Order your Thanksgiving Turkey today!

This year at Russo’s, we are offering turkeys from Stonewood Farm, which is a family farm located in Vermont. You may read more about them on the below brochure.

To order your turkey order, please fill out the form (see below) and email it to our Catering Department at vmoreira@russos.com or call 617-719-4107. Please call our main number with any questions at 617-923-1500.

Thank you!

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This week's Farmer Focus: Clark Farm in Carlisle

Sunlight sweeps across Clark Farm in Carlisle.

Sunlight sweeps across Clark Farm in Carlisle.

 

This summer we are thrilled to offer organic products from Clark Farm in Carlisle! We were fortunate to catch up with the farm manager, Andrew Rodgers, who took time from his busy summer schedule to speak with us about farming and some of his favorite items to grow.

Rodgers, 45, has been farming for nearly 20 years. He grew up in Newton and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for his undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in the soil sciences.


“I wanted a career that benefitted the environment. I was an idealist,” he said. Later, he added, “I’m still an optimist. Growing organically and partnering with Russo's shows that we are on the right path.”


When Rodgers began working at Clark Farm in 2012, he wanted to focus on creating a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture program); working with and hiring local students for employment on the farm; and creating a Certified Organic Farm. He has achieved those goals and now he is expanding many of the products he carries on the farm, such as Asian crops, including Bitter Melon.


“One of the fun parts of being a CSA farmer is that the crop selection evolves with customer demands,” he said, explaining that many of the CSA member are of Indian and Chinese descent. “I love learning to grow new things to me and working with a customer base that’s so excited about their food.”

Rodgers shows us the organic Bitter Melon which is in the last stages of development before harvesting.

Rodgers shows us the organic Bitter Melon which is in the last stages of development before harvesting.

 

Clark Farm has a CSA program, a farm market, as well as Pick-Your-Own options including berries and flowers.

At Russo’s, we are excited about Clark Farm’s expanding certified organic options which we are able to to supple to our customers!

Andrew Rodgers and his daughter Phoebe, who works at Clark Farm Market, walk the fields of Clark Farm in Carlisle.

Andrew Rodgers and his daughter Phoebe, who works at Clark Farm Market, walk the fields of Clark Farm in Carlisle.

Watermelon Popsicles!

Watermelon popsicles with fresh strawberries added for extra sweetness!

Watermelon popsicles with fresh strawberries added for extra sweetness!

 

This summer, we have made many Watermelons Popsicles. They are delicious, refreshing, and potentially a little sticky (so maybe eat them outside)! Here is how to make them:

RECIPE:

Add 1 pound of Watermelon chunks + 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice into a blender.

Add about a half-cup of water (or as needed) so the mixture liquifies.

Blend until smooth.

OPTIONS TO ADD TO THE BLENDER:

Some folks add 2 Tablespoons of sugar (we do not).

Some folks add a handful of washed and cut strawberries (we do, on occasion).

ONCE BLENDED:

Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.

Enjoy!

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Farmer in Focus:

This week we had a wonderful visit to Plainville Farm in Hadley, Massachusetts. Wally Czajkowski, 62, has been farming this land for more than 50 years (do the math - he started working very young!). Wally’s grandfather, an immigrant from Poland, began the farm in the early 1900s.

At Russo’s we receive assorted vegetables from Plainville Farm throughout the year. Wally grows a mix of conventional and organic products on 250 acres, including broccoli, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, beans, asparagus and tobacco (we don’t carry tobacco at Russo’s).

Wally Czajkowski in his field of (delicious!) spaghetti squash.

Wally Czajkowski in his field of (delicious!) spaghetti squash.


One of Wally’s favorite products is asparagus. Historically, Hadley has been known for its incredible asparagus, but several decades ago, a soil-born disease destroyed the asparagus crops. Today, there are many asparagus varieties grown which resist this soil issue and farmers like Wally can grow incredible asparagus in this fertile region.


“Asparagus is the first sign of spring,” he said. “It’s a vegetable full of eternal hope. It comes up, and we cut it off. It comes up, and we cut it off. How’s that for determination? It continues that way for six weeks. And it tastes so good.”

Asparagus planted for next spring. Wally said it looks beautiful during the winter when it is covered in frost.

Asparagus planted for next spring. Wally said it looks beautiful during the winter when it is covered in frost.


Wally showed us around his farm, pointing out the asparagus which is already planted for next spring. He spoke eloquently about photosynthesis and preparation for the spring harvest (but due to our lack of understanding plant science, we were slightly confused).

In today’s economy, Wally said that it can be challenging for young farmers to purchase enough land to make a living. He said that young farmers could buy less acreage and focus on organic farming, which generally pays more per acre. “That’s the way to go,” he said.

Tony Russo speaks highly of Wally’s excellent products which we enjoy at our store.

At Russo's this week, we have locally grown apples, tomatoes and eggplant. See more of our specials here!

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The final crop of broccoli of this season at Plainville Farm in Hadley.

The final crop of broccoli of this season at Plainville Farm in Hadley.

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This week we had a wonderful visit with Susan Macone and Anthony J. Rogers at Macone Farm in Concord! Macone Farms sells its fresh cut flowers, award-winning tomatoes and other vegetables like butternut squash exclusively to Russo’s.

Susan grew up on the farm but after college worked two full time jobs - as both a software engineer and a farmer. She retired from software engineering in 2005 and has focused on the farm ever since.

About five years ago, Susan started to grow cut flowers. Her colorful rows are full of zinnias, celosia, snapdragons and more.

“There is so much competition for farming tomatoes and vegetables, but not many people are doing cut flowers and I enjoy doing the cut flowers,” she said. “I do it because I enjoy it.”

Susan walked us through her rows of tomatoes, handing us one delicious variety after another. She has several varieties including chocolate tomatoes (which do taste like chocolate!), Sunpeach (which are delicious!) and her famous Sungold won Best in Massachusetts!

Tony Russo asked when the amazing tomatoes will arrive at Russo's. The answer is...today!

Macone Farm is not a certified organic but Susan said she does not spray anything on her 12-acre farm.

“To me, this is my backyard garden and you don’t spray where you live.” Plus, she added, “I’m the one picking and I don’t want spray where I pick.” She said she is okay with the fact that her seasons may run shorter than others because bugs or blight get her crops. It is safer that way, she explains. “If the bugs eat ‘em, that means you can eat ‘em,” she said.

At Russo's this week, we have locally grown tomatoes, eggplant and corn. See more of our specials here!

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Susan Macone in her field of flowers.

Susan Macone in her field of flowers.

Macone Farm tomatoes for Russo's 

Macone Farm tomatoes for Russo's 

Locally grown eggplants at Russo's 

Locally grown eggplants at Russo's 

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This week we introduce you to our love for local blueberries. Here at Russo’s, we have a special not-so-secret extra love for Kelso Homestead Farm blueberries which have just arrived at our store from Chester, Massachusetts! 

"They pick them at the perfect time, every time, which is really hard to do in our business," said Tony Russo.

We wait all year for this perfect part of the summer when these special blues become available. Kelso Homestead Farm was established in 1779 by the family of Jim Gilman who is the 9th generation of his family to grow these blueberries. Russo's has a longstanding relationship with Kelso Homestead Farm and has been selling these blueberries for more than 40 years!

We recently spoke with one of Kelso Homestead's newest growers, 15-year-old Tommy Engwer, who works with his father Tom Engwer on the Kelso Homestead Farm. Tommy said the recent rain followed by warm days has been terrific for the blueberries this year.

“We have seven different varieties of blueberries at the farm,” said Engwer. “The sweet ones are very large and about the size of a half dollar. There are smaller ones if you want the more sour flavor.”

It is fortunate that Tommy works on a blueberry farm because “they are my favorite fruit!” he said.

Russo's has Kelso Homestead Blueberries available now and the farm is open for Pick-Your-Own blueberries.

Below is our latest Tony Tip on local blueberries, plus some photographs of Kelso Homestead Farm.

Also at Russo's this week, we have a special arrival of fig trees and a new Tony Tip all about them!

 

Tommy Engwer at Kelso Homestead Farm

Tommy Engwer at Kelso Homestead Farm

Tommy Engwer in the blueberry fields at Kelso Homestead Farm

Tommy Engwer in the blueberry fields at Kelso Homestead Farm

Fig Trees have arrived at Russo's!

Fig Trees have arrived at Russo's!