CSA

Burlington's Intervale Farms

I photographed at the Intervale Community Farm in Burlington last week when it was 96 degrees.  They were picking  green salad bowl lettuce, a baby lettuce variety, and weeding squash. Despite the high heat and humidity, the farmers, interns and volunteers were working determinedly and with good spirit!

 

Silas Branson

Kim Ward and crew pick baby lettuce: Glenna and Rod Copeland, Katie Richards and Warren Lee

Farm Manager Andy Jones

Katie Horner, an intern with the UVM Farmer Training program, and Alex Dugas, volunteer

Erik Rehman weeding squash

Emily Irwin, and Erik Rehman both work for ICF

Graham Waugh, a native of New Brunswick,Canada, and part of the UVM Farmer Training program

Assistant Farm Manager Becky Maden plowing the fields

Yael Rhodes and Chris Hessey making bouquets at the nearby Stray Cat Flower Farm

Below: The field's bounty today, during the CSA pick-up: tomatoes, zucchini and baby lettuces

Member Robyn Schenck picking her own flowers

Weighing a lettuce share

Nina DeLeone Mazuzan is really happy about the new tomatoes!

 

 

 

Rockville Market Farm Friday Dinners

This is my second summer documenting Rockville Market Farm, in Starksboro, VT for their website. I photograph all that they do to produce beautiful vegetables, eggs, and meats for CSA shares, farmer’s markets and food purveyors. This summer they have started hosting First Friday dinners, too!

Last Friday night Rockville had their first clam boil, and it was fantastic! Great food, great festive atmosphere!

Jim Elias from Mattapoisett, Massachusetts brought up fresh steamers and littlenecks that he prepared in a big pot with vegetables and sausage and beer. Jim also made an amazing quahog chowder with Rockville’s potatoes and onions.

Jim's daughter Kaitlyn and her boyfriend Ben of Gadabout Farm are renting field space at Rockville this year, and they energetically helped prepare the feast.  The dinner included corn, tomato salad, arugula, beets, onions, potatoes, and andouille and chorizo sausage all from the farm.

Keenann wowed the crowd with her amazing chocolate zucchini cake. Everybody had a wonderful and fun food experience at the Farm!

Check out the Rockville Market Farm website and my 2012 gallery for more dinners and farming photos.

Mark Bittman Visits the Intervale

Recently Mark Bittman was here in Vermont at the Burlington Intervale to discuss the Farm to Plate movement and the Intervale Food Hub.  I caught him as he donned an Intervale Center cap – he’s a natural!

For those who may not be familiar with Mr. Bittman's work, he is a food columnist for the New York Times and has written several books on cooking and connections between food, health and the environment.

Here are several links to news stories covering his visit:

NY Times - Making Local Food Real

The Intervale Explorer - Giving Thanks for Local Food

Seven Days - Mark Bittman and Bernie Sanders Visit Burlington Intervale

Burlington Free Press - Bittman takes seat at Intervale round table

 

The Intervale Recovers from Irene

Today I went to the Burlington Intervale to visit the farms and discover some positive news amidst the shock of Hurricane Irene's impact on Vermonters all across the State. My good friends Andy Jones and Becky Maden of the Intervale Community Farm greeted me warmly and told me about their flood experience and the produce they were able to save!  They had many many wonderful helping hands last Friday, Saturday and Monday gathering as many vegetables as possible.

Becky checks on the beautiful tomatoes in the greenhouse in the photo below. You can see the silt line from the flood.  The tomatoes are bountiful and delicious!

 



Josh Deane enjoys cantaloupe harvested last Friday before the flood.


The raspberries were covered with water about a foot high, but above that line they are ripening!

The farmers were able to pick tons of onions and tomatoes with the help of members before the fields were inundated with water.  They are in storage now.

Diana Doll, owner of Stray Cat Flower Farm, explained how the water rose to just below the blooms in this field at her farm.

Samantha Tilton harvests Rudbeckia at Stray Cat Farm.

The Stray Cat check list - everything is OK.

Hilary Martin and Hayden Boska of Digger’s Mirth Farm wash a huge harvest of beets.  These were all picked last Friday and Saturday.

Intervale Community Farm’s broccoli, peppers and kohlrabi.

Jessica Sanford of the Intervale Community Farm washing peppers.

Andy Jones and Becky Maden unload more vegetables to store in their large cooler.

Jill Rotondo of the Intervale Community Farm carries a box of colorful peppers on the trike!

Springtime at Rockville Market Farm

I went to Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro last week to photograph Keenann Kuiper, who along with her husband Eric Rozendaal, own and operate the farm.  We have a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share with them and can’t wait to start receiving fresh, flavorful vegetables!

I found Keenann watering spring seedlings in one of the greenhouses, and then we visited the deluxe new chicken coop, home to 1,000 laying hens.  They are watched over carefully by Molly, their Maremma livestock guardian dog who lives right along with her wards.

I photographed Keenann with some of the hen’s eggs, fresh radishes just plucked from the greenhouse earth, and even a pineapple, although that’s not one of their crops!

We had a great time out in the sunlight with bright colors, daffodils and laughter!

Thanks Keenann!

 

 

Pete's Greens Fundraiser

On January 12th, a devastating fire destroyed the big yellow barn at Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury, Vermont.  The farm lost processing equipment and tractors as well as tons of root vegetables and meats destined for farm shares and stores. The importance of local farms in our communities to produce healthy food and support our economy is underscored by all of the efforts of friends and strangers alike.  There has been an outpouring of support all over Vermont for Pete's and I am happy to do my part!

I was asked to donate a print for the Craftsbury Community Dinner and Art Sale this Wednesday, January 19 at 6:00 pm the United Church of Craftsbury, sponsored by Stardust Books and Cafe and The Art House Gallery.

My print is of Andy Jones at the Intervale Community Farm in Burlington holding a variety of beautiful summer vegetables.

Please join in supporting Pete's Greens at the United Church of Craftsbury on the Common and buy Vermont agriculturally themed artwork by myself, John Miller, Jordan Silverman, Barbara Nedd, Marcia Hill, Sarah Mutrux, and Karen Dawson.  The farm also has donations by PayPal if you aren't able to attend the fundraiser - just go to Pete's Greens website.

I photographed the owner of Pete's Greens, Pete Johnson, for the Summer 2008 cover and feature article of Vermont Life Magazine, called “Our Food, Our Farmers” all about the farmers who are transforming the food scene in Vermont and embracing Localvores. It was one of the top selling issues in the history of the magazine and garnered Pete no less than 35 marriage proposals!

I hope the farm is on its way to a vigorous recovery with the help of so many loyal fans!

Spring at the Intervale Community Farm

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Burlington's Intervale is full of wonderful community farms.  I visited my friend and manager of the Intervale Community Farm, Andy Jones, to check on the season's growth so far.  I found Andy patching up one of the farm trucks with a riveter and we chatted about the warm weather and early season.  Then I photographed Becky Maden in one of the hoophouses where the seedlings are off to a great start.  Becky demonstrated how they are grafting seedling tomatoes onto roots with heartier stock - a very delicate operation.  They hope this will help avert a recurrence of the late blight which hit last summer and decimated the tomato harvest throughout Vermont.

Below is an infrared shot of a Stray Cat Flower Farm hoophouse awaiting the start of the season.