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This Week's Share*

  • Yukon Gem Gold Potatoes (BRF)
  • Onions (BRF)
  • Butternut Squash (BRF)
  • Sweet Potatoes (BRF)
  • Salad Greens (KbMG)
  • Beets (KbMG)
  • Head Lettuce (WMG)
  • Leeks (WMG)

Large shares also get:

  • Pinto Beans (WMG)
BRF-Burnt Rock Farm, Huntington • KbMG Kingsbury Market Garden, Warren • WMG Wood's Market Garden, Brandon

Your share size for the fall is:
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This is our FINAL WEEK of the season.
Please look for our annual survey coming to your inbox soon!  We will be reviewing your input at our end of season wrap-up meeting on November 30th!

What's Happening at Burnt Rock Farm

by Justin Rich

We are still going full bore over in Huntington, with our busiest of busy seasons upon us.  November is our biggest sales month, typically, with the run-up to Thanksgiving providing very large orders of potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash and onions.  Stick Season really brings out people's desire to roast root crops and dabble in squash soup.

Typically we are finished with field harvest by Halloween, but the clement weather of late has us still picking some field spinach, and procrastinating our way through the last of the carrot harvest.  
Inspector Elias is checking our the greenhouse kale.  He seems pleased with the growing progress.
And, he is equally happy with the last remaining outdoor bed of kale.  Whew!  His standards are very high!
The Burlington Winter Farmers Market began this past weekend, and the new location at the UVM Davis Center was a hit.  Those 11 or 12 Saturdays are the only direct retailing we do, so it's a nice change of pace to be interacting directly with our customers.  If you find yourself in Burlington on a Saturday, please think about visiting the market and stop by to say hi.  Be sure to let us know that you are a Muddy Boots CSA member!  Here is the market schedule for this winter.
Justin, Elias and Mae at the Burlington Farmers' Market this past Saturday.
​In the 10 days before Thanksgiving, the barn buzzes with activity.  Bags of beets and carrots will be pulled from the cooler, and we will wash and pack over 2 tons of potatoes and a ton of sweetpotatoes as people stock their larders for the biggest vegetable holiday of the year.  I always sleep very, very well over that holiday. 
Nicole sprays down the wash line at the end of the day.
We hope as the CSA season winds down that all of you have enjoyed eating with us this year.  We value your support of our small farms; we can't emphasize enough how important it is to have a community of involved and inspired eaters like you.  
 
Please make sure to fill out Robin's survey in the next few weeks.  Your responses will help us tweak Muddy Boots to make it even better in 2017!
Mae is doing a little final inspection herself.  It is too bad all kids don't love spinach the way she does!

THIS WEDNESDAY!

Annual Bulk Veggie Stock-Up Sale

At this week's final CSA pick-up, Aaron will be offering an assortment of winter vegetables at great prices so you can keep eating organic, locally grown produce this winter, long after you have eaten up your last CSA share.  

Bulk Sale Items

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Red Potatoes
  • Yellow Potatoes
  • Purple Viking Potatoes
  • Red Onions
  • Yellow Onions
  • Butternut Squash
  • Delicata Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes for Dessert!

The August issue of Fine Cooking this year had an article about using sweet potatoes in desserts and I have been waiting for the perfect time to share some of their ideas with you.

Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Fluff

I love this riff on the classic sweet potato and marshmallow casserole that so many of us remember from our childhood (or maybe last year's Thanksgiving?? :-).  This pie isn't too sweet so it can stand up to the homemade fluff that is easy to make and adds just the right amount of balance to each slice.

If you are wondering about the difference between sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie, the biggest contrast is in texture.  Sweet potato pie is more dense, vs. pumpkin pie with is more custardy.  Flavor-wise, both use traditional fall baking spices including cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.  Here is a link on Chowhound where people discuss the difference between Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Pie.  I guess that if we lived down south we might be talking about a crazy riff on Sweet Potato Pie that has pumpkin in it!


Butternut Squash Pie


A closer substitute for pumpkin if you want to keep your Thanksgiving dessert more traditional, is butternut squash.  Here is a Butternut Squash Pie from The Splendid Table that I have made before and agree with their claim that the butternut squash has more flavor than most pumpkin pies, especially when roasted before pureeing as instructed in the recipe.

In any case, your CSA share this week will provide for either option.

Other Sweet Potato Desserts

Other recipes in the Fine Cooking article include Sweet Potato Creme Brulee, Sweet Potato Pound Cake and Sweet Potato Cheesecake with a Gingersnap Crust.

Potato Leek Gratin

This recipe from Melissa Clark of the New York Times is a little indulgent, but it could be a nice alternative to mashed potatoes if you are looking to shake up your Thanksgiving table this year.  Leeks clearly share the staring role with the potatoes in this dish; they don't take the backseat. Everything is brought together thanks to a cup of cream and a cheesy golden crust of Gruyere cheese. 

Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion and Spinach Lasagna

I have made this vegetarian lasagna several times.  It is delicious and would make a great main course on a vegetarian Thanksgiving table.  If you were like me this fall and ended up freezing some of the spinach from our shares, this would be a great time to use it.  

Beet, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

Citrus is a natural companion to beets, especially grapefruit with is coming into season.  Add in a creamy, fatty avocado and you will have a lovely salad to serve along with this week's salad greens.  

THANK YOU!

I am so grateful to each and every member of Muddy Boots for trusting us to help feed your families!  It is no secret that I love being a part of Muddy Boots and working with all of our members and especially introducing you to ways you can make the most of the produce you get each week.  

I also want to thank Justin, Jon and Aaron for trusting me with their most valuable asset - our members.
 
I get a little sad this time of year because I will miss the weekly rhythm of the producing the newsletters and, along with all other members, picking up my share on Wednesday.

Muddy Boots is a "side job" for me and I wouldn't do it if it didn't bring me joy and satisfaction.  I am already eagerly looking forwrd to next season.

Thanks so much to everyone who is a part of Muddy Boots.  And, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Robin McDermott
CSA Coordinator

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Pick-Up Information

When, Where and How

  • Pick-up is at the Kingsbury Farm just north of the iron bridge on Route 100 in Warren.  When you pull into the driveway, go past the barn and the house.  The pick-up area is in the wash house which is on the right-hand side of the building that is perpendicular to the house. 
  • You may pick-up your share on Wednesdays between noon and 7pm. 
  • Bring a bag or box - you will need it to put all of your goodies in. If you aren't heading right home after pick-up, bring a cooler to make sure that everything stays fresh - especially when it is really hot or really cold.
  • Check your name off of the list so we know that you have picked up your share.
  • Look on the large chalk board to see which items you should be taking for your share. Be sure you are looking at your share size and then methodically work your way around the semi-circle.  If you do this, the lightest, most crushable items should be at the top of your bag.
Learn More About How pick-Up Works

Share Holding Service

If you are unable to pick-up your share during regular hours


We can pack and Hold Your Share  If you are not able to pick-up your share between 12 noon and 7 pm on Wednesday, we can pack and hold it for you to be picked up on Thursday morning BEFORE NOON.  We need to receive your request before 6pm on pick-up day.  Here is more info on how it works.
 
Early Pick-Up  The morning of pick-up day is a busy one.  Trucks from the other farms along with bread deliveries are all going on while we are setting up the washhouse for pick-up day.  Please don't stop by the farm early to try and pick-up your share.  If you need to pick-up your share early, submit a Hold Request Form by Tuesday afternoon requesting early pick-up.  Your share will be ready for pick-up at 11am.  Sorry, we cannot provide shares earlier than 11am and we cannot provide your share early if you do not complete a Share Hold Request form.
 
Share Hold Request Form

Pick-Up Reminder Services

Get an email reminder around noon on Wednesday!


Life can get busy and sometimes it is easy to forget about the share pick-up.  If you would like a mid-day share pick-up reminder emailed to you on Wednesday just complete the Weekly Pick-Up Reminder form.  You will receive an email reminder around noon on pick-up days.  We hope that this helps. 
 
Request Weekly Email Pick-Up Reminder

Get a Text Reminder at 4pm on Wednesday


To sign up, text EZFFQ85352 to 313131.  You can quit at any time by replying STOP to one of the text reminders.
 
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