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October 2011

Burger Night: Reflection in blurbs

October 08, 2011

10/7/11 - Burger Night Reunion Week - The really real, truly true, last week

Hello friends,

As we hinted last week, our final Burger Night left us missing you all so much that we have decided to go for one more week!

A few things you should know about this special Reunion Burger Night
1. Due to the refusal of our great Sun to stop setting consistently earlier each evening (though we asked very politely) we will be running this final Burger Night from 4-6:30pm.
2. Bread and Bones will be our special musical guests. www.breadandbones.com
3. This WILL be our LAST Burger Night of the season. Promise.
4. We love phenomenons

Let us tell you about a phenomenon, real quick. Since moving to Vermont and launching our farm we have noticed that 'Bread' is often followed bythe word 'and'. You would think that Bread alone would be enough. (You WOULD think) However, we felt downright unusually drawn to adding to "Bread" with "and Butter Farm". And we are not alone. How can you deny the way your tongue feels when the words "Bread and Bones" rolls off your tongue? (How CAN you deny?) And look at what this charming grammatical phrase has produced; A trio of musicians who captivates you as they perform and see, support, and create the big picture of original music in Vermont with their Ripton Coffee House Concert Series. The series has been ongoing for 17 years,(not months but YEARS) and it is not just "Bread and" related businesses who benefit from their intentional work in VT. Look at what Barbara Ebling, Co-owner of the Ball and Chain Café in Brandon, Vermont has to say about Bread and Bones.
"They are entertainers of the first order, producing gorgeous harmonies, captivating lyrics, and witty banter. We are always thrilled to welcome them back to the Ball & Chain."
Thank you, Barbara. Well said.
If you are not convinced about our theory that the word "Bread" should be convicted of stalking the word "and" and "various other surprisingly complimentary words" then look no further than Bread and Roses CSA in Westford, VT.

Okay, we've made our point. We must go no further in this direction. The only road we know from here is to Friday. Will you join us? We'd love it you can?

--Bread and Butter Farmers

P.S. See you Friday?

09/30/11 - Burger Night: Final week! (with chance of reunion show next week)

All of the greats do it: The Beatles, Phish, Dispatch, other greats....really great greats too. They throw in the towel and then go to linen and things a year or so later and buy a special new one with rock star floral print on it.

So, here we go. We are announcing with humble and heavy hearts that tomorrow is the LAST BURGER NIGHT for this season. (Unless it is sunny next Friday) We have had an absolute blast connecting with all of you and we will miss you dearly through the cold burger-less winter months. (Or maybe we will see you on October 7th for burgers and the band Bread and Bones) And if we were to have any last words after this amazing run, with all the wild adventures still fresh in our minds, they would be this:

no wait. We almost forgot to tell you about the music this week. This is our super special possibly final outdoor show of the year.

Young Traditions Vermont presents The Irregulars and Hailana Burhans

The Irregulars are a bunch of fun-loving young musicians, ages 13-16, who play traditional tunes from Ireland, Cape Breton, Appalachia, Quebec, New England, and Scotland.
Haliana Burhans is a 15 years old from Charlotte, Vermont. She has
been studying the small pipes and whistle with local piper, Tim Cummings, for over 5 years and has traveled to Prince Edward Island and Scotland to learn and enjoy traditional folk and celtic music.

We are so excited to work with Young Traditions to feature and support these amazing young artists.

okay......so finally the finale that almost may be......

See you Friday?


--Bread and Butter Farmers

09/23/11 - Burger Night: The science of seasons

We are drawing close to the end of our season, friends. I cannot help but be a bit bummed that of the people surveyed most do not want stand in line in the snow for cold burgers. However, we do have a cozy option for you and tickets go on sale tomorrow. But first let's take a moment for life science.

As you may or may not know, Mayflies are typically insects, not amazing old time and bluegrass duos from Vermont. There upwards of 2500 species of Mayflies including some 630 species in North America. That is way more than the one species of Mayfly that is known for their warm and beautiful vocal harmonies. Mayflies, the kind that fly, have a lifespan of a few minutes to a few days depending on the species. Thankfully, Katie Trautz and Julia Wayne, the only known Mayflies that walk upright, play guitar, banjo, fiddle, and sing have life spans that are much, much longer. And, I believe that if you keep your eyes and ears open this Friday you may be able to catch a glimpse of these two somewhere around Burger Night. Often you can hear a Katie Trautz before you see her, and Julia Wayne is known to be smiling.


Now.......for our fall concert series announcement.

Heather Masse of The Wailin Jennys will be joining us in the bakery for a listening room concert on Monday, October 24th.

Michael Chorney will be bringing us his super group, Dollar General, on Tuesday, November 22nd.

Tickets for these shows will go on sale at Burger Night tomorrow. If you cannot make it to Burger Night you can email us at breadandbutterfarm@gmail.com to RSVP for will call tickets, and tickets will be for sale on our website starting next week.

Tickets are 10 dollars for each show. Showtime is around 7pm. We only have 50 seats available.

--Bread and Butter Farmers

09/16/11 - Burger Night: Imagination

Hello friends,

The theme this week at Burger night is the power of imagination. Reality's lines are blurred when you close your eyes and dream. Amazing things are possible when we set forth on this adventure. We currently study with our 4 year old guru, Henry. He has shared new truths with us such as the fact that volcanoes exist in Ohio, and toilet paper rolls give you the ability to see nearly 5 miles with perfect clarity. My point is, we will be able to see you coming this Friday. No, that is not my point.

Lowell Thompson is not an imagined truth but a seasoned performer and prolific songwriter. He has recently journeyed to Austin, TX for a long stint but finds his roots right here in VT. The imagery in his songs will be there for you when you need support conjuring your own inward journey, and his upbeat rhythm driven guitar will be there for you when you just need to move. As always the Burger Night experience will be a choose your own adventure novel. And that is my my point. I think. Yes, it is.

Volcanoes in Ohio.
Hyper sensitive recycled viewing apparatuses are cheap and available.
Burger Night is a choose your own adventure novel.

See you Friday?

Bread and Butter Farmers

09/9/11 - Burger Night: Time stands still

Hi friends,

I think we are officially in the fall portion of our Burger night season. That inspires me to reflect on Summer. Since we first fired the grill we have served you all approximately 3, 450 burgers pattied from Grass-fed beef cows raised right here on the farm. That's 6,900 buns!(If you count the top and the bottom which you should always) We've also harvested, created, and plated about 2600 salads to fill your plates and bellies full of easily digestable nutrient dense goodness. You can watch it grow while you eat it!! Not to mention (or shall we?)Cookie Love on Route 7 has entertained you and your kiddos' sweet teeth to the tune of 1,020 cookies. Wow! All this statistical data plus a secret formula leads me to believe that we here at Bread and Butter Farm have accomplished the goal we set out to when we started dreaming up this "locally produced meat evening" in March.

We have made a solid 1, 872 new friends who live just down the road.

This week is Miriam Bernardo and Sara Grace on the Burger Night Stage. Do your best to get lost in their thoughtful lyrics and downright powerful voices. Allow yourself to feel like time is standing still this Friday because before you know it this new crisp autumn air will become visible as it leaves your lungs.

And now that we are friends. Let's make a plan to stay in touch all winter. Our farm store will not close due to good sledding weather. We will not shut down because of a 90% chance of snow forts. No way. Winter is creation station appreciation season and we'll plan to see you all year round.

But for now..... See you Friday?

-Bread and Butter Farmers

09/2/11 - Burger Night: This one is for Vermont

Hello friends,

We want to say to all who have lost power, their crops, their roads, their homes, their buildings, or loved ones, we are with you. We feel saddened by the loss the people of Vermont and the east coast are experiencing now, and offer our love and energy in this process to heal and rebuild.

This Friday, when you are eating your yummy food let us be thankful we are high and dry and surrounded by people we appreciate.

We are incredibly to honored to host Pete and Karen Sutherland this week at Burger Night. Pete and Karen have been building community through music for decades here in Vermont. Everyone we talk to knows them already, and smile at their names being mentioned. They are wonderful with kiddos and charismatic performers all around.

On the menu this week we see the return of the popular Kale Caesar Salad!

And finally, on a personal note. We went to a wedding this past weekend. Our friend, an antennae, married another antennae whom we had never met. We drove miles and unfortunately the wedding was horrible.

But the reception was great.

See you Friday?
Bread and Butter Farmers

08/26/11 - Burger Night: Veggie Burgers and Soaked Oats

Hello friends,

This week I write to our vegetarian contigent who enjoys our salads each week but longs openly for something more. Let me introduce to you the VT Goldburger. These yummy vegetable based saucers are comprised of 100% organically grown veggies from Earth Sky Time Farm in Manchester, VT. Oliver and Bonnie Levis (those responsibile for these treats) grow vegetables and orchard fruits and run a commercial kitchen to make value-added products such as breads, spreads, pickles. In 2009, Oliver and Bonnie applied for a Farm Viability Implementation Grant to upgrade their farmstand and to purchase veggie burger production equipment. They were awarded $7,000 towards a total project cost of $20,000. VT Goldburgers are now available in 15 natural food co-ops in Vermont, New York and Massachusetts.

"Thanks to this program we are utilizing thousands of pounds of organic VT grown produce and supporting our farm with year-round income.” says Oliver.

Well, add us to the list. You can sink your teeth into a veggie burger this week, if you so desire.

Another option is oatmeal. Nope, I am kidding. Truthfully, the music this week is as comforting as hot cereal on a cold winter morning. Soaked Oats is a duo made up of one part Jeff Fellinger and one part Amity Baker. They will be joing us this week and they are a part of a balanced Burger Night.

See you this Friday?
Bread and Butter Farmers

08/19/11 - Burger Night: Your horoscope for this week

Hello friends,

I have heard from many experts in the field of astrology that good things come in groups of three. In my latest tarot card reading it was also predetermined that the Flat Top Trio is a really good Bluegrass band. Therefore, the stars are pretty much perfectly aligned for this Friday, and subsequently any attendees of our Burger Night will almost certainly experience an elated feeling filled with wonder, excitement, and riches beyond comparison. Please, no comparisons.

That is your horoscope for this week. I would also pay special attention in the next two days of anything that might try to deter you from following your instinct to attend Burger Night. Plans beside Burger Night are generally placed in front of you to test you. Stay committed, stay strong, and we will....

See you Friday?

Bread and Butter Farmers

08/12/11 - Burger Night: when tectonic plates converge

Hello friends,

Since becoming parents we have learned a great deal. For instance it is my son Henry who took me to the Echo museum for the first time. That day, I learned that the Adirondacks used to be taller than Mt. Everest! Over time, wind, rain, and human influence has carved out the more modest yet stunning rock formations we can see from the farm. I thought that maybe this is how the story goes for all mountains. That is, until I met the duo from New Mexico, Round Mountain.

These two gentleman seem to be growing at a remarkable rate. Though their music does not sound like tectonic plates smashing together, the progression of their musical path gives me reason to believe that their is some force of nature at work here. Brothers Robby and Char Rothschild present many extremes; Bulgarian zydeco, klezmer and West African rhythms, wild bagpipes, trumpet and accordion played by one person at the same time, and beautiful acoustic numbers.

We are more than excited to host these two at Burger Night this Friday. Music will start early, at 4pm, as Round Mountain will be joined by our dear friends in Soulgrass.

Last week was a record week for us! Thanks to the wonderful story in the Free Press and the wonderful weather we got to see around 350 of you fine folk. So far we have 80 degrees and Sunny for the Friday Forecast. Burgers, Sausage, Salads, Cookies, Lemonade and the Sophomore appearance of Rookies Root Beer Floats should be enough to inspire you to tell you friends....

See you Friday?

-Bread and Butter Farmers

08/5/11 - Burger Night: Root Beer Floats? We might be rebels.

Each week, we try each to introduce at least two nuances to Burger Night. This week feels like a pretty big deal. In fact, this week brings light to a feeling I have been trying to wrap my brain around ever since Corie and I moved to Vermont from Michigan. Vermont might be a rebellious state.

First of all, what state in their straight and narrow mind has their own thriving local Root Beer business? (If you list others besides VT that is welcomed but beside my very focused point) Rookies Root Beer serves it wonderful root beer at more than 20 restaurants in town and inspires long lines at both the Burlington and Shelburne Farmers Markets. People seem crazy for thirst quenching treats they provide. We have decided their is no other choice but to team up with Jenny and Dave Rooke to serve Rookies Root Beer Floats this Friday at Burger Night.

Secondly, the Green Mountain State alsois home to a muisician who's genre of music can only be described as Rebel Folk. (Though we may also accept descriptions ranging from beautiful to pure) Jeremy Harple is the first name I read in the Seven Days upon moving here and I had a feeling he would be our friend one day. That is, if I was tough enough to handle his rebelliousness. (Which I have decided I am)

Two years in Vermont and we have certainly been hardened by the truths I have previously stated. I suppose if we had a rebel cry it would be something along the lines of:

See you this Friday!!!

-Bread and Butter Farmers

07/29/11 - Burger Night: Guest Chef Frank Pace meets the music of Heather Maloney

Hello friends,

I am not sure I have said this before but the real reason we started Burger Night was to bring together awesome people at our farm. Our aim is to truly respect and appreciate this land and each other.

If I have not said it and I was not telling you now you'd figure it out this Friday as soon as you walk down the driveway. You would hear the sweet and powerful sounds of one of the most thoughtful songwriters of her time mixing with the aroma of creations from a chef who truly loves what he does. Needless to say (as is most of this which makes it fun) we love what Frank creates as much as he loves creating.

Frank Pace
You may have been one of the many who has tried our new sausage the past few weeks. You can thank Chef Pace for that. You may have walked past, stopped, browsed, coveted and even purchased, cooked, and eaten one the many fresh cuts of meat at Healthy Living Market. You can thank Chef Pace for that. If none of this applies to you then I am really glad I said something. I would not want you to miss out on this brilliant experience.

I am not done.

Heather Maloney
The first time I saw Heather Maloney play I forgot where I was. That place is gone (RIP Langdon Street Cafe, we love you!) but the memory lingers forever. It is my belief that if one truly tunes in to Heather's music, it will never leave them and they will never be the same henceforth. Some of you were a part of her audience for her concert last April during the Silo Sessions series. I have seen many of you since and it has happened more than once that I caught you humming her melodies. To those of you who have not yet been woven into Miss Maloney's web of aural excellence, I speak directly to you now.

See you Friday.

Bread and Butter Farmers

07/22/11 - Burger Night: Time stands still

Burger Night: Wow. That is about all we could say. Wow.
Well, we have ordered extra lemonade this week. The forecast says something like 93 for Friday and before I say anymore about the future lets reflect.

Last week Burger Night set new records for attendance as it has every week since it began 7 weeks ago. We are in awe of you all and we want to take this 7th inning stretch moment to thanks you for not just showing up but creating something super special for you, your families, and your community to enjoy. I have observed that when good people come together the boundaries of fulfillment expand to the horizon of our view. Good work, folks. Let's keep enjoying this social landscape, eh?

Okay, back to sharing why it is a good reason to see us Friday. What do you know about Rik Palieri and Rebecca Padula?

Rik and Bec
Rik Palieri has performed in some famous places like The 40th Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Vancouver Folk Festival, The Port Fairy Folk Festival, Cafe Lena, The Hudson River Revival, The Bitter End, The Blue Bird Cafe, and Trumps Taj Mahal. Now he is will be your songster and story teller this Friday at Burger Night. He'll be joined by Rebecca Padula who has shared the stage with a number of notables such as Patty Larkin, Sally Taylor, Vance Gilbert, Rachel Bissex, Rod McDonald, Gregory Douglass, and Jim’s Big Ego. Together Rik and Bec spin enough stories and songs to make a quilt the size of well, Bread and Butter Farm, I suppose.

You can watch a video of Rebecca by visiting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umAQkcu5dOY&feature=player_embedded

07/15/11 - Burger Night: What do pasture raised pork and Brett Hughes have in common?

You guessed it! No, actually that is not right.

The correct answer is they are both featured this week at Burger Night!

Our dear friend, and butcher at Healthy Living Market, Frank Pace, is responsible for our delicious new sausage that we will now offer in limited supply at Burger Night each week. Perhaps this week is your week to break your routine from grass fed beef, go out on a limb, and try our sausage?

Also, who here goes to Honky Tonk Night at Radio Bean every Tuesday? If you do then you already know what to expect from Brett Hughes. Brett has been the facilitator of many good times on N. Winooski, and now he will be sharing his illuminating presence with us at Bread and Butter Farm. Tyler Bolles will be joining Brett on Upright Bass. They say if you really want to be in a band, play Upright Bass. Everyone is looking for a good Bass player. Word is on the pedestrian walk way that Tyler is one of the most sought after talents in the area.

See you Friday?

Your Bread and Butter Farmers

07/8/11 - Burger Night: Feta is betta when it is next to a Burger

Hello friends,

We are once again featuring Does Leap Feta on our salads this week. You can choose to add feta to your plate for $1. Say you want a whole bunch of feta. Just keep adding $1 portions until you feel like you've hit the right ratio.

Also, we have finalized the music schedule for all of Burger Night 2011. We are stoked to featured all these wonderful local and regional bands. We are so excited we even built them a stage!!

You can find all the details for each artist at http://www.breadandbutterfarm.com/events

The schedule is below. See you Friday!

Music Schedule:
July 8th - Twist of The Wrist
July 15th - The Gordon Stone Band
July 22nd - Rik and Bec
July 29th - Heather Maloney
August 5th - Jeremy Harple
August 12th - Soulgrass
August 19th - Top Hat Trio
August 26th - Soaked Oats
September 2nd - Pete and Karen Sutherland
September 9th - Miriam Bernardo and Sara Grace
September 16th - Mayfly
September 23rd - Lowell Thompson
September 30th - The Irregulars

07/1/11 - A new Twist on Burger Night

Once again, we are setting out table and chairs, putting up the tents, and pressing burger patties for our weekly shin-dig. However, this week we have something special up our sleeves; Robert Reznik. You might know him as the host of "All the Traditions" on VPR (Sundays 3:00pm), but I first heard of him described as "The Guru of Traditional Music". We are stoked to have Robert's band, Twist if the Wrist, playing this week and next. Read more below.

Twist of the Wrist, a long-time "musical labor of love" for this quartet of versatile local musicians, specializes in sultry ballads and rousing instrumental music from northern Europe played on a wide variety of wind, stringed, and reed instruments. The band features Amity Baker, one of Vermont's great vocalists, woodwind powerhouse Barbara Wager, accordion journeyman Andy Homan, and musical jack-of-all-trades Robert Resnik. Music for dancing bourees and for time-traveling!


See you there?

-BBF (Bread and Butter Farmers)

06/24/11 - Burger Night: Rain? Not if we have anything to sing about it.

Hello friends,

This week rain threatens again, so we have pulled out the secret weapon of positive manifestation; Chris Dorman. Yes, what a nice guy, you might be thinking. But that's not all he is. He happens to have super powers to stop rain from falling on up to 7 acres for approximately 3 hours at a time. No kidding!

You can check out our hometown guy beforehand at www.chrisdormanmusic.com.

See you there?

This Friday, June 24th 4-7pm.

Bread and Butter Farmers

06/17/11 - Burger Night: What do we do if it rains?

Hello friends,

This week we have a new spin to Burger Night. Possible Thunderstorms! You might think with such a forecast that we would just stay inside and call it off. Nope. 50% chance of rain means 50% chance of awesome in our opinion. We will be grilling up burgers all evening. We have a finished pavilion space that seats about 35 and our farm store for extra space to be safe from the rain. Plus, this Friday and all Fridays hence forward we will be offering BURGERS TO GO! So stop on by, take a chance, and lets have some fun!

-Your Bread and Butter Farmers

06/10/11 - Burger Night this Friday

Hello friends,

We are excited to follow up our first Burger night tomorrow from 4-7pm. Jeff Fellinger return with a few new friends to provide music for the evening, and we have added a second grill.

As a reminder, please leave your dogs at home or with a puppy-sitter, and bring the rest of your family with you!

Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
Saturday 8am-1pm


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