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Pick Up Tomorrow at The Farm



Tomorrow is the Thursday Pick Up at The Farm.  Leap Froggers Group C1. Several things to note:

Shares will include Corn, more beans (this week Dragon’s Tongue!), Vine-Ripened (but not over-ripe!) Honey Dew, Red Norland Potatoes, Candy Sweet Onions, beautiful Islander Bell Peppers, and a large selection of Saladette Heirloom Tomatoes (Red Zebra, Green Zebra, and Black Prince).

The Store will be stocked with Cantaloupe and Cantaloupe and Cantaloupe–running a last day of August Special–$3.25 each or 2/$6.00.  We also have a melon called Lambkin–new this year!  The Individual size cantaloupe called Sugar Cube–$2.75 each.  Not sure on the watermelons!

Also in the store:  French Green Beans, Shoshito Peppers for roasting, Fennel Bulbs, Jalapeno Peppers, Poblano Peppers, Shredded Green Cabbage for coleslaw or cabbage burgers, fresh picked Eggplant.  Our Salanova Lettuce Mixes for $3.75 each ziplock bag.  Crimini mushrooms, Cilantro and Parsley and other Herbs from our garden!

Clamshells of our Grape Tomatoes, and Artisan Cherry Tomatoes.  Avocados and Mangoes.  Organic Bananas for $.85/#.  Strawberries for $3.75–smell sweet!  Grapefruit, lemons, limes, and pineapple, as well as the Utah Ginger Gold apples and Paul Friday Utah peaches!  (Peaches are starting to smell like peaches this week as they ripen up!)

Also specific Food for health (inflammation): Turmeric Root, Ginger Root, Beet Juice with Ginger or NOT.  Garlic and our onions.  We stock farm fresh eggs from Blue Heron Ranch!  

Don’t forget that Diamond S Delights from Hyattville will be there with their raw milk products!

See you for week 8!  FOUR MORE WEEKS TO GO!

The Farmer’s Wife



We are taking orders for CORN–Ambrosia or Peaches & Cream, both SE, and both non-GMO and SWEET!  Raised locally–

Corn is ready now and may not be in a week…24 ears for $6.50, 48 ears for $13.00– email , or text to 307-431-1219.  Order by Friday for Pick Up this weekend at 1049 Washakie Ten, Lloyd Craft Farms.  Easy to freeze, or order for your Labor Day weekend!

The Farmer’s Wife

Tomorrow’s Pick Up, and The STORE for CSA Members


Shares for tomorrow will include Green Beans, Green Bells, Green Sultan cucumbers, some kind of tomato (maybe green??), Purple Dragon carrots, Corn on the Cob, and Cantaloupe!  (We bought the corn since ours pooped out–Corn is locally grown!)

The Store is expanding as has the garden this last week!  New items from the garden are Fennel Bulbs, Shoshito Peppers (great roasted or grilled, not hot but mild and paper thin), Jalapeno Peppers, Shredded Sweet Cabbage-1# bag, Cherry/Grape Tomato Clamshells, Heirloom Saladette tomatoes, Eggplant, and several bags of the Salanova Lettuce Salad Mix–Those are our items!

From Spokane Produce we will have Spinach, Nectarines, Lemons and Limes, Red Grapes, Pineapple, Mangoes, Ginger Root and Turmeric Root, and Garlic Bulbs.  I also am stocking the Beet Juice and the Beet Juice with Ginger for $3.75 each (that’s close to cost–).  Truck is late, so it will be a late night for us as well!

We are excited!  So great when things start getting ripe and we can offer new items–I’m sure some of you have said, “Cucumbers and Summer Squash…Again!” (We’ve tried to give you a variety to keep you engaged.)  Others may have said, “How many types of cabbage are there and what the heck do I do with it?” (Ask and I will elucidate!! Some are good fresh, others steamed, and even the Alcosa develops its flavor from cooking.  Be sure and read the notes by the item at Pick Up–it will give you hints and some farm-style guidance!)

See you tomorrow at 4:00 P.M. at The Farm–Support The Store, and Diamond S Delights from Hyattville with their raw milk products!

Peaches, Apples, and Frozen Cherries

They are in–Peaches, Apples, and Frozen Cherries–Oh, My!  

Ready for Pick Up TOMORROW (Thursday) at The Farm from 4:00 to 6:00. This is for the Pre-ordered cases at $35 for the Apples (38#) and $35 for the Peaches (32#).  We will also have the Half Boxes for $20, and the 10# allotments for $15.

Peaches and Ginger Gold Apples will be for sale at The CSA Store for $1.75/#.  

Note:  The peaches smell great, but they will need to finish ripening on your counter for a couple of days.  Do not place them in the fridge or they will not ripen or develop their flavor.  Once they are ripe you can put them in the fridge, but be aware it may change the texture.  When ripe they will can up wonderfully!  Blanch to peel, and cold pack the jars; cover with a light syrup, and seal the jars using the Hot Water Bath method.  

Enjoy! The Farmer’s Wife 

Group A– Information on Your Share this week– August 22nd

Group A are the folks on the North Route that got their shares this week–  Did not have time to include an information sheet in your box, so here it is!

Shredded Tendersweet cabbage- 1# bag.  We had so much cabbage this year that I purchased a meat slicer that we are using to cut the cabbage for better use.  I love my bagged cabbage!  It makes coleslaw a simple and painless task:  Chop the cabbage a little shorter and mix it up with a grated carrot, grated cucumber (Sultan works the best as it adds the flavor without the skin), chopped bell pepper…salt and pepper to taste.  We make the milk-less coleslaw with Miracle Whip and a tad of lemon juice (or vinegar).  I like a small amount of celery seed sprinkled on top.

Yum Yum Snack Peppers–1# bag.  Great for a mid-day snack, great for the kids!

Satina Potatoes- 3# bag.  These are not storage with the skins set, but fresh dug ‘new’ potatoes.

Tasty Jade Cucumber such a great all around favorite.  With the thicker skin it will keep longer in the fridge than the Sultan (Persian variety).  The Farmer’s favorite is cucumbers and tomatoes cut in chunks and marinated in a nice blend of oil, vinegar, and water, salt and pepper.  We use the ‘juice’ over several times, each time it gets a little better as the tomatoes lend their flavor!

Yellow Cherries/Grape Mix Tomatoes in a clamshell– You will find them to be pretty darn tasty!  Finger food for sure–

Red Candy Onion – This is a first this week.  This is the smallest onion we have this year–other than the Red Marble Cippolini, Red Candy is a sweet red that is already starting to dry down!

Summer Squash, again!  There are so many things to do with summer squash–I keep adding it to your shares…the folks that pick up here at The Farm can add their own cukes and summer squash…but those on the route can’t…so we help you out!  I’ve been into the Salad Sized Summer Squash lately–just slice them up and add to a salad.  I made fettuchini last week and used a sweet onion and the Costa Romanesco (striped zucchini), sauteed with butter for the white sauce.  Our daughter made her version of fettuchini with the Costa and Onion cooked in olive oil, topped with a fresh cut tomato on top!  An excellent choice!


Coming soon–Corn on the cob (if the critters don’t get it first) and Green Beans (if these critters can keep up the energy harvesting it!)…more Lemon cucumbers which are mass producing as we speak, and more types of tomatoes!   The Farmer’s Wife

Peaches, Ginger Gold Apples, Frozen Tart Cherries

Well, almost missed this one!  My world is spinning tooooo fast–

Anyone interested in Utah Peaches, Ginger Gold Apples, or Frozen Tart Cherries, send me a text 431-1219-  BY FRIDAY, August 18th, at 5:00 p.m.  They can be picked up at The Farm on Friday, August 25th (next week).  Pay at Pick Up–

Here’s the deal:  Peaches- 32+# box–$35; Ginger Gold Apples- 38# box–$35; Frozen Tart Cherries with Sugar- 30# tub–$40

If interested in splitting a box, let me know.  If interested in buying 10# let me know.  


Thanks!  The Farmer’s Wife

This week at Lloyd Craft Farms

rainbowWe are preparing to pick lots of tomatoes–for sale in bulk (10#, 20#, 40#), for the Shares, for the Store!  Tomatoes in The Store, if we have enough, will be the Yellow Cherry/Grape Tomato Mix in Pints, Heirloom Saladette Mixes (when they are ready–Black Prince, Red and Green Zebra), and the Heirloom Beefy Mixes (when they are ready–Carbon, German Johnson, Pink Berkely Tie Dye).  If you want  to buy tomatoes in bulk, place an order by email or text ( or 431-1219)….check out the prices at Canner’s Share.  (Canner’s Share isn’t a Canner’s Share prepaid ahead, but the Canner’s part of the garden…)

The Store this week will NOT have apples, peaches, pears, or plums….we are waiting for the UTAH FRUIT!  But we will have Pineapple, more Idaho Blueberries, Organic Avocados, Organic Bananas, Organic Lemons, Limes, Organic Seedless Red Grapes…more of our own Salanova Mix and the Taylor Farms Baby Spinach…extra cabbages and onions and potatoes, maybe some broccoli (if not enough for the Shares) and broccolini, Shoshito peppers…Organic Cilantro and our own herbs, garlic, turmeric, and ginger root–I’m also stocking a bottled drink called Love Beets:  Regular and with Ginger.  (A good drink for those that don’t have time to juice their own–like ‘yours truly’!  A good drink to balance the gut and hydrate when all that water does is make you run to the Ladie’s Room.)

Diamond S Delights will be here, as usual, with their great raw milk products–  Ask Kris about Switzerland and her trip to see the best of the best in world class cheeses!

Shares this week are varied but will have more cucumbers (especially Heirloom Lemons!), Potatoes and Onions, small heads of Red Cabbage for salads and slaws, variety of tomatoes…hoping for some peppers other than the Antohi Romanian Frying Pepper or Hot Peppers–peppers have been delayed due to wind stress when we set them out in May–remember that microburst??  We have more cabbage ready–a savoy called Alcosa that is great cooked!  And may find time, between picking tomatoes, to shred some more of the early green cabbage.  This time we will go with a 1# bag–2# is a lot of cabbage…My family loved the convenient of coleslaw using the shredded stuff!

Sorry to announce:  No corn this year–AGAIN!  (I’m looking around for a good deal on some corn to buy with part of your share money–).  Watermelons are not ready yet, nor the cantaloupe…every spring brings its own maturity agenda…this year seems a little delayed…like the barley.  Carrots and beets should be sized up in the next couple of weeks.  Celery is doing well, as is the Celeriac.  Stay tuned!

The Farmer’s Wife 

CSA update–starting week 7

This last week we had lots of great veggies in the Shares for the 4 different Groups:  3# bags of Satina or Dark Norland Potatoes, Candy or Sierra Blanca or Ailsa Craig Jumbo Fresh Onions, Lemon and Harmonie Cucumbers, Heirloom and Slicing and Cherry Tomatoes, Tendersweet Cabbage, Broccolini Spears, Broccoli, bagged Salanova Lettuce (heads with salad sized summer squash and a tomato and a small head of red cabbage or 6.4 oz of mixed leaves), Hot Pepper Pack…We continue to rotate the shares so everyone will at some point have a piece of the garden!

New items being introduced this week are Red Beets, Yum Yum Snack Peppers, Shoshito Peppers, Red Candy Onions, and Sultan cucumbers…More of the Satina Potatoes, Broccoli, and Lemon cucumbers.

Don’t miss out on adding Idaho Blueberries, Peaches, Nectarines, Pineapple, Apples, Oranges, Avocados, Mangoes, Eggplant, Ginger, Garlic, Baby Spinach, Bagged Salanova, Mushrooms, and More from The Store on Thursday.  Also, Diamond S Delights continues to treat us to those wonderful raw milk products–mozzarella is exceptional, plain yogurt is a great addition to your daily smoothies.

Eat good food for good health!  See you Thursday at The Farm for Pick Up–Leap-Frog’s C1 this week!  Deliveries as usual to Manderson, Basin, Greybull, Shell, Lovell, Thermopolis, Shoshoni, Casper, and Worland.

And, oh yes…We are now taking orders for canning Tomatoes–sold in 10#, 20#, and 40# units.  Check out the prices at, Canner’s Share tab.  (This is the Canner’s Share of the garden, no membership required to buy bulk!)  Shoot me an email to order:, or text to 431-1219.

Thanks!  The Farmer’s Wife

It is FINISHED! The Gothic High Tunnel–thank you NRCS for the grant!

High Tunnel Crew

It is finished!  The new Gothic High Tunnel…and the Arcadia and Olympia Broccoli plants are ready to be set out in six neat little beds inside.  The million dollar question is can we harvest Broccoli in November?  Stay tuned and find out—

Thank you to our crew who helped with this Project:  First–Erica, Lloyd, and Jared (not pictured) did most of the construction–putting up the frame, end panels, and drop down sides.  Thursday it was Taylor, Chelsea, Kaleb (not pictured), Liz, and myself (not pictured) who helped with the rope work in getting the cover over the top pitch and held it in place, even though a little wind was testing our strength.  Lloyd and Liz installed the wiggle wire, and Kaleb ran the loader to get them to the 12 foot height needed!  Putting the top cover on was about a 4 hour project!

High tunnel construction

PICKLERS–Ready Right NOW– Friday

harmonie cucumbers

We picked the Harmonies this morning, a great European Pickler/ Snack Cucumber–  I ended up with 1 Extra 13# bag of medium sized cucumbers (perfect for Dills or Bread and Butter’s)…I’d love to find a home for them–$22 if you take them tonight.  Will throw in some dill–ready sooner than the cucumbers, but still works for making dills.

Call or Text 431-1219 and pick them up here–1049 Washakie Ten, Worland.  They can be put on ice in an ice chest overnight and will be ready to can Saturday morning.  My favorite recipe is on our website–Farm Journal Cookbook, Sweet Dills–

If you would like to order some picklers for later, send me an email or text.  I have more available next Friday–I usually harvest 3 batches each time.  Cost is $25 for 13#–

Thanks, The Farmer’s Wife