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!!!)