Newsletter – June 29, 2015

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Dear Members,

This week you are getting swiss chard, turnips, beets, onions, carrots, garlic, snap peas and squash. We are thinning the beet crop. You are not going to get a lot of them. So eat them raw shredded in a coleslaw or salad. It doesn’t look like the snap peas were very productive, so you may get snow peas too or instead of snap peas. There will be a very slow start to the season. The cold and rainy days stalled the growth of all the plants. So when we start harvesting crops, you will not get very many. You will have to be creative by combining the wonderful treats we are getting to make a meal.

Fruit: Unfortunately you will not be getting fruit this week, as we expected. The deal fell through with Eat a Peach Farm. But you will get fruit next week; probably apricots.

Boxes: I’m sorry. I guess I didn’t finish my thought process last week about the boxes! At some point you will need to add a cloth bag or box to your vehicles to pick up additional crops. We do not bag things like corn, melons and tomatoes. You will need a container in order to take these things home. Do not expect the Distribution Center to provide you a bag…more than likely, it will not happen and you will need to place these crops on your seat or floor of the car! Some members bring extra bags or container, transferring their produce right on the spot at the DC and leave their bags right then and there. This way they do not have to remember to return them.

Crops: Things are really starting to come out of the shock from the storms in May. The farm is looking great! Now, if we could only tame Mother Nature’s explosive temper that flares up from time to time! (No more rain, no more hail!!) I know several of you have been hit by the recent bad weather…basements are flooded, your streets & cars may have been affected, hail damage to roofs and vehicles, toppled trees, etc. Know we are thinking about you and hope you were not affected to badly.

Thank you to those of you who made it out to the farm Sunday. We got a tremendous amount of work done and the crops look wonderful. Jerry was so happy that all the row cover was removed and the side of the plastic was hoed. It was a big project and with so many people coming to help, it really made it seem easy! We all went home tired but filled with great accomplishment. Thank you!!!
Jacquie, Jerry and Kyle

Newsletter – June 22, 2015

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Dear Friends,

Our first week was exciting, but this week is even better! We are so happy to be giving you peas, turnips, squash, garlic and garlic scapes. The scapes are the tops of the garlic. This has become the new favorite of our members! It is extremely versatile. It can be grilled and eaten as a vegetable, chopped and added to salads (like onion), it’s fantastic in eggs and it’s wonderful in stir-fries. One member told me the best pesto she ever had was prepared with garlic scapes. Another told me she made green garlic hummus with scapes. Don’t be afraid to experiment with these little buggers. They are mild eaten raw or cooked.

You will not receive greens this week because the second planting came on with the first planting. So even though it was nice to get two different kinds of greens last week, it shorted you this week!

Fruit: You are receiving cherries from Ranch Durazno this week. And we expect more cherries and possibly apricots from Eat a Peach Farms/Farmacy Farms next week. Both are from the Western Slope.

Crop reveal: We need as many hands as we can get this Sunday (28th)! After replanting so many of our early crops, we covered them with hoops and row-cover. It is time to uncover our crops and give them direct sunshine and fresh air! Think of this as a barn rising, except this is a crop reveal! You won’t know what you will discover until we get it uncovered! Not only the crops have recovered and grown, but the weeds have too. After removing the cover, rolling it up & getting it off the field, it needs to be hoed on the sides of the plastic. It will take all morning to get the job accomplished and the more hands to help the sooner we can get it done! Come join us for a day of delight as we uncover and discover what is underneath! Plan on getting to the farm at 8am and working all morning until noon.

Bags and Boxes: I forgot to tell you how important it is to return your vegetable bags every week. We reuse them as many times as we can. This includes any small produce bags for beans or peas. Please take the time to dump or shake out any extra organic material left in the bottom. Distribution Centers will be keeping track of this, so don’t be surprised if they remind you how often you have forgotten or how many bags you have not returned.

Something interesting: I want to share a story that touched me. A member took home a barn kitten from the farm 19 years ago. His name was O’Malley (from the Aristocrats). He was part Siamese and part Tabby. O’Malley passed away last Friday. I was told that O’Malley was the best cat she has ever had! He was a wonderful companion and I’m so glad he had a wonderful home. Thanks for sharing your story Adrienne! 19 years, can you believe it!

Have a great week! Jacquie, Jerry and Kyle

2015 Shares – Update from Jacquie

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Dear Members;

I’m sorry if I did not explain myself well about the statements and the
enclosed documents. It would be helpful if everyone would read the
newsletter before calling about making changes to your statement/order.

I need everyone to sign the third page whether or not you are making any
changes. Please return it to me along with your payment. By signing this
document, it is saying you agree with the order as we have it listed or
you want to make changes (as you have listed) and agree to pay for those
items.

You are not obligated to continue with the membership or to purchase
everything you received last year. If you need to cancel everything or an
individual item, please list that and return the document to me and we
will take care of you! Please list your Distribution Center.

Thank you in advance for sharing our dream of farming and supporting that
financially and emotionally. It can be taxing at times when Mother Nature
will not cooperate. Your cards and letters of support can really get us
through those tough days!

Thank you again for supporting this 79 year old farm,
Jacquie Monroe

ALERT: 2015 Summer Shares

Hi all! Just a reminder that new 2015 summer sign-ups will begin in January. For renewing members you will not get a sign-up form if you committed to next year’s share via your distribution center (DC). Instead, a statement will be in the mail in or around January. If you did not commit with your DC, your space is up for grabs and you will receive a sign-up form at the same time as new customers on the Monroe wait list. Space will be filled ‘first come, first served’ basis. Continue reading

Volunteers Needed TOMORROW (Sunday, Nov 9)!

Volunteers needed!

We have been so busy picking crops to put into storage for winter; we have
not been able to get the garlic ready for planting. It needs to be
separated by cloves before it can be planted. We are asking everyone to
consider joining us this Sunday at 9 and again at 1. We will be working
all day until all the garlic is separated. We ask for as many hours you
are willing to help. If you are only able to give us an hour or two, we
will take it. Those of you willing to stay most of the day can bring a
lunch and join us in the house for an hour of food and friendship!

Your help would be greatly appreciated because if we do not get this
separated, it will not get planted and we won’t have garlic next year.
Thank you in advance for your time given to the adventures of farming! As
my Grandmother used to say, “Many hands make light work!” So please plan
on spending a little time on the farm working on a very important project.

Newsletter – October 13, 2014

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Dear Friends of the Farm,

This is week 18 and you will receive Yukon Gold potatoes, onions, carrots, leeks, eggplant, cabbage or broccoli, bell peppers, specialty peppers, garlic and tomatoes (red, orange and green).

Honey: Those of you who get monthly and bi-monthly deliveries will be getting your last delivery.

Surveys: We value your opinion very much and look forward to reading all your opinions. If the majority of surveys want a quantity change, we will take a look at the size of our shares and make adjustments accordingly, if we can. Same with suggestions for new crops; if we can grow it, we will consider it! It is imperative you tell us your family size, share size and diet. It makes a difference! (If you haven’t filled yours out yet, you can download it here. You will need to print it out, fill it out, and mail it to the farm.) Continue reading

Newsletter – October 7th, 2014

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Dear Friends of the farm,

This is week 17 of an 18 week season:  You are getting Yukon Gold potatoes (Thur will get fingerling), red, white and yellow onions, carrots, leeks, specialty peppers, bell peppers, poblano and anaheim peppers, garlic tomatoes and celery. Tue will be getting their missing corn.  Were you surprised by the beans and corn last week?  Jerry tries to push the season at both ends…just in case it doesn’t freeze in May and again in September.  We had two light frosts now, the second just happening Sat. morning.  The tops of the peppers and tomato plants are showing some damage, but they are holding on. Continue reading