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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 5th, 2016

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Dear Members,

This week you are getting potatoes, white onions, purple carrots, daikon radish, white turnips, eggplant, jalapeno peppers, bell or specialty sweet peppers, cabbage, tomatoes and corn. Fruit share will be getting getting pluots and peaches and anyone who ordered a box of peaches will be getting that, too.

Winter Share and Animals: Thank you for taking the short survey. Here are the results: out of 90 people surveyed; 60% wanted organic squash and 40% said not to purchase anything. 60% said not to purchase any dried beans and 40% said to purchase them. So….Jerry will purchase local, organic squash for November and December and not for January and February. He will not purchase any dried beans at all.

We are looking for a new distribution center (DC) in Boulder. I need someone there to help us unload the truck and be present for distribution. Time window of two hours is required, (preferably late afternoon/evening), but longer hours or hours that suit your CSA customers are fine. We need a garage at least the size of a single car because of cold weather. You get $100 discount for helping out. This is not difficult work, the members are so excited to see you & get their bags of produce and you get to choose your hours. Please call me if you need more info! If we cannot find a DC, you can go to Westminster or Longmont.

Here is the Winter Storage Share Form 2016. I will need this back by the end of September. Please mail to me with your check to pay the deposits. I will be offering shares outside the CSA at this time because pre-ordering occurred this past January/February. Call me if you have any questions, I am still not checking email but once every week or two.

Festival RSVP: This is our 80th Anniversary! Let’s celebrate in style by getting together on a beautiful day in September! Nothing speaks of a party without food. Hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and your utensils will be provided. Why not boast a little and bring your best side dish.

Please continue to call or email Peg Lehr with your RSVP (wrdwrrior@comcast.net or 303-877-2554). We cannot figure out how much food, plates, forks etc. without these numbers. The festival is Sunday, September 18th from 11 to 4. The deadline is September 9th.

We will have U-pick hot peppers and raspberries (plus a few surprises in the barn). You will not be able to get a full bushel. Peppers will be roasted as full bushels and then divided equally into thirds or (quarters if necessary)! We will have hayrides to the pumpkin patch (Jerry will purchase organic pumpkins for the occasion). We plan on making a display from a 1990 festival with a picture of our family from that time period. You are welcome to have your picture taken with this display and a few murals will have been painted for picture taking as well. Other activities include face painting, corn shucking contest, stick horse races (Please bring your best steed. Prizes will be awarded for races and a grand prize for the best in class!) plus games on the front lawn. We hope to have a new game available where families compete by loading up dad with pumpkins and he tries to carry them to a finish line. The winner gets to keep all the pumpkins he can carry! Canning contest for jams/jellies, savory/sweet relishes and pickles. Let Peg know if you are bringing something to be judged. T-shirts and hats will be available (I hope) to purchase by the festival.

Several members have been so gracious to help with food expenses this year. One member of the farm is having a large sheet cake made to commemorate our 80th anniversary. If you decide to bring a dessert, I would say we only need gluten free. A second member has graciously offered to bring all the hotdogs and buns for the festival. Thank you in advance for your donations.

Mark your calendars to keep this day open. We plan on having a ton of fun!!!

Volunteers needed: The festival cannot run without all the extra hands that day. If you have not volunteered in the past, this is an excellent opportunity to invest some of your time into the farm! We still need Volunteers for the following: the Check-in Station, 4 Master Grillers, people to cut up produce, set up tents, tables and chairs, sevearl to rinse cookware & set under the serving table and resupply cut veggies & to refill drink containers, 4 to check on bathrooms and empty trashcans around the area, 5-6 people to run the canning booth and/or t-shirt booths.

Storm Follow-up: Please visit our Facebook page to stay on top of what is happening on the farm. Sam and Kyle have taken over the page, made it public and are going to post information & pictures as often as possible so you can see firsthand what is happening on the farm.

The farm is looking better these days (and doesn’t smell anymore!). We were impressed with how quickly the Patty Pan squash repaired and started producing again. The zucchini and straight neck squash have also repaired slightly and continued to produce a little. The third and fourth planting of squash wasn’t hurt as badly because the plants were smaller in size and the huge hailstones were far enough apart to not affect them as much. Eggplant is an extremely sturdy plant. Of everything, it didn’t get torn up as much. The hail did knock off most of the flowers though. But soon there were pretty violet flowers all over the plants again. You are getting all that the plant had produced before the storm. Time will tell if we get more later in the season. You are getting tomatoes from the 2nd and third planting. We stager the planting so you get a fresh supply of tomatoes all season. Plus, when there are too many ripening at a time, this gives us a chance to offer u-pick opportunities. We do not know at this time if there will be enough tomatoes to pick by the box this year. We will keep you informed! At lease we have a few for distribution and that is what really counts!! Your bell peppers and specialty sweet peppers were hurt badly and have not really come back at all. The plants look fine, but the peppers were crushed by hail. We are gleaning the fields for every possible pepper we can find. And as I have said before; all our root crops have survived and are looking well for both the summer and winter shares.

Our Insurance Policy: Did you know that we use the farmers markets as insurance for our CSA? We normally go to 9 farmers markets a week. After the storm, we quit all but one. (We estimate we lost 65% of our crop.) I still attend the farmers market in Boulder on Saturdays. We do this for two reasons: 1. Customers are more accepting of the damaged produce and 2. I get more money for my produce at this market.

We discovered a few years ago that we could not cut out all the farmers markets. The reason? We have so much production from Thursday through Sunday (when we don’t pick for members) it has to be picked and used somewhere. You see, we pick every day or the produce would be huge & uneatable. Over time, we discovered when we have a bad year and produce is in short supply, we can cut the farmers markets out and all the produce is saved and given out for distribution. We have had small hailstorms before, but our members very seldom felt the affect. We would lose a crop or two, but most fields could still produce something and be harvested for members.

What can you do to help us? Purchase a Winter Share! We would not survive this storm if we had to depend on farmers markets. But unlike other CSA’s, we put our members first and you always get the best the farm can offer (and all the leftovers from Thursday go to market). Most people walk away from my farmer’s market booth because of the dings, scars and bruises. If it was not for our CSA, we would be lost. Your insurance is the farmer’s markets, but our insurance is the CSA! This is what CSA is about: Support your farmer in the good years and the bad. And when you have an opportunity, support your community too. You can do that by donating your share when you go on vacation or business trips. Unfortunately, you are seeing the results of a very bad storm, but on those good years, (which happen more than not) you will get the bounty and all its glory!

Spicy Roasted Veggies
Serves 8

In a plastic re-sealable bag add:
¼ cup EVOO
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic salt
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp onion salt
4# root veggies, any kind
Cut all the veggies the same size and place in bag with oil & herbs. Bake on cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. Wonderful cold or hot!

Thank you very much for being so good to us!
Jacquie, Jerry, Kyle and Sam

Newsletter – July 26, 2016

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Dear Members,

This week you will be getting Yukon Gold potatoes, garlic, red onions, carrots, slicing cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, squash, green beans, muskmelon and yellow & red watermelon.

Fruit: First Fruits will be giving you Rainier Cherries and early season peaches called Paonia Sunrise. The cherries are tender and bruise easily. Eat the bruised ones right away; they will be very sweet and delicious!

Honey: Only those of you who are getting honey monthly will be getting it this week. Members who purchased honey to be delivered one time – will get it in August or September depending on the hive health and production. Clark’s Honey Farm provides us with pure, raw, unfiltered honey. In addition to being a great natural sweetener, honey has a multitude of benefits that many people don’t know about. We all know the benefits of the pollen in honey collected from our area. But did you know honey has been proven to be a natural throat soother! It is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. This makes honey a natural fit in a variety of moisturizing products including cleansers, creams, shampoos and conditioners. Honey is also a rich source of carbohydrates, providing 17 grams per tablespoon, which makes it ideal for your working muscles since carbohydrates are the primary fuel the body uses for energy. Carbohydrates are necessary in the diet to help maintain muscle glycogen, which are stored carbohydrates within the muscle. Its’ unique blend of natural sweeteners (from many sources of flowers) gives it the ability to provide quick energy. It does cost us 64 calories per tablespoon and those of you on a low carbohydrate diet; Watch Out!

Donations: I want to thank each member who nominated someone for a free share from the farm this summer. We have given out 18 shares to people outside the farm and we have partially donated shares to 10 people within the membership. This is a big deal to us. We feel it is an integral part of a CSA farm. We are so fortunate to be able to feed so many people. And all of you are so into the farm and supporting what we do; we just want to give back. We do not get to “write off” these donations on our taxes, so it is a true donation from the heart. It is important to remember those who need a helping hand and are grateful we have the capacity and product to do it! We love the fact that most of you also donate your shares when you go on vacation. This helps the community you live within! So many happy tummies this year that might not otherwise have good, healthy food to consume!!

Pickles: I am sorry I have not been able to call anyone to pick pickles. Last year we had very few people interested in the crop so we only planted one row per planting. The first one didn’t produce much, but a new row is on, so I will be calling no more than 4 or 5 people at a time. Hopefully we can get all of you out here soon!

A Reflection from 2011 (five years ago): This has been a roller coaster ride for the farm this summer. Spring was wet, cold and full of hail. Then it got extremely warm & dry come August and September (August being one of the hottest on record!). And then we had one of the prettiest falls I’ve seen. If it wasn’t for this beautiful long fall, several of our crops would not have matured and you wouldn’t have gotten them! What a nice benefit to offset our cold spring. (2011 preceded the horrible drought of 2012 which almost shut the farm down for the year! There was very little water anywhere and we had to search far and wide for water! Due to the drought we had no hail at all and one of the best crops the farm could provide. We let all the pasture and alfalfa die that year and got rid of or reduced the animal population.)

Have a great week! Jacquie and Jerry

Harvest Festival 2012

This year’s Harvest Festival was so much fun!  Here are a few pictures we captured of the day!  Can’t wait until next year!!

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Newsletter: September 10, 2012

Dear Friends of the Farm,

This is week 15 out of an 18 week season.  You are getting yellow cooking onions, red beets, carrots, red & orange bell peppers, anaheim & banana peppers, Japanese eggplant, slicing cucumbers, edamame beans, Golden Globe, Black Velvet and Cherokee Purple or Brandywine tomatoes along with muskmelon & orange flesh honeydew.  We are done with watermelon, corn, squash and green beans.  This week may be the last week for the cucumbers and honeydew.  Crops are slowing down or stopping all together.  With the season being a whole month early, crops will discontinue earlier also.

Water:  Our water was shut off last Thursday for the summer.  We have filled all three ponds and with cooler weather, that should last us through the week.  We don’t see that it will affect your produce bags that much, because crops were slowing down anyway.  It feels & looks like October in the fields!  Maybe by the end of the week it will feel like fall too!

The Harvest Festival is this Sunday from 11am to 4pm.  It sounds like we are going to have a beautiful day with daytime temperatures sitting around 75 degrees.  Can’t ask for better day than that!  We still need a ‘Grill Master’ from 12 to 1:30pm.

Check in before doing anything or going anywhere at the farm.  This is for safety reasons and for me to know who came by.  You can pick up a map of the farm with directions to u-pick crops.  Please follow the directions, or your car will be heading the wrong way!  There will also be directions for a self-tour.  If you have any other questions, that is the best place to stop in and ask.  If they don’t know the answer..they will come find me!

U-Pick Crops:  Jerry will take a look after Distribution Thursday to see what crops may be in abundance.  I’m pretty sure you can pick pablano or anaheim chilies plus sweet peppers too.  You will not be able to pick tomatoes.  We normally have a few special things in the barn and I think there may be a few edamame beans left in the field.  There will be other things; I just don’t know what they will be at this point!

Roasting Chilies:  It will cost $5 to roast chilies.  Please start inside the barn.  You will get a tray for picking.  When you are done, you must check in at the barn again, pay your fee and get a ticket.  Your ticket will match a bag of roasted chilies laid out in trays.  No waiting in line, but it does take quite a bit of time to roast, so don’t be surprised if your chilies are not ready when you are!  We are limited to roasting 35 trays, so after that, you will need to roast them yourself.  We are interested in people showing up early to pick chilies so we can get the roaster started earlier.  Feel free to come help at 9am and picking afterwards!  (around 10 or 10:30)  the more hands we have to help with chores, the sooner everyone can get started picking!

Bring sturdy shoes, a hat & a large dish or dessert to go along with hamburgers and hot dogs.  No bug spray or sunblock should be applied on the farm.  Please do this at home!

This is our way of thanking you for being members.  Hope to see you Sunday!

Jacquie, Jerry, Kyle and Alaina Monroe

Newsletter: July 30, 2012

Dear Friends,

This is week 9 and we are half way through our season!  This week you will receive Yukon Gold potatoes; red onions; white carrots; green cabbage; slicing, pickling & lemon cucumbers; Globe eggplant; green beans; green & purple peppers; yellow sweet corn; muskmelon; gourmet honeydew and tomatoes.  You may possibly get one of the following heirloom tomatoes which are just now starting to mature:  Brandywine, Black Velvet and Golden Globe.

I have recently been informed by members the cucumbers have been bitter.  We believe this is caused by the heat or possibly because the cucumber patch is old.  Removing the skins of the cucumber will solve the problem.  Jerry wants you to know that we are now picking in a new patch and he is watering as much as we possibly can.  We are hoping they will be much better this week!

Don’t be fooled by the roots that look like parsnips or a radish.  They are actually white carrots.  Their taste will be milder than your orange carrots.

There will be no fruit this week for our Fruit Shareholders…but there will be a nice surprise next week!

Please Note:  Dani tells me we have received a payment from a J. Troy in April that we cannot attach to anyone in our membership.  We figured someone would have called and told us their share had been paid and this would have all worked out by now!  Does this belong to anyone?  If you can verify what was paid I will credit your account.

Recent Water News:  The farm received a letter from the irrigation company.  They believe there will be enough water to get us through the middle of September.  However, if we continue to get these extremely high temperatures, this may change.  Something we don’t even think about is the amount of evaporation off of the surface of lakes.  On a normal year, we lose 25 acre feet per day, and this year we are losing 45 acre feet of water per day to evaporation!  A letter will be sent out at the end of the month to keep us informed of any changes.

Jerry tells me that that even though he makes several planting of the same crops throughout the season (so we can have them every week); he still expects to harvest about everything because everything is coming on sooner than normal.  We still expect a full 18 week season.  Your share just may look a little different in the end.

Blog:  I know the blog has not been as consistent as usual.  The member who normally posts the newsletter to the blog has been ill and has had several surgeries.  Please keep in mind the farm is run by a small staff of employees and Member Volunteers.  We are not a huge corporation with several employees with many titles and positions.  Paper copies are always available at your Distribution Center.  If you would like to get one, please inform your DC!

Festival:  We are looking forward to our gathering on September 16th for a beautiful day of fun on the farm!  Hours will be 11am to 4pm.  We need to know who will be attending this event so that we know how much inventory we need to purchase.  You must RSVP to this event!  Please do so no later than Sept 7th.  Contact Peg Lehr at wrdwrrior@comcast.net or by phone at 303-329-8506.  We will need to know if you are vegetarian and how many people are in your family; adults/kids.  We do not encourage people from outside the membership to join us for the festival.  This is our Thank You to you for being members.  If you do bring guests, it will be $10 a person, adult and children alike.  We will also need to know how many adults/kids and whether or not they are vegetarian.  A return reply will not be given to your RSVP.

Activities:

  • There will be a pot-luck style lunch.  We will provide utensils, drinks, hot dogs and hamburgers, plus all the extras that go with them.  We will need you to bring a side dish or dessert.  Please double the amount you would normally feed your family.
  • There will be a few carnival style booths for children & adults!
  • There will be a Canning Booth to help you with your canning questions.  We will also hold a jam/jelly contest and a pickle contest.  Please bring down you best jar and let us see how it stands up to our judges views!  There will be a small prize for the winners!
  • If you are interested in a hat or cookbook they will be available to purchase at the Festival.
  • We will have our annual Stick Horse Race for all horse lovers.  We encourage you to make your horse and enter your steed into the race.  Prizes will be awarded for best dressed horse and the winners of the races.  We will start out with a parade and then the races begin!
  • A Self-Tour of the farm will be available.  Loaded with a map and directions, you can explore the buildings on the farm; see animals and the farmland itself.
  • If you are interested in picking a few crops, we normally have a list of U-pick crops for canning and freezing at the check –in station.  You will need a decent pair of shoes for picking crops (flip flops are not recommended)!
  • We hope the Belgium mules will make it to the festival again this year for a field demonstration.  I really want you to see how farming was done with animals when Jerry’s Dad was a kid!
  • We will have an old fashioned apple press available.  We ask every family to bring a bag of apples to press; the more varieties, the better the cider.  Everyone will be able to get a small glass of cider to try!

Volunteers for festival:  I know several of you are anxiously waiting for a time in which you can volunteer on the farm.  Now is your chance!  The Festival will need several people to help keep it running smoothly!  Hopefully you have taken the time to discuss the different activities & what you would be able to do individually or as a family to help during the Festival.  Please contact Peg Lehr about volunteering!  wrdwrrior@comcast.net or 303-329-8506.

Here is a list of all the jobs that need volunteers:

  • Set Up and Produce Choppers:  as many as we can get & we start at 8am!
  • Check-In Station:  two people every hour – 11 to 3:00
  • “Master” Grillers:  two people every shift – 10:30 to 12; 12 to 1:30 and 1:30 to 3:00
  • Clear Food Table and Man Drink Station:  2 people every hour 11 to 3:00
  • Empty Trash Cans/Restock Bathrooms:  1 person every hour 11 to 4
  • Canning “Experts”:   1 person every hour 11 to 3 or 4
  • Cookbook/Hat Booth:  1 person every hour 11 to 4
  • Tear Down & Clean Up:  Everyone who is still around at the end of the day can help us with this chore!  As Grandmother Edith would say, “Many hands make light work.”  This takes no more than an hour to complete.  Last year because we had so many helping hands, this work was completed in 45 min!

The Final Word:  This is such an exciting time of year.  Normally the crops you see right now are on mid to late August.  Yes crops such as melon and tomatoes are extremely early.  Jerry wants you to know he has never picked a muskmelon in June his entire life nor a watermelon in July.  I’m glad we have them; it has been so hot outside.  They give so much relief!  We don’t have any watermelon this week, but be assured…it is Jerry’s favorite, so more varieties are on the way!  To make up for it, he has found some sweet corn for you.  Another one of his favorites, so you know it will be good!

Thank you for supporting us during this extremely hot summer.  When the produce is on, you will be getting a lot of it.  The same goes when I tell you it is time to come out for a U-pick crop.  When it’s on, it’s on!  Be prepared to come out on short notice!

Jacquie, Jerry, Kyle and Alaina

Newsletter: Sept. 28, 2010 – Winter Shares, Lost & Found, Freeze Warning


Dear Members,

This is week 15 out of 18 deliveries.  You are getting Yukon Gold potatoes, yellow cooking onions, carrots, summer squash, possibly some cucumbers, red peppers, banana peppers, tomatoes and bi-color corn.  New this week are diakon radishes, celery and butternut squash.  We will be getting fruit this week.  First Fruits Organic Farms are sending Honey Crisp and Gala apples.

We have found a Distribution Center in Central Denver on the east side of I-25.  The location will be near 6th Avenue and Downing.  We are still looking for a Distribution Center in Boulder.  If no one volunteers, we will be calling each and every person who signs up for a Winter Share asking them to be the Distribution Center.  Please consider volunteering.  You get a $100 discount and the produce is delivered to your door.  Best part about it, you don’t have to drive to pick up your produce!

The Winter Share deadline is coming up on October 1st.  Winter Share forms can be found at your Distribution Centers!  Or you can call me and I will mail one directly to you.  Those of you who have already registered for a Winter Share this spring do not need to sign up again.  It will be transferred from your Summer Share information, including your egg order.  Contact me if you want to increase or decrease the total amount of eggs you receive each month.  Winter Distribution will begin November 3rd and will be delivered every-other Wednesday through February 23rd.  We will skip December 29th delivery and give you a double bag on Dec. 15th (the week before Christmas).

Jerry and the guys have finished harvesting the dried beans.  We grew black beans and kidney beans for the Winter Share this year.  They look terrific!  It looks like we will have enough to give it out every distribution!  I made a pot of chili out of the kidney beans just to see how they taste.  Oh Wow!  I was surprised by the freshness and how wonderful they tasted!  I am really looking forward to this.

New items have been found from the Harvest Festival.  They include:  a tea towel, a cell phone and canning jars that had pickles in them.  Item not claimed yet are:  a clear plastic bowl, pottery serving dishes, duffel bag with dishes, a large baking dish, a large white plastic serving spoon and several other metal serving spoons; two of which are matching and belong to the pottery serving bowls.

If you are one of the many people who did not bring a one gallon container to the Festival to pick tomatoes into and barrowed one of our wooden baskets, please return them if you took them home.  They were only for measurement purposes.  We need them for Farmers Markets and several are missing!

If you could not make it out to the Harvest Festival and would like to pick anaheim chilies and have them roasted, you can do that this week.  I will be available Tue & Thr at 6pm and Sunday at 10am or 1pm.  Please call and make an appointment.  It costs $5 to roast!

It is that time of year where we can have a hard freeze that will take crops away from distribution.  Are you available to help pick produce at the last minute?  Some crops can be saved and given out for distribution if we can get them safely inside the barn or strawbale buildings.  We are going to set up a freeze warning system. Lorna Carnahan will be in charge of this.  Contact her at 208-371-8372 or at lornacarnahan@gamil.com.  If it looks like we will have a freeze, a warning will go out and picking will start immediately.  We will mostly likely pick peppers and probably tomatoes.  There are not too many of these left so we may just let them go!

If you are one of the many Members who are saving the heirloom watermelon seed, it must be in a paper envelope.  They cannot be saved in a plastic bag.  By the time we get them, they have completely molded and they are no good!

Again, I would like to thank everyone who helped out and attended the Harvest Festival.  There really was a great turnout and I think everyone had a great time.  I know I did!

Have a great week!

Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle