Ok, the end is near! Not of the world—that’s near too, but relatively not as near as our last day of market for the season, which is this week.
In view of this, my advice (a bit self-serving, admittedly) is: stock up! You need to postpone as far as possible the inevitable, dreaded, first trip back to Whole Foods since last spring. Right?
Fortunately, many items we have will keep—without losing quality!—for weeks. For instance, eggs as fresh as ours will be 100% as good in 6 weeks as they are today, as long as you keep them in the fridge. Same with apples—in the fridge AND in a plastic bag. That’s very important. Keeps the moisture in, keeps them hard and juicy. We hate plastic as much as you do but this is one time when it’s very important and effective.
In general, look at the posters we will have at market this week on many items, that will guide you on shelf life.
And don’t forget to put some pies and sticky buns in the freezer, wrapped tight in plastic wrap. You’re gonna want brunch next month sometime, and, by law, you must have sticky buns at brunch, as you well know.
But don’t despair. We will return on June 1, as we have done 46 times, every year since 1973. Then, June 1, you can resume eating normally, and catching up on all the weight you will have lost in our absence.
Be sure to get your email address onto our list (on clipboard at market, or just send it to us), so we can keep in touch—no more than once a week, we promise. We’ll alert you to our reappearances at our 3 locations.
And keep in mind that our Sunday Dupont market runs to March 31, and restarts on May 5. No baked goods there, but plenty of eggs, greens from our high tunnels, and storage crops, etc.
One last important note: our new “farm operator”, (the USDA has awarded her this exalted title), Jenni Glenister, will make a big splash appearance at Sheridan this Saturday! So come shake her hand and congratulate her on bearing the NMF torch forward as the old folks slow down. (NOT STOP). She’s a great farmer now, having studied dutifully at NMF all these years.
See you Saturday.