And to think it happened at Elmer’s!
Notes from Nan: And to think it happened at Elmer’s!
BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati
You just never know who you’re gonna see at Elmer’s. Last week at this time we had Sonya Kitchell, Erin McKeown and Erica Wheeler all sitting around at breakfast with their guitars and gorgeous voices, jamming together on a theme of pancakes. And just now I walked in to talk to Jim and there was a group of Tibetan monks having coffee. I’m thinking that Tuesdays are the day to come in just to see what in the world is going on!
So, my nieces and their friends were up from North Carolina over the last few days and yesterday Micki sees a thermometer says in her little southern accent, “It’s really only 60 degrees? Really? That’s so weird . . .”
Yes, and sixty degrees is the good news from where it’s been. My friends, they have record-breaking heat in New Orleans! Do you know how hard you would have to get before you can get hotter than it’s EVER been in NEW ORLEANS??? Hell itself has never been that hot! And what do we get? Sixty degrees on July 13th. It kind of makes me sad.
This weekend is The Green River Festival. Every other year that I have worked on it it’s been up in the 100s of degrees out there—like, 200 or more! This year I’m hoping we’ll be able to work up a sweat. Oh, you’re probably quite fine with sixty or seventy degrees for Green River Festival. It may be a good thing, as due to the large crowds expected this year, we’ve been forced to ask people not to bring tents. It has been advertised, by the way as “nearly sold out”, which is true, but I know that there are still some tickets left if you’re interested. (We even still have some at Elmer’s—both for the whole weekend ($45) and for the Friday night Anniversary of Signature Sounds artists ($25.) The whole line-up is at www.GreenRiverFestival.com.
Saturday morning at Elmer’s, we will have outside a short little performance by Double Edge Theater, while you wait for your table. They are getting ready for their summer performance of “The Arabian Nights” (www.DoubleEdgeTheatre.com) and will be handing out fliers and doing God Knows What outside of Elmer’s that morning. (You know how it is with Double Edge, you never know what to expect, which is what makes it so worth seeing!) I believe they should be here around 10 or 11, so come for breakfast, come for the Farmer’s Market down the street, and see what Double Edge is up to!
Here is what we are serving for dinner this week at Elmer’s:
- Stuffed Peppers with Beef or vegetables in a Pomodoro Sauce
- Beef Tenderloin teriyaki on skewers over vegetable lo-mein
- Or Vegetable Lo-mein
The Farm Report
Tomatoes, Bananas, Carrots, and Red Onions are coming!
The Black River Produce order is due today (Tuesday) and will replenish the supply of carrots, beets, avocados, bananas, mesclun, tomatoes, and zuchinni. Cantaloupe and red onions are new items that we’ll be carrying.
Also, look for fresh Haricot Vert (green beans), snow peas, and snap peas form our farm – Springwater Farm. I’ll pick them Wednesday morning and bring them in.
LOCAL MEATS, GROCERIES, DAIRY AND PRODUCE:
- BEEF: GROUND, SHANKS, STEW, STEAKS, LIVER, ROASTS from Steady Lane Farm, Ashfield
- LAMB: GROUND LAMB, KABOBS, BREAKFAST SAUSAGES, LAMB CHOPS, SHOULDER CHOPS, LEG STEAK from Carter’s Farm, Ashfield
- PORK: HAM STEAK from Manda Farm, Plainfield
- ELMER’S BREAD Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and now, on Monday: Baguettes, Daily Bread, Country White, Whole Wheat, Rosemary and Olive, and Rye.
- GRANOLA: MAPLE AND SAVE THE FOREST NUT from New England Naturals, Greenfield
- HERBS: DRIED. Basil, Cayenne Peppers, Celery Leaf, Cilantro Leaf, Parsley, Sage, Thyme, Lemon Thyme from Sangha Farm, Ashfield
- HONEY: WILDFLOWER, BEE POLLEN from Bear Meadow Apiary, Ashfield
- MAPLE SYRUP: New Crop Half gallons, quarts, pints, ½ pints, 100ml from Gray’s Sugar House, Ashfield
- MISO: ADUZI BEAN, CHIC PEA, SWEET WHITE, GARLIC RED PEPPER, HEARTY BROWN RICE from South River Miso Company, Conway
- PICKLES: ASIAN CABBAGE, SAUERKRAUT from Real Pickles, Greenfield
- SALAD DRESSINGS: HONEY DIJON, BUTTERMILK RANCH, GINGER MISO, CILANTRO LIME, CHIPOTLE RANCH from Appalachian Naturals, Goshen
- SALSA: MILD, MEDIUM, HOT from Appalachian Naturals, Goshen
- CHEESE: GOAT CHERVE – PLAIN, GARLIC/CHIVE, DILL from Sangha Farm
- ICE CREAM: VANILLA, CHOCOLATE WITH RASPBERRY, MOOSE TRACKS, MINT CHIP, CiSA VERY LOCAL BLUEBERRY from Bart’s Ice Cream, Greenfield
- YOGURT: WHOLE MILK PLAIN, LOW FAT PLAIN, MAPLE, VANILLA, APRICOT ALMOND from Sidehill Farm, Ashfield
- BEANS: HARICOTS VERT from Springwater Farm, Ashfield
- BROCCOLI from Paddy Flat Farm, Ashfield
- CARROTS from Sangha Farm, Ashfield
- CHARD: RAINBOW from Sangha Farm, Ashfield
- CHERRIES from Paddy Flat Farm, Ashfield
- KALE: from Sangha Farm, Ashfield
- SNAP PEAS from Springwater Farm, Ashfield
- SNOW PEAS from Springwater Farm, Ashfield
To request a special order, please email me at email@example.com
or leave me a message at the store. The phone number is 628-4003.
Side notes from the Editor: I saw where Donna has Haricots Vert this week—which is French for “Green Beans.” From what I was told down in Louisiana, that’s where the word “Zydeco” comes from:
Les Haricots Music—regular old, every day, “bean” music. (It would be pronounced “lays ah-ree-coh” or, quickly, “ ‘Zydeco.”)
Elmer’s Store | 396 Main St. | Ashfield, MA 01330 | (413) 628-4003
Nan is the proprietor of Elmer’s Store in Ashfield, MA. A New England transplant from the Deep South, Nan shares her southern wit, wisdom and charm every week in her column, “Notes from Nan.” Share dinner with her every Friday at Elmer’s. Menu’s are posted with her column. firstname.lastname@example.org