First of the Season: Cold Hollow Cider, Maine Cider Syrup, & Native Heirloom Squash


Market Report:

Local farmers are telling us that the last of the local heirloom tomatoes are being harvested and will be sold out shortly thereafter.  We expect to see them disappear by the middle of next week.  Say goodbye to local corn as well.  It looks like temperatures are going to drop down to the 60’s next week, so whatever is left out in the field may be slow to ripen properly.  If you are using tomatoes, the local Early Girl variety is super, super tasty and probably a good idea to put up now for the winter.

Our first shipment of Cold Hollow Cider has arrived from Vermont.  They blend about 80 percent McIntosh with Cortland, Empire, Delicious, Rome, Spartan, Niagara, and others from various Champlain Valley orchards. There’s something about the soil and climate of the region that gives Macs, in particular, that “snap” that is the distinctive taste of Cold Hollow Cider.  For those of you who plan to take cider and boil it down to a syrup for vinaigrettes, glazes, gastrique or pastry purposes, you should consider our Maine Apple Cider Syrup.  With great balance of sweetness/tartness, it also doesn’t take up space on the stove for hours.  Tell your pastry chef or bartender about it, too.  Would make a killer hot toddy.  As far as apples go, we have some native honeycrisp coming Monday, and the excellent Scott Farm heirloom apples are just a few weeks away, which will blow even honeycrisp out of the water.

Winter Squash: it’s time.  Here we go:  sugar pumpkins (heirloom), Long Island cheese pumpkins, Georgia candy roaster squash, uchiki kuri squash, and delicata squash are all coming in fresh Monday morning.

First of the Season

  • Native Honeycrisp Apples
  • Heirloom Sugar Pumpkins
  • Long Island Cheese Pumpkin
  • Georgia Candy Roaster Squash
  • Uchiki Kuri Squash
  • Delicata Squash
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Baby Brussels Sprouts
  • Cold Hollow Apple Cider
  • Concord Grapes
  • Native Lobster Mushrooms
  • Equinox Farm Braising Greens

Fresh Start Farm – Lisbon, ME

Husk Cherry Tomatoes (aka Ground Cherries, aka Cape Gooseberries)

Stillwater Orchards – Courtland, CA

  • French Butter Pears
  • Seckel Pears

Dandelion Spring Farm – Newcastle, ME

  • Anise Hyssop

Ward’s Farm – Sharon, MA

  • Native Raspberries*
  • Native Corn
  • Rosa Bianca Eggplant
  • Early Girl Tomatoes
  • Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Orange Sungold Tomatoes
  • Fancy Mixed Heirloom Squash
  • Fresh Cranberry Beans

Frog Hollow Farm – Brentwood, CA

  • Emerald Beaut Plums
  • Warren Pears
  • Flavor Fall Pluots

Taste of the North – Québec

  • Native-style Strawberries

Equinox Farm – Sheffield, MA

  • Native Mesclun
  • Mixed Braising Greens*
  • Baby Arugula

Farm Girl Farm – Great Barrington, MA

  • Baby Hakurei Turnips*                                                                         Baby Scarlet Turnips*                                                                         Mustard Flowers*

& Also…

  • Queen Charlotte Chanterelles
  • Oregon Matsutake
  • Jumbo Squash Blossoms
  • Fresh Garbanzo Beans
  • Wild Oregon Pousse-Pied
  • Baby Artichokes*
  • Tri-Color Cauliflower
  • Italian Prune Plums
  • California Peaches/White Peaches
  • California Nectarines
  • California Plums & Pluots
  • Wild Blueberries
  • Black Mission Figs
  • Meyer Lemons
  • Washington Rhubarb*
By Diego Maldonado