Dear Friends of the Farm,
This is week 15 out of an 18 week season; only 4 weeks left… Goodies you should get are Walla Walla onions, red beets, daikon radish, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, bell & jalapeno peppers, broccoli, cauliflower (either cheddar or purple), tomatoes, corn (there is a possibility not everyone will get it) and either muskmelon or orange flesh honeydew.
We are done with watermelon for the season, but the late season cauliflower and broccoli are on! Yay!! We really try to get these crops to come on at different times so we can spread out the goodness. But this is such a crazy year! Even though we planted these crops two weeks apart, you are getting them both this week.
Daikon Radish is used a lot in Asian cooking and its good raw or cooked. It can be hot and spicy or it can be sweet. Shred it and add it to your next stir-fry to at a little kick to your meal! It is also excellent pickled or fermented. It’s extremely good for you!!! Take some time to look up recipes for this special radish!
September 11th & September 12th are two dates that will stick out in our memories. No one will forget for a very long time, where they were when the towers fell. It was a Tuesday & we were doing distribution under the big willow trees at the home place. Shock was in all our minds and on our faces. A member drove his car over and turned on the radio so we could all hear what was going on.
September 9th-12th is a special time in Colorado history because five years ago we had historic rain that created flooding in neighborhoods across the Front Range. Streets became raging rivers and water filled homes. Aurora & Lyons both received 15 inches of rain in that time period and many other cities and towns along the Front Range were right behind them. Estes Park and Lyons were cut off from the rest of us and people had to be evacuated by helicopter out of Lyons. It was literally an island! Both roads to Estes Park were heavily damaged. The last of the construction on Hwy 34 west of Loveland will be completed this year.
But what was not talked about much was where all that water went. It all converged in Greeley! The South Platte and the Poudre rivers join in Greeley and become one river. There was so much stuff floating down the river; such as cars, propane tanks, wood, trash and lots of junk. It would crash into the bridges and sometime get stuck there. Authorities were so worried about bridges coming down that no one was allowed to cross them. And due to flooding, I-25 was shut down, off & on, for days. Greeley was cut off too! It was weeks before the bridges could be inspected & approved for travel. To get to Greeley we traveled south to Ft. Lupton, went west to I-25, and then headed north and east again on Hwy 34 into Greeley. What would normally take 15 minutes took 45 minutes to an hour!
This was a trying time for just about everyone. Basements needing to be pumped out, items sorted through and cleaned up or discarded, drywall had to be removed and the drying out process began. Some farms in the Boulder area lost all their topsoil and other farms down river were buried in it. This was considered a 500-1000 year flooding episode. Let’s hope they are right!
Some good news: September 23rd is right around the corner and I can hardly wait! Thank you all for your generosity! The Farm to Table Dinner is filled and the Go-Fund-Me account is climbing!!