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Farmstand Finale Friday & Saturday!

Posted 12/21/2017 9:56am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Happy Winter Solstice! Now winter is here for real! And the days will grow slightly longer each day from here on out. Enjoy some cozy times during the longest night tonight. And now the news:
 
Farmstand Finale!
Friday, December 22nd: 10am to 6pm
Saturday, December 23rd: 10am to 4pm
Seafood Truck: Friday 2-6, Saturday 10-2
  • Stock your refrigerator with carrots, beets, celery root, and winter radishes.
  • Fill a basket in your kitchen with onions and shallots.
  • Store away sweet potatoes and winter squash in a warm, dry place.

Notice those imperatives! Your local farmers can be so bossy sometimes!

The weather warmed enough this week so that Chris and Mike could get the bike-powered barrel washer going and clean all those potatoes! So the certified organic potatoes from Sparrow Arc Farm should be distinct, beautiful colors this week! White, Gold, Blue, and Red. Magic Molly fingerlings are purple-through-and-through and Russian Banana fingerlings are golden delights!

Fresh greens this week are spinach and pea tendrils. Round out your salad with some thin ribbons of sugarloaf radicchio (the one that looks like an elongated iceberg lettuce), shredded carrots and watermelon radish, dried cranberries, and maybe a nice goat cheese, feta, or crumbled blue cheese. Toasted pecans or walnuts really complete a winter salad - just stay nearby so they don't over toast! Your nose will tell you when they are golden brown and perfect.

Obligatory plug for White Barn Farm gift cards. We are at the farm today (Thursday) if you want to get one for a teacher for the last day of school or someone at work the last day before the holiday break. Give a call if you want to come purchase a last minute gift card. 774-210-0359. We can do any amount $10 or more. For $25 or more we will give you a free White Barn Farm pint glass to present it in! Voila!

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cheese fridge will be stocked - except Narragansett Creamery could not fill the cheddar order (sorry to our faithful cheddar fan!). Pat's Pastured brought a fresh delivery of eggs and the freezer is restocked with pastured pork (including chops, Canadian bacon and sweet Italian sausage) and chicken and grass-fed beef.

Sheldonville Roasters fabulous coffee beans are here and make a really nice locally made gift. And speaking of gifts - the Franklin Honey soaps are lovely! Grab a few to supply you with last-minute gifts. Lauren even put together a gift bag with two soaps and a little jar of honey for $18. So sweet!

Speaking of sweetness, Harms Family Farm Massachusetts Maple Syrup offers a syrup experience far, far beyond the plastic squeeze bottle. Grab a big boy, store it in the fridge, and enjoy a steady supply of maple syrup for a winter-long waffle and pancake fest! Don't overlook opportunities to include maple in craft cocktails, salad dressings, candied nuts, marinades, and maple-glazed anything. It's a delicious treat on vanilla ice cream, stirred into plain whole-milk yogurt, perhaps even on a snow cone! Maple is a truly regional specialty and makes a generous gift. Don't miss the pretty glass bottle half-pints that would easily slip into a stocking!

* * * * * Where do we go from here?? * * * * *

We've definitely hear this sentiment expressed - what am I going to do when you are closed? buy vegetables at the grocery store?

We did spread a rumor that we may do a Winter Farmer's Market down the street, but alas, we've decided to change our approach. We are going to set up an Online Winter Market, pull out only what has been ordered and put it together for you to pick up on Fridays at the barn. Winter produce is awfully heavy and we really can't justify beating up our backs hauling around veggies that may not even sell. Especially on a day that we could be spending time with our son. Stay tuned for details about this online ordering system. We are taking a break to spend time with all of the family and friends coming home for the holidays. It is sure to be a whirlwind of festivities, but expect us to be back in touch just after the new year.

We've decided we can accept Farmstand CSA Card purchases/reloads before the New Year. We add a 10% bonus to cards loaded with $200 or more. Yes! Before January 1st, even though we told you otherwise! Payment must be by cash or check (no credit cards). You can bring your check to the farmstand this Friday or Saturday or mail it to the farm. If you already have a card we can reload it remotely. Click here for more details and a link to the sign-up form.