Archive for July, 2018

Monday EXTENSION- Bee Healthy

Janet, the owner of Bee Healthy, has asked that we keep the produce in her cooler for Monday…and I said…OK.  Saturday we sold out of Broccoli heads and Slicing cucumbers, so will bring in some more for those that may have missed out Saturday.  We also have left in the case some small heads of Cabbage for burgers and coleslaw, and the last of the Spring Cauliflower at a greatly reduced price!  The Cucumbers are the thing right now in the garden-  long snakey Striped Armenians, 1# bag of Heirloom Lemon Cucumbers, and the slicers which are Corinto or Olympian variety this year.  I’ll throw in some Tasty Jades for Monday, too.  Tasty Jades are long, English-style, and super fresh…just harvested today! Other items are 2 oz Fresh Basil (and 1 oz bags of other herbs), Shishito and purple Bell Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers, 5 oz bags of Broccoli, Kale, Red Radishes, and bags of smaller sized Summer Squash.

Tomatoes will be ready in August, and you can order Pickling Cucumbers by texting 431-1219… Thanks!

Take advantage of the EXTRA Day this week:  Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  We will be back again on Saturday for Saturday Market at The Bee!  New items:  baby Bok Choi and our fresh harvest of the Fall Cauliflowers–Stark White and full of Flavor!

See you at The Bee for Saturday Market on Monday–oh, my, this is getting complicated!   The Farmer’s Wife

Picklers & Tomatoes & More

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The Pickler’s (pickling cucumbers) are coming to an end…the plants have produced several hundred pounds of cucumbers for all sorts of canning needs…if you want to do Pickles this year put in your order.  Orders are filling within a week–short wait time!  Cost is $25 for 13# (half bushel- field run)–dill included if requested.   (The cucumbers may continue to produce, but the dill will be seeded out within a short time…)

Order by emailing craftterri@rtconnect.net, or texting to 307-431-1219. 

Tomato plants are loaded and though folks have been anxiously waiting, they usually don’t start producing in volume until the first week in August.  We will be ready to fill tomato orders around August 15th.  We grow Heirloom, Roma’s, and Celebrity for canning–costs vary, sizes are usually 20# boxes.  Prices are posted at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com , Canner’s tab.  

There are other items for sale in bulk for freezing or pickling:  Cauliflower, Broccoli, CabbageAll are ready RIGHT NOW.  Our fall cauliflower is ready early…once it is gone it is gone!  Unlike the Broccoli there is no side production to continue to harvest once the head is harvested.  Fermentation is best when the cabbage is fresh from the garden…more natural healthy bacteria included thanks to mother nature…

Good Food for Healthy Bodies–consider setting things up for the winter months!  Freeze, dehydrate, can, ferment…

The Farmer’s Wife

Saturday MARKET– today at Bee Healthy…Now until 3:00 p.m.

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Today is Saturday and for most that means SLEEP-IN!  But not for the early bird out getting the worm–he’s up with the sun and down to Farmer’s Market for those fresh veggies right out of overnight refrigeration…but what about the folks, who work M-F those long hours and need just a little more shut-eye?  No worry, come to Saturday Market at Bee Healthy!  The Bee has Lloyd Craft Farms produce under refrigeration and they are open at 8:00 a.m. (close to the crack of dawn for those looking for variety) and close at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday’s.

We have stocked lots of freshly harvested cucumbers, full heads of cabbage and cauliflower and broccoli, and smaller bags at reduced prices of Shishito Peppers, Lemon Cukes, and Broccoli Florets. We also bagged smaller Summer Squash of three varieties for your salads or snacking–1-1/2# bags, and a new harvest of Islander Purple Bells.  Liz included some of her HERBS–including four 1 oz bags of Basil

Everything is from our garden and fresh–two important things for food integrity!

Take some time and run to town–support Farmer’s Market and support Worland downtown businesses, too.  Love your community and feed yourselves WELL!–The Farmer’s Wife

CLEARANCE ITEMS, too….at CSA Pick Up TODAY!

I just learned…well it was last night…that we will again have some great CLEARANCE ITEMS from Bee Healthy!  They will be stocked on shelves across from The Store.  Last time we had some Oatmeal & Granola Products–reduced pricing to move, and still good and fresh.  Check it out!

And don’t forget about the Blue Heron Ranch eggs we have for sale in The Store, the Fort Causeway frozen meat out of Lovell, and GOLDEN RASPBERRIES!  (I forgot those in yesterday’s post…)

See you at 4:00!  The Farmer’s Wife

THURSDAY at The Farm– 4:00-6:00 p.m. CSA Pick Up, The Store, & Diamond S Delights

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Where does the time go?!  We are already finishing up the first month of the CSA–Garden is giving us new stuff each week!  And we are stocking The Store with fruits, herbs, greens, and other vegetables not in the share.    

This week: Groups C12 and C1–Here’s what we have planned for your SHARE:

GIANT head of Imperial Broccoli–use this for several meals!  Not as tight of a head as we would prefer, but that’s what the heat does.  Flavor on the Imperial remains perfect though the dome is disheveled…like me this time of year!

Cabbage–your choice this week.  Chose between Alcosa Savoy (crinkled leaves, best cooked), Red Express (a small early red that likes to bloom), or Tendersweet (flat head with a lot of surface area that makes it a great wrap).  Looking for the green head?  We have some of those stocked in The Store.

Islander Purple Bell Peppers (2)–a light fleshed bell that is as beautiful as it is tasty. Great salad addition, loses its color and texture when cooked.  Islander’s go from light purple to dark purple to shades of orange to sunset red…like the sunsets on a paradise island!

CUCUMBERS!–Chose between the Striped Armenian or the Chinese Suyo (both are ‘snake’ shaped and add pop to any salad when thinly sliced), add 2 Tasty Jades (English style), and 2 large Harmonies (European Picklers, or what we sell as Snack Cukes when smaller).  Why not have a cucumber a day?

Summer Squash–Zucchini, Zephyr, Yellow–for maybe the last time in the Share as the tomatoes and peppers kick in and do their part in the Garden.  (We will have Extra Zucchini and Yellow Squashes for those who wish to freeze grated zucchini, or use their summer squash in multiple meals.)  Fresh is BEST!

 

THE STORE:  Flathead Cherries (only 12 bags–ORG next week), ripened Washington ORG Apricots, cute little Del Monte Pineapples, Mangoes, and ORG Pink Lady apples…as well as Lemons, Limes, and Grapefruit (all ORG).  More ORG Bananas this week at $1.00/#.  We also have added ORG Nectarines and ORG Red Plums.

The glass cooler will be packed:  Flamestar (orange) Cauliflower, the last of the Bishop (white) Cauliflower and some ‘Riced’ Cauliflower suitable for ricing at a reduced price…Green cabbages and more heads of Broccoli…Bagged Broccolini (Galion X) and Shishito’s and Snack Cukes…Also Cilantro and Herbs from the Garden…Organic Girl Baby Spinach and 50/50 Salad MixGinger Root and Turmeric…ORG Garlicand I’m sure I’ve left something out!

Also, ask me about natural pastured pork from Fort Causeway in Lovell.  Kevin & Keri have put together a 10# packet for us with Cottage Bacon and Pork Bacon (different cuts from the pork), Pork Chops, and Fresh Ground Pork. The pigs are born and raised in Wyoming with no added hormones or antibiotics.  What natural means is the bacon is cured with celery salt and sugar, and not nitrites.  We have been sampling our packet and it is some of the best meat I’ve had in a while!  We are selling the packets for $92, which is a good price for quality meat according to the USDA survey.  (Sorry, not selling just the bacon by itself, but believe me, you won’t be disappointed with the ground pork or chops!)

See you Thursday!  Don’t forget, Kris with Diamond S Delights is there, too–pick up some of her fresh raw milk cheeses, spreads, and Kefir.  You can sign up for your own weekly milk.  Enzyme rich milk is amazing, and easier to digest for most folks.      See you the 26th!   The Farmer’s Wife

 

FRUIT for The STORE!- July 26th

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I just finished ordering fruit to stock in The Store for this Thursday, July 26th!  The local produce is coming on–such an exciting time of the Year when we can get Flathead Cherries from Montana–I’ve ordered Conventional for this week, and pre-ordered the Organic for the first week in August.  Idaho Blueberries will be following in August, and the Peaches from Utah in late August, early September.

Other offerings are ORG Golden Raspberries, ORG Red Seedless Grapes, Kiwi, and ORG Apricots from CA instead of WA, and ORG Nectarines.  More of the usual in the ORG Bananas ($1.00/# this week), ORG Red Plums, ORG Pink Lady Apples, Mangoes and PineapplesIn the past we have had the Dole Golden Pineapples….this week we are trying a new variety at $3.75 instead of $5.50.

Information on the Veggies for this week will follow!

Enjoy the fresh air and get plenty of sunshine to build up your Vitamin D! — The Farmer’s Wife

Pickling Cucumbers ARE READY!

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We began harvesting Pickling Cucumbers today!  OPEN SALE TO ANYONE– Variety is great, very dense, thinner skin than the American pickler’s, which tend to be bitter.  They make a great sliced pickle whether Bread & Butter, or Dill, as well as the whole dills.  Cost is $25 for a half-bushel (13#), and we have dill, too.

Send an email to craftterri@rtconnect.net or TEXT 307-431-1219.  Harvest for the Pickler’s is Friday morning with the cucumbers ready for pick up in the afternoon.  We harvest 3 times a week–

 

THANKS!  The Farmer’s Wife

 

SATURDAY MARKET at Bee Healthy

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Tomorrow is Market Day at Bee Healthy!  Store opens at 8:00 with all the usual great stuff that Bee Healthy has PLUS fresh produce from Lloyd Craft Farms–One Day Only.  Saturday closing at The Bee is 3:00 p.m. All produce under refrigeration to keep it fresh!

Offerings tomorrow are a new harvest of Red Radishes, heads of Broccoli, bags of Broccolini, and a few heads of some off-color Cauliflower that we picked this morning…Cucumbers of all shapes and sizes including snake-like Striped ArmeniansAntohi Frying Peppers and Shishito Peppers–both sweet and best roasted to bring out the great flavor…a couple of bags of Hungarian Hot Wax…a plethora of Summer Squashes, and fresh Farao Cabbage, and some other surprises!  All Organically raised, and all fresh picked right here in the Big Horn Basin.

Come join us for Saturday Market at The Bee– The Farmer’s Wife

Update to This Week–July 19th, 2018

The day is coming to a close and the sun is settling on the horizon.  We split our work today, harvesting in the morning and returning at 6:00 to weed….BUT too hot still at 6:00, so the workers power-washed tubs for an hour and a half!  Evenings here on the farm are so peaceful with light zephyrs rippling the air enough to keep the mosquitoes at bay–

With the close of Wednesday we have a better idea of the Shares for Thursday and what might be stocked in The Store:

  • Last week more than half the folks skipped their Kale.  Today when I harvested I didn’t have enough for 54 Shares, so we will have the Kale in The Store.  As I said earlier, ours is fresher than most which gives it better flavor and texture.  Cost will be $1.75 per bundle.  We do a mix of Lacinato, Green Curly, and Red Scarlet.  Red Scarlet are the large leaves good for chips, Green Curly can be smaller and very tender.  Lacinato is just plain weird…looks like what might have been around when the dinosaurs stomped through the bog.
  • No Eggplant in the Shares, either, and none in The Store.  We should have some more Asian next week in The Store, and hopefully some of the Mini-Fingerlings for you to try, too.  The Nadia and Nubia (larger Italian black and smaller purple striped) are a little delayed–the Lygus decided to feast on the center of the blooms.  The Farmer dealt with them bugs, and the Eggplant are setting on blooms again.
  • The Broccoli in the Share was changed to bagged Green Magic Broccoli Florets.  I could not bring myself to order the tearing asunder of the beautiful Imperial heads weighing over a pound each!  We only had 40# Imperial which is not enough for all in Group C to have their own head.  So, Imperial Broccoli will be relegated to a different week when more of the heads are ready!  Wait and anticipate!!  You can buy a few in The Store if you can’t wait– LOL
  • Share will have Gonzales Cabbage for the Leap-Froggers (Weekly’s got theirs last week) and Alcosa Savoyed Cabbage for the Weekly’s.  Alcosa is a treat when steamed or cooked.  The full flavor develops and it is very tender.  We leave the outer leaves on for beauty and to protect the tender head, but they should be removed…might be a little tough to eat.  Again, remember Fresh is BEST–
  • Other veggies in the Share are a full head of Cauliflower,     2 Slicing Cucumbers (Super GOOD–new variety this year!), bag of Shishito Peppers with 2 Antohi Romanian Frying Peppers, head of Cabbage, the Broccoli, and plethora of Summer Squash.  Daughter Liz reminded me today that the Antohi are really good cooked and sorta bland raw…I’d suggest adding the Antohi to your pan cooked summer squash medley with some onion or garlic.  Try adding a little Thyme from The Store.
  • New Item in The Store, freshly harvested Red Radishes.  We plan to harvest Thursday morning and will stock them for Thursday, probably only a dozen as that is what seems to be ready.  I had wanted to put them in the Shares, but have found that folks either love or hate Radishes…kinda like Cilantro and Kale (not mixed together of course…).  We will also have more bags of the Harmonie Snack Cucumbers–I think Liz and Erica are bagging them in 12 oz size.  We’ll bag no more than a dozen.  Cleaning out the cooler and found some more Snap Peas…they are just as sweet as last week…will bag the last of them–I PROMISE!
  • Last item–we have Fort Causeway Natural Pork Bundles:  Pork Chops, Cottage Bacon and Pork Bacon, and Fresh Ground Pork.  Cost is $92 for 10#…we had the Cottage Bacon the other night and it was so good!  Natural Bacon is cured with sugar and celery, no nitrites…Check it out–This meat comes from Lovell and is grass-fed.

See you tomorrow–It doesn’t have to be your day for a SHARE if you are a member.  Come and shop The Store…Apples, Bananas, and Apricots…oh yeah, Red Plums, too…All Organic.  See you from 4:00-6:00!  The Farmer’s Wife

This Week on The Farm– July 17-20

This week is week number 2 harvest of the garden–Shares have been expanded to pick up more of the members, the summer squash is in full swing, and the cauliflower is coming to an end!

Here’s where we are:

  • First week of Deliveries to Thermopolis and Casper (Group B)
  • Second week for Weekly Shares this Thursday at The Farm, and First Week for Leap-Frogger’s Group C2 (Group C1 was last week)
  • First week the refrigerated truck went North for the Montana drop
  • First week we will make the trek over the mountain to Sheridan to drop Shares and make deliveries
  • Weeds are encroaching upon the fall Brassicas!
  • Fall root crops need to be planted (Farmer just finished haying so he can GET ON IT!) and if we are going to try for Fall Peas, they need to go in the ground now, too.
  • Radishes should be ready for next week, and the spinach is plugging along.  Lettuce is not quite big enough to transplant yet.  We are hoping for the Cherry tomatoes, too.

 

Here’s what’s in the Shares for this week:

  1. Broccoli heads or 1# bag of Florets, Cauliflower head, or a 12 oz bag of Cauliflower Mix– Flamestar and Bishop White
  2. Cortina Slicing Cucumbers or 1# bag of Harmonie European Pickling Cucumbers (AKA snack cucumbers)
  3. Summer Squash–Zucchini, Yellow, or Zephyr (yellow with a green tip)–either bag of small or mix of medium sized
  4. Eggplant–either Asian (long and skinny, eat the peel) or 12 oz bag of Mini Eggplant Mix (three varieties fingerling size)
  5. Kale–Red Scarlet this week (skipped for Casper Shares)
  6. Early Green Cabbage–small Gonzales or large Farao

 

Here’s some veggie info and storage tips:

  • Cucumbers will be the first to spoil–eat them first.  Store in the crisper in a loose bag.  Great sliced raw in vinegar/water and salt/pepper.  Grate cucumber into your Coleslaw for a mild surprise.  (Cucurbits family with melons and squashes.)  **Harmonie’s are so named because they make doubles–we have included some of the cute buggers in some of the bags for fun!
  • Eggplant is susceptible to refrigeration damage.  Store on the counter in a bag, but consume within the week.  Eggplant is mild and takes on the flavors around it, eaten cooked and not raw.  The Asian and Mini-Fingerlings do not need the skin removed–it is tender and cooks down.  (Nightshade family with tomatoes and potatoes.)
  • Some of the Cauliflower heads may be a little soft–not to worry…we had to harvest 160 at a time to get them out of the heat and prevent them from ‘reaching’ (you know, where they look like coral).  They cook up with full flavor and can easily be riced!  Store in the coldest part of your refrigerator in a tight bag.  They can sit in the fridge for a long time, but with each passing day they loose their sweet flavor and can become bitter.  FRESH IS BEST–
  • We have harvested all the Green Magic Broccoli heads and now will continue to harvest their side production (florets).  Yesterday we scored 55#’s!  Broccoli florets are tender and best eaten cooked or lightly steamed.  Broccoli contains a sugar that is hard for some folks to digest, so don’t eat it at night if you don’t want to burp it in your sleep.  Thursday’s group will get the first of the Imperial Broccoli which averages over a pound a head.  Because of its size and the size of the Thursday group (54 this week), we will most likely weigh, separate, and bag so everyone can get a good share. (Brassica family with the cabbage, kale, and cauliflower)
  • Kale is considered a nutrient dense food by the CDC.  Do not pass this bundle by–it is fresher than what you get in the store and better for you.  We try to combine older, more mature leaves with the smaller, more tender leaves.  Older can be cut into thin strips or pieces and added to salad, or cooked in just about any dish.  I like the older roasted in the oven as Kale Chips!  Incorporating kale into your meals provides natural vitamins and nutrition.
  • The Cabbage last week was small and loose leaved, but with each passing week the size increases as well as the firmness of the head.  The smaller heads this week are Gonzales, and the 4-1/2# heads are Farao.  Cabbage stores in the fridge in a plastic bag or closed container (not too tight)–with the larger head consider it the source of several meals!  Meal ideas–raw as coleslaw or thinly sliced into any tossed salad, cooked with Kielabasa or other sausages, Cabbage Burgers or Steamed Cabbage Rolls, or simply cut into a wedge and steamed.
  • Summer Squash–what can I say!  It is abundant and we will put it into the Shares for several weeks…then it will be relegated to the freebie table (if we can find a spot for the Extra’s table)!  We grow 5 varieties summer squash:  Zucchini, Yellow, Zephyr (Yellow with green tip), Costa Romanesco (Heirloom striped zucchini), and Patty Pan (not producing yet…hmmmm….weird).  We love summer squash chopped into slices or chunks and cooked with a little onion–bacon is a good addition, or grated carrot.  Smaller squash can be added to your tossed salads.
  • Shishito Peppers and/or Antohi Romanian Frying Peppers, but only for Group C on Thursday for this week–NEW ITEM!  These are both sweet peppers and good cooked.  The Shishito’s are great tossed in a little oil and seasonings and thrown on the grill (if you are a griller) or into the oven at a high temp (if you are a roaster).  They are paper thin and make a great snack!  Antohi’s are good raw or used in recipes that call for peppers.  They do not break-down like most bells and retain their shape and flavor.

 

That’s all for now!  Need to get out to the garden!  The Farmer’s Wife