Archive for November, 2019

Last Fall Special Box for 2019–12 Boxes Left

 

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Brussels sprouts, soup worthy carrots full of flavor, cabbage (either Red or Winter Savoy), Redwing sweet onion, Red Beets, Sunchokes, Celeriac (Celery Root), 3# All Blue potatoes, and Spaghetti squash—$30 (pick up at The Farm), $35 for a delivered Box. Included in the Box is information including recipes, and ways to prepare and store these locally grown veggies! Raised using organic principles…

 

Text 307-431-1219, or email craftterri@rtconnect.net.   Last day to order is Monday, December 2nd—

 

Fall Box 2 READY TO GO…Thursday, November 21st…Pick Up at The Farm… Fruit available for Purchase!

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Boxes are Assembled and ready to GO!  Pick Up at The Farm, 1049 Washakie Ten, noon to 6:00 p.m…The Farmer will plow the road early in the morning for an easy trip in!  Pumpkin Pies are ready for those that ordered them–Boxed in the steel refrigerator…also, baked a couple of extra, first come, first serve…

While here, check out the stuff we’ve brought in to help with good, fresh foods:  3# bag of Mandarin type oranges ($5.00), Oranges ($1.50/#), Organic Honeycrisp Apples ($2.50/#), Organic Bananas ($1.25/#), Altaufo Honey Mangoes ($1.75 each), California Avocados ($1.25 each), Organic Pomegranates ($3.50 each), Organic Lemons ($1.25 each), Organic Ginger Root ($.50 each), Organic Yams ($2.25/#), Greybull Valley Butterhead Lettuce ($3.25 each), Greybull Valley Red Leaf Lettuce ($3.00 each), and Organic Girl Baby Spinach ($4.00- 5 oz container).  I will also have some Broccoli Crowns, Cauliflower, our own Onions and Potatoes, including Fingerling Mix.  Also, Acorn squash and some Hooligan Thanksgiving pumpkins for Decoration, as well as some sweet Carnival and Sweet Dumpling Delicata!

Plan to shop a bit and get some good, healthy food for needed energy during this cold snap!  Didn’t get a Box but would like some fruit?  Consider signing up for Box 3…

See you TOMORROW!  The Farmer’s Wife

FALL SPECIAL BOXES– TIME TO ORDER BOX 2! Take advantage of the PUMPKIN PIE offer–

BOX 1 went out last Wednesday!  Thursday morning we piled into the car and headed to DIA to fly to California– 2 degrees in Denver the morning we flew out and 65 degrees when we landed late morning at Ontario International Airport in Southern California.  Great break for The Farmer (his knee healed a bit more) and The Farmer’s Wife (mind slowed down for 6 days)…BUT BACK AT IT!  We have more great locally grown produce to move before year’s end–

Time to Sign up for BOX 2, if you haven’t already!  TEXT 431-1219 or email craftterri@rtconnect.net.  Up to 26 Special Boxes still available.  Take this oppportunity to reserve BOX 3*! Deliveries to Thermopolis, Riverton, Lander, Buffalo, and Sheridan. $35.  Pick up in Worland at The Farm! $30  (Additional items can be purchased from the coolers and storage bins at The Farm, too!)

BOX 2- November 20th (Reserve by November 18th–Monday)
Head of Deadon Cabbage (January King Savoy–full flavor and beautiful!)
1# Brussels Sprouts
3# Red Norland Potatoes
1# Purple Carrot Blend 
2# Red Beets
Jumbo Sierra Blanca onion 
1/2# Sunchokes
Kabocha Winter Squash

All goodies delivered in our sweet white Boxes with neat handles; Info Sheet with Recipes (Harvard Beets, Roasted Beets, Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and Dried Cranberries, Boiled Savoy cabbage, Roasted Sunchokes, and Sweet and Savory Roasted Kabocha), additional information on Sunchokes– a nutrient powerhouse for the gut– and other relative information on the veggies included in the BOX!

*BOX 3 contents listed at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com , Fall Produce- 2019 tab.

**Special Item for purchase (available only with the box and those who Pick Up at The Farm–refrigeration issue…)– Pumpkin Pie from Scratch! There will be 12 of these available for an additional $12.50. Order when you order your Box!**

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As wholesome of ingredients as I can readily get my hands on:  fresh pumpkin (our own!) and spices, Organic Valley Half & Half, brown sugar, farm fresh eggs….crust made with coconut oil.  (I’ve tried raw honey and molasses for the sweeteners with inconsistent results…brown sugar is the most consistent as well as a mix of white and wheat flours for the crusts.  Roughly 1 cup sugar per pie–) 

Help us MOOOOVE our regionally raised veggies!  The Farmer’s Wife

Veggies in the Rough!

We often get text photos when we send new and unusual veggies in the Special Boxes.  I’ve had countless photos of the Lemon Cucumber with the quiz, “What is this”?  Others are the Celeriac, Kohlrabi, and Sunchokes, all of which are unusual and not something familiar to us.  But Brandi in Riverton caught me off-guard with her query, “What is this”?

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If course I was taken back…Wow!  That should not have been in the box like THAT–see the brawny roots starting at the bottom of the stem, and all those tough outer leaves that would be a challenge to eat?!  That is Green Cabbage…IN THE ROUGH!  You see, my helpers put 68 boxes together that week, along with all the harvesting of the garden ahead of the end of the growing season, and apparently I forgot (or The Farmer) to show them how to trim cabbage for delivery!  So, if you got one like this, trim it and store in a container or bag to prevent moisture loss…after all it can now be considered naked!

We harvest cabbage in the rough and often hold them 30 days, or longer in the late fall after the freeze.  The outer leaves protect the cabbage in the cooler from refrigeration damage, shown as wilting or rubbery texture.  Moisture does not escape as easily from the sealed stem.  Once the outer leaves are removed and the stem trimmed, the cabbage looks like the day we harvested it, and its ready for YOU!  (It is a living food, capable of making roots!)

Another reason to harvest in the rough is to stop the cabbage from growing any bigger.  Our midseason cabbage (Kaitlin) and Fall cabbages can easily grow to 10 pounds!  Ideal size is 6 pounds.  So, we harvest them at the smaller size and hold them in the cooler.  Believe me, few folks want a MONSTER cabbage…takes up too much room in the fridge, hard to handle and cut, and requires multiple meals as you carve it away.  (For that very reason–oversized heads– we shred cabbage and put a pound bag in each of the boxes once a year!)

Truth is cabbage can keep for extended lengths of time…The Storage No 4 cabbage will store for 6 months!  Kaitlin, which is good for sauerkraut is shorter at 2 months.  Brunswick is our flat, late, and it will not firm up at a smaller size so those weigh 10-14 pounds at maturity.  We don’t plant many of those…

We use a little different tact on the savoyed Deadon cabbage, which doesn’t seem to store as well.  Maybe all the wrinkles create more surface area for moisture to escape from.  Deadon is the 110 day, January King. (Deep green, wrinkled outer leaves, with a bright pink blush on the interior.  Super tasty boiled, baked, or fried!)  That baby is left in the garden, often until mid-November, under row cover to give it some protection against the freezing weather.  We pulled it out this year a little earlier as it was getting hard to maneuver the garden and too cold for us to work out there!  Besides the rain—Holy Cow, we are not used to that!

Deadon will go out in BOX 2, a change from the original plan as the Red Cabbage is holding better.  Red Cabbage will be in the December 4th Box 3.

So there you have it!- Cabbage in the Rough!  If you got one of those, feel free to trim it up and then place it in a bag for protection.  Enjoy! and Eat your Veggies!  The Farmer’s Wife

 

 

BOX 1- Ready for Pick Up Wednesday, November 6th at Noon

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Greetings!  We are assembling Box 1 for all those that reserved them–a few changes: 

  1. Jalapenos will not be in every box and the $5 cost has been removed.
  2. We have added another storage onion.
  3. The price has been reduced to $30.  (If you have already pre-paid we will apply the extra $5 to your next box if unpaid, add an additional item, or give you a refund, whichever makes the most sense.  Our actions will be communicated–)
  4. You can use the PayPal link or if in Worland pay by check at the time of Pick UP.  Checks should be made payable to Lloyd Craft Farms. You can use a credit or debit card with the PayPal link.

 

The Pick Up place is at The Farm, 1049 Washakie Ten (first right past the 5 HUGE granaries if coming from HWY 16), from noon until 6:00 p.m. If you can’t make it during that time, text 431-1219 and we will hold the box for pick up on Thursday.  The Farm provides continuous refrigeration for the produce, as well as simplifies transportation to and from Bee Healthy and the tracking of the Boxes and payments.    We thank Janene and Janet (Bee Healthy) for their past help in providing a downtown location.  We think this will work better for the freshness of the produce.  If pick up at The Farm is difficult, give me a call–431-1219.

 

THANKS!  Not too late to reserve Box 2 or Box 3, and order a Homemade Pumpkin Pie for November 20th or Homemade Molasses Ginger Cookies in December.  Check it out at Fall Produce – 2019 page at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com–    The Farmer’s Wife