Dear Friends of the farm!
This week you are not getting any potatoes, which I know many of you are getting tired of. You will be getting white onions, purple carrots, eggplant, cucumber, squash, fennel, cabbage, sweet peppers, hot peppers, beans, tomatoes and honeydew melon.
We are nearing the end of our season and the plants have worked hard to produce fruit and vegetables for us. They have been stressed all season from the crazy month of May they had to endure. So you will find your bag will be getting smaller. Corn is done for the year; cucumbers, squash and eggplant are just barely producing anything now. Melons are almost done too. We were afraid it might be either a light year or a short year; and it looks like we got a little of both. This was a learning year for us, because even the old timers could not remember a spring like this last one!
Tomatoes: Just a reminder; if you are interested in picking a box of tomatoes for canning or freezing, please call me with your name and phone number. I will add you to a wait list. We still do not know if there will be any to pick, but if there is (hopefully in Oct.) we will call and set up appointments.
Harvest Festival: Wow! Thank you for such a great turnout for the Harvest Festival. We believe there were around 375 to 400 people that came. Many of you have been members for 10 to 15 years and it was your first time to the festival. I am so glad you came by! It appeared everyone had a super good time.
It was a comfortable sunny day at a perfect 87 degrees. The side dishes and desserts were absolutely wonderful! Chili roasting got started early and didn’t stop until 5 o’clock! Everyone was wonderful about helping set up and volunteer all day long. Clean-up was a snap with all the helping hands! Thank you very much, everyone!
I do want to shout out to two special young people that jumped in when we really needed help. Unfortunately I did not get their names, but a young lady helped out at the check-in station when our first set of volunteers did not show up and she ran the booth a long time completely by herself. The second person was a young man who stepped in and helped grill when we had a missing Master Griller. Myrna (my mother) wanted to say thank you to you personally, but you disappeared before she had a chance. She said for your age, you were excellent on the grill! (She wants you back next year!) And thank you to the mother and son team who stepped in and kept up with the drink station when absolutely not one volunteer showed up. It was just hot enough that it kept you busy all day!
To the musician, Erik Gilbertson; everyone loved your music and commented on your choice of music and your voice. To Kate Hartman; your face painting was excellent and the kids couldn’t wait to show me their faces. I think both parents and kids thought you were an excellent addition to the festival. Thanks to both of you for sharing your talents and time. It is simply amazing the creative people we have in our membership!
The kids loved the horse races and we had some terrific designs this year! Everyone was very inventive. There was one that was super charged with a rocket booster on the back and a monster face on the front, another from cardboard and spray painted towels made into the shape of a beautiful black horse plus several horses were made of socks. All were absolutely wonderful.
The corn-shucking contestants were a blast to watch! We have some darn good shuckers out there!!!
Pickle and Jelly contests were quite competitive this year. In the Pickle/Relish category Tatiana MacDuff’s Hot Dill Pickles (from Aurora) and Valerie Wilsons’s Zucchini Relish (from Longmont) tied for first place. Hands down the winner for Jams & Jellies was JoAnn Peterson (from 470 & Quebec) with her Pear Ginger Lime jam. Certificates of Achievement plus a $20 award will be given to each. Hope everyone got a chance to get over there and taste them for yourselves. Simply delicious!!
The hayrides to the pumpkin patch went off without a hitch. This is one activity I think everyone looks forward to! There were lots of goodies to go home with and they were easy to get to this year. (I’m not sure if Jerry planted it that way, or if it just worked out that way!). The raspberry patch produced many beautiful raspberries and everyone went home with a full pint.
I’m sorry if you were not able to join us this year. It was simply a great party and I think everyone had fun running around the farm!
Thanks again to all the volunteers. So many of you pitched in, it made set-up and break-down extremely easy. Many of you pitched in during the day when other volunteers did not show up. Thank you, thank you. You have no idea how much that is appreciated!
Lost & Found: A green and white bowl was left behind along with a pie server and a slotted spoon. We also found a pair of sunglasses. If you give me a call, I will be happy to return your items to your Distribution Center and you can pick them up there.
It was so good to see everyone this weekend. Hope you all had a blast; I know we did! And for those of you who could not come; I hope you can join us next year!
Jacquie, Jerry and Kyle