Newsletter – August 26, 2013

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Dear Members,

This is week 11 of an 18 week season. You could find in your bags Yukon Gold potatoes, yellow cooking onions (not the sweet Walla Walla’s), carrots, squash, regular cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, Globe eggplant, bell peppers, red, yellow, & Black Velvet tomatoes, basil and corn.

If you have a honey or fruit share, you will be getting that this week too! You will be getting a 17pound box of peaches. Suncrest will be the bottom layer and Sierra Rich will be on top. The skins are easily removed for canning or freezing if they get ahead of you. You can find a helpful reference on my website under “food storage guide”. My favorite breakfast is sliced peaches with blueberry or vanilla yogurt with a little granola on top. Makes a nice dessert too!

Festival: We will need an RSVP from everyone who plans on attending the festival on September 22nd. To provide the correct amount of burgers and hotdogs, we need a head count. Please verify how many adults and how many children will be coming. We will also need to know if you are a vegetarian and want a veggie burger. Please RSVP no later than September 14th. This is our way of thanking you for your support. We would appreciate it if guests were kept to a minimum. There will be a $10 charge per guest; adults and children.

Don’t forget that this is a pot-luck picnic. We would appreciate it if you would double the amount of food you would normally fix for your family. There is a need for side dishes and desserts too! All your utensils, cups and drinks as well as food from the grill will be provided.

There will be a corn shucking contest, stick horse race, mules pulling antique equipment, games on the front lawn, jam/jelly contest (bring your best and see how it judges!), pickling contest (what have you tried to pickle?), farm self-tour and possibly an apple press.

There will not be a u-pick opportunity at this time.

Winter Share: Members have been calling asking about the condition of the crops for the Winter Share. The root crops were not as affected by the hail as the above ground crops. At this time, it appears the Winter Share will be unchanged. Carrots and beets are a little smaller than normal for our Summer Share, but we have two months left of growth for the Winter Share!

Thank you: The cards and letters we have been getting along with your payments are very inspiring. I cannot stress how much your support means to us! I look forward to opening our mail and reading the positive responses and encouragements. We are invested in the farm with our hearts and souls…as I can see many of you are too! Thank you.

Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle

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