(Editor’s Note: Here at the end of March, expecting more snow in a few days, I think we’re all aware of how wearying things can be without surcease. So I will stop for today after this Dispatch, originally sent out November 7, 2013.
I am a northern girl by virtue of both nurture and nature, and I have to say I am grateful for the cold most of the time. It makes me satisfied knowing that I have cranberries from those very producers in my freezer, and that those glowingly beautiful fruits of the fall harvest aren’t left to the cardinals and chickadees. Just as we brought out our stash of nectarines and watermelons a few weeks ago, those cranberries and blueberries are now suffusing folks’ smoothies, yogurts, and dishes with color, antioxidants, and anthocyanins.
Just what we all need at the tail end of a long winter …
Red Kidney and Jacob’s Cattle Beans, Pumpkin Maple Butter, Sparrow Farm cranberry sauce, grey pearmain, winter banana, red delicious, golden russet, and granny smith apples, baby head lettuce, sales on butternut and buttercup squash…
I know. Pictures of my kids are kind of a cheap shot. This is, however, a family business and the kids are, in fact, part of it. Usually a hungry part. I had this glorious idea that I would photoshop each of the Apple Farm’s new apple varieties (new to our list this week, that is, many of them are heirlooms that have been around for a good long while) into that baby’s hand and make an amazing collage and, well, you get the drift. It’s 4 AM and the sheet is done and no, I didn’t have the foresight to bring one each of all those amazing apples home with me and I do feel it’s morally wrong to pose your children for photo shoots while they are sleeping (sorry, Anne Geddes).
Then I thought, “Wow! What if I had this graphic of an invisible crown, like, ‘the crown of maine’, that could lay over the product photos (the hypothetical collection that is), and feature the products and landscapes we see around Maine each week.” Ryan’s response was, “Yeah, honey, that’s it, I’m seeing it, too – the invisible crown…”. He yawned and went back to bed.
What’s worth you rubbing those sleepy seeds out and getting your orders ready would be the organic cranberries that just popped on the list from Sparrow Farm and Woodward Farm. There aren’t many places in Maine I haven’t heard of or been to, but Rick of Woodward Cranberry Farm managed to stump me with Albany TWP. (Near Norway, Maine). Sugar Hill’s low-spray cranberries are selling really well, and it might be worth it to carry both.
Also worth noting are lower prices on butternut and buttercup squash – we’ve got a couple of growers whose storage is not designed for deep winter. We’ll be trying to move the last of their crops in the next 4-6 weeks.
Next week, be prepared for a pitch on why red delicious are just that this time of year. Considered by many to be one of the most ubiquitous of fruits, Steve Meyerhaus of The Apple Farm begs to differ. Before I argue alongside, I’m going to try for myself. Consider me a skeptic until further notice.