Archive for February, 2016

Today is the DAY! Buyer’s Group

I call it Buyer’s Group and it is–35 people make it possible for the rest of us!  35 People buy an Administrator’s Special that covers the minimum order and sets the core for breaking up cases–If you are one of the 35:  THANK YOU!  If you are one of the many walk-in’s:  THANK YOU, too!  (If you are The Farmer and The Farmer’s Son–I thank you, too!)

Fresh Produce–Organic and as Fresh as we can get in the dead of winter (early Spring?) in the Rocky Mountain Region.  Especially noteworthy – bags of Tangerines, Heirloom Oranges, and Lady Alice apples…crisp Celery, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Zucchini–thank you Mexico!  Blackberries and Blueberries this week– Garnet YAMS @ $1.75/#

Special order this weekSnap Peas (22- 10 oz bags) and Brussels sprouts (5- 10 oz. bags).  Extra Broccoli and Cauliflower , I got a good price and they look great!  Avocados @ $1.25– Herb packets (Thai Basil, Rosemary, Sage, & Thyme) for $2.75…Garlic and Ginger Root

Greens–Taylor Farms Baby Spinach and Herb/Lettuce Mix, Kale, Chard, Romaine Lettuce, and Baby Bok Choi

Bag and Recipe for Roasted Root Vegetables with Lloyd Craft Farms carrots and potatoes, Washington state sweet potatoes and turnips, and a couple of ruby red beets, and fresh parsley–A meal in the making!

Please stop in and check it out!  This is the last chance in February– Back March 9th!

The Farmer’s Wife

 

Administrator’s Special this WEEK

February 23rd, 2016– $30 

Squeeze Organic Lemon Oil
Blackberries-pint
Halo Tangerines–3# bag
Broccoli & Cauliflower
Snap Peas- 1/2# bag
Baby Carrots- 1# Mini-carrots
Crimini Mushrooms- 6 oz.
Taylor Farms Lettuce/Herb Mix- 5 oz Clamshell

 

Buyer’s Group/ Walk-in’s – Feb 23rd

Order for PRODUCE has been placed with Spokane Produce–we have some of our baby Cosmic Carrots to sell, and some Huckleberry Yukon potatoes–

Bee Healthy on Wednesday, February 23rd, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Come in the morning for best selection–

Heirloom Oranges (4# bag–taking orders for 20# boxes), Halo Tangerines (3# bag), Meyer’s Lemons (1# bag), and Grapefruit–ORG Blueberries and Blackberries, Avocados, Bananas, and Kiwi in a clamshell.

Lady Alice applesI hope a Great find!  Available from January to May only from Rainier Fruit Company–‘chance’ seedling raised since 1980’s-no intentional breeding, just Mother Nature–This is a first for me!  Should be exciting–$2.50/# Organic, Washington raised.

ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLES bag with RecipeBeets, Parsnips, Carrots, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, and Herbs.  Price and number available to be determined once the truck arrives on Tuesday–  

Asparagus, Baby Bok Choi, Broccoli and Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts (only 2# this week), Green and Red Cabbage, Bagged Mini Peeled Carrots (1# bags) in addition to our Baby Cosmics, Celery, Cucumbers, Snap Peas (only 5# this week), Orange Bell Peppers, Green Beans, Zucchini (only 5# this week), and Cherry tomatoes (1 pt size)All Organic!

Other specialty items:  garlic and ginger root, herbs, greens (kale, chard, Romaine, baby spinach tubs, Lettuce/Herb mix in a tub), and mushrooms–including Portabella caps for Portabella burgers!

See you Wednesday!  I will also have CSA Agreements and Extensions for Current Members–Check it out!

The Farmer’s Wife–

 

 

 

 

 

Great to be HOME!

Greetings!  The Farmer and I just got back from three days in Montana visiting our friends with Quality Foods Distributing/Market Day Foods–they love good quality, fresh produce…as much as we do…  🙂  It’s exciting to see the growth of the Fresh Food Movement!  Heart-warming, in fact–

ReminderBuyer’s Group is Wednesday, February 24th, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Bee Healthy.  I’m placing the order tomorrow morning with Spokane Produce–Truck will be in Tuesday–door will be open Wednesday.  You can pick up your CSA Agreements or Member Extensions on Wednesday, too!  WALK-IN’S WELCOME!!

On the garden front, as expected the watermelon seeds are in short supply again this year–popular varieties sold out, crop failure on the yellow seedless Amarillo, and the phasing out of certain name-brands so we have to research for suitable replacements.  I took a leap of faith, confident that we will sell all the shares for the CSA, and ordered all the seed for the watermelons, cantaloupes, Honey Dews, French Charentais, and Galia’s.  Melons seeds are the most expensive seed we buy–I’m sure you all love them as much as we do!  I’d be interested in knowing what your favorites are–  🙂  –comment on this post and let me know! 

Don’t wait until the last minute to join or renew…a nod now helps us to plan for the garden size, and make informed economic decisions!  

Thanking you for your past support and looking forward to a continuation.

The Farmer’s Wife

Fruit & Lettuce Vouchers

“Voucher–A coupon serving in lieu of cash payment…a coupon that entitles you to goods at reduced prices, or to articles given away to stimulate sales.”–The New LexiconWebster’s Encyclopedic Dictionary of the English Language (1992 edition)

If you pay for your CSA Share before April 15th WE will give YOU a Fruit & Lettuce Voucher:  $50 for 1 or 2 Shares and $25 for a Leap-Frog Share.

This Voucher will serve in lieu of cash on Pick Up Day–it is to say Thank You for being a part of the Local Food Movement and helping in the Spring with our planting costs. Thanks for being the ‘C’ and the ‘S’ so we can be the ‘A’–Community … Supported … Agriculture.  We in turn will support you with fresh, vital, locally grown veggies–Building healthy communities through healthy food and healthy soil!

Reserve your CSA Share today!  The Farmer’s Wife

 

 

Winter Squash

The winter squash season is coming to an end–the butternuts, and acorns, and buttercup are past their prime.  The Kabocha’s are still good, but we are probably about squashed out, right?

Some notes of encouragement on the Sunshine Kabocha you got Wednesday in your Administrator’s Special….STEAM IT!  Cut into 6-8 slices (like you cut a cantaloupe) and put into a steamer or a crock pot with a small amount of water in the bottom.  The outer skin will peel right off leaving the smooth and flavorful flesh.  You can then butter it and eat it that way, or mash it like potatoes and serve on the side of the plate in a dollop.  If not in the mood, put it into a zip-lock bag and eat it the next day or make a simple Bisque with onion, grated carrot, and cream.  You can usually use Kabocha in recipes that call for Butternut.

No more squash in the Administrator’s Special– I promise!  We still have a couple hundred Spaghetti Squashes in the cooler and some will be available the 24th, but then they head to the compose pile to be cycled into the garden–

Winter Squash is a good source of Beta-carotene and other vitamins that we run short of in the winter.  It is a nutrient dense food that has been under-appreciated!

For your good health–The Farmer’s Wife

Next Buyer’s Group/Walk-ins

Our next Buyer’s Group will be February 24th at Bee Healthy–I will be ordering from Spokane Produce on Friday, February 19th.  If you would like to order a case of cabbage, or lemons in bulk, or other things, shoot me an email (craftterri@rtconnect.net) or text to 431-1219.  I can order bulk items for anyone–just need to know 6 days before the Buyer’s Group.

If there is an item you would like, but you don’t want a case, let me know too.  If I have enough interest I can get what you need or want–often I can find others interested–just need to know– 🙂

Thanks to ALL!  Buyer’s Group has been going well–my goal is to sell what has been brought in and to not over order…so far, so good!   (Anybody want 20 bundles of Cilantro??)  The Farmer’s Wife

CSA Membership Drive UPDATE

Hello Everyone!  What great weather this last week–amazing for mid-February–

Wanted to let you know that the Membership Drive is in full swing…I know, I knowtoo early to think about garden…but with the warm weather we should be thinking GARDEN and that wonderful bounty!  On our end we start planning now— remember it takes 60 days for transplants which are set out in May, and another 60 days for their fruit to be ready for the start of the CSA in July–count that back and it puts us at the first week in March.  2 WEEKS AWAY!  (Be still my heart….)

  • Here’s the progress report:
    100 Shares available for 2016
    5 completed Agreements, and 75 reservations.
    If you are a current member, send me an email or text (431-1219) to reserve your spot.
  • Two Reasons to take advantage right now:
    $50 & $25 Vouchers (we pay it) for Fruit and/or Lettuce (Pay in full before April 15th)
    Take advantage of the Installment Plansfor as little as $40 you can get signed up and make monthly payments towards your ShareCosts are $160 for a Leap-Frog, $300 for 1 Share, and $575 for 2 Shares.  (check out the Installment options at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com /  2016 Share Prices page under CSA tab.)

Call with any questions!  Looking forward to a great year with fresh, organically raised produce for our healthy community–  The Farmer’s Wife

 

Produce Available– update–

Hi, y’all–  update on what is still available.  I’m delivering orders placed this morning this afternoon…may do the same tomorrow…

5- 20# boxes Heirloom Oranges- $23 each

2- 4# bags Heirloom Oranges- $6.00 each

6 ORG English cucumbers- $4.00 each

3 heads ORG Red Leaf Lettuce- $1.75 each

6 bundles of ORG Swiss chard- $1.50 each

3 bundles of ORG Parsley- $1.50 each

20 bundles ORG Cilantro- $1.00 each  (dry or dehydrate for later use?)

 

Thanks– The Farmer’s Wife

 

Produce Still Available– :)

Greetings!  I have the following still available– If interested TEXT 431-1219–  Need to sell before Sunday–  Thanks for those that visited us at Bee Healthy yesterday–appreciate your support in bringing these USDA Organics to Worland in winter!

5 – 20# boxes of Heirloom Oranges- $23 each

2 – 4# bags of Heirloom Oranges- $6.00

12 bunches of ORG Bananas- $1.50 each (NOT TOO RIPE, NOT GREEN–)

7 ORG English Cucumbers- $4.00 each

16 ORG Avocados – $1.50 each

3 heads ORG Red Leaf Lettuce- $1.75 each

6 bundles of ORG Swiss Chard- $1.50 each

3 bundles of ORG Parsley- $1.50 each

 

Thanks– The Farmer’s Wife– PU at 1049 Washakie Ten- Worland