Archive for November, 2014

Drop Location for the Buyer’s Group

For those that have signed up with the Buyer’s Group you will be able to pick up in town on Thursday’s from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  This is MUCH BETTER than coming out to The Farm in the winter, and much easier for us–I’ll be able to sort the goodies the night before and post your name and amount due on your order.  You can pay Thursday by putting your check in an envelope on the wall labeled ‘Buyer’s Group Payments’.

For those that have NOT signed up, it’s not too late–current Produce lists will go out November 28th and orders are due the 30th.  First Pick Up will be Thursday, December 4th. 


Remember: we have three membership levels–Bronze has no commitment but a $20 minimum order when you order–sometime during the 16 week period.  Gold and Silver agree to order twice a month at $60 and $30.  No down-payment needed, 10% of purchase price covers the administration.  You can renew for another 16 weeks at the end of the first 16 weeks. 

Give it some thought– The Farmer’s Wife 


BUYER’S GROUP is up and ready to launch the first week in December!  You can still sign up to be a member –send an email to 

— Include your name, address, and a phone number to contact you if necessary.

— Indicate whether you want to sign up as a Gold Member, Silver Member, or a Bronze Member.  (Refer to Buyer’s Group tab at for more detail.)

— If you want the good stuff, but don’t want to take the time to decide what to order…and will be happy with what I order for the group…then indicate you want the Administrator’s Special.  For this Special you must sign up at either the Gold or Silver level.  (Administrator’s Special not available at the Bronze level.)

Nuts and Bolts of the Program–order 1st and 3rd Sunday each month, 16 week duration with a renewal option for another 16 weeks.  You do not need to be a member of Lloyd Craft Farms CSA.  Limited to 24 participants.  As a member you order case goods, though some items are available in quantities of 3. If you are interested in an item, but not a full case, you can indicate such and the Administrator will see if others can be found to share the case. 

–You will get the Price List via email the Friday before the week we order.

— Order via email Sunday night–that’s the Sunday directly after the Friday you get the list.  Orders are placed the first and third MONDAY of each month starting in December.

–Lloyd Craft Farms picks up the order Wednesday night from the delivery truck.  We will either take the orders to a central place in town to distribute or you can pick them up at The Farm on Thursday.  STILL WORKING THIS THROUGH–Truck delivery is never consistent and it is cold outside….BRRRRR

–Payment is made at the time of pick up plus 10% to cover the handling.

Things to remember:  We can not hold the produce more than 24 hours.  If we have to hold the produce more than 24 hours we can not guarantee its quality–may be frozen or wilted.  Items can be returned if damaged in shipment, but we have to notify the company within 24 hours of delivery–they order a credit to be applied to later shipments.  Gold and Silver must order twice a month–Bronze orders at their leisure.  You must order your minimum amounts of $60, $30, $20–It is the Gold Members that meet the minimum required of the company, so we should all thank them for their commitment!

The Farmer’s Wife–  🙂

Winter Buyer’s Group

Hello Everyone—needed 24 people for the Winter Co-op to run similar to the Fruit Share we’ve run in the past.  Had 13 and could not structure it within the parameters of $100 down and $25 a week, and still meet the $300 minimum order and have the variety we needed to make it workable.

But–I have another idea:  A Buyer’s Group!  Give this some thought–it would be something we would start with as few as 5 members ($60 minimum to collectively cover the $300 minimum order) and can carry another level of members who would order less amounts, and less frequently if they wanted.

What’s the difference between a Buyer’s Group and a Co-op?  In a co-op you order the same thing for everyone and items are split equally—our Fruit Share and Bountiful Baskets are both examples of Co-ops.  It is simple to administer, but doesn’t always meet everyone’s individual needs or desires.  For example everyone gets a 3# bag of oranges whether there are two or six in the family, and whether they like oranges or not.   The price is locked in—so you get what $25 will buy each week.  ($25 from our garden is much, much more than $25 worth of groceries bought wholesale–)

A Buyer’s Group would work differently–twice a month, instead of weekly.  Cost probably higher than $25 but you would have the ability to order more or less quantities of items to fit your personal needs or size of family, and more or less variety.  No down-payment but a percentage fee to cover the cost of labor and storage.  

For more information click on the new Buyer’s Group Tab at   



Noticed I left the time out of the post last night on the apple and produce pick ups today.  I still have onions to bag and a few other things-

Please come after 1:00 p.m.

THANKS–  The Farmer’s Wife

Apples IN–Potatoes, etc Ready for Pick UP

Reminder–Honeycrisp apples are ready for Pick Up Thursday, tomorrow, at The Farm.  Cost is $75 for 36 pounds.  Fresh from the orchard–

Reminder–pre-ordered bulk items–potatoes, carrots, onions, squash–they too are ready for Pick Up Thursday, tomorrow, at The Farm.  Costs were posted earlier this week.  Fresh from the garden–

Reminder–we have some fresh broccoli for eating or freezing– $1.50/#, roughly 12#’s per box.  No problem to box it up Thursday, or TEXT to 431-1219–


Come and get it!  The Farmer’s Wife

Winter Co-op

Update on the Winter Co-op-  Looking for 11 more people to consider getting organic fruits and veggies for 16 weeks. 

Besides the weekly share that is the same for everyone, membership also allows you to order case-goods (or items in 3’s) direct from the wholesaler (through Lloyd Craft Farms) without being subject to the $300 minimum order (which is met by the co-op order that week) or require you carry a food/distributor’s license (which is held by Lloyd Craft Farms).  

For instance–

Order a case of Freeze-dried Blueberries to put in your pantry and add to your cereal, or a case of organic Lighthouse dressing, or organic juice drinks, or freeze-dried specialty mushrooms…

Order an item that you have one week through the co-op that your family is crazy about, or split a case with another co-op member–whose family was crazy about that item, too.

Order items that can be dehydrated or preserved…like a case of roma tomatoes to season and dry as sun-dried tomatoes to use in later dishes, or bananas for banana chips.

Order additional items for your larger family.

REMEMBER–Items ordered are from a wholesaler and focus of the co-op will be on USDA certified Organic. (Wholesaler carries both Organic and Non-organic lines.) These shares will not be as large as the shares from the garden, but should cost less than organics bought through a store.

Thanks–The Farmer’s Wife


We have another soup variation for Winter Squash!  This one is unique in that it uses sage as a seasoning–we have fresh sage still in the garden–and a Grannie Smith apple!   Check it out at, the Recipe Tab, recipe #15A.


We have a bumper crop on the POTATOES, ONIONS, CARROTS, for this year.  Now that the ADD4WEEKS option that were ordered in the Spring have been delivered we can open up sales of the remaining–

Contact me by email on Monday’s, we will sort and bag your order for pick up on Thursday’s at The Farm.  This will continue until the stock is gone, or the coolers can not be kept at the right temperature because of the winter cold.  🙂 


POTATOES– 40# Bag, Yukon Gold:  $30, Dark Red Norland:  $36, Russets:  $28

ONIONS— 10# Mesh bag, White Sierra Blanca:  $13,  Yellow Patterson:  $7,  Red Zeppelin:  $9

CARROTS– 5# bag Sugarsnax variety:  $4.50 bag

SQUASH— Hubbard’s, Buttercup, Kabocha– $1/#  (These are for sale at IGA for $1.49/#)

CABBAGES— Green Storage, Red Ruby Perfection (Storage), Deadon (green and red, sweet, savoyed leaves)…. Green and Red are $.50/#, Deadon is $1/#

Call me at 431-1219 with any questions, or text–  THANKS!  The Farmer’s Wife

WINTER CO-op–more info

As I gather more info and talk to people this is where I am right now with the Winter -op:
$100 downpayment, $25 a week, 16 weeks with the option to renew for another 16 weeks. Need 24 sign-ups to make it work. 1 Vacation Bye to excuse the member from participation for a week.

This is a sample of what a share could look like
Fruit–  3# bag apples & 4# bag oranges
Veggies– 1 – 5 oz. tub of Taylor Farms Organic Greens
1# green beans
1 head cauliflower
1 large English cucumber
2 green peppers
1 clamshell of Heirloom tomatoes

We have potatoes, onions, carrots, that can be purchased in bulk for the winter. There are Hubbards and some of the buttercup and kabocha squash left. We would not purchase these or include them in the co-op unless we were out and the participants were out.  These items are for sale- see separate post or website for prices.

I think this looks very workable!!

Sign-up by Friday, November 8th, for pick up the following Thursday the 13th. You can pay $125 the first week, and $25 each week thereafter.

Give this serious consideration and get signed up by email to me at:

Thanks– The Farmer’s Wife

Honeycrisp Apples

Reminder–Need your order for the Honeycrisp apples tonight–Sunday, November 2nd.

$75 for 36# of Honeycrisp apples from a Montana orchard–pick up Thursday at The Farm.

The Farmer’s Wife