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The last week!


Greetings,

This is the last week of the season. The onions, garlic, ginger and potatoes are offered at a reduced price. The honey is all sold.

The potatoes also have a bulk price of $1.00/lb if you buy 10 pounds or more. All varieties should store for several months if kept cool and dark. We store ours in an unheated basement where the garlic and potatoes usually keep until March and the onions often well into the spring.

I’m sorry we don’t have more onions or any carrots to offer. The latter just didn’t grow well this season and I cut back on the amount of onions planted because I took so many to the food bank or added them to the compost pile at the end of the season last year. They also didn’t generally grow as large as last year.

Thank you once again for your support of the farm. I’ll get in touch later to see who might want to remain on an email list in order to get any updates about u-pick blueberries or whatever else we might have to offer, like honey or garlic (I’m not ready to stop entirely!).

Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Thanks,
Tim

Some honey and spinach


Greetings,

The honey was extracted yesterday and we can offer some in 1/2 pound jars this week. The initial limit is one jar per household, but if you want more please ask in the comments section and we’ll provide if there’s extra. Any honey not ordered or asked for this week will be offered next week.

As for a bulk order, there isn’t much bulk to be had this season, except for potatoes, ginger, some garlic, and maybe a few onions and cabbage. Whatever is available next week will be discounted.

The deer pawed off the row cover from the remaining carrots in the field and ate every last one. There weren’t that many, but it was still an unwelcome surprise. I have a few in the cooler from last week, but that’s all that remains. It’s strange and unusual not to have bulk carrots for the winter. And sad.

We can make another harvest of spinach (if the deer don’t get it first!), as well as salad mix, arugula, and some lettuce from the greenhouse.

We’ve had a light frost and may get a freeze Thursday night. I know the season is winding down when I walk in the cooler and think for a second that the compressor isn’t working cause it feels so warm.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments as we wrap up the season.

Enjoy a few days of sun!

Tim

What's ahead.


Greetings,

We have three markets left this season, the last one being October 26.

Most years we’ve had a bulk order at the end of the season when we offer mainly onions, carrots, and potatoes at a reduced price when bought in certain quantities.

This year there are only modest amounts of carrots and onions and a fair amount of potatoes. There may also be some ginger and garlic available at a discount.

So, the bulk order will be the last market in October at which time I’ll have an idea of how much is left to offer at a discount.

I haven’t had a chance to extract the honey, but will certainly offer it before the end of the month.

No frost yet, but maybe Saturday night. It’s definitely time!

Thank you for your patience about the early ordering last week. We had to go to Savannah, Georgia for a wedding. The temperature was in the 90s and at a farmer’s market we visited (of course) there was an abundance of all the summer vegetables, as well as peanuts, pecans, okra, grits, rice, and watermelon juice. I don’t know how farmers can work out in the fields with the heat they have, but they do.

Enjoy our cool fall weather!

Tim

THURSDAY PICK UP REMINDER


Hi,

This is just a reminder for those who ordered that pick up is tomorrow, Thursday Oct 4. at the usual time and places.

Thanks,
Tim

THURSDAY PICK UP THIS WEEK!


Greetings,

PICK UP IS THURSDAY THIS WEEK. SAME HOURS AND PLACES.

ORDERS SHOULD BE PLACED BY WEDNESDAY MORNING AT 8:00.

We have to leave on Friday for a wedding.

No regular lettuce this week, but we do have some bagged lettuce which is from a previously harvested bed of salad mix lettuce that has grown larger. It’s grown in the hoophouse so gets regular watering which helps prevent any bitterness. We also have some salad mix this week, with a nice planting on the way for next week.

The arugula, which is from the greenhouse this week, will have a few holes in some of the leaves. I think it’s from grasshoppers, but I’m not sure. It doesn’t affect the flavor.

Thank you for your orders and happy October.

Tim

The home stretch and the future of the farm.


Happy Autumnal Equinox and Full Moon,

PLEASE NOTE:

For those who are out of money in their account, or almost, and want to continue to order:
IF YOU PICK UP AT THE FARMYOU CAN PAY BY CASH OR CHECK WHEN YOU PICK UP AND LEAVE PAYMENT IN THE CASH BOX ON THE COUNTER. (checks should be made out to me)

IF YOU PICK UP AT UNION MILL: YOU CAN MAIL A CHECK AFTER YOU PICK UP TO PO BOX 143 TEMPLE 03084. (checks should be made out to me)

We’re in our 16th week of harvest and with the cooler weather and shortening days the season is beginning to wind down. The deer know this and are starting to scavenge more aggressively. There were nine in the field the other day and last night when I was out looking for a marauding porcupine one gave a warning huff and I heard several take off into the woods. I even chased some turkeys out of the hoop house recently and found their tracks in the greenhouse. In the greenhouse?! I don’t think this has to do with the changing seasons, but instead a surprising boldness on their part. They seem to know what might really threaten them and recognize that going into our greenhouses doesn’t. They like to scratch in the hay mulch.

We’ve added baby bok choy, some spinach, and a little broccoli *this week. Beans, tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes have pretty much called it quits. There’s only a little *salad mix this week, with three more plantings on the way, weather permitting.

The other news is that THIS IS OUR LAST SEASON. After farming for most of the last 43 years, 32 of those years here in Temple, and with Julie now retired from teaching and both of us coming up on our mid-sixties, the time has come. As much as I love the work I don’t think I still have the physical stamina or psychic resilience needed to run this seven-day-a-week seasonal marathon anymore. The last two years were an experiment in cutting out our big farmer’s market down in Mass. and running the online market as a CSA, but the work was still non-stop and it became clear that it’s time to hang up the hoe.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT !!! whether for just this last season or since we began the online market in 2007. I’ll miss growing food for everyone. We’ll probably continue with the blueberries and will let people know about that.

Meanwhile, we still have up to five weeks to go this season so it’s not over yet!

Tim

Of Cabbages and Copra onions


Greetings,

We’ve added red and green cabbage this week, as well as Copra onions, a strong cooking onion that stores well.

The scallions are from the fourth and last planting so they’re much smaller than the recent large ones from the third planting.

We have a little arugula from a small planting that went into some extra space in the hoophouse. More plantings are on the way.

Potatoes have come down in price a bit this week. If you’ve gotten red potatoes recently you might wonder why some of them aren’t so red. The variety Dark Red Norlands has always done that as the harvest season progresses. I’m not sure why. It affects appearance, but not the quality of the potato.

Lacinato kale will probably come and go in availability. It’s generally slow-growing and, like all the other brassicas (cabbage, broccoli etc.), is planted in the lowest section of the field which means that this year it’s roots have been wet for much of the season. This contributes to slow growth. Today’s heavy rains aren’t helping! If I could have predicted the weather I would have planted them higher up (useless thought number 20 million and 2).

Thank you as ever for your orders.

Tim

If you ordered an orange pepper please respond


Hi,

If you get this before 4:00 and ordered an orange pepper please let me know.

The site had a technical glitch and didn’t enter the orange pepper orders on the invoices.

Thanks,
Tim

Fresh ginger and more lettuce


Greetings,

We’ll be doing the first harvest of the baby ginger this week. We don’t know what we’ll find until we start digging, but the plants look healthy so that’s a good sign. We sell it in 1/4 pound amounts. There’s more information in the market section.

The cooler weather has slowed some things down, but the lettuce is happy! Cucumbers not so much.

The basil has gotten the basil downy mildew, even though the variety was supposed to be resistant. So that’s it for basil.

We’ll harvest a few beets. They’ll be on the small side because they sat in wet soil for so long that their growth was held up.

Speaking of wet soil, I had to run up to Maine on Sunday for a family matter and stopped at the farm where I worked over 40 years ago (!!). They had hardly any rain all season and they’re probably only about 100 miles from here as the crow flies.

Thank you for your orders.

Tim

Leeks, Kennebecs, a little lettuce and mix


Greetings,

Happy September and best wishes to returning students and teachers. Being married to a now-retired teacher I know first hand of at least one job that’s harder than farming.

Warm, humid weather continues and we’re back to irrigating. The last rain we had was 12 days ago. August is said to have been one of the hottest on record.

We’ve added leeks, as well as Kennebec potatoes, which many of you are familiar with from past years.

The greenhouse peppers are taking a break, but still setting fruit so we’ll see if more ripen red or orange.

We have a few more plantings of lettuce and continue to sow salad mix. Two sowings of mix went in the hoophouse, following the cucumbers that grew there, to avoid what had been so much torrential rain and they look well. We keep trying!

We’re picking from the third planting of field-grown cukes. So far so good. It’s rare to get any after mid-September and sometimes not even that long, so we shall see.

Next week may be the first ginger harvest. It’s been growing since late March, first very slowly in the house and then very slowly in the hoophouse, but hopefully there will be something to show for all that time.

Lastly, I know the broccoli you got last week didn’t look like the usual rounded heads. This was a result of the heat. We lost most of the first planting to the weather. If you had a problem with the quality other than appearance let me know and I can credit your account.

Thank you for your orders.

Tim