, the greens inside are spoiled rotten, delicious and gorgeous as you can see from the above picture from a customer. And still very much abundant unfortunately (fortunately?). If we’re really going to clear it all out before we take it down, it’s going to take your best greens eating effort to do so. Load up! Oh, and yes there are plenty of roots to balance out the greens.
And finally, if the online ordering system is giving you trouble or you’re just feeling lazy, but you still want your dose of fresh veggies, just reply to this email to claim a $25 bag. It will roughly have 2lbs each of carrot, potatoes, and onions, plus 2 heads of lettuce and 2 bunches of kale.
Veggie Ordering and Pickup Procedures: Put your veggie orders in online before 8pm Sunday. The website is a little buggy so if you don’t see a wide variety of items or you see items out of stock, try refreshing your browser. Also confirm on checkout that you have the correct number of each item in your cart. The two pickup windows are working well, so we’ll keep it going. Choose your pickup window while checking out online: 1230-2pm and 4-5pm Monday on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the long white garage on the left across from the beat up tan and red barn at the crest of the hill.