Fall Share, Week 4

November 27, 2017

Many Hands Organic Farm Fall CSA
November 27 – Final Day

Hi folks,
Here we are at the end of the CSA, the real end, for 2017. I hope you all have good sources for food for the next 6 months, and I also hope you choose to eat with us again next year. I talked to one of our shareholders at turkey time who said she had successfully frozen a lot of the greens that we provided this summer. Our freezers are full too, and although it doesn’t taste as good as fresh, it is a viable alternative for life in Massachusetts.

We were sad to hear that Heifer Project in Rutland is closing. They have been close neighbors and collaborators of ours for many years. We were graced with 175 bales of mulch hay that they offered us. Brent and I went over and picked it up on 4 loads on Friday. I figure there is enough hay there to mulch the entirety of the west field next year – a good start on next year’s fertility.

We are off to the Soil and Nutrition conference on Tuesday – Thursday this week – an opportunity to learn from some of the best, and network on organic and regenerative farming practices. I look forward to some classroom time – https://snc.bionutrient.org/.

Today after we get your shares packed – picked throughout the week and week end with just some more carrots to dig- we will pull the rest of the drip tape and put away the row covers (most of which blew off and weren’t able to protect from the low teens we had 2 weeks ago), and get that much closer to closing up shop in the veg fields for the year. We have plans to make a number of different fungal composts this winter and spring with hay, leaves, cow manure, etc. and will hopefully get all of wood chips onto our perennials – trees, berries, grapes and bushes before the snow hits us too hard.

Thanks again, for eating with us. And if you need any chicken, pork, a Christmas turkey, lard, soap, salve, frozen peaches, eggs, etc. we still have plenty for sale. See below.


Today’s food
o Lettuce
o Tatsoi
o Carrots
o Kale
o Onions
o Leeks
o Garlic
o Potatoes
o parsnips

Other sale items available at the farm:

o Old layers for chicken soup at $5/lb (they are 2-3 lb birds)
o Meat chickens in the freezer – $6.50/lb
o Pork cuts of all sorts – except the smoked ham, bacon and hot dogs which will be here soon
o Turkey – we have 4 frozen for Christmas – $5.50/lb.
o Lard – $20/quart
o Frozen peaches – $12 for a 2 lb. bag
o Comfrey salve – $8/jar
o Garlic powder – $5/ounce
o Peppermint and lavender soap – $6/bar
o Eggs – $7.00/dozen