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This Week's Share*

  • Onions (BRF)
  • Baby Spinach (BRF)
  • Butternut Squash (BRF)
  • Mesclun/Salad Greens (KbMG)
  • Carrots and Beets (mix and match) (KbMG)
  • Strawberries (NOPE, this is not a typo!)  (WMG)
  • Corn OR Brussels Sprouts (WMG)

Large shares also get:

  • Tomatoes (WMG)
  • Kale or Chard (WMG) 
BRF-Burnt Rock Farm, Huntington • KbMG Kingsbury Market Garden, Warren • WMG Wood's Market Garden, Brandon

NOTE ABOUT THIS WEEK'S SHARE:  I am fairly confident saying that we are probably the ONLY CSA in Vermont getting strawberries the last week in September.  Farmer Jon's experiment in day-neutral berries has been a success!  If you are torn between corn and Brussels sprouts, it may help to know that this will be the LAST corn of the season and the we will be having Brussels sprouts again later in the fall.
 

IMPORTANT REMINDER

Please Please Read This!

Your share size for the fall is:  *|HTML:MMERGE25|*
 
Each week we are running short on items for the large shares.  Interestingly, we are short by four shares each week.  The first time, I blamed the farmer for miscounting items sent.  The second time, I blamed it on substitutes picking up for friends who don't know the ropes.  Now that this has been going on for several weeks, I can only conclude that a few members are not reading the signs and are grabbing what they see as they walk around the pick-up area.  

PLEASE carefully read the signs.  If you take something that isn't included in your share, someone who has paid for a large share will be shortchanged.  

Goodbye to Bess

This is Bess' last week coordinating pick-up day.  Bess was an awesome addition to the team this year.  She built on our already strong process and made pick-up day easy and drama-free.  Thank you Bess!  We will miss you.

Liz, who has been helping out over the past few weeks, will be stopping into Bess' shoes throughout the rest of the season.  Welcome Liz!

What's Happening at Kingsbury Market Garden

by Tonya Howell

Our mornings now begin in the brisk air, with geese honking overhead and fog lifting over the dew.  We walk out the door cozily bundled but quickly shed the layers around the farm as the sun peeks it's way over the hilly tree line. 

The last few days of summer were spectacular for harvesting the second cut of tulsi (holy basil) as well as another round of dandelion roots. 
While the days shorten and cool and the green of the trees fade, the claytonia and kale flourish.  Claytonia, also known as miner's lettuce, thrives in damp shady environments up and down the coasts.  It is a good source of vitamin C and protein and will be the salad greens for the CSA when mesclun and arugula give up trying to stand up against the cold temperatures.
Claytonia holds up incredibly well against freezing temperatures.  When hit with a hard frost or even days or sub-freezing temperatures, it is hard to believe it will come back to life.  And then the sun comes out and it springs back to life.
Pigs also thrive as the temperature drops. They are able to spend more time grazing and rooting and less time taking mud baths and hanging out in the shade to stay cool.  Pigs don't sweat.  Piglets grow fastest in cooler temperatures and are friskier too!
Caught in the act!  Hey, pigs like kale too!
The passel of little rascals at the Yestermorrow pasture have been enjoying their freedom as you may have noticed.  (We have recently received several calls from concerned folks driving by seeing the piglets "free-ranging.")  They've never strayed too far though and are always in their hut in a pile when fed in the morning.  Soon they will have a new home at von Trapp's where they will feast on whey from cheesemaking and grow into market-sized hogs. 
Pooped out piglets sleep in a pig pile to keep warm in the cooler weather.
Then, big old Neligan, the boar, will rejoin in the fun at the Yestermorrow pasture and finish out his days there as the cycle of life goes on.
Neligan and Pepper

SOUP!

I recently came across a website and cookbook author I was not familiar with - Rebecca Katz.  On her website she says:

"I’ve spent more than a decade motivating people to eat well.My primary tool is flavor, as I show people how great taste and great nutrition can joyfully coexist at the dinner table."

Her recently released, Clean Soups, is an inspiration with mouth-watering photography and recipes that make you want to snuggle up with a steaming hot mug of soup - morning, noon and night!

At the heart of most of her soup recipes is Magical Mineral Broth, a vegetarian stock that she suggests you could sip on its own for breakfast or turn into a hearty soup dinner with a few more ingredients.  Her recipe makes 6 quarts which she suggest you freeze in quart containers and then use to make her soup recipes - many which are right on her website if you want to try them our before buying her book.

One of the best soup-makers I know is Adam Longworth, chef-owner of the Common Man.  Adam takes his soups from delicious to extraordinary with garnishes that enhance the texture, mouth-feel and flavor of the basic soup.  So, I was thrilled to see that Rebecca's recipes all include a garnish, that, although unnecessary, can turn a humble bowl of soup into something special.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

With a couple quarts of Magic Mineral Broth and this week's butternut squash, you can create a butternut squash soup worthy of your dinner table when served with a side salad.  

"[The butternut squash is] blended with coconut milk to create a sensual, buttery texture that carries a phenomenal spice blend that delights the tastes and delivers superior nutrition. The cinnamon and turmeric help regulate blood sugar, have anti-inflammatory properties, and help fight cancer, while cumin boosts immunity and energy."

Why Hot Soup in a Blender Spells Disaster

 

Here is a tip from Rebecca Katz's website:


Here’s an important physics safety note: Blending hot liquids causes pressure to rise in the container, which can blow the lid right off. To help prevent this, leave at least one-third of the container empty. To be safe and avoid burns, don’t seal the blender lid tightly, put a kitchen towel over the lid, and hold the lid in place before you hit the power button. This will also keep the blender from creating unwanted spin art on your kitchen walls.

Shredded Carrot and Beet Salad

While I am girl-crushing on Rebecca Katz, here is another recipe that is perfect for this week's share - Shredded Carrot and Beet Salad.  

Member Feedback

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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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