The Farm Dirt
News from Bartlett's Farm 
August 30,  2016
Wondering about this field of white flowers as you drive in?
See the bottom of this email for a full explanation.
We are open every day from 8-7!
(That includes Saturdays and Sundays!)
Hours Change to 8-6 on September 5 
It's that time of year again - the first
is this Saturday, September 3
Make sauce, can, freeze, eat BLTs every day and make a batch of salsa to enter in our contest at next week's tomato festival.  
There is no parking in the fields, on Bartlett Farm Road or on Smooth Hummocks, so park at the market and ride the wagon into the fields.
And now for something a little different...
Mark your calendars for
Bartlett's Farm Tomato Festival!
Saturday, September 10 from 10-2 pm
Scheduled Events
10:30 Tomato Toss - Big Field - Free
11:00 Tomato Toss - Big Field - Free
11:30 Tomato Toss - Big Field - Free

12:00 Mozzarella Making Demonstration with Elizabeth Hitchcock
 - In the Hayloft - Free

12:30 Musical Chairs for Charity - Big Field - $5 cash per person - Winner picks the charity of their choice for all proceeds

1:30 Mozzarella Demonstration  with Elizabeth Hitchcock 
- In the Hayloft - Free

Events going on All Day (10-2)
Hayrides to the Tomato Field where you can 
Pick Your Own Tomatoes $1.50/lb

Salsa Tasting - drop off your quart by 9am on 9/10 for a chance to win a $25 gift card

Live Animals

Special Picnic Lunch Menu from our Kitchen
Cheese Please
In 2003, Cabot Creamery asked Jasper Hill Cellars to age a special batch of cheddar, sparking a revolutionary collaboration. The cheese has developed a huge following over the years and has become a staple of our cheese department here at Bartlett’s.  The cheeses ripen in a massive, specially calibrated vault at the Cellars, where they are constantly brushed, turned, flipped and vacuumed for cheese mites (cheese mites? Yep! Tiny, yet very beneficial to the final flavor of many cheeses including Comte, Mimolette and yes, Cabot Clothbound!). They are aged anywhere from 9 to 14 months. The final wheel weighs around 34 pounds.
Here at Bartlett’s, after peeling off three layers of what resembles waxed muslin, the wheel is broken down by hand on a cheese wire and individually wrapped into nice, neat little 4 oz pieces.
There’s no denying the popularity of this cheese. Our customers bought almost 200 pounds of it last year!

Clothbound is an approachable but complex natural-rind, bandaged cheddar with a crumbly texture and nutty aroma. The flavor is deeply savory and slightly tangy with caramel sweetness to the finish. Perfectly suited for snacking or starring in a fancy Mac and Cheese. 

Clothbound has a signature tang and caramel nuttiness with a rustic crystalline texture that becomes creamy on the palate. This savory-sweet balance of flavor makes a perfect match for charcuterie, fig apple jelly, or a rich chestnut honey. Pair with an off-dry sparkling apple cider, hoppy ale, or an oaked Cabernet Sauvignon like McNab Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon ($18.99, available at Bartlett’s)

Follow this link to our website where a fantastic Macaroni and Cheese recipe featuring Cabot Clothbound awaits your late summer table!
From the Garden Center
Lots of fresh annuals to refresh your planters and boxes!
Pots of Basil, mint + oregano

Assorted Perennials Now 50% off
Herbs in 4" pots 50% off
Pottery and Statuary 25%-50% off - See Signs
Annual 4 packs 50% off

Farm to Table Dinners
If you missed our farm to table dinners this summer, no need to fret, you still have opportunities in September and October! Menus are posted closer to the date, but be assured that it will be filled with beautiful farm grown vegetables and Chef Neil's generous and scrumptious dishes. Here are some photos from  our August dinner...
From the Gift Department!
50% off Steel Tumblers, Glass Water Bottles,
 At least 25% off All clothing
 25% off Beach gear
50% off Select T-Shirts!
Stock up before you head off-island!
If you're already off-island you can shop online too.
Freshly Picked...

Sweet Corn - Freeze it now, as the season is almost finished!

Tomatoes - Beefsteak, Heirloom, Cherry, Grape, Roma, 
Artisan Cherry Tomatoes

Cucumbers -  Slicing + Pickling + Silver Slicers

Zucchini:  Green,  Golden, Striped Sunbeam,
Green Tiger, Eight Ball, One Ball, Star ship, Yellow,
Butter, Patty Pan, Peter Pan


Green Beans

Cabbage: Green, Red, Savoy

Eggplant: Purple + Japanese + White

Peppers: Jalapeno, Cayenne, Poblano, Lunch Box

Melons: Cantaloupe + Honeydew + Yellow or Red Watermelon

Potatoes: Yukon Gold + Red Gold + New Red Potatoes +
Superior (Regular White) + Adirondack Red + Adirondack Blue +
Russet + Banana Fingerlings + French Fingerlings

Mesclun Mix
Rosemary, Chives, Thyme, Lemon Thyme, Oregano, Sage, Tarragon, Lemon Verbena, Mint, Parsley
Large Kale - Bunched
Greens - Kale, Greens Mix

Looking ahead: Beets and Carrots and Scallions will be
back in the market in September!
Do you need to say Thank You to someone?
We have the perfect gifts!
Our VeggieGram is only available through September!
This is a perfect gift for your host and hostess with a selection of freshly harvested farm-grown produce!
Cost is $75 and that includes on-island delivery! 
Not available for off-Island delivery
Please allow 48 hours

Or how about the
Snack Attack Gift Basket? 
Our best-selling basket includes such favorites as Chocolate Love, Quinn Popcorn, Bartlett's Strawberry Jam, Tate's Cookies, Bartlett's Cranberry Granola, Grafton Village Cheddar, Kii Crisps, Pretzel Crisps, Bartlett's Cranberry Nut Bread, and more!  Order on the website!
 (Basket contents may vary slightly depending on availability)
On-Island Delivery Only
The lovely field of white flowers you see are your way into the farm are buckwheat, which we grow as an in season cover crop to smother weeds and
boost organic matter.
Buckwheat is incredibly fast growing, seed cost is cheap, and it's also beautiful!
We're focusing on doing a lot of cover cropping in this field that we are transitioning to certified organic, we are trying to reduce weed pressure and build the soil to grow better veggies.
Buckwheat is a very efficient scavenger of phosphorus and calcium, making it available to the following crop.
The buckwheat in flower will soon be mowed (before the seeds become mature) and then harrowed in, and then the winter cover crop of rye grass will be seeded into the same ground later in September. 
Coming up...

Dharma Yoga Nantucket Classes every day in the Hayloft

September 11 - Dance Temple

September 21: Farm to Table Dinner