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Fall News

Snakeroot's stand at market.

Hello from Pittsfield Farmers’ Market to all our regular and occasional customers.
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News from Bag End Suri Alpacas:

Jill wants folks to know that weather permitting, Bag End will be at the market the first Monday in October. (That's the 4th.)

While the growing season is winding down for most of the market members, fall is when Bag End's fiber products really begin to shine! Weather permitting, we will be at market on October 4 with yarns, mittens, socks and more. While making it to market has been a challenge this year, we want it to be easy for you to find us and all the warm goodies you need—our farm store on the Snakeroot Road in Pittsfield is always open by appointment.  Give us a call at 207-660-5276 or drop an email to bagendsuris@gmail.com to set up a time to visit the store and the critters that make it all possible.

You might also like to visit our online store where you can see photos of many of our products.
 

News from Snakeroot:

Tom expects to be at market until late October. Still to come: Winter squash, sunchokes and parsnips.

When you want a lot: At Snakeroot, we frequently offer produce in bulk at greatly reduced prices compared to buying in smaller quantities. These are regular first-rate items and not seconds, we just reward our ‘big buyers’ with a lower per-piece price. Currently we have on our list:
12 pints of our 8-way mix of Cherry Tomatoes for $30 (that’s $2.50 a pint instead of $4 a pint).
25 lb. bags of 2 to 3 inch Beets for $40 (that’s $1.60/lb instead of $2/lb.).
Twenty large Jalapeños in a bag for just $5 (just 25¢ each).
25 lbs carrots for $40.
Sweet green peppers bushel for $40.
Watch for more bulk items to come in the next several weeks, including tomatoes, winter squash, sunchokes and more. You can order any of these for delivery to the market (or for pickup at the farm) by emailing tom@snakeroot.net.

Some Pepper Advice: Are you growing peppers and want to let some of them ripen to red or orange or yellow? To begin with, peppers should have been planted close enough (18 inches) so that by August the plants are touching each other. This improves pollination. Now, as you walk past your pepper plants, notice that you can see some peppers in plain view, while others require a bit of hunting among the foliage. For harvesting green peppers, pick only those you can easily see, because if you can see them, then so can the sun. When a green pepper is turning color as it ripens, the heat of the hot August sun often creates such a hot spot on the pepper’s shoulder that it will actually kill the tissue, leaving a white or tan colored dead spot on your pepper. While such peppers are fine to slice up and use right away, the dead spot often begins to rot instead of ripen. But remember those peppers you had to rummage in the foliage for? Those the sun never hits, so let those be the ones left to ripen, and once they do, their brilliant colors will belie their hiding places. My favorite varieties to grow for early peppers? Ace and Carmen for red and Escamillo for yellow.

Talking Celery: Do you grow celery in your garden? It amazes me how many people like to eat celery, yet how few people actually grow it in their gardens. It is not hard to grow, but it does take a LONG time from seed, so the best bet may be to buy celery seedlings late next spring. Like tomatoes, celery goes into the garden after frost danger is past. Unlike tomatoes, celery can be planted 6-8” apart, so you can grow a lot of celery in a fairly small space. The mistake most gardeners make is to fail to give celery enough water when it is growing. Celery originated in the swamps between Iran and Iraq, so it LOVES water. That wet spot in your garden: ideal for celery. We mulch our celery plantings to help retain water in the soil, and we water it regularly. Lack of water is what makes celery become coarse and stringy. During the growing season, celery should be harvested like Swiss chard or parsley—by breaking off a stalk or two from each plant until you have what you need. Leave the plant to grow more stalks. The only time you’ll want to harvest the entire plant at once is just before frost; because of it’s high water content, celery does not survive a frost.

Find us roadside: For all the folks in the Pittsfield and Unity areas, remember that the Unity Market Day is on Saturdays from 10 to noon at the Unity Community Center. Lois is there to greet you with a smile.
And the Pittsfield Farmers’ Market is at the corner of Hathorn Park in Pittsfield every Monday from 2-6pm. Tom is at the Pittsfield market and is always glad you dropped by. Mentioning this newsletter to him will get you a free tomato of your choice.
And online: Some of the Pittsfield Farmers’ Market members also offer many of our items on FarmDrop where you order and pay online any time from Saturday to Thursday, then pick up on Friday afternoon. Shoppers may pickup in Unity, Newport, Waterville, Rockport, Winterport, or Pittsfield. FarmDrop operates year-round.
Hanna from Early Ground Farm says she still has her selection of old-fashioned lard soaps and a few cuts of pork remaining.

Winonah from Grace to Glory wants you to know that she is back at our market this year with ever-changing flower bouquets and several fragrances of goat milk soap.

Ashleigh from Honestleigh Acres mentioned that her breads and pastries will appear at market occasionally this fall.
 
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