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The Fourth of July celebrates the signing of the

Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Revolutionary history began here in Massachusetts the year before in Lexington, Concord and on Bunker Hill.

Please enjoy this historical day with family, friends and neighbors, and honor the arc of history that has been the last exhilarating, tumultuous & continuously inspiring 242 years!

From everyone here at Bartlett's, Happy 4th of July!

 
 
        
 
 
Looking Back on 175 years of
Family Farming on Nantucket
 
 
 
 
A note from Dorothy Bartlett...

With the retirement of Pete Smith as Bartlett’s Head Greenhouse Grower this past week I have found myself reminiscing a lot.  A fateful trip, over 30 years ago, to purchase plants to supplement the farm’s greenhouse production, unexpectedly changed the course of our lives and that of many others. While shopping at a familiar greenhouse business off-Cape, I had the need for advice on growing and asked the young woman at retail if anyone could offer information.  She quickly directed me to another greenhouse where her husband was the grower, and he gave me valuable answers to my inquiries.  The same young woman, while checking me out, offered other information on savings, immediately perking my interest.   Subsequent conversations then and over the following few weeks led to their visit to Nantucket, interviews for both, and their employment for more than the next 3 decades at Bartlett’s. 

Call it fate, call it luck...but whatever you call it, it was the beginning of a long relationship with Pete Smith and his wife Hilary Newell…and a lifetime of memories. 

Hiring a full time grower was critical to the growth of Bartlett’s.  We are eternally grateful that we found Pete to lead and guide us.  He has not only excelled at his job,  he has become part of the fabric of Bartletts.  Conscientious, hardworking, knowledgeable-without-question, loyal, passionate… Superlatives are endless.  But with Pete's retirement and soon-to-follow departure from the island, perhaps the most important description for us is Friend! 

We wish you a long and happy retirement, Pete. 

The latch string will always be out for you.  Good luck, my friend!     

                                                Dorothy and Phil Bartlett

 
 



 
 
Fourth of July Checklist
 
 
 
 
If summer were a sport,
this week is our Super Bowl!
There is serious beaching, grilling, picnicking, boating and playing to do this week and we take this mission to heart. Below is your official checklist to make the most of Fourth of July week!
 
 
 
 
If red, white & blue is what you crave, consider it done! Kate has procured a patriotic selection of tableware, flags of all sizes, home decor, light up toys and other flare to do the fireworks show up right!
 
 
 
 
Fresh summer produce is rolling in daily! See our list of what's new and Fresh from the Fields below!
 
 
 
 
Tomatoes are lonesome without:

MOZZARELLA & BURRATA
We always have a steady supply of mozzarella from Gioia, made on island, for that oh-so-classic staple, the Caprese!
 
 
 
 
Liven up the house with our gorgeous, fresh cut lilies. Available in the Market each morning while supplies last throughout the day.  We have seen field cut flowers trickling in over the last few days as well! Keep an eye out for more in the coming weeks. Want to pick your own field flowers? See the Flower Tour section in the Dirt below
 
 
 
 
Beach days are all about the Snacks! 
Our Farm Kitchen has been churning out
farm-to-table salads, sandwiches, spreads and other delectable treats by the bushel! Stop to see what's fresh today or place your catering order for the weekend
 
 
 
 
Beach toy headquarters over here! 
Sand castle supplies, water toys, beach chairs, shovels, you name it, we got it!
 
 
Bright, fruity, refreshing new libations are rolling in daily...
 oh so perfect for a hot,
sunny summer day... These fabric cooler bags are just the thing to tote all your goods to the beach or boat!
 
 
Plus there's plenty of parking at the farm! We guarantee you won't have to drive around the lot three times to find a spot! Take in the great views of the farm fields on the way out ... 
 
 
 
 
Strawberries!
 
 
 
 
Pick Your Own Strawberries are still going strong!
Get them while they last!
 
 
 
 
Cool off with a treat from the ice cream truck!
 
 
 
 
Our Ice Cream Truck is open every day from noon-7 pm
 
 
 
 
Ditch the Plastic!
 
 
 
 
Bartlett's has so many great options
to go single-use plastic free.
Some of our favorite things below! 
 
 
How cool are these? These make any cup or glass a sippy or straw cup for your little ones! Cassidy shows us how it's done, at right----------->
Mason jars are the utilitarians of the cup and storage world. These cool toppers make them even more useful!
They say habits take 30 days to form, and remembering your shopping bags can be a tough one! Chico Bags are perfect for stashing in your purse, beach bag or car door for at-the-ready use.
 
 
Fresh from the Fields...and Greenhouses
 
 
 
 
From the Hydro House:
mesclun mix, bok choy
Organics:
greens mix, baby kale, chives, spearmint, rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, arugula, tarragon, cilantro, dill, Italian parsley, curly parsley, basil
Tomatoes:
green hot house tomatoes
red tomatoes

Fields:
Kale and Swiss Chard
Head Lettuce (10 varieties)
Zucchini
Golden Zucchini
Summer Squash
Breakfast Radishes
Broccoli
Savoy Cabbage
 
 
 
 
From our Gift Department!
 
 
 
 
We received this photo from a very happy customer showing off her adorable, new welcome mat she purchased while visiting Bartlett's! Nothing like taking a piece of Nantucket home with you to keep from missing the Faraway Isle!
 
 
 
 
Bartlett's Veggie-Gram
is ready for delivery!
 
 
We only sell Veggie Grams during the peak of our season (July through September) so we can create beautiful, full baskets of our fresh, farm-grown produce.  The selection of produce will vary based on what is available when you order.
Veggie-grams are for on-island delivery only.
 
 
In Store Sampling
 
 
Chef Neil will demonstrate the use of various farm-made and farm-grown goodies every week! 
This week's sampling is on Saturday from 1-2:30 PM
 
 
Free Farm Tours
 
 
 
 
Free farm tours will take you behind the scenes to where the magic happens.  See the tomato houses, learn about our organic growing operation, and be amazed at all the things that happen in the greenhouses to bring products to the market. 
2018 Tour Dates
July 5
July 10
July 12
Meet at the front of the market a few minutes before 9 AM and wear comfortable shoes!
 
 
 
 
From the Garden Center
 
 

Assorted perennials 40% off
 
 
Flower Cutting Tours
 
 
Spend an hour out in the flower fields, picking flowers, taking photos, and enjoying the beauty that the farm offers. We provide clippers and direction, you cut bouquets to suit your style. Reservations are required.
August 3, August 16, August 24
No refunds will be given unless there is active lightening and thunder at 9 am on the day of the tour. 
 
 
Save The Dates
 
 
 
 
7/6-7/8 Nantucket Yoga Festival. Under the tent at the farm.

7/17-7/19 10th Annual Nantucket Garden Festival to support the Nantucket Lighthouse School Various locations around the island.

7/19-7/22 Small Friends Event Under the Tent: At the farm

9/30 Nantucket Rising 5K Run for Recovery: Beginning and ending at Bartlett's Farm. Click here to read more or to register. 
 
 
 
 
 
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