Greetings from Fresh Start Farms!

Happy Friday! This week you’re receiving next week’s newsletter and customization email today in order for farmers and staff to observe the holiday on Monday. You will have until the normal time (Tuesday at 2pm) 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!

No frost yet means that you still get to enjoy eggplant (Asian, Italian, & graffiti this week), all types of peppers (green, sweet, & hot), herbs, tomatoes, and green beans. Get them while you can!

Dinner’s ready! Terra Cotta Pasta Co.’s new Basil Pesto Sauce and Sundried Tomato & Black Olive Pesto Sauce coupled with Valicenti Fresh Pasta, Fresh Start veggies, and VT Salumi’s sausages make for a quick, delicious, and all-local meal. Plus, all sausages this week are on sale for just $7! 

Farmers Apply for New Greenhouses!

Working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Dunbarton and Concord farmers cumulatively applied for funding from the USDA to build 15 greenhouses across both farms.

Greenhouses provide the farmers with numerous new opportunities for their farms. Greenhouses would allow for farmers to extend their season and they could grow things like greens and tomatoes earlier and later into the season. Farmers could grow their own seedlings as opposed to purchasing them from other farms. And they could start growing new exciting crops like sweet potatoes, ginger, turmeric, saffron, and off-season strawberries. We hope the greenhouses are funded and can be built next year!

Fresh Veggie Boxes for Manchester Housing Residents

Thanks to funding from New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, Fresh Start Farms has partnered with Manchester Housing to distribute free fresh food to the community for the fall. 

Fresh Start Farms will build 100 boxes of local vegetables and fruit to be delivered to seniors and families in three Manchester Housing facilities each week. Our goal is to deliver 1200 boxes before the end of the year! We’re excited to share the fall bounty with the community!


From This Week's Bounty

Winter Squash – Butternut & Acorn, Dunbarton Farmers

Carrots & Celery, Alice

Kale, Daikon Radish & Barela, Harimaya

Green Peppers & Brussel Sprouts, Sylvain

Beets, Asli

Lettuce, Khadija

Tomatoes & Hot Peppers, Fadumo & Khamis

Organic Delicata and Spaghetti Squash, Maple Row Farm

Green Beans, Eggplant & Red Potatoes,  Edgewater Farms

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

Dunbarton Farmer, Isho, uses a variety of veggies from her farm to make her family of 13 a delicious vegetable and beef stir fry. 


  • Beef (cubed stirfry beef – flank/skirt/sirloin/rump)
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Fresh Cumin
  • Oil
  • Cooked White Rice

Isho stir-fries all of the ingredients in a hot pan with oil and seasons with salt and pepper. Then she uses a mortor and pestle to grind fresh cumin to add to the mix. She serves the stir-fry over white rice with fresh cilantro on top. Yum!


Pantry Items

Brewer’s Crackers – Sea Salt & Rosmary Pita Chips

Brewer’s Crackers is an Up-Cycled cracker company in Somerville MA driven to reduce food waste in craft brewing industry (US Breweries in the US produce over 1 billion tons of edible food waste each year that ends up in our landfills!)

They make their chips using Up-Cycled brewery grains, a valuable byproduct from the beer-making process. When making beer, brewers steep super high-quality grains, like barley, in water. They then strain this mixture, keeping the liquid to make beer and discard the “spent” grains. Turns out, these grains are still incredibly flavorful and nutritious. They recycle these saved grains into crackers & pita chips. They pair perfectly with Dips, Cheese, Soup, Salad or just to snack on.

Yolo Snacks Popcorn is a party in a bag! Made in Vermont, this popcorn comes in 4 flavors: Original (made with nutritional yeast, dried dill and buttermilk), White Cheddar, Maple, and Keepin it Sea Salt.  A delicious and local snack!


Don’t forget some Fresh Apple Cider (in pints and half gallons) from Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, NH. Apple cider isn’t just for drinking, try one of these creative uses — in salad dressing, oatmeal, soup, smoothies, baked chicken, fall cocktails, even pancakes!







Now offering Sourdough Bread, fresh-baked from Crust & Crumb Bakery in Concord, NH. The Crust and Crumb partners with local producers and growers to make amazing food from locally sourced ingredients. As the first (and currently only) Certified Local bakery in New Hampshire with The Farm to Restaurant Connection, everything is made from scratch and by hand.


Dairy Items

Plymouth’s Sage & Herb Cheese is enhanced with a mellow blend of herbs de provence—including sage, thyme, rosemary, lavender, and oregano—this sixty-day recipe is a favorite during the holidays. Both feisty and familiar, this whimsical flavor finds its groove on a sandwich, paired with fruit, or perfect its own.

Founded in 1890, Plymouth is a family-run cheese factory in Vermont. They use only the finest, pasture-raised 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.

From the northern reaches of France comes the origin of our Coulommiers-style cheese and thicker ancestor to Brie, and the name itself, Lillé. Handmade in small batches, each wheel is a slightly different weight. Aged in its own special room, and lovingly turned regularly, the delicate rind develops evenly with a white downy bloom. This decadently sumptuous soft-ripened cheese has a supple paste core enveloped by a rich creamy body and reveals a subtle mushroom nuance with notes of nut and butter. The rind gives a nice salty bite versus the delicate interior.

Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company gently cares for their land (in South Woodstock VT) and the lives of their animals to make fresh, quality, and artisan cheese available to all.


Protein Items

VT Bean Crafter’s Harvest Veggie Burgers are made with oven-roasted sweet potatoes, corn, fresh parsley, carrots, and a maple-chipotle BBQ sauce to brighten the burger’s savory soul.

Heiwa’s tofu is handcrafted in small batches using organic, non-GMO soybeans grown on Maine and New England farms.

Heiwa Tofu is a small family business in Rockport Maine committed to sourcing local organic soybeans to produce fresh delicious tofu.

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.