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This is the FINAL Week of the Fall CSA!

This Week's Share*

  • Yellow Onions (BRF)
  • Butternut Squash (BRF)
  • Potatoes (BRF)
  • Carrots (KbMG)
  • Beets (KbMG)
  • Kale (KbMG)
  • Lettuce (KbMG)

Large Shares Also Get:

  • Garlic (WMG)
  • Spinach (BRF)
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.
Just a reminder that if you can't pick up your share during our regular hours, you can submit a Share Hold Request Form and Megan will pack it up for you  to pick up on Thursday!
Share Hold Request Form

What's Happening at Burnt Rock Farm


by Justin Rich

After 2 months of semi-un-seasonably warm weather we have now entered that strange season where pallets freeze to the ground, wipers freeze to windshields, and children finally have to acquiesce to their parents' pleas to stop wearing shorts.  
We got all of our root crops out of the ground last week, just in time, too, since the top 1-2" of soil are now frozen.  We planted next year's garlic just 2 weeks ago, on a balmy fall day with bright skies and a few orange leaves still on the trees.  The color scheme on the tractor and transplanter were just part of the show.
November is our busiest time of the year in the washing and packing barn.  Potatoes, sweetpotatoes, and winter squash are in seasonally high demand before Thanksgiving, so we add extra delivery days to the local stores to keep them fully stocked during what is a crazy time of year in the local stores' produce departments.  
Sweet Potato wash line
This year will not go down in the record books for being exemplary for us, but nor will it be remembered for its undue hardship.  Sure, it rained too much in June, was too cold until late July, and then it rained a bit too little in August and September, but nothing outside of what could be expected in a region with as variable climate as ours.  No floods carried away our hard work.  No fires ravaged our fields.  No pestilence flew in on a storm front.  
Carrots in the cooler.
Thanks for weathering the ups and downs with us (hopefully not in equal measure), and for joining in this annual exercise in appreciation.  We all enjoy things a little more deeply if there is an element of scarcity, if we know that the melon we're eating is really only this sweet - and this available - for a month of two of the year.  Thick, succulent Fall spinach is only this way because of our cold weather, making it a seasonal delicacy not available in the always-California supermarket produce aisle. 
Orange glow sunset.
I'm glad we can go into the store and get a salad in February, but at that point the salad is just a salad.  The salad you had last week with Aaron's greens was not just a salad, it was a product of skilled stewardship of the working landscape within your community.  And that's something worth supporting.  
 
As we say every year, thanks for holding up your end of the grower-eater relationship.  We love growing the food for you, and we hope you enjoy it just as much.  Happy holidays, and we'll see you in 2018!
 
Justin
 
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Burnt Rock Farm
Huntington, VT
Cover cropped fields enjoying one of the last warm fall days and getting ready for a long cold winter.

Bulk Storage Veggies

If you ordered bulk veggies, remember to get them at CSA pick-up this week.  Later today you will receive a confirmation of your order and payment and pick-up instructiong.

Serving this Week's Share at Your Thanksgiving Table

There are lots of ways you can use this week's share for your Thanksgiving dinner.  Below are some recipe ideas to get you started.

Thank You Members, Pick-Up Coordinators and Farmers!

I want to thank everyone involved with Muddy Boots this season for making it another great year.  

Thanks to the farmers at the heart of the CSA.  They are some of the best farmers in the state with high integrity who take their job of growing food for all of us very seriously.
Thanks to Liz and then later in the season Megan for helping out every week making sure there was an ample stock of veggies on display and sharing their knowledge about the different vegetables along with recipe ideas. Megan masterfully thought outside of the box and streamlined veggie pick-up to an all-time high!  

And, thanks to our members.  It goes without saying that without you there would be no Muddy Boots CSA.  We can't wait to feed you again next year!

Fall Member Survey

Keep an eye out for our end of season survey.  It should be hitting your inbox within a day or two.  We value and NEED your feedback to keep getting better.

Butternut "Pumpkin" Pie

from Splendid Table

Ultra-Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

from Serious Eats

Creamy Winter Greens Gratin

from Fine Cooking

Whiskey Glazed Carrots

from The Pioneer Woman

Beet and Apple Salad

from Food and Wine
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Member Feedback

Anonymous or not...your choice.  Or, if you prefer, call Robin at 496-3567 or email me.  If you got shorted on your share for whatever reason and you are not happy with the substitution, please leave your name on the feedback sheet at pick-up OR call or email Robin.  We will try our best to make things right.
Give Us Your Feedback

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.
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 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.
 
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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