Newsletter – August 16, 2016

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Dear Members,

This week you will get Yukon Gold potatoes, white onions, garlic, red beets, squash, Japanese or Nubia eggplant, bell peppers of various colors, basil and a mixture of tomatoes; beef steak and heirloom.

Fruit: Allstar peaches from Rancho Durazno. They are a free-stone, classic eating peach with good flavor.

Week 2 after the storm: Well, how can I describe this for you? It smells funny here! Broken melons are turning to vinegar and everything that was damaged is rotting. Some places of the farm are brown where a sea of green should be. It is very hard to see the farm in this shape. Amazing how mad Mother Nature can get!!

What is surprising is what we have been able to find that is still good to eat! The summer squash has recovered a bit and we are picking those for you now. It looks like some eggplant has survived as well as the basil. Tomatoes that have not been crushed to death are continuing to ripen on the vine.

The bad news is we had to let two employees go and the two summer interns. This was a very sad day for us. It is difficult to find employees and to have good ones you have to send away is crazy hard to do.

Kyle and Sam made a wonderful farm dinner and we sat down with the interns and tried to get some closure on the season for them. They were gracious and learned a tremendous lesson about farming: It’s not easy, it’s hard work, there are long days, it can be very rewarding and when you least expect it; things can go wrong!

Harvest Festival: Please come help us celebrate 80 years of being a continuous organic farm. We are so proud to be able to say we have always been organic and now a four generation farm! The plan is to continue with the festival because it is our way of thanking you for being members and supporting this farm, the employees and your farmers. We will be doing this on September 18th which is a Sunday. Hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and your utensils will be provided. We ask you to bring the side dishes. A member of the farm is having a large sheet cake made to commemorate our 80th anniversary. I would say we only need gluten free deserts brought to the picnic.

Until we get closer to the date, I cannot tell you for sure if we will have U-pick hot peppers, tomatoes or raspberries. I can tell you for sure we will not have anything else available! We will have hayrides to the pumpkin patch (Jerry will purchase organic pumpkins for the occasion) and a few murals will have been painted by then for picture taking and there will be face painting, corn shucking contest, stick horse races (please bring your best steed) and games on the front lawn. We hope to have a new game available where families compete by loading up dad with pumpkins and he tries to carry them to a finish line. The winner gets to keep all the pumpkins he can carry! Mark your calendars to keep this day open. We plan on having a ton of fun!!

Have a wonderful week!

Jerry, Jacquie, Kyle and Sam

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