This Week at the Farm: Fall Bulbs, Case Sales, Festival Prep
Pumpkin Festival is just over a week away! We’re really looking forward to sharing the day with all of you. Come pick pumpkins, listen to live music, eat delicious food and desserts, make crafts and play games in the Enchanted Forest, enjoy a hot drink, and more!
This year we’re excited to be adding a “Community Resource Hub”, an area where you can meet and learn about local organizations doing amazing work in our community.
A couple important announcements:
- The Farmstand and Hello Cafe will open at 10am on the day of the festival.
- The farm will be CLOSED on Monday, October 14th to give our staff a much needed break after the festival!
Vegetables of the Week
Bok choy and tatsoi are both varieties of Asian greens that can be used in stir fries, grilled, braised, added to soups, and even left raw and tossed in a salad. Try them this weekend—they’re the vegetables of the week and are 15% off through Monday, October 7!
We’re running these case sales now through October 20!
- Winter squash — 30% off when you buy 30 pounds or more (acorn, buttercup, butternut, carnival, delicata, pie pumpkin, red kuri, spaghetti)
- Onions — 30% off when you buy 20 pounds or more
In the right conditions, certain varieties can store up to six months. As a general rule, you can store winter squash for 2-4 months at 50-55°F. If you don’t have a way to keep the temperature consistent, try freezing your squash (click here to learn how).
Late Fall Middle School Cooking Session
The next session of Cooking for Middle Schoolers starts Monday, November 11 and the foods we’re making are going to be a little different this time! As food sensitivities seem to be on the rise, we’ll be experimenting with alternatives to some of our favorite dishes. We’ll use farm-fresh ingredients and will incorporate ones that are free from gluten, dairy, nuts, eggs, etc.
From the Kitchen
Our kitchen has slowed down production of some farmstand favorites like yogurt and granola bars in order to focus on preparing for next weekend’s Pumpkin Festival. If there’s anything you really need or want and don’t see it in stock, please don’t hesitate to contact our Kitchen Manager!
Gardening Tip: Plant Bulbs Before the Ground Freezes
Right now in the farmstand, we have bags of alliums, daffodils, hyacinths, narcissus, and tulips, all for $6.00. You can plant all of these bulbs before the ground freezes, and watch them grow when the soil warms up in the spring. A little work now will pay off big time next year!
It’s hard not to love every season here at the farm. Come visit and spend time enjoying the beauty of one of our favorite seasons!
–From all of us
October 5: Norwich Farmers’ Market, 9–1.
October 6: Knife sharpening at the farmstand, 10–2.
October 8: Little Farmers drop-in class for children ages 2 to 5, 10–11 am.
October 9: Homeschool Farm Science, 1–3pm.
October 13: Farmstand and cafe open at 10am; Pumpkin Festival, 10–3. [Volunteer]
October 14: Farmstand and cafe CLOSED.
October 15: Regular farmstand and cafe hours resume.