Member’s Start Up Letter- 6/28/2017

Greetings!  It’s almost that time of year…the time of year when the CSA starts!  Garden is primed and ready to explode in July with good, fresh, vegetables—we will run it for 12 weeks from the time of your first Pick Up.

Below is a summary of the information you need to get started:

FIRST AND FOREMOST!  Even if you have signed up ‘to follow’ in the past, RIGHT NOW go to www.lloydcraftfarms.com and enter your email address in the box to the right.  Once you have entered your email address, WordPress will send you a confirmation email.  You must accept this in order to activate!  If asked ‘frequency’ enter ‘immediately’ so there is no delay in forwarding the posts to your email box.  Posts on the blog forwarded to your personal email is the way we communicate during the crazy and hectic summer—I don’t want you to miss out!

I will send out a TEST post on July 2nd—you must be signed up the day before–if you don’t get the TEST, check your filter to see if it was weeded out as spam.

CSA PICK UP--The first Pick Up is the Weekly Shares and half the Leap-Frogger’s starting on July 6th, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at The Farm (1049 Washakie Ten).  The second half of the Leap-Frogger’s will pick up on July 13th

For those on the Delivery Routes, if you are a Weekly Share we ask that you Pick Up at The Farm on July 6th.  If you are a Leap-Frogger, Pick Up at The Farm on July 13th.  We will begin deliveries the third week for Weekly Shares—July 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st; And the fourth week for Leap-Frogger’s—July 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th. Check out the Pick Up & Delivery page under the CSA tab for times and locations.

HOW DO WE ORGANIZE 139 MEMBERS?   Each member has a Group Number that corresponds with a Pick Up or Delivery time. Your Group Number is in the email cover.  Information explaining what the Group Number means is posted at www.lloydcraftfarms.com on the Pick Up & Delivery page under the CSA tab.

EARLY BIRD VOUCHERS are for those that paid their membership before April 15th.  They will be at The Store at the first Pick Up.  Vouchers can be used AS MONEY to buy Fruit, Lettuce, Spinach, Herbs, Specialty Veggies, and Eggs during Thursday Pick Up at The Farm.  Guard this Voucher and put it in a safe place—maybe your wallet so you can present it Thursday.  We keep no separate record and do not make duplicates.

THE STORE is open every Thursday at Pick Up.  You can purchase farm fresh eggs (Blue Heron Ranch), fruit (Spokane Produce or regional orchards), herbs (our own), lettuce (our Salanova), spinach (ours or Taylor Farms Organic), and specialty vegetables like Broccolini, Cauliflower Mixes, Heirloom Tomato Mixes and Cherry Tomatoes, Snack Cucumbers for travel convenience, and a large variety of hot peppers…to name a few.  The Store takes cash or checks, sorry no debit or credit cards.  We will also have some ‘vegetable’ jewelry by BJ– 🙂  (Love my carrot earrings!)

 THE EXTRA’s TABLE is for all members, even if it is not your week.  EXTRA’s table  will have cucumbers, summer squash and zucchini, slicing tomatoes, bell peppers, and broccoli from side production—based on availability.  No cost, no strings, just ask that you limit yourself to one or two items so there is enough for other members.  I call the Extra’s Table the equalizer—it provides a way to adjust your share size for your personal needs.  These are items a garden produces in abundance and you should never have to go to the grocery store and buy them in the summer!

If you are needing larger quantities, place an order at The Store for bulk cucumbers for pickling (13#), zucchini for freezing (10#), tomatoes for sauce or canning (10-40#), and broccoli in volumes to freeze or to make that giant Broccoli/Raisin Salad for that Smith Family Reunion (10-40#). 

DIAMOND S DELIGHTS from Hyattville will have a table at each Pick Up.  The Wyoming Food Freedom Act now allows the producer to sell raw milk and products direct to the consumer.  Kris will be at the CSA Pick Up so you have the opportunity to buy her cheeses.  If you want milk on a weekly basis you can make those arrangements with her at the first Pick Up.  Diamond S Delights often sells Emily’s sourdough breads, too!

 

That about gives you the information needed to get started on this great fresh food adventure!  And, OH, one more item…all Shares should be paid in full before the first Pick Up.  If not, give me a call and we can discuss a plan.

Thanks for your support of the CSA and our garden, and thanks for giving yourself the best option for fresh food! 

 

The Farmer’s Wife AKA Terri

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