Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we have everything you need for a fabulous, local feast. Squash, sweet potatoes, potatoes, celery, onions, greens, garlic, apples and more!  

Next week is the final week of the FarmShare for the year. We are very thankful for your support and for the season that we have had. What better way to celebrate and be grateful for the bountiful harvest than Thanksgiving? Don’t worry, we will soon be opening sales for 2024 FarmShares! Keep your eyes out for announcements coming soon.

If you have a share scheduled for delivery next week, please note the following schedule changes:

** Thanksgiving Schedule Changes **

Fresh Start Farms will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd. All FarmShares scheduled for delivery or pick up on Thursday will instead be delivered on Wednesday, November 22nd. 

Pick up time frames at the YMCA, Southern NH Health, and the Merrimack Library remain the same. 

Stories from Our Kitchen Table - Anthony Munene

Anthony Munene who served as the Program Director of the New American Sustainable Agriculture Program for roughly a decade at ORIS has recently moved on to work at American Farmland Trust and run his own farm, Two Mountain Farm in Andover, NH. Anthony made a huge impact on Fresh Start Farms & ORIS and has had a hand in growing the program into what it is today. Thankfully, although no longer working at ORIS, Anthony continues to support the Fresh Start Farmers in his new role. 

Last month, Anthony was interviewed by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and discussed his experiences with land access, the difficulties immigrant farmers of color face, and the challenges in establishing farm sites for ORIS. 

“One of the main experiences I have had over the years has been around land access because, of course, to be able to grow food appropriate to your culture – ethnic food from where you come from – you need land. Accessing land has been a very big challenge on this journey, and also the resources that you need to be able to farm” Anthony explains in the interview. Anthony gives a great window into the perspective and experiences of the Fresh Start Farmers so we hope you’ll take the time to read this insightful interview here.

*Note that there is a misprint in this article that states ORIS is in Rhode Island instead of New Hampshire.


From This Week's Bounty

Butternut, Acorn & Carnival Squash, Fresh Start

Organic Sweet Potatoes, Picadilly Farm

Garlic & Thyme, Isha & Sidi

Yellow Onions, Edgewater Farm

Organic White Potatoes, Atlas Farm

Salad Mix, Isho

Celery & Baby Onions, Fadumo & Khamis

Ecologically-Grown Pears – Champlain Valley Orchards

Apples, Sunnycrest Farm


of the Week

This salad combines all the best produce that fall has to offer into the prettiest salad that’s simple to make and healthy too! Sweet honey roasted butternut squash, salty roasted pumpkin seeds, ale, shredded brussel sprouts, and juicy pomegranates. All tossed together with a sweet and tangy pomegranate vinaigrette.

The perfect way to combine your FarmShare carrots with Ben’s Sugar Shack wildflower honey for a delicious side dish! 

This beautiful Cheesy Root Vegetable Gratin is as beautiful as it is tasty. Sweet Potatoes, beets, and parsnips with cream and garlic baked to perfection. 


Pantry Items

Turkey Brine & Stuffing Herb Blend

NH Herb & Spice Co. has you covered for your Thanksgiving seasonings!

Temple Turkey Brine is a mix of course sea salt, Bay Leaves, Coriander, Juniper Berries, Sweet Cut Orange Peel, Lampong Peppercorns, Fennel, Brown Mustard Seed, Domestic Minced Onion, Garlic, Rosemary and Thyme. It’s great for all poultry! 

When roasting a chicken or turkey, you can’t do better than their Stuffing Herb Blend for your stuffing! Minced onion, Spanish Rosemary, Parsley, Sage, Summer Savory, Black Peper, Sea salt, and Thyme combine for the perfect balance!


Dairy Items

Plymouth Artisan Cheese

Plymouth Artisan Cheeses are perfect for your Thanksgiving Cheese Board! Founded in 1890, Plymouth is a family-run cheese factory in Vermont. They use only the finest, pasture-rased raw cow’s milk — free of additives, antibiotics and rBST — sourced from a single dairy herd from a sustainable, seventh-generation family farm 40 minutes up the road. 

We have 6 different varieties for you to choose from:

  • Hunters 18 month
  • Smoked
  • Hot Pepper
  • Sage & Herb
  • Black Truffle

Protein Items

Chicken Breast, Robie Farm

Robie Farm chicken breast is all-natural, 100% pasture free-ranging, growth hormone/antibiotic-free, and local. Versatile and ready to make your favorite chicken recipes extra delicious!

Robie Farm is a small family farm owned and operated on the banks of the Connecticut River in Piermont, NH. All of their chickens are humanely raised right on their farm in movable pens on pastures (as opposed to indoor confinement).

Thank you & we'll see you soon!

Email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 603-606-2663 and we will get right back to you!

From all of us at Fresh Start Farms,
take good care and be well.