Greetings from Fresh Start Farms!

Happy Labor Day Weekend! This Monday we celebrate the contributions and achievements of all workers and particularly our local farmers and agricultural producers who keep us fed with fresh, local, and nutritious food.
In order for farmers and staff to observe the holiday, you will be receiving your FarmShare customization email this afternoon. You will have until the normal time (Tuesday at 2 pm) to make changes to your share. Deliveries and pickups will operate on the normal schedule. This week, you may see some substitutions in your FarmShare since the amounts of crops available were estimated today and might be off a bit by the harvest next week. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding!
Fresh Start Farms assists new Americans to build sustainable farm enterprises by increasing land access, building reliable markets for farmers and providing technical training support.
 The FarmShare serves as a reliable market for the Fresh Start Farmers and a valuable training opportunity. Operating the FarmShare as a training program for new American farmers requires a lot of creativity and flexibility. Many of the Fresh Start Farmers do not speak English, so each step in the food ordering process requires a creative solution. Using photos and voice messages, farmers let staff know what they have available for harvest on their farm in the upcoming week. Once all 23 farmers have submitted their crops ready for harvest, staff aggregates the crop list and works to create orders for each farmer based on what will sell the upcoming week, with special attention to dividing orders equally. Once orders are created, voice messages are sent to some farmers who speak English, and for others, a system of photos of vegetables with the number to be ordered is used. See the photo on the left for an example order sent to a farmer. Slowing down the process and using teamwork and creativity is essential for success! 

Share the bounty of the peak harvest season by contributing to the Fresh Start Food Donation Fund! With your support we provide fresh, local vegetables to low-income individuals in our community. We need your help to make sure the abundance of Fresh Start veggies get to those who need it in Manchester, Concord, and Nashua.

You will be contributing to the success of the Fresh Start Farmer’s businesses while also supporting the well-being of your neighbors in need. Together we can build a community that is fair, inclusive, and provides for everyone.

Goat cheese sale, BBQ sauces, Cornmeal , and Sherpa Food's Restock!
This week, VT Creamery’s Blueberry Lemon Thyme Goat Cheese is on sale for $4 as the end of summer nears. We also have a restock on Sherpa Food’s Momos as well as new vegan Fried Rice and Chowmein!  New products this week include Sweet Honey BBQ Sauce, Sweet Grillin’ Glaze, and Organic Cornmeal from Maine Grains!
Tomato Time! Canning, Sauce, and Salsa Kits!

Tomatoes are in full swing! The season is short, so be sure to stock up for canning, sauce or salsa making. We have flats of canning tomatoes as well as kits for salsa and sauce to make it quick and easy for you. 


From This Week's Bounty

Greenhouse Tomatoes & Cherry Tomatoes Dunbarton Farmers

Hot Peppers & Salad Mix, Sylvain

Dill & Summer Squash, Fadumo & Khamis

Mint, Cilantro & Basil, Khadija

Kale, Green Peppers, Swiss Chard, Asli

Carrots & Radish, Amisa

Eggplant & Okra, Jeannette

Garlic & Potatoes, Elizabeth

Husk Cherries & Tomatillos, Isho

Melons, watermelons, lunchbox peppers, cucumbers, and plum tomatoes, Edgewater Farm

Fruit Share Update

Melons have arrived! Look forward to a delicious, fresh melon from Edgewater Farm! 

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.

Visit your dashboard to set your preferences and delivery instructions (for home delivery), and make sure to sign up for your add-on shares like fruit, bread, mushrooms, corn and more!

Signing up for Add-on shares:

Don’t forget to sign up for your add-on shares! Lots of local & farm-fresh items to choose from like eggs, fruit, bread, mushrooms, corn, chicken, beef, milk, and pantry item! Sign up here and if you have any issues please email [email protected]

Please note that sometimes the Harvie system has a glitch and adds an additional delivery fee when you sign up for an add-on share. If this happens, please email us and we will get it updated.

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

A great accompaniment to a grilled meal, this salad mixes potatoes, onions, corn, peppers, tomatoes, and peas into a salty, sweet, and nuanced dish perfect for the summer!


Pantry Items

Pantry items!

Grilling season isn’t over yet! 

We have two great sauces for grilling – Our Local Table’s Honey Sweet Barbeque Sauce and Ruth’s Sweet Grillin’ Glaze! 

Our Local Table’s Honey Sweet Barbeque Sauce is THE perfect BBQ sauce for everyone in the family. The natural honey base provides the sweetness, but the rich flavor will be a favorite of everyone!

Ruth’s Sweet Grillin’ Glaze is great on chicken, fish and pork.  Add glaze during the last 15 minutes of cooking.  Slather, grill and enjoy!  Ruth Mustard products are inspired by Laurel’s grandmother’s recipes.  Ruth loved to feed her family and help those in need.  In her honor, 10% of all profits go to “feed the need of others” .

Sherpa Foods Restock!! 

The Momos, Nepalese Dumplings, we brought in last week sold out in the first day so we’ve brought in their Vegan Chowmein and Vegan Fried Rice in addition to Chicken Momos, Pork Momos, and Vegetable Momos! 

A Burlington, VT based family food business, Sherpa Foods crafts authentic traditional Nepalese foods with local, fresh, and natural ingredients. 

Momos are the Nepalese versions of dumplings made as comfort food during special gatherings for guests. Served with Himalayan-style sauce, they make a terrific quick meal for when you don’t have time to cook but still want to eat a locally-made, delicious, and healthy meal!

Maine Grain’s Organic Cornmeal is made from organically grown open pollinated yellow flint corn. At Maine Grains, they grind their cornmeal coarse on an Austrian traditional stone mill. This cornmeal is delicious in cornbread, Muufo Flatbread, muffins, waffles, hush puppies and to coat fried seafood! 


Dairy Items

Plymouth’s Garlic Peppercorn Cheese is inspired by the flair and finesse of the French kitchen, with its proud and vivacious character and the savory elements of onion, garlic, red peppers—and of course, green peppercorns. The poir vert tradition holds strong in France, where chefs bow to this verdant variety of the peppercorn, which shows up in sauces as well as in cheese. This raw cheddar is marbled, which makes it (much like the French) as pretty as it is complex. It is aged for sixty days, yielding an upbeat and creamy granular curd cheese that tastes like a whole dinner in just one bite.


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.

End of summer sale — $4!!

Vermont Creamery’s classic, mild fresh goat cheese hand-rolled in wild blueberries, candied lemon peel, and fragrant thyme.


Protein Items

Vermont Bean Crafter’s Harvest Veggie Burgers are made with oven-roasted sweet potatoes, corn, fresh parsley and carrots, plus a maple-chipotle BBQ sauce to brighten the burger’s savory soul. Organic and plant-based food made right in Vermont!

As the weather turns colder and the fall approaches, its the perfect time to roast an all-natural, 100% pasture free-ranging, growth hormone/antibiotic-free, and local chicken from Robie Farm. Plus, we have a poultry herb mix available this week with sage, thyme, and rosemary! 

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.