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This Week's Share*

  • New Potatoes (BRF)
  • Salad Greens (KbMG)
  • Sweet Peppers (KbMG)
  • Cherry Tomatoes (WMG)
  • Leeks (WMG)
  • Tomatoes (WMG)
  • Green Beans (WMG)

Large shares also get:

  • Strawberries (WMG) 
  • Head Lettuce (WMG)

END OF SUMMER COUNTDOWN - Just 2 more weeks!


Just a reminder that we have only two weeks remaining in the Summer CSA.  If you are not signed up for the Fall CSA and were thinking about it, please don't wait as we always sell out.  Click here to sign up.  Fall CSA sign-up closes on August 31st.

If you have friends who might want to join Muddy Boots, please forward this email onto them. If your friend is new to Muddy Boots, signs up and tells us they heard about Muddy Boots from you, each of you will get $5 in Muddy Boots Bucks that you can spend as cash at the extras sale table. Learn more about the Muddy Boots Fall CSA.

What's Happening at Burnt Rock Farm


by Justin Rich

We are entering our busy, busy, busy time of year, as the peak summer crops like cherry tomatoes and eggplant are joined by the commencement of our storage crop harvest.  We've been harvesting the early winter squashes and onions for a few weeks now, and soon we will move into the early storage potatoes.  Sweetpotato harvest will begin sometime in mid-September, but there are about 80 tons of product out there for us to pick up and bring into the barn over the next 7 weeks. 
Speaking of which.....  our new barn is up!  It has siding, a roof, and by the end of this week we will have the power hooked up and water plumbed in.  It is 50'x72' and will give us a lot more room to move around when the storage crop is all in the barn.  The barn we have been working out of was too small almost immediately upon completion, so this will be a welcome expansion.  We spend a lot of time in the washing and packing barn between now and next April, so the ergonomic improvements will have a lot of time to multiply.  
Meanwhile, out in the fields, clean-up occurs alongside all the harvesting, as we seed cover crops in newly leased ground, as well as following the early harvested crops. 
Last week Megan and I had a blast lifting up and winding a half acre of plastic mulch from our early onion field.  I reconfigured a few things on our equipment to allow us to lift the mulch and drip tape (irrigation) and wind it up all in one pass, at 4mph.  That might not seem that exciting to you, but it was 5x faster - and easier - than balling it up by hand.  
Last weekend we took a trip down to the Addison County Field Days, where Elias lobbied hard for us to buy a brand new forage harvester (~$330,000) - I had to explain that that particular machine would have a pretty long payback on our 17 acres of crop land.  I'm no dairy expert, but I assume one would need to chop 1,000-2,000 acres of silage corn per year to even consider a new machine like that! 

Leeks

Leeks belong to the allium family and, in my opinion, are an underappreciated vegetable.  

One reason why people shy away from leeks is that they tend to gather sand and dirt between their layers of skin as they push up through the ground.  If they aren't properly cleaned, that grit could easily ruin a dish!  But, as long as you know this and clean them properly (it's easy - here's how) you will come to love the sweet and subtle onion flavor that leeks add to dishes.  

Leeks are supposed to store well over the winter in a root cellar, but I have never had luck with that approach and have tried many variations.  Instead, I freeze leeks and they are great to have handy throughout the colder months.  

The safest way to make sure you get all of the dirt out of leeks before freezing is to slice them down the middle lengthwise and then cut them into half-moon slices about 3/4 of an inch thick.  Put them into a big bowl of cold water and swish them around vigorously.  I usually do this a second time for good measure.  Then, let them drain and dry on a baking sheet lined with paper towel.  Only when they are completely dry should you put them into a zippered plastic freezer bag, push out as much air as possible and zip it up and store them in the freezer.

Frozen leeks are awesome for adding to soups and stews in the winter such as this super simple and wonderful classic Potato-Leek Soup from Julia Child, but are equally good as the star in a dish such as this Potato-Leek Gratin from the New York Times.

Below is a picture showing how the dirt gets lodged in between the layers of the leek.
If you are going to be eating the leeks fresh, try making them the star of a veggie side dish such as is done in Buttery Braised Leeks with a Crispy Panko Topping from Food 52.  Or, if you are looking to dress up your leeks, try this Savory Creme Brulee with a Crispy Leek Topping also from Food 52.

Bulk Canning Tomato Sale - THIS WEEK!

For pick-up on Wednesday, Aaron is offering bulk canning tomatoes.  These are being sold in half bushels  - that is roughly 18 pounds.  These are beautiful Roma tomatoes that are great for canning, freezing or making sauce.

$30 per half bushel.

There are just 20 half bushels available.  Reserve your tomatoes by emailing Aaron and Bess directly.

Strawberries - WHHHHAAAATTT?

Farmer Jon has done it again!  Back in June when we visited his farm, he showed us a small area where they were testing out everbearing strawberries for the first time this season.  
This is what it looked like at that time.

Well, here we are practically in September and Jon has remained true to his word that we would be seeing some strawberries later in the summer.  

As you can see from the picture of the plants in June, there are not a lot of for this year's trial run.  And, this week, only the folks with large shares are getting them because of their limited supply.  Jon hopes that the weather cooperates so everyone can get berries next week.  Fingers crossed!

BUT, you never know and we don't want to raise any expectations.  Anything can happen in a week.  Today Jon was telling me that there isn't any corn now because of the birds and bears helping themselves to the crop!  Let's hope they don't get a whiff of those berries!

Fresh Green Bean Salad with Balsamic Dressing

This is a perfect recipe for this week's share.  I am pretty sure that the bacon added at the end is what puts this recipe over the top, but I bet it is equally good without the bacon as a vegetarian side dish.

Still got that Spaghetti Squash?


Member Nancy Henry added this recipe for Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai in the member forum this past week.  In her post, Nancy also mentioned that she recently got a vegetable spiralizer - the Paderno 3-blade.  I also recently got that exact same tool and used it this past weekend for the first time.  I made used it to made super long noodle-like strands of beets, cucumber and carrots.  I tossed them in a vinaigrette and ate it as a salad.  It was fun and my husband and I both enjoyed the salad!

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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.
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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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