Archive for March, 2016

CSA Memberships

Greetings!  Snow in Denver yesterday and our son reported they had to chip their cars out of the parking spaces this morning–ice had built up behind the tires when someone in the complex came through and cleared a path through the wet snow!  Blustery winds headed our way next week–Farmer continues to work in the hoophouse, and lifting the plastic mulch from the beds in the garden from last year.

A quick report on the CSA Memberships…I estimate we have about 13 Shares left.  If you contacted me earlier and have changed your mind, please, PLEASE, let me know so we can get your place filled.

Reminder:  Pay before April 15th to take advantage of a free Fruit/Lettuce Voucher.  This will in essence get you $25 or $50 worth of free Fruit and our own Lettuce.  That makes the cost of your Share less than $20 a week– You can’t beat that with organic and fresh!

The Farmer’s Wife–

 

Buyer’s Group Follow-up

Hope everyone enjoyed the produce yesterday!  We did!  I promised my family a good meal at noon today–we’ve been neglectful with the busy schedules…

For lunch today:  Green Beans from Taylor Farms— I French cut them and added almonds and minced garlic– Roasted potatoes using the Blue Potatoes, a Garnet Sweet Potato, and some of our own Mozart red’sTaylor Farms Wellness Blend salad mix— and Brauts, fried and steamed in Chicken broth with the option of Sauerkraut and a BUN!  We are all happy!

Confession:  I am a vegetable snob–quality of the zucchini and summer squash and cucumbers and tomatoes and bagged green beans were not the best.  BUT–they come out of Mexico this time of year.  We try to pull items that are not appetizing, but remember, those things from Mexico need to be eaten sooner.  We try to identify Products of Mexico on our signs, many have stickers.  Mexico vegetables are a long way from home and have been off the plant for a while.  Nutrients degrade quickly–see Nutritional information tab at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com for more information.  

Next Buyer’s Group (Walk-in’s WELCOME) is April 6th.  If there are items you would like to see, shoot me an email…I’ll see what I can do.  If you are going to buy more than 3 units of something, shoot me an email…I’ll order more to go around!   

Thanks for your support!  The Farmer’s Wife

Today is the DAY– Fresh Produce

Bee Healthy, 635 Big Horn Ave, Worland, WY  82401  10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fresh USDA organics, more of those great Heirloom oranges and some fresh Minneolas!  Lots of fresh broccoli and cauliflower, $3 and less.  Salad Mixes, kale and Swiss chard…Leeks, cucumbers, Roma tomatoes, Spring onions, yams, and much, much, more–

Come and check it out!  Take the opportunity to join the CSA and support Local and Fresh grown goodies this summer–applications on hand!

Thanks, The Farmer’s Wife

CSA Membership

It’s hard for me to tell how close we are to being FULL–I’ve made reservations to almost full capacity BUT…need the Agreements or Extensions returned.  🙂  To my best calculation we are a couple thousand short of covering the input costs if all reservations come through–That is EXCITING!

Reminder againit is the CSA income that covers the majority of the input costs of the garden.  

Thank you to those who have paid already–your promptness helped to cover the bulk of seed purchases:  seeds for transplants, melons, and replenishing our inventory.  We are now preparing to order the mulch and drip line which will run around $5,000, and the transplants are at the greenhouse being started, couple thousand $ due in May. We picked up the poultry manure while in Colorado and saved money on that!  Other expenses will be accumulating as we get the garden ready and planted–that time of year!  (Also purchased a Farmer’s Almanac–tomorrow is the first day of Spring, but we will have some cold snaps in April and May…)  

We rely on the Spring income to carry us personally through until August when the Wholesale income kicks in and we can pay the remainder of the garden expenses, truck operation, and set aside money for the time of year when there is no sales income–March through August.

These are the challenges of being self-employed, and these are the challenges of agriculture!  The rewards off-set the challenges!  Love bringing you the best in food–committed to the value for your health and good LIVING!

Thanks!  The Farmer’s Wife

Buyer’s Group- March 23rd

It’s that time again!  YAY!  USDA organics–fruits and veggies, reasonably priced.  Walk-in’s Welcome!

Wednesday, March 23rd, at Bee Healthy- 635 Big Horn Ave- 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Arrive in the morning for best selection–I’ve increased the amount of broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, apples, bananas, and celery so we don’t run out early!  I’ve ordered more Sunchokes and Leeks–hope you tried them and found them pleasing.  🙂

 Administrator’s Special this week:
4# Heirloom oranges
pint Blackberries
Yellow Summer Squash and Zucchini
Gator Eggs (small Avocados)
Purple Potatoes and Red Spring Onions
Taylor Farms Salad Mix
English Cucumber

Special PRICES for EVERYONE:
Garnet Yams @ $1.50/#
Strawberries @ $3.50 (1# clamshell)
Bananas @ $.85/#
* NEW* Minneolas @ $1.50/#
Asparagus @ $4.75
Baby Bok Choi @ $3.50/bag (1-1/2#)
Broccoli @ $2.50 head
Cauliflower @ $3.00 head
Roma Tomatoes @ $1.50/#

Other items to consider:
Fuji and Pink Lady apples, Blackberries and Blueberries, Kiwi, Avocados, Red and Green Cabbage, Cucumbers, Celery, Kale, Mushrooms, Jalapeno and Poblano Peppers, Purple Potatoes, Zucchini, Green Beans…AND MORE

 Taylor Farms 5 oz tubs of lettuce mixes & Baby Spinach

**Basil & three herbs**Garlic**Ginger Root**Parsley**Cilantro**

 (No Brussels sprouts, Mangoes and Pineapples, Snap Peas unless you let me know TODAY–Mangoes were refused last time for poor quality, Brussels sprouts quantity was shorted…)

See you there!  Come in the front door–we’ll help haul your produce out! 

 

 

 

Diana Lynn Brush

I want to take this time to commemorate Diana Lynn Brush.  Diana passed away March 5th after a short battle with cancer.  Diana was a wonderful person and will be missed sorely by the community, her family, and all that knew her.

I personally have known Diana since B.K. (Before Kids)–I took an Interior Design class through NW Powell and this quiet, pastor’s wife, was the teacher.  What a talent and great teacher!  Through the years our paths continued to cross and then in 2014 we had the pleasure of Diana and Erica, her daughter, being in the CSA and getting veggies once a week to the Brush’s and Brown’s!

Diana loved her family and all that met her–We hold Mike, Erica and her kids, and the other brothers Levi, Seth, and Caleb in our prayers.

The Farmer and The Farmer’s Wife

Sunchokes

Thanks to everyone who made the trip downtown today to purchase Veggies!  I covered my check and ended up with just enough for us, too.  

    SUNCHOKES!  What a treat–if never tried….here’s an easy way to fix them.  The nutritional value of Sunchokes (AKA Jerusaleum Artichokes) is a plus–pre-biotic to support a healthy gut of pro-biotics!  (Recipe #57 on our web…)

57. Roasted Jerusaleum Artichokes (Sunchokes)

http://www.allrecipe.com

“This is a super-easy way to cook these vegetables if you’ve never tried them before and by far my favorite. Jerusalem artichokes, or sunchokes, are starchy tubers like potatoes and turnips. When roasted, the skin becomes flaky and the flesh becomes tender, but the taste of a sunchoke is slightly nutty and sweet. Cooked sunchokes are best when eaten within 2 days. When raw, they store well in your fridge’s vegetable bin, wrapped loosely in a paper towel. Enjoy!”

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes)
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • sea salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Scrub Jerusalem artichoke tubers and cut out eyes. Cut tubers into 1-inch pieces.
  3. Mix olive oil, thyme, garlic, and sea salt together in a large bowl; add Jerusalem artichoke pieces and toss to coat. Arrange coated pieces in one evenly-spaced layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Roast in the preheated oven until Jerusalem artichokes are tender, 35 to 45 minutes.

March 9th–Buyer’s Group/Walk-ins!

Wednesday at Bee Healthy- 635 Big Horn Ave- 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Arrive in the morning for best selection–I’ve increased the amount of broccoli, cauliflower, and bananas so we don’t run out before noon!

New items this week:
Sunchokes– a pre-biotic, the thing that feeds the stuff that grows in a healthy gut!
Pineapples & Mangosmore of the Heirloom oranges, too
Leeksthought we’d use this for our allium fix this week!

Special PRICES:
Garnet Yams @ $1.50/#
Strawberries @ $3.25 (1# clamshell)
Snap Peas @ $2.75 (8 oz bag)
Brussels sprouts @ $4.00 (1# bag)

Other items to consider:
Asparagus, Fuji apples, Baby Bok Choi, Avocadoes, Red and Green Cabbage, Cucumbers, Celery, Kale, Mushrooms, Orange Pepper, Jalapeno Peppers, Potatoes, Zucchini, Green Beans…AND MORE

Taylor Farms 5 oz tubs of Wellness Blend, Sweet Baby Lettuces, & Baby Spinach

**Basil & three herbs**Garlic**Ginger Root**Parsley**Cilantro**

See you there!  Come in the front door–we’ll help haul your produce out! 

The Farmer’s Wife

 

Buyer’s Group- March 9th-ADM Special

Greetings good eats FOODIES!  Wednesday is Buyer’s Group at Bee Healthy–

Your Administrator’s Special:

Pineapple, 1# Strawberries, and a Mango–All Organic
Brussels sprouts, Broccolette-colini, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes
Taylor Farms Sweet Baby Lettuces Tub
5# Yellow Potatoes and Leeks!

**Will have recipes for Brussels sprouts and see what I can dig up on Leeks!

SEE YOU THERE!– The Farmer’s Wife

 

 

UPDATE ON CSA Membership

Hello Worland, Thermopolis, Basin, and beyond!    

Update on the CSA Membership:  SLOW, but no different than in the past.  If you are a current member please let me know if you are planning on continuing.   We are in the seed ordering stage and it is time to get the garden starts going–would like to know who is in and who is out.

If you are planning on raising your own garden–WE APPLAUD YOU!  Nothing is better than fresh right out of the garden.  BUT–if this is your first year, let us give you some words of wisdom based on our growing experience:  stuff happens…we lost 50% of the onions last year, carrots were slow to germinate and were not available until late fall, heat snap pushed the beans to over-maturity and the broccoli and cauliflower to bitterness…STUFF HAPPENS!

Take out an ‘insurance policy’–consider a Leap-Frog Share for $160 for 7 weeks.
This will supplement your garden and give you an outlet to purchase Farm Fresh eggs, whole milk and yogurt, Lettuce and greens, and Fruit…in addition to the veggies for that week.  You will have access to the Extra’s Table to pick up extra peppers, different varieties of cucumbers than you may be growing, things you didn’t plant, or larger quantities for the guests coming during the week-end!

Plan ahead and help us plan ahead–Let us know your status!

The Farmer’s Wife