Riverton, Lander…Important information on The Special Box Program–

We are gearing up to bring you into the fold this coming week!  Thanks for your patience…I will need to ask for a little more patience for half of the Leap-Frogger’s.  

I tried my darn-dist (I think that’s a word?) to get everyone in this first trip on our South Route (Thermopolis, Riverton, and Lander)…but I could only ‘milk’ so much out of the garden this week…it is still in early production and we are waiting and must ask half the Leap-Frogger’s to wait with us…So here is the plan:

The Weekly’s will have a Special Box every week for 13 weeks starting July 24th and ending October 16th.  Half of the Leap-Frogger’s will start this week, and half next, the last day of July.  Leap-Frogger’s have 7 Boxes from their start date, end dates will be October 16th or October 23rd. Sunday (after we harvest and before our Sunday Farmhouse Gathering) I will send each of you a personal text with your Group Number and start date.  (Once this information is confirmed, I’ll be able to update the schedule on the Pick Up and Delivery Page under the CSA tab.  That way you can check the schedule for your Group at any time.) 

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

Drop day is Wednesday.  We plan to leave Worland at 10:30, arriving in Riverton around noon.  First drop is Graham’s Gluten Free on main street, second drop is Lander Bake Shop, and then we will head to Fort WashakieWe only stay long enough to unload and then move to the next point.  You will have several hours to pick up your Special Box.  (Graham’s Gluten Free closes at 5:30, and Lander Bake Shop closes at 5:00–)  Special Boxes will be located toward the front of each business, under an insulated quilt. Look for a clipboard, and sign next to your name on the check list so we know you have your Box…names are not on the Special Boxes, businesses are not responsible for the Special Boxes.  

Transportation Vehicle:  Either the refrigerated truck or the Subaru. Weather conditions and economics are a consideration.  The car costs less to operate than the truck, and handles better in late fall conditions.  At this point we have 26 to 31 Boxes each week.  Special Boxes are refrigerated overnight and are covered with insulated quilts that are kept in the freezer if not transported in the refrigerated truck.  Produce should travel well under these conditions.

Forgotten Boxes:  We are making arrangements to donate forgotten boxes.  Your Box is super excited to be in your home, so set your alarms for every Wednesday to retrieve your garden goodies and enjoy them!  As they are paid ahead, it becomes a gift to your community.  If you know you are going to be out of town, let us know, and we will make adjustments to the schedule.  We need to know at least by Monday before the Wednesday delivery.  My text number is 307-431-1219–put that in your phone.)

 

The garden is lighter at the start and explodes around the fourth week with peppers, tomatoes, onions, and then corn, carrots, melons.  Boxes will be light but then become jam packed!  We plant enough variety that the garden continues past the first frost and into the later fall.  Some of the fall crops are potatoes, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, January King cabbages and Brussels sprouts, winter squash, carrots, Daikon’s, kohlrabi, sunchokes, and pumpkins.  We are so excited to bring the garden to your community!  Help us make this a success–Thanks for supporting local and fresh!  

 

The Farmer’s Wife

Worland CSA Pick Up a success…Thanks D12, D1, and DM1’s…

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Thanks to all the great folks that visited The Farm Thursday!   We were ready for you and Spokane Produce (and Fresh Foods Wyoming) even co-operated by getting the fruit, Mycopia Gourmet Mushrooms, and Ginger and Turmeric roots to us on time.  Kris with Diamond S Delights brought wonderfully flavored Cheese Curds–Thanks, Kris!  The garden is a little sluggish yet, Wednesday we got 9 Zucchini, but low and behold, 120 Thursday morning!!  Hallelujah!  The Shares for this first week were Greybull Valley Lettuces, 2 Summer Squash each, 1/2# succulent Broccolini Galion X, bundle of Dinosaur Kale AKA Lacinato Kale, a bundle of Red Radishes, straight and tender Hakurei Salad Turnip with tops, and a bag of Garlic Scapes and fresh Basil.  (Scapes from FarmTable West in Cody!)  

We will see the Weekly members again next Thursday, July 25th, and the second half of Leap-Frog’s and Monthly’s!  Shares will have the lettuce for one more week and then it can be purchased in The Store.  Lots of summer squash–we have 5 varieties, including Pantheon which is supposed to be ideal for fried squash blossoms…we’ll have to figure out how to make that available through The Store for those with an adventurous spirit!  We are hoping to have some Antohi peppers or maybe Snack Peppers…and cucumbers should be appearing on the scene soon!

This week for The Store we’ll have more Summer Squash, Broccolini and maybe some small early Broccoli heads, Kale, and SNAP PEAS!  (Not enough for the Shares–so into The Store they go!). Asian Eggplant, for all you Eggplant lovers…the Asian is one of my favorites because it cooks without being peeled!  The ORG Washington Dark Sweet Cherries were super and I’ve got another case of them coming, as well as large Hass Avocados, ORG Bananas, Grapefruits and ORG Lemons and ORG Limes, Champagne Mangoes for $1.25 each, more Pineapples, ORG Pink Lady Apples, and Mycopia Trio Gourmet Mushrooms.  I’ll have more of the ORG Garnet Yams, ORG Turmeric and ORG Ginger Root–Come shop The Store!  Any member can shop any THURSDAY!–

Hold tight as the garden gets ready to treat us with new delights each week!  Help me out by commenting on this post–it’s a way I can check to see if our communication network is intact!  COMMENT, please—  The Farmer’s Wife

Tomorrow, July 18th, Thursday, in Worland– Group D12, D1, DM1

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We’ve been busy today harvesting and cleaning house getting ready for the FIRST CSA Share of the 2019 Season…only problem is we are having this big party and I’m late getting the invitations out…if you know what I mean!

So, here it is:  If you are in Worland and are in this first group, you will receive a text with your Group Number.  Go to http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com and read the post of July 16th regarding the first day.  The only folks that will get their Group number today are those in Groups D12, D1, DM1–that’s the Weekly’s, some of the Leap-Frog’s, and some of the Monthly’s for Worland– If you can’t make it to ‘the party’ Thursday, text me and let me know if you want to pick up Friday or Saturday, or defer to next week!  But, please text me:  307-431-1219

THURSDAY come to 1049 Washakie Ten, Worland, between 4:00 and 6:00 pm.  Bring your bag or box to put your Share into, a camera to record veggie notations or instructions, and plan on checking out The Store.  (The only Zucchini that was of size is for sale in the store!–Didn’t have enough for everyone…Next week!)  Early Bird Vouchers should be ready–       Items for sale are listed below!  

Kris with Diamond S Delights will be here, too!  And Reba and Murdog our trusty mutts–As well as Chelsea, Jessica, Liz, Ayla, and The Farmer and His Wife!  We have spent long hours getting ready for your arrival–don’t tarry!  (And I apologize if the ‘invite’ is a little late…but so was the Spring–)

FRUIT

ORG WA Dark Sweet Cherries-1-1/2# bag (10)……….$7.75 each

Avocado- large and in season!…………………………$4.25 each

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

ORG Apricots (24#)………………………………………………..$3.25/#

ORG Lemons(25)…………………..…………..………………….2/$2.00

Pineapple (6)…………………………………………………………..$6.75 

Mangoes (10)…………………………………………………………..$1.75

 

–VEGGIES–

LCF’s Snap Peas- 1/2# bag (20)………………………………………$3.50

LCF’s Broccolini (Galion X)- 12 oz bag (10)……………….$3.75

LCF’s Costa Romanesco Zucchini (8)………………………………$1.25/#

 

–GREENS–

Greybull Valley Butterhead Lettuce(5)…………………………………..$3.00

Greybull Valley Leaf Lettuce(5)……………………………………………….$2.50

LCF’s Lacinato Kale (7 bundles)……………………………………..$1.75

 

Mycopia Gourmet Mushrooms- 8 oz (6)…………………………..$8.00

 

–Herbs

 ORG Garlic- Next Week………………..…………….$1.00 each

 LCF’s Basil (4)………………..……….….…….………$3.00  FRESH 

LCF’s Mixed Herbs (6)…………………………………………..$3.00 FRESH!

ORG Ginger Root (10)………………………………………..$.75 each

ORG Turmeric (10) Fuji Island……………………………$2.50 each

 

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

 

 The Farmer’s Wife–AT LAST!

THIS IS THE WEEK! JULY 18th…The Garden has finally ARRIVED…but read on…

Our ‘indicator’ of garden readiness is Zucchini, and it is finally ready…or will be…we think…by Thursday for the first CSA Pick Up of the season…WAHOO!!!  This will be for Worland Pick Up first;  Special Box deliveries will start next Tuesday for the North Route, Wednesday for Riverton/Lander and Casper, and Friday for Buffalo/Sheridan–HALLELUJAH!!

So, what next?  You will receive an email or text by Wednesday, July 17th, giving you your Group Number.  With that information you will be able to check at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com for the Start Up Letter, and the CSA page for specific Pick Up and Delivery information using your Group Number. (Group numbers are 2-4 characters long and tell us your pickup/delivery route, how often you get a share, and whether you purchased the Extension that tacks on two extra weeks.)

What can you expect in the First Share this Thursday, July 18th?  Bag of Galion X Broccolini, a bundle of Lacinato Kale, 2-3 Zucchini, a bundle of Red Radishes, an Hakurei Turnip with top, and a head of Butterhead Lettuce from Greybull Valley Produce. (Remember:  Shares start out light early in the season and grow in size and value as the season progresses.  Recipes are posted at our website.)

What can you expect Thursday at The Farm (1049 Washakie Ten, Worland) between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.?  Your Share (bring your own bag or box), items for sale in The Store (listed below), and Diamond S Delight’s raw milk products from Hyattville.  We will have Early Bird Vouchers for those that paid before May 5th, and ANY CSA MEMBER may purchase from The Store ANY THURSDAY.  (It does not have to be the week that your Share is available–so plan on a trip to THE STORE to make your good food purchases each and every Thursday.)

What will be in The Store?  Fruit (Organic Bananas, Apricots, and Lemons.  Conventional Avocados, Pineapple, and Mangoes).  Herbs (Basil, a Mix, Ginger Root, and Turmeric).  Vegetables (Galion X Broccolini, small early heads of Broccoli, Lacinato Kale, Snap Peas, Zucchini, and Mixed Lettuces from Greybull Valley Produce).  Look for some new items as the season progresses… 

How EXCITING is this?!  We are excited after the long wait for the garden and the challenges we have faced this Spring–This is only The START!   The Farmer’s Wife 

BTW–I think Janet has some Snap Peas, Basil, and Broccolini at Bee Healthy for a little taste ahead of Thursday or for those that will be Picking Up next week!  Check it out!

No CSA or Special Boxes This WEEK–July 11th

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If you are getting this post, Hallelujah…it means you signed up ‘to follow’ when instructed–YAY!  If you are not getting this post…well, you won’t know you haven’t received it and that creates another problem…   I apologize for being mum, but it is hard to give a definitive answer when you are waiting on Mother Nature.  I like to think we are anticipating the start and not fraught with anxiety…I’ve experienced both the last couple of weeks!  

The message is NO CSA or SPECIAL BOXES this week!  Hopefully CSA in Worland will start July 18th, and Special Box deliveries the following week:  Tuesday the 23rd to Lovell, Wednesday the 24th to Riverton/Lander, and Friday the 26th to Buffalo/Sheridan.  Special Box deliveries run for 13 weeks from the date of the first delivery, 13 boxes for the Weekly and 7 boxes for the Leap-Frog’s.  

Worland folks–Leap-Frog’s are split into two groups.  You will receive a text message with your group number that will let you know whether you start the 18th or the 25th.  If you have a preference, text me…431-1219.  Schedules will be set Saturday.

At this point we are hoping to have Hakurei Turnips, Red Radishes, Broccolini, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Barese Swiss Chard, and Kale…maybe a little swag of Basil!  As mentioned in earlier posts we have struggled with aphids and weather, but a lot has been planted and is growing beautifully!  A few warm days will work its magic–

Thanks for the good vibes and patience!  The Farmer’s Wife

 

Have you been Searching for US?

Search no more!  We are here and the garden is coming along beautifully– As the growing season is going to be shorter this year we have planted more root crops and beans.  So….here is a summary of what is in the garden and growing by leaps and bounds:

First ready will be Cucumbers and Summer SquashStriped Armenian and Suyo for long and curly packed with unique flavor, European Picklers AKA Snack Pickles, Heirloom Lemon cucumbers, Asian version of the English Cuke known as Tasty Jade, and several varieties of American PicklersSummer Squash is Zucchini, Yellow Squash, and a bi-color ZephyrPantheon for their Squash Blossoms and a sweet Parisian Patty Pan.

Beans–Green Beans, Dragon’s Tongue (type of butter bean, flat and wide…great raw in a vinegarette salad), Tri-Color Bean Mix (purple Amethyst, yellow Goldilocks, green Jade).

Corn–twice during the season! Early Potatoes and Fingerlings, Fresh and Green Onions,

Nightshades–3 kinds of Eggplants, lots of Tomatoes, oodles of Peppers both hot and NOT!

We should see some Tomatoes in July (Grape, Yellow Cherry, and Early slicers), by mid-August to September:  4 Heirloom varieties (Yellow Striped German Johnson, Pink German Johnson, Black Carbon, and Green Cherokee); as well as 3 saladette sized Yellow Taxi, Striped Zebra, and Early Girl.  And of course, Celebrity and Valley Girl and a new one developed for this region called Damsel.

Peppers?  YES!  The NOT HOTS are Green Bell Peppers that turn to a beautiful Red, Islanders in purples to oranges, and Yellow Bells and Orange BellsShishito peppers that are great grilled and eaten as an appetizer.  Multi colored, petite sized Snack Peppers.  The HOT’s…too many to list but varieties of Chili, Guajillo, Poblano’s, Paprika, Jalapeno, Pueblo Roasting Peppers, and Habanero…little purple Aurora’s!

Early Potatoes and Fingerlings, Watermelons and Melons

Brassica’sLacinato Kale, Broccolini Galion X, Kohlrabi (Purple and White), Broccoli for all the times in the season, Cauliflower (none for Spring, but lots for Fall), Romanesco (if they make…particular and unpredictable…we have not had them for the past two years), and lots of Cabbages!

For all season:  Root Crops–Carrots (Early Mokum Nantes, longer day true Rainbow’s, Cosmic purple…our favorite!…For the Fall a Mix of Deep Purple and Purple Haze, Yellowstone, and Sugarsnax.)   Beets, Alpine and Bravo Daikon’s (White and Purple),  Watermelon Radishes, and Red Radishes and Hakurei Salad Turnips.  For the Fall, Purple Topped turnips, White Lady and Scarlet Queen turnips, and Tennouji turnips.

After the first frost until the end of the 13 week CSA period: Celery and Celeriac, fall Potatoes, dried Onions, plethora of Winter Squashes, 110 day January King type savoyed Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, and Sunchokes.  This is where the Cauliflower and Tri-color Mix of Cauliflowers (Graffiti purple, Cheddar, Vitaverde green) and Romanesco comes in!  Broccoli and Broccolini don’t mind the cold and will keep producing into October, if we don’t have a fast and early onset of Winter!

Want in on this?  There are 7-10 Shares left…$100 to $350 for Worland and Pick Up here on the Farm on Thursday’s…$235 to $415 for the Special Box Program in Sheridan/Buffalo and Riverton/Lander and delivered on Friday’s and Wednesday’s. Don’t wait too long! Garden space is disappearing–  the Farmer’s Wife

 

Update on The Farm about The Garden-

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Today is Friday, June 7th…The rainy weather has set things back a bit, but we tarry on!  The early cabbage, broccoli, and yellow cauliflower was the first crop to be set out on May 23rd.  For perspective that is two weeks later than last year.  The white cauliflower, all 240 plants, had to be tossed…they were held too long in the greenhouse and had started to form their little white head, the size of a popcorn kernel. The head adjusts to the size of the plant, so that was going no where…

Each plant has a built in clock with sensors and detectors.  For the cauliflower, its clock said it was time to form a head.  For the Watermelon Radishes in the high tunnel its sensors felt the warmth, then the cold weather, then the hot weather, and its clock said it was time to go to seed…so it sent out a seed stock with a beautiful bloom on the top, and a tough, hard-to-eat root on the bottom.  Daikon radishes are a biennial, and form their seed stock the second year.

The good news is all the tomatoes, peppers, basil, celery and celeriac have found a home in the garden and are doing well, as have the onions and potatoes. Still to set out are the Lancelot Leeks which were delivered looking like fat horse hairs instead of nicely sized onion plants.  We are going to try a different technique with these to see if they will ‘make it’.

The snap peas in the high tunnel are blooming and rapidly approaching their 7 foot height. The bad news is the aphids have found the spinach and bok choi in the Gothic high tunnel, and are giving us fits.  Broccolini and Swiss chard are safe, so far…as well as the Herbs:  Oregano, Dill, Parsley, Lavendar, Thyme, Sage, and Rosemary.

In the past three days the cucumbers, summer squash, cantaloupe and other melons have been jab planted from seed.  We will finish up the winter squash tomorrow, and on Monday set out the second round of broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbages for fall harvest.  We plan to transplant the 1200 plants of Brussels sprouts on Sunday;  They are a 110 day variety that do best with an October harvest.

The Pumpkin and Sunchoke portion of the garden has not been worked yet, but once done we will get those beds laid and those two crops out.  The Farmer says the black plastic mulch speeds their maturity by a week or two.  Hopefully, enough to make up for the spring delay–most of the pumpkins are 90-110 days to maturity!

Remaining after all the jab planting and transplanting is completed are the corn, beans, carrots, beets, Daikon’s, and kohlrabi…to be planted in the front garden.  I think I have found some space to start the fennel…Lacinato kale is plugging along and the seed has been ordered for some Curly Green kale.

We have replanted Red Radishes and Hakurei turnips to include in the first Shares, as well as a new planting of Spinach, away from the aphidized spinach in the other high tunnel. Broccolini should be ready, as well as Harmonie cucumbers…maybe some zucchini–We are hopeful!  If not ready by July 11th, for sure July 18th.  A week delay will be offset with an extra week tacked on at the end!  Stay connected so you will know the exact start date!

Well, enough for now!  Back to the garden plan, and then some time this afternoon to check on the CSA Memberships and see how close we are to full!  Stay tuned–The Farmer’s Wife, bringing you an update on YOUR local farmer and produce–