Author Archives: jkohler3

Harvest Festival is September 21st

The Harvest Festival is 11 am to 3 pm on September 21st. We cook the hamburgers and hot dogs and you bring the side dishes and desserts! There will be hayrides, stick horse races, corn shucking contests, a sweet/savory canning contest, family-friendly games on the front lawn, you-pick crops (chili peppers, raspberries, flowers, and pumpkins) and wonderful food!  Sounds like a party!!

Bring $5 to roast chilis and $10 per person for guests (all ages; guests must come with members).

This is a fantastic chance to see your farm in all its glory.  We have
been trimming and mowing just to show off!  We are really looking forward
to seeing all of you Sunday!

Advertisements

Newsletter – September 15, 2014

This week you are getting Yukon Gold potatoes, carrots, yellow onions, cabbage or broccoli, cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, squash, eggplant, green and orange bell peppers, tomatoes, and muskmelon or honeydew. Those who get a monthly delivery of honey will get some this week. First Fruits is bringing a half box of Summer Lady peaches and a half box of Gala apples.

Winter Share: The deadline for sign-up is in two weeks! If you cannot find your original copy, please ask your DC, they should have additional sign-up forms.

About Your Farmer: A member recently said they thought this was a great year for produce. My simple reply was you actually have a great farmer. I know it is hard to imagine what it takes to get this job done. Especially since we do not have any control of the most important aspect of farming: the weather. This was a difficult year to grow anything because it was too wet and too cold. Because you have a fantastic farmer with a lot of expertise, Jerry made this year look easy with good quality produce. In actuality, we had tractors stuck in mud and fields we couldn’t get into because of too much water. The tomatoes and peppers are a testament to the cold weather. They are having a hard time ripening. Corn seed rotted in the field and had to be replanted over and over just to get the few pickings we received. Watermelon rotted before they had ripened or were too waterlogged to have any flavor and tended to over-ripen overnight! (Sorry if you got one of those.)

Jerry sits down every winter for a couple of months planning the next year. Is there something new we can try, where are we planting, how many times can we plant it, how soon can we plant, and how far into the fall can we harvest? This all makes a difference in your season: what you get, when you get it, and how much you get. After all that planning, the weather can change everything. It can kill a crop, make it abundant, slow it down, or speed it up. Being the caretaker of a farm takes longevity, experience, and patience.

We have been more or less in a drought since 1998. Our weather has changed for the warmer. This past summer reminded Jerry and I what it was like when we were kids. Tomatoes didn’t ripen until mid to late August, watermelon was picked in September, nothing was picked in June—it was way too cold for anything to be harvested by then and our first frost was around September 25th. Guess what folks: we had a light frost last Saturday morning (the 12th)! Some crops were hurt, but as of Sunday morning, nothing has died. The light freeze will really slow things down now because the plant is stressed. I think we are all in for a surprise this winter if we keep going on with this moisture track!!!

Our 80th Anniversary in 2016: Yes, you read that right! We will be turning 80 years old in 2016. We really want to celebrate in style that year. So we want everyone to put on their thinking caps and let us know of things you may have done at other places that may be appropriate for our farm festival. I want to have a t-shirt design contest. How about issuing a new cookbook for our 80th Anniversary? We need your recipes!!! Everyone has a favorite recipe…even if it came from somewhere else! We just need to give credit where credit is deserved! So please send your favorite to Michele Morris: michele@cookingwithmichele.com. If you would like to help edit or work on the cookbook project, please let Michele know. I also want to include artwork from members of vegetables. But the highlight would be to have your farm scene on the front cover! If you are interested in creating an art page, submit that to Michele too! Everyone will have a chance to vote on the winning cover next season! Email me your ideas on how to celebrate!!

2015 Share Renewals: Because Jacquie doesn’t check this blog for comments, please contact her directly about renewals.

Have a wonderful week,

Kyle, Jerry and Jacquie

Newsletter – September 8, 2014

This week you are getting red onions, summer squash, lemon cucumbers, slicing cucumbers, Chinese cabbage or broccoli, eggplant, green bell peppers and purple bell peppers, jalapeño, beans, black velvet tomatoes, red tomatoes, musk melon, honeydew, and a little corn.

September 21st Harvest Festival: Thank you everyone for getting back to Peg Lehr; even with all my mistakes! We cannot run this festival without your help! We still need manpower at these shifts/stations: Master Grillers for all shifts except the 10:30 to 11:30. It won’t be much of a picnic without hamburgers and hotdogs! There are shifts open in the afternoon for clearing tables, emptying the trash and the hat/cookbook table. Anyone want to be a taste tester? We need judges for the canning contest. Categories are: Pickles – sweet and dill, Jam/Jelly, Relish – fruit and veggie, Other – chutney, marmalades, etc. Please have your entries at the table by 12:45, judging will begin at 1 pm. Get your RSVP registered at 303-320-5706 or wrdwrrior@comcast.net this week! The deadline is the 13th!

Winter Shares: I have been recently contacted by last year’s Louisville Distribution Center and she will not be in town enough to be a DC this winter. We need someone to step up and be the DC for Louisville/Broomfield. So far, no one has offered to be a DC in the Wash Park area either. If we cannot find a new DC, we will be limited and how many members will be able to join in the center of Denver. (We can use anyone near 6th & Downing; you don’t necessarily need to be in Wash Park!)  The 6th & Downing location only has 4 spaces left! Dates of Distribution: Nov. 5 & 19, Dec. 3 & 17, Jan. 14 & 28, and Feb. 11 & 25. You will get double on the 17th of December for the missed week on the 31st! Don’t forget the September 30 deadline!

2015: We will be asking members to commit verbally over the next two months whether or not you intend to be members in 2015. If you do not commit verbally, your space is up for grabs! A Statement listing the same items ordered in 2014 will be mailed to committed members in January and your space will be reserved for you. If you do not want an item previously ordered, let us know and it will be cancelled. We will be sending out hard copy forms in January to everyone on our Wait List as well as previous members. Any unreserved spaces in the CSA will be first come, first served! Reserve your space now by phone or email!

Tomato Picking: Call now to be placed on a Wait List to pick tomatoes…not sure when it will happen though! Will give more details next week.

Two more weeks before it is officially fall!

Jacquie, Kyle, and Jerry

Newsletter – September 16, 2013

Dear Friends of the farm,

This is week 14 out of an 18 week season.  You will be getting a possible combination of white onions, carrots, Japanese eggplant, lemon cucumbers, banana peppers, anaheim peppers, bell peppers and tomatoes.  I know the tomatoes are really ripe…it is that time of year!  Keep them in your crisper drawer until you are ready to use/eat them.  Let them come back to room temperature before eating (raw)!

First Fruit will attempt to deliver a box half filled with Honey Crisp apples and half filled with nectarines.  The fruit may be covered with a white film.  This is not a pesticide but actually liquid clay to repel insects.  Simply wash off!  Watch your nectarines carefully and eat after they give a little when touching.  They will taste better after they soften a little bit!

I know you are getting a lot of fruit at one time.  Don’t forget that they too are getting crazy weather!  First Fruit wants to give you the best they have…when they have it!  That means this year you will be getting large boxes rather close together.  I keep my box of fruit in the bottom of my fridge (or in crisper drawer).  I only take out what I want to eat a few days ahead of time.  This will prolong your fruit, but will have the advantage of tasting great when I go to eat it.  It is very easy to freeze fruit (except pears).  Simply cut to size, sprinkle with lemon juice (and maybe a little honey), mix, toss into a freezer bag and pop into the freezer!

Rain:  We have not been affected as much as Aurora, Boulder, Nederland, Lyons, Longmont or Ft. Collins; but we have had our share of the rain!  3.5 inches over 5 days; wet only begins to explain what we are right now!  The ground is so saturated there is not one space available that a vehicle would not sink into the ground.

We are cut off to the North by damaged bridges over the South Platte.  The farm sits four miles south of all the flooding.  We are used to seeing the farmland around the S. Platte flood, but never so wide an area!  I swear it looks like the Mississippi out there!

We are extremely concerned for our Members out there from the above areas.  I have talked to several and basements seem to be the biggest concern.  If water was not coming in windows, it came up from the ground.  Please know we are thinking of you all.  Be safe out there!

Festival:  I am so sorry to announce we are not going to have the Festival this summer.  Too much has happened and we are out of steam!  It will not get warm enough this week to dry out the parking areas and we cannot find a suitable solution.  Plus, with all the road closures, how do we get you here!  We really do appreciate the effort of everyone who was going to come to the picnic anyway.  We Love Our CSA Members!!!!!

Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle

Flood Update, September 13: Isolated, but not flooded

Jacquie thanks everyone who has called or expressed concern for how they’re doing.  They are cut off and can’t leave for now because the roads and bridges surrounding them are impassible, but the good news is that the farm hasn’t flooded and they’re all doing fine.