This weekend: Concord Ag Day!
While the calendar says September, the weatherman still keeps sending us an occasional summer day. This time of year reflects the best that New England has to offer: our crop variety and abundance are on the increase and the gamut of summer and fall produce is on display in all its glory. Summer crops like tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers are still coming on strong, with the late summer/early fall veggies like winter squash, potatoes, turnips, and winter radishes beginning to make appearances. We will have some apples this year – while they may be “aesthetically challenged,” compared to last year we are just grateful they have shown us some fruit this year.
In celebration of the New England bounty, this Saturday we are attending the 14th annual Ag Day farmers’ market on Main Street in Concord center. This unique market showcases the bounty of Concord’s many farm businesses at the height of the growing season. There will be live music, a few activities for the kids, lots of information about great local organizations that support agriculture, and of course, your Concord Farmers! Ag Day will run Saturday September 14th from 10 AM to 2 PM on Main St., which will be closed from the roundabout to Walden Street. Because of the Ag Day market we will not be attending our usual Saturday market at Union Square, Somerville. Our apologies to our Somerville customers! Ag Day then continues with garden tours on Saturday afternoon-get information online (www.concordagday.com) or at the Garden Club table at the Ag Day market.
Then on Sunday September 15th, a number of Concord farms will be hosting farm tours – Hutchins will be hosting one tour at 1pm. No signups are necessary, just show up at the farmstand parking lot before the tour begins. Tours require walking on rough (dusty) farm roads and may include encounters with unfriendly weeds and stinging insects-good footwear is suggested, and folks with allergies to bees or wasps should take appropriate precautions.
Another local event of note: on Sunday, September 22nd, Verrill Farm will be hosting the annual Stone Soup Dinner. Cocktail hour begins at 4pm with local restaurant tastings beginning at 5pm. Hutchins Farm again will be participating providing some of the produce, and we’ll be there to hang out and chat. Tickets are available for $40 at Verrill Farm and the Concord Cheese Shop- Cash or check only. www.stonesoupconcord.com for more information.
We hope to see you soon either at Ag Day, at Stone Soup, or at the farmstand!
-Brian Cramer and the Hutchins Farm crew
From left to right: heart-shaped radish, Ag Day Market 2018, apple guardian
Concord Ag Day 2019