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Posted 12/11/2012 8:20am by Heidi Thunberg.
The Down Low

Farmers' Report

Yes! We are finally taking orders for our whole chickens. The laying hens cannot be kept over the winter because they won't produce eggs for us. This is great news for you, as you finally get our delicious pasture-raised chickens for your dinner table. These birds are older than your typical broiler (who only live about 6 weeks) and were bred for laying eggs, not growing breasts. They will weigh between 3-4 lbs and we suggest you make some amazing chicken stock or braise them slowly. Each bird is $15 each and you can order yours by calling the Farmstand (978-468-2277) or try out our new online store here! Pick-up for fresh chickens will be this Friday and Saturday, December 14th and 15th. After that, they will be frozen.

There are only 5 days left to order your CSA for next year at the reduced price. I have introduced a new system for CSA sign-ups that I think will be much smoother to use. You can sign up for yours right here on our website. Just click on 'CSA.' 

Buying a CSA share is a great value in general, but with the added discount, it's an amazing one!  It's only discounted until December 15th and makes a great gift. A half share is a wonderful way for you to introduce the CSA model to friends and family without it being an overwhelming amount of produce. Thank you to all who have already signed up and supported us through our slower months.

Holiday Events
Christmas on the Farm

This Saturday, December 15th, we are excited to welcome Santa Claus to the Farm. He will be visiting from 12pm - 3pm. Santa will listen to all your holiday wishes, help us make an ornament for your tree, and join us for a hayride around the farm. He has also agreed to draw the winner for the Dollhouse Raffle at 3pm. Come in and get your ticket for the raffle and help us fund raise for Operation Troop Support and ACORD Food Pantry. 

This event is free to all! Ho, ho, ho!

Farmstand Fancies

Holiday Pies and Cakes
Holly has been busy in the kitchen and she has come up with an amazing menu for your holiday party desserts. Holly will be making the amazing Bourbon Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie in an all-butter crust again (as they were so popular for Thanksgiving). Then she will offer a Chocolate Red Wine Cake with pears and marscapone whipped cream. This is a rich, dense cake and you will still be able to taste some of the wine, so perhaps a treat for adults only. Finally, Holly is gracing us with her Cheesecake and topping it with a currant compote. Holly became instantly famous for them after she made one for a farm-to-table dinner. It was quite simply the best cheesecake I have ever had.  She can make it gluten-free, too!

Order your holiday pies and cakes from our new online store or call up the Farmstand: 978-468-2277.

Holly will also be making batches of her pie crusts for you to take home and make your own delicious creations. She will make some all-butter crusts and some with a 50/50 lard and butter mix. If you have never tasted a crust with lard, you have missed out on some incredible flakiness. If you like to bake from scratch, we are also selling our own rendered and non-rendered lard in the store now.


Through December 23rd
656 Asbury Street
South Hamilton, MA 01982

Save the Date!

Kids' Craft Time
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
Last one for the year
10:30 am and 3:30 pm

Story Time
Friday, December 14th, 2012
Last one for the year
10:30 am

Hayride with Santa
Saturday, December 15th
Outdoor and indoor fun with Santa and his elves.

This Week's Share
Items you may see in your share this week:

Brussel Sprouts
Daikon Radish
Mustard Greens
Pac Choi
Sweet Potatoes
Winter Squash
Laying Hens for Sale
Have eggs all winter long with your own flock. Our birds are $10 each.  Most of the birds will be leaving us on Thursday, so this really is your last chance!