This Week’s Box Feature– Sweet Potatoes!

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Our featured Veggie this week is Sweet Potatoes—Garnet Sweet Potatoes are in the Special Box for Group B.  We’ll have extras for sale, including two other varieties: 

  • A light fleshed, drier variety, most likely White Hamon, Hannah, or O’Henry (I can’t tell til we get them Wednesday, and I have a chance to look at them);
  • and a Japanese variety called Murasaki with purple skin and light flesh, super good flavor.
  • FYI—Yam is a ‘nickname’ for dark orange colored sweet potatoes. True ‘yams’ are a vegetable in Africa that does not resemble sweet potatoes at all! 
  • We raised Sweet Potatoes in the garden for 3 years but had to discontinue as we didn’t have the right curing set up.  After harvested, they are stored in the dark at 80-90 degrees with a little moisture for a week to ten days.  (One Fall we set up our ‘refrigerated’ truck with a heater and bucket of water and stored the sweet potatoes in open aired crates.  This worked great, but we had to use the truck for deliveries.  It was not worth the unloading and reloading!)  

 

Enjoy the info below from World’s Healthiest Foods at http://www.whfoods.com, and remember Food is Your Best Medicine!  Check out their website for more information on the sweet potatoes and other healthy foods–

WHAT’S NEW AND BENEFICIAL ABOUT SWEET POTATOES

Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes may be one of nature’s unsurpassed sources of beta-carotene. Several recent studies have shown the superior ability of sweet potatoes to raise our blood levels of vitamin A.

It can be helpful to include some fat in your sweet potato-containing meals if you want to enjoy the full beta-carotene benefits of this root vegetable. Recent research has shown that a minimum of 3-5 grams of fat per meal significantly increases our uptake of beta-carotene from sweet potatoes.

Some nutritional benefits from sweet potatoes simply may be easier to achieve if you use steaming or boiling as your cooking method.

While researchers have long been aware of sporamins—storage proteins in sweet potato—only recently has research shown some of their unique antioxidant properties. The potential health benefits of the sweet potato sporamins in helping prevent oxidative damage to our cells should not be surprising since sweet potatoes produce sporamins whenever subjected to physical damage to help promote healing.

ANTIOXIDANT NUTRIENTS IN SWEET POTATOES

Sweet potatoes contain a wealth of orange-hued carotenoid pigments. In countries throughout Africa, in India and in the Caribbean, sweet potatoes have been shown to be a highly effective way of providing school age children with sizable amounts of their daily vitamin A.

Recent research has shown that particularly when passing through our digestive tract, sweet potato cyanidins and peonidins and other color-related phytonutrients may be able to lower the potential health risk posed by heavy metals and oxygen radicals.   

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY NUTRIENTS IN SWEET POTATOES

Color-related pigments in sweet potato are equally valuable for their anti-inflammatory health benefits. In animal studies, reduced inflammation following sweet potato consumption has been shown in brain tissue and nerve tissue throughout the body.

POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENT OF BLOOD SUGAR REGULATION

Many people think about starchy root vegetables as a food group that could not possibly be helpful for controlling their blood sugar. What’s fascinating about sweet potatoes is their ability to potentially improve blood sugar regulation—even in persons with type 2 diabetes— in spite of their glycemic index (GI) rating of medium. (Sweet potatoes are one of four WHFoods vegetables that have a GI ranking of medium. The other three vegetables are beets, corn, and leeks.) The 6.6 grams of dietary fiber in a medium sweet potato are definitely a plus in terms of blood sugar regulation, since they help steady the pace of digestion.

The Store at The Farm– More Good Stuff!

The Store is at 1049 Washakie Ten and open during Pick Up’s on Thursday– This will help you view what we plan to have to help with your weekly shopping!

UPDATED 1/18/2020  AVAILABLE 1/23/2020

–FRUIT (Quantities in stock or anticipated)

ORG WA Honey Crisp Apples (40#)……………………….$2.50/#

ORG Bananas (19#)……………………………………………..$1.25/# 

Peelz Mandarin Oranges-Cuties & Halo’s are same thing from different companies         (13 bags- 3# each)………………………………………………………….$6.00 each 

Heirloom Navel Oranges (30#)………………………………………..$2.00/#

Meyers Lemons(5#)…………………..…………..………………….$1.00 each 

Rio Star Grapefruit (6)…………………………………………………$1.25 each

Limes (15)…………………………………………………………………….$2/$1.25

Pineapple (7)…………………………………………………………..$5.75

Pomegranates (25)…………………………………………………………..$3.50 each

Avocado (12)…………………………………………………………………………………..$1.50

 

VEGGIES–LCF is our own Lloyd Craft Farms from the 2019 growing season!  

–BRASSICA’s–

ORG Brussels Sprouts- 12 oz bags (9)……………………………….$5.50 each

Broccoli- Asian Crowns- 1# heads (or 12 oz bags) (6)……………………………….$4.00 each

ORG Green Cabbage (4)……………………………………………………..$1.50/#

ORG Red Cabbage (3)…………………………………………………………$1.75/#

ORG Cauliflower (5)………………………………………………………$2.75/#

–NIGHTSHADE–

ORG Orange Bell Peppers (11)……………………………………………$3.00 each

ORG Green Bell Peppers (7)……………………………………………..$1.75 each

ORG Cherry Tomatoes-on-the-vine, 12 oz (11)……NEW ITEM…………………$6.25 each

ORG Roma Tomatoes (5#)…………………………………………………………….$3.50/#

–ROOT CROPS–

(Potatoes are a Nightshade, Sweet Potatoes or Yams ARE NOT a Nightshade)

LCF Potatoes- All Blue- 3# bag (3)……………………………………….$5.00

LCF Potatoes- Huckleberry Gold- 3# bag (3)…….………………….$4.00

LCF Potatoes- Russets- 3# bag (3)…………………………………………$3.50

LCF Potatoes- Yukon/Satina Mix- 3# bag (3)………………………….$3.75

ORG Sweet Potatoes (Garnet AKA Yams)- (10#)…………………………………$2.25/#

ORG Sweet Potatoes (Japanese- purple outside, white inside)- (5#)………………..$2.50/#

ORG Sweet Potatoes (tan outside, yellow inside, little drier flesh)- (5#)………….$2.50/#

ORG Carrots- 1# bag (18)……………………………………………………$1.50

LCF Carrot Mix- Large- 2# bag (5)………………………………….$3.75

Earthbound Green Beans, 12 oz bag (5)…………………………………..$5.25

 

–CURCUBITS–

ORG Cucumbers (16)…………………………………………………………$2.00 each

ORG Zucchini (7)……………………………………………………………..$1.75 each

ORG Butternut Squash (2)…………………………………………………..$3.25 each

ORG Spaghetti Squash (2)……………………………………………………$4.00 each

LCF Winter Squash (20#)……………………………………………………..$1.00/#

–ONIONS–

LCF Sierra Blanca & Ringmaster-white (15#)…………………………$1.00/#

LCF Redwing- Red (15#)………………………………………………………………$1.25/#

See Herbs for Garlic…

–GREENS–

Greybull Valley Living Lettuce–Butterhead this week (5)……………$3.00

Greybull Valley Living Lettuce- Green Leaf (10)…………………………..$2.75

ORG Rainbow Swiss Chard (3)…………………………………………………..$2.75

ORG Green Kale (4)………………………………………………………………….$2.75

Organic Girl Baby Spinach- 5 oz (12)……………………………………………$3.75 SPECIAL

–HERBS, ETC–

Greybull Valley Living Basil (6)………………………………………………..$3.00

ORG Poultry Mix–Rosemary, Sage, Thyme (3)……………………………$3.00

ORG Mint (1)……………………………………………………………………………$3.00

ORG Italian Parsley (7)……………………………………………………………..$2.75

ORG Garlic (13)…………………………………………………………………………$.50 each

ORG Gingerroot (3)…………………………………………………………………..$.75 each

ORG Celery (12)…………………………………………………………………………$2.50

LCF Celeriac (10#)…………………………………………………………………….$1.00 each

ORG White Mushrooms- 8 oz (2)………………………………………………..$3.00 each

ORG Litehouse Ranch Dressing (7)………………………………………….$4.75 SPECIAL

ORG Balsamic Vinegar Dressing (4)……………………………………………………$4.75 SPECIAL

ORG Ginger and Honey Dressing (3)………………………………………………..$4.75 SPECIAL

 

 

ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  PRICES POSTED ARE AN ESTIMATE BASED ON THE ORDER BUT ARE ADJUSTED ONCE THE PRODUCE IS RECEIVED FROM THE DISTRIBUTOR, OR PACKAGED IF OUR OWN.

Week 2- Group B Buyer’s Group/Walk-in’s Welcome

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Week 1 went smoothly, with the last box going out this afternoon from the cooler on The Farm.  The thing that thrills me is how we have been able to seamlessly refrigerate those items that need it,  maintaining freshness and holding them longer!  We met the Spokane truck Wednesday at the end of the lane.  Despite the frigid wind we moved them right into the coolers after the 3 minute trip up the lane!  And they were there until taken to YOUR homes–LOVE IT!   (My back and right shoulder thank you, too!  No lifting and moving heavy boxes of produce twice–)

Now for this week!  Group B:  2# ORG Honeycrisp Apples, ORG Cauliflower, ORG Cucumber, Lloyd Craft Farms Redwing Jumbo Onion, 1# ORG Garnet Sweet Potatoes (AKA Yams), ORG Cherry Tomato on-the-vine (12 oz), Greybull Valley Green Leaf Living Lettuce, ORG Earthbound Green Beans (12 oz)– $30

We are transitioning the Letter insert on-line for this week!  This will reduce cost, save my poor printer, and still provide you access to information and recipes– A copy will be at Thursday Pick up for those that wish to take a quick picture!  (My preference, as the recipes are then on my phone and easy to read in the kitchen during meal preparation–)

I have 8 more openings for Group B–Got a friend, relative, co-worker, neighbor who might be interested? Help us by Word of MOUTH– Text 431-1219, email craftterri@rtconnect.net, or respond to this email or our Facebook page– Information at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com , Buyer’s Group page, and 2020 Memo of Understanding. 

The Farmer’s Wife

 

 

Happy New Year! 2020–WOW…Perfect Vision

Long time, no see–as the saying goes!  We here at Lloyd Craft Farms have been taking a breather–Now we are gearing up for the 2020 Buyer’s Group:  The Store page has been updated and the 2020 Memo of Understanding brought current!  (WHEW–now I can watch the NFL Divisional Play off’s…Go Mahomes!  My dad was a coach at heart all of my growing years and this is one thing I do with Dad near MY heart!)

First Day of Buyer’s Group–Thursday, January 16th.  Get your Special Box of hand selected veggies (and fruits), either on a Weekly or Leap-Frog basis, $30 paid at Pick Up. No cost to JOIN.

Sign up needed: send an email to craftterri@rtconnect.net, enter your name in the comment section below the post at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com, text your name to 431-1219, or post on our Facebook page (Lloyd Craft Farms).  EASY! Only 30 Boxes available this week…we can do more next week…

Week 1 Special Box:  3# bag Mandarin Oranges (Peelz), Pomegranate, our own Patriot Potatoes (RED, ‘WHITE’, & BLUE), our own thick ringed white onion (Sierra Blanca or Ringmaster), Greybull Valley Butterhead Living Lettuce, ORG Celery, Broccoli Crowns, ORG Carrots, ORG Cucumber, ORG Green Pepper, with info sheet and recipes!  WHO DOESN’T LIKE FRESH, CLEAN, NUTRIENT DENSE FRUITS AND VEGGIES?!

Additional items to buy Thursday:  Citrus (Heirloom Oranges, organic lemons, limes, grapefruit), ORG Meyers Lemons, ORG Bananas, ORG WA Honeycrisp Apples, Pineapples, and more Pomegranates…Cauliflower, ORG Brussels Sprouts, ORG Green and Red Cabbage, Greens (Butterhead lettuce, Kale, Swiss Chard, Baby Spinach), ORG Yellow Bell Peppers, ORG Cucumbers, ORG Celery, ORG Poppie Tomatoes, ORG Mushrooms, and MORE!  Check out The Store page!

IMPORTANT:  New Year, New Location–1049 Washakie Ten (The Farm!)…easy to find…less than 1/4 mile off Hwy 16 (Highway to Ten Sleep)…From Washakie Ten, turn right at 1049 right past 5 HUGE metal granaries…use West door of the shelter and park where designated. Can’t make it?  We deliver for $3.50, Thursday’s at 6:00–let us know Monday before. 

**We realize this may not be as convenient as right on main street, but it helps our life a WHOLE LOT:  ample refrigeration and cooler space 24/7, reduces the amount of lifting and the time spent in transporting produce AND BOXES to town, allows us more time prepping veggies and less time traveling, helps with our spring work in the high tunnels and garden.  (We would be remiss to not thank Janene and Janet, Bee Healthy, for graciously providing space for the past five years–THANK YOU!)

So, sign up and get ready for FIVE MONTH of fresh veggies, process simplified!  The Farmer’s Wife       PS- Watch for information on the January 23rd Mexican Dinner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

FALL BOX 3– READY THURSDAY at The Farm…a few extra’s available…

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Hey! For those that ordered, Fall Special Box 3 will be ready for Pick Up at The Farm Thursday, December 5th. Noon until 6:00. For those that didn’t but would like to, I still have a few extra Boxes we can include—send me a text. 431-1219  (9 items, recipes, $30)

We will also have Organic Cranberries (just in time for the Holidays–easy to fix!), Greybull Valley living lettuces (Butterhead and Green Leaf), and several cases of fruits for sale, as well as our own additional onions, potatoes, and winter squash.  In addition to the regular avocados, bananas, Honeycrisp apples, oranges…we will have some Organic Red Bartlett Pears, Honey Mangoes (AKA Champagne), Pineapples, and Organic Pomegranates.  I couldn’t help myself and ordered in some more crisp celery with the long green stalks…we have our celeriac for your soups and stews!  Also some Broccoli Crowns and Cauliflower–first come, first serve on them–

 

Take advantage and stock up for December.  This is the final offering for 2019– Buyer’s Group will start in January 2020, followed by the CSA in July for 13 weeks, and Fall Special Boxes if garden yeilds!  Help us keep fresh and local flowing to the Big Horn Basin and surrounding Wyoming communities–  The Farmer’s Wife

Last Fall Special Box for 2019–12 Boxes Left

 

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Brussels sprouts, soup worthy carrots full of flavor, cabbage (either Red or Winter Savoy), Redwing sweet onion, Red Beets, Sunchokes, Celeriac (Celery Root), 3# All Blue potatoes, and Spaghetti squash—$30 (pick up at The Farm), $35 for a delivered Box. Included in the Box is information including recipes, and ways to prepare and store these locally grown veggies! Raised using organic principles…

 

Text 307-431-1219, or email craftterri@rtconnect.net.   Last day to order is Monday, December 2nd—

 

Fall Box 2 READY TO GO…Thursday, November 21st…Pick Up at The Farm… Fruit available for Purchase!

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Boxes are Assembled and ready to GO!  Pick Up at The Farm, 1049 Washakie Ten, noon to 6:00 p.m…The Farmer will plow the road early in the morning for an easy trip in!  Pumpkin Pies are ready for those that ordered them–Boxed in the steel refrigerator…also, baked a couple of extra, first come, first serve…

While here, check out the stuff we’ve brought in to help with good, fresh foods:  3# bag of Mandarin type oranges ($5.00), Oranges ($1.50/#), Organic Honeycrisp Apples ($2.50/#), Organic Bananas ($1.25/#), Altaufo Honey Mangoes ($1.75 each), California Avocados ($1.25 each), Organic Pomegranates ($3.50 each), Organic Lemons ($1.25 each), Organic Ginger Root ($.50 each), Organic Yams ($2.25/#), Greybull Valley Butterhead Lettuce ($3.25 each), Greybull Valley Red Leaf Lettuce ($3.00 each), and Organic Girl Baby Spinach ($4.00- 5 oz container).  I will also have some Broccoli Crowns, Cauliflower, our own Onions and Potatoes, including Fingerling Mix.  Also, Acorn squash and some Hooligan Thanksgiving pumpkins for Decoration, as well as some sweet Carnival and Sweet Dumpling Delicata!

Plan to shop a bit and get some good, healthy food for needed energy during this cold snap!  Didn’t get a Box but would like some fruit?  Consider signing up for Box 3…

See you TOMORROW!  The Farmer’s Wife