Newsletter – August 24, 2015

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Dear Friends,

This week you are getting red potatoes, garlic, white onions, purple carrots, cabbage, squash, Nubia eggplant, cucumber, green pepper, purple bell peppers, green beans, red tomatoes and possibly some assorted heirloom tomatoes (yellow, Cherokee Purple, Tie-Dye, or Black Velvet), orange honeydew, muskmelon and Crimson Sweet watermelon. Nubia is a beautiful white eggplant with flecks of magenta throughout the fruit. Use this as you would any other eggplant. The purple, tie-dye and black tomatoes will have some green in them. They are ready to eat right now, but will continue to turn if you let them. (They will also get very soft!)

Honey is coming for the Monthly and Bi-monthly customers. One time delivery will be in September due to the cold and rainy May. The bees are behind in making their favorite meal! We will deliver on September 14th.

Festival: Please continue to RSVP to Peg Lehr about volunteering or attending the festival. Her contact info is wrdwrrior@comcast.net or 303-320-5706. The festival is September 20th from 11 to 4. She will need to know the number of adults, kids and guests and if anyone is a vegetarian and will want a Boca burger. (Guests will be charged $10 per person, three and under are free!)

2015 Fees: All fees are due in full by September 1st for your vegetable, fruit and honey shares. We have always tried to make this CSA as easy as possible to pay for. We do not ask for 100% of your fees up front, which is how most CSA’s work across the US. We have divided your fees into three installments between the membership fee due early in the spring and your produce fees due on July 15th and September 1st. If you cannot pay your fees in full at this time, please call me and let me know. We plan on discontinuing delivering shares for those customers who have not paid in full starting the week of September 7th.

Winter Share: You will find a link to a downloadable sign-up form for the winter share, beef, pork & lamb at the bottom of the newsletter. Deadline to return this form (done via snail mail!) is September 30th. The Winter Share will begin the first Wednesday in November (4th) and will continue every-other-week until February 24th. We skip the December 30th delivery and give you two bags on the 16th. This way, if you are hosting Christmas, you will have plenty for the party!

Jacquie’s Soapbox: Here is an issue that I think gets to everyone at one time or another: Being on time. I don’t think anyone really thinks about this unless you run a business and have to wait on people when they make an appointment with you. Or if you have a dinner party and you are waiting to serve a delicious dinner and it will be spoiled if a couple of guests do not arrive soon. I understand with all the construction happening that it is really hard to know how long it may take to get somewhere. But listen folks: All of you are big on computers and your I-phones. Members are constantly asking me to arrive in the 21st century and do everything on line. And yet, I wait. Are you telling me you cannot do a little research and find out if there is traffic congestion or construction zones before you decide to leave? This is not only an inconvenience for me but for everyone else that is waiting to do their u-pick veggies too. My day does not end when everyone goes home. I have to go with Jerry to determine what will be picked for distribution, make a list, decide how much we can give based on the production in the field and calculate how much is needed and make a picking outline for our crew. I also recount each pouch from Saturday farmers market and make change for the next weekend. Once the Sunday markets are over and people have returned, I count those pouches too. Please keep this in mind the next time you come to visit. It is always preferable to be early than to be late!

Thank you for hearing me out!
Jacquie, Jerry and Kyle

Winter Storage Share Form 2015

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