Hello Friends of the Farm!
Produce: This is week 12 out of an 18 week season. You will be getting Red Potatoes, Walla Walla Onions, golden or Chioggia beets, slicing cucumbers and lemon cucumbers, a mixture of summer squash, fennel, Edamame beans, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, green and Ivory peppers (Ivory peppers are a very pale yellow) corn, a mixture of Roma, yellow and regular tomatoes, orange honeydew, Charleston Gray or Crimson Sweet watermelon and muskmelon. Guess what everyone? The melons are all coming on at the same time – so you will be getting a lot of melons for the next couple of weeks! Edamame beans are an edible soybean and are best rapidly boiled in heavily salted water for 7 to 9 minutes. Cool slightly before eating. Just slide between teeth or shell and use in soups or a mixed veggie dish.
Well, after weeks of extremely hot weather, it has cooled off. This is wonderful for the human body, but it will slow down the maturity of crops. The perfect temperatures for tomato ripening are day-time temps below 95 and night-time temps above 65. Anytime we do not stay within those parameters, tomatoes will just sit there and wait until it gets warm enough or cool enough for them to ripen. With that in mind, we have a huge field out there waiting to be picked. They are the biggest, green tomatoes wanting desperately to be red! I feel this will still happen sometime this month. If you want to be put on the “Wail List” for tomato and pepper picking, please call me with your phone number and let me know if you can come on Sunday during the day or Tuesday/Thursday evenings or all of the above!
Festival: This is the last week to RSVP for the Harvest Festival. We will not take late RSVP’s after the 10th of September. It is mandatory to RSVP before showing up at the Festival. Here is Peg’s info again: 303-329-8506 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Peg is also scheduling volunteers. Directions to the farm are attached!
Don’t forget the Harvest Festival is a Potluck. Please bring a side dish or dessert that is at least double what you would normally fix for a family of four. We will be grilling hamburgers/hotdogs and will provide the drinks, cups, plates & utensils. The Festival starts at 11a.m. and we will be asking everyone around at 4 o’clock to help clean up. With lots of help, it normally has not taken more than 45 minutes to an hour!
Always bring extra clothes for children and shoes you do not worry about getting dirty. Expect mud somewhere on the farm. We continually water and you never know when it may rain. Be Prepared! We are an organic farm, so please expect weeds everywhere you go. Especially this year, considering all the rain we had last spring.
Winter Share: Attached you will find a Winter Share Form. It is time for us to start planning for the Winter. Depending on how many people sign up for the Winter Share; tells us how much produce we need to store. At this time you will need to order your spring and/or fall animals for 2012. Please fill out and send back by October 1st with your check for the non-refundable deposits. [NOTE: The form wasn’t attached to post here – you should get it from your distribution center when you pickup or call Jacquie.]
2012: Jerry and I have finally hit that point where we cannot continue at this pace any longer. We are considering getting a little smaller next year. We are curious to know who would be willing to give us a verbal agreement to renewing their memberships for 2012 in September/October and be billed in January for the same order as 2011 (though prices may change). Changes to your order can be made by phone in January after you receive your bill and we will fill out a 2012 Change Order Sheet. Down payments will need to be made by February 15th and you may cancel your entire order by that same date. If you do not plan on attending the Harvest Festival, please call me at the above number. We are trying to see how many shareholders are committed and where we stand on numbers. We will then decide if Distribution Centers will need to be closed, whether or not our routes will need to be changed and if we are going to continue to deliver Tue, Wed, and Thr. or just on Tue. and Thr. We have had 19 years of wonderful supportive members and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Ever since Jerry and I have met, we have been in the business of educating people about organics and building our business. We are the oldest organic farm in the state; we either helped start or attended the oldest farmers markets in the state and we are one of three of the oldest CSA’s in the state. We have done nothing else but educate and build for 27 years. But for our health, we need to make our lives a little simpler! Many of you have watched our children grow, our farm change and all of us mature into who we are today. Thank you for letting us know about your plans on being members next year.
Cooking Class: Our first cooking class was a success! Ten of us gathered for good food and wine. Wonderful ideas flowed not only from Mary Collette Rogers but from members too. This was an extremely enjoyable evening of friendship. Everyone cooked and everyone had fun. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the evening! A special Thank you to Mary Collette & Everyday Good Eating for bringing us together.
Jacquie, Jerry, Kyle and Alaina
Directions to the Farm
From Denver, the Western Slope or Pueblo:
I-25 North to I-76 East. As you continue east, don’t panic, you will be driving for a while! Last town you will go through is Hudson. Very next exit is #34 or the Kersey Rd. Take this exit, turn left. Continue north for approximately 16 miles. Turn right at Co Rd 48. You are now on a dirt road. Travel 1 ½ miles. We are on the left or north side of road. Our name & house number (25525) is on the mailbox.
From Boulder, Longmont or Lyons:
I-25 North to highway 66. Take highway 66 east to highway 85. Highway 85 north through the towns of Platteville, then Gilcrest. At next grain elevator, Co Rd 44, turn right heading east. At Co Rd 49, turn left heading north. Travel 2 miles to Co Rd 48, turn right heading east. Another 1 ½ miles to the farm on left or north side of road. Our name & house number (25525) is on the mailbox.
From Loveland or Ft. Collins:
Take highway 34 east through the city of Greeley. Must take Fort Morgan exit to continue east on highway 34. Approximately 4 miles from this exit to Co Rd 49, turn right heading south. Travel 4 miles to Co Rd 48, turn left. 1 ½ miles to farm on the left or north side of road. Our name & house number (25525) is on the mailbox.