Newsletter: July 16, 2012

Dear Friends,

This week you are getting Banana Fingerling Potatoes, Walla Walla onions, sweet carrots, green cabbage, summer squash, cucumbers, celery and garlic. This variety of celery is not the same kind you purchase in the grocery store. Most people do not like to eat this raw…it is pretty powerful! It is more of an herb. It packs a punch and will add tremendous flavor to anything you cook.

Your Produce: The heat is taking a toll on all the produce. Water is an issue. Jerry waters one day and it will be a muddy mess. The very next day it will be dry on top. The following day the ground is hard as a rock! We have never seen it like this before and we can’t water every crop twice a week. Since the majority of our produce comes from tropical plants, they are suffering! This is why you are not getting as much green beans as you would normally get. The sweet corn isn’t growing very fast and the raccoons are eating it before it matures. We are giving you as much as we can! But it appears this season is going to be a tough one for certain crops!

Fruit: We will not be getting any fruit this week. Next week, First Fruits will bring the full boxes of apricots and possibly peaches. The peaches are slow ripening, so there is that chance that you will only get your additional order of apricots! Since they are not delivering the apricots this week, you can still order a full box for jam or drying. Please contact your DC (Distribution Center) ASAP!

Pickles: I’m so sorry about the pickles. I kind of jumped the gun on that! Jerry tells me we will not have pickles for a couple more weeks. They were planted three weeks after the slicing cucumbers. I still have you all on my pick list and will call you just as soon as that field produces!

Beef, Lamb and Pork: We are completely sold out on lamb and pork, but there are still two steers available. A quarter is $500 plus processing and a half is $1000 plus processing. If you are interested in a quarter or half of beef, call me and let me know. These animals will not be ready for processing until the end of December or the beginning of January.

Fees: At this time your membership fee & deposits should be paid as well as half of your produce, fruit and honey fees. If we do not see that a minimum of half of your fees are paid, there will be a $25 late fee added to your statement at the end of this month.

July 22 Social Cooking Class: We will gather at the farm at 4pm. BYOW if you would like. Come prepared to cook!

Jacquie’s Soapbox: The resent fires across our state have been shocking and devastating. We may not own homes in these places, but can sympathize with them. We all love our wild mountain areas! I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose everything! Or even be on the verge of having to evacuate!

I have been talking a lot about water. With our current shortage of water, how do the fires affect those with water rights in those reservoirs? We already have a shortage and all the water companies are threatening to shut off our ditches early. I wonder how much water was taken from those reservoirs. How does that affect the farmers? Don’t get me wrong…I am glad those reservoirs were available. But thousands of gallons of water were used to put out those fires. All of this taken from the farmer, who, (more than likely) would not be able to water his fields for the entire summer anyway. Just thought I would plant a seed… We don’t always think about where water comes from, we are just so happy it is there when we need it!

Have a good week!

Jacquie, Jerry, Kyle and Alaina

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