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Zucchini for all!!
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This Week's Share*

  • Green Garlic (BRF)
  • Eggplant (BRF)
  • Herbs (KbMG)
  • Mesclun Greens (KbMG)
  • Napa Cabbage (WMG)
  • Tomatoes (WMG)
  • Radishes (WMG)

Large Shares also get:

  • Cauliflower (BRF)

IMPORTANT NOTE

Last week there was a last minute change-up in the share and we didn't get the zucchini that was prominently featured in the newsletter.  The shares are planned out over the weekend, before harvesting, so that there is time to get the newsletter out.  About 95% of the time, what we say we will have is accurate, but sometimes it isn't, as was the case last week.  Sometimes this leads to disappointment and other times it is a pleasant surprise - it works both ways.  The "official zucchini season" hasn't even started for many Vermont farmers.  Barring a sudden zucchini plague, we will be getting plenty as the season goes on.
 
*Shares may change depending on how harvesting goes.  On Wednesday mornings we post the updated share on our Facebook page if there have been any significant changes.

KbMG - Kingsbury Market Garden; BRF - Burnt Rock Farm; WMG - Wood's Market Garden

What's Happening at Burnt Rock Farm


by Justin Rich

This time of year we are often dealing with excessive rain.  As you all know, that has not been the case this year.  Our particular corner of the world has gotten adequate rainfall to germinate all of our spinach and water the kale, but not as much as the plants would like.  Crops grown on plastic mulch get weekly irrigation regardless of weather, and they are doing well, and the kale and spinach have appreciated the adequate moisture of-late. 
Rye grass between garlic to prevent erosion.
A bigger problem for us (most seasons) is dealing with excessive rainfall.  To prevent soil erosion in the garlic (which was planted last October) we planted a cover crop called annual ryegrass between the beds.  Since the garlic field is lightly sloped, if left bare it could develop washouts in a heavy thunderstorm typical of early summer.  The ryegrass has done an excellent job of keeping the soil in place, though does require some precision weed-whacking to keep from getting in the way of the garlic!
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Between beds of winter squash, onions, and sweet potatoes, we use a subsoiler in mid-June.  This machine cuts a 15" deep slit through the soil to relieve soil compaction.  Following multiple tractor passes to make beds, fertilize, transplant, and cultivate (weed with the tractor), the drive tracks can be fairly compacted, which slows water infiltration.  The subsoiler cuts that deep slit through the compacted zone and without disturbing the soil more than a few inches to either side, thus giving excess rainfall somewhere to drain without damaging the crops' roots.
 
Assuming drought or deluge don't complicate things too much, the long days of early July are amazingly productive, though, as humans and plans alike take advantage of 15 hours of sunlight and warm temperatures.  The following pictures show how much growth occurs in a winter squash field over the course of 4 days in late June.  
And, just four days later....
What a difference a soaking rain makes!  
Enjoy your share!

Eggplant!

Eggplant in early July!  We can thank Justin and his high tunnel greenhouses for that.  

There are so many food cultures that revere the eggplant - Asian, Italian, Middle Eastern - are some of the most obvious.  This means that there are LOTS of ways to go with eggplant.  Here are a few recipes to get you started.  If you have a special way you like to prepare eggplant, share it with others on our forum!

Grilled Eggplant Salad from the New York Times
Chinese Eggplant with Spicy Garlic Sauce from the Steamy Kitchen
Mediterranian Eggplant with Feta and Olives from Fine Cooking

Fattoush


Getting down the basics of making fattoush will serve you well throughout the vegetable season.  The beauty of this Middle Eastern salad is that you work with what you have on hand in terms of vegetables and then toss them with torn pieces of pita bread and a lemon-garlic dressing.

In addition to equal amounts of lemon juice and olive oil, the dressing also gets some minced garlic - the green garlic from this week's share would be perfect or if you still have some garlic scapes, you can use those finely minced as well. Add salt and pepper to taste.  I like to add some oregano too - dried because that is what I have on hand.  

This recipe from thekitchn.com makes a cup of the salad dressing, but if you double the recipe and use it more judiciously that suggested in the recipe (the salad doesn't need a full cup on dressing IMHO), you will have your salad dressing for the week!
With this week's share, your fattoush might include mesclun greens, tomatoes, basil, radishes and some grilled eggplant.

Napa Cabbage Salad


Thanks to Carole Parker for this REALLY GREAT recipe.  I made it a few weeks ago when we got Napa cabbage and have been eagerly awaiting more of that veggie to make it again!  Maybe you have some of the scallions we got over the past couple of weeks still in your 'fridge?  If so, now is the time to use them.  

Mehuron's has a YUGE supply of different types of ramen noodles which is convenient since they figure prominently into this recipe.  Don't worry about the flavor of the ramen as you won't use the seasoning packet.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich


Here is a quick and delicious summer dinner idea - Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich from Eating Well.  It would be great on thick slices of Green Rabbit Levain brushed with olive oil and then grilled.

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Week 3 Contest:  Kid-Friendly Recipes


Sadly, we had no entries for kid-friendly recipes so that means I get to choose someone else to receive the $5 Muddy Boots Bucks this week!  And the winner is....Carole Parker.  Carole is the winner because she shared her recipe for Dandelion Greens!  Thanks Carole!
 

Week 4 Contest:  Eggplant Recipes

Deadline:  Sunday night, July 10.

Everyone who posts an eggplant recipe this week will be entered into a drawing to win $5 Muddy Boots Credit at the Extras sale table.  

If you have any problems, notify Robin immediately.  You could win something for that too :-)

Member Feedback

Anonymous or not...your choice.  Or, if you prefer, call Robin at 496-3567 or email me.
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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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