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Newsletter – June 18, 2018

Dear Farm Friends,

Our first week was as exciting as ever, but this week is even better! We are so happy to be giving you red onions, garlic, carrots, kohlrabi, squash, (may now include Q-ball which is a round zucchini) broccoli, garlic scapes and red butterhead lettuce. 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, minced and added to salads & eggs (like green onion) and it’s wonderful chopped up for 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 made with scapes. Don’t be afraid to experiment with these little buggers! They’re wonderful!!

Kohlrabi is in the cabbage family and can be eaten as such. Its great raw in coleslaw, salads or as chips. I replace watercress in stir fries with it and it is wonderful on its own sautéed until tender. Needs to be peeled!

Fruit/Pickles: Strawberry picking is over for the season. I was afraid it would be short! No fruit from the Western Slope this week. But it is Pickle Picking Time!! If interested, please call and get on the wait list.

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. This way your DC does not have to clean out 30 bags & Jacquie does not have to dump out 600!) 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!

Facebook/Blog/Website/Email: Please be aware that I do not work from these social media sites; I don’t even have an account. Several members took it upon themselves to start these up and continually update them. Everyone needs to contact me directly by phone when you have any questions. I will need your name and also your Distribution Center. Email is the same. I know this is very convenient for you, but I am home only a half day on Monday and Friday each week. So it is not the best way to contact me. I am very good about answering phone messages, but I do not have time to look at email. You can use email for anything that does not need to be answered immediately! FYI: I never look at the Blog; I simply send the newsletter to a member for posting.

Introductions: It seems that members are getting my daughter, Alaina, mixed up with Kyles girlfriend, Sam. Alaina now lives and works in the medical field in Kansas City, MO. Sam works, lives and breathes the farm side by side with Kyle and the crew. Dani works for me in my office part time three days a week, Tue, Wed & Thr. We have two new interns from Hawaii, Carly & Scott and Mike (previous intern from last summer) came back as a full time employee this summer. If you see any of these folks at farmers markets, stop by and say hi!

Thank you for a great first week. I know a lot of DC’s were on vacation either the week before or the week of our first delivery and you may have gotten a late notice or had someone doing distribution that was not your Distributor. As the summer goes along, things should even out!

Jacquie, Kyle, Sam and Jerry

Veggie Wash (Especially for store bought produce!)

  • Juice from a whole lemon
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 spray bottle & scrub brush

Mix and spray onto surface of veggies. Let sit for a minute or two. (Longer if trying to remove wax.) Scrub lightly on soft skinned veggies and more aggressively on hard skinned produce like winter squash, cucumbers, root veggies and melons. Leafy greens simply should be sprayed, let sit and rinsed.

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Newsletter – May 18, 2018

Dear Summer Members,

Memberships:  We are around 10 memberships short of our goal of 600.  Now is the time to warn your co-workers, family, friends and parents of your kids’ friends that we are just about filled.  If they intended to be members this year, they need to join right now!  It’s fast and easy now that they can join the farm right online!

Asparagus and Strawberries:  Asparagus is on!  We will be picking this patch over the next five weeks.  I will get everyone out here (schedule dependent on your end), but flexibility is a must! Please return my phone calls so I can call others to come pick if you cannot make it!  will not be sending email notifications, and I do not want any email responses.

Strawberry picking does not seem to be in the cards for our farm anymore.  The warm months of February and March bring the plants out of hibernation.  Then the snow and freezing in April and May kills them.  Last year, the plants did not recover enough to do any picking at all but we are hopeful for this year.  I want to start two picking wait lists.  One I will prioritize by members who have been with us for two seasons or more.  And the other I will prioritize by members who have been with us one year or less.  Please call and leave me a message with your name, phone number, whether you can pick during the week or weekends and if you are a recent member or a member who has been with the farm two seasons or longer.  If there are lots of strawberries, I will call from both lists.  If there are only a few, then I will call the oldest members first and work down to the newest members.  Keep your fingers crossed that the strawberries recover from the freeze in April!

Distribution Center (DC) Update:  We have found our DC’s for the summer!  Cherry Creek is located near Monaco & Florida, Broomfield is located off of Midway & Federal and North Boulder is off of 19th & Iris.

What to expect:  We anticipate the season will start the third week of June with leafy greens, turnips, maybe a few peas and possibly summer squash & Kohlrabi.  You will hear from your DC as soon as Mother Nature indicates the season is about to begin.  At that time you will get an email with their name, address, phone number, email address, hours, day of week, what to do if you forget and what to do when you go on vacation.  Please respond to this email so they know you received it.  Otherwise, they have to call you to make sure you have their information!

The season will start out light.  We live in a very hot, dry area of Colorado.  So we cannot grow greens all summer.  Those will fade off and something new will fill their place.  By the end of July, the variety of produce will start to compound and grow!

June 5th is the last chance to add fruit, honey or oil to your order.  I must contact all my vendors to tell them the total sales for the summer.  You will not be able to add these items later, so please take a look at what your needs may be and let me know if you want to add anything ASAP!

The hardest year for new members is the first.  You do not get to choose what you get each week.  Therefore, you will be eating in season and you have to get your produce from the farm before you can create your menu   for the week and go grocery shopping.  This takes time to wrap your head around and get into a routine.  Some tell me it took the whole summer!  The second year was so much easier because they were now accustomed to the whole procedure.  So don’t give up~ keep working at it! Remember, you are doing this for the health of yourself and your family!!

You are not locked into the share size you have chosen.  If you are getting overwhelmed by produce, you can switch down to a smaller share.  Same if it looks like you have too small of a share, we can switch you to a larger share.  You have until the first of September to make this decision.  I will prorate the difference between the two shares and will expect full payment immediately.  It is precisely for this reason we have divided up the payments into three with the last due in September.  Don’t be afraid to call me and discuss what is happening and we can brainstorm how to make this as easy as possible for you!

Fruit Share:  Called Ela Family Farms, Rancho Durazno and First Fruit to find out how their orchards faired in April.  Rancho Durazno did get a light freeze early but feels they will have a pretty good season anyway.  First Fruits wanted you to know this was the warmest low temperatures they have ever experienced.  Due to the drought, their water will be shut off early and they are not sure where that will lead them.  But their orchards look terrific and they plan on have a good season!  Ela Family Farms says they had a couple of touch and go nights that got to some of the peaches, but believe they should still have a decent crop.  They will have a great apple & pear crop this year.  So between them all, we should have a great crop for our fruit share this summer.

Pork:  If you are still interested in pork; we have a half spring hog available in June and we have around 5 unsold hogs for fall/winter.  Four spring hogs will go to processing in May and two more in June.  All hogs must be paid in full before we take them to the processor, so please plan accordingly.

Lamb:  We have sold out on fall lamb!  Now, we tend to have someone drop out due to finances.  So, if you want any lambs that my come available, please email/call and we can place you on a Wait List.

Beef:  We also have 2 steers available for processing this winter.  Again, contact us if you want one.

New Crops:  We are so excited to tell you about the cool new crops we are raising this summer.  There is a cantaloupe that was developed in the Greeley area in the late 1890’s.  Back in the early 1900’s, people saved and exchanged seeds for their crops and gardens.  There were not seed companies around like there is today.  This seed was procured by the Monroes’ in the 1920’s.  It grows to the size of a basketball!  Jerry Senior, with our help, last grew this seed in the late 1980’s.  Last summer Kyle found a bucket of seed in the back of the barn.  To our surprise, it was the Greeley Wonder Melon seed!  We thought the seed had been lost a long time ago.  Kyle hand selected around 1500 seeds and started them.  Another surprise; they all germinated!!!  This is a very rare seed and Kyle saved the seed from the best melons that grew last year.  We cannot wait for you to see this unusual melon in your shares this summer!

There are two tomatoes we grew last summer that were outstanding and both also rare and unique.  On one, the skin color is terra cotta and the other is black with beautiful red flesh.  Members unanimously loved these tomatoes.  We saved the seed and will raise them again this year.

The Office:  Dani has asked me to inform you that it takes us up to three weeks to process your deposits.  We are not a large corporation with multiple employees.  Dani and I both work part time in the office.   We do the best that we can with the time we are allotted.

For those of you who have not paid your Membership Fee and Fruit Share deposit payments; they are due no later than June 1st.  If we do not hear from you, we will cancel your share.  Your first produce installment payment is due July 1st.  At this time, you should be paying half of all your remaining fees except for the Winter Share and your meat.

Conclusion:  May is a huge month for planting.  Kyle, Sam, Jerry and The Crew have been and will be planting non-stop through the month of June.  I would be willing to show you around a little bit when you come out to pick asparagus.

The asparagus fields are starting to show their pretty heads.  We have three fields, but half of two fields are not producing anymore.  They are very old and it is only a matter of time before we will need to replace them.  The third field is in its fifth year and is producing nicely for its’ young age, (planted to replace one of the two older fields).  Asparagus is not picked for its first four years so it can build character and grow up strong.  Sounds a little bit like describing a child…does it not?

Depending on how you look at it, good news or bad, I guess we are heading into another drought that should last approximately 5 years (starting last summer).  With relief, we should have fewer devastating storms during the drought years….but we are also short of water.  So how do you look at this?!

Enjoy the beautiful weather & we will talk again once the season gets started! Jacquie, Jerry, Kyle and Sam

Newsletter – August 15, 2017

This week you are getting Yukon Gold potatoes, garlic, golden beets, squash, cucumbers, green cabbage, lemon cucs, purple & jalapeno peppers, kale, tomatoes, corn, muskmelon and red watermelon.  Phew, that is a mouthful!! Enjoy every bite! 

Corn:  It never occurred to me that many of you may not have had organic corn before.  After receiving an email from a confused member on what to do with it, I thought I might write about it again.  Worms do not like GMO corn.  Between the adulterations to the genes, it is heavily sprayed for insects.  That is why it looks so perfect in the grocery store!  Start by removing the worms (this is a great activity for kids because they are fascinated with the corn worms).  They are normally on the top of the ears.  Cut off what they have eaten and if one has made its way down a row, simply cut that off with a knife too.  Boiling your corn will sterilize it.  Now you are good to go!! 

Fruit:  Get your canning jars and jelly jars ready!!! You are getting 20 lbs. of either Allstar or Suncrest peaches.  Both are a delicious freestone canning peach.     

Final Payment:  Time to make your final payment for your farm share.  It is due September first.  Statements will be going out again this week.  Please remember that I expect to be paid in full for the Summer Share, Fruit Share, honey, oil and lamb.  A $25 late fee will be assessed on the 4th of September and your produce will be cut off if not paid in full by this date.  Those of you who have made arrangements for a different payment plan, please continue as per our agreement.

A few of you were upset about the late fees and cut off in July.  How upset would you be if you didn’t get your paycheck when you expected it…say 2 to 4 weeks late? I have given you plenty of time to make payments, especially since most of you signed up last February.   I’m sorry I have to get tough with this.  But every year I have around 15 to 25 people who refuse to pay for the produce they have consumed.  I am not a huge corporation and it is very difficult to absorb that kind of unkindness every year.   It is especially feels hurtful when I already donate 25 shares every year that we are not allowed to write off! 

Newsletter/Blog:  It is vitally important to read the weekly newsletter.  It gives you info about your share, the farm, what is happening around here and the Western Slope and payment notifications.  If you feel you do not want a hard copy, but want reminders the newsletter has been posted to the blog; this is how to do it.  Address:  monroeorganicfarms.wordress.com.  Add this to your favorites.  Once you get to the site, the newsletters are reprinted to the left.  Sometimes the member who posts this for me will add comments, pictures and recipes that were not included in the newsletter.  On the top right, there is a place to sign up for email notifications when there is a new posting.  Add your email address and press Sign me up.   

Festival:  After 25 years of putting on a festival every year; we have decided to take a break.  We will not be having a Fall Festival this year.  We have decided to do them every five years on our anniversary.  We didn’t have a good turn out last summer….it just doesn’t seem to be special to anyone anymore, so we will make it special by having it every five years! 

U-pick items:  Tomato, anaheim & pablano picking will be coming up very soon.  If you are interested in canning tomatoes and/or roasting peppers; we will have them available.  There will be a $5 charge for roasting the peppers.  Get on our Wait List for these items.  I will need your phone number, name and what specific items you want to pick while you are here!  Do not plan on picking both at the same time, we will run out of peppers long before we run out of tomatoes.  (Jerry just notified me the peppers are ready, so let’s get roasten!!!) 

Newsletter – July 11, 2017

Dear Friends of the farm,

This week you are getting Yukon Gold potatoes, garlic, Walla Walla onions, red beets, cucumbers (Either the regular slicing cucumber or a pickling variety ~ both equally delicious to eat raw, but only the pickling variety can withstand the canning process for making pickles.), summer squash ( any kind), cabbage or broccoli, muskmelon (it’s just the beginning!) and kale.

This is a new variety of muskmelon that comes on early and is supposed to be pretty sweet. It is the earliest we have ever picked muskmelon and we are so excited!! They will get sweeter over time, so if yours is not the best you have ever eaten; maybe the next one will be (especially when our main season variety comes on!)!!

We started harvesting the potatoes and even though there are a few big ones, the majority is still very small. Their skins are so tender at this stage, and they can get roughed up or bruised pretty easily. Wash gently, don’t scrub, throw out the badly bruised (a small bruise won’t hurt) and cook them up…. Because the first-dug potatoes are absolutely the best and don’t take any time to cook!

Fruit: No fruit again this week, but peaches are just starting to bear! So there is a good chance we will get peaches next week. Yay!!!

Pickling cucumbers: I am taking names and phone numbers for those of you who would like to come pick pickles. The only day and time available will be Sunday morning at 8am. We will start out hoeing for an hour then we will move on to the pickle patch. Please do not email your information; I am not checking email very often anymore because I am not in the office, call the number above and leave a message! I will call you back to schedule a day to pick when the field really starts to produce.

Do you remember? Back in 2004 we were bombarded with videos of cattle with Mad Cow Disease. There was a cartoon in the paper I thought was hilarious and kept it in my office closet. I recently came across it and thought I would share it with you… Unfortunately the piece had gotten wet at some point and I cannot read who the artist was. But it reflects the issues we were dealing with at that point of time.

A gentleman is sitting at a fine restaurant looking through a menu. He says to the Waiter, “Until this Mad Cow thing passes, I’m staying away from beef.” The Waiter replies, “Then may I recommend the mercury-laden fish with a side of genetically altered corn?” Ah….awareness!

Grandma Edith’s Pickled Beets

I have never been a big fan of beets. I am also very allergic to something in sweet pickle spice. My Grandmother discovered I would eat beets if they were made this way. She would serve them warm for dinner, then put them back in the liquid, refrigerate them then serve them cold for lunch the next day! What I like about the simplicity of this recipe is that you get to taste the beets and not all the spices. Great to serve on salads.

Equal amounts (1/4 cup or 1/3 cup or 1/2 cup measurements depending on amount of beets being served) of the following: vinegar, water and sugar. Peel and slice or cube beets. Cook until tender.

Newsletter – June 20th, 2017

Dear Friends of the Farm,

Welcome to our first week of Distribution!! We have a beautiful bag of produce coming your way! In May we had two freezes and a hail storm. Jerry has always pushed the limits on trying to get produce as early as possible for you. We have three cold frames filled with carrots, tomatoes and beets. We cover early plantings of field crops such as kale, turnips, tomatoes, summer squash and cucumbers with a light cloth to protect it from freezing and hail stones. The cloth did its job because we are starting to uncover these crops to weed and they look terrific (though the cloth is full of holes)! The rest of the farm is really looking good too. Now that it is getting so hot (hard on humans, but great for plants) everything is growing like crazy & green, green, green!!!

Produce: This week you are getting butterhead lettuce, peas, garlic scapes, summer squash (either yellow straight neck, zucchini or Q-ball (light green, round type zucchini)broccoli, kohlrabi and garlic. We are hoping all three distribution days will get these crops, but it is the first week and we may be short. We will make it up to you next week if a distribution center is shorted. It is very important that you return all your bags every week! Because we reuse them over & over!!

It is a good plan to pre-washing outside to get the majority of the dirt off in the yard (or an extra-large bowl set in your kitchen sink) and not down your drain pipes. Children especially love this task. (They are very good at picking off the worms in your corn too! Make it a game and see how many they can find.) By getting your kids involved in the pre-prep work, talking about the produce & asking them what they want to eat will help get them motivated to try the different varieties. Did you know children have to try something 9 times before they get a taste for it? It’s true!! So make them eat a bite or two every time it is served!

Your Distribution Center: Please do not forget that your DC is a member too. They have offered to be a DC to make it as convenient as possible for you to get your produce. They too have busy lives and are trying hard to please everyone. A majority of our DC’s have 30 to 40 Members coming by. Respect their hours and if you need to pick up at a different time or have forgotten to pick up during normal hours; please call and make new arrangements. They will hold produce for 24 hours. If there is no contact from you within that time period, the produce will be donated to a place of need; including your fruit. We encourage Members to donate their produce when going on vacation. Last year the Membership donated a whopping 1440 pounds of produce to organizations around the metro area. Let’s try to beat that record! If you plan on having someone pick up your produce for you while you are gone; your DC will need their name and phone number. This gives them permission to hand out your produce to someone other than yourself and it gives them a contact number when they forget to pick up…which they almost always do! Ask your DC questions! They are a wealth of information and will help you use your share. Get a cookbook. There are ten recipes for every veggie we grow. And, it was put together by members of this farm! It is useful and the recipes are excellent!!!

4th of July: Since the 4th lands on a Tuesday this year, we will be doing Tuesday distribution on Monday. The rest of the days will remain the same.

Your Expectations from the farm: You are sharing the risk of farming with your farmer. This is no different than gardening yourself. Mother Nature does not always cooperate with our plans. It is unrealistic to expect everything to be perfect all the time. We grow varieties for their taste, not necessarily for their beauty! If there is an abundance of produce, you will get it. If there is a shortage of produce, you will see that too. Along with June/July rain we sometimes get hail. Don’t be surprised to get produce with scabs from the damage this causes. We try very hard to catch produce that is badly bruised. But sometimes this slips by us & it will start to mold in your bag from the heat. We apologize ahead of time! We do not intend for this to happen! We love what we do and care deeply about the land we live on, the food it produces and the people it feeds. We are the caretakers and we intend to take care of you and your farm!

Statements: We will send statements each month. Your first produce payment (including fruit, oil and honey) is due July 15th. You may pay these fees in full, or half by July 15th and the other half by September 1st. If you are paying monthly, then continue making your agreed upon & scheduled payments.

First Year Members: This year will be your hardest summer. It takes time to adjust to getting your produce this way! Plan on going to the grocery store after you get your share. You need time to process your produce by sorting and washing. If you are willing to put up with the dirt, don’t wash until you are ready to use it, it will last longer. Produce breaks down as soon as it gets wet. But I also understand you might not want dirt in your crisper drawer! The tenderer a crop is, the sooner it will need to be eaten, i.e. greens, summer squash, peas, beans, broccoli, cantaloupe, cucumbers and tomatoes. I will give you hints on storage as we go through the summer.

Newsletters/Blog: A Member with a better Internet system (than I have) will post my newsletters to the blog. Please notify your DC if you prefer to get a hard copy at the distribution site or if you prefer to access the blog. It is important to read your newsletters each week because they will inform you of additional “bonus” picking days, other events that may directly affect you or the produce you’re getting and fun things that are happening on the farm. Access the blog by going to: monroeorganicfarms.wordpress.com. Do not forget to check out our Facebook page (also run by members) as well for pictures and videos!

The next u-pick crop coming up is pickles and that will be sometime in July. The strawberries did not make it, so we are out again this year. We need to have normal springs (freezing in Feb & Mar without freezing in May!) in order for a decent crop of strawberries.

How to contact me: Please remember I am gone 5 days a week delivering CSA shares or at farmers markets. I am home on Monday & Friday mornings or Tue/Wed/Thr late afternoons. The best way to reach me is by phone. I am very good about answering phone calls, not so much with email! I am just not in the house that long! Email me if you do not need an answer right away. But if it is about a change in your share or DC, please call me. We pick on Monday for Tuesday, Tuesday for Wednesday and Wednesday for Thursday. Keep this in mind when you want to make a change! Whenever you call about your share, especially if needing to make changes, always identify your Distribution Center!

Thank you: Welcome to the 2017 farming season with Monroe Organic Farms. We hope you enjoy every morsel! I can’t tell you how excited we are to get started! This is just a sample of what is to come. My family are looking forward to a fantastic summer. Thank you for giving us this opportunity; we are very excited about being your farmers!

Jacquie, Jerry, Sam, Kyle and Crew

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