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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!

 

 

 

Boston Globe Sunday Magazine Farm To Table Feature

The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine "Food Issue" features my photos of an Outstanding In The Field dinner I photographed last September at Pete's Greens in Crafstbury, VT.  The chef was Eric Warnstedt of Hen of the Wood restaurant in Waterbury. We were in a lovely field of  buckwheat  dining on  locally sourced produce, meats, wine and spirits.

Check out more photos in my blogpost from September.

Outstanding in the Field Dinner

I photographed a farm dinner at Pete's Greens in Craftsbury recently.  This was an Outstanding in the Field dinner - they are a wonderful group from Santa Cruz, California who organize al fresco events across the United States showcasing local farms, chefs and foods.  I was there to capture the set-up and preparation, and enjoyed the camaraderie and festive atmosphere of a great dinner prepared by chef Eric Warnstedt and others from Hen of the Wood, in Waterbury.  Fine dining in a field of buckwheat on a beautiful evening in Vermont!

 

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.

Farm to Table TV

Last week I was featured on WCAX, one of Burlington's local television newscasts.  They ran a series about Vermont photographers called "Capturing a Moment". My spot showcased my Farm to Table work and included my good friends at Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro.  We started by photographing egg collecting in the free range chicken coop and then we moved on to the kitchen where Keenann prepared an omelet.  I set up a small studio space in their kitchen to create the final image of the plated omelet.

I really enjoyed the experience with Gina Bullard and Joe Carroll of WCAX and the opportunity to share my work!

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!