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This Week's Share*

  • New Potatoes (BRF)
  • Cherry Tomatoes (BRF)
  • Sweet Onions (BRF)
  • Herbs (KbMG)
  • Jalapeno Pepper (KbMG)
  • Bell Pepper (KbMG)
  • Corn (WMG)
  • Head Lettuce OR Fennel (WMG)
  • Tomatoes (WMG)
  • Zucchini/Summer Squash (WMG)
  • Cucumbers (WMG)

Large shares also get:

  • Kale (WMG)
BRF-Burnt Rock Farm, Huntington • KbMG Kingsbury Market Garden, Warren • WMG Wood's Market Garden, Brandon
*The shares are tentative and subject to change depending on how the harvest goes, weather conditions, etc.

What's Happening at Burnt Rock Farm

by Justin Rich

Despite overnight lows of 42 degrees this past Saturday night, it is late July.  The weather continues to be uncooperative, with a season of extremes not quite "averaging out" so far.  The last few wet years (2015, 2013, 2011) had concentrated wetness in May/June, followed by a significant improvement in July and August.  While after a horrendous June, July this year has been fairly unremarkable, and we could really use an awesome month of warm temperatures and moderate rains to help compensate for June's frigid wetness. 
We get to look at colorful, beautiful contrasts in color such as this every day as the farm move through the season.
Our potatoes and Brussels sprouts are looking great, though it will still be another 2 months before we'll be harvesting any of the latter.  We've started irrigating potatoes every 4 days if we don't receive any rain, as during the stage of growth ("tuber bulking"), the plants need tremendous quantities of water to help swell the tubers that started forming last month. 
Brussels Sprouts are coming along!
We will have another week of new potatoes this week, before most likely taking a break for a few weeks to let the rest grow to full size.  New potatoes are a mid-summer delicacy.  They are so buttery and tender, but if we let them stay in the ground for 3 more weeks they will double in size, so we try to limit how many we dig up before they are fully mature.  
Potato field getting irrigated.  It is hard to imagine this is necessary given the rain we have had...but, in this crazy summer, it is!  Stark Mountain is in the background; a glimpse from the other direction than people in the Valley are most familiar with.  Below are Purple Viking New Potatoes.
The bridge on the south end of our property is being replaced this summer, and I snapped a picture last week of the nearly 100' long I-beams that will be the main support for the new bridge.  They came all the way from southern Maine, and had quite an entourage of escort vehicles, as you might imagine.  
Burnt Rock Farm
Huntington, VT

Bulk Sales...Coming Up!

If you are looking forward to putting away some corn for the winter or pickling some beans or cukes...we are getting real close to that time of the year!

All of these veggies come from Jon Satz at Wood's Market Garden and he has given me a head's up that we could be looking at getting bulk quantities of these items as soon as next week. I don't have final confirmation, but as soon as I do, you will receive an email with pricing, quantities and other important info.

While these items don't go as quickly as the strawberry flats do, there will be a smaller supply of both green beans and cucumbers so if you really want them, please don't hesitate ordering as soon as you receive the email.  

Corn and beans will be coming up first followed by the pickling cukes later this summer.

Bulk tomatoes come from Aaron and Kingsbury and typically are late August/early September.

Zucchini's and Summer Squash

I can't remember a summer when we have consistently, week in and week out, gotten zucchini and summer squash and I have always wanted more.  My wish has been answered this summer and I now find myself getting creative with the this year's bounty.

No one does more creative things with zucchini (called courgettes across the pond) than Yotam Ottolenghi so it makes sense that we focus on recipes specifically from him this week.  In case you are not familiar with who Yotam Ottolenghi is, he owns a series of restaurants in London that are veggie forward, but not vegetarian.  He has written several cookbooks including Plenty and Plenty More, but which are vegetarian, but I promise you will not miss the meat in his recipes.  

Zucchini "Baba Ghanoush"

from Yotam Ottolenghi via Serious Eats

Traditionally this Middle Eastern spread is made with eggplant, but that will give you an idea of how Ottolenghi flips recipes around and creates whole new dishes.  Serve it with Pita Bread or, if you can't find good pita bread, naan, is a good flatbread substitution.
While I typically reserve roasting for fall root veggies, the one exception is in the summer when I am looking for a little variety for our salads. For lunch we love a mesclun salad tossed with a simple vinagarette and topped with goat cheese, sunflower seeds and chilled roasted veggies.  

Courgette Pappardelle with Feta and Lemon

from Ottolenghi's column in The Guardian

Here Ottolenghi uses the zucchini and summer squash in two ways...first in the sauce and then sliced into thin ribbons to match the pappardelle noodles that are also in this recipe.

What I most appreciate about Ottolenghi recipes is that they are usually perfectly balanced in terms of flavors and texture.  Here he uses feta, lemon, basil and oregano to wake up your taste buds and pine nuts to add a nice crunch to the dish. 

Pasta and Fried Zucchini Salad

from Smitten Kitchen

Here is a well-loved Ottolenghi recipe that can be served hot or at room temperature (as many of the dishes are at his restaurants).
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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 6:30pm. 
  • 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 6:30 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 5:30 pm on pick-up day.  Here is the Hold Request Form.
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.
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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. 
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