Community Supported Agriculture
Harvesting squash early to save it from the deer!

Farm Notes:

Can you believe we are already into the second week of October? Where did the summer go? Now, some days feel like fall, while others still feel like summer. We are now picking the tastiest corn of the season. I've always felt that a slower growing late season corn has more to it than the fast growing summer corn. Sure the summer corn is sweet, but the late season corn is bursting with flavor.

Cool fall temperatures often trigger a plant to begin storing energy and nutrients for the winter. The plant seems to now have the time to slowly bring the varied nutrients from the soil into its fruit. In the heat of the summer, the plant needs to move such a large amount of water from the soil through the roots to the upper part of the plant, just to counteract the transpiration. All this water movement in summer can sometimes lead to lower concentrations of nutrients. But the fall harvests usually prove to be some of the most flavorful and nutrient dense. Who needs vitamins when you can have wonderful fall harvests! And this year's fall harvest looks wonderful. In past years the deer did quite a number on our winter squash, while this year they seemed to be eating our lettuce and beans all summer instead of the winter squash. Every year is different! And this year is wonderful in its own way. As we continue to harvest bins and bins of apples, this week we will get all the winter squash harvested and begin the potato harvest. The size of this year's potatoes look like some of our biggest yet. Time to roast!

Farmer Dave
Register for Late Fall !
There are only 3 weeks left of the main season vegetable and fruit shares.

Now is the time to register for your late fall share and enjoy all of your favorite fall treats like winter squash, sweet potatoes, and brassicas into December!

Small and Regular sized shares available!
What's In My Share

This week we harvest the first winter squash and sugar pumpkins! We will also have a generous share of corn for each member. See below for tips on how to freeze and store for use this winter. Nothing is better than Farmer Dave's corn added to your holiday dip!

Don't forget to use the swap box! It's not just for trading for your favorite vegetables. If you won't use something in the share, have a busy week and won't be able to cook everything, or just feel overwhelmed leave your extras in the swap box and they'll be donated to one of our many hunger relief partners.

Vegetable Shares
  • Green beans or Peas
  • Sugar pumpkin or Winter Squash
  • Tuscan, Winterbor, or Red Russian Kale
  • Arugula or Broccoli Rabe
  • Kohlrabi or Fennel
  • Peppers
  • Carrots with tops. (The tops are edible too!)
  • Lettuce
  • Corn
  • Potatoes
  • Cherry Tomato or Tomatillo (harvest dependent)
  • Herbs
  • and more!
Fruit Share
  • Macoun Apples
  • Honeycrisp Apples
  • Golden Delicious Apples
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • And possibly more depending on harvest conditions.
This is what we are planning and hoping to harvest this week.  Ultimately Mother Nature has the last word so the actual contents of your share will vary.

VEGISODE: Posh Squash, B'Gosh!
VEGISODE: Posh Squash, B'Gosh!

In this Vegisode, Stacey and Denise talk squash:  
-Identifying the different kinds of squash
-How to cut and chop the different kinds of squash.  
-And a recipe: Penne with Roasted Squash and Pancetta!
Swiss Chard
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These videos are designed to help you make the most of your CSA share with tips on storing, preparing and preserving your veggies.  

Farmer Dave's Special Bulk Purchase for CSA Members

Love Farmer Dave's jarred and pickled produce?  Stock up for the off season and for making those "Eat Local" holiday gift baskets. 

Buy 5 jars and get a 6th jar FREE.  

Included in this sale:  Our applesauce (no added sugar), bread and butter pickles, crushed tomatoes and pickled beets. 

Quantities are limited, do not miss out!

Add-on Order Deadlines

All orders must be placed online before your order deadline listed below. If you are even a minute late CSAware (our ordering system) will attach the order to the next week's share. Please double-check the time before completing your order.

Pick-up Day
Add-on Order Cut-off
Sunday - Noon
Sunday - Noon
Monday - Noon
Tuesday - Noon
Wednesday - Noon

If you are having trouble placing an order online, make sure you are logged into your account. If you don't know your log-in information, send us an email, and we will send you an invitation to reset your password or create your account. Creating an account on the spot won't help; it needs to be the same account that is connected to your CSA shares.

CSAware will ask that you attach your order to a share. If you don't have a current share, you cannot purchase add-ons. If you attach your order to a share that is not activate it will not be sent to you.

If you do not pick up your add-on order, it will be donated or distributed, we do not offer
refunds for missed add-ons.

Pick-Your-Own Apples Every Weekend!
We are excited to announce Pick-Your-Own Apples are underway at both our Dracut and Westford locations:  

Farmer Dave's 
437 Parker Road, Dracut

Farmer Dave's at Hill's Orchard
4 Hunt Road, Westford

Your CSA member benefits include 25% off PYO apples as well as one free 1/2 peck of apples per CSA membership for the 2018 PYO season. 

We would love our CSA members to come and see their farm!

Farmer Dave's picking guidelines apply.
Please check our website below for picking conditions and times.
Groundwork Share-a-Share
Thanks to generous donations by you (our CSA Members) to the Groundwork Share-a-Share fund, we were able to subsidize the cost of shares in 2017 for over 30 individuals and families, as well as shares for local food pantries.  
Please consider helping us in our efforts to make the CSA accessible to more families by donating to Groundwork Share-a-Share.