Hello Everyone!

This is week 17 out of an 18 week season. I cannot believe how fast this year has gone by! You are getting sweet potatoes, garlic, red onions, carrots, red & yellow bell peppers, banana & jalapeno peppers, Globe eggplant, Cherokee Purple & our regular red tomatoes. The Full and Half Share will be getting muskmelon and new this week will be Zebra tomatoes. This tomato is green or greenish-yellow & striped, small and delicious!

Eggs: I was asked this week why the eggs are small. I can tell you from experience that when a new hen first starts to lay eggs, they start out small. They will get bigger over time and usually are a decent size within a months’ time. However, due to the drought, we are in new territory. I don’t know why they remain small. At least 1/3 to ½ of these hens have been laying for the last month or more! I especially expected to see a rise in laying once the temperatures cooled down, but I don’t see a huge increase yet. I’m sorry that the eggs have been such a disappointment this summer…it has not happened in so many years I can’t remember a time we couldn’t fill orders! Your Distribution Centers are keeping track and will send me a report at the end of summer to tell me what you have or have not gotten and a credit will show up on your monthly statements. Thank you for being so patient!

We are busy getting everything picked and out of the ground before it turns to concrete! We are still trying to get all the sweet potatoes out and therefore you are getting them again this week. I know, I know…you are very upset with this news! I understand several of you are getting a little overwhelmed with all the sweet bell peppers you are getting every week. Try this wonderful timesaver: Dice, cube and cut into strips, put into a zip-lock storage bags and freeze raw. This works for onions too. It is very handy come winter for all your cooking recipes. You cannot use them as a fresh pepper ~ but it sure is nice when you need to make a quick meal and they are already chopped for you!

Winter Share: For the Louisville and Broomfield area, we have found a Distribution Center in Lafayette off of Hwy 287 and S. Boulder Rd. We also have a Boulder location: the subdivision SW of Table Mesa and Broadway (behind King Soopers). Greeley and Ft. Collins will continue to pick up at the farm. I have looked at the schedule and Distribution will be on Wednesday nights as follows:
Week 1: October 31st Week 2: November 14th Week 3: November 28th
Week 4: December 12th (produce will be doubled) Week 5: skipped
Week 6: January 9th Week 7: January 23rd Week 8: February 6th
Week 9: February 20th
Winter Distribution Centers (DC) set their own hours. So you will be contacted by your DC to let you know their exact location and hours of operation (which is normally a 2 hour window & sometime in late afternoon or evening). Because it is winter and distribution is conducted in garages, it is very important you pick up your produce on time every week. Some DC may be able to hold produce until the next day, but others may not! If we are in a deep freeze, your produce may not make it. So please make arrangements for someone to pick up your produce if you cannot!

Happy Fall everyone! Jacquie, Jerry, Kyle and Alaina Monroe


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