Greetings from Fresh Start Farms!

Week 12 marks the final week of the Fall FarmShare. We are so thankful for your support this season and we hope you and your family enjoyed some delicious meals made with fresh food, grown right in your community. From everyone at Fresh Start Farms, thank you!

The hard frost brought the last harvest this week for the Concord farmers who don’t yet have greenhouses. Alice, Amisa, Batulo, Cecilia, Daniel, Elizabeth, Godance, Harimaya, Jeanette, Joseline, Josephin Margarita, Mukamujeni, and Sibomana will now work on cleaning up their farms and preparing to move to a new plot of land on St. Paul’s campus for next season.

Thanks to their season-extending greenhouses, the Dunbarton farmers have a while more to harvest and will be providing veggies, along with other area farms, for the 5-week Winter FarmShares. Have you signed up yet?

This week, we are excited about organic sweet potatoes, beautiful white cauliflower, a large variety of apples, fennel, green and sweet peppers, leeks, delicata and spaghetti squash, and lots more! Plus, an end-of-season sale on whole Common Wealth Chickens for just $15

This is the last week to sign up for your local Turkey! Enjoy a local, fresh turkey from Stonewood Farm for your Thanksgiving feast and pre-order by this Friday Nov. 12. 


From This Week's Bounty

Salad Mix, Superfood, and Arugula, Hajiya

Bok Choy & Celery, Khadija

Brussel Sprouts & Daikon Radish, Sylvain

Swiss Chard, Kale, and Cherry Tomatoes, Isha & Sidi

Spaghetti, Delicata, and Sweet Dumpling Squash, LaValley Farm

White Cauliflower, Dutton Berry Farm

Organic Sweet Potatoes, Atlas Farm

Sweet Peppers, White, Red, Russet Potatoes, Edgewater Farms

FruitShare Update

Standard FruitShare: Shizuka Apples, Certified Ecologically Grown by Scott Farm Orchard.

  • Shizuka Apples are Golden Delicious apples crossed with Indo (a sweet Japanese apple that originated in the 1930s). Known for their intense sweetness and distinctive light, crisp flesh, comparable to Honeycrisp. Excellent for eating fresh & to slice into a salad (this variety does not brown quickly once cut). 

Large FruitShare:  Shizuka Apples & 2 Heirloom Apples Certified Ecologically Grown by Scott Farm Orchard:

  • Baldwin apples are one of the best New England apples, and one of the oldest. Its cream-white flesh is crisp and juicy. It is aromatic with a spicy, sweet-tart flavor, and holds its shape when cooked. Outstanding apple for fresh eating. 
  • Roxbury Russet apples are believed to be the oldest apple cultivar bred in the United States, having been discovered in the mid-17th century in Roxbury MA. A sweet apple, firm and great for cider and fresh eating.

Important Member Info

Your Harvie Dashboard:

From your Harvie Dashboard, you can customize the contents of your box, reschedule/change location/skip and hold shares, and update your product preferences. Learn more about how to use your Dashboard here.

Pick Up & Delivery Info

Home Delivery
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9am to 5pm
It is very important that you update your delivery instructions on your Harvie Profile page so we get the food to the right place. Be sure to leave a cooler out for the delivery driver.

Bona Fide Green Goods Pick Up
Wednesdays 3pm to 6pm 
25 N. Main Street, Concord
Give the Bona Fide staff your name and they’ll get your box for you.

St. Paul’s School Employee Pick Up
Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm
SPS Post Office 
Any milk, meat, or frozen products will be in the fridge.

Story Hill Farm in Dunbarton
Wednesdays 4:30pm to 6pm
5 Story Hill Road, Dunbarton
There is a blue tiny house on the farm that we use as a Self-Service Farm Stand. Your box will be in the house labeled with your name. Any milk, meat, or frozen products will be in a cooler which you will need to grab.

Fresh Start Food Hub Pick Up
Wednesdays & Thursdays 2pm to 6pm
150 Spruce Street, Manchester
We can’t wait for you to see our new Market!

YMCA of Greater Nashua 
Friday 3:30pm to 5:30pm
24 Stadium Drive, Nashua
There will be a volunteer there to help you find your box. Any milk, meat, or frozen products will be in a cooler. 

We will not hold missed pick ups. We will donate any unclaimed shares to our local food pantries. 

Please return boxes & insulated liners!

of the Week

Grab some butternut squash, leeks, and some Applewood Smoked Bacon from North Country  Smokehouse to make this vibrant orange Butternut & Leek Soup this week.

This soup could also be a nice light starter to the Thanksgiving meal!


Pantry Items

Baer’s Best has been growing heirloom beans in Maine for over 30 years! We have 4 varieties of dried beans from this year’s harvest:

  • Heirloom Bean Soup Mix
  • Soldier Beans 
  • Yellow Eye Beans
  • Light Red Kidney Beans

Many years ago beans were a New England staple and some local people still remember the Saturday night traditional meal of baked beans and brown bread. Now many people are rediscovering the benefits and pleasures of having beans as a regular part of their diet and finding new ways to enjoy specialty beans. Not sure how to cook dried beans? Check out this guide to cooking dried beans from Love & Lemons. 

New flavor from Jaju! Cabbage & Mushroom Pierogis

Founded by two sisters using their grandfather’s recipes, Jaju Pierogi makes pierogi from scratch in Lynn, MA.

Made with tangy sauerkraut, and balanced with sauteed mushrooms, onions, and buttery potatoes, this is a Eastern European tradition. We recommend pairing with some sour cream!


Dairy Items

Grafton Village 1-Year Cheddar cheese is aged for one year to achieve the classic New England cheddar profile: comforting, lightly tangy, and rich. Try it paired with fresh grapes or sliced fresh apples for a juicy counterpoint to its rich and buttery flavors. 1 Year Cheddar is also perfect for melting. 

Blue Ledge Farm’s Camembrie is made with fresh Ayrshire cow’s milk and is a smooth mold-ripened Camembert/Brie hybrid! A buttery slice of bovine heaven! Goes well with a light red or white wine. A great match for any type of cured meats as well!

Smith’s Dill Havarti Cheese is smooth and buttery-perfect for a grilled cheese sandwich or to pair with your favorite crackers and fruit. All of their cheeses are made fresh on the farm with rich milk directly from 200 dairy cows.


Protein Items

Whole Chickens from Common Wealth on sale for $15!

All-natural, humanely raised, antibiotic-free, Halal whole chickens raised in small family farms throughout the Northeast and processed in Gardiner, ME from Common Wealth Poultry.

Superior butchering techniques, including air chilling and processing without additives, so you can feed your family the absolute best. Common Wealth Poultry believes in chickens raised with love, provided a good life, healthy and happy environment from day one.

New! Red's Best Haddock

Red’s Best, out of Boston, brings 100% traceable, Atlantic caught seafood to New England. Red’s Best supports a network of local fishermen through processing, transportation, and distribution. Their traceability technology tracks your seafood from the ocean to dinner plate. This week’s supply of Haddock was caught by Hamilton Fisheries near Chatham MA. Haddock is in 1 lb packages, $15/lb, and arrives frozen.

Top with buttery breadcrumbs and bake at 400° until fish is opaque and breadcrumbs are browned. For more inspiration, try Haddock Piccata or Mustard Roasted Fish.

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.