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

capeanne Jul 13, 2007 03:19 PM

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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    hoplover RE: capeanne Jul 13, 2007 03:36 PM

    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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      capeanne RE: hoplover Jul 13, 2007 04:00 PM

      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"

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        newhound RE: capeanne Jul 13, 2007 05:35 PM

        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.

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          pollystyrene RE: newhound Jul 14, 2007 01:56 AM

          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?

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            newhound RE: pollystyrene Jul 14, 2007 02:30 AM

            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:


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              pollystyrene RE: newhound Jul 14, 2007 02:55 AM

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

    2. steinpilz RE: capeanne Jul 13, 2007 06:04 PM

      "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.

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