Greetings Friends and Neighbors,
This timely little diamond arrived in the mail here at the Farm few weeks back – an Old Chinese Proverb:
“This is the time to store your grain in the belly of your neighbor.”
Old reminders like these give the impression that humans have perhaps always been prone to forgetting what is really important. How, then, can we remember to remember? The word itself is made from the roots re- ‘again’ and -member ‘part’, so to ‘remember’ is to reassemble pieces and parts to make something whole again. The word carries with it a longing for community, and so you might imagine that it is a favorite here at the Farm and Bakery.
Last Friday, a group of the musicians who call themselves the ‘Town Haulers,’ lent their beautiful old-time tunes to the scene at the Bread Stand. The cows and sheep will be grazing nearby once again, and you will be welcome to walk out to visit with them when you stop by for bread. If you came to pick up bread last week, you may have met Evan Hoyt, who has joined the Brush Brook Team for the summer as a Bakery Apprentice. Please help us to welcome him! His careful attention to the bread production will free up some hours in the week to begin making SOUP, which will be given away at the stand as a trial for the month of June. Are you are interested in receiving a quart of SOUP or delivering one to fill the belly of your neighbor? If so, would you take a minute to read below how to request SOUP so that we can gauge the interest?
Here is what you will find in this letter:
- SOUP INFORMATION – details for JUNE PICKUPS
- INVITATION: Bread Distribution Details for Friday
- BUDGET UPDATE: Only $672 remaining to meet this month’s Budget – Thank You!
With Great Care,
Adam and the Brush Brook Community Farm Team
SOUP INFORMATION – details for JUNE PICKUPS
Four Fridays in June – 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. This will be a trial, to see how this goes. Pick up a quart of soup for your household or as a gift for someone else in town.
Two soup offerings each week(recipes based on harvests from the fields and gardens):
- Brush Brook Soup – Greens and veggies, mineral-rich bone broth, and small amounts of beef from the Farm.
- Veggies Only – Made in a smaller pot, a vegetarian option for those with this preference.
We will be FILL YOUR CONTAINERS for you, as to ensure safe handling. Please bring quart containers (Plastic yogurt-style or glass wide-mouth quart jars) from home. Do you have extra yogurt containers to help us create a stash for anyone who forgets to bring one with them when they arrive?
How to reserve soup: Please bring a empty containers with you to Bread Distribution starting this Friday LABELED with your name and the dates (6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26) and which soup you would like (either “Brush Brook” or “Veggie”). There will also be soup available for those who have not pre-reserved it, but this will help to give us a sense of how much to make.
INVITATION: Bread Distribution Details
BREAD GIFT DISTRIBUTION – Increased bake production means there is plenty of bread!
Friday 5/29, 4:00pm – 6:00 pm
Brush Brook Community Farm & Running Stone Bread
4582 Main Road, Huntington, VT.
Look for parking signs when you arrive, and please respect precautionary distancing guidelines.
Bread Varieties this week: Mountain Bread, Polenta, 3 Seed, Rye, Sprouted Grain, Backcountry Loaf (gf)
Would you consider coming by for a loaf for your household, and possibly one to drop off to someone on your way home?
BUDGET UPDATE: $672 remaining to meet this month’s Financial Gift Request
Many heartfelt thanks to all who have responded to these invitations by sending in Financial Gifts. With 4 days left to go in the month, we are asking for $672 to cover the remaining portion of the budget, detailed below. Any balance will be carried forward to next month, at which point we also plan to offer some year-long projections. Many thanks for your consideration.
Brush Brook Community Farm and Bakery Budget
|April 14 - 30||May (gifts as of 5-27)|
|Balance Carried Forward||-||$ 963.89|
|Financial Gifts - Thank you!||$ 4,152.00||$ 3,641.00|
|Bread Ingredients & Packaging||$ 557.75||$ 1,115.50|
|Bakery Overhead (Insur., Electric, etc.)||$ 277.93||$ 555.86|
|Bakery Rent||$ 150.00||$ 300.00|
|Farm Expenses||$ 525.88||$ 1,051.76|
|Farm/Bakery Team Requested Gifts|
|Adam Wilson Personal Living Expenses||$ 324.04||$ 648.08|
|Adam Wilson Rent||$ 100.00||$ 200.00|
|Erik Weil Rent/Housing||$ 250.00||$ 500.00|
|Collin McCarthy Utilities||$ 50.00||$ 100.00|
|Bread Distribution Pavillion Construction||$ 750.00||-|
|Bakery Deferred Maintenance Fund||-||$ 400.00|
|Estimated Federal/State Taxes||$ 175.61||$ 351.22|
|Paypal Fees (actual April, estimated May)||$ 26.90||$ 55.00|
|Total||$ 3,188.11||$ 5,277.42|
|Balance||$ 963.89||$ (672.53)|
Support the Farm & Bakery
The operations of Brush Brook Community Farm & Bakery are maintained by neighborly working hands and financial gifts. Your generous monetary support propels the gift of food forward to those open to receiving it.