Sorry for the Delay…but, Veggies headed to Bee Healthy NOW!

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Sorry for the Delay...someone broke the lock on our front door and walked off with our cashbox sometime last night!  Good news, we were only delayed for a short time while the Police did their amazing work, the locksmith fixed the front door, and Radical Bomb put the POS back together MINUS the cash box!

ANYWAY…we are open and I’m taking the fresh veggies down to Bee Healthy right now!  We have some Yellow Wax Beans, Butterhead Lettuce from Greybull Valley Produce, first week harvest of Lemon Cucumbers, too!  Lots of fresh cabbages (red and green and tendersweet flat), fresh Broccoli Florets harvested Wednesday, Kale from the garden for $1 a bundle (tender), and fresh herbs and Parsley, too!  Lots of cukes, ORG Yams, and the first week of Orange Cauliflower (and white too)–

Come and check it out!

 

Friday & Saturday Market Day at Bee Healthy!

Good morning!  Yesterday we had a great day of CSA sharing—lots of fresh vegetables for members, including our first group of Monthlies!  NOW time to share a bit with our community at large. Market Day at Bee Healthy Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Everyone welcome!

Sample veggies from our garden: White and Cheddar colored Cauliflower, green and red cabbages, broccoli florets and Broccolini (the best!), several kinds of cucumbers, and fresh Basil and an Herb packet for $1 of Savory, Rosemary, Thyme, and Oregano.  Fresh parsley from our garden, as well as fresh picked Kale.  From Spokane Produce:  ORG Yams, Avocados, Grapefruit, garlic, fresh ginger root and turmeric.  Reasonable prices, easy to shop…stop in and check it out!!

Week 4 for the CSA! A Long OVERDUE Message for all CSA Members from The Farmer’s Wife-

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We are into Week 4 of the CSA…that doesn’t mean that everyone has gotten four Shares…far from it!  But it does mean that the garden has blessed us for 4 weeks!  (The length of the CSA Season is technically 16 weeks for us, and on average 13 weeks  for the members…those that purchased the Extension tag on two more weeks!  We still have room, and could use some help filling spots in the outer reaches of the CSA.  Memberships are pro-rated from the time of start–)

Here are some of the blessings from the GARDEN:

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Summer Squash–Zucchini, Yellow Squash (Slick Pick), Zephyr (yellow with a green tip), and Costa Romanesco (striped heirloom zucchini).  We also have 20 feet of Patty Pans…but they are more like a surprise package that just shows up randomly!  Summer Squash is always the first to bloom and bear, especially the zucchini, but our yield this year has not been as strong as in the past.  It seems we have about 20 feet of the 400 foot bed that is ‘barren’.  The Farmer says that section is sandy and does not hold the moisture and MAN! it’s been hot!  Still…we have had enough to share among all the members.  We will continue with the summer squash in the shares until there is no more room because of all the other great stuff.  Note: For Worland area and The Store on The Farm, we will continue to stock Zucchini and the other mixes in 2# bags.  (Health wise, Dr. Bieler in his book, Food is Your Best Medicine, ‘prescribed’ zucchini soup for his ailing patients, claiming that it helped the body to heal because the concentration of salt in zucchini is the same as the natural sodium in our blood.)

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Cucumbers…MAN! do we have variety…Thunder, Olympian, and Mongoose are our slicers…we over-planted.  :/  (We have been looking for a new slicer since the Sultan seed was no longer available several years back.  Still searching…Thunder is too thick skinned and can be bitter, Olympian is inconsistent in size and smaller, and Mongoose is a slow producer.) Presently we are harvesting over 100# every other day!  This insanity will come to a close, and we’ll pick our favorite and abandon the other two as the garden continues to produce new things and we have less time to harvest everything!  Our other varieties are Harmonies, Suyo, Lemon, and Striped Armenians. 

The Harmonies, which we bag for the shares in 1# bags, are a European Pickling variety, but also what is sold in stores as Snack Cucumbers.  They are full of flavor, sweet, and thin-skinned.  Kids LOVE them, including my 39 year old daughter!

 

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Suyo and Striped Armenians are the longer, larger cucumbers we grow.  Suyo is dense and prickly skinned, and a good keeper.  Striped Armenians are striped (makes sense) and sweeter. (Pretty in salads; when sliced they look like little flowers with their fluted edges.) I always say Armenians resemble the melon side of the cucurbits family.  This is a large family, commonly called the Gourd family, including squash, pumpkins, zucchini, cucumbers, melons, and luffa…yes, the sponges! 

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The last variety of cucumber is the heirloom Lemon Cucumber.  That’s the one I get the most text pictures from remote members after delivery of their Boxes with a simple statement:  “What is this?”  As the name suggests they are yellow and round, but that’s where the similarities end.  A wonderful cucumber, IF you don’t let it get too big…otherwise they are like softballs and in fact our son got his bat and practiced with them!  Yes, they do splatter!

 

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Broccoli heads, broccoli crowns, broccoli florets, and Broccolini Galion X.  The aforementioned three are the same plant just harvested in steps.  The Broccoli head in the center is harvested first…Green Magic heads (our short day Spring broccoli) are smaller ‘crown’ sized, and Gypsy (our longer day Summer broccoli) are larger at 1# average.  (Gypsy hasn’t been that good this year as the heat has affected their looks and a little of their flavor.) After the heads are harvested, then the next production (usually two to four) are the ‘crowns’.  After the ‘crowns’ are harvested you have side production, or the florets.  You can harvest these until you decide they have gotten too small to justify the hunt and search, and you have to move on to other things.

 

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The fourth Broccoli is not what you buy in the store as Broccolini (Italian for little broccoli), but a variety developed by Johnnie’s Seed in Maine by crossing the European Broccoli and the Asian Galions….thus Broccolini Galion X!  The result is a broccoli that is sweeter, more tender, and you can eat the leaves!  (This is not genetic modification, but Johnnie’s uses natural breeding methods.)  Same harvesting process holds true with the Broccolini Galion X (aka Mini Broccoli):  you harvest the main head to get the long stemmed side production that we all love and eat!

This week some of you folks will get Broccolini Crowns from the new variety of mini-broccoli called BC1611 (who in their right mind would name something a number?!).  I like these small heads steamed, but you can also chop them up and fry them in a cast iron skillet with some onion.  Leave the leaves on, and let them brown to bring all the sweetness out!  Don’t forget to season with the pink salt and some cracked pepper corns!

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Last week the garden blessed us with some FRESH onionsWalla Walla and Candy! We had Washington Cherry Tomatoes for the smallest group.  AND we were able to add some nice sized (not too big and not too small) Daikon radishes, to half the Shares.  This week the other two groups will get their Daikon’s, and this week ALL the Shares are being blessed with Cauliflower!  (We had our first picking for Worland folks in Week 3, but now in Week 4 we have 140 heads to share!  Yellow Flamestar for the South route…Thermopolis, Riverton, and Lander, White Bishop for Worland and Ten Sleep.)  Other new items in varying degrees are fresh basil and maybe some other herbs, the first harvest of the sweet peppers (Romanian Antohi Frying Peppers), and some beans (either Yellow Wax or Jade Green).  More Tomatoes (Washington Cherry) as they increase in volume!

A note on the Antohi peppers….they are a true frying pepper.  They are rather bland UNTIL you cook them, fried in the cast iron is my preference, and then they are dynamite!  Cook them with your summer squash, but don’t add them to a salad, unless it is a wilted salad with spinach, mushrooms, and water chestnuts.

Enjoy your food!  Support your immune system through your food!  And live life to the fullest!!   The Best is YET to come!  The Farmer’s Wife

 

First Friday and Saturday Market at Bee Healthy– New Things to Consider….

 

Happy to report we had a good first weekend of Market at The Bee.  We sold more than we brought back to The Farm, only pulling a few items.  We decided to leave a few things that are truly health food staples!  Bee Healthy will stock garlic (including Elephant garlic), turmeric, and ginger root…These are all the natural forms of some of the supplements that address inflammation, help control pain, and have healing properties.  Ours are USDA certified Organic.

Kyolic is the name brand of a garlic supplement with differing label variations...some for cardiovascular helps and some with immune support helps.  Actual garlic has the same properties, just not the concentration.  Incorporate garlic into your cooking.  A little bit a day goes a long way…if you know what I mean.  😉  Roasted garlic is easier to eat, and a clove can be squeezed into soups or mashed potatoes.

Curcumin is the bright yellow phenol in turmeric.  As Wikipedia states, “It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, a member of the ginger family.  Curcumin is sold as an herbal supplement, cosmetics ingredient, food flavoring, and food coloring.”  Though Wikipedia does not delve into the nutritional merits of curcumin, other clinical studies have found merit as an anti-inflammatory, which can help with pain.  Turmeric is a stronger flavor than ginger root, which can easily be grated into your stir-fry or added to any vegetable dish to add a nice fresh flavor.  Turmeric is used in a lot of Indian dishes as a component of curry.  I personally like putting a slice of turmeric in my hot tea.  It is mildly infused in the tea, imparting its flavor, and then can be chewed up as an extra treat!

Other items we left at Bee Healthy were Rainbow Chard, Lacinato Kale, fresh Cilantro, and Celery…Chards are in the same family as Red Beets and Spinach, Kale is another member of the Brassica family, Cilantro is thought to be helpful in eliminating metals from your system, and celery is a great juice additive.  All of these products are Organic.

We will also stock Organic Dates (in the cooler section) along with our other natural and organic based sweeteners!  Janet also stocked the dates and they are great!

The last two items we left at Bee Healthy are a passel of our own CUCUMBERS and a half box of ORG Pink Lady apples!

The cucumbers are 2/$1.00–50 cents each!  We are being inundated here at The Farm with CUCUMBERS!  All kinds, but especially the slicers:  Thunder, Mongoose, and Olympian.  I don’t know what we were thinking!  But they are good and good for us!  Cucumbers are in the same family as melons, and sometimes we can get hints of the sweet taste (Striped Armenian cucumbers!)…many folks who have allergic reactions to cantaloupe also have mild irritation to cucumbers. Cucumbers are best fresh and not a good keeper in the fridge!  I always tell the CSA Members:  Eat your cucumber FIRST!

As to the apples…we will take them back home next week and make applesauce with what is left.  Apples are in the top 5 of those foods heavily laden with toxins, and organically raised should be the preference!  Domestic apples are done until the new crop is ready later in the summer, early fall…these beauties came from Argentina!  The Washington apples ended mid-June–  Cripps Pink is the actual name of the apple; Pink Lady is a trademark!  

Enjoy your food and take care of your health…It’s worth it!  The Farmer’s Wife  

Pickling Cucumbers & Dill!

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We have pickling cucumbers and have been filling orders!  13# is roughly 8 quarts–$30 with Dill. These are European Picklers with a nice sweet flavor and no bitterness in the skin. 

Send me a text 431-1219 to get your spot saved–  We are harvesting 50# every other day…very little wait time!

 

Market Day at Bee Healthy–Fri & Sat only!

 

It is official!  Market Day at Bee Healthy has started…today, Friday, July 24th, at 10:06 am (yes we were a few minutes late…)   We have stocked a half cooler and a whole buffet with organically raised fruits and vegetables:  ORG Cripps Pink (aka Pink Lady) apples, Navel Oranges, ORG lemons and limes, Pineapples…some fun little potato medleys, garlic (both Elephant and regular), ORG Dates, ORG Turmeric and ORG Ginger Root.  In the coolers:  Greybull Valley Butterhead lettuce, Organic Girl Baby Spinach, ORG Lacinato Kale, ORG Rainbow Chard, Earthbound ORG Celery, ORG Cilantro...

From our garden…lots of Cucumbers, Snack Cukes, Broccolini and Broccoli Crowns, 2 beautiful heads of Broccoli, 3 Cabbagesall fresh and ready to go!  Priced reasonable, especially for fresh and LOCAL.  

Come and get them!  Available only until Saturday at 3:00 pm.   The Farmer’s Wife

The Store at The Farm is Coming…and so is Market Day at The Bee!

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Today is the second CSA Pick Up of the 2020 Season…Today is the second half of the Monthly’s and the second half of the Leap-Frog’s!  The beauty of the Monthly Share is being able to shop The Store at The Farm every single Thursday, whether you day for a Share or NOT!  Well….today is that day.  (Same holds true of the Leap-Frogs…come and restock on cucumbers…Wahoo!  The first day of The Store at The Farm– 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

Items for sale:   ORG Pink Lady Apples, Navel Oranges and ORG Lemons and ORG Limes, GrapefruitPineapples, ORG Kiwi, and Avocados…as well as the ORG Medjool Dates!  Lloyd Craft Farms veggies this week are Broccolini, Broccoli heads and Crowns, Green Cabbage (in the Shares next week), and a few undersized onions.  I have 3 containers (2# each) of Cherry and Grape tomatoes from the high tunnel!  Additions from Spokane:  ORG Lacinato Kale (ours isn’t big enough yet) and ORG Rainbow Chard, ORG Girl Baby Spinach, ORG Ginger Root, ORG Turmeric, and a VARIETY of MUSHROOMS…5 to be exact (Shiitake, White, Portabella, Mini-Bells, and Oyster).

Market Day at The Bee?  YES!  We have decided to stock some items, but only on Friday and Saturday to assure freshness and quality– These will be a lot of the items listed above.  Come in and check it out:  the sign in Bee Healthy’s window says “Lloyd Craft Farms, Fresh and Locally grown, SOLD HERE!”  Hours are Friday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The Farmer’s Wife

Fremont/Thermopolis- First Drop Tuesday, July 21st

This is a follow-up…I think I have identified you all on our South Route, and will be sending a text message advising our drop point, and estimated time of delivery this Tuesday.  The following deliveries will be on Wednesday’s starting July 29th for the Weekly’s, August 5th for the Leap-Frog’s. We run 13 weeks from this point…if weather permits you will be able to add other other Special Boxes in the Fall.

Our delivery car is pretty full the Leap-Frog weeks, but plenty empty the off weeks.  We could use about 15 more Leap-Frogs to mix with the Weekly’s…got friends, co-workers, neighbors, or relatives who love vegetables and clean eating as much as you do?  Tell them about us!  They can sign up on-line at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com , under the Special Box Program.  Cost is $205 to start the first week in August and will run until the last week in October.

Tell them how fresh and great the veggies are, and how wonderful The Farmer is! (You might have to take my word on that–)   We want you all to be healthy and happy, prepared for whatever challenge is thrown your way!  It is the micronutrients in your food that help build the immune system, and these are predominantly found in fruits and veggies.  Protein, fats, and carbohydrates are necessary for our total health, but its been the lack of micronutrients that have lead to some of the discomforts and illnesses of our time.

It used to be that the veggies we bought had these nutrients in them, but with the changing of the agricultural methods after WW2, the value of our food began to diminish.  I think I read that 1 apple 60 years ago was worth 15…or more…of today’s. The Farmer and I think that a return to organic methods that recognize the value of a micro-critter laden soil, and smaller farm sizes (to do the hand work) selling to their region (to get it to you closer to the time of harvest) will turn this short-coming around!

What The Farmer and I have learned is there is no substitute for a healthy, thriving soil microbiome that helps to breakdown the natural soil minerals to nano-size for the plants to take up and utilize.  This concept was reinforced a couple years ago when our bell pepper plants were struggling with blossom end rot.  Everyone will tell you it is a mineral deficiency.  But when you test the ground and those minerals are there, or you already supplement them, what is going on?  We did two things:  paid more attention to pampering the soil to encourage the micro-bugs (which included not putting things on the plants or in the soil that killed the microbugs), and provided shade cloth to eliminate the stress of our hot July days and too warm of nights.  The change was almost instantaneous!

This is the same picture that we have of the microbiome in our gut.  Reduced flora and fauna (bacteria, fungus, and yes, even viruses), or lacking in micro diversity, leads to impaired absorption and results in deficiencies.  This body of ours is amazing and can do so much, if given the right fuel to build that biome, the building blocks for cell regeneration, sufficient rest to do the hard work at the cellular level, and a little sunshine and exercise (for Vitamin D and a metabolism boost).  Of course, it’s not that simple but you get the jist!

Pretty exciting!  The garden is popping forward and blessing us with its bounty!  Bring some of your friends and neighbors on board!  Let’s be healthy and fit…and live a happy and full life.  It starts with our gut, which starts with our food–  thanks for letting me rant!  The Farmer’s Wife 

 

 

Quick Post to Riverton/Lander/Thermopolis Folks–

Yes, we are coming!  Working on the first drop for TUESDAY, July 21st–

Share will be Snap Peas, Broccoli, Cucumbers galore, Summer Squash mix, Greybull Valley Living Lettuce and Basil.  

More information to follow today by Text–  Any questions?  Text me at 431-1219.  We will drop for Weeklies and Leap-Froggers this week, with just Weeklies next week.  

The Farmer’s Wife

What a WEEK! Bee Healthy OPEN and FIRST CSA Pick UP–Claim Lettuce and Basil!

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Bee Healthy opened Monday!  Thanks to those who stopped in this week to check it out!  We will continue to stock and sell the same things as in the past and will be adding some new items as we go along.  If you are looking for something specific let us know!   Inventory we be increasing over the next couple of weeks–More Probiotic Eleven ordered and in on Monday…checking out Garden of Life probiotics, too–Immune health starts with a healthy gut!  More Freezer goods, hopefully next week, and some of the Valued Natural nuts and Dried Mango Chile. 

Working towards a Grand Opening Mid-August…Stay tuned!  (CSA Members will get a 10% Discount card sometime next week!)  It’s all GOOD!

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First CSA Pick Up went great today–For those that could not make it out, and we’ve touched base, your share has been boxed and can be picked up at Bee Healthy Friday between 10:00 am and 5:30 pm.  $3 preparation and transportation fee applies.  Keep in mind we do not have an abundance of cooler space, so better to pick it up earlier than later!  

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The Shares included a head of Butterhead lettuce and Living Basil.  If you missed this addition because it was not in the line with the other goodies but set aside in the cooler, let me know!  You can pick it up at Bee Healthy, too.  You have already paid for it, we want you to have it!  Any unclaimed Friday will be sold Saturday or next week… Text 431-1219 to claim your lettuce and basil…

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This week we will get the schedule posted for the groups:  C12 are the Weeklies, C1 and CM1 are the Leap-Froggers and Monthlies that started this week.  Next week, July 23rd, will be C12, C2, and CM2.  Reminder:  We have plastic bags for those without, but feel free to bring your own to transport your veggies home.

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We will have The Store at The Farm set up for business NEXT WEEK!  Wa-hoo!  Fresh fruits, more farm veggies including a small amount of Cherry Tomatoes from the high tunnel ahead of the garden tomatoes, mushrooms, herbs, Turmeric, and Gingerroot. 

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I know I said the CSA was closed, but the garden called me a LIAR…we have room!  Sign up on-line this week to get the full Shares:  $235 Leap-Frog, $415 Weekly, and $115 Monthly.  Check it out at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com , CSA tab.  Don’t wait and miss out!  (We are flexible on payments…)

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Have a great day!  Have a wonderful week!  AND don’t forget to SMILE–  The Farmer’s Wife