A BIG Thank YOU!

A BIG thank YOU to all the folks who came out this year and gathered their farm fresh veggies and supported our efforts to bring in good food for good health!  The CSA is finished for this year (nearly) and now we work hard to glean what we can from the garden.  Here’s what our ‘to-do’ list looks like for the next 3-4 weeks:

  1. Haul the pumpkins in and to Reese’s and Ray’s IGA for sale.  (SUPPORT LOCAL!)  Donate seconds to the Circle J Apple Festival (October 14th in the Ten Sleep Canyon)
  2. Row cover the Deadon Cabbage which will be harvested in November
  3. Build the end panels for the high tunnel so it can be enclosed this winter and ready for the snap peas and greens we plant in March, WHILE WE…
  4. Continue hauling in the Winter Squash and storing it in the cooler and newly constructed bins in the Shelter (install Shelter heater when it arrives to prevent stored goodies from freezing…no insulation at this point…cost too much)
  5. Dig potatoes and bag and store–notify folks when done–can be purchased for a reasonable price (potatoes are organically raised but we have never priced them that way)
  6. Dig carrots, wash, bag in 5# for sale and storage–update page when dug
  7. Dig Watermelon Radishes, Black Spanish Radishes, and Daikon’s–store in cooler at 36 degrees for winter sales and use all winter into the spring
  8. Harvest and store winter cabbages, and Brussels sprouts when they have formed full heads
  9. Watch the Sunchokes to see if the tubers form before the ground is froze–delayed this year, just started blooming
  10. Figure what to do with that silly celery that just didn’t plump up this year but has great celery flavor and would be wonderful in soup stalk…


Once all this is done, then we will be ready to put boxes together for the Fall Friday Sales at Bee Healthy starting in October.  Watch for a post on a Sunday, order by Tuesday…we will assemble boxes Wednesday and Thursday and deliver them to Bee Healthy Friday morning for pick up and payment.  (If you haven’t, stop in at Bee Healthy and check out the new look!)


Love you all!– The Farmer’s Wife…and The Farmer, too   🙂



The Store Open tomorrow with…

The Store will be open tomorrow at the Pick Up (Group C2)–This is the GRAND FINALE for the CSA!  Remember that ALL CSA members may shop The Store  Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Diamond S Delights will be here for their last time, too.  Come and buy cheeses and milk made from RAW Milk–enzymes active!

FIRST– We have four 20# Boxes of Heirloom Tomatoes….$45
AND three 20# Boxes Roma Tomatoes……………………………$35

Some items in The Store:
33# case of Zestar Apples from Flathead, MT.
Italian Prunes (Plums) from Washington
ORG Strawberries–1# container for $4.00
Fuyu Persimmons–$1.75 each
Red Plums, Peaches, Avocados
Lemons, Limes, Lime Squeeze, Grapefruit
Bananas, Mangoes, Pineapples
Cilantro, our herbs, and our Parsley
Lettuce, Spinach, and Kale
ORG Tofu, Garlic, Ginger root, Turmeric
Our own Broccolini, Broccoli, Onions, Bell Peppers, Cauliflower, Cabbage
Our own Yum Yum Snack Peppers, Islanders Peppers, Orange & Yellow Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers
Our own Carrots, Bravo Daikon Radishes, Watermelon Radishes

SHARES this week:  Brunswick Cabbage and Cabbage Burger Recipe, 2 small Bell Peppers, Yum Yum Snack Peppers, head of White Cauliflower, bag of Broccoli, onion, carrots, and a Honey Dew.  And a beautiful fall PUMPKIN!

The Farmer’s Wife

Thursday Pick Up at The Farm


The time is rapidly approaching!  The time for the last Pick Up of the season for the folks that started the first week in July–Time has flown this summer!  Hope all have enjoyed the fresh veggies and the variety…the Diamond S Delight cheeses and chocolate milk…The Store with Fruit and other staples…and Blue Heron Ranch Eggs!  If so, let us know!  🙂

Thursday’s share:  1# bag of Cheddar Cauliflower, 2 Green Bell Peppers and 1# bag of Yum Yum Snack Peppers, Tiren Paste Tomatoes, Red River Onion, Butternut Squash, your choice of Honey Dew, Cantaloupe, or Mini-watermelon, and a little bit of Thyme.  We all need more thyme (time)–right?  (I think we still have some cucumbers, too!  The plants have stopped producing, but we harvested last week and they are still holding–)

We are stocking The Store with opportunities for you to stock pile some veggies until we start up the Fall Friday Sales in October:  Additional Yum Yum Snack Peppers, Shoshito Peppers, Islander Bell Peppers and the large Green/Red Bells, Broccoli and Broccolini by the pound, Dragon’s Tongue Beans, Winter Squash, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Watermelon Radishes, and the last of the melons for the season, including the Yellow  Amarillo and Orange Crisp Watermelons--Besides the Baby Spinach, Lettuces, and Fruit we bring in from Spokane Produce.  Also this week Zestar Apples from Flathead, Montana.  Crunchy and tart with their own sweetness! 

Remember–any member can shop on Thursday at The Farm, even if not your week for Pick Up.  Same goes for next week when the group of Leap-Frogger’s who started the second week in July pick up their last Share. 

See you there!  The Farmer’s Wife


Need more sleep—two corrections to Group A post yesterday:  The melon was Full Moon Honey Dew, and the winter squash was Butternut–

Butternut Squash–Most universally familiar winter squash!  It is actually the squash used in most canned pumpkin pie—easier to process and less costly.  We like it in soup (bisque), mashed as a side dish, steamed and served with garlic butter, or baked in the oven.  I add a little olive oil and a clove of garlic in the seed cavity when baking it in the oven.  I’ve got several recipes at www.lloydcraftfarms.com.


The Farmer’s Wife

Group A Shares today–What was in it?

Happy Tuesday!  The truck made it north today, and dropped shares in Lovell.  Liz also headed north today, and dropped shares in Manderson, Basin, and Shell.  

Here’s what was in that box today, for the information of those recipients!

Cheddar Cauliflower--Yellow/Orange colored cauliflower with a great flavor.  Will not fade when cooked– Great steamed, boiled, and some folks even grille it!  As with all Brassica’s (cauliflower, broccoli, and broccolini) do not let it linger in the fridge.  Plan it in a meal to appreciate its sweet mild flavor!

Green Bell Pepper, and Yum Yum Snack Peppers, both sweet, but the Yum Yum’s are sweeter!

Brunswick Cabbage, a small version…the ones remaining in the garden are HUGE!  Brunswick is a flat-headed Heirloom cabbage.

Red River Red Onion–these were in the garden through all the rain.  These are still fresh, and not dried, so store in the fridge, and use it cooked and raw.

Spaghetti Squash–unique and easy to cook.  Honestly, no need to even cut it in half before cooking it!  Cut the ends–not completely to the cavity, just enough to let heat in and out–place in the oven and bake for an hour or until tender.  Remove from the oven and let it cool a bit before cutting it in half to remove the seeds.  Cooked this way the squash retains all its moisture and a gentle fork stroke will make the spaghetti ‘noodles’ we enjoy so much with Spaghetti Squash.

Tiren (San Marzano) Paste tomatoes–these are Chef’s favorites for sauces.  They are very meaty and pasty!  Great sliced and in salads, but also the best candidate for Sun-dried or Dehydrated tomatoes.

Mini-Watermelon–Extazy, red, seedless–They are finally ready, and the extended season has allowed them to ripen!  Crazy hard year for our watermelons–

This is the 13th week for those that started the first week in July, and the last Share.  If you started the second week in July, you will have one more Share.  Included in everyone’s last Share is a Charisma Pumpkin!  Reese’s and Ray’s IGA is selling our pumpkins!  

The Farmer’s Wife



Happy Sunday!  And this last week in September–

It has been a wonderful summer–Hope you all have enjoyed the veggies we grew for you at Lloyd Craft Farms!  The CSA is coming to a close.  Not everyone started the first week in July, but those that did will have their last Share this week.  Those that started the second week in July will have their last Share next week. (Delivery routes are varied–an email will be sent to let you know when your last Share will be.)

REMEMBER–Any members may come to The Farm on Thursday (4-6 p.m.) and purchase from The Store, and pick up EXTRA’s from the EXTRA’s Table. 

Still taking orders for the Sauerkraut Kits:  Recipe and 5# Shredded Murdoch Cabbage– $10.50.

Sign up (or send me a text or email) for 20# bags of Potatoes— Red Norland, Yukon Gem, Satina, or All Blue.  (We will have 5# bags for sale in January at the Buyer’s Group.  As well as our onions, cabbage, carrots, and other items we are able to store.)

Diamond S Delight will continue to have a table at the Thursday’s Pick Up until October 5th.  They have other drop points–check with them on Thursday.

Shares this week:  Cauliflower or Romanesco or Broccoli, Cipollini or Red River Onions or Scallions, Bell Peppers and Yum Yum Snack Peppers, Tiren Paste Tomatoes, a Winter Squash, and a Cantaloupe or Honey Dew or Watermelon. I think we still have some cucumbers, too!  We may also include a small Brunswick or Deadon flat head of cabbage!  Every member gets a Pumpkin, too, with their last Share!

Thanks for your support!  Hope we can count you in for next year–   Watch the blog or our Facebook Page for the start of the Fall Friday Sales:  Reserve a box on Tuesday for delivery on Friday to Bee Healthy.  This will run for 7 weeks beginning with the first week in November–stay tuned!  

The Farmer’s Wife

CSA Shares for Today–

Today we sent Shares in boxes to Lovell, Manderson, Greybull, Basin, and Shell– Here’s what was in your box:

Scallions–Green onions to most!

Yukon Potatoes–We dug these before the rain–Lucky YOU!  Tomorrow’s group had to settle for a cabbage–but they will get their potatoes next week if we have to wear hip boots and dry them in the clothes dryer!

Carrots--Purple Dragon, which looks and tastes an awful lot like Comic Carrots–

Orange Bells–this was our experiment this year to try to get an orange or yellow bell that will grow in this region.  Quite a test!

Sultan cucumbers–these are the last of the season.  Still my favorite!!

White Cauliflower–the STAR of the box!  Eat this ASAP to experience the epitome of flavor.  No after taste, just a nice mild flavor, as God planned it, I’m sure!  Good steamed and boiled, some folks grille and roast.  This is good enough to eat raw!  I like a little parmesan sprinkled on mine.  We’d prefer raising this in the fall than in the summer–We should have some heads for sale next week in The Store.

Acorn Squash–let it sit a bit to develop its sweetness.  I picked these instead of The Farmer, and I don’t think I was paying attention to detail.  They say that Acorn’s do not need to ‘season’, but as with most squash, it helps them to develop their sweetness.  I like my acorn baked in the oven with oil and a garlic in the cavity.  The left-overs I use for soups–all the squash work this way.  Recipe on our webpage– Butternut Bisque, different variations.

Carbon Heirloom Tomato (Black) or Striped German Johnson (Yellow) or Pink German Johnson (Pink)-you may need to let this sit on the counter a day or two.  I tried to pick ones that were stiff so they could travel in your box. Don’t refrigerate your tomatoes–makes them mushy and robs their flavor.

Watermelon–At last…and it was worth the wait, from the ones I’ve sampled.  Too short of a season this year, but a miracle they made it with all they had to go through:  disease, seeds eaten by some mystery critter, and now the cold.  We will probably only harvest half of what was planted…oh, well….


Enjoy the fresh and local–and thanks for participating!  The Farmer’s Wife