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CSA Membership Renewal Due: April 8th

members…

WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The 2017 Summer season is just around the corner. Little green buds are already peaking their heads up out of the ground getting ready to feed your families yummy fresh organic food. That’s where YOU come in:

We are currently 35 membership renewals under our monthly goal for this season. Help us get there by letting us know you are returning.

We always serve you best when we can count on your CSA membership. Membership Renewal Forms and Payment Are Due Saturday April 8th if you plan to renew your CSA membership.

IMPORTANT: Please submit a check or arrange direct payment with your bank as we only accept checks and cash at this time.

Please drop off or mail forms and payment to:
25525 Weld County Road 48,
Kersey, CO 80604

DOWNLOAD MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORMS HERE.

A BIG Thank You to those who have already sent us your membership renewals. Your early support gives us the funds we need to get this summer season off to the best start!

~Jacquie and Jerry Monroe
And Sam and Kyle

P.S. Have questions? Feel free to reply to this email or call the farm direct at: (970) 284-7941

Newsletter – August 9, 2016

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Dear Friends of the Farm,

This is week nine of an 18 week season. You are getting Yukon Gold potatoes, yellow onions, garlic, carrots, squash, eggplant, tomatoes and corn. Fruit: Nectarines are in your future this week!

Week 1 after the storm:

When Kyle and Sam heard about the storm, they came home right away to help Jerry. The three of them planted like crazy for two days. Now you need to realize this is very late to be planting anything! Normally Jerry is completely done for the season by the third week of July. We hope for a long fall and a late freeze. With any luck, we will have peas, lettuce, radishes, kale, fennel and summer squash. All the root crops have survived and you will continue to get those on a regular basis. The watermelon, squash and cucumbers you received last week were picked before the storm. We will continue to glean our fields for produce.

The fields will take a couple of weeks before the plants that survived will show any signs of enough recovery to bloom and produce again. Time will tell! Hopefully we will see summer squash again soon. The vines are dead on things such as melons and cucumbers. Plants like summer squash can continue to produce if the top of the plant survived and there are some leaves left. Tomatoes leaned over during the storm and anything under the plants may continue to ripen. How fast that happens, we don’t know. (They were just starting to burst into a beautiful red color.) Peppers were stripped of leaves and bells on top were destroyed. But those underneath may also survive. This is the problem: We do not know exactly how these fruits will react, what the texture will be or how they will taste.

Anything you get from now on will need to be inspected for bruising. Do not be surprised to find scars on your produce. Eat anything badly bruised, like the eggplant you received last week, right away. They will not store. If we do not give you bruised and scarred produce, you will not receive much. Use what you can of these items by cutting out the bruises and bad spots.

We feel badly about this and our hearts ache every day when we are inspecting fields. We have cried more than a few times and I’m sure that isn’t over yet. We care so much about the people we feed and feel terrible about what has happened.

I asked Jerry the other day if his day has gotten easier or harder. Jerry replied, “Much harder. I am having to replace shut off valves on a huge part of the drip irrigation. (It was also destroyed by hail.) I am watering plants I don’t know will even live and planting plants that could die from frost before the end of the season. We pick crops that we don’t know if they will last long enough for consumption. Then turn around and feed it to the animals when it goes bad.” Please know we are trying hard to find produce (in the fields) to give you and will continue to do so throughout the rest of the summer!

Winter Share: We will be doing a Winter Share this year. Distribution Centers will be asking those of you who already have signed up for a share a few short questions. Please take the time to do this for us so we know how to proceed with the Winter Share. If you plan on getting a Winter Share, you too can take the survey. Please note: we will have all the root crops! We need to know how you feel about purchasing dried beans if ours do not turn out and winter squash because it was destroyed. We borrow quite a bit to get each season started in November. Your Winter Share fees help us pay our employees and pay some of these costs. (Your Membership fees help pay these costs too.) Without consistent revenue, we will have to borrow more money to get through the “dry months” (which will make the beginning of next year more stressful!).

Thank you for such encouraging notes, email and phone calls!

Jacquie, Jerry, Kyle and Sam

Newsletter – August 2, 2016

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Dear Farm Friends;

The Storm: This is the hardest letter I have had to write in a very long time. It breaks my heart to inform you that Friday night we not only received a hail storm, but two hail storms within four hours of each other. The first one showed up around 7:30 and consisted of hailstones from nickel size to golf ball size. The storm lasted approximately 15 minutes. We have to replace five truck windows and two skylights in the house. Every vehicle we own has hail damage. We watched the storm from the house. Every large hailstone that hit the barn looked like a small explosion. The sound was absolutely terrifying! It’s incredible that something that large can stay up in those clouds! We immediately could smell the strong sent of onions. It continued to rain for another half hour. Water drains from the south end of the farm to the north and it looked like a river was running through it; so much so, we could not go out and look at the damage. All we could do was go to bed. The thundering and pounding of the second storm awoke us at 11:30. This storm carried pea size to quarter size hail and it also lasted 15 minutes with rain for another half hour. We couldn’t imagine what the farm was going to look like or what might survive these storms. But the farm is resilient. You will be surprised what we will find alive and thriving!

Trucks were loaded for farmers markets, so the next morning it was decided to go ahead and go. Jerry stayed behind to search the farm for survivors and damage. When I got home we went out again so I could see what happened and to take pictures. (We sent pictures to Alaina and she has posted them to Facebook.) It looks like the east side of the farm got it way worse than the west side. Now we just have to wait and see what happens. It will be a few days before we will know what will continue to grow and what will completely die. Until then, we will glean the fields for food. We saw that some tomatoes and peppers tucked under the plants have survived, so we will see what happens to them. It also looks like some eggplant and corn may have survived too. Cucumbers and melons are gone so I am so glad we gave you more than normal of those while we had them. (But we have a surprise….we picked watermelon, cucumbers and squash before the storm and you will be getting them this week.)

Our immediate plans are to plant things that grow quickly such as peas, fennel, lettuce, radishes, turnips and kale and hopefully they will be on by the first week of Oct. Until then, we have to make do with whatever survived the storms.

This week you are getting Yukon Gold potatoes, onions, carrots, garlic, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, watermelon and hopefully, each of you will get a tomato.

Fruit: You will be getting peaches from Rancho Durazno.

Notice: I am in need for someone to set up and monitor a Survey Monkey survey. We need to reach out to those of you who have already paid for and those of you who intended to purchase a Winter Share. Please call me about setting this up because I don’t have a clue (or the internet know-how) to do so!

Being a part of a CSA is one of the most important things you can do to reassure yourselves the farm will be there to grow and provide food for the future. Without your support during these horrific times, we would not survive. Start-up costs are high and your deposits help us pay these expenses and borrow less money. Your mid – season payments allowed us to pay off that borrowed money. The support we get from you for the rest of the year will keep us going by paying those never ending, forever continuing expenses! We love receiving your notes and look forward to reading them. Thank you so much for being the greatest members a CSA farm can have! We appreciate you!! Jacquie&Jerry

Last Chance to RSVP for the Harvest Festival!

RSVP no later than Sept 12 for the Harvest Festival.

U-pick items:  Unfortunately, there isn’t much.  The weather in May has
really screwed this up.  But this is what Jerry thinks will be available.
Poblano chilies
Anaheim chilies
Possibly jalapeno’s
Potatoes
Pumpkins

Don’t forget there will be hayrides to the pumpkins patch and that there is
a $5 charge for roasting chilies.

If you are entering the canning contest we need jams, jellies, relishes
and pickles no later than 12:30

Children’s stick-horse parade will start at 12:30, then the races will
begin!  Ribbons will be awarded for the best homemade stick horse and race
winners.

Hope to see you there!

Newsletter – June 22, 2015

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Dear Friends,

Our first week was exciting, but this week is even better! We are so happy to be giving you peas, turnips, squash, garlic and garlic scapes. The scapes are the tops of the garlic. This has become the new favorite of our members! It is extremely versatile. It can be grilled and eaten as a vegetable, chopped and added to salads (like onion), it’s fantastic in eggs and it’s wonderful in stir-fries. One member told me the best pesto she ever had was prepared with garlic scapes. Another told me she made green garlic hummus with scapes. Don’t be afraid to experiment with these little buggers. They are mild eaten raw or cooked.

You will not receive greens this week because the second planting came on with the first planting. So even though it was nice to get two different kinds of greens last week, it shorted you this week!

Fruit: You are receiving cherries from Ranch Durazno this week. And we expect more cherries and possibly apricots from Eat a Peach Farms/Farmacy Farms next week. Both are from the Western Slope.

Crop reveal: We need as many hands as we can get this Sunday (28th)! After replanting so many of our early crops, we covered them with hoops and row-cover. It is time to uncover our crops and give them direct sunshine and fresh air! Think of this as a barn rising, except this is a crop reveal! You won’t know what you will discover until we get it uncovered! Not only the crops have recovered and grown, but the weeds have too. After removing the cover, rolling it up & getting it off the field, it needs to be hoed on the sides of the plastic. It will take all morning to get the job accomplished and the more hands to help the sooner we can get it done! Come join us for a day of delight as we uncover and discover what is underneath! Plan on getting to the farm at 8am and working all morning until noon.

Bags and Boxes: I forgot to tell you how important it is to return your vegetable bags every week. We reuse them as many times as we can. This includes any small produce bags for beans or peas. Please take the time to dump or shake out any extra organic material left in the bottom. Distribution Centers will be keeping track of this, so don’t be surprised if they remind you how often you have forgotten or how many bags you have not returned.

Something interesting: I want to share a story that touched me. A member took home a barn kitten from the farm 19 years ago. His name was O’Malley (from the Aristocrats). He was part Siamese and part Tabby. O’Malley passed away last Friday. I was told that O’Malley was the best cat she has ever had! He was a wonderful companion and I’m so glad he had a wonderful home. Thanks for sharing your story Adrienne! 19 years, can you believe it!

Have a great week! Jacquie, Jerry and Kyle

Volunteers Needed TOMORROW (Sunday, Nov 9)!

Volunteers needed!

We have been so busy picking crops to put into storage for winter; we have
not been able to get the garlic ready for planting. It needs to be
separated by cloves before it can be planted. We are asking everyone to
consider joining us this Sunday at 9 and again at 1. We will be working
all day until all the garlic is separated. We ask for as many hours you
are willing to help. If you are only able to give us an hour or two, we
will take it. Those of you willing to stay most of the day can bring a
lunch and join us in the house for an hour of food and friendship!

Your help would be greatly appreciated because if we do not get this
separated, it will not get planted and we won’t have garlic next year.
Thank you in advance for your time given to the adventures of farming! As
my Grandmother used to say, “Many hands make light work!” So please plan
on spending a little time on the farm working on a very important project.

CSA Weekly distributionAre you ever stumped by what to do with all of the produce in your weekly share? Or do you struggle with how to throw things together to make dinner on a busy weeknight?

I’ve teamed up with Tentiko, a Denver based organization who puts together fun experiential events, to offer a special cooking class. Participants will bring their produce from their weekly share and together we will create and cook a meal with fresh-picked, local produce. The class will be on Tuesday, 9/10, from 4-6 in the evening, and will be held in my gourmet kitchen.

We’ll pool all our produce and brainstorm a delicious dinner showcasing our shared ingredients, and I will provide additional pantry staples plus protein options to round out the menu. You’ll go home with a four- to six-serving feast!

I expect this classes to fill quickly, so head on over to the Tentiko website to sign up right away!