Intermingling of Culture and Flavor in Ashfield

Notes From Nan: Bonjour and Dostoyevsky!
BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati

So this week we have pure international inter-marriage craziness! We go from France to Russia with wild intermingling of culture and flavor! Good, hearty food for fall meal! Et bien, ze delicate flavor of the Franch! When you finish this meal you will be very well rounded! (Not very round.) Well rounded and full of flavor in your mouth and in your belly!

This week we have some new people joining our mailing list from the Boston area! So we will talk louder so that you can hear us over there! They came in—I say they came in all the way from Boston and around there to eat breakfast at Elmer’s after they read the article about us in the Boston Globe last Sunday! We hope they will come and visit us again—I say, I hope you will come and visit us again for dinner some time! Maybe even this week, even though in the dark you can’t see the leaves! But come again soon!

Too much yelling…

Friday’s Menu (10/26/07)

Here’s precisely what we’re having:

  • French Onion Soup with Elmer’s-baked croutons and gruyere cheese
  • Beef Stroganoff
  • Fresh green organic salad
  • Euphoric Bread (Don’t you think that Bread Euphoria is a great name for a bread company? I think it’s just brilliant!)

For Vegetarians we will have all of the above, but with

  • Portabella Stroganoff!

And for Sean Skalski and the little kids:

  • It’s the return of the Macaroni and Cheese

For dessert we’re having

  • Apple bread pudding
  • Pumpkin Yippee Yahoo Pies
  • Chocolate Chunk Mousse (like we had last week.)

We aren’t including dessert in the price of the meal any more because it gets confusing if someone doesn’t want it with their meal. But you can still get some.

By the way, speaking of bread, due to the demand of the El Jardin bread, I took to ordering extra, especially on Fridays. So come on in and get some. There should be some even when you think it’s probably sold out.

My friend Tim once said that while eating French Onion Soup you should sit and think about where you were the last time you ate French Onion Soup, which will connect you to where you were the time before that and the time before that and Onion Soup will be the connecting chain throughout your life.

Wow. Isn’t that beautiful and far out? Yes, we were in college when he said that. It worked though. I always think about where I was the last time I had French Onion Soup. Now Elmer’s will be a link in the chain of your life! Righteous!


This week’s local produce listed alphabetically by grower; new items are capitalized:

  • PATTY FLAT FARM Joan and Joel Arsenault:
    broccoli, red and green cabbage, KALE, red and yellow onions, green and yellow peppers, tomatoes, red kuri and DELICATA squash.
  • SPRING WATER GARDENS Will and Donna Elwell:
    flower bouquets, GARLIC (for eating or for seed), herbs (curly parsley), long cayenne peppers.
  • DONOVAN FARM Ivan and Cinni Donovan:
    Red potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes
  • SIDEHILL FARM Amy Klippenstein and Paul Lacinski:
    carrots, and fresh yogurt in 5 flavors. (They grow that yogurt right in their pastures!)
  • SANGHA FARM MaryBeth and Derek Richie:
    green beans, beets (Heirloom and Red Ace) herbs (thyme, parsley, sage, savory), LETTUCE (red leaf), acorn squash, buttercup squash, delicata squash.
  • BROOK FARM ORCHARD Alan Surprenant:
    Liberty, Yellow Delicious apples.
  • SCOTT’S ORCHARD Ed, Colin, and Donna Scott:
    Macoun, Macintosh apples.
  • SQUASH, Produce Distributor:
    avocados, BANANAS, CUCUMBERS (pickling), garlic (organic), lemons, mesclun (organic), mushrooms (portabella), sprouts (alfalfa) and tomatoes.


The local farmers bring their produce to Elmer’s the day after it is ordered – usually on Wednesdays and Fridays. The produce distributor, Squash, delivers Tuesdays and Thursdays. We order small quantities and order often so that you can have the freshest fruits and vegetables!

Coming up!

  • Saturday afternoon at 2:00 those crafters are getting together again over here. They’re knitting, but you can really do anything you want as long as it doesn’t make a mess on the floor.
  • October 27th 7 – 9 pm Ray Mason! Live! Here at Elmer’s! Free! We will also be serving Mary’s really, really good Vegetarian Chili and Macaroni and Cheese that night! Come early for some dinner!
  • Halloween Night! Pumpkin Soup from our own pumpkins! and bread! Come on in and eat hearty before the parade!
  • Saturday, November 3rd, 3 – 5pm; Art opening with photos by Craig Gibson—who also happens to be Walt Cudnohufsky’s son!

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