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Happy All Saints Day.  I hope you got those graves all white-washed up with the candles and the mums all around them!   Wait – you don’t do that here?  I saw that once in LaCombe, Louisiana.  All of the headstones (that were all made of wood) had all been re-painted white, with the names of the deceased repainted in black, and the graves (which are all above ground there) were lined with little white votive candles, all the way around.  And then lots of mums.  It was magical and beautiful.


Have I ever told you about Holt Cemetery in New Orleans over by Delgado?  It is the most home-made cemetery you very saw.  Very, very sweet with hand-made headstones, hand-built monuments, sentiments only written by the non-professionals, things like,

“Oh Son”

(that’s all it says)


“Steel Away”

I love that cemetery and go back to visit it every time I go to New Orleans.


You ever read “Feast of All Saints” by Anne Rice?  Great story – and way better than the Vampire books.


But where were all the kids last night?  Everyone in downtown Ashfield is saying we didn’t have nearly the usual number of trick-or-treaters last night, and that was what I thought, as well.

Okay, so now it’s November and there is much going on!


First off:  we have dinner tomorrow night:


Friday’s Dinner Menu

Anna Baguette

with local goat cheese and kalamata olives 

Bread Plate

Anna Bread, kalamata olives, local goat cheese,

cheddar, jarlsberg, and summer sausage

Chicken Breast Roulade

with wild rice stuffing, pan gravy, baked rutabaga, and seasoned greens

Celery Root and Squash Gratin

with herb and nut streusel, roasted garlic béchamel sauce,

and seasoned greens

Lemon Thyme Chicken Salad

Chicken breast with African couscous, feta cheese,

Kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes, and lemons

Local Burger

Steady Lane burger on a Gretchen-made bun, with salad and chips

Choice of:  Extra-sharp Cheddar, Bleu, Swiss, or Smoked Gouda


    Mac and Cheese

three cheese sauce with bow tie pasta

Little Local Burger

Steady Lane 4 oz burger on a Gretchen-made bun,

salad and chips

Beef Hot Dog

with Gretchen’s homemade bun, mustard, and ketchup,

salad and chips


So you know

we have an election

next week:

And what does that mean?
A nail-biting night at Elmer’s Store

Where we will rent a big-screen TV, pipe in the on-going news, serve up plenty of food and alcohol – mixed drinks as well as wine and beer, (and non-alcoholic drinks for people like me, as well)

And we’ll all gather together to see what happened! 

I think we’ll start about 6:00 in the evening and go until . . . whenever it’s time to go home. 

No reservations are necessary;  just come on!

After that it’ll be our annual

All-Local Thanksgiving Dinner

where we give out the recipes and give you ideas for your own upcoming Thanksgiving dinner on the 22nd.


Ours is on the 9th of November.


Call us for reservations – we’ll be seating every half hour between 5pm and 8:30 pm.


And here’s the first thing I should like to mention:

These turkeys are GMO-Free!

They were raised on certified non-GMO grain and later in their lives were let loose in the Steady Lane Farm Herb Garden where they feasted on mint and thyme and other great things to make them good.


Local Thanksgiving Dinner                             

November 9, 2012

Roast Turkey from Steady Lane Farm, Ashfield, MA

Traditional stuffing with local grains bread and herbs


Mashed potatoes


Roasted sweet potatoes with kale and caramelized onions


White winter vegetables baked in a cream sauce


Warm red cabbage salad with curly endive, apples

and Goat Rising chevre


Home made Cranberry relish





And then you know Gretchen will be making pumpkin pies out of Tom Poissant’s sugar-pumpkins for dessert!

Call us for reservations for the Thanksgiving Dinner so we know how much food to make!

By the way, speaking of holiday-type things:

Just start thinking about if you want to order AnnaBread or GretchenDesserts, because we’re sneaking up on that time!


If you like baking your own things, call us for bulk buying for whatever it is you need.  Get it cheaper from us while supporting your local economy all at the same time!





From David Kulp:


WiredWest is the Ashfield town-owned, public internet utility.  Its mission is to bring broadband internet, phone and video to every address in Ashfield and 41 other member towns in Western Massachusetts.  We want to build a fiber optic network throughout town to provide super-fast access to the information super-highway.  (Believe it or not, many Ashfielders still use dial-up!)  In order to raise funding for the multi-million dollar project, WiredWest is collecting pledges from residents indicating interest in subscribing to a fiber optic service.  There’s no obligation, but it helps show investors the interest level in town and once funded helps us quickly contact potential subscribers.

Even if you already have DSL, remember that fiber optic is far better and faster than DSL.  And supporting your own public cooperative, you are helping your neighbors who don’t have broadband access and are keeping money in the local community.

So, if you have yet to fill out the form, please do so online at


Remember when Rob used to write Rob Reports for us?  Sigh.  I’m trying.  Maybe for Thanksgiving he’ll write one again.


See you on Tuesday night!  I’ve already ordered the TV!


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