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early-birdIf you are thinking about signing up for our certified organic vegetable CSA this year, please remember that we are offering a $40 early-bird discount for paying in full before March 1. That leaves today and tomorrow, so act soon!

Bill has given us his preliminary vegetable list. It includes arugula, string beans, beets, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, Chinese cabbage, chard, sweet corn, popping corn, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, melons, okra, peas, peppers (hot and sweet), radish, rhubarb, spinach, squash (summer and winter), tomatillo, tomato (cherry, grape, slicing), turnip, and herbs. Also, Bill is going to experiment with sweet potatoes in the greenhouse. Very exciting!

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2014 Ordering Info Coming Soon

mailboxEvery year around this time, we send out a newsletter with all the ordering information for the coming year. The newsletter is coming out on Thursday night, so keep an eye on your inbox! If you are not signed up for the newsletter, and you want to be among the first to get our ordering info, go to https://stevenormanton.com/newsletter.

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Craig and Omar are in the news lately because of their efforts to build a new USDA-inspected chicken processing facility in Leominster, Massachusetts. Residents of the next-door residential neighborhood are objecting, mainly because they fear for the values of their property. No matter how much modern technology might prevent any public nuisance, the word “slaughterhouse” triggers negative emotions. I think this would happen anywhere—or am I wrong? Any volunteers out there for bringing a chicken plant to their town?

Chicken Processing Facility -- Front

Chicken Processing Facility — Front

Chicken Processing Facility -- Back

Chicken Processing Facility — Back

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Road Work

RoadWorkIf you have visited the farm at all since March, you probably went straight from there to the car wash. Our driveway and parking area have been an absolute mud pit since the ground thawed. You will be happy to know that we are finally fixing it, starting this Saturday, June 22 and hopefully ending by Tuesday, June 25. The farm store will be inaccessible while the work is being done. Unless you are desperate. In which case, you could probably park across the street at the Griffen Memorial School and make a dash through the traffic and the construction site. But remember, there is no parking along Charles Bancroft Highway on either side (it is a state highway).

P.S. If the construction goes longer than planned (has that ever happened?), we will make other arrangements for the CSA pick-up on Tuesday—like Steve’s garage. But we are optimistic—otherwise we wouldn’t be farming!

P.P.S. Our apologies to all the car washes in the area for all the business they won’t be getting any more.

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BedfordDerry Lots of firsts are happening this month including our first ever appearance at a farmers market. We will be selling at the Bedford Farmers Market every Tuesday 3PM-6PM beginning June 18; and we will beĀ at the Derry Farmers Market every Wednesday 3PM-7PM beginning June 19 .

The Bedford Farmers Market is located at the parking lot at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish (190 Meeting House Road, Bedford, New Hampshire); and the Derry Farmer’s Market is at the municipal parking lot at 14 Manning Street, Derry, New Hampshire. Come check us out!

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Early BirdI just got off the phone with Steve, who is away on vacation this week. Steve asked me to post this message, because we have heard that some customers were unaware of an ordering deadline originally set for today.

If you are thinking about signing up for our Organic vegetable CSA, there is a $40 discount for those who sign up and pay in full early (originally, today). This information was buried pretty deep on our organic vegetable ordering page and in the newsletter we sent out last month, and many people did not see it. So we are extending the discount deadline until Monday, March 4.

The discounted prices are $560 for a full share (suitable for a family of 4), and $360 for a half share (suitable for 2 people).

Lots more information is on the ordering page, including our Organic vegetable CSA signup form. But if you are pressed for time and you want to get the discount, you can just put a check in the mail by Monday to Steve Normanton, 226 Charles Bancroft Hwy, Litchfield, NH 03052, or send us an online payment via the Intuit Payment Network (https://ipn.intuit.com/pay/SteveNormanton).

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NemoI was just getting ready to post a note about the upcoming Granite State Graziers 7th Annual Grazing Conference this weekend in Manchester—Steve will be presenting again this year. But now I’m not sure. The folks at the Weather Channel have convinced me that “The Big One” is going to arrive Friday night. Jim Cantore is about to hop a plane to Boston, and he is bringing his yardstick with him. He says no-one should be on the road past noon on Friday. Here’s an idea: get snowed in at the conference, and let the spouse handle the shoveling back home.

Update February 7, 2013: Sure enough, the conference has been postponed. I will post the rescheduling information when I get it.

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