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Jul 13, 2007 03:19 PM

Is local farm ( Verrill) produce really late this year?

Maybe another slap me stupid moment ...but I recall being able to get abundant "our own" Verrill Farm produce at this time last year. Trip out today. heirlooms not even begun ( tho I picked up a couple at Savenors in Cambridge), The corn isn't theirs. I did get " their own" small red potatoes ( always a unique nutty flavor), spring onions, purple peppers, zucchini, beets, Japanese eggplant and shucking peas. Am I just a couple of weeks on the shy side ( for produce and memory) ?

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  1. It's too early! Heirloom Tomatoes usually do not become available until August. If you found Heirlooms they came most likely from Florida or California. Corn is still in it's growing stages. You wait it will be here before you know it! It's hard to be patient when you love and need homegrown vegetables. I share that same desire. Like the girl in Willie Wonka " I want it now!"

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    1. re: hoplover

      Thanks for the reality check. the good news is that I asked re the heirlooms and was told the end of this month...But yeah I really want them now...the corn they had looks good and we will sample tonite . Very short cobs but nice color..As Carly said
      " A-N-T-I-C-I-P-A-T-I-O-N"

      1. re: capeanne

        Yep-- still not time yet. I always look forward later in August and the intersection of the corn and tomato season. Heaven for a few weeks.

        Don't forget Blue Heron Farm near the Weston/Lincoln line, near Drumlin Farm (or, perhaps more importantly, on the route between Verrill Farm and Dairy Joy). Blue Heron is small, organic, and often has some pretty good produce, all their own. Raspberry fields for picking too.

        1. re: newhound

          I like your "more importantly..." line. The only important landmarks involve food. I've never heard of Blue Heron. I had my very first Javaberry at Dairy Joy a few nights ago, but don't recall seeing it. Is it right on rte. 117? Between Drumlin and the Joy?

          1. re: pollystyrene

            yes-- there's a point on Route 117 where you cross some old railroad tracks and the road sweeps to the left. Immediately after the tracks, Blue Heron Farm is on your left. Here's their website:


            1. re: newhound

              Thanks! Too bad they don't do corn. I can't wait for those August tomatoes, though.

    2. "Knee high by the Fourth of July" was always the mantra for corn when I lived in Ohio.

      I was also wondering about tomatoes, I'm ready to make some batches of fresh tomato sauce.