This has been the craziest week of up and down weather for Colorado. The Denver Metro area has been hit hard in areas with heavy rain. Meanwhile, here at the farm the sun never left the sky! The humidity has been a killer though! Rainstorms have passed us on the south (from Boulder) and storms have passed us to our north (from Ft. Collins); but no direct hits. We actually don’t mind not getting the rain this time of year. If we do not get rain, we are guaranteed not to get hail too! This is a very good thing!!
New Crops this week are Chioggia beets, patty pan squash (a round disk shaped squash, great on the grill), Ivory bell peppers, white flesh honeydew and white sweet corn. I know we have been giving you a lot of corn lately. Because the weather has been so warm, several plantings are coming on at the same time. We are giving it to you now because you may not get it later. Corn is very easy to freeze. Cook it the recommended three minutes, cool and cut off cob directly into a shallow pan. Scoop the corn into a plastic freezer bag. Pinch out as much air as possible before sealing. Your tummy will be very happy this winter when you pull out a bag of corn for dinner! It will taste so much better than anything you get fresh or frozen in the grocery store!
Some of you may say you don’t like honeydew melon. This may be true if the only honeydew you have ever eaten is from restaurants or grocery stores. This melon happens to be the sweetest melon we grow. It is picked when it is at its peak of ripeness. It will be soft, but that is just the way it is supposed to be. Be careful how much you eat, it can give you a sugar headache!
Now that you are getting several pieces of produce you will need to pick out yourselves, we are asking that you take a variety of sizes. This way, the last few members at the end of the day do not get the smallest ears of corn or the smallest tomatoes, etc. Please be considerate of all the members at your Distribution Center!
This is a reminder for members competing in the t-shirt design contest that you have one more week to turn in your designs. Make sure you contact Jan Coffelt at firstname.lastname@example.org so that she knows you are a contestant! She will have detailed information on how to send her your design.
I still have one payment made by someone with the last name of Bates that is not attached to any member of the farm. It is a substantial amount of money! If this sounds like someone connected to you, please call so that we can transfer the payment to the correct member account.
Please continue to bring back your empty bean bags, vegetable bags and egg cartons. We do need you to completely empty them of beans and onion skins. If necessary, please shake them outside to get everything out!
Have a great week!
Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle