It's Pumpkin Time!

Sprout Farm News Letter October 4. 2020 Open 9-5 daily Hello Everyone, Early sunsets and chilly dawns mean the growing season is winding down. We've been blessed to have a good selection of cool crops started as seedlings then transplanted into the garden. We still don't grow cabbage but the kale and lettuce are outstanding. Jay is asking that people stop pestering him about tomatoes. There is not many left in the field that aren't blemished in some way and the few tomatoes that are ripening in the greenhouse are still not ready. We've had issues getting our favorite variety of greenhouse tomatoes so next year we have arranged to have them specially grown for us. You know how it is when you have an old favorite. You just want it to be available forever and don't mess with it. We've tried the new varieties and despite what is written in the glossy catalogs, they just don't produce for us. It looks like we will have a few, and I do mean few, summer veggies until a frost shuts down the plants. Jay is still picking summer squash, green beans, peppers, egg plant and slicing cukes. We have several varieties of apples from the Big Apple in Wrentham: courtland, Ginger Gold, McIntosh, Empire, Jonathan, and Macouns which are slightly higher in price. All other varieties are $1.39/ lb. I'm still picking flowers and I have more zinnias than I know what to do with. I'm thinking of having a 'Frost Alert' pick your own flowers event posted on our Sprout Farm FaceBook page the day before we get our first frost. Some of the plants are over five feet tall and the butterflies have finally found them. That will all be gone with the first frost but I know from experience that flowers picked in the fall have hardened off and they last in the vase for a long time. The pallets of firewood continue to be popular with the few people who still have wood burning fireplaces or wood stoves. We still heat with wood as we have since we built the house and there are days when I wish we had a gas fireplace in the living room instead of a wood burning furnace in the basement. I wake up at five in the morning to the sound of Jay splitting kindling. I hope that will be easier this year as our neighbor gave us all the aged cedar shingles from his renovation project. They make the best kindling. Don't worry, we have a regular furnace but we go with the wood heat first. I'll be doing less driving although I still need to go off Cape for pumpkins, squash, apples and cranberries, it just seems like we can relax just a little bit and enjoy the season. I hope you all continue to stop by and shop with us. That's all for now, See you soon, Jay and Phyllis Sprout

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