Dear Friends of the Farm!
Produce: This week you will be getting Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet white onions, summer squash, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, green beans, corn, a purple prudence or Golden Globe tomato and your regular tomatoes, orange honeydew and one of the three varieties of watermelon.
Listeria: (as found on the internet) is a bacterium containing six species. It is commonly found in soil, stream water (and ditch water), on plants and in food. Although it has low infectivity, it is hardy and can grow in temperatures ranging from 40 degrees (your refrigerator temperature) to 98.6 (your body temperature). Listeria can be found in uncooked meats, uncooked vegetables, unpasteurized dairy products and processed foods. Pasteurization and cooking kills the bacteria. Thoroughly scrubbing your produce & cutting surfaces and drying them off with a paper towels are recommended. This bacterium is normally targeted by a healthy immune system before it can cause an infection. But it can be dangerous for the elderly (anyone over the age of 60), pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.
2012: We registered several members for 2012 renewals at the Festival. If you didn’t get a chance to tell us you are interested in renewing your membership, please call or email to let me know. There is no obligation until you pay your fees! (I will not respond to your calls or emails!) Statements will go out in January for your 2012 Membership & Produce Fees. The biggest advantage of doing this now ~ no paperwork later!
Festival: We had the best weekend! 498 members along with 24 guests arrived with big smiles to enjoy a day on the farm! Kids enjoyed knocking down the yowling cats off the fence, knocking down milk bottles, playing Frisbee golf and running their steeds in the horse races. Adults & kids had fun exploring the farm, picking out their pumpkins, hayrides, eating great food and picking vegetables. The main event this year was the mules. Jerry Sr. used to farm with horses back in the 30’s. To celebrate our 75th anniversary, we had two teams of Belgium mules pulling a disk and a harrow. Members got to see how these animals did the “hard work” back in the day. Oh boy were these guys big! The best part of the day for me was to see Jerry’s Dad’s face when he saw those animals; we were all crying!
Contest Winners: Several entries were made in both the pickle/relish and jam/jelly divisions. Next year we will separate the relishes from the pickles. Jennifer Loper won first prize for her relish and Nicole Hines won first price & over-all best jelly. Each winner will get $25! We need to recognize Jamie Yeast for his fantastic
t-shirt design. On the front mentions Monroe Organic Farms, llc./2011 and on the back shows beet roots with the caption, “rooted in Colorado for 75 years”. Jamie will get $50 for this awesome t-shirt design for our special 19th Harvest Festival!
Thank you! We had a great big crew to help us get everything set up. Tents, tables and chairs went up in a flash! Thank you to the ladies who did all the chopping of the vegetables. All of you did a fabulous job and I loved the fact I didn’t feel you needed any supervision! Myrna (my mother) wanted to tell Robert Hartmen, Carmen Waldman and Tracy Yamashita how much she liked working with you. She said all of you had a great sense of hummer and really made the day fun for her. Thank you to everyone else who volunteered. We couldn’t do any of this without you! It was really nice that people pitched in even though they hadn’t volunteered for anything! “Extra hands make light work”, my grandmother would always say! Our cleanup crew was small, but efficient! I guess everyone wanted to see the Broncos play because we started to shut down the place at 3 o’clock. Chili roasting went on for a couple more hours, but everybody was fine with that! We just sat around and had a great conversation!
Freeze Warning: I can’t believe I am saying this, but it will freeze before we know it! We need volunteers! If you are available to come to the farm and pick vegetables at the last minute, please get on our Freeze Warning List. We normally don’t get more than a two day notice that it may freeze. Call me with your name and phone number (please do not email me for this one; I won’t be able to check email for a couple more weeks!) We try to get as much as possible picked and put into shelters so that we can extend the season as far as possible. We can get a freeze here anytime after the 20th of September! For those of you looking for another opportunity to volunteer, we have one for you!
Thank you again to everyone who came to the Festival. We had a great time showing off your farm. We look forward to seeing you next year!
Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle