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Update on The Farm about The Garden-


Today is Friday, June 7th…The rainy weather has set things back a bit, but we tarry on!  The early cabbage, broccoli, and yellow cauliflower was the first crop to be set out on May 23rd.  For perspective that is two weeks later than last year.  The white cauliflower, all 240 plants, had to be tossed…they were held too long in the greenhouse and had started to form their little white head, the size of a popcorn kernel. The head adjusts to the size of the plant, so that was going no where…

Each plant has a built in clock with sensors and detectors.  For the cauliflower, its clock said it was time to form a head.  For the Watermelon Radishes in the high tunnel its sensors felt the warmth, then the cold weather, then the hot weather, and its clock said it was time to go to seed…so it sent out a seed stock with a beautiful bloom on the top, and a tough, hard-to-eat root on the bottom.  Daikon radishes are a biennial, and form their seed stock the second year.

The good news is all the tomatoes, peppers, basil, celery and celeriac have found a home in the garden and are doing well, as have the onions and potatoes. Still to set out are the Lancelot Leeks which were delivered looking like fat horse hairs instead of nicely sized onion plants.  We are going to try a different technique with these to see if they will ‘make it’.

The snap peas in the high tunnel are blooming and rapidly approaching their 7 foot height. The bad news is the aphids have found the spinach and bok choi in the Gothic high tunnel, and are giving us fits.  Broccolini and Swiss chard are safe, so far…as well as the Herbs:  Oregano, Dill, Parsley, Lavendar, Thyme, Sage, and Rosemary.

In the past three days the cucumbers, summer squash, cantaloupe and other melons have been jab planted from seed.  We will finish up the winter squash tomorrow, and on Monday set out the second round of broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbages for fall harvest.  We plan to transplant the 1200 plants of Brussels sprouts on Sunday;  They are a 110 day variety that do best with an October harvest.

The Pumpkin and Sunchoke portion of the garden has not been worked yet, but once done we will get those beds laid and those two crops out.  The Farmer says the black plastic mulch speeds their maturity by a week or two.  Hopefully, enough to make up for the spring delay–most of the pumpkins are 90-110 days to maturity!

Remaining after all the jab planting and transplanting is completed are the corn, beans, carrots, beets, Daikon’s, and kohlrabi…to be planted in the front garden.  I think I have found some space to start the fennel…Lacinato kale is plugging along and the seed has been ordered for some Curly Green kale.

We have replanted Red Radishes and Hakurei turnips to include in the first Shares, as well as a new planting of Spinach, away from the aphidized spinach in the other high tunnel. Broccolini should be ready, as well as Harmonie cucumbers…maybe some zucchini–We are hopeful!  If not ready by July 11th, for sure July 18th.  A week delay will be offset with an extra week tacked on at the end!  Stay connected so you will know the exact start date!

Well, enough for now!  Back to the garden plan, and then some time this afternoon to check on the CSA Memberships and see how close we are to full!  Stay tuned–The Farmer’s Wife, bringing you an update on YOUR local farmer and produce–

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


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!

assorted variety of vegetables on basket

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 , 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!

Kale bed

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

Sample Box in Box (example only…)

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, 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–

photo 1 HoopApril 2013

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