SPOTLIGHT: Our own eight-ball squash

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 6:07 am

Eight ball squash are a hybrid zucchini variety, named because of their round shape resembling a billiard ball.

The eight ball squash is similar in color and taste to Italian zucchini. The squash have a shiny, speckled, green skin, and creamy, white flesh. They are firm and very mild-tasting and may be substituted for zucchini in most recipes.

The size and shape of this squash also make it ideal for stuffing; slice off the top stem end, scoop out some of the interior and fill with meats, cheeses or nuts and grains. Eight ball quash may also be steamed, baked, roasted or grilled as you would other summer squash. Dice and stir-fry or saute with garlic, onions, fresh herbs and spices.

Donate your old dinner plates

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 2:02 pm

Have any unused dinner plates lying around your kitchen or attic?

If so, you should consider donating them to Verrill Farm for use at our community events, such as Concord’s Stone Soup Dinner in September.

We’re looking for 9 or 10-inch dinner plates that are not chipped or cracked.

If you have any plates you would like to donate, please drop them off in the office of our farm stand, located at 11 Wheeler Road in Concord, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.

Thank you!

Let the sunshine in!! Our own sunflowers are here!

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 11:48 am

sunflowers_half Our fresh-cut Verrill Farm sunflowers will brighten any day.

Bring a ray of sunshine into your home with these beauties, just in from our fields.

Available as a bouquet or by the stem!

 

OUR OWN: Check out this delicious list of our own-grown vegetables

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:49 am

eggplOur farmers have been busy harvesting lots of our own delicious produce.

Check out this awesome list of our own-grown, just harvested produce, with more arriving each week!

A list of what is currently being harvested for the stand is below.

  • Cut flower bouquets
  • Sunflowers
  • Romano Beans
  • Wax Beans
  • Green Beans
  • Kentucky Wonder Beans
  • Cubanelle Peppers
  • Tequila Peppers
  • Hungarian Hot Wax
  • Poblano Peppers
  • Red Norland Potatoes
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Red Gold Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Pickling Cucumbers
  • Tasty Jade Cucumbers
  • Beet Greens
  • Scallions
  • Lettuce
  • Swiss Chard
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Arrowhead Cabbage
  • Red Cabernet Radishes
  • Easter Egg Radishes
  • French Breakfast Radishes
  • Ailsa Craig Onions
  • Sierra Blanca Onions
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • 8 Ball Squash
  • Cousa Squash
  • Italian Eggplant
  • Oriental Charm Egglpant
  • Snowy Eggplant
  • Rosita Eggplant
  • Beets
  • Sweet Corn
  • Kohlrabi
Please note that occasionally certain crops are not available due to weather or growing conditions.

SAMPLE SATURDAY: Deborah’s Spreadable Fruit

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:19 am

spreadCome on down today (Saturday) between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and sample some Deborah’s Spreadable Fruit.

They’ll be in our farm stand giving out samples of their products we carry.

Limited tickets available for our July 30 Summer Crop Dinner

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 1:31 pm

vf_2011crop5Join us on Wednesday, July 30 at 6 pm for our “From Field to Fork – mid-Summer Crop Dinner.”

Inspired by just-picked crops, dinner will be prepared in the farm stand kitchen and served buffet style, outside under our tents.

Live classical guitar by Enrique.

$45.00 per person. Cash bar.

Reservations & prepayment required. Please call 978-369-4494.

Blueberry pancake breakfast today!! 9 to noon

Friday, July 18, 2014, 3:19 pm

bluepanIf you love blueberries and pancakes, then you’ll want to stop by for our annual Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, being held today (Saturday, July 19) from 9 a.m. to noon.

Enjoy pancakes made with fresh, local blueberries and served with Massachusetts maple syrup, bacon/sausage, juice and milk or coffee. $7.50 for adults. $4.50 for children under 10.

Participate in our Annual Blueberry Pie eating contest, which kicks off at 11 a.m. No fee. All ages welcome.

The first to finish an 8″ pie – no hands allowed – wins!

Live music by The Yankee Stompers.

Our own corn has arrived!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 9:11 am

It’s that moment of summer we’ve all been waiting for . . . we have our own fresh-picked sweet corn for sale in our farm stand.

Summer has arrived!

SATURDAY: Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, 9 to noon

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 11:26 pm

bluepanIf you love blueberries and pancakes, then you’ll want to make plans to attend our annual Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, being held on Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Enjoy pancakes made with fresh, local blueberries and served with Massachusetts maple syrup, bacon/sausage, juice and milk or coffee. $7.50 for adults. $4.50 for children under 10.

Participate in our Annual Blueberry Pie eating contest, which kicks off at 11 a.m.
No fee. All ages welcome.

The first to finish an 8″ pie – no hands allowed – wins!

Live music by The Yankee Stompers.

We’ve got the blues…

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 10:57 am

. . . . and you can have them too!

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Come on down and get some local blueberries. They are truly delicious AND are good for you too!

Some blueberry tips include:

  • Don’t wash berries until just before using to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.
  • Blueberries are ranked No. 1 in antioxidant activity compared with 40 other commercially available fruits and vegetables. That means a serving of blueberries has more of the antioxidant power you need to fight aging, cancer and heart disease.
  • Nutrition and miscellaneous facts: 1 cup (143 grams) of blueberries is 84 calories (technically, kcal). Blueberries contain no cholesterol or fat and are also low in calories. Blueberries are high in dietary fiber, Vitamin A and niacin. They contain iron and other trace minerals and are a fair source of Vitamin C. Blueberries have a diverse range of micronutrients, with notably high levels (relative to respective Dietary Reference Intakes) of the essential dietary mineral manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber (table below). One serving provides a relatively low glycemic load score of 4 out of 100 per day.

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