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This Week's Share*

  • Sweet Potatoes (BRF)
  • Watermelon Radish (BRF)
  • Delicata (BRF)
  • Mesclun/Salad Greens (KbMG)
  • Kale or Chard (WMG)
  • Strawberries (Yes, again!)  (WMG)
  • Brussels Sprouts (WMG)

Large shares also get:

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

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What's Happening at Burnt Rock Farm

by Justin Rich

Week 6 of the Fall share finds us in full-on harvest mode.  We are having a fantastic storage crop harvest.  We have taken on a few temporary workers to help pick the squash, potatoes, and now sweet potatoes, and the farm hums with activity.  Three tractors down in the sweet potato field (one cutting vines, one running the potato digger, and one shuttling bins from the field up to the barn), and the loud chime of the forklift reversing away from a stack of squash to grab another bin echoes up the valley.  
Delicata coming in from the field.
And there is a LOT of it!  Literally TONS!
But with the new wash and storage house, we are ready for it!
In some of our remote fields we load up the flatbed trailer with bins, strap them down (our roads have some "bumps" over here), and haul them back to the home farm.
Our new barn is up, and while the finishing touches are yet-to-come, it is fully functional as a produce storage and wash/pack barn.  21' celings allow us to stack our 20 bushel bins seven high.  Potatoes go in a 21'x26' room within the barn, which will eventually cool down to 37 degrees.
The new barn looks simple but it is efficient, comfortable to work in and designed to make winter washing, packing and storage easier on our bodies.
The main room contains the wash station, and also houses the winter squash and sweet potatoes.  That is a good combination because those two crops require storage at 55 degrees, which turns out to be a preferable temperature for us to work in all winter.  
Tall ceilings enable us to store winter veggies seven bins high.
We tried to design in lots of features to make winter washing and packing easier on our bodies.  This included investing in a forklift, and designing the barn floor like a bathtub, with gentle pitch to a 36' strip drain in the floor.  It's not fun (nor terribly sanitary) to walk around all day in stagnant mud pools, and so far the drain has dealt away with that nuisance.  
The floor drain will keep water from pooling throughout the barn so our feet will stay dry and warm.
It's October, and I'm sure you would all get mad at me if I didn't include a picture of some recently seeded cover crops.  Here is some winter rye and hairy vetch seeded on 9/23, in the field where we grew our acorn and delicata squash.  These cover crops will stabilize the soil and help feed the microbes in the soil, which will in turn feed our sweet potatoes next summer.  

Super Food:  Sweet Potatoes!

This is one of those things where you ask, "how can something so good, also be good for you."  But, sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse and that pat of makes them even healthier.  Hmmm, sounds too good to be true!

The beta-carotene in sweet potatoes makes them a standout antioxidant food.  And, adding a small amount of fat can help increase the uptake of beta-carotene.  OK, maybe the butter pat is best substituted with olive oil, but don't deprive yourself of the fat because it makes the sweet potatoes even better for you!

Sweet potatoes also are valuable for their anti-inflammatory health benefits.

But, what's fascinating about sweet potatoes is their ability to potentially improve blood sugar regulation—even in persons with type 2 diabetes.  The 6.6 grams of dietary fiber in a medium sweet potato are definitely a plus in terms of blood sugar regulation, since they help steady the pace of digestion. But recent research has also shown that extracts from sweet potatoes can significantly increase blood levels of adiponectin in persons with type 2 diabetes. 

So, think beyond the Thanksgiving table when it comes to sweet potatoes.  We should be eating them year round.  Luckily they store really well so there is no reason sweet potatoes should be on our dinner plate 12 months a year.
Read more about the health benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Baked, Mashed and Roasted

Easy ways to serve Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes
Extra Crispy Sweet Potato Wedges
Pureed Yams with Ginger, Star Anise and Cinnamon
Coconut Oil Roasted Sweet Potatoes

"Tarte aux Bettes"- Swiss Chard Pie

Recipe from Member Kris Daigle

Kris sent me this recipe back in the summer and I have been waiting until all shares got Swiss chard to share it.  It sounds delicious and like a perfect meatless Monday dinner when served with a side salad.
1 lb Swiss Chard
Olive oil
1 large onion
3 garlic cloves minced
3/4 or a bit more of ripe tomatoes peeled, seeded and chopped (I blanch mine to make peeling easier,) Pinch of thyme, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
6 oz thin sliced Gruyere (I use a little more)
9 inch pie crust or homemade.
Wash the chard well and remove stalks.  Chop leaves coarse.  Heat olive oil in a large pan and cook the chard over medium heat for 5 minutes until tender, stir occasionally.  Remove from pan and set aside.
Heat more olive oil in the same pan and gently sauté the onions and garlic for 15 minutes until soft but not brown.  Add tomatoes and thyme, cook over moderate heat for 10-15 minutes until excess liquid has evaporated.  Note if tomatoes are not sweet or ripe you can add a pinch of sugar at this point.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
Spread Swiss chard mixture in the bottom of the pie shell, sprinkle with nutmeg.  Arrange half of the Gruyere slices on top of the chard.  Spread the onion and tomato mixture on top of the cheese/chard and the tomatoes with the rest of the cheese.
Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes, until top is golden brown.

Watermelon Radishes

Watermelon radishes are a fun veggie that were a big hit when we got them last year for the first time. Unlike their smaller cousins, red globe radishes, that we are most familiar with, watermelon radishes don't pack a spicy punch so not only will you like them, but your kids will too, especially because of their surprising pink flesh.

While you can roast, braise or mash watermelon radishes, they will lose their beautiful color, so I like to eat them raw or pickled.  

Kale Salad with Quick Pickled Watermelon Radishes

Grab some kale for this week's share and you can make this fall salad.  I like their technique to use your hands to massage the kale to work the dressing into the raw leaves to soften them and make them less bitter and more digestible.

If you aren't up for the kale salad, use the recipe to pickle the radishes and have on hand for sandwiches or to use in other types of salads.

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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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