Monthly Archives: July 2011

Newsletter

Dear Members,

We are entering into our 6th week out of an 18 week season. Hard to believe we are one-third of the way through the growing season! This week you will be getting: Yukon Gold Potatoes, white onions, carrots, cucumbers, squash, green cabbage and green beans. We will be leaving extra squash behind for those of you who may want to freeze some for the winter.

Each Distribution Center should have an Exchange Box available for everyone to use. You can take out vegetables your family doesn’t use and hopefully exchanging them for something in the box that has been left behind that you love and want more of.This is a Honey week. Only those of you who are getting honey monthly will be getting it this week. Members who purchased honey to be delivered one time – will get it next month! Clark’s Honey Farm provides us with pure, raw, unfiltered honey. In addition to being a great natural sweetener, honey has a multitude of benefits that many people don’t know about. Honey has been proven to be a natural throat soother! It is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. This makes honey a natural fit in a variety of moisturizing products including cleansers, creams, shampoos and conditioners. Honey is also a rich source of carbohydrates, providing 17 grams per tablespoon, which makes it ideal for your working muscles since carbohydrates are the primary fuel the body uses for energy. Carbohydrates are necessary in the diet to help maintain muscle glycogen, also known as stored carbohydrates, which are the most important fuel source for athletes to help them keep going. Its unique blend of natural sweeteners (from many sources of flowers) gives it the ability to provide quick energy. It does cost us 64 calories per tablespoon!

We are not getting fruit this week. First Fruit Organic Farms hopes to have a peach called Newhaven next week. It is a wonderful peach we will all be very happy with!

I want to thank each member who nominated someone for a free share from the farm this summer. We have given out 10 shares to people outside the farm and we have partially or completely donated shares to 10 people within the membership. This is a big deal to us. We do not get to “write off” these donations on our taxes, so it is a true donation from the heart. We feel it is an important part of the CSA and are grateful we have the capacity and product to do it! We love the fact that most of you also donate your shares when you go on vacation. This helps the community you live within!
Until next week!

Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle

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Newsletter

Dear Farm Friends,

Crops: This week you are getting new red potatoes, carrots, beets, red onions, garlic, cucumber, summer squash, broccoli or cauliflower and celery. Normally we do not have celery this time of year. But we are noticing that some are starting to go to flower. We think the hail may have something to do with this. We don’t want to lose the entire patch. Soooo; we are going to give you small heads of celery this week. Now this kind of celery isn’t like anything you have had from the grocery store. It is very strong tasting and is best used cooked. Dry the leaves to use as an herb for soups and stews. The celery can be chopped up & frozen. I find (for some reason I have not discovered why) the celery dries out in the freezer, so I prefer to hydrate it in boiled water before using in roasts. Some members tell me they freeze the celery in water to prevent dehydration. The broccoli or cauliflower may also be very strong tasting this time. Again the weather has had a big effect on these two crops! We need to thin out the crop of beets. For that reason, each Distribution Center may have a different kind of beet in their bags. We grow red, Chioggia and golden beets. Chioggia is an Italian beet that is either candy striped or has a bulls-eye depending on how you cut it.

Coolers: Do you have unused and unwanted coolers sitting around? Over the years, our coolers have disappeared. We deliver eggs in coolers with blue ice and if you have a large cooler you no longer need, we would be glad to take it off your hands. Please take it to your Distribution Center and they will send them on to me! Thank you!

T-shirts and Hats: We have our cookbooks and hats. T-shirts will not be ordered until we get orders in from members. We will be delivering the cookbooks this week and each Distribution Center will have a hat to show you how beautiful they are. If you are interested in ordering a hat or t-shirt, please send in your form by the end of the week. I will send out the order to the manufacturer by the end of the month!

Festival: The highly anticipated Fall Festival will be the 3rd Sunday in September, the 18th. This is a festival to thank everyone for being members of Monroe Organic Farms. It is for members only. We will have a pot-luck lunch where we will provide the hot dogs and hamburgers, games for the kids & adults, u-pick items (if available this year), chili roast, pickle and jelly contest, self tours of the farm and how about something special for our 75th anniversary? I was thinking of mules & horses working the ground out here. This way, you can see how Jerry Sr. and Grandpa Lester farmed back in the 20’s and 30’s. I am also looking into a possible pig roast as well! This is an awesome, exciting, fun day. But it cannot function without volunteers! We will need set up and tear down crew; veggie & fruit choppers; 7 to 8 people to man the Check-in Station, one hour each; 8 people to man the grill, one hour each; 4 people to clear the food table of empty dishes and keep the drink containers filled; 2 to 4 people to empty the trash and keep the bathrooms supplied; 4 people to man the t-shirt/cookbook/hat booth, one hour each; and 4 people to man the canning corner booth; one hour each giving canning advice.

We are letting you know now what it takes to keep this special event running smoothly. Take a few minutes to talk to your family and figure out how you can be involved with the Festival. Mark your calendars now so you don’t double book this date. I will give you more directions on how to RSVP next month! You don’t want to miss this!

Fields & Produce: Our fields are slowly starting to recover from the severe weather storms this spring. Everything is starting to perk up and get a pretty green color. The pepper and tomato plants are small but are getting bushy. The second planting of cucumbers will be producing in a week or two, so we will be getting more cucumbers. Jerry tells me the sweet corn and popcorn is looking pretty good. The plants are about hip high. Oooo! I am looking forward to fresh sweet corn! The melon plants are all stunted and those that died have been replanted. He says he is seeing lots of flowers and some small balls starting to form. Yea! We probably won’t have melon of any kind until the end of August or the beginning of September.

Thank you all for being so understanding and comforting during these horrible storms. Your cards and letters really make us feel you are connected to us and understand the ups and downs of farming. I’m sure many of you are experiencing the same disastrous hail storms with your gardens! We believe we have been set back by three weeks this summer.

Fruit: I received a call from First Fruits Organic Farms and they want you to know you are a priority, but they are experiencing the same cold, wet weather we are. All the fruit is at least two weeks late this year. In their last hail storm, the stones were marble sized and the cherries and plums really got it. They are hoping we will still get plums in Sept., but they will have marks in them. Peaches are coming next week. Again, you can expect some marks. They need lots of sun and warmth; just like us! Please note: no more rain dances!

Veggies: You have received all the lettuce & peas for the year. Hope you loved every bite. Greens are not our specialty, but through high demand, we grow and distribute lettuce early in the season. Isn’t it amazing to see how those heads come alive again with just a cold water bath?! We are sad to have to say goodbye to the beans for awhile. I just don’t think it is summer until the green or yellow beans are coming. I will miss them terribly and know you will too. Jerry plants beans every week in order for you to get them every week. We will get beans from later plantings. When that will be, I really don’t know. Pickling cucumbers will be producing soon. If you are interested in pickles, call me (do not email) and get on the Wail List. As soon as we see pickles we will give you a call. We will pick on Tue evenings as 6:30 and Sunday at 9am & 1:30pm. I don’t know how many pickles we will be getting or how long the patch will last, but we will try to get as many of you out here as possible, even if that means limiting the amount you pick. Alaina came up with a great way to use the round zucchini: brown sausage with onion and garlic, cook up some rice, mix it all up with parmesan cheese, stuff the squash, bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees and serve. Yum!

Have a great week! Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle

Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Farm,

This week you will be getting Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet yellow onions (some of the sweetest we have ever grown), baby carrots, kohlrabi, summer squash, cucumbers and green beans. The cucumbers and green beans you will be getting are from the first planting that got hailed on three times. You will not be getting very many and this will be the last week you get green beans for awhile. The next four plantings of tender, fragile plants were completely hailed out. We will get beans later in the season and with warm weather, a little luck & no more hail storms, hopefully the later plantings will come on early!Rain, Bugs and Chickens: We are still getting rain just about every night. Some nights we get a light sprinkle, other nights we get a down pour. I know several of you are seeing the same thing in your neighborhoods. With the rain, we are seeing an increase in grasshoppers. It seems these critters can thrive in any atmosphere. They are ferocious during droughts, but seem to be horrible during wet years too. I think we are in for some trouble from these guys. Just like last year, we may have to use our chick-mobile and move some of our chickens around to keep the grasshoppers off the crops; this means lower egg production. Chickens are temperamental. They do not like change of any sorts. So even though they are getting more protein in their diets, just the moving makes them lay less or not at all. In the end, there may be a reduction of eggs leaving the farm and will be reflected in what you receive each week.Volunteer Workdays have been cancelled for the rest of the month. Not enough people are showing up to get large projects done. Those of you who made the effort to come to the farm and give us your all; you will be receiving a credit on your account. It is not a large credit, but everything helps these days. Your credit will coincide with the size share you purchased and the price increase next year. Thank you for your hard work & time shared with the farm.Bean Bags should also need to be returned, not just the large veggie bags. We have purchased these smaller bags at a farm auction. At this time, we have not found a new source for these bags. Once we are out, we will be out! So the return of these bags (without any residue crops inside) is very important!

Your veggie bags will not have the variety we normally would have this time of year. Mother Nature is playing hard ball and we are working with her as best we can! Hang in there, we have a bunch of wonderful crops growing and maturing! Don’t you just love the taste of everything so far?! Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle

Newsletter – and T-Shirts and Hats!

Dear Friends,

Crops: This week you will be getting new red potatoes, sweet white onions, beautiful white turnips, white or red kohlrabi (or both), fantastic fennel, scrumptious squash, red, green and magenta leaf lettuce and delicious snow peas. Fennel can add some WOW to your coleslaw or salads and several members have told me they lay fennel under or over roasts and fish. I made a fabulous stir-fry with turnips, peas, onion, garlic and squash by adding a sprinkling of oregano and dill weed herbs! Yum!!

Egg Cancellation: I will need a 48 hours notice on any egg cancellation this year. Please call me, do not email me this information. I will not receive it to change the paperwork for the Working Members. Please remember – the internet is spotty here and email is a part of that!

Field Update: Crazy thing weather can be. There were parts of this farm that did not get as much hail as other parts. That is why your early lettuce was a little shredded and the lettuce you see this week and last week looks pretty good! The homeplace (where Jerry’s Dad lives) did not get any hail. Your potatoes, beets, carrots, turnips and some onions are coming from that farm this year. Some crops are starting to recover from the storms and others are still really struggling.

The melons and tomatoes were re-plated two times. To look at these rows of crops really comes across as strange. There are three different size plants all in the same row. The slicing cucumbers and pickles are starting to recover, but there will not be much. I’ll bet you we will not see pickles until August or Sept. if at all. They were just about hailed completely out. Jerry is leaving those that survived to see what will happen. Dried beans were hailed out. This means we will not have those delicacies this winter. The green beans and sweet corn were set back but looks like they have recovered. One thing nice about these two crops, we plant them every week in order to harvest them every week. Just the first 4 plantings were affected!

Produce Fees: You should receive your next statement within the week. Half of your total on your statement is due by July 15th. A $15 late fee will be applied by July 30th if we do not get a timely payment. For those of you who are making monthly payments, please keep doing so!

Cookbooks: I am sorry about the delay in the cookbooks. My timing was obviously off! We will not get those until the end of the month or so. I will get them out to you just as soon as I get them from the printer!

Hats and T-shirts: I just got a notification from the hat maker that the hats are being shipped to me as we speak. I hope to have them in a week or two. (They cannot give me a definitive date at the moment.) I will get a picture of that hat to Michele who updates the blog for me. You will also be able to view the t-shirt on the blog (SEE ABOVE!). It will be redesigned to say 2011 and ‘rooted for 75 years’ and will be printed on a green shirt. We decided to withhold having a t-shirt contest this year because as far as I’m concerned; this one takes first prize for our special 75th anniversary this year! We all need to thank Jamie Yeast for this design! Please find an order form on the back for both items! (NOTE: Print out this blog post if you are receiving the newsletter via the blog to order!)

We hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July!

Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle

25525 CR 48 July 3, 2011
Kersey, CO 80644 970-284-7941
http://www.monroeorganicfarms.wordpress.com

All t-shirt and hat proceeds will go into a fund to finance produce donations to families who need health and financial assistance. Thank you for caring about our not so fortunate neighbors! Each item sells for $12 each. T-shirts will be printed when we get a total order number from you our members. We will deliver them to your Distribution Center.

Name_________________________________
Distribution Center________________________

Monroe Organic Farms 75th Anniversary Hats
How many?___________

Monroe Organic Farms 75th Anniversary T-Shirts
How many and what size?

Youth:
Small ______
Medium ______
Large ______

Women:
Small ______
Medium ______
Large ______
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Men:
Medium ______
Large ______
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2 XL ______

Totals
_____ Hats at $12 __________
_____ T-shirts at $12 _________
Grand TOTAL $___________

I have included check #_________
or Please bill me. _________

Please return by July 22nd!