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Issue #173- September 16, 2007
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In this issue...
Garden: Fall Clean-Up
Recipe: Apple Cake

Our Event Picks:
ME: HarvestFest
NH: Shaker Harvest Days
VT: Cheese & Harvest Festival

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Worth Quoting

"There is small choice in rotten apples" ~New England proverb

More New England proverbs & quotes
Notes from the Heart...

I'm not quite sure what this week's New England proverb means except for the
obvious.  Then again, all I'm thinking about are rotten apples lately since our
50+ year old apple tree in our backyard has had a bumper crop.  That proud
old tree, which hasn't served up any apples for about 2 years now is showering
us with a profusion of apples.  Since we don't treat our tree, most are wormy,
bird-eaten, scabby.  And 90% of them are rotting on our lawn. I have heard from
local farmers that this has a been a good year for apples...I'm not sure the
elements that make a "good year": dry spring/wet spring, lots of bees,
whatever.  We will eventually pick up all the rotten apples and compost them.  
Don't get me wrong, there are a few gems and I've already made my share of
apple pies.  But, the proverb is absolutely true: there is small choice in rotten
apples. ~M.

Readers Write

Dear Heart,

"I'm looking for a cookbook first published in 1985 by Peter H. Hodgkin It's
Recipes From Maine....With Love.  Is it possible to locate this book? Thank

Editor's Note: Found it! Click below for book:

Are you looking for a beloved New England book?  Write to me and I'll try &
find it for you! ~ Marcia

Dear Heart,

This is an incredibly random question, but I'm hoping that you might be able to
help offer some suggestions or advice.  I came across your article on the
Scott Farm in VT while looking for possible venues for my wedding next Oct
(2008).  Fall has always been my favorite season and the love of apple orchards,
pumpkin patches and hay rides are not far behind.  In light of this I'm trying to
find a venue that captures the atmosphere of a quaint, historic New England
autumn to combine with my wedding.  Based on your travels for articles and
your location near Keene, NH I thought it couldn't hurt to see if you had any
suggestions of places that might be good venues.  From the one picture you
posted with your article on Scott farm it looks beautiful.  Ideally, I'd like to find
a farm with historic barn, or apple orchards - something that is rustic,
noncommercial, and quaint... I'm afraid that some of the places that I would be
interested in won't have websites and since I am out of state I'm relying heavily
on the Internet.  Word of mouth is my only shot really!
(a reader from Maine)

Editor's note: Your email certainly comes at a good time since I'm in the process of doing
research for a new book on unique places to get married in northern New England.  
Farms certainly top that list!  

Scott Farm does have two houses for rent on the property -- a sugar house, and a rather
famous house once owned by Rudyard Kipling.  You can get more information by visiting
Landmark Trust.

One very picturesque working farm that is well-equipped for weddings is
Stonewall Farm
in Keene, NH.  It is actually a non-profit educational farm, and a working dairy and
vegetable farm.  They also have chickens, goats and plenty of flowers that you can actually
purchase for the wedding itself.  The reception hall is rustic, with exposed rafters, etc., and
an enormous fireplace. There are also draft horses that can take you and your guests
around the farm.  

If its an apple orchard you want, there's
Alyson's Orchards in Walpole (about 15 minutes
from Keene ). I have been to catered events there and it is quite beautiful & elegant, but,
again, non-commercial.   Good luck!

Thanks for your letters, folks!  Keep 'em coming :)  Send your "Dear Heart"
comments and questions to ~ Marcia

This Week's Stories:

Garden: Fall Garden Clean Up
This summer's cool, wet weather made it a difficult growing season for the
vegetable garden. Between the weather and a resident woodchuck, what I got
the most of was weeds! That means that clean-up will be especially important
this fall to reduce next year's diseases and insect problems. To keep yourself
motivated, remember that sanitation is one of the most important steps you can
take to insure that next year's garden will be healthy.
Read on...

Recipe: Apple Cake
By Charlie Burke
This recipe is quite simple,
but it must be mixed by hand. When this is done, the texture is firm and moist,
but if a mixer is used it becomes too dense. Give this fresh fall apple coffee cake
a try...
read on...

Our Event Picks of the Week:

October 12-14, 2007
Annual Harvest Fest
York, Maine

This colonial themed festival includes a variety of activities: live bands, an ox
roast, bean hole beans and crafters from all over the country. Harvestfest also
includes a SeniorFest, KidsFest, Antique Car Show, a POW-WOW, hayrides and
more. For more info visit:
Maine HarvestFest

~ ~ ~

New Hampshire:
September 29-30, 2007
Shaker Village Harvest Days
Canterbury Shaker Village
Canterbury, New Hampshire

This family-oriented two-day event, is not only be the perfect place for shoppers
to find local New Hampshire foods and products, but also be the perfect place
to bring the family and enjoy a day of hands-on demonstrations, live music, hay-
rides, animals, a scarecrow contest, children’s games and festivities - all in a
scenic outdoor setting during peak fall-foliage season. For more info visit:
Canterbury Shaker Village.

~ ~ ~

September 23, 2007
Plymouth Cheese and Harvest Festival   
Plymouth, Vermont

Selected twice by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as one of the state's Top
Ten Fall Events and again in 2006! The bounties of the Vermont harvest are
celebrated with a cheese recipe contest, wagon rides, historic farm & craft
demonstrations, “Roaring Twenties” performed by Martin Bryan (sponsored by
the Vermont Humanities Council), harvest displays, Vermont Cheese Council
exhibits, and more. (802) 672-3773.  For more info:
Cheese & Harvest Festival.  

For  more Northern New England events this season visit:
Calendar of (Uniquely-Northern New England) Events

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