Archive for September, 2016

First Week in October–

First Week in October is the last share for the 2016 Season–can you believe it!!  We are asking that all Members Pick Up on Thursday at The Farm–4:15 to 6:00 p.m.-NO DELIVERIES THAT WEEK.  The Store will be open to all with Fruit, Lettuce mixes and Baby Spinach, Mushrooms, Garlic, Ginger root, and off the beaten path items such as Grimmway Organic Juices–Bring your bucks and stock up for the month!  (Last chance to use up your Voucher!!)

I can’t tell you exactly what we will have, but I can tell you what we have left in the garden to include in the Shares:

Green Cabbage–Kaitlin is a huge, white-centered, thin-leaved cabbage great for sauerkraut and cabbage burgers alike.  Not bad in coleslaw either.  Sweet flavor.  We are trying to harvest them before they reach full maturity at 8#!  This cabbage can be kept several months in a cool place.

Carrots–Not sure how many of what kind…But, can tell you we have Sugarsnax (Orange and LONG), Purple Haze, and Deep Purple– I like purple… 🙂  (This is an item we hope to store for sales in November and December.)

Broccoli or Cauliflower–success with the 2nd and 3rd plantings!  After struggling through the summer months, we usually have broccoli in the shares all summer and cauliflower in the early summer, we finally have a crop because of the cooling temperatures.  The broccoli variety we are harvesting now has 1# to 1-3/4# heads and can withstand a hard frost. Cauliflower is in lesser quantities and will probably be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Choice of Onion–Colossal-sized Spanish Type, Sierra Blanca White, or Red Zeppelin…

Green Beans–I don’t know if I have enough gumption to get them harvested, but I think we have a good amount of French Beans that are ready, and some of the Green Beans that are a good enough size to thoroughly enjoy.

Pumpkin–we try to give each member one Connecticut Field pumpkin!  These are good for Jack-O-Lanterns as well as pies!  (Some of our other Winter Squash are at IGA–consider buying them there to let them know how important it is to stock and buy from local growers in addition to their Warehouse!  They will also be selling our pumpkins–we’re planning on delivery the second week in October–)

Watermelons–we will open up the cooler for you to TAKE watermelons home…this is the end of the season and what is not ‘removed’ by members, will be removed by us to the compost pile…  🙂

See you Thursday, October 6th, at The Farm– The Farmer’s Wife


Leap Frogger’s Finish 2016

Wow!  The season has come to an end for the Leap-Frogger’s–Hope you enjoyed it and loved all the produce you got this year.  It was an interesting year with the severe heat at the start of the season…but God is good...some plants did not prosper as in year’s past, but others shined!  He never leaves us empty-handed…

Stay tuned for the opening of the Fall Fridays in November where we will have potatoes, carrots, onions, winter squash, and hopefully some Brussels sprouts for sale.  Place your order once the price list is posted, and then pick them up Friday at Bee Healthy.  We are planning on Buyer’s Group in January through May again for 2017–maybe with some changes and more recipe helps.  🙂

This last share included a specialty item:  Celeriac. A print-out was included to help you know how to use this unique veggie.  If you can’t find it, email me at and I’ll send you a digital copy–

Celeriac or Celery Root is raised for our buyer ‘up North’–  It is obviously in the celery family…more root, less leaf, packed with as much, or more, celery flavor.  I don’t know if you noticed, but Parsley also has the leaves of ‘the family’…  All are aromatic and very healthy.  (Parsley is a ‘cure’ for halitosis–)  

Celeriac is a great substitute for celery in the winter.  Winter celery is puny and usually comes out of Mexico.  It has been off the plant for a while and is lacking the strong flavor and crunchy substance— Celeriac, on the other hand, stores well in a cool place for several months and can be used throughout the colder months, especially in soups–your recipes will show you how to shred it for salads, steam it for mashed, and cook it into special recipes.


For your health and that of our community!–The Farmer’s Wife

Special order– Grimmway Organic Juices

Hi Everyone!  Yesterday at Pick Up we had a new item in The Store:  Grimmway Organic Juices:  Tropical Mango and Wild Berry Blend.  If you are interested in a case of these to pick up next Thursday at the last Pick Up of the season, send me an email RIGHT NOW–   Cost is $17.50 for 6.

They also have Citrus Carrot, Bunched Greens, Bananaberry Crush, and Apple Cherry Juice….

Expiration on this last order was December 2016–

The Farmer’s Wife–

Week 12–CSA Information

Good morning!

Week #12 for the CSA–Wow, the garden season has zipped by!  

October will be upon us–garden will be put to rest–hopefully shelter will be enclosed–Then we will be making preparation for Fall Friday Sales:  Bulk Potatoes, onions, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, carrots, and lots of variety of Winter Squash.  Fall Friday Sales will be posted here with orders taken for delivery in town on Friday’s for the month of November and December.  In January we start the Buyer’s Group/ Walk-in’s Welcome!

But for now–this week we are looking at the following items for the shares:

Celeriac–AKA Celery Root.  Very aromatic and packed with celery flavor-  will keep in your fridge for several weeks.  Great in soups! (I’d be content just setting it on the edge of the desk and sniffing it every 10 minutes–)

Red Thumb Fingerlings, or Kaitlin Cabbage for the Thursday Pick Up.  Kaitlin is a large head of cabbage with a nice white center.  This is what makes it so great for sauerkraut–yet the leaves are tender enough for cabbage burgers, cabbage rolls, or soups.  Head will keep in a cool place for 2-3 months.  Once cut I would store it in the fridge, but you can carve off of it for weeks…

Other items are onions, Antohi Romanian Frying Peppers, Tiren Paste tomatoes, a winter squash (Delicata, Red Kuri, or Acorn), and the last of the season Extazy mini-watermelon.

Fruit for the week is the usual, but no peaches or pears from Utah…no avocados…Still have a box of Honeycrisp apples!

Kris with Diamond S Delights will be here with her raw milk products!

We will be making the deliveries Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday…see the rest of you on Thursday at The Farm–4:15 to 6:00.

The Farmer’s Wife



No Farmer’s Market tomorrow

Too Cold to sit at Farmer’s Market–Too Wet to load things up to go to Farmer’s Market–Too muddy here on The Farm.  With the prediction of more rain all morning tomorrow, and the chance of frost in the next 48 hours we are going to forego the Farmer’s Market tomorrow and harvest, harvest, harvest.

If you are absolutely having a hankering for a watermelon or Honey Dew, come  on out to our place on Washakie Ten (right past the HUGE 5 metal granaries, less than 1/3 mile from Highway 16) and we’ll get you one out of the cooler.

I also have paste tomatoes for Salsa or Spaghetti Sauce–$22.50 for 20#.  

The Farmer’s Wife

Canning Tomatoes–

We are having a heck of a time getting the Celebrity tomatoes in volume or to ripen…but the Tiren (San Marzana type), Speckled Roman (Heirloom), and Granadero (smaller salad paste) are in ABUNDANCE!  They are great for Spaghetti Sauce and Salsa–less water, more flesh, plenty of taste, and easy to work with!

(I freeze the Granadero–wash and place in a gallon bag laying flat in the freezer.  Once frozen solid they can be stacked.  When you get ready to use them, split the skins by putting the frozen tomatoes in a bowl of water:  great for Chili and other soups in the winter.)

I will have some 20# boxes of Paste Tomatoes for sale Thursday at The Store.  (I can not guarantee that I will have Heirloom or Celebrity tomatoes for the Canner’s–weather has cooled too much and season is coming to an end.)  Consider purchasing the paste varieties…AKA Roma tomatoes.  $22.50 per box.

I have the parsley, basil, oregano, and thyme for the Spaghetti Sauce recipe.  And also the Green Bells and White Onions– talk to me Thursday!  (or if not a member, send me a text 431-1219 for pick up Friday or Saturday.)

Thanks, The Farmer’s Wife

Week 11- Pick Up Thursday 4:15-6:00

REMEMBER– The Store (Lloyd Craft Farms) and Dairy Products (Diamond S Delights) are  open to ALL CSA MEMBERS…even Leap Frogs and those on the Delivery Routes.

THURSDAY Share–3# Red Potatoes, 1# Broccoli (NOT heat stressed!), bags of Yum Yum Snack Peppers, Hot Pepper Pack (Jalapeno, Paprika, Poblano, Hungarian Hot Wax), Granadero Salad Paste Tomatoes, 2 Hooligan Sweet Pumpkins, French Charentais canteloupe or Captivation watermelons  (not sure on count yet)–

THURSDAY, For Sale in The Store–

FRUIT:  Honeycrisp Apples, Utah Peaches (last week), Utah Pears (last week), Avocados, Blackberries, Riverton Raspberries (also 2 Flats available for $28), Pomegranates, Bananas, Minneolas (type of tangerine), Grapefruit, Lemons…last of the Lloyd Craft Farms melons–Watermelon and Honey Dew.

We also have 3- 20# boxes of fresh picked apples from Janene and Jeff Dorr’s tree.  Great for applesauce, pies, or eating–Tart but sweet, crunchy!  $21.25 per box.  You can order more directly from Janene at Bee Healthy.

VEGETABLES:  More bags of Yum Yum Snack Peppers, Artisan Cherry Tomatoes, Broccoli, Green Beans…

GREENS:  Fresh Express Spinach- $1.75 CLEARANCE (left from last week–still good), and fresh Fresh Express Spinach and Herb Salad, 20 bags of our own Lloyd Craft Farms Salanova! (last of the season!)

OTHER ITEMS:  Portabella, Oyster, and White Mushrooms, Garlic, Ginger Root…

THURSDAY, For Sale from Diamond S Delights– Raw Milk products!


The Farmer’s Wife

Week 11- Shares

Wow!  This is week #11–two more Shares after this week:  September 29th and October 6th.  (Leap-Frogger’s are September 29th for their Grand Finale-No Leap-Frogger’s this week.)

What are we anticipating for Shares:  

Green beans for deliveries, Broccoli for Thursday Pick up (I hope),

Deadon cabbage or purple cauliflower for deliveries, Brussels sprouts for Thursday Pick Up (I hope)

Yum Yum Snack Peppers for all (I hope)

Granadero or Artisan Cherry Tomatoes for deliveries, Granadero paste tomatoes for Thursday (I hope)

Hot Pepper Mix for all (no Habaneros)

Hooligan Sweet Pumpkins for all

Whatever melon is good–either a Captivation red seedless watermelon or Athena Cantaloupe (I hope)

I am hopeful!!  Let us forge forward–  The Hopeful Farmer’s Wife

Farmer’s Market Melons

We are loading the truck to head to town for FARMER’S MARKET–8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Look for our TRUCK in the alley way, north end of the vendors, next to the BREAD LADY!

Freshly harvested Captivation, seedless Red Watermelon–Allsweet Variety like the Heirloom Crimson Sweets.  More of the crisp Orange Crisp, and yellow Butterball Seedless watermelons.  Also, hope to have a small supply of Full Moon melons- lime green flesh, high brix sweet, and some Honey White Honey Dew’s.  

You can feel the end of the melon season in the air–Take advantage…no Vine-ripened until next August!

The Farmer’s Wife

Grass Fed Beef for SALE!

I shared some information at Thursday Pick UP several weeks ago–But here it is again!

Big Trails Natural Beef, Ten Sleep, Brandon and Megan Greet– 272-7079 or email

Order now, Payment due October 15th, Beef processed November 7th.  

Big Trails Bundle- around 52#—- $300

Quarter Beef- around 156#—- $825 (You save $75)

Half Beef- around 312.5#—- $1600 (You save $200)

Whole Beef- around 625#—- $3100 (You save $500)

“Big Trails Natural Beef has never been treated with hormones or fed GMO’s.  We always treat our animals humanely and out program meets the Global Animal Partnership’s Level 4 animal welfare requirements.  We sell all natural, grass fed, omega 3 enriched, Black Angus, local, quality beef for your enjoyment and peace of mind.”