May 13th- Group B Special Boxes AND a Soapbox Speech on Nutrition…

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The goodies for the Monday  Special Boxes have been ordered…I’ll update on Saturday with a confirmation of what is received! In addition to the ORDERED goods, we will have our fresh harvested SPINACH and Red Rover RADISHES!  

So here’s the situation this time of year: quality on produce is sketchy–avocados, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, strawberries were all poor last week.  The variety of items I can order confidently is shrinking!  We are between ‘seasons’–The winter goods out of Mexico have peaked.  The good stuff now is domestic, and just coming into it’s own…like Washington Asparagus! And like Worland  Spinach and Red Radishes, from Lloyd Craft Farms!  The Special Box focus is always on freshness, variety, and nutrition, so we are looking closer to home and excited our high tunnels are now producing!

Box CONTENTS:   Fruit-heavy with ORG Washington Fuji Apples, California Heirloom Oranges, Texas Grapefruit, ORG Blueberries (domestic)…ORG Mixed Fingerlings (Canada), ORG Jumbo Yellow Onion…our own ziplock bag of Spinach (about 4 oz) and a bundle of Red Radishes, and Greybull Valley Produce Butter Head Lettuce$30     (INFO Sheet with Recipes and Nutritional Information)

 

Why do we lean organic?  (Soapbox Speech…)

  1. Lower levels of pesticide/herbicide chemicals (hormone disrupters and toxic),
  2. Higher levels of vitamins and minerals,
  3. BUT needs to be fresh and vital for the best nutrient content and HEALTH.  (Conventional fresh may be better than organic degraded…which is the most alive!)

 

The biggest problem with conventional, in my opinion, is we have not fed the soil and its microbes;  Simply put, the bugs are not there to break the soil down so the living plants can take it up.  With lower levels of vitamins and minerals in the plant tissue, plants become deficient and more susceptible to disease and pest attacks. The conventional solution has been more chemicals to counter those problems, and we are in a vicious cycle with an explosion of autoimmune illnesses which some doctors feel are related to lack of minerals at the very root.  Our journey with the garden has been to learn how to feed our soil, and raise healthy plants that can ward off their own problems.  We try to feed the soil, that feeds the plant, that feeds us!  The Adventure goes on !

BTW–the same principle applies to our gut biome…healthy microbes to build the immune system and improve the functioning of the digestive tract.  Healthy GI, better absorption, less deficiencies and illnesses.  Another reason to incorporate fresh, nutrient packed fruits and vegetables into your American diet.  AND grass feed beef and free range chickens!  Let’s CHANGE the American diet from FAST to FRESH–

To our GOOD HEALTH–The Farmer’s Wife

MONDAY, May 6th–Bee Healthy–Group A– 7 SPECIAL BOXES for SALE

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Good news and Bad news:  Bad NEWS—->  NO Strawberries….yucky and moldy….GOOD news—> We are planting 432 plants in the GARDEN this spring.  Laramie Everbearers….I am so excited!  Last time we planted STRAWBERRIES in the garden we didn’t have them fenced and the deer ate them!  Join the CSA!!

GROUP A- SPECIAL BOXES:  2-1/2# ORG Washington Fuji Apples, ORG Blueberries, ORG Celery and a recipe for Waldorf Salad, ORG Rainbow Mini-carrots, ORG Jumbo Yellow Onions, ORG Mixed Fingerling Potatoes (or 8 boxes of 2# Red Potatoes), our own Lloyd Craft Farms Red Radishes, and Greybull Valley Produce Butter Head Living Lettuce—-$30.

Good News and Bad news:  Good News—>The Boxes look great and are a good value…BAD news—>I’m out of apples, blueberries, rainbow mini-carrots, fingerlings, and Butterhead Lettuce except for the EXTRA Boxes… 😦

NEW ITEMS for sale….Good News and Bad news….GOOD news—>WASHINGTON ASPARAGUS is in!  Longer stalks and fresher taste ($3.75 each bundle-1#)  BAD News—>ORG Avocados might be sketchy…$2.25 to try them out…Remember our return policy:  If bad, take photo and send to me before Wednesday, and we’ll replace them the following week.

Other items worth noting:

Pineapples for $4.75,

Champagne Mangos from Costco for $1.75,

ORG Kent Mangoes for $3.75,

ORG Mycopia Chef’s Sampler (Gourmet Mushrooms) for $8.00,

ORG Snap Peas for $4.75,

ORG Shishito Peppers for $4.50,

ORG Classic Caesar Salad Kit for $4.50,

ORG Taylor Farms Green Beans–ready to go–$5.50,

and lots of fresh herbs from Lloyd Craft Farms Herb bed:  Parsley, Oregano, Thyme, and Sage!

 

Come and Join us!  The Farmer’s Wife….And don’t forget about the CSA!

CSA Members or Wanna-be’s–

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Picture of The Farmer and the Gothic High Tunnel that was completed in 2017.

 

We currently have 41 Worland folks signed up for the CSA.  There is room for more–but do not tarry!  We are getting a lot of interest from other Wyomingites who don’t live in the Big Horn Basin, the Breadbasket of Wyoming.  Here we have the perfect biome for growing stuff–not too much rain, not too much wind, just the right amount of sun!  The Garden is limited to 125 Share units and we are nearing 100!

Here’s the deal:  Sign up by tomorrow midnight (Sunday, May 5th) and take advantage of the Early Bird Voucher when paid in full by May 10th.  (That is an extension of 5 days to pay in full!)  If you aren’t sure whether a Weekly or Leap-Frog would work best for your needs, then sign up for the Leap-Frog ($200);  You can upgrade to the Weekly before August 15th.  At least you would get the $10 Voucher to use in The Store on Thursday’s at CSA Pick UP in July!

The high tunnels are fully planted and harvest is beginning:  Red Radishes yesterday, and Spinach next week.  (Both will be in the Buyer’s Group Special Boxes…Red Radishes for Group A this week, and both for Group B next week.) 

Hoping to do a Spring video later this week so you can see what it all looks like:  The greenhouse loaded with plants to set out, the high tunnels loaded with plant growing for harvest through June, and the progress on the garden.  You’ll see we have a huge fence project to accomplish before the garden is totally in, and you’ll see the work done so far on the new Green House!  All in the interest, no more like passion, of bringing you good healthy food!  Healthy foods for Healthy bodies for Healthy communities!  (I think Rodale said that first, but I’ve said it second–)

The Farmer’s Wife!  

 

CSA Sign UPS! Early Bird Voucher Deadline: May 5th, Sunday.

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Ladies and Gentlemen!  The CSA Membership has been open since March.  This Sunday, May 5th, is the deadline for the Early Bird Voucher.  Check out the information at http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com , CSA tab.  Prices are listed, Voucher amounts, as well as the Sign Up form for the CSA…you can do all that  on-line in 2 minutes!  You can also use your credit or debit card and pay using our PayPal link (don’t forget the fee…unless you have a PayPal account and then I think they waive the fee) or bring us a check Monday.  We will honor the offer for the VOUCHER if you sign up by Sunday and, heck, pay NEXT WEEK–  The Farmer’s Wife

BTW–video of the greenhouse and high tunnels next week once it warms up!  

 

Group A– Special Boxes at Bee Healthy, and Vegetables for Walk-in’s, too

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Wow!  Snow was stuck to the side of the house this morning, the wind HOWLED all night, and rattled the high tunnels and beat against the Shelter.  Night time temperatures dropped below freezing–there is a good reason we don’t plant the garden before the second week in May…or third!  Happy to report, despite the cold, we will have fresh Red Radishes pulled from the high tunnel, and lots of fresh herbs:  Oregano, Parsley, and a nice mix for $1.50 (Sage, Thyme, & Oregano), for sale Monday at Bee Healthy!

Anticipate the following in the Boxes for Group Aand Judge Harrington:    Fruit this week, a pint of ORG Blueberries and 2# of ORG Washington Fuji Apples; ORG Celery, ORG Rainbow Mini-carrots, ORG Yellow Onion and ORG Mix of Fingerling potatoes, our own Lloyd Craft Farms Red Radishes, and Greybull Valley Lettuce–$30

**NEW ITEMS in the Store:  ORG STRAWBERRIES- 1# Clamshell….$4.00**

Spokane Sales Rep:  I have ORG strawberries this week.  ME:  Are they any good?  The last one’s weren’t…. Spokane Sales Rep:  They looked good this morning when they came in on the truck.  ME:  Okay!  I’ll take 2 cases.

**Cauliflowerconventional not ORG…quality has been better and price not so ridiculous.…$5.50 for a large head ($8.50 for ORG–)  **Asian Cut Broccoli Crowns again–1#……….$2.75 each

Cauliflower and Broccoli are on the Clean 15 this year, so I am considering them if the price spread between CONV and ORG is silly great.  It does not guarantee that they will have the same minerals and nutrients as their ORG counterparts, but of what value is wilted and old ORG anyway?!

**WASHINGTON grown Asparagus………………………………$4.00/#**

This is a signal that the Big Horn Basin Asparagus will be coming along, too.  Maybe 10 days once the weather is warmer during the day and above freezing at night!

**ORG Snap Peas- 8 oz bags….$4.50 each**

I couldn’t help myself…Hopefully these will be mature and not picked too early where they have no flavor and wilt to nothing on the trip from Mexico.  The Snap Peas in our high tunnel are about 8-10 inches tall.  Our vines grow to 7 feet tall and the pods are plump and sweet!  If they are not ready before the end of the Buyer’s Group, they will be for sale at Bee Healthy in June, and hopefully in the first Shares for the CSA in July!

**ORG Shishito Peppers……$4.50**

We grow these, too…and sell them at the Thursday CSA for those that love roasted NOT-HOT peppers.  A little olive oil and seasonings, spread them on the cookie sheet and roast them in the oven.  The stems are handy handles, kids get a kick out of eating them– 

 

Don’t forget to come and visit us for your fresh produce and fruit–Heirloom Oranges and all kinds of good citrus (VIT C), Tropicals such as Mangoes and Champagne Mangos, Pineapples, Kiwi, and Avocados…We all eat!  Don’t cut corners:  Eat the best for the best health!  The Farmer’s Wife

 

FIFTH MONDAY BOXES at Bee Healthy! April 29th– 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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4 EXTRA Boxes for sale: Chock full of items that are not available in stocklike Blueberries, Baby Spinach, Grape Tomatoes, Green Leaf Lettuce, Red Beets with Tops, Shishito Peppers, and Champagne Mangoes!  Other Box items are Asian Cut Broccoli Crowns (1#), Asparagus (1#), and Red Onion.  A couple of Heirloom Oranges, too!    $30

Other items for sale:  Asparagus, Broccoli Crowns, Onions of all colors, Swiss Chard and Kale, Celery and Herbs…some fresh herbs from our high tunnel!…Carrots, both 2# and 1# Mini-Carrots, Red and Yukon Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes (YAMS), and Fruit:  Bananas, Avocados, Citrus galore, Apples, and wonderful Heirloom Oranges….

Come and check it out!  And get information for the CSA–  The Farmer’s Wife

FIFTH MONDAY BOXES – Bee Healthy, April 29th. Some Extra Boxes and Some EXTRA Produce….

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2 kinds of SPECIAL BOXES THIS WEEK/ 5 EXTRA’S FOR SALE:  

RED BEETS with Tops, ORG Blueberries, Champagne Mango, Heirloom Orange, 2# Asparagus, Asian Crowns of Broccoli, ORG Red Onions, Organic Girl Baby Spinach, Greybull Valley Green Leaf Lettuce, and ORG Grape Tomatoes…….$30

SHISHITO PEPPERS (great marinaded in oil and herbs and roasted), ORG Blueberries, Champagne Mango, 2 Heirloom Oranges, 1# Asparagus, Asian Crowns of Broccoli, ORG Red Onions, Organic Girl Baby Spinach, Greybull Valley Green Leaf Lettuce, and ORG Grape Tomatoes…….$30

For those that have reserved a BOX ahead, specify at Pick Up which one you want.  (Company shorted us Shishito’s and Red Beets, so we had to mix it up!)  First come, first serve!  (Sorry no Save Ahead’s!)

 

Check out the What Produce at Buyer’s Group page to see what will be available!  http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com , under the Buyer’s Group tab.   The Farmer’s Wife