Dear Winter Friends; Welcome to the first week of Winter Distribution, and it’s a doozy!!!
This week you are getting Spaghetti squash, Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, red beets, orange carrots, fennel, red, white & yellow onions, gourds, garlic, celery, leeks, green and red tomatoes, black beans and lettuce (with a little bit of spinach)!
Unfortunately we do not have our usual supply of tomatoes and peppers that seem to flow into winter. This year, because of the long, harsh, wet spring; the plants struggled to keep producing fruit. They are expiring due to old age! What little they are producing you will get this week. Anything after this week will be going to a farmers market.
Through experimentation and experience (Jerry always tells me he has yesterdays experience) he plans on giving you the majority of the sweet potatoes, winter squash and lettuce by the end of December. He is afraid it will not store into January or February. So please enjoy while we have it! And if we can keep any of it into the later months, we will try.
You will only get lettuce, fennel & celery as long as we do not get too hard of a freeze or several days of freezing in a row. Celery & fennel can be stored long term by dicing and placing in an ice cube tray, adding water and freeze. Pop out and store in a plastic bag or container. The leaves can be dried and stored in a glass jar. Use as any other herb in recipes. Delicious in soups and stir-fries!!!
Dates of Delivery: Here is a list of dates we will be delivering produce this season: November 4th & 18th, December 2nd & 16th, January 13th & 27th, February 10th & 24th. We will not be delivering produce on Dec. 30th. Instead you will be getting two bags on Dec. 16th. This gives you the opportunity to have extra produce for the holiday and gives us a much needed break in the middle of winter!
Something of Interest: I was giving a tour of the farm last week and something came up I wanted to share with you. Jerry was asked about the challenges of farming at high altitude. He explained that he didn’t quite know because he has never farmed anywhere else! But he did say that most farmers regardless of where they farm have similar challenges. One of the very most important in Colorado is our water issue. Do you realize that 62% of our nation’s food comes from other countries? The Denver Metro area has already admitted they do not have enough water to service all the people that will need water in the next 10 to 20 years. They are expecting 2.4 million new people will need housing, water and other services. One half to two thirds of those people are our own children becoming adults and having kids of their own. The rest are moving into the state. If we do not become proactive in saving our farms, where will your food be coming from? The Metro area is buying up water from NE Colorado like it doesn’t matter. And their plan is to continue to purchase water until they have dried up 400,000 acres of land. Just in the last ten years they have dried up 100,000 acres of farmland between Fort Collins and Sterling. We need a guaranteed amount of water to stay on farms. Be vocal and talk to your family, friends, co-workers and your legislature about our water & supporting local farms!
Quote: “The future belongs to those of us who are still willing to get our hands (shoes and clothes) dirty.” Unknown
Jacquie, Jerry and Kyle Monroe