Newsletter – September 29, 2014

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Dear Members,

This is week 16 of an 18 week season. You are getting Banana Fingerling potatoes, yellow, white and red onions, carrots, golden beets, leeks, squash, fennel, broccoli, bell peppers, new sweet peppers, green beans and corn. Fruit Shares are getting Red Bartlett Pears and Honey Crisp apples!

Guess what? It’s pepper time! You will be getting several types of sweet peppers every week. If this gets overwhelming for you…keep in mind they can be frozen raw! Chop to the preferred size and stick into a plastic bag and freeze. They will be ready for recipes like stir-fries, fajitas or eggs.

2015: I am asking everyone who wants to participate in the CSA next year to commit now…even if you’re not sure where you may be next year. This is the thing everyone. There is a lot of competition now among CSA’s. I am the only one that gives preference to my current members. Everyone else is ‘first come, first served’ and they send out their invitations in January. This if making it very difficult for me to get memberships filled when someone gives up their space in Feb/March. As a convenience, I will send you a statement listing your charges for everything you ordered this year for 2015. If you need to cancel fruit or honey or add fruit or honey, this can be completed in January/February. If you do not commit now, I am going to assume you may not want to rejoin the farm. You will get a second chance to renew your membership in January. But keep in mind, I am sending out invitations to new customers at the same time. The open space you left behind will be ‘first come, first served’. So don’t hesitate! Make your commitment to support this farm in 2015 now!

Fall Lambs: The first 18 lambs are going to the processor in October. Your fees need to be paid in full or you will not get your lamb. We will be sending statements for those of you who still owe a fee. A phone call will be given for a processing order to those of you who got the first 18. The next set of lambs look like they may be ready in December…maybe before Christmas and the rest in late January. Only time will tell!

2014 Survey: We cannot make this the best CSA without input from you. I am sending a detailed survey I would like everyone to fill out (SEE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE SURVEY). It is important to me to know small details about your household so we can compare what you say about your share with the size you received. Thank you in advance for taking the time to do this for us! We want everyone to be happy with their farm and we can’t make improvements without input from you!!!

GMO Debate: It has come to my attention that General Mills had a chance to eliminate GMO’s from their products and voted to not do so. If you are a GM product user, please send them a message why you think they should eliminate GMO’s from their product lines (they think you don’t know what you are objecting to). Your first line of defense is to be proactive in your food choices. Make sure all the companies you use know you don’t want to have to eliminate them from your shopping because they won’t listen to your requests!

Winter Share: It’s not too late to send in that form (or call if you can’t find one.)

Jacquie, Jerry and Kyle

Survey – click to download. Please print, fill out and return to your distribution center or mail to the farm.

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2 responses to “Newsletter – September 29, 2014

  1. *This is the only way I could figure out how to respond to the survey. When I clicked on the link it just downloaded it to my lap top. I’ve cut and pasted my responses here. *

    It would help us greatly if you would take a few moments to fill out this survey. It has been a few years since we have done a detailed survey such as this. Keep in mind each share has a specific household to feed. The following information is very important to me; please do not skip the beginning of this survey! Be blunt, we need to know what is on your mind to help better serve you. Thank you very much for your time!

    Circle one: Your Distribution Point is: Aurora; Bailey; Broomfield; Boulder at 10th, 5th or Lehigh; Centennial at Arapahoe or 470; Denver at Holly, Colfax, Quebec , Logan, Downing or Pearl; Evergreen; the Farm; Ft. Collins; Golden; Highland Ranch; Lakewood; Longmont; Louisville; Wheat Ridge at 26th or 32nd; Steamboat.

    *GOLDEN IS MY DISTRIBUTION POINT*

    2. Circle one: Which Share did you purchase? Full Share, Half Share or Single Share

    *HALF SHARE PURCHASED*

    3. How many people are you feeding? _____*_2*_Adults ____0__Children

    Your kids ages are?____________________________ *VEGETARIAN: YES * or Mixed Diet?

    4. How did Distribution work for you?

    Location: MOSTLY CONVENIENT: 15 – MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOME NEAR GENESEE PARK Convenient or Inconvenient

    Time: Convenient or Inconvenient *NOT AS CONVENIENT AS 10:30am – Noon, but doable… bummer to endure rush hour traffic to pick up share.*

    Distributor: Was always there; Did not see very often; Was never there; Could answer questions; Was very helpful; Was not helpful; Helped me to understand the vegetables I was getting; Willing to spend time with me; would hold produce so I could get it the next day; would not work with me so I could get my produce the next day. Comments:

    *ALL GOOD. I LIKED THE DISTRIBUTOR VERY MUCH.*

    5. For each vegetable below, please circle the appropriate answer as to the quantity you received.

    If you didn’t get enough/got too much, indicate how much is just right or how often you might want it:

    Basil just right *TOO LITTLE* too much __________________________*CAN NEVER GET TOO MUCH BASIL, LOVE TO MAKE & FREEZE PESTO*_____________

    Beans-green just right too little *TOO MUCH* _______________________________________ Beets *JUST RIGHT* too little too much _______________________________________

    Broccoli just right *TOO LITTLE* too much __________________*WOULD ENJOY EVERY WEEK*_____________________

    Cabbage *JUST RIGHT* too little too much _______________________________________

    Carrots *JUST RIGHT* too little too much _______________________________________

    Cauliflower just right *WAY TOO LITTLE* too much _______________________________________

    Celery *JUST RIGHT* too little too much _______________________________________

    Cucumbers *JUST RIGHT* too little _______________________________________

    Lemon Cucs just right too little *TOO MUCH JUST BECAUSE THE GO BAD FAST…took me to the end of the season to figure out that I need to wash and refrigerate immediately or the go to mush.* _______________________________________

    Eggplant just right *TOO LITTLE* too much _______________________________________

    Garlic just right *TOO LITTLE* too much _______________________________________

    Herbs just right *TOO LITTLE* too much _______________________________________

    Honeydew *JUST RIGHT* too little too much _______________________________________

    Lettuce just right *WAY TOO LITTLE* too much ____________________DID I GET LETTUCE, EVER? MAYBE ONCE. I USE 3 HEADS A WEEK AND BABY LETTUCES___________________

    Muskmelon *JUST RIGHT* too little too much _______________________________________

    Onions *JUST RIGHT* too little too much _______________________________________

    Peppers-Hot just right *WAY TOO LITTLE* too much _________________GOT JALAPENOS A COUPLE OF TIMES, DON’T REMEMBER ANY OTHERS, COULDN’T MAKE IT TO THE PARTY TO PICK MY OWN______________________

    Peppers-sweet just right *TOO LITTLE * too much ____*LOVE THE PURPLE / BLACK ONES WE GOT A COUPLE TIMES! ENJOY RED, ORANGE AND YELLOW. WONT EAT GREEN AT ALL, WAIT TO SEE IF THEY RIPEN ON COUNTER, PITCH IF THEY DONT* ___________________________________

    Potatoes just right too little *WAY TOO MUCH I PREFER TO ONLY EAT PURPLE POTATOES AND SWEET POTATOES / YAMS* _______________________________________

    Summer squash *JUST RIGHT *too little too much _____________*WE ESPECIALLY LOVED THE ZEPHYRS!*__________________________

    Sweet Corn *JUST RIGHT* too little too much ______________*MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE, BUT WOULD PREFER 2 EARS / WEEK OVER MORE WEEKS THAN 6 OR 7 EARS IN ONE WEEK*_________________________

    Tomatoes *JUST RIGHT* too little too much ______*MUCH PREFER THE HEIRLOOM VARIETIES. FAVORITES ARE YELLOW TOMATOES, CHERRY OR GRAPE TOMATOES…MAYBE DON’T WORK IN THIS CLIMATE*_________________________________

    Turnips *JUST RIGHT* too little too much ______________________________*I COULD TAKE OR LEAVE THEM, PREFER COLORFUL ROOTS._________*

    Watermelon *JUST RIGHT* too little too much ______________*_WE ESPECIALLY LOVED THE YELLOW ONES!!! COULD ENJOY THOSE EXCLUSIVELY NEXT YEAR AND NOT MISS THE RED___________________*_____

    6. Is there something you would like us to try growing? *BRUSSELS SPROUTS!!! -ALMOST NEVER AVAILABLE ORGANIC IN STORES AND WHEN IT IS ITS $7 – $9/LB!*

    *ALSO:*

    *PURPLE POTATOES, JICAMA, ANY LEAFY GREENS, DARK SALAD GREENS: TATSOI, WATERCRESS; GREENS FOR COOKING, SCALLIONS, CILANTRO, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, PURPLE BROCCOLI AND CAULIFLOWER. I BUY COLLARDS, KALE, CHARD, BABY LETTUCES, FRISSEE AND ROMAINE WEEKLY. BERRIES OF ANY KIND AND MUSHROOMS OF ANY KIND WOULD BE AMAZING. –LOVED THE RADDICHIO THIS YEAR!*

    7. Overall, how would you rate the quality of the produce you received? Above Average, Average or

    Below Average. If there was something you didn’t like about your produce, please explain:

    *OVERALL ABOVE AVERAGE. THERE WERE A FEW CARROTS THAT WERE RUBBERY ALREADY, ONE OR TWO OTHER THINGS THAT SEEMED TO HAVE GOTTEN TOO HOT OR WAITED TOO LONG SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE. GREEN BEANS ESPECIALLY SEEMED TO ALWAYS BE WILTED. -MAYBE A COOLER FOR THEM?*

    8. Overall, did the CSA model meet your expectations: If not, please explain what you were expecting:

    *BASED ON THE PREVIOUS CSA’S WEVE PARTICIPATED IN OTHER STATES, I WAS NOT EXPECTING THE AMOUNT OF DIRT ON THE PRODUCE AND TO NEED PLASTIC BAGS OR BOXES TO PUT THE MESH BAG INTO TO KEEP MY CAR/PATH TO KITCHEN CLEAN. –OF COURSE DO NOT EXPECT PRODUCE TO BE PRE WASHED, BUT IF THE LARGE CHUNKS OF DIRT COULD BE KNOCKED OFF IN THE PACKING PROCESS, THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL. I’VE LEARNED TO RINSE WITH PLAIN WATER PRIOR TO WASHING WITH VINEGAR WATER AND RINSING. -THE 3 STEP PROCESS IS NEW.*

    9. Did you receive fruit or honey? Was the quality up to your standards? Comments: THESE WERE NOT AVAILABLE WHEN I SIGNED UP. I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN ADDING HONEY SHARE IF IT IS RAW UNFILTERED HONEY.

    10. Did you check into our Facebook Page or Blog? *YES* or No Did you know members ran these for me? Yes or *NO*. Did you like using them? *YES* or No Comments: * I CHECK EVERY WEEK WHAT WE ARE GETTING. IF THERE WAS A WAY TO FIND OUT WHAT WE ARE GETTING EVEN ONE DAY SOONER WOULD BE HELPFUL. KNOWING BY THE PREVIOUS FRIDAY NIGHT WHAT THE TUESDAY CSA WOULD BRING WOULD BE IDEAL, SINCE I DO NEED TO SUPPLEMENT FROM NATURAL GROCERS OR FARMERS MARKET (I BUY LETTUCE, GREENS, RED/ORANGE/YELLOW PEPPERS, CHILIES, SWEET POTATOES, MUSHROOMS, LEMONS, LIMES) AND COULD DO THAT ON SATURDAY.*

    11. Is there anything you would like to see changed?

    *JUST THINGS ALREADY MENTIONED: MORE GREENS & LETTUCES, LESS POTATOES (UNLESS THEY ARE PURPLE OR SWEET POTATOES), LESS DIRT IF POSSIBLE, KNOWING WHAT WE’RE GETTING ON FRIDAY NIGHT IF POSSIBLE. *

    *I ESPECIALLY ENJOY AND APPRECIATE THE MORE EXOTIC ITEMS YOU PROVIDED THIS YEAR: BLACK/PURPLE PEPPERS, DARK HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, ZEPHYR SQUASH, YELLOW CAULIFLOWER, YELLOW WATERMELON, ANYTHING WITH STRIPES. IT IS EASY TO FIND ORGANIC ONIONS, POTATOES, CARROTS AND CELERY AT STORES NOW AT REASONABLE RATES. IT IS ALL OF THE OTHER ITEMS: THE RED/YELLOW/ORANGE PEPPERS, ANY GREEN OR PURPLE PRODUCE THAT WE MOST APPRECIATE FINDING IN THE CSA.*

    *BEING ABLE TO MAKE ONE TRIP TO THE FARM TO PICK (PICKLES, BASIL, CHARD, DILL) REALLY UPPED THE VALUE OF THE CSA FOR US. I WISH WE WEREN’T SO FAR AWAY SO THAT WE COULD PARTICIPATE IN ALL OF THE “YOU PICK” OPTIONS. –LOOKING FORWARD TO ASPARAGUS NEXT SEASON!*

    *I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE YOUR PROFIT MARGIN CHANGED. FOR ALL OF THE LABOR AND EXPERTISE AND CARE THAT YOU PUT INTO THE FARM, I WANT YOUR SWEET FAMILY TO BE FINANCIALLY SECURE AND YOUR RETIREMENT SECURE. FARM FINANCIAL PLANNING / MANAGEMENT IS NOT MY AREA OF EXPERTISE, BUT I BET THERE IS SOMEONE WITH THIS SKILL OUT THERE, SOME “.org” NONPROFIT GROUP THAT GATHERS POTENTIAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THE ORGANIC FARMER FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT. I’M SORRY THAT OUR GOVERNMENT ISN’T DOING IT.*

    Thank you very much for your support this year! We cannot make any changes with your CSA if we do not know about any issues. With your input, we can make this the best CSA in the State! The Monroe’s

    *THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE HARD WORK AND CARE THAT YOU PUT INTO THE FARM AND INTO SHARING ITS BOUNTY WITH US!!! WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE IT!*

  2. Jennifer L (Longmont)

    I think they want you to write in your answers and send back to them, either via mail or via your distribution center. As you probably know, Jacquie doesn’t get online (no time and poor connectivity at the farm), so she’s probably not going to see your responses here.

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