The Farm Dirt
News from Bartlett's Farm 
September 7, 2016
We are open every day from 8-6!
(That includes Saturdays and Sundays!)
Saturday Sept 10
Join us for our first 
Bartlett's Farm Tomato Festival!
10-2 pm
There are lots of fun activities to participate in while you are waiting to head out to the field to pick tomatoes!
Scheduled Events
10:30 Tomato Toss - Big Field - Free - All ages
11:00 Tomato Toss - Big Field - Free - All ages
11:30 Tomato Toss - Big Field - Free - All ages
*The tomato toss is not a tomato fight...think 'water balloon toss' with over-ripe tomatoes. The pair who is the furthest away from each other when the last tomato smooshes wins a prize!

11:30 Mozzarella Making Demonstration with Elizabeth Hitchcock
 - In the Hayloft - Free Please note...this is a new time

12:30 Musical Chairs for Charity - Big Field - $5 cash per person -
Winner picks the charity of their choice for all proceeds. 
Our goal is to raise $500 (100 participants) and the last person sitting when the music stops gets to donate the $500 to their favorite charity.

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 - available from 10am
(Bring a blanket to sit out in the field and enjoy your lunch)
Farm Made Salsa & Chips
farm made salsa and organic tortilla chips  3.99

Farm Made Gazpacho with Poached Shrimp
farm made gazpacho, poached black tiger shrimp 4.99
Grilled Hot Dog with Farm Made Tomato Relish
Beeler’s all natural hot dog, grilled brioche bun, with field tomato relish,
farm made potato chips   6.99

Plain Grilled Hot Dog on a Bun  2.99

Fried Green Tomato BLT
fried field tomatoes, crisp bacon, farm lettuce, red onion,
brioche bun, basil mayo,  farm made potato chips  6.99
Warm Farm Made Cherry Tomato Tart & Side Salad
heirloom tomatoes, crumbled goats cheese, organic basil, scallions,
field greens, tomato cucumber vinaigrette  6.99
From the Garden Center
Hermine certainly left her mark on gardens and containers!
But the season isn't over and our greenhouse protected
lots of plants that still look amazing!
So it's time to get back in the garden...The cooler weather makes gardening more fun!

September Garden Chores
Replant containers and window boxes with cool weather plants like mums and asters
Prune your hydrangeas
Clean up perennials that look bad, or have gone by or broken off
Divide daylilies and peonies
Clear out weeds before they go to seed
Plant lettuce and radishes for fall crops
Buy spring bulbs like daffodils and tulips for fall planting (but don't plant them before October)
Vermont Cheese Fest 2016
~Leah Mojer~
This past July, I was able to attend one of the country’s most special of gatherings for the New England cheese community; the Vermont Cheesemaker’s Festival. Just south of Burlington, Shelburne Farms, a 1400 acre non-profit working farm, formerly a Vanderbuilt summer home, hosts the event on one of its many sprawling emerald lawns, a literal stone’s throw to magnificent Lake Champlain.  There is truly no preparing for how spectacularly beautiful this historic Vermont farm is to experience in person. The festival, now in its 8th year, brings together many of New England’s best cheese makers, cider brewers, bread bakers, pickle and jam makers. Basically everything that pairs wonderfully with cheese has a place at the festival. As Bartlett’s Farm’s resident cheese buyer/fanatic/cheese-monger, this event affords a unique opportunity to meet and taste with many farmers and cheese makers who usually are much too busy for such things. It is a hands-on way to see, smell and taste what’s new and special in the world of not only regional artisan cheese but local and regional products as well.
Highlights of the festival included meeting owner and farmer Eric of the Grey Barn and Farm on Martha’s Vineyard, our closest local cheese neighbor. We carry both his “Eidolon” triple cream and his newly award winning washed rind, “Prufrock”. We’ve talked on the phone before but never met in person so it was a lovely surprise to see him there! We talked about the wild success of his organic cheeses and the potential of bringing his pastured pork in for sale at Bartlett’s this winter, although that is to be continued for now, stay tuned…
Some new cheeses were found as well, including Grafton Village’s Truffle Cheddar Bar (so good!) and Cricket Creek Farm’s “Tobasi”, a bright orange, fudgey-textured cheese that is the stuff of dreams. Some new blue cheeses may hit the shelves this fall as the weather entices us to curl up with some red wine, 
bread and cheese for dinner.
The other special thing about the festival is meeting cheese-makers who are new to the scene and in different stages of growing their businesses. In some cases, when I have asked how I can buy their cheese wholesale and they don’t have a distributor yet, I can connect them with our wholesale vendor, hence increasing their exposure to the cheese buying market and help to make their cheeses available here on the island.
This networking strategy can be hugely important to making sure these Artisans are successful and profitable, laying the foundation for future generations to see worth in farming, cheese-making and so forth. I am so very proud to be a part of this wonderful network and to have the opportunity to share my knowledge, passion and of course cheese with our customers at Bartlett’s. When one looks at it from this perspective, it’s very satisfying to realize that just one person buying local cheese, or beer, or honey, etc. can make the all difference. Give yourselves a pat on the back because you, our customers, have helped these farmers and cheese-makers be successful!
Against my better judgement, I shall now give you the
which has already been published. SHHHHH! And please save a ticket for me!
Daily Lunch emails start this Friday - use this link to sign up now so you can find out what Neil's Daily Lunch offering is each day.

Weekend Pop-Up Sale...Schlotterbeck & Foss products 10% off

All Bartlett's Branded clothing is at least 25% off

All Beach 'stuff' in the gift department 50% off

Wings and Ribs are Back! 
Delicious braised BBQ ribs and jumbo Buffalo wings are prepared
for take out on Sundays and whenever the Patriots play. 

1/2 dozen wings...$7.00
dozen wings...$13.00
two dozen...$25.00
three dozen...$37.00
1/2 rack Ribs $...$12.00
Full Rack Ribs $...$22.00
Order in person or at 508-228-9403 ext 18

Beets, carrots and scallions are back in the market.

Corn is almost done. 
Farm to Table Dinners
If you missed our farm to table dinners this summer, you only have one more opportunity in October! The menu will be 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...
September's dinner is sold out. 
Coming up...

Dharma Yoga Nantucket Classes every day in the Hayloft

September 11 - Dance Temple