Category Archives: Farm Shares

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

Winter Apple Orders – ACTION REQUIRED

Winter Share Members originally had until the 9th to order a box of apples to be delivered with their winter shares. With the coming storm, that date has changed to Wed. the 7th at 12 noon.  Ela Family Farms need to have plenty of time to process this order and drive it over the mountains and they are worried about the weather!

You MUST call Jacquie to place an order. If you email, it will not be
processed!

Jacquie – 970-284-7941

Note* – apples are only available for order by winter share holders.

New Boulder DC

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We now have a Dist. Center for the Boulder area!  It is a very
centralized location near 20th and Alpine.  Please call Jacquie if you
are interested in signing up for a winter share.

Everyone subscribed to a winter share should be contacted by the end of this weekend.  Distribution starts Wednesday November 2nd.  Each DC will first contact you by email. PLEASE RESPOND TO THEIR EMAIL!  Your DC will call everyone who does not respond to make sure you have the information you need to pick up produce.

You have an option to order apples for delivery on November 2nd.  It is a
20# box for $30.  You can order as many as you like.  There is an option
to have apples delivered on the 14th of December too.  Please call the
office to place an order.  Do not email Jacquie or call your DC.  Orders
must be placed no later than Oct. 27th for the Nov delivery.

We are excited to be working with member shares again.  Thank you in
advance for supporting this very old truck farm!

Jacquie Monroe
970-284-7941

Newsletter – October 10th, 2016

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This week you are getting: potatoes, garlic, onions, turnips, daikon radish, jalapeno & bell peppers, leeks, celery and broccoli, cabbage or cauliflower,

Fruit: This is your last delivery of apples and they are Golden Delicious. We are taking orders of boxes of apples for the Winter Shareholders ONLY. Call the above number & let me know how many you need. They will be delivered the first Wednesday of November with the first delivery of your Winter Share. There is a chance to get another box in Dec.

Winter Share: We still have Winter Shares available if you are still interested! Complete the Winter Storage Share Form 2016 and mail back to sign up.

Garlic Separation: We need to do this Sat. & Sun. at 10am. Call and make an appointment just in case of a cancellation.

Overview of 2016: Yet again, we had a cold wet spring. We would get four days of rain with one day off. We finally warmed up, crops were growing like mad and the farm just looked terrific when the hailstorm of the century hit us! Crops that were devastated were the cucumbers, green beans & melons of all types. Also hurt in the storm was the tomatoes, peppers, onions and potatoes. We were able to pick the remaining melons until there was nothing left. To our surprise, the eggplant, lemon cucumbers & summer squash recovered quite well! The benefit of the hailstorm; you got more greens than you have ever gotten in the past. But, it took five people 5 hours (per distribution day) to pick the spinach for you. We cannot do this when we have a normal summer and the normal amount of produce. Green beans, cucumbers, melons and tomatoes will always trump greens! How wonderful was it that the frost waited until we could pick the last planting of corn. It would have come on sooner, but the storm set it back by a couple of weeks.

With Kyle and Sam’s return to the farm the week after the storm; allowed us to plant kale, lettuce, spinach and more summer squash. These are all fast growing crops and you have been reaping the benefit of these crops this fall. We are still in awe of the amazing recovery this farm made! I told you the farm was resilient!

The CSA Adventure: CSA is a very hard thing to get used to! You have to learn to cook with what you have instead of what you want. Learning the Colorado seasons and when produce is actually harvested is new to half of you. You have to clean the produce yourself (which you should be doing anyway with your grocery store produce) and do your main grocery shopping after you get your big bag of goodies from the farm. But this is one of the cheapest ways to fill your family’s needs, eat more vegetables and improve your diet at the same time!!

This takes a lot of work & commitment to do what it takes to feed your family locally grown produce. Give this a chance. It takes two years to get used to getting your produce this way. The first year is the hardest. The second year is much easier because now you have the information you need on how to use the produce and take care of it from your first year. And if you were dissatisfied, please give CSA a chance with another farm. Every farm is different and each one is unique on what it grows and how they distribute produce. When you spend one dollar locally, it gets used 7 more times within your community! Don’t send your hard earned dollar to a “box store” that will send it to their corporate office out of state. Support local businesses (and people) by shopping at CSA’s, farmers markets and farm stands!

Goodbye and Thank you: Being the eternal optimists that farmers are: next year will be fantastic! We have to admit; we are exhausted and are greeting Mr. Winter with open arms (if he ever gets here!). It can be draining (emotionally) when you cannot control the most important input that controls your income (the weather). We cannot stress how much we have appreciated your support over the season and your patience with Mother Nature.

Feeding people is our passion. We are committed to providing the best tasting organic produce you have ever eaten. We have fed thousands of people and donated thousands of pounds of produce to people & communities around Northern Colorado throughout the years. We have never done anything so important or made us as happy. Thank you for being a part of this! We love you all and appreciate your support more than ever! We cannot exist without our Members; who happen to be the most passionate people about supporting local farming and eating organic produce. We are looking forward to being your farmers in 2017! Have a wonderful, restful winter and think of us when you pull out vegetables from the freezer!

Jerry, Jacquie, Kyle and Sam

Newsletter – October 3rd, 2016

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Dear Farm Members.

This is week 17 of an 18 week season. You are getting Yukon Gold potatoes, garlic, yellow onion, yellow carrots, cabbage, squash, eggplant, anaheim & jalapeno peppers, spinach, lettuce, yellow & red tomatoes and corn. Just another fabulous day of distribution! Please enjoy!! If garlic or onions are getting ahead of you, they both freeze really well. Chop to the size of your choice, fill a freezer bag and throw in your freezer! It is as simple as that! To roast the hot peppers: simply place under your broiler or over your grill and turn every once in a while until the outside turns brown. Put into a heavy plastic bag and “sweat” until cool. Peel and place in a freezer bag and freeze or use fresh in salsas, soups, green chili or any Mexican recipe.

Fruit & Honey: This week you are getting apples and this is the last delivery for honey.

Volunteer Weekend for Garlic Separation: Jerry would like as many people as possible to come to the farm this weekend to help get the garlic separated for planting. We will do this for two hours on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:00 am. No need to make an appointment; please just show up!

Returning Bags: It is vitally important to return all bags to your distributor over the next two weeks. We need to take an inventory and get reorders placed for next year. You will be receiving plastic bags the last two weeks and we do not want these bags back!

Farm Recovery: I would say the recovery has been miraculous! Wow! As bad as the hailstorm was, I didn’t think some of the root crops would recover and here we are, picking tomatoes and corn in October….no less!!! The variety of produce really has been great. We couldn’t have imagined a better turn out!

1925 to 1944: Lester Monroe moved to Greeley, Co in 1925. He married Margaret Brownfield, started a family and farmed a small acreage on the north side of town. Jerry Sr. remembers selling corn door to door; a “baker’s dozen” (13) for a penny in the early 1930’s. They ran a small farm stand at the street and sold to all the small grocery stores around the area (including Ft. Collins, but not Denver). There were no Safeway’s, King Soopers or Walmarts at that time. This is where everyone shopped for food in those days and everyone was eating our produce! Believe it or not, the Monroe’s were pushed out of town by development. With inheritance from Margaret’s side, they purchased the “Homeplace” east of LaSalle in 1936 and continued their farming adventure. Lester decided to start selling to a wholesaler in the Denver area near the railroad called Denargo Market. Because they had so much land (and three strapping boys to do the work) Lester decided to start a dairy in 1937. It wasn’t too long before WWII came knocking on their door and took Jerry Sr. right out of high school to Germany in 1944 &45. In 1946, Jerry Sr. finished high school, married Nadine Annen, moved to the farm to begin their life together and continued farming. Nadine was a 2nd grade teacher for 36 years. Jerry Sr. remembers filling a Model A Ford pickup with watermelon in the late 1940’s and selling the whole thing for a $1. He thinks there would have been around 10 watermelons in there!

Have a good week!

Jacquie & Jerry

Newsletter – September 26th, 2016

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Dear Friends of the farm,

This week you are getting potatoes, yellow onions, carrots, broccoli, purple peppers, basil, yellow & red tomatoes, either butterhead or romaine lettuce and corn (the last picking).  And there is a possibility you will get either cabbage or cauliflower too.  This is a great week for distribution, enjoy!

Fruit:  Sorry folks, I have been lax on telling you what you are getting and from who for the last couple of weeks. Once I really didn’t know and the other time I completely forgot to mention it!  The pluots and peaches were from Rancho Durazno, the red and green pears were from First Fruit and the plums and pears were from Ela Family Farms. You will be getting apples for the rest of the season from Ela Family Farms as well.  This week you will receive Gala apples.

Tomato Picking:  Several of you have been asking about tomato picking and that will not happen this year.  Jerry tells me that the storm destroyed most of the tomatoes.  What was left has been ripening slowly and we have been giving them all to you each week.

Lost & Found:  Lost – when we put the yard games away this year we discovered we are missing two red bean bags and one tennis ball.  I do not plan on replacing these items so if you could check with your kids and return these items to your distributor, we would really appreciate it!  The bean bags were homemade to look like strawberries. Found – I have a plate, several bowls and utensils that were left behind.  I do not mind returning them.  Please call and let me know what you need and where to send it.  Thanks!

T-shirts:  Hurray!  We finally have them, (a little late I know) but they are here!!!  Thank you for supporting the fund that helps pay for the donated shares. Farmers do not get credit on their taxes for donating food.  It is a true donation of the heart and we feel this is an important part of being a farm.  We decided to sell the cookbooks, hats and t-shirts to help fund this instead of making a profit and sticking it in our pockets.  I love the look of these shirts and hope you do too! Enjoy them, wear them proudly knowing they are for a good cause and thank you for your support!

Braised chicken with root vegetables
(page 64 in cookbook )

1 T olive oil
1 bunch of kale
4 med. potatoes
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1 bunch turnips with greens
salt & pepper
2 springs of rosemary
3 large carrots
4-6 chicken pieces (thighs and legs)
2 cups dry white wine

Chop all greens, cube, half or quarter veggies. Cook garlic and rosemary in oil til fragrant.  Add veggies and greens to pot, season with salt & sauté for five min.  Season chicken with salt and pepper & set aside.  Add wine to veggies and reduce by one-third.  Put the chicken on top of the veggies, reduce heat to low, cover tightly with lid and cook until chicken is tender and juices run clear, app. 40 minutes.  Serve with crusty bread.

Newsletter – September 19th, 2016

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Dear Friends,

This week you are getting white onions, garlic, carrots, radishes, red turnips, squash, anahiem peppers, sweet peppers, red and yellow tomatoes.

T-shirts: This was something I was really, really looking forward to. But this has turned into a real hassle!! The first printing of t-shirts turned out terrible! The colors were so washed out it didn’t even look like my logo. So I refused the order and returned the shirts. We then had to scramble to get new t-shirts printed before the harvest festival. Of course, something always goes wrong when you are in a hurry and the printer could only get a few t-shirts printed before there was an equipment breakdown. We should get the bulk of our order by the end of this week and we will send them to your DC next week.

The Festival: What a beautiful day we had; bright, sunny and warm! 209 members and 14 guests came by to visit and have some fun. The Stick Horse race went off without a horse coming up lame. The corn shucking contest was very exciting in both the kids and adult categories. Unfortunately, I got caught up with talking to members and completely forgot the pumpkin carrying contest! I’m sure sorry about that folks. For the Canning Contest Valerie Wilson took first place with her Corn Relish and Titiana Macduff got first place with her Prickly Pear jelly. Each will receive $25.

I think this year we had some of the best combinations of side dishes I have ever seen! The table just looked fantastic (and tasted sooooo good too)! Myrna would like to thank all the Master Grillers for hanging out with her and doing such a good job with keeping up with demand. A special thank you to Garrett Kumar for donating hotdogs and to Barb Granica who provided such beautiful 80th anniversary “farm” cakes. I can’t do this shin-dig without the help of Peg Lehr. She not only takes all the RSVP’s but does all the purchasing of the supplies and gets them to the farm. And to all the other volunteers who help make this day special: Thank you very much we really appreciate your help!

We have several utensils and bowls left behind. If you want it back, let me know where to send it!

Several of you brought gifts to Jerry and I and we feel this was such a thoughtful gesture and want to thank you for being so generous. (I was given the cutest thank you note yesterday from one of the kiddos. I thought you would enjoy seeing it too.)

1945 to 1955: There was a huge growth spurt for the Monroe’s during this time period. Jerry Sr. had returned from Germany and WWII. He was ready to work hard to make the farm grow and prosper. Did you know that all metal was taken for the war? Tractors were not being made at this time! So Lester would go to the salvage yard and purchase an old Chevy truck. He would then pay a local man to convert it into a tractor. Even with this, most of the farming was done by hand. They plowed and planted seed with the “tractor”, but weeding & harvesting, including picking dried corn for the cows… was all done by hand.

While Jerry Sr. was away, Lester had continued to sell produce to the local grocery stores and to Denargo Market (a wholesaler) in downtown Denver (just east of Coors Stadium). The Monroe’s ran a Jersey cow dairy from around 1937 until 1950. They decided on Jersey cows because the milk was richer & cream was thicker and therefore; more valuable. But by the 1950’s, people wanted less fat in their milk and the demand plummeted for the rich milk they produced.

One day while delivering produce to Stohl’s Market in north Greeley, Jerry Sr. was asked by a customer if they could come to the farm and get the same produce for a discount if they picked it themselves. This gave Jerry Sr. the idea to start a u-pick farm. He started his business around 1948 and ran the u-pick operation through the 1980’s. Jerry and I shut down the u-pick operation in 1992, the year before starting our CSA.

Hope everyone has a very bright and beautiful week!
Jerry, Kyle, Sam and Jacquie