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Oct. 6, 2017

Sprout Farm News Letter

Hello Everyone,

This is the big Columbus Day weekend. I was just at C.N.Smith Farm in East Bridgewater and they were getting ready for their annual Hoedown. It looks like it will be perfect weather for the music and the hay rides and it will be great weather for the Corn Maze over at Sauchuk Farm in Plympton.

I should go and learn a little about entertainment because you don't run into things like a corn cannon every day.

Jay says we have some ripe graven stein apples and red Bartlett pears. They have been reduced in price and we can go lower if you have need for ripe fruit and want to buy in bulk. If you want details you can call Jay, 774-392-3168. You won't hear that on the radio ad.

If your garden season isn't over yet it will be soon. This is a great time to get your soil tested and the Extension Service over at the County Complex in Barnstable have the people to do the job right. We have found cover crops to be helpful and with the soil pH numbers in hand you will know if your garden can use an application of lime. Limestone needs time to break down and become available for your plants, so if they need it, you should apply lime in the fall.

It is time to enjoy those wonderful cool weather comfort foods and butternut squash is one of my favorites. If you have ever peeled butternut squash you will notice how your hands will dry out. Here's a link to a good article on the subject. My simple recommendation is to always wear disposable gloves when peeling butternut squash.

http://www.gardeningblog.net/2011/10/12/why-butternut-squash-hurts-your-hands/

My last note is about our high Massachusetts sales tax, 6.25%. There is a petition drive right now to get an item on the 2018 ballot to roll back the sales tax to 5%. In addition, this petition would also include making the sales tax holiday a permanent holiday instead on one that is annually voted up or down on Beacon Hill. If you want to add your signature, you will find the clip board hanging on the wall by the door. I know a similar question had passed as a ballot question and our lawmakers ignored the will of the people but we have to keep trying.

Thank you all and we hope to see you soon.

Phyllis Sprout


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