Cool nights are slowing the ripening process. So I’m not listing items in short supply like raspberries and even leaf lettuce has been reduced. Some might be available early in the week and get sold out quickly. Others may grow enough to be available later in the week. It’s a variable season. Other items are limited like Kale, Swiss chard, Basil, Asian greens, Beets, red peppers(most are green) yellow squash, broccoli, scallions, Brussels Sprouts and Romaine.
There has been no frost here yet so when that comes all frost sensitive items will be questionable. I will put in some of the unripe tomatoes and peppers and they will ripen over the next month.
Sweet potato harvest is about halfway and there is close to 100 pounds so far. Sweet potatoes are very starchy until cured 5-10 days. The starch converts to sugar at 70-80 degrees over time. The first batch has been cured 7 days. I tried 2 last Saturday and one was sweet and one was not so sweet. You can cure the sweet potatoes yourself to get a higher sugar content. They will be available by Wednesday.
Most farmers markets have announced their last market days.
Milford will end Nov. 21st. All markets outside. There will be no indoor markets.
Francestown will end Oct. 30th. Hours will be reduced until them, ending at 6:30 pm starting this Friday.
Merrimack will end October 14th, but sales are so low October 7th will be the last market I attend in Merrimack.
Peterborough has not decided on indoor markets but it’s unlikely.
Picking up at the farm is always available until I run out of produce. and there is a 10% discount.
Ordering from Ledge Top Farm is done by email(firstname.lastname@example.org) or text(603 620-7302) or phone. Use this newsletter for a guide on what to order or go to ledgetopfarm.com to order from the website.
To Complete your order:
Provide an itemize list. Let me know where and when you choose to pick up your order at the farm. To avoid many people at the Wilton farm stand at once you will be provided a specific time for your pick up try to be close to that time.
Payment should be exact change cash or a check at the farm or farmers markets. I do have card readers for credit payments if they are $10 or more.
This week Ledge Top Farm will be at Merrimack farmers market Wednesday 3 to 6 PM at the vault storage.
Peterborough farmers market at the Community Center, Wednesdays 3 to 6 PM.
Francestown community market at the town center 4 to 6:30 PM on Friday.
Milford farmers market at the good Mojo University front lot 10-1PM Saturday.
Milford, Francestown and Peterborough markets will continue outside as long as possible.
You can always pick up items at the farm as long as we can grow it.
Spinach is on the horizon, just a few weeks away.
Here’s what’s growing:
Arugula $4 per bunch
Basil $4 per bunch
Carrots $3 per bunch
Collards $4 per bunch
Ginger $5 per bunch. sold with stems and leaves (all usable)
Mint $3 per bunch
Peppers, red sweet, $4 per pound
Swiss chard, green or red, $4 per bunch
Summer squash, Yellow $3 per pound(almost done)
Tomatoes, Beefsteak type $3 per pound
Tomatoes, Granadero Plum $3 per pound
Tomatoes, cherry, red or yellow $3 per box, 2 boxes for $5
Winter squash, Butternut, small, medium and large $2 per pound
Winter squash Acorn, $2 each
Winter squash Sweet Dumpling $2 each
Winter squash Delicata $2 each
Baby lettuce $4 per bunch
Sweet potatoes $3 per pound
Brussels Sprouts $3 per pint box
Kale $4 per bunch
Broccoli $2 per bunch