Newsletter – August 20

Dear Friends of the Farm,

This week you are getting red potatoes, Walla Walla onions, white carrots, white turnips, red cabbage, slicing and lemon cucumbers, summer squash, purple and green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, green beans, corn Brandywine, Black velvet and slicing tomatoes, orange flesh honeydew and Charleston Gray watermelon.

This will be the last week to get Walla Walla onions.  They are not holding up to the heat and we need to give what we have to you now before they all go bad!  They are a very fragile, sweet, fresh market onion and are a little temperamental!

Chili Peppers:  I am starting a Wait List for chili peppers.  It looks like they may be ready within the next two weeks.  When you see them in your bags, it is a good sign they are ready for picking in larger quantities!  Each member will be allowed to pick one tray of peppers and can have them roasted for $5.  It takes the same amount of propane to roast a whole tray as a half tray, so expect to pay the same!

Fruit:  This week the Fruit Shares will be getting Blushing Star peaches.  This peach is a white peach and has a delicate and purfumy taste.  You are also getting an Akane apple.  It is the first apple to be harvested and is very similar to a Jonathan!

Jacquie’s Soapbox:  We just received another blow about the water situation in the NE part of the state.  Because the Metro area is buying up so much of water in Weld County (& beyond), the City of Greeley is now worried about their water situation.  They have announced they intend to start new water projects and drying up farmland for their water needs too.  I think a lot of people assume that cities are as concerned about preserving our farmland as consumers.  It is assumed farmers will always be here and water will be available for farming.  But this is simply not true!

My brother~in~law just spent two days on a tour of farmland that has been dried up by the City of Thorton in the late 1990’s and the reclamation back into native grasses.  Twelve thousand acres were purchased and eight thousand has been dried up for city consumption.  They intend to dry up the other four thousand acres in the next ten years.  As consumers of both food and water, we need to ask about the necessity of landscaping the islands between our roadways & highways and the grassy areas around government buildings & institutions.  My local Post Office waters their grass so much it is a swamp to walk through it.  When I ask them about it, they simply tell me it’s on a timer and they are following the water restrictions for this area, (which means they can water three days a week).  I don’t know.  But I have to tell you I am perplexed.  No one seems to care that the farmers always are the last ones to think about during hot periods…just as long as we can water that beautiful landscaping!        P.S.  I hate those signs that say, “Well Water”.  Like that water is free and there are no consequences for using up water in the aquifer.   Non–palatable water is different.  That is reclaimed water that came from your sewers.  You wouldn’t want to drink that anyway.  But did you know that Douglas County and one other county (can’t remember now) are thinking of doing just that?  Douglas County does not have any renewable water sources and they have to purchase water from somewhere else and bring it in for consumer consumption.  The Denver Metro area is one of the largest purchasers of farmland water.

Thanks for your ear!

Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle Monroe

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3 responses to “Newsletter – August 20

  1. Why not send that good letter into the Denver Post so more people can read it, Jacquie. Or, how about talking about it on Colorado Matters show on KCFR radio station. It needs to have a larger soap box, as you call it. Here is the Suggest a Topic page for Colorado Matters: http://www.cpr.org/article/legacy-kcfr-95#load_article|legacy-cpr-32

    Just an idea,
    Becky

  2. Jacquie~ Jim Dallke here (a voice from the past and your very first CSA season, if I remember correctly) agreeing whole-heartedly with your dire assessment of water waste and depletion. The irony of Weld County’s situation is that it is the LARGEST host area for hydraulic fracturing in the entire state (gobbling up anywhere between 3 to 45 MILLION gallons of water per drill site); AND this form of energy extraction continues on through our state of drought with full approval of the governing bodies of Colorado. It doesn’t make much sense for our farmlands to produce both food and fuel when one certainly wastes (and pollutes) far more precious water than the other. I encourage your readers to get acquainted with a fracking info web site or two. Pro or Con, these view points have far reaching effects on our Colorado waters’ future that go well beyond Monroe Farms, the City of Greely, or the northeast quandrant of the state. We all live downstream, my friends.

  3. I made this melon sherbet this week with my muskmelons. It was delicious, pretty, and healthy! http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/000365.html

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