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This Week's Share*

  • Onions (BRF)
  • Herbs (KbMG)
  • Mesclun Greens (KbMG)
  • Kingsbury Tomatoes (KbMG)
  • Green Bell Pepper (KbMG)
  • Jalapeno Pepper (KbMG)
  • Zucchini (WMG)
  • Corn (WMG)
  • Muskmelon (WMG)

Large shares also get:

  • Eggplant (BRF)

Please Remember to Bring Your Bags

 
We ask that everyone brings their own bags or boxes for picking up veggies.  If you forget, you can purchase a Muddy Boots Tote Bag for just $10.  If you have someone else picking up your share, please make sure they know to bring a bag.

What's Happening at Burnt Rock Farm


by Justin Rich

I have always been a deadline-driven person.  True to type, we are building a new barn for storing root crops, onions, and squash, and we are juuuuuust about to put a roof on it, with maybe a day or two to spare before we start to harvest the early winter squash crop next week.  
 
We designed the new barn to be like a big bathtub, so all the wash water we generate in the winter can drain towards a 36' long strip drain in the floor.  You can see it being formed up in the picture with the pumper truck's long boom precisely spraying concrete all around the barn.
We built the barn with 21' ceilings, so we can store our big wooden bins 7-high.  I went forklift shopping last week and got quite an education!  (Aside:  Apparently forklift sales in the Burlington area are up more than 100% in the last 2 years, with all the growth in sales to small businesses - I guess all these microbreweries are moving some product!). 
Outside the construction zone on the farm, we have a fantastic garlic crop curing in the greenhouse, awaiting a rainy day so we can spend some time in there clipping the tops and separating out seed-grade heads.  
Our onion crop has been a pleasant surprise, as the slow growth in May has led to slightly smaller size bulbs, but the necks are nice and thin, which leads to excellent storage quality (and often leading to higher actual yields, since storage losses can be substantial if the onions had thick necks). 
We are enjoying the diversity of crops at our fingertips, making the decision of what to cook for dinner a bit more challenging than in, say February, when the big debate is:  sweetpotatoes, carrots, or potatoes?  Now we balance tomatoes, cauliflower, onions, spinach, eggplant, new potatoes, etc.  I eat ~2 pints of cherry tomatoes each day, and Elias has been sampling the wares on offer from Wood's Market Garden, as well.  

Muskmelon!

I asked Jon at Wood's Market Garden, what variety this week's melon is and here is what he had to say:

"It's a new variety called, " a really good tasting one."  Kidding aside...cantaloupe style. We grow several varieties, but all are sweet and juicy orange fleshed.  They are picked ripe, so don't go waiting. Eat it up!"

Fall CSA Sign-Up is Open!

Believe it or not, we are halfway through the summer CSA.  If you signed up for the full season, we still have 16 more weeks to go - yay!  If you just signed up for the summer and are thinking about staying with us through the fall, now is the time to sign up.  

This year, the Fall CSA is only 11 weeks long.  It starts on September 7 and the last pick-up is November 16.

We always sell-out so we want to give current members first dibs at the fall shares before opening membership to the general public.   
Learn More and Sign Up for the Fall CSA

Lots of GREAT ways to enjoy this weeks share

There are still plenty of weeks that we will be getting a variety of the classic peak summer veggies in this week's share so use this time to experiment and try some new recipes - they may become favorites that you will look forward to making again next year!

Summer Succotash

A lot of people cringe when they hear the word succotash, but that is probably because we all remember those school lunches that had the canned corn and lima beans - yuk!  

But, succotash doesn't have to be just corn and lima beans.  In fact, lima beans don't grow too well here in Vermont because of our short growing season (but, if you ever have a chance to get fresh lima beans, don't pass it up - they are good!).  

Instead, think of succotash as a melange of summer veggies, diced and sauteed.  You really don't need a recipe for this, but this one will help you get started.  I like to add diced zucchini and summer squash and I usually do not add tomatoes - but really, you can do whatever you wish.  

What I really like about succotash is that it can be served hot or at room temperature. So, you can make it a couple of hours in advance and let it sit at room temperature until you are ready for dinner.

Pico de Gallo:  Fresh Tomato Salsa

I think that Justin must have had tacos on his mind when he put together this week's share because it is screaming salsa!

Of course, fresh salsa is great for chip dipping, but grill up some swordfish and top it with pico de gallo ans serve some grilled ears of corn on the side...oh, maybe mexican street corn, and dinner is served!

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich

Oh yum!  Doesn't this look fabulous!  You can grill the veggies early in the day and then make the sandwiches at dinner time.  I might be inclined to grill the rolls just before serving and then spread a little fresh chevre on one side of the bun and the pesto on the other side.

I think this will be dinner on Wednesday night at my house!

Upcoming events and bulk sales

The second of our three farm tours will be in September when Aaron will take us on a tour on Kingsbury Market Garden.  Even though we are all at the farm each week for pick-up, there's a whole lot of interesting stuff going on there that you might not even know about.
 

Annual canning tomato sale

Right now it is looking like that also will be in September.  Keep an eye on the newsletter for details.

Pickling cukes and green beans

If you are interested in purchasing bulk quantities of beans and/or cukes, please email Jon at Wood's Market Garden.  The produce is coming in by fits and starts this year and so this is a better way to handle sales of these items.

Muddy Boots Member Forum

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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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