Archive for March, 2017

18 Days Remain for the Early Bird Special!


I will be at Bee Healthy all day tomorrow. I will also have CSA applications!

We are starting the broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage transplants and have finished the greenhouse–SO EXCITING!  Janene at Enchanted Gardens has for the sixth year started the tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers again for us.  As the garden dries, we will get the beds worked and ready to start planting in April.  First with the potatoes and onions mid-April, and then the first week in May the cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.

Hope you will consider joining us and enjoying the fruit of our labors!  Join before April 15th, for the Early Bird Special…Voucher for fruit and lettuce from The Store.  CSA starts in July and runs through September.  More information at , CSA tab.  Memberships will be open until we sell the needed 100 shares.  Local food for local people–


Thanks, The Farmer’s Wife

Buyer’s Group TOMORROW- 5th Wednesday Special

Living lettuce

Wow! Sun’s shining and clouds are gorgeous– Don’t you just love this time of year?!

We will be at Bee Healthy tomorrow from 10:00 to 5:30 with veggies, fruit, herbs, and greens.  Boxes this week are 3# bag Pink Lady Apples, Rio Star Grapefruit, Grape Tomatoes, Broccoli, Cucumber, Green Bell Pepper, 5# Red Potatoes, Red Onion, head of Red Butter Lettuce. 2 EXTRA boxes for sale- $25. 

Some special things worth noting:  Organic Arugula this week- 5 oz clamshell, Living Lettuce, the Mangoes are a beautiful blush red, and the Strawberries (I ordered 2 flats) smell like real strawberries!  All the same items we’ve had in the past–

See you there– The Farmer’s Wife

5th Wednesday Special Box- order NOW!


5th Wednesday Special Box:  3# bag of Pink Lady apples, 2 Rio Star Grapefruit, Tomatoes in a clamshell, Broccoli, Cucumber, Green Bell Pepper, 5# Bag of Red Potatoes, Red onion, 1 head of Red Leaf Lettuce…$25

Hello Folks!  I am ordering Special Boxes for special people.  Sign up now for our 5th WEDNESDAY SPECIAL BOX–organic produce for pick up at Bee Healthy on March 29th.  This is our 5th Wednesday of the month, only happens March and May during the Buyer’s Group season!   You do not have to be a member of the Buyer’s Group, but can be if you want another batch of good produce!

Email , text 431-1219, or PM Lloyd Craft Farms Facebook page.  Don’t miss out– 6 more BOXES available…Great Price, good quality– 

The Farmer’s Wife

Good Morning BIG HORN BASIN!


Buyer’s Group/Walk-in’s Welcome–TODAY at Bee Healthy, 635 Big Horn Ave.  Strawberries look great!  Lemons sorted, and I think I over ordered on Cucumbers!!

Come in to pick up some fresh, organic produce, and get signed up for this year’s CSA.  $175 for 8 weeks, $350 for 13.  Pay before April 15th and get an Early Bird Voucher to be used at Pick Up day for lettuce, fruit, and other goodies.  CSA starts in July and runs through September.  Check out the raw milk products from Diamond S Delights from Hyattville, and the farm fresh eggs from Blue Heron Ranch.  So much for so little!


Don’t miss out–The Farmer’s Wife

Buyer’s Group- Update on Last Week


I want to update Shopper’s last week on some produce that did not meet our expectations:  Strawberries, Meyer’s Lemons, Green Mangoes, Danjou Pears.

As I wrote earlier, Strawberries last week were from a company we were not familiar with and the quality was not what we expected.  They looked good on the top, but as we looked closer the next morning they were moldy.  We sorted through them all–all day!  I think we got most the spoiling ones out–accounted for over 4#–but as I found out later they had little flavor.  This week’s strawberries are Earthbound; They should have better quality but not sure the taste is going to be what we expect from strawberries.  We learned from the Raspberry people in Riverton that when there is rain berries lose a little of their sweetness, and we learned from Spokane Produce that because of the rain the humidity is higher and there is more mold.  We will try our best to not sell you rotten strawberries, but the flavor we will not have a lot of control over.

We sell the Meyer’s Lemons in nice, colorful 1# bags.  Last week I sent 2 bags to Basin and then found out later that a few of the lemons were spoiled.  If you had some spoiled lemons in your bags purchased last week, let me know and we’ll make it right.  I ordered another case this week and we’ll sort them before we put them out.  Meyer’s lemons are thin skinned and a little sweeter than regular lemons so their shelf life is shorter.  As we near the end of the season I may switch to the regular lemons which are a little tarter, but thicker skinned.

We have had mangoes for about 4 weeks.  It is the start of the season and the Yellow Mangoes have been super good.  I think the Champagne (Ataulfu) mangoes have been the best–they are the small kidney shaped mangoes with a smaller pit.  Last week the company shipped us the Green variety.  At the time we sold them they looked fine, but I took one home and it had several bad spots below the surface.  If you purchased a Green Mango last week and it was not good, let me know and we’ll get a replacement.  I have ordered more for this week, specifically requesting the Yellow variety.

Danjou pears were supposed to be Red, but they sent the regular or green.  They spoiled prematurely.  We will not order them again.

I like GOOD news with BAD news:  The Jicama has been exciting!  I hope you’ve felt a little adventurous and given them a try.  They are good cut into sticks and snacked on–surprisingly SWEET.  Texture of waterchestnuts, but more flavor.  They should be crisp and firm.  You can also stir fry them, or add them to your tossed salad.  As I posted earlier, the Broccolini was very tender and full of that broccoli flavor we like.  They need to be steamed or cooked in order to develop their flavor; Sometimes broccolini can be bitter if eaten raw.

I promise you the remaining Administrator’s Specials will be more conservative in nature–not so many new items to test.  If you want more of the broccolini and Jicama I will have both for sale again this week.

THANKS for your interest and SUPPORT– See you all tomorrow at Buyer’s Group/ Walk-in’s Welcome, Bee Healthy, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.   The Farmer’s Wife




Consider joining the Lloyd Craft Farms CSA…if you haven’t already!  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture–we are the Agriculture, you are the Community, and we Support each other:  you through financial memberships paid in the spring to help with the input costs of the garden, and we through raising and harvesting and maintaining the garden from year to year.  It is a long-term commitment that improves our community and its member’s health.

What do you gain through CSA membership?

  • Garden fresh, organically raised vegetables and melons- wide selection from July 5th until the last week in September.
  • Free cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, and broccoli from the Extra’s Table at Pick Up on Thursday’s at The Farm.
  • Vegetables guaranteed weekly (Share) or every other week (Leap-Frog Share).
  • We deliver to Thermopolis, Manderson, Basin, Greybull–other Shares available outside the Big Horn Basin.  Give us a call for more information.
  • Reasonable cost, exceptional quality–$350 or $175 for the season. Installment plans available–all Shares paid in full before July 5th.   Join and pay before APRIL 15th and get a Fruit/Lettuce Voucher, on us!  
  • Not enough vegetables?  You can upgrade from a Leap-Frog to a weekly Share before August 15th.
  • Farm Fresh Eggs, Fruits, Lettuce, Spinach, Garlic, Ginger Root, and Specialty Items for sale at The Store on Pick Up Day. Use your voucher! 🙂
  • Your membership supports the local food movement!

How do you join?

  • Email for a CSA Agreement–print, complete, and return with your check.  Information available at , CSA Tab.
  • Text 307-431-1219 with your email address.
  • Visit us at Bee Healthy any Wednesday afternoon-635 Big Horn Avenue, Worland.
  • Pay before April 15th for that extra Bonus:  Voucher–ON US!
  • Installments available, smaller payments the sooner you sign up.
  • Pay by debit or credit card using our PayPal link–fees apply.

The Farmer’s Wife

Buyer’s Group B, 5th Wednesday, and more information…


Good Morning–Hope your Saturday is buzzing with activity and JOY!  A quick update on a few items:  Buyer’s Group B this week and Walk-in’s Welcome, Wednesday at Bee Healthy, 635 Big Horn Ave…New Page called “What Produce at Buyer’s Group?” 5th WEDNESDAY SPECIAL BOX available March 29th!…read on…

Buyer’s Group B–ADMINISTRATOR’s SPECIAL–1# Strawberries and 3 Rio Star Grapefruit, Cucumber, Broccolini/Broccolette to steam or roast, fresh new Green Cabbage, Jumbo Red Onion, Pint of Mini Sweet Snack Peppers, “Mexican Potato” Jicama, Romaine and Red Leaf Lettuces–$25.

New Page called “What Produce at Buyer’s Group?”…What can members and walk-in’s expect for extra produce to buy?  Instead of me listing it in this post, check it out at , we have a new page under the Buyer’s Group Tab.  I’ll update the page weekly with what I expect to have, instead of posting it in the weekly post…this should save me time and make the posts a quicker read.

WHILE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT VEGGIES–If you are not a member of Group A or B, or if you are a member of Group A or B, AND would like a SPECIAL BOX on March 29th, let me know, 20 boxes available.

WHY a Special Box on March 29th? Group A & B are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesday’s of each month.  MARCH has a 5th Wednesday–so I’m opening it up to Walk-in’s or others to try for that day.  $25, email me to reserve a box ( or text to 431-1219.

My plan for the Box contents is a kaleidoscope of Citrus, clamshell of ORG Rubie tomatoes, Broccoli, Cucumber, Green Bell Pepper, Red Potatoes, Onion, and a head of Leaf Lettuce–all veggies ORGANIC, plan subject to change depending on what is available that week from the Produce Company and at what price.  Box cost is $25 which saves you money off buying the produce individually. 


Thanks, The Farmer’s Wife — Don’t forget to get signed up for the CSA–join and pay before April 15th and get a Voucher worth $25 to use at Pick Up Day in The Store.

Good Morning! Spring is aRound the CORNER–


We here at Lloyd Craft Farms…(me and The Farmer–The Farmer and I)…are into the planning and planting mode:  garden plan finished, last order of the seed to be completed this week, beds calculated to order the drip tape and bed mulch which is shipped from Pennsylvania, and we are making arrangements to go to Colorado for our poultry manure.  All these things require money that comes from memberships in the CSA. 

We have 100 SHARES available and need to know who’s in and who’s out–If you were a member last year, help us out with a head’s up so we can save your spot.  If you are interested in becoming a member, send an email to reserve your spot:       (CSA Agreements can be picked up or completed at Bee Healthy, Wednesday afternoons at the Buyer’s Group/Walk-in’s Welcome.)

We DO NOT need all the money RIGHT NOW, but definitely an idea of what to expect.  Look at the reasonable Installment plans posted under the CSA Tab, 2017 Share Cost page.  This year’s Weekly Share is $350 for the season; $175 for the Leap-Frog, which is every other week.  (Don’t be tempted to wait until the last and miss the opportunity to join–We only sell melons at Farmer’s Market.)

  • CSA–July through September, every Thursday (some deliveries available)
  • Membership includes access to The Store where we sell fruit, greens, herbs, eggs, and specialty items on a weekly basis. Leap-Frog’s welcome every week!
  • Also access to the Extra’s Table for extra cucumbers, summer squash, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and other surplus or blemishes veggies
  • Diamond S Delights is also at Pick Up selling their raw milk products:  cheeses, milk, and creams….and sometimes fresh bread from Amelia!

You will find nothing that rivals this in the Big Horn Basin–Come and be a part!

The Farmer’s Wife

Buyer’s Group/Walk-in’s Welcome- March 15th

Red thumb fingerlins

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day we are going GREEN!  Group A this Wednesday AND Walk-in’s always WELCOME–

ADMINSTRATOR’s SPECIAL:  Green Brocollini, new green Cabbage, Green Onions, and two heads of green Leaf Lettuce, all organicFruit in honor of the new EWG Dirty Dozen List:  Strawberries, Fuji Apple pouch, and Red Danjou Pears, all organic…Potato this week is the ‘Mexican Potato’ Jicama, also organic$25 

FRUIT: Fuji apples and Red Danjou pears, Heirloom Oranges, Halo Tangerines, Avocados, Mangoes, Pineapple, Kiwi, Bananas, Rio Star Grapefruit, Lemons and Limes…including Meyer’s Lemons in 1# bag…Strawberries and Blueberries…

VEGGIES: Broccoli and Cauliflower and Broccolini, Baby Bok Choi, Green and Red cabbage, Carrots and B aby Rainbow carrots, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Leeks and White Onions and Green Onions, Green Peppers and Jalapeno’s, Celery, Rubie Tomatoes on the vine, Green Beans, Red Beets, and several varieties of potatoes including what we call Yams and the French and Amarosa Fingerlings.  

GREENS & HERBS:  Rainbow Chard and Kales, Baby spinach in the clamshell, Romaine Lettuce and the Leafy heads, Fresh Express Organic Caesar Salad Mix, Cilantro and Parsley, Herb packet and Basil, Garlic and Fresh Organic Gingerroot, Crimini and White Mushrooms, Fennel Bulbs are back!

Stop in and get information on the CSA–Fresh Produce July through September from our garden on Washakie Ten.  Sign-ups are now!  check it out at  CSA Tab–  The Farmer’s Wife


Buyer’s Group- Walk-in’s Welcome! Today at Bee Healthy–3/8


Today’s the day for that market experience–open at 10:00 with lots of new produce fresh, right off the truck!  Group B- Walk-in’s Welcome–

2 Administrator’s Specials for sale, too– $25

Lots of organic Fuji apples and conventional Heirloom oranges…pineapple, kiwi, and citrus…Fresh lettuce, boxed baby spinach, and Caesar Salad Mixes…herbs, garlic, and some GIANT ginger root…veggies of every kind!  Best selection in the morning.

Will also have CSA information and an opportunity to sign up in the afternoon–

THanks!  The Farmer’s Wife