This is week 11 out of an 18 week season. You are getting red potatoes, Walla Walla onions, carrots, squash, cucumbers, lemon cucumbers (simply eat like a cucumber), green, purple and jalapeno peppers, green beans, beefsteak tomatoes, Cherokee Purple (heirloom) tomato, muskmelon, honeydew and the Half & Full shares will get watermelon.
A few members are commenting about how much produce you are receiving this year. What a horrible problem to solve!! There is a reason we are giving you a lot of produce. Last year we had a devastating hailstorm on July 29th that took out 75 to 80 percent of the farm. We quit all but Boulder farmers market and retained that produce for our members along with whatever we could pick during the week. Distribution continued throughout the summer, but with much fewer variety & quantities. We want to show our appreciation for our past members support for not leaving the CSA by giving you a greater selection as well as a nice quantity of produce. We love you all! Thank you for sticking this out with us! This is a good time to check out our canning and freezing guide on our website!!! (By freezing as you go, you will reduce the cost of your share by sliding it into winter!)
Seed Saving: Watermelon seeds need to be rinsed and dried, then placed in an envelope and taken to your distribution center, we will collect from them. Plastic bags will make the seeds mold and we will not be able to use them!
Fruit: You are getting a large box of peaches called Zee Lady and a bag of pluots this week. A pluot is a cross between a plum and apricot… simply delicious! Zee Lady are known for their great texture and flavor…soon to be your favorite!
A reminder as to why you are getting your fruit is such large quantities! The fruit growers on the Western slope had a hard freeze at the end of April and again in the first half of May. Their trees were well on their way to blooming or in full bloom. The freeze reduced their quantities of fruit and most of them will be out of fruit by mid-September. I am working on finding organic apples in the Grand Junction area, but no luck so far. We are trying to get you as much fruit as possible before the season wears out!!
Final Payment for Summer Share, Fruit Share, honey, oil and lamb are now due in full by the 1st of September. If you call to find out if we have gotten your check, please give me the following information. (I can’t look for it if I don’t know what I am looking for!) I need the name on the check (sometimes spouses write checks from their account and the farm account is set up under a different name), check number, date it was written and amount. Please remember it can take up to three weeks to process your check. I don’t work in the office every day. I am delivering your produce on Tue, Wed and Thr, I’m at the farmers market on Sat. and I am with u-pickers on Sundays. Dani only comes in on Friday and half day on Monday. By the way; those are the best days to reach us!
Did you know… My Grandmother, Edith Bickling (aka Grandbee by my children), lived on my family farm approximately 10 miles northeast of Greeley during the depression. She told me a story when I was a kid that I never forgot. There was a railroad approximately a mile and a half from her farm. People would ride the freight trains trying to find work in cities across America. She told me she would feed anyone who came to her back door looking for a meal, but never from the front door. She never explained why…but no one was ever turned away. They simply went to the back door! Knowing Grandmother Edith, she just didn’t want someone who looked homeless and dirty sitting on her front porch….
Until next week, enjoy the flavors of the season,
Jacquie, Jerry, Kyle and Sam