Archive for April, 2015

Fruit Shares

LOOKING FOR MORE FRUITIES–I’m at 9 Fruit Shares…need 24 to be able to break up cases or meet minimum order requirements.  Must attach to a Veggie Share–not available by itself–

Fruit Share cost is $320–$20 a week…16 weeksCost in the grocery store is 20%-30%  higher, quality is poor, or Organic is not available.  The Fruit we get is coming directly from the orchards or a Local Food Hub in Montana–Flathead cherries, Idaho Italian Plums and Honeycrisp Apples, Utah Peaches and Pears, Riverton Raspberries…to name a few.

Fruit Share Plus is $480–$30 a week.

Leap Frog Options are Half the cost–$160 and $240.

Consider the value of FRESH ORGANIC or organically raised FRUIT– 
Consider the convenience of picking it up with the Veggies.

Don’t put it off a day longer–give me a holler to hold you a spot.  Payment installments available–Down-payment needed in May.

Thanks, The Farmer’s Wife


Consider adding a Fruit Share to your Veggie Share– Fruit and Veggie Shares are picked up or delivered together.  Request an Addendum at  You do not need an addendum if you have already purchased the Fruit Share.  🙂 

The Fruit Share is purchased in bulk from local orchards or growers in our Region and divided among the Shares:  Flat-Head Cherries from Montana, Blueberries and Italian Prunes from Idaho, Peaches and Pears from Utah, Raspberries from Riverton, Honeycrisp Apples from Washington…when not available direct from the orchards, we will purchase ORGANIC Fruit from Spokane Produce.  (In most instances whole cases will be available for canners or fruit enthusiasts!)

Cost is $320 for the Fruit Share, and $480 for the Fruit Share Plus.  (2-pay or 3-pay plans available with as little as $130 down–details on the Addendum.)

Information on the Market Day Share of Whole Milk, Artisan cheeses, Artisan breads or Fresh Pasta will follow in May.  Market Day Share is structured differently than the Veggie or Fruit Shares:  Down-Payment in May or June, and then a set weekly payment upon delivery.  Also available with the Leap Frog option.

The Farmer’s Wife

Update on the Farm/ Buyer’s Group/ Recipes/ CSA Membership



Update on The Farm–starting to plant Fingerlings today–Tom Thumb variety which is an early variety is first to go into the ground.  Last year we experimented with fingerlings and found GREAT success.  This year we have ordered five kinds to carry us through the season:  Tom Thumb, Amarosa, LaRatte, French Fingerling (Heirloom), and Rose Finn Apple (storage).

Buyer’s Group–I have extra Limes and Green Leaf Lettuce.  If you need some and want to take a nice Spring drive out to The Farm today…the Lettuce is $2.50 and limes are 4 for $1.  I also have two bags of Gala apples (3#) for $5.00 each.  This week we donated to Apple Apartments some of the surplus.  Next Buyer’s Group is May 7th!

Two New Recipes have been posted to  #52. Roasted Garnet Yams (good for all yams, but especially the orange-fleshed), and #53. Sautéed Collards with Bacon.  Both are Southern favorites–in our quest to broaden our taste bud experiences, the Buyer’s Group this week featured Collard Greens and Yams (Sweet Potatoes)!  Check out some of the other recipes, too, at the website.  RECIPE page is a list…sorry no click and open function…to print scroll to the recipe number you want, then highlight, right click, copy, and paste into your Word program.  Print.

CSA Membership is slowly coming along.  Sorry I haven’t had time to make calls and visit people, but I’ve been consumed with trying to keep up with things and have added the care of my mother’s finances and cleaning out her home for sale…and her van.  Feel free to invite friends, neighbors, work associates, and relatives to be a part of the Local Food Movement and join Lloyd Craft Farms CSA–our success is your success!  Flexible payment plans, reasonable prices on Vegetables with unparalleled quality and nutritional value–IT’s PERFECT FOOD BY GOLLY–and the option to add a Fruit Share, and soon to come Market Day Share.  Contact me for more information–431-1219.


Thanks, The Farmer’s Wife

Still here…at Bee Healthy

Hi you’all!! Still got some real good produce to send to new homes…won’t all fit in mine!!   LOL. Facebook page has pictures– greens, apples, pineapples, mushrooms, broccoli, yams.  All organic and ready to go!!  Stop in before 5:30–

Buyers group / Organic produce

Thursday, April 23rd, Bee Healthy back room– see you there!!

How Do Fruits and Vegetables Lose Their Nutrients After Picking?

For the complete article referenced above and in the previous post, AND an explanation of Respiration, Enzyme action in decaying fruits and vegetables, and the value of Ripeness…check it out at under NUTRITION INFO–   thanks, The Farmer’s Wife


Most fruits and vegetables are both pretty and nourishing. A plump tomato on the vine is an invitation — to make salsa, create a salad or liven up a sandwich. While it’s still on the vine, most people would undoubtedly think of that tomato as alive, but in fact, even after picking, fruits and vegetables remain alive. It’s that very quality, however, that contributes to spoilage and loss of nutrients.   Beth Greenwood

Respiration, enzymes, and ripeness are three things that lead to the demise of produce—it is inevitable.  According to Beth Greenwood in an article from we look for pretty and nourishing fruits and vegetables.  They are alive on the vine…and alive off the vine.  In her article she explains how these three things:  respiration, enzymes, and ripeness work to breakdown and cause the decay of the produce.  Ironically, it is these three things that make that food so good for us—It is alive and breathes! It has enzymes that help us to digest it, and it is the ripeness that we look for and need for a full and complete food with the densest nutrients.

And what is Beth Greenwood’s recommendation:  Find the Freshest Produce!

Choose produce that is as fresh as possible– If you can’t grow your own, look for local farms or growers. Buying locally increases the chances of nutritional diversity and decreases the amount of handling, since local produce is commonly picked by hand rather than machine. Minimal handling means less chance of contamination and bruising, which can increase the rate of decay.  A tomato picked ripe from the vine has the most nutrients—it is the same with all other produce.  Depending on the rate of respiration and how carefully the living fruit or root is handled, will determine its value to you and how long it will last.

We concur!  Some people can garden, but not everyone…That is where Lloyd Craft Farms comes in–We are all about healthy food for healthy bodies for healthy communities.  We support gardeners and gardening, and we support those that don’t!  We have gardened long enough to know that it may be difficult to grow everything you’d like because of space, time, or experience….So for the best nutritional diversity consider a Leap-Frog Share to supplement your garden…$120 for a 16 week period—not bad and so good!     The Farmer’s Wife

BUYER’s GROUP/ Fresh Organic Produce- April 23rd

THURSDAY at BEE HEALTHY– 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.   Best selection in the morning–will post on Facebook if still lots left by mid-afternoon.   🙂    Come and talk CSA and get signed up–26 openings!  installment plans available–4 pay if signed in April.

I ordered a good selection–most the items were in stock.  Reminder–apples are between season yet, no organic grapes, or blackberries.  I skipped the Blueberries as they were over-priced, but I do have 3 cases of strawberries.

Susan–tell you hubby I ordered 6 bunches of red radishes with him in mind.   Kris and Amanda–5# bags of lemons…for those that like to juice or add them to water daily.  Finally got my hands on a case of bunched spinach!  Will also have some green kale and green leaf lettuce on the Extra’s.   I did not order any grapefruit, but if you want some shoot me an email today and I can add on the Rio Star out of Texas. No Mangos or Kiwi this week–If I have 8 interested I can add them to the order, too.

I have a surprise item for the Buyer’s Group and a recipe to help you know how to use it!  Merry Springtime–

The Farmer’s Wife 

CSA Update


Today’s count is 72 memberships– 14 New Members!  We are 28 from ‘critical mass’–the number needed to cover preliminary spring input costs…which we are incurring as the garden progresses–

We are asking for your help– Word of mouth is the best means of advertising and gaining members!  We are passionate about the value of fresh, local, and organic produce…We all eat–Let’s eat the best!  Fresh food is dense in nutrients and has better flavor.  Vegetables grown in organic and rich soil have no comparative–THEY ARE THE REAL THING!

ON A SIDE NOTE:  I am so PROUD of The Farmer–we started the Spring out with undone fall work and The Farmer has whipped the garden into shape…God helped with great weather for spring!  197 mulch beds are laid with their drip-line and the large hoophouse is planted and thriving!  Potatoes, fingerlings, and some of the onions arrived this week and will be in the ground SOON!  

Come, join with us…and bring some relatives, neighbors, friends, acquaintances, fellow workers, or a good Joe off the street!

The Farmer’s Wife

What is planned for the GARDEN?

Every year we try to improve our garden experience and add new items.  So, what do we have planned for 2015? 

**Improve the curing of the Sweet Potatoes!  Hoping to sell enough extra shares (30 on top of 30) to build a large root cellar and add a sea container that is temperature controlled to get the Sweet Potatoes cured RIGHT!  Fall 2013 was perfect and the potatoes cured in the hoophouse with no problem, but not so last year.  2014 Fall was much warmer and the sweet potatoes got too hot and started to grow again.  We are also trying new varieties to see if some may be better than others for our region.

**Tendersweet and Alcosa cabbage–the Tendersweet has…

To read more follow the link, Update on the Farm page.