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Sprout Farm News Letter       Nov. 8, 2020       open 9-5 daily

Hello Everyone,

I know these letters are getting farther and farther apart.  It is a real challenge to come up with interesting stuff when the garden is running on the defrost cycle and our Thanksgiving closing is almost here.

New this week is the Eastham turnip which Jay is selling for $2.75/lb.  Some of you may care and some of you may not care but let's face it, caring about a certain variety of turnip denotes a real foodie.

 We have eight varieties of apples including Jonagold, which it turns out is very crisp,sweet and has many of the same crosses as the Honey crisp apple.  So if you love honey crisp apples why not give Jonagold a try.

 One of our customers told us that her chocolate chip, -dried sweetened cranberry cookies were the best ever.  The Decas Farms dried sweetened cranberries are soft so they go great is a cookie.   They are a nice change of taste from raisins and are about the same nutrition/sweetness as raisins.  When baking, toss the cranberries with flour before stirring them into the finished batter to keep them from sinking. The following is from the Decas Cranberry site: Sweetened dried cranberries work well in most baked goods; however there is a ¼ cup difference in measurement. If a recipe calls for one cup of fresh or frozen cranberries, use ¾ cup of sweetened dried cranberries.  Reconstitute dried cranberries by soaking them in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes.  Only .7 oz. of dried cranberries has the same benefits as drinking an 8 oz. glass of cranberry juice with 27% juice!  The health benefits of cranberries are numerous and cutting-edge research is unearthing new data on a regular basis. Cranberries contain nature’s most powerful antioxidant, proanthocyanidins Type A which are unique to cranberries. This compound has antioxidant and anti-adhesion properties which have been shown to help fight certain harmful bacteria. They prevent bacteria from sticking around inside your body and growing to cause infection. 

      We have creamed honey once again.  This makes a great gift.

    We cleaned out the seeding house and I found eight hardy pure white hibiscus plants in pots.  These were started from cuttings last spring, potted and forgotten under the sprinklers.  They aren't big but they need a new home with lots of room to grow.  Our thirty year old plant tops out between 3'-4' with a wide spread.  They do die back to the ground in the winter and take forever to show up in the spring but the huge flowers are eye catching in August and September. 

    Jay is continuing his fall projects by replacing the end walls on some of the greenhouses.  He is using thermaglas,  a multiwall polycarbonate structure which offers rigidity, durability, and excellent thermal insulation. Panels are also lightweight, easy to install and provide both weather and UV protection.  Over the years several of you have asked about our greenhouses and after trying out many different products Jay finds that he likes this one the best for vertical greenhouse walls.  I like it because it is rated to withstand high winds.

  That's all for now during this quiet week.  We hope all is going well for you.

See you soon,

Jay and Phyllis Sprout

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