Archive for April, 2020

April 30th, 2020–FIFTH THURSDAY, Open to ANYONE wanting a BOX– $30 TEXT 431-1219 to RESERVE

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The heading says it all!  April has a FIFTH THURSDAY which throws off our Group A & Group B schedule…

Group A’s next BOX is May 7th, Group B’s next BOX is May 14th.  If you in either Group and want to shorten the gap between Veggie Boxes, then sign up for the FIFTH THURSDAY BOX.

If you are not in the Buyer’s Group but want to check it out with no strings attached, then text 431-1219 and reserve your BOX for April 30th.  Pick Up between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.  While there, shop for EXTRA’s…bananas, broccoli, apples, eggs, flour, and much more and varied items! Cash and Check only.

REMINDER:  Prices and items we expect are posted at , The Store at The Farm page.  You can order special items ahead, or add on items…Place order  by WEDNESDAY (TEXT 431-1219 or email  Orders will be delivered THURSDAY after 3:00.  $5 fee applies for all items set up; no additional for deliveries.

FIFTH THURSDAY BOX CONTENTS:  GEM Avocado, Greybull Valley Lettuce, 1-1/2# Washington Asparagus, ORG Green Beans, ORG Carrots, 2 ORG Cucumbers, our own Green Onions from the high tunnel, ORG Green Bell Pepper, and 1# YAMS— $30

The Farmer’s Wife

The Verdict is IN!–Too Much Left–10 Surplus Boxes Available

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Howdy Folks!  Thanks for those that stopped out today!  Though it was a great day, I bought too many bananas and cauliflower.  So….10 Surplus Boxes are available for Pick Up Friday or Saturday, at The Farm, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Text 431-1219 to reserve!

BOX CONTENTS:  Greybull Valley Living Lettuce, ORG Bananas and ORG Gala Apples, Mushrooms, Avocado, Cauliflower, ORG Russet Potatoes, ORG Colored Bell Pepper, ORG Washington Sweet Onion, 1# bag ORG Rainbow Carrots$30

Don’t forget to sign up for the CSA.  Reduced price if paid before May 15th.  Installment plans available…pay in full before July 10th.  Memberships $100 to $400, depending on the Share (Monthly, Weekly, or Leap-Frog)–sign up on-line at, CSA tab, CSA Sign Up page.

Want a no-committment Special Box for April 30th?  Sign up by texting 431-1219 to reserve.  Group A, next Box is May 7th, Group B, next Box is May 14th.

The Farmer’s Wife…tired wife….(yawn….)


Be sure and Place Orders by WEDNESDAY–

We are waiting for the TRUCK! But, wanted to take a quick moment to remind everyone to place your orders by WEDNESDAY.  This applies to both deliveries or add-on’s to your  Box. 

Procedure summary:  TEXT (or email) Wednesday–431-1219; we fill orders Thursday, then text you the total $, delivery after 3:00.  $5 delivery or set up fee applies.

Remember to sign up for the FIFTH THURSDAY, April 30th, for a Special Box.  I hope to have 55 available– Cost is $30.  Group A resumes May 7th and Group B, May 14th.

Sign up for the CSA!  2019 prices apply if paid before May 15th.  2020 prices apply after May 15th ($35-$65 higher).  

The Farmer’s Wife–

Week 15- Group B–CSA Sign up Opportunity, and the Value of Food

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This is the LAST Thursday in APRIL for Group B…April 30th is a FIFTH Thursday!  As everyone knows, this means IF you want a box the 30th you need to sign up by THIS WEEK.  Here’s the WHAT THE HECK?: Group A is the 1st and 3rd Thursday’s, Group B is the 2nd and 4th…so FIFTH Thursday is open for all!  (I automatically sign up the Weekly- that are in Group A & B)

Week 15- Group B:  Terrific Trio Mini-heads Lettuce, ORG Tri-Pack Colored Bell Peppers, THREE ORG Cucumbers, THREE Heirloom Oranges, a pound of WASHINGTON Asparagus, ORG Garlic (sleeve of THREE), and maybe THREE Garnet Sweet Potatoes (depends how they weigh–2.5# worth)– $30 and info sheet with handy returnable BOX.

4 EXTRA’s for Folks interested in giving the Buyer’s Group a whirl for the month of May!  TEXT 431-1219 to reserve and sign up!

Check out The Store items available for purchase on Thursday–think of this as Market Day and do your shopping!  Produce list is updated weekly at , The Store at The Farm page. Flour and Eggs available–

Too busy to shop…then, order ahead!  Text 431-1219 or email your grocery list to by WEDNESDAY.  ($5.00 set up fee)  Delivery after 3:00 on Thursday can be arranged, too.   NO ADD-ONS or ORDERS taken on Thursday–we are too swamped!

Enjoying the regular high quality veggies?  Then sign up for the CSA!  Pay before May 15th and save $35-$65–Sign up on-line at , CSA tab, fill in form, then Submit!  Send a check or pay with cash on Thursday’s at The Farm, 1049 Washakie Ten, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The value of fresh veggies is the micronutrient content.  Macronutrients are protein, fats, and carbohydrates that give us energy…Micronutrients are what helps with cell metabolism and pumps up the gut and immune system.  Micronutrients are minerals, vitamins, bioflavonoids, anthocyanins, lycopene, alpha and beta Carotenes, to name a few, and are involved in multiple cell functions and critical to our health.  They are only in fruits and veggies.  Supplements are great, but the real thing is even better!   

See you the 23rd, The Farmer’s Wife! 

Surplus Boxes! Text to Reserve—


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We have 9 Surplus Boxes for pickup Friday or Saturday at The Farm—Open to anyone!  Surplus are goodies left from our Thursday at The Farm—need to make room for new stock next week!

Box 1 (7 available): Greybull Valley Living Lettuce (Green Leaf or Butterhead), Herb (Basil/Parsley/Cilantro), Org Cherry Tomato on the Vine- 12 oz, Org Celery, 2 Org Sweet Potatoes (Yams), 1# Org Cliptop Carrots, 2 avocados, Org Blackberries, 2 Org Lemons, Org Sweet Onion, and Org Green Bell Pepper—$30

Box 2 (2-3 available): Greybull Valley Terrific Trio Living Lettuce, Org Celery, 1# Org Cliptop Carrots, 32 oz Purple Passion New Potatoes, 2 Heirloom Oranges, Org Blueberries, Org Sweet Onion, 3# Mandarin Oranges—$30

text 431-1219 to reserve, indicate box number 1 or 2.   Pickup Friday 11 am to 1 pm, or Saturday 11 am to 1 pm at The Farm, 1049 Washakie Ten.


WE ARE HERE!…and Yes, it is Snowing…

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We are here, and yes it is snowing…but that is wonderful!  It means the mud is frozen on The Farm…we open at 10:00 to members and guests…here’s some highlights:

NO SPINACH…only item not in stock at Spokane…

LOTS of BANANAS…99# at $1.00/#…no limit, but think of your neighbor…

ALSO LOTS of Broccoli, Apples, Oranges, Tomatoes, and other produce…

NEW THIS WEEK–Amaranth Flour, as well as 100% Whole Wheat and an Unbleached White…Bob’s Red Mill Shredded Unsweetened Coconut…more Dates…Dried and Roasted Pistachios…Lots of fresh Parsley and Cilantro…one loan Jicama…

Come and shop EVEN if NOT your Box week–Group A this week.  ONE EXTRA Box for a new signee…  See you 10:00 am to 6:00 pm…

The Farmer’s Wife

Week 14- Group A–Box info and OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF–

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Greetings and get ready to hunker down for a cold snap!  Typical Spring weather in the Rocky Mountains– We here at Lloyd Craft Farms are open EVERY THURSDAY, rain or snow or shine, bringing you high quality produce for your health and nutrition.  🙂

BOX this week:   Terrific Trio Lettuce from Greybull Valley Produce, 2 ORG Gala Apples, 2 ORG Russet Baker Potatoes, ORG Colored Bell Pepper, ORG Cherry Tomato on-the-Vine 12 oz, ORG Cucumber, 1# Asparagus, ORG Yellow Onion, and 3# bag of Peelz Mandarin Oranges– $30, Info Sheet, and Boxed and ready to go!  (2 INTRO Boxes for new folks interested in joining)

We are trying to adjust to the increased numbers, and to have what you need! 

  • EGGS— I have ordered 30 dozen eggs.  (We had 18 dozen last week–)  They may come in 30 egg flats or a dozen per egg cartons…won’t know until they get here Wednesday night.  If you have some extra egg cartons you want to donate, we could use them!   
  • SPINACH & BANANAS— we have ordered 99# bananas and 3 cases of Spinach–Hoping that will be enough to meet the needs. (We had 80# and 12 containers last week-)
  • ASPARAGUS— There is only enough for the Boxes this week.  Asparagus comes in such a huge case lot that I couldn’t quite swing a whole case EXTRA to sell, so opted to use 2 cases in the Boxes, and save glass cooler space for other items.
  • ORG CUCUMBERS— there are some items I only purchase organic, and cucumbers are one of them.  (The cucurbits family…cukes, winter and summer squash…are like sponges and soak up chemicals applied to the soil and fruit themselves.  They are plagued in large production by powdery mildew, Cucumber beetles, and mosiac fungal infections.  So…they have a lot of applications of things we really don’t need to eat.  Difficulty is that most of the pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides are neurotoxins that build up in our systems and cause problems as we age.)   FYI–the price of cucumbers has been continually climbing and extremely unstable.  This time of year they are still coming from Mexico–I’m hopeful that the domestic cukes will be ready for market soon and the quality will go up, and the price down!
  • MUSHROOMS–Last week we ordered a variety pack…what a surprise…it came with White, Portabella (sliced and hamburger sized!), Oyster, Mini Bells (small Portabella’s AKA Crimini), and Shitake’s!  It was so much fun!  I cooked up the Shitake’s for lunch with thinly sliced  red onions in butter…served them over loaded parsley burgers and it was de-lish!  We can no longer get the Mycopia mushrooms through Spokane, so this was a treat!
  • WATERMELON RADISHES--ordered some more in!  Hope you enjoyed the ones in the boxes last time, and will try them again.  I love them sliced thinly and crisped up in ice water!
  • Here’s the protocol to report a problem with your produce:  We have 24 hours to report an issue and get a credit from the company.  However, items are not always ripe within that time, so we personally have extended the reporting time to Sunday after the Thursday that you make the purchase.  If you have a bad avocado or mango (for example) snap a picture and text it to me at 431-1219.  We’ll make it right–
  • Don’t forget to consider the CSA to guarantee you have fresh produce coming all summer into the fall:  July through Mid-October.  If you have liked the Spokane Produce, you will LOVE ours!  Cost is $350 for a Weekly Share (13 weeks), $200 for a Leap-Frog (7 weeks), and $100 for the Monthly (3 weeks)…if paid before May 15th!  After that the price is up $65 and $35 respectively.  Sign up On-Line, and mail or drop check by on Thursday. Membership allows you to shop EVERY THURSDAY from 4-6 pm!

    The Farmer’s Wife–  🙂   Check out prices and what to expect for THURSDAY at , The Store at The Farm page.  Can’t make it because of Covid-19 issues, send me your order and we will fill it Thursday morning and deliver after 3:00.  (4 mile radius)  $5.00 fee applies.  



Buyer’s Group–Thursday at The Farm–Member’s only– 10 am to 6 pm

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Good afternoon everyone–The SUN is shining!  That is wonderful news!  Wanted to talk Coronavirus, and offer some options to those not wishing to mingle or co-mingle because of compromised immune systems, or personal choice.

  1. You need not fear your food.  From what I’ve read the virus does not like refrigeration, or heat.  Most of the items you buy are refrigerated, but as a precaution you can put non-refrigerated items into the refrigerator for a couple of hours.  Items that have skins are not a concern:  avocado, oranges, bananas…for example.  Food can be washed with light dish soap at a medium water temp.  The food this time of year comes out of state (as does the food at the grocery stores) and should be at least wiped down.  (Our garden goods are a different issue that we can share later….has to do with UVB rays that kill bacteria and most pathogens…Has to do with good bacteria that populate our gut from the fresh foods we eat.)
  2. No need to fear our shelter.  It is empty most of the week with the nighttime temperature below 40 degrees.  It is not air conditioned nor insulated, so it can be hot in there, too!  The only folks frequenting the shelter are our family on Wednesday when we bag items and process the produce that is delivered Wednesday evening.  We wipe down the scales, white table tops, doors, windows, and cooler handles and glass.  During Thursday, we try to wipe down the glass door handles and the entry door handle a couple of times.  We use new and recycled boxes–which are stored in the cooler at 40 degrees overnight which should neutralize any bad boys!  🙂
  3. If there are more folks in the shelter than you’d prefer, Biggest rush is before noon, until 1:30.  Now that the weather is warmer, we’ll set a few chairs out there, too.  The door has windows and you can take a peak and enter when you are comfortable.  It was a little hard to have that option when it was freezing outside!
  4. Text 431-1219 and we will run your box out to your vehicle. Boxes are $30–exact cash or check.  BUT you’ll miss out on the Extra’s shopping…so consider #5.
  5. Email me your order Wednesday–anytime–and we will fill it after we open at 10:00 a.m. and deliver after 3:00.  There is a $3.50 fee for just a box delivery, and a $5 fee to fill an order and deliver in Worland or within a 4 mile radius of The Farm.  Items anticipated for sale are listed at, The Store at The Farm page.  When the order is filled, before 3:00, you will get a text with the total to use in filling in your check.
  6.  Get plenty of rest, eat healthy foods to support the immune system, soak in lots of sunshine!  It’s during the nighttime rest that the body is ‘cleaning house’ and building new cell DNA to replace the cells that die daily.  The healthy food is what the body uses to rebuild that all important DNA for those new cells.  If what it needs is not there (micronutrients especially) then it will substitute things that are inferior and often toxic, like aluminum or other sub-par minerals and nutrients.  Sunshine is an excellent source of vitamin D which is helpful during viral seasons–20 minutes is sufficient!  Health is a journey not a destination…enjoy the journey!.

Just some thoughts from The Farmer’s Wife–See you Thursday, at The Farm, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  Come and buy EXTRA’s…lettuces from Greybull Valley Produce, 5# bags of flour, eggs, 80# Bananas (organic), lots of apples, oranges, and other produce, dates, and nuts!   

Week 13- Buyer’s Group B–All Members Welcome to SHOP!

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It has been a crazy busy 2 weeks!  Inventory is liquidated for this week, which is great when you are dealing with perishables–  Buyer’s Group has grown to capacity, whatever that magical number is?!  This week we are putting together 2 Special Boxes again–splitting the group allows us to to not order too many multiple cases of one item from Spokane–sorry can’t reserve a box, first come, first choice.  

Special Box contents (3 EXTRA’s for this Week):

Box 1:  Greybull Valley Green Leaf Lettuce, ORG Blueberries, 1# ORG Kiwi, ORG Broccoli Bundle, ORG 1# Red Beets, ORG Yellow Onion, ORG Cucumber, 32 oz bag Fingerling Potatoes Medley$30 with info on-line under the Recipe tab

Box 2: Greybull Valley Butterhead Lettuce, ORG Blackberries, 2 Rio Star Grapefruit, ORG Broccoli Bundle, ORG 2# Cliptop Carrots, ORG Yellow Onion, ORG Cucumber, 32 oz bag Purple Passion Potatoes–$30 with info sheet….recipes on-line under the Recipe tab 

We are also carrying 5# bags of flour and eggs to help fill gaps…lots of extra Bananas this week, and a new variety of Mushrooms.  Check out availability of all produce to shop at The Store, and the prices, , The Store at The Farm page.

See you THURSDAY–The Farmer’s Wife


7 SURPLUS Special Boxes from Surplus Inventory–Available for PU Saturday, April 4th at The Farm


We sold out of bananas, mushrooms, Honeycrisp apples, and some others on Thursday…but we had organic Cherry Tomatoes on-the-Vine and Red Radishes that we do not carry over until next Thursday….So we are offering a great mix of Special Boxes for sale to ANYONE!    TEXT 431-1219 to reserve your BOX…no obligation for other Boxes beyond this one…but if you like what you see then feel free to see if we have room in the Buyer’s Group!

Box Contents:  2 # Heirloom Oranges, 2# ORG Gala Apples, ORG Cherry Tomatoes-on-the-Vine (12 oz), 2 ORG Roma Tomatoes, 3# ORG Russet Potatoes (Bakers), ORG Large Colored Bell Pepper (red, yellow, or orange–very sweet and crisp), Herb (all organic- parsley, cilantro, or poultry mix herbs), 1# ORG Carrots, 1# ORG Red Radishes, ORG White Onion–Info Sheet– $30

Special Boxes ready for Pick Up Saturday…text to set up pick up time this weekend…

Thanks!   The Farmer’s Wife