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We're thankful for you

Sprout Farm Newsletter Open 9-5 until Nov. 23rd.

Hello Everyone,

Jay and I and Shannon and Sandra want to thank you all for being loyal Sprout Farm customers. You feel more like family than customers and it means a lot to know that you consider Sprout Farm an important part of your life. Small family farms are getting fewer and fewer so your support means everything to us.

As you know we will be closing for the season at 5:00pm on Wednesday Nov. 23rd. You may not see me as I will be cooking. I won't be cooking veggies from the garden because most of them are finished for the season: beets, Swiss chard, lettuce, broccoli, and kale. We still have a good selection of apples, cider, potatoes, butternut squash, cranberries and jams marked down to $5.00. When they are gone they are gone. I refuse to drive north to purchase any more of anything. I need the time to figure out how to make New England style piccalilli, The second time I read the recipe I noticed it called for adding pickling salt to the sliced green tomatoes. If you are planning on brining your Thanksgiving turkey, your recipe may call for kosher salt. Kosher salt is easy to find in any supermarket whereas pickling salt is not easy to find locally. I eventually located it at Roche Brothers in Mashpee, Eastman's Hardware and Wal-Mart in Falmouth and Bradford's Hardware in Hyannis. It is a fine grain salt guaranteed to have no additives such as anti-caking ingredients or iodine. Here's a link to an interesting article about different types of salt. You may find an unexpected Christmas gift idea lurking here.

The kitten report: At almost six weeks old the kittens are bouncing and playing until they run out of gas and crash in a cushy kitten tower. I was surprised to see Ziggy in the kitten cup serenely gazing at her litter playing on the floor. The kittens come in small, medium and large sizes. Now that they are eating wet and dry food, Ziggy can take a break more often. They're brave in their home environment but still a little shaky and trembling if you bring them outdoors. I think it has something to do with the cold temperatures.

That's all for this year except to say thank you once again. For those truly late shoppers, Jay may have some sort of discount on Weds. afternoon but there's no promise of there being anything left to sell.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Jay and Phyllis Sprout

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