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BULK ORDER NEXT WEEK NOV.7
*THE ANNUAL BULK ORDER WILL BE FRIDAY NOV. 7.
THERE WILL BE NO ORDER THIS WEEK.
The heavy rains last week prevented our planting garlic so it has to happen in the next couple of days. This leaves no time to put together the bulk order this week.
After planting I’m going away Friday and will be back next Tuesday Nov.4. I’ll update the site then and email details about the bulk order.
I apologize for any inconvenience the delay may cause.
BULK ORDER NEXT WEEK
Next week will be the ANNUAL BULK ORDER when we offer onions, potatoes, and carrots at a discount when buying 10 pounds or more. All of these can keep well for many months under the right conditions. Leeks and cabbage will also be discounted for that week. I’ll provide more info next week.
Another frost Monday morning, but again not too hard. The weed galinsoga was hit fairly hard at the bottom of the field and largely untouched up at the top in the potatoes. It may be November before we get a true freeze which would be unusually late.
Right now I’m looking for a window of dry weather so we can plant garlic for next year.
Thank you for your orders.
We woke to our third light frost Monday morning. Still no killing frost. The only drawback to that is that our worst weed, galinsoga, continues to grow and flower so I haven’t yet had the satisfaction of walking into the field and seeing it all killed back by the cold.
We’ll do our annual bulk order either the last week of October or the first week of November.
I put broccoli on the site with the hope that this mild weather will make it available by Friday.
This has been our best year for lettuce since we began 28 years ago and it continues to be nice even now. The last of the salad mix is also looking good.
We’re down to two kinds of potatoes – Kennebecs and Yellow Finns.
The Copra onions are bigger than I’ve ever seen and seem like they cured well and so should store well for the winter.
Thank you for your orders.
ginger and more
This is going out early this week because it’s easier this time of year to know earlier in the week what we’ll have for Friday.
Carrots are now going for $2 per pound without the tops.
Also, I want to mention the FRESH GINGER again in case you missed the email I sent. Hopefully, it’s still in your inbox so you can check out the details. In brief, it’s $12 per pound (the same price I’m buying it for from the organic farm in Amherst, Ma. – the ginger is a non-profit venture!). You can order in 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, or 1 lb. or more increments. PLEASE SEND ME YOUR ORDER BY EMAIL. AND PLEASE ORDER BY TUESDAY NIGHT (tomorrow).
I plan to pick it up Wednesday morning and keep it in our cooler for the Friday order.
Enjoy the beautiful fall.
Not winding down yet, but...
October is here and with it the end of several summer crops, including the squashes, cucumbers, and tomatoes of every sort. It always feels kind of abrupt – here today, gone the next. But much remains to be harvested and enjoyed.
We should go well into the fall, and even winter, with onions, potatoes, leeks, cabbage, carrots, celery root, and maybe garlic and some beets.
We planted the last lettuce in the hoop house last week and sowed some more salad mix in there as well so we’ll see how long we can keep going with some greens. Spinach and kale should continue for some time as well.
Enjoy the fall and thank you for your orders.
Autumn has come
The equinox has passed and fall is here. We had a frost last Friday morning, but not too severe. That’s the earliest we’ve had in many years.
Of note this week is the lower price for Kennebec and Yellow finn potatoes. The purples are just about gone, the reds not far behind, and the fingerlings should last for another couple of weeks.
I left a small number of cukes and squash on the site, but that may be optimistic. I’ll leave a more accurate amount after we check in the morning.
Cherry tomatoes and eggplant are over. Tomatoes are soon on the way out.
Broccoli should be available again in a while.
Cauliflower is about over. Our second planting failed to germinate well in the greenhouse. You could ask for it in the comment section of your order and if we have some we’ll try to provide.
I’m sorry the beet greens, especially the reds, haven’t been very nice. This season we had an unprecedented influx of leaf miners that bore tunnels in the leaves of both beets and chard. The deer also have helped themselves to the beet greens.
Thank you for your orders.
We’re adding cauliflower, baby bok choy, and green cabbage this week. We also have some broccoli again.
The squash and cukes may be hard to come by with this cool – cold! – weather, but we’ll see.
Thank you for your orders.
What's new and reminder
Please remember that orders should be in by Thursday night at 8:00. A little later is okay if you forget or are busy, but Friday mornings generally don’t work.
Also, please remember that there’s a minimum of six orders per season to be a member of this market. Most people have done that or more, but for those who haven’t please make the effort before the end of the regular season at the end of next month. If you have any questions about this please let me know.
We’re adding Kennebec potatoes, a white baking, mashing, and general use potato. For the first time in many years there is little or no scab which is great to see.
We’re also adding Copra onions, a yellow cooking onion. They’re still curing in the barn so it’s not time to buy in quantity for the winter, but they’ll last a long time all the same.
Spinach is another addition this week. I’m estimating how much is ready so if it’s sold out you can ask for some on your order and we’ll see what we can do.
Squash is iffy with the cool weather, but we should have enough cucumbers this week.
Golden beets are back. They’ll mostly be on the small side.
We should also have some beans again.
The second planting of broccoli has been eaten aggressively by deer the last week or so, despite some electric fencing. I’ve never seen them go after it this way, especially this time of the year. Signs of an early, cold winter?
Enjoy the full moon and thank you for your orders.
still summer, but...
Although we’re having another round of summer we’re adding some fall crops to the mix this week – the two kales, red cabbage, and leeks. Beans are making another brief appearance.
We’re into the third planting of cucumbers and hopefully they’ll be ready by Friday.
The hot weather quickly ripened up all the broccoli in the first planting so I had to cut it all for farmer’s market. It goes by so fast in hot weather. We have two more plantings to come and hopefully some sideshoot production.
The Ailsa Craig and Tropea onions have grown beautifully this year and are still being pulled fresh from the field. The Copras are being brought into the barn to cure little by little as their tops fall over which indicates that it’s time to harvest them. They’ve also grown better than I’ve ever seen. Hopefully, they’ll store well, too.
Thank you for your orders and if you have any questions or comments please let me know.
The one new item this week is broccoli. I entered 20 pounds as the amount available, but’s it very hard to predict how much there will actually be. It could be more or less. I walk through a planting and note the number of heads of a certain size and guess if they’ll be ready by Friday morning and if so then what their weight might be. It’s a very inexact science.
If the broccoli is sold out you can ask for it in the comment section and I’ll add it to your order if it’s available.
We’re still planting lettuce from the greenhouse and sowing salad mix and arugula. In the days ahead we’ll be harvesting the Copra onions, our storage onion, and putting them in the barn to cure. The other day Madeleine and I cut the stems off the garlic which is done curing to make way for the onions.
With September on the way we’ll be offering fall crops like cabbage, kale and leeks soon and rye and oats are beginning to be sown to cover bare ground for the winter.. As Joni Mitchell sang, “The seasons they go round and round”.
Thanks very much for your orders.