Archive for May, 2019

LAST BUYER’S GROUP- GROUP B –MAY 28th at Bee Healthy–10:00 a.m.

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Tuesday, tomorrow, is the last Buyer’s Group for the Season!  Bee Healthy, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Limited goodies for sale:  Fruit, Butternut and Spaghetti Squash, Garlic, Basil from Greybull Valley Produce, Cilantro, Ginger and Turmeric roots.   

Unforeseen change in the Special Boxes for tomorrow, Group B, May 28th…We sent the asparagus back as it was gross and smelled like fisherman’s wharf…no offense to those that like the smell of Fisherman’s Wharf!  In the place of the asparagus are three mystery items…mystery because the boxes are mixed up and the choice is random.  We all love a mystery?–RIGHT?

An info sheet is included with each box, but it like the weather is a little off:  Wrong date and wrong group indicated…no asparagus but your mystery item instead…SAVE your recipe for Asparagus Leek Soup for that weekend trip along the ditches or canal banks hunting for your OWN wild-harvested Wyoming asparagus, or you can substitute potatoes in the place of the asparagus!

UPDATE ON THE FARM:  Plenty of openings in the CSA…we are harvesting the high tunnels and replanting Hakurei turnips and Red Radishes.  We just started harvesting Broccolini (Galion X) this week and had our first sampling tonight for dinner!  YUM!!  Before this latest bout with what acts like Pacific Northwest winter weather, we were able to get three beds of early cabbage transplanted into the garden and covered to protect it from this weird weather!  Hopefully later this week things will be dried enough that we can relocate the rest of the greenhouse occupants!  It has been a weird spring…but seldom do we have a normal one!  LOL

 

Stop in and visit tomorrow at Bee Healthy!  We are retreating to the farm for the next 6 weeks and will emerge again in JULY, ready to serve garden goodies and great Market Day’s every Thursday at The Farm!   The Farmer’s Wife

LAST BUYER’S GROUP TUESDAY, MAY 28th @ Bee Healthy…Happy Holiday Weekend and Memorial Day Monday!

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WoW!  The year has gone sooooo fast…a strong start in January…a switched Market Day at Bee Healthy from Thursday’s to Monday’s when Spokane Produce changed their delivery day…and now the FINAL Special Box!  We served over 100 folks in the COMMUNITY–THANKS for allowing us to be your fresh food folks!

Tuesday’s Group B Box:  Gem Avocados from California, ORG Lemons (throw them whole into the Vitamix for a great lemon drink), Washington Asparagus and Washington Leeks, ORG Red Bell Pepper, ORG Grape Tomatoes, ORG Rainbow Carrots (2#), Lloyd Craft Farms Spinach and Hakurei Turnip, and Greybull Valley Butterhead Lettuce$30

4 EXTRA BOXES FOR SALE:  Text 431-1219 to reserve–

Other goodies for sale:  FRUIT–Bananas, Oranges, Apples, Lemons and Limes and Grapefruit…Kiwi…Pineapple…and a case of Champagne Mangoes.

VEGGIES–2# bag ORG Clip-top Carrots, ORG Red Beets, our own Red Radishes and Hakurei turnips, 5# bag Yukon Potatoes, 1-1/2# Mixed Fingerlings, ORG Yams, ORG Yellow and Red Onions, ORG Garlic.  Also, 3 Butternut squash and 2 Spaghetti squash, and a Green Cabbage.

HERBS–our own varieties of Oregano, Thyme, Sage, Spearmint, and Greybull Valley Basil.  Cilantro bundles.  Also ORG Turmeric and ORG Ginger root.

Limited Space left in the CSA–Check it out at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com , CSA tab.  $100-$400 Share cost for fresh veggies from July through October, depending on your frequency: Monthly, Leap-Frog or Weekly; Extension or not.  Pick Up day and Market for fruits, greens, herbs, mushrooms at The Store.  Diamond S Delights joins us, too.   Every Thursday, 4-6 p.m., July 11th through October 24th–  The Farmer’s Wife

 

 

 

Goodies For Sale Monday at Bee Healthy!

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Group A Boxes are ready to go!  We have 6 Extra’s for sale–$30, contents detail posted Saturday (Asparagus, Leeks, Red Bell Pepper, Spinach, Grape Tomatoes, Rainbow Carrots, 2 Lemons, and Greybull Valley Leaf Lettuce!)

Some exciting items for sale at The Store: 

FROM THE FARM-Lloyd Craft Farms Red Rover Radishes $3.25/bundle (this is the last!), Hakurei Salad Turnips $3.75/bundle (mild turnip flavor, great raw!), Fresh Spinach $4.50 (3 varieties- 5 oz)…also lots of our Herbs, Kale, and Parsley!

FRUIT:  ORG Blackberries and ORG Blueberries, pint size each…more of the thick meated and sweet Champagne Mangoes…as well as apples, oranges and other citrus, pineapples, bananas, and Kiwi.  A few Gem Avocados left over from Boxes.

VEGGIES:  Some of the highlights are ORG Red Bell Peppers for $2.50 each, variously bagged Broccoli at $2.75/#, ORG Jalapeno Peppers 5/$1.75, ORG Roma Tomatoes 2/$1, ORG Zucchini $1 each, ORG Clip Top Carrots (2#) $3.25, ORG Mixed Fingerling potatoes $5.25…and others….green beans and asparagus…

GREENS and MISC: Fresh Express Caesar Salad Kit $4.50, Fresh Ginger Root and Fresh Turmeric!

Come in and SHOP!  Bee Healthy, Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Two more Buyer’s Groups and then we are onto FRESHER things!  More room in the CSA–The Farmer’s Wife

Buyer’s Group A–May 20th, Bee Healthy

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The contents for the Monday BOXES have been ordered and will be in Friday, produce worked Saturday, and Boxed for Pick Up Monday at Bee Healthy!  This is Group A’s last box for the season– time flies!  We hope to have more Spinach, homegrown herbs, and Kale from our high tunnel, too.  Broccolini (Galion X) is starting to bud!  

Washington Asparagus and Washington Leeks, 2 lemons and a Gem Avocado (Guacamole any one?), ORG Red Bell Pepper and ORG Grape tomatoes, ORG Rainbow Carrots (2#), our own bagged Spinach from the high tunnel, and lettuce from Greybull Valley Produce$30

Don’t forget to shop the store for your extra produce, and shop Bee Healthy, too!  Still a few openings in the CSA….sign up on-line at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com, pay on Monday, Shares ready July 10th.  

The Farmer’s Wife

One Lonesome Box Remains…

Loaded with fruit: Apples, Oranges, Blueberries, and a Grapefruit.  Mixed Fingerling Potatoes, and Yellow Onion- both ORG.  Fresh Red Radishes and Spinach from the High Tunnel. Greybull Valley Red Leaf Lettuce. Info sheet—$30.

Text 431-1219 to reserve. Pick up at The Farm: 1049 Washakie Ten.

 

Truck CAME IN! Monday Boxes for Buyer’s Group, EXTRA BOXES & EXTRA PRODUCE–

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The truck made it in!  And The Farmer unloaded the goodies into the cooler for us to work through tomorrow–  As well as getting the Spokane Produce ready, we are harvesting a ship-load of Red Radishes tomorrow, too!  The Spinach has been harvested over the last two days and is bagged and ready for the BOXES…Will have a few for sale, too.  FRESH SPINACH is top notch!–5 oz ziploc bags!

I’ll have EXTRA Boxes for sale, too.  If you are interested, text me at 431-1219 and reserve one:  Apples, Oranges, Grapefruit, and Blueberries….Mixed Fingerling potatoes and Yellow Jumbo Onion, our own Red Radishes and freshly harvested SpinachGreybull Valley Living Lettuce this week is Red Leaf$30info sheet and ALL!

More of the Washington state Asparagus………………….1# for $3.50

A Surprise from the HIGH tunnel…Dwarf Bok Choi……$3.00 each

                  Washington state Broccoli Crowns–1# for $3.50

ORG Bananas…they’ve been so good!….$1.00/#

                          ORG Snap Peas…hope they are as full as last week….$4.75/8 oz bag

            ORG Red Peppers & Org Jalapeno peppers……………not priced yet

                    5# bag ORG Yukon Potatoes………..Special Price…………$8.50

Greybull Valley Living Basil……………….$3.25 (it will grow on your counter top!)

Our own fresh herbs in little snippet packs for $1.50…Oregano, Thyme, Sage

                    Fresh Express Caesar Salad Kit……………………$4.50

                     ORG Taylor Farms Green Beans…………………………………..$5.50/bag

    ORG Grape tomatoes- pint size….out of Mexico………………$3.25 each

    New BOX of Garnet Sweet Potatoes…more commonly called YAMS………$2.25/#

Our own homegrown in the high tunnel Red Rover Radishes…………$3.25/bundle

 

Come and Join us at Bee Healthy………635 Big Horn Ave…………….10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MONDAY, May 13th, Group B–

 

Still a few openings in the CSA–Sign up On-Line………….The Farmer’s Wife

May 13th- Group B Special Boxes AND a Soapbox Speech on Nutrition…

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The goodies for the Monday  Special Boxes have been ordered…I’ll update on Saturday with a confirmation of what is received! In addition to the ORDERED goods, we will have our fresh harvested SPINACH and Red Rover RADISHES!  

So here’s the situation this time of year: quality on produce is sketchy–avocados, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, strawberries were all poor last week.  The variety of items I can order confidently is shrinking!  We are between ‘seasons’–The winter goods out of Mexico have peaked.  The good stuff now is domestic, and just coming into it’s own…like Washington Asparagus! And like Worland  Spinach and Red Radishes, from Lloyd Craft Farms!  The Special Box focus is always on freshness, variety, and nutrition, so we are looking closer to home and excited our high tunnels are now producing!

Box CONTENTS:   Fruit-heavy with ORG Washington Fuji Apples, California Heirloom Oranges, Texas Grapefruit, ORG Blueberries (domestic)…ORG Mixed Fingerlings (Canada), ORG Jumbo Yellow Onion…our own ziplock bag of Spinach (about 4 oz) and a bundle of Red Radishes, and Greybull Valley Produce Butter Head Lettuce$30     (INFO Sheet with Recipes and Nutritional Information)

 

Why do we lean organic?  (Soapbox Speech…)

  1. Lower levels of pesticide/herbicide chemicals (hormone disrupters and toxic),
  2. Higher levels of vitamins and minerals,
  3. BUT needs to be fresh and vital for the best nutrient content and HEALTH.  (Conventional fresh may be better than organic degraded…which is the most alive!)

 

The biggest problem with conventional, in my opinion, is we have not fed the soil and its microbes;  Simply put, the bugs are not there to break the soil down so the living plants can take it up.  With lower levels of vitamins and minerals in the plant tissue, plants become deficient and more susceptible to disease and pest attacks. The conventional solution has been more chemicals to counter those problems, and we are in a vicious cycle with an explosion of autoimmune illnesses which some doctors feel are related to lack of minerals at the very root.  Our journey with the garden has been to learn how to feed our soil, and raise healthy plants that can ward off their own problems.  We try to feed the soil, that feeds the plant, that feeds us!  The Adventure goes on !

BTW–the same principle applies to our gut biome…healthy microbes to build the immune system and improve the functioning of the digestive tract.  Healthy GI, better absorption, less deficiencies and illnesses.  Another reason to incorporate fresh, nutrient packed fruits and vegetables into your American diet.  AND grass feed beef and free range chickens!  Let’s CHANGE the American diet from FAST to FRESH–

To our GOOD HEALTH–The Farmer’s Wife

MONDAY, May 6th–Bee Healthy–Group A– 7 SPECIAL BOXES for SALE

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Good news and Bad news:  Bad NEWS—->  NO Strawberries….yucky and moldy….GOOD news—> We are planting 432 plants in the GARDEN this spring.  Laramie Everbearers….I am so excited!  Last time we planted STRAWBERRIES in the garden we didn’t have them fenced and the deer ate them!  Join the CSA!!

GROUP A- SPECIAL BOXES:  2-1/2# ORG Washington Fuji Apples, ORG Blueberries, ORG Celery and a recipe for Waldorf Salad, ORG Rainbow Mini-carrots, ORG Jumbo Yellow Onions, ORG Mixed Fingerling Potatoes (or 8 boxes of 2# Red Potatoes), our own Lloyd Craft Farms Red Radishes, and Greybull Valley Produce Butter Head Living Lettuce—-$30.

Good News and Bad news:  Good News—>The Boxes look great and are a good value…BAD news—>I’m out of apples, blueberries, rainbow mini-carrots, fingerlings, and Butterhead Lettuce except for the EXTRA Boxes… 😦

NEW ITEMS for sale….Good News and Bad news….GOOD news—>WASHINGTON ASPARAGUS is in!  Longer stalks and fresher taste ($3.75 each bundle-1#)  BAD News—>ORG Avocados might be sketchy…$2.25 to try them out…Remember our return policy:  If bad, take photo and send to me before Wednesday, and we’ll replace them the following week.

Other items worth noting:

Pineapples for $4.75,

Champagne Mangos from Costco for $1.75,

ORG Kent Mangoes for $3.75,

ORG Mycopia Chef’s Sampler (Gourmet Mushrooms) for $8.00,

ORG Snap Peas for $4.75,

ORG Shishito Peppers for $4.50,

ORG Classic Caesar Salad Kit for $4.50,

ORG Taylor Farms Green Beans–ready to go–$5.50,

and lots of fresh herbs from Lloyd Craft Farms Herb bed:  Parsley, Oregano, Thyme, and Sage!

 

Come and Join us!  The Farmer’s Wife….And don’t forget about the CSA!

CSA Members or Wanna-be’s–

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Picture of The Farmer and the Gothic High Tunnel that was completed in 2017.

 

We currently have 41 Worland folks signed up for the CSA.  There is room for more–but do not tarry!  We are getting a lot of interest from other Wyomingites who don’t live in the Big Horn Basin, the Breadbasket of Wyoming.  Here we have the perfect biome for growing stuff–not too much rain, not too much wind, just the right amount of sun!  The Garden is limited to 125 Share units and we are nearing 100!

Here’s the deal:  Sign up by tomorrow midnight (Sunday, May 5th) and take advantage of the Early Bird Voucher when paid in full by May 10th.  (That is an extension of 5 days to pay in full!)  If you aren’t sure whether a Weekly or Leap-Frog would work best for your needs, then sign up for the Leap-Frog ($200);  You can upgrade to the Weekly before August 15th.  At least you would get the $10 Voucher to use in The Store on Thursday’s at CSA Pick UP in July!

The high tunnels are fully planted and harvest is beginning:  Red Radishes yesterday, and Spinach next week.  (Both will be in the Buyer’s Group Special Boxes…Red Radishes for Group A this week, and both for Group B next week.) 

Hoping to do a Spring video later this week so you can see what it all looks like:  The greenhouse loaded with plants to set out, the high tunnels loaded with plant growing for harvest through June, and the progress on the garden.  You’ll see we have a huge fence project to accomplish before the garden is totally in, and you’ll see the work done so far on the new Green House!  All in the interest, no more like passion, of bringing you good healthy food!  Healthy foods for Healthy bodies for Healthy communities!  (I think Rodale said that first, but I’ve said it second–)

The Farmer’s Wife!  

 

CSA Sign UPS! Early Bird Voucher Deadline: May 5th, Sunday.

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Ladies and Gentlemen!  The CSA Membership has been open since March.  This Sunday, May 5th, is the deadline for the Early Bird Voucher.  Check out the information at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com , CSA tab.  Prices are listed, Voucher amounts, as well as the Sign Up form for the CSA…you can do all that  on-line in 2 minutes!  You can also use your credit or debit card and pay using our PayPal link (don’t forget the fee…unless you have a PayPal account and then I think they waive the fee) or bring us a check Monday.  We will honor the offer for the VOUCHER if you sign up by Sunday and, heck, pay NEXT WEEK–  The Farmer’s Wife

BTW–video of the greenhouse and high tunnels next week once it warms up!