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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Week 16 - Rain and wind!

Week 16

With all the rain and windy weather this week, we spent a good bit of time indoors sorting and cleaning garlic. The indoor work is always a nice change of pace for the crew and is a time for groovy music or interesting podcasts. We separate out the best bulbs to use as seed for next year’s crop, which totals almost one-quarter of the entire harvest! Those bulbs will be broken into individual cloves over the next few weeks and planted at the end of October before the cold weather really hits. 

With temperatures forecasted over 80 degrees F this week and nighttime temperatures above 60 degrees F, it’s hard to believe it’s time to start thinking about planting garlic and taking down the tomato trellising. But the warm weather should help some nice stands of cover crops establish in most of our summer fields, blanketing the farm in green. It’s a beautiful sight, our way of feeding the soil and taking care of land that we expect so much from.

This week the share will include:


Greens
Spinach
Head lettuce
Rainbow chard
Kale
Bok choi
Salad Turnips
Carrots
Broccoli
Potatoes
Garlic
Spaghetti Squash
Cherry tomatoes - PYO
Hot peppers - PYO
Herbs - PYO

Despite our best efforts to keep a good stash of scissors for the pick your own field, every week many go missing. I’d like to encourage you to bring your own scissors if you plan on picking.

Just a reminder, we only allow one pickup per week but the choice of day is up to you. If you cannot make it for one of the weeks, you can always send a friend to pick up your share for you. Please remember to bring your tote bags! The shareroom is open Monday & Thursday 2-7pm, Tuesday and Friday 12-5pm



Sunday night Concerts Start  Sept 24!

Join us for our annual Down on the Farm Fall Concert Series at Appleton Farms! These family-friendly concerts will feature live music, food trucks, lawn games, and an opportunity to meet our dairy cows and farm animals. The series kicks off on Sunday, September 24th at 4pm with Cold Chocolate
Cold Chocolate is a fresh and exciting Americana band with a unique sound that fuses bluegrass and folk with a dash of funk. With original tunes and technical prowess, this trio from Boston is mesmerizing audiences with guitar, upright bass, percussion, and three-part harmony.


Bring your own picnic or purchase food from Joe's on a Roll and CopperDome Pizza.  Beer and wine will also be available for purchase from Ipswich Ale and Old Planters Brewing.

Gates open at 4pm and concert starts at 5pm. Leaf-peeping and family photo opportunities among the foliage in our historic Stone Paddock a bonus!

News from the Farm Store

Milk bottling on Wednesday this week. 

We have some new products... come check them out. You can also now sign up for our courses at the store!

Regular store hours are M-F 11 to 6 and Sat and Sun 10-4. Sometime we may stay open a little later, but generally we close at 6 pm.

We are looking for one or two shopkeepers.  If you know of anyone who would like to join the team in the store on a part-time basis, please have them apply by sending an email to screighton@thetrustees.org .

Please remember to bring back your glass milk bottles. We generally bottle milk on Wednesday mornings and it is ready in the store on Wednesday mid-afternoon.



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