Veggies @ Bee Healthy…And Pumpkins, too!

It is official–WINTER IS HERE! We will continue stocking our veggies at Bee Healthy and freshing them up and bringing in new items Friday’s— This week we have Lettuces from Greybull Valley Produce, and Snack Peppers, Shishito Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers from Lloyd Craft Farms. Red and Green Cabbage, Broccolini, Carrots with Character, Daikon Radishes, Celeriac, Onions, Organic Sweet Potatoes from Montana, Roma Tomatoes, lots of types of Winter Squash and PUMPKINS to carve and COOK! (6 DAYS until October 31st!)

Peppers are nearly gone…this will be the last week for the Snack, Shishito peppers, and Antohi Frying Peppers. Get them while you can! We have a couple of tubs full of Poblano, Paprika, Pueblo Roasting, and Jalapeno HOT Peppers here at The Farm. Jalapeno are the only ones stocked at Bee Healthy this week, but you can get the others in 5# bags by texting me 431-1219…cost is $11.25. This afternoon I’ll have 2# bags of Jalapenos for making those wonderful poppers…$5.50. Currently we have several of the Jalapeno third# packs for $1.75.

Other items stocked at Bee Healthy are the organically raised Potatoes: Huckleberry Gold and Yukon Gem potatoes, and a couple of 2# bags of French Fingerlings.

Why organically raised potatoes? To avoid the dessicant used to dry down the plants commercially, or any fungicide/pesticides which are routinely sprayed to control pests and dirt bugs. Organically raised potatoes taste better, in my opinion and that of some of our commercial buyers. 🙂

This week we have only Highlander Yellow Onions stocked, but next week with more space we’ll stock Redwing, Sierra Blanca WHITE, and Candy Sweet.

Coming soon, a Broth Bag with fresh Parsley (harvested yesterday from the high tunnel), Celery root, Carrots, Onions, recipes and directions…for either a Meat Broth or Veggie Broth… You’ll be able to buy these ingredients all together and make your own healthy broth. I cook mine in the Instant Pot and store it in the fridge to use for soups and sauces during the winter months. Hope to have this in the store by Friday, our official RESTOCK DAY!

***Well, out to the Shelter to bag potatoes and gather up some orders to head to Cody and Casper tomorrow…Be Healthy, eat your veggies, stay warm and active, and feed your immune system! The Farmer’s Wife***

Pumpkins! and Other Produce @ Bee Healthy!

One week to pumpkin carving time! Bee Healthy has some beautiful pumpkins for $3.99 each…Sizes are 10# to 12#, perfect for carving or etching your favorite picture on them! (Bee Healthy is planning hot apple cider and kid’s treats on Saturday, 10:00 to 3:00.)

Also at Bee Healthy are the Lloyd Craft Farms Veggiesand Greybull Valley Butterhead and Green Leaf lettuces. Veggies currently stocked are Snack Peppers and Shishito’s (both sweet and NOT HOT), Jalapeno packets of third pound (HOT, but not real hot), and Antohi Romanian Frying Peppers (cooking unlocks the pepper flavor). Broccolini and Broccoli florets (we also had 4 nice size broccoli crowns Friday…they are gone!), Purple Cauliflowercoming soon Romanesco and the last of the white and purple cauliflower…and more Broccoli crowns, heads, and florets.

CABBAGES: Red, Green, and flat heads of January King and Brunswick! (Cabbage Burgers, Cabbage Rolls, Cabbage and Kielabasa, Google for more ideas!)

Root Crops: Daikon Radishes, Carrots with Character, and Red Beets. Long term storage items: Huckleberry Gold potatoes (Yukon), Yukon Gems, and French Fingerlings. (Coming soon– Red Potatoes and Russetts, purple fingerlings!)

Yellow Storage Onions this week. Other onions dried down are Sierra Blanca white, Candy yellow sweet, Cipollini’s (saucer shaped Italian), and Redwing.

We have Celeriac, a great winter ‘celery’ with concentrated celery taste and smell, great in soups and grated on your winter salad! (This will store far into the winter, whereas celery is good for about 2 weeks after harvest.)

Stay tuned as we decide what we can do this fall with Special Fall Boxes. They will be posted for sale through this site and our Facebook page. Usually we post on Monday and take reservations until Tuesday, then fill them Thursday for pick up at Bee Healthy on Friday.

Hope you all enjoyed the veggies this year through the CSA! Thank you for your support! Consider planning ahead for next year!

BTW–Our winter Buyer’s Group will start up in January….after we build the cooler at the back of Bee Healthy to hold all the wonderful, organic produce from our storage and Spokane Produce! thanks, The Farmer’s Wife

Last CSA Pick UP– Thursday, October 22, 2020

Wow! 2020 Garden Season is coming to an end–The last CSA Pick Up is Thursday at The Farm, 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Maybe snowing, maybe not! We have insulated the roll doors to make it toasty and warm for the last pick up, and you should be able to enter easily from the west door. The Store at The Farm will be stocked with apples, oranges, peaches, pears, and additional garden goodies. Also, Organic Cranberries! THIS IS THE LAST FOR THIS 2020 SEASON!

I want to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful members for a great year. I hope that you were not disappointed! (It was a challenging year with the extreme heat for multiple weeks, short-handedness as our workers were called out to fight fires, and the lingering and somewhat confusing CoVid season.)

Stay tuned: We will continue with Friday and Saturday veggies at Bee Healthy as long as we have them. If we have some Special Boxes for that week, we will put out the word and you can reserve them for pick up at Bee Healthy. The Buyer’s Group will start up in January…stay tuned and get signed up. We hope to operate out of Bee Healthy, but will need to have the cooler completed to keep the veggies chilled and as fresh as possible. It appears we will have potatoes, onions, carrots, Daikon’s, and cabbage throughout these winter months!

Thanks, again…The Farmer’s Wife

More Canning Tomatoes! Ready now- 20# boxes, $25.

We have canning tomatoes! Possibly the last harvest of the season… Text 431–1219 to reserve your box!

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY– Veggies and Melons at Bee Healthy…

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Bee Healthy opens at 10:00 am on Friday and Saturday. We will have a good cross-section of garden veggies from Lloyd Craft Farms in the cooler, as well as WATERMELONS and CANTALOUPE…Bee Healthy closes Saturday at 3:00 pm. WATERMELONS remain in the store for sale during the week until they are gone! We also have Organic Blueberries for $4.75 a pint, and lots of the fresh locally raised lettuces from Greybull Valley Produce!

Out at The Farm we have some Riverton Raspberries in our cooler: $32.25 for a full flat, $17.00 for a half-flat. TEXT me 431-1219. (only 4 available!)

Also, in the cooler are 2 cases of Gala Apples ($39 each–33#), and 1 case of Peaches ($42 each–36#). I also have 3 8# containers of frozen Pie Cherries (no Sugar) for $22. TEXT me 431-1219.

Shop Bee Healthy for fresh veggies and wonderful vine-ripened melons, organically raised and reasonably priced, local lettuces, and all your other healthy needs! Shop our cooler at The Farm for wonderful Riverton Raspberries, and Utah Apples, Pie Cherries, and Peaches.

Keeping eating good complete foods, invest in your health through your food! Enjoy The Farmer’s Wife

Report From the Farm– Week 10

Yes, 10 weeks have passed since the start of the harvest of the garden in July. Hard to imagine! Basically we are down to the home stretch with 5 more weeks in October– The tension between the needs of the garden and the distribution of the garden goods will only intensify as we spend the waking hours picking or digging, storing, and distributing to members and commercial customers!

Still in the garden is the last planting of the corn (which did not succumb to the September 8th frost), an abundance of tomatoes (The Farmer will continue to harvest and I will keep filling orders), Broccoli and Broccolini (which will continue even past the frosts or light freezes), both Red and Green Cabbage (watching the size of the heads to harvest them before they are 8-10 pounds!), Brussels Sprouts (one of the last things removed from the garden), Peppers of all stripes and patterns (we will work on harvesting them out this week), potatoes and root crops (carrots, red beets, Daikon radishes), and our fabulous celery (half harvested), and celeriac (can be harvested and stored for the winter).

We will focus this weekend on harvesting the remaining winter squash, Sugar Pie Pumpkins, onions, and pumpkins.

CHECK OUT OUR PUMPKINS AT BLAIRS! (Each CSA Member, including Special Box program participants will get a pumpkin, too!)

If you are interested in a day in the sun harvesting and hauling pumpkins let us know! Saturday is the planned day! Text 431-1219–

The Farmer’s Wife

We are ALIVE and WELL!

Greetings! Yes, it has been a long time since I posted anything, and yes we are still alive and well….barely…No! Seriously, we are fine–tired and overworked and underpaid, but HEY! It’s farming…LOL

We weathered the weather last week, and continue to harvest and get the veggies out of the garden and into the hands of others! Eat well to be well–

What is the update on Veggies?

Celery! Our first celery went out today. We leave them full with all the outer leaves and tops, unless we need to put them in a box to get them somewhere…then we have to top them. Celery is aromatic when fresh, and full of flavor. The leaves can be dehydrated or dried to use in the winter (or later) for soups and sauces. Remember that celery and parsley are in the same family. They are one of those plants that release more flavor the longer they are cooked. Celery is a good source of fiber, fresh celery is loaded with flavor, soups and broths always benefit from celery stalks and leaves!

Green/Red Stuffing Peppers! We harvested 800# of bell peppers before the frost. They are sorted for the best uses: Large, stuffing peppers, averaging nearly a pound each, with a nice flat bottom and thick-meated walls. Small, stuffing peppers, for the light eaters. Odds and ends for the canners, or those wanting to chop and freeze!

Snack Peppers! Sweeter than a bell, but much smaller….yellow, orange, and red in color…colorful added to your salad…or cooked with your fried potatoes! 1# in each Share today….more next week in the other Shares–

Winter Squash! Two kinds of Spaghetti Squash, two kinds of Acorn Squash, Orange and Green Kabocha, Giant Blue Hubbard’s, and Butternut Squash. Fall is on the way!!

Onions! The sweet Candy and white Ringmaster are drying down in the greenhouse. The Walla Walla’s are almost gone…I think less than 15 left. The Sierra Blanca white, Redwing, and Highlanders are in the garden being used from there, and hope to bring them in to complete their drying this upcoming week! A surprise is in the greenhouse drying, too…medium sized, yellow Cipollini’s!

Cauliflower! I think we have seen the last of the white, most bloomed this summer in the heat. I think we are coming to a close on the Flamestar orange, most has been harvested and used. But, the big surprise is the Graffiti Purple: it is starting to fill out the small heads, now that the weather is cooling. We have harvested some beauties! They are amazing: while other cauliflower is racing to bloom in the heat, the purple goes dormant…and waits… Patience is a virtue! (Purple colored are less wormy, too…just like the purple cabbage! High in anthocyanin–)

Poblano’s and Centella’s…two hot peppers! Poblano’s are famous as the pepper to stuff for Chili Rellenos (I blister in the broiler and peel after plunging them into cold water, de-seed, and cut into flat pieces to make my Chili Rellenos Casserole…cheese, milk, and eggs…EASY!) Centella is our new favorite Jalapeno pepper: large and flavorful. We sell them in 2# bags for you Jalapeno Popper Fan’s–cream cheese, seasonings, and wrapped in bacon…or not. Don’t be afraid of hot peppers…just use them sparingly if you’re not a hot pepper person. They are good for us, and NO! we don’t have to make the meal so hot we drink a gallon of water! Within the hot pepper is an ingredient that opens up the blood vessels and can help with pressure and circulation. Food is your best medicine…

Tomatoes! They are not done! We harvested some Artisan Cherry Tomatoes today, as well as the Yellow Esterina’s. The Farmer and Son brought in two boxes of Heirloom Tomatoes for the Shares: German Johnson (pink), Striped German Johnson (yellow), Carbon (black), Cherokee Green (green…not unripe, but a green tomato), and a couple of Pink Tie-Dyed Berkeley’s (not a true Heirloom, but close!). The cool weather cracks the thin skin, and the strong stems puncture others if they are stacked. But, the flavor! I will start the second round of harvest on the canners…please be patient (like the graffiti cauliflower) as I pick, sort, box…orders will be filled in the order they were received.

Off to bed! Stay rested and full of health…Eat your veggies, get good rest, and don’t starve yourself of healthy OXYGEN! The Farmer’s Wife

Canning Tomatoes! Roma’s and Regulars…

We have harvested the tomato beds and boxed them up in 20# boxes! Ready to go now…some ready to can now, some will hold until the weekend…20# for $25. We also have onions, green bell peppers, orange bell peppers, jalapenos and red chilis, and garlic. Text 431-1219 ASAP- pretty sure this is the last opportunity for vine-ripened tomatoes this season with the potential freeze headed our way!

At Bee Healthy TODAY– Lloyd Craft Farms WATERMELONS…

…and Cantaloupe! Vine-ripened, fresh picked…Mini-Watermelons, French Charentais melons, Piel de Sapo melons, Sugar Cube Cantaloupe and Athena Cantaloupe…SWEET and need a home! As little as $1.50–

Also, Utah fresh Blackberries, also vine-ripened and full of flavor. READY to EAT or FREEZE…$3.75/pint. Today only! Gala Apples, Bananas, Oranges–All Organic! Avo-Terra Avocados…$1.50. Wide selection of Lloyd Craft Farms vegetables. Special for Today: 3-1/2 container of Washington Cherry Tomatoes for $3.75 (Usually $7.00)…7 available. Snack cucumbers and Lemon Cucumbers. Our own Broccolini BC1611….tender with long stems…great steams with a cream sauce! AND Much More!

Farmer’s Market Day @ Bee Healthy…Lloyd Craft Farms

It’s Friday again! Head on down to Bee Healthy for lots of good and healthy stuff AND organically raised Lloyd Craft Farms produce (with Kiwi, Ginger root, Turmeric, Avocados, Pineapple add-on’s from Spokane Produce). Holding over the Sunrise Medley baby potatoes. Lots of Greybull Valley lettuces! Also, ORG Blueberries and ORG Shiitake mushrooms…2 packs of Portabellas and an ORG Oyster mushrooms! All priced reasonably–

Some of the Lloyd Craft Farms items: Lemon cucumbers and Suyo and Slicing cucumbers, Roma tomatoes, Tendersweet cabbage, Shishito peppers in time for grilling, Snack cucumbers, Broccoli florets (fresh harvest this week) and Broccolini, Cauliflower Mix (White and Flamestar), and Fresh onions.

Can’t make it today? No problem…produce tomorrow (Saturday) too. 10-5:30 Friday and 10-3:00 Saturday…Bee Healthy, 635 Big Horn Ave–Worland (Produce removed Saturday after closing to assure freshness…)