CSA Week 17, September 24-28

CSA Week 17 – September 24, 26, 28


Dear friends,

Wow, it was cold last night! And it looks to be that way for the next couple of days. Plant growth will definitely slow down, but we still have so many crops to choose from each week, so variety will stay high. I just did an average on poundage for the first 16 weeks and it comes out to 12 lbs. for larges and 7 lbs. for mediums. My promise was for 10 lbs. and 6 lbs. so am feeling good about this aspect of the CSA.


We did have beans for the larges last week, and of high quality, but the season is late so there won’t be beans this week for larges – maybe some for the mediums. We will see. Sorry to miss the peppermint and thyme for Monday. We are always very time pressured on Mondays as this is our biggest CSA day and we also have a large order to Living Earth, so we sometimes just run out of time. We will endeavor to get you those perennial herbs this week, Monday folks, but may have to sub in spearmint due to quantity issues.


I am very happy to offering a lot of different perennial herbs this year. You will see sage and rosemary on the list this week. Many thanks to Clare who lovingly started and raised many of these seedlings for a 65th birthday present for me. And now we have more diversity on the farm.

Codie joins the staff this week. He is a new farmer from the Dismas Farm and we area excited to have his help. We are so short staffed! Lydia hurt her knee and sadly had to leave us.

Jack and I are going to be available publicly a lot this week. Here are some choices for you to see us in person or on camera –

These three are from an in person interview with these tv folks a few weeks back

  • NBC10 Boston: Thursday 9/27 @ 7:30pm
  • New England Community News: Friday 9/28 @ 8pm
  • Telemundo Boston: Sunday 9/30@  6pm

NOFA/Mass Webinar – https://www.nofamass.org/inspiring-ideas

Shiitakes for sale

We should have a nice supply of shiitakes again this week They are $12/lb. Let me know if you would like a pound and we will put them in your bag. You can send a check.

Food Preservation

I hope that you are doing some! This week we have available for larger purchases for preservation for the winter, the following items –

  • Kale at $2.50/lb.

Food this week

  • CSA
    • Lettuce
    • Potatoes
    • Leeks
    • Beets
    • Cauli/broccoli/cabbage – one or the other
    • Tomatillos
    • Tomatoes – slowing down
    • Pears
    • Kale
    • Peppers – we will go to 4 and 2 this week – what a wonderful crop of these this year
    • Brussels sprouts tops – once we get these all harvested, we will start passing out the Brussels sprouts themselves
    • Spinach – I am excited to offer this to you this week – we have a nice crop
    • pears
    • Sage
    • Rosemary
    • Peppermint or spearmint – Monday only
    • Thyme – Monday only

Now is a good time to sign up for the fall share

It runs the 4 Mondays in November and you can pick up here in Barre or at Living Earth or at Teresa Wolcott’s at 51 Boyden Road in Holden. The share costs $120 with an $8 delivery fee for the out of towners. More of the good stuff for another month. You can sign up here – https://mhof.net/2018-csa-share-options/

We can use your recycled plastic grocer y size bags

Yes, just leave them in your share bag – don’t forget to return it this week, and we will use them for packing vegetables. We can reuse the rubber bands too!

 Still taking members for the summer share

Every week the price will go down each week and it will be updated on the website – https://mhof.net/2018-csa-share-options/.   


Other things for sale at MHOF right now

Frozen whole chickens – $6.50/lb.

Pork roasts – $9.50/lb.

Hot dogs – $12/lb.

Bacon – $14.25/lb.

Ground beef, stew beef and short ribs – $10/lb.

Rib eye steak and strip steak – $13/lb.

Brisket and chuck roast – $11/lb.

Sirloin steak – $15/lb.

Tenderloin steaks – $20/lb.

Comfrey salve – $8/2 oz. jar

Peppermint and lavender soap – $6/5 oz. bar

Garlic powder – $9.50 for 1.9 ounce

Lard frozen – $20/quart

Frozen peaches – $12/2 lb. bag

Chicken and pork stock frozen – $7.50/quart

Thanksgiving turkeys – $5.50/lb. – for preorder

Check out our Facebook at this address https://www.facebook.com/manyhandsorganicfarm… You can like us, refer us and also write a review if you enjoy what you are receiving. That all helps get the word out for our farm. Thanks for what many of you have already done to help us get the word out.

We are also on Instagram @manyhandsorganic. Clare and Lisa post pictures there all of the time.