Newsletter: September 7, 2010

Dear Friends of the Farm,

This is week 12 of 18. We have six more weeks of deliciousness heading your way! You will be getting red potatoes, red onions, carrots, cucumber, squash, mixed colored bell peppers, eggplant, muskmelon, honeydew, green beans and tomatoes this week. New crops will be Roma tomatoes and Edamame beans. Boil these beans in heavily salted water for 8 minutes. Eat, shelled, hot or cold. Add to stir-fries, soups, salads and stews. They are easy to eat as a snack, just slide shells through your teeth and they pop out!

First Fruit will be sending fruit again this week. They preferred to wait a week, but their white peaches, called Blushing Star, are ripe and ready to pick. They do not last long, so they decided to send them to you this week. They will have pock marks from an earlier hail storm. Watch these areas carefully; this is where mold can start to grow. You will also get half a box of apples called Akane. They are an early Jonathan. These apples are really good for cooking and juicing. Chris at First Fruit described them as “spicy and juicy”. Heads up! Honey Crisp Apples will be in the next delivery, which we hope will be in two weeks.

It is only three weeks until our Annual Harvest Festival. Two winners have been chosen by the membership in our t-shirt design contest. It was a dead heat between “rooted in Colorado” and “colorful veggies”. Congratulations to both of you. Now a decision needs to be made! Since our 75th anniversary is coming up next year, we thought we would leave “rooted in Colorado” for next year. I think that is a very neat play in words and perfect for what we want to convey for 2011. (We will still have a t-shirt design contest for the 2011 Festival.) For 2010, we will be using the “Colorful Veggie“design. Our Merchandise Committee is working on getting a “store” set up so that you can purchase anything you want. I don’t know the facts, but I’m hoping you can pick your own color of t-shirts, hats, bags, etc.

I will be sending Winter Share forms to the Distribution Centers this week. Included is an option to purchase eggs, beef, lamb or pork. Eggs can be purchased without ordering a Winter Share. We are only offering this to our current members at this time. Please do not ‘pass on’ the information to anyone else. We want to fill the demand for Winter Shares and meat within our Membership before we offer this to others outside the Membership.

We are looking for Winter Distribution Centers (WDC) in a few areas. If you are interested in more information, please contact me…by phone…and I will be glad to go over all the information about being a WDC. Produce needs to be protected from the weather; garages are required! There is a need in Broomfield and one in Denver, east of I-25. All other WDC’s are covered and here are their locations:

Aurora: I-225 and Mississippi
Boulder: Arapahoe and Foothills Parkway
Centennial: Arapahoe and Broadway
Denver- West: Sheridan and Colfax
Ft. Collins: Harmony and Shields
Greeley: at the farm
Lakewood: Alameda and Union

Having a Distribution Center on the West side of I-25 was a huge hit with those members who have been driving over to the East side for years. However! Those of you driving to the West side last winter sure did let me have it! With that in mind; we have a Distribution Center set for West Denver at Sheridan and Colfax. We need a Distribution Center on the East side of I-25 somewhere between Colfax & Alameda and Santa Fe and Downing. If you live anywhere around this box, please call me and we can talk!

Broomfield is another location that we would like to have a WDC. Someone showed an interest last spring…but I’ll be darn if I remember who I was talking to. We would be interested in something easy to get to from Hwy 36, but we will consider anything. Please contact me if you are interested in working with the farm this winter as a WDC for the Broomfield area.

It was nice to have a cooler day to enjoy this week. Boy, didn’t if feel cold? I changed clothes three times before I was comfortable! This weekend we get to enjoy the 90’s again. We hope everyone got to enjoy at least a three day holiday, if not four!

Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle Monroe


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