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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

 

Special Boxes for Fall 2019

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Now that we have weathered the cold, tightened up The Shelter, and hunkered in for the temps to come, we’ve had a chance to assess what was brought in from The Garden…and it looks GOOD! 

I’m happy to announce that we’ll have 3 Special Boxes for Fall 2019:  NOVEMBER 6th, NOVEMBER 20th, and DECEMBER 4th.  These are available to ANYONE–you do not need to be a member of the CSA! No pre-payment needed.  NOTE: If we have orders for 30 BOXES in Thermopolis, Riverton, Lander we will bring them down! Worland Pick Up location to be determined–

HERE’S HOW THIS WORKS:  We can put together as many as 60 Boxes for each of those dates.  Starting now we will begin reserving them–first come, first serve.  Text 307-431-1219 with your name and Box number, or email craftterri@rtconnect.net.  If you know you would like all three, reserve them now.  Pay using the PayPal link at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com . Cost of each Box is $35 which includes an info sheet with recipes, the PayPal fee, and an offset for delivery costs.

See the **Special Baked item available (Box 2 & Box 3 only) for an additional amount.  Only 12 Pies will be baked and only 12 two dozen Cookies.  

SO—HERE GOES!

BOX 1- November 6th

Head of Green Cabbage– roughly 5#

1# Brussels sprouts–Fresh harvested in the snow Saturday

12 Jalapeno Peppers

3# Potatoes-– most likely Yukon or Satina

2 Dried Yellow Storage Onions–Sweet

1# Carrots—either Cosmic, or Purples

2 Acorn Squash–Honey Bear, round and sweeter than most!

Box with neat handles & an Info Sheet with Recipes (Jalapeno Poppers, Stuffed Acorn Squash, Kielbasa Cabbage Dinner, How to Cook Brussels Sprouts)

 

BOX 2- November 20th

Red Cabbage– smaller than the Green

1# Brussels Sprouts

3# All Blue or Red Norland Potatoes

1# Purple Carrots

2# Red Beets

Sierra Blanca onion Jumbo

1/2# Sunchokes

Kabocha Squash

Box with neat handles & an Info Sheet with Recipes (Borscht, Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and Dried Cranberries, Sweet and Savory Roasted Kabocha)

**Special Item is my famous Pumpkin Pie from Scratch! There are 12 of these available for an additional $12.50**

 

 

BOX 3- December 4th

Deadon Cabbage (January King variety)

1# Brussels Sprouts

3# All Blue or Purple Vikings Potatoes

2# Fingerling Potato Mix

Celeriac (Celery Root)

1# Large Purple Carrots

1# Carrots, or 1# Red Beets– depending on which is available

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Box with neat handles & an Info Sheet with Recipes (Harvard Beets, Bundt Carrot Cake, Fingerling Potato Dinner, How to Use Celeriac)

**Special Item is my famous Molasses Ginger Cookies from Scratch- 2 Dozen! There are 24 of these available for an additional $20.00**

 

As always, our desire is to get you the best!  Fresh and local can’t be beat–even in November and December in the Rocky Mountain Region–  How cool is that!! 

The Farmer’s Wife    Eat your VEGGIES!

 

 

2019 CSA Garden Season Closes! Fall SoupFest Deemed a Success–

The Transformation was AMAZING!  This looks like a rustic restaurant…sorta…but definitely a change from 24 hours earlier when we were bagging potatoes and carrots, brushing the dirt off the celeriac, and packing 58 boxes for delivery Thursday–  24 hours earlier Jans and Christa were making soups and baking bread!  But here it is…comfortable seating, sweet background music, colorful veggie tablecloths, wonderful soups and crunchy fresh bread, and good friends and new acquaintances enjoying wholesome, hearty soup made from the ingredients of The Garden! 

Thanks to all those that came to eat, and those that stopped by to pick up Soup To Go–And on that upbeat note, we end the 2019 Garden Season:  1,562 Special Boxes and Shares were served over the 15 week period!  Garden Fresh veggies, nutrient dense, went to Casper, Riverton, Lander, Thermopolis, and served folks from Ten Sleep, Basin, Manderson, Greybull, and of course, Worland–Thanks for taking your food serious and taking the time to ask, “What is this?, “Do you have beets for sale?”, “When will the delivery be made?”, “How can we get more corn?”…thanks for taking the time and making the time!  See you in 2020–

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The Farmer’s Wife!  Eat your Veggies!

 

Thermopolis, Lander, and Riverton–Last Drop tomorrow!

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Kaleb will be making the trek south…at this time the roads are Green (wet or dry) according to WY DOT Road and Travel.  The Drop is the last Special Box of the Season–for the Weekly’s, Group B2 Leap-Frogs, and those that purchased the Extension.  

Thermopolis Boxes will be delivered with your Pumpkin as Kaleb passes through–THANK YOU!

Riverton Boxes will be dropped at Graham’s Gluten Free, with a Special Pumpkin for the year’s end!  There is one for everyone!

Lander Boxes will be dropped at Amy Oakley’s at 145 Terrace Overlook–Don’t forget your pumpkin!  (There are only enough for one for each Special Box–)  Amy wanted me to let folks know that the roof project is still going on so you will have to park in the front and walk to the back where the front door is, OR use the back road which will take you right to the garage and front entrance where the Boxes are stacked on the porch and ready to go.  There are some Special Orders, too…Look for your Name on 2 BOXES–  Lander:  you can drop your boxes after Thursday and we will pick them up in a week on a business trip through Lander. 

THANKS for all the warm kudos and support!  We BE BACK–

About the Share in the Special Box:  5# of Huckleberry Gold Potatoes (purple outside, Yukon inside), 2# of Tri-color Carrots (Deep Purple, Purple Haze, and Mokum orange), Celeriac (celery root), Tiren Paste Tomatoes & Shishito Peppers (don’t let these linger–they are good NOW as they were harvested the end of September before the freeze), Deadon Savoy Cabbage (January King variety–cold enhances the flavor!), Red Beets, Leeks (3!–check out some great soup recipes on the webpage–), and Butterscotch Butternut Squash!  (These are small, be careful not to overcook!)  ENJOY! and Eat YOUR VEGGIES!  The Farmer’s Wife

OMG–Fall SoupFest & Last Pick Up for the CSA…OPEN to the PUBLIC…visit The Store!

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Tomorrow, October 24th, join us for a sampling (generous sample) of four great Chef Jans-made soups from the bounty of the Garden!  Creamy Potato Bacon, Italian Vegetable, Borscht in its bright beet color, and Poblano/Butternut!  Reservations not needed, head count appreciated–  $8, 5:00-7:30, at The Shelter, 1049 Washakie Ten, Worland.  (We have bowls TO GO for those conflicted with other obligations!!)

Music by Liz–we set up the sound system today and have made an unbelievable amount of space for tables and chairs with good lighting, and what we hope is a comfortable ambience DESPITE the fact it is our work shelter!

CSA Pick Up is 4:00-6:00–last of the season!  In order to make space, the Shares are boxed and ready to go–Don’t forget your season’s end PUMPKIN!  Pumpkin for the Leap-Frog’s, and Knuckleheads for the Weekly’s!  Pick Up your Box and pick up a bowl of soup TO GO!

The Store will be open with more of the bounty from the Garden to buy!  As well as organic bananas, Kent Mangoes, organic yams, our own Brussels sprouts, onions, potatoes, and lots of carrots.  We also have the final 4 bags of Snack Peppers, Cabbage, and several heads of Romanesco (green cauliflower type Brassica).  We also have the last 11 bundles of Kale, and Jalapeno peppersso good as POPPERS made in the oven!

Come on out and let us feed you!  The Farmer’s Wife