Week 1 CSA Share Info Sheet

The Veggies look GREAT! Thanks for those that were able to pick them up Thursday and Friday, and another Thanks to those who are picking them up today! (Because they are fresh, they will still be okay for a Monday pickup!) This first group is Group A…A schedule will be posted on the website to help you keep track of your share pick ups. 🙂 If you are going to be later than Thursday, shoot me a text (431-1219)– Next week is Group B

This week’s Box has items from the high tunnels, and Cucumbers and Summer Squash from the garden. The surprise was the 2 oz of Basil.

Basil- Genovese type with large leaves and the traditional basil flavor. Basil does not store well in the fridge, so put the stems in a bit of water or spread them in a pie pan on your counter. Double or triple bag if you must, but do not forget them for more than several days. Basil is versatile and can be used for much more than just Pesto. 😉 Try it chopped with any of your veggies. Herbs give your veggies depth and variety, as well as being healthy. I think herbs are the unknown heroes for healthy bodies and lives. Use them fresh, or dry them yourselves!

Kale, Kohlrabi, and Broccolini are all in the Brassica family– nutrient dense and healthy for us! They can be eaten raw or cooked. Kale- Green Curley and Lacinato (Dinosaur Kale)- can be cut thinly and added to a greens salad, or chopped up and added to cooked potatoes or other dishes. Kohlrabi (AKA German Turnip) are sweet eaten raw, but also great cooked or steamed. I like to cut mine in half and then as thin as possible to dip in Ranch, or grated into a greens salad. Our Broccolini is sweet and the leaves are tender and sweet, too. Broccolini simply means small broccoli–we have four kinds this year…we couldn’t get our favorite seed this year so tried two new ones and used the Atlantis we’ve raised for three years. I usually steam, or cook it in a cast iron skillet with olive oil. (I always steam it a bit to break down some of the stems so they are not tough. Brassica’s affect some folks, causing gas and slight indigestion. Many of the broccoli has an indigestible sugar that is not easily broken down….my question has always been: is it a problem with the broccoli, or is it the gut that is lacking sufficient enzymes or a healthy biome??

Red Cabbage…Ruby Perfection to be specifi…is also in the same family as the broccoli and cauliflower. Red Cabbage can be used in the same way as the green. You may lose some of the red pigmentation during cooking…Raw, it adds beautiful color to any salad. Cabbage pickles easily. (I like the Wildbrine sauerkraut at Bee Healthy–Red Beets and Red Cabbage fermented together, natural probiotics!) Both beets and red cabbage are power houses and high in anthocyanins which are strong antioxidants–

Green Onions–these are from the high tunnel and benefit well from the shade and protection. Some years when we’ve raised them out in the garden they have been susceptible to insect damage and developed a strong pungent flavor. Two years ago we planted them in the fall in the high tunnel but ran out of time to reach maturity. I was so saddened when they ‘died’ in the fall and were reduced to nothing. BUT, then in the spring they came back! Because they are biennial’s they sent out a bloom that became a seed pod. We learned to harvest them earlier than later, before they grew that tough seed stock!

Cucumbers–this week we had our first harvest of slicing cucumbers with one for everyone! AND we also included a 1# bag of Harmonie European Picklers (AKA Snack Cucumbers)– Cucumbers do not store well or hold in the fridge–Eat them first! Protect them from refrigeration damage.

Summer Squash–this week we put 4 summer squash in your box: Zucchini, Costa Romanesco (striped zucchini), Golden Glory (yellow zucchini), and Zephyr (yellow squash with a green tip). I LOVE my summer squash cooked in olive oil or butter, salt and pepper, with a chopped herb….add some green onion or sliced onion, too. Try sliced tomatoes during the last couple of minutes. For herbs, I used Lemon Thyme one day this week, and Savory the second time. Basil is great! I usually add the herbs the last couple minutes of cooking to include the flavor without it being cooked to death!

Enjoy your first Share! Weekly’s–we’ll have a slightly different box next week; Group B Leap-Frog’s…welcome aboard! We have room for more members–share the word and help us fill some of the vacancies!

Homegrown Veggies ANYONE!? CSA starts (Earlier than Late!)–Thursday, July 22! (Worland first, then we’ll fold in Lander/Riverton in the next couple of weeks…)

I’m sorry not much advanced notice…but it has been that type of year… and maybe I let it get into my head!

The high tunnel is in full production and ready to go…today The Farmer and I confirmed that though the garden peppers and tomatoes have suffered badly from the 45 mph winds one night, the early Brassica’s (broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbages–planted 5/30/2021) are not far behind!

So here is what we have to harvest over the next three weeks:

Green Onions, Kohlrabi (both purple and green), Broccolini (both Atlantis and BC1611, and a tad of the heirloom DiCicco), fresh Basil (Genovese), Cherry Tomatoes, Kale (Lacinato and Green Curley), Ruby Perfection Red Cabbage, and an assortment of Herbs from the high tunnels.

The earliest Cucumbers (Harmonie European picklers AKA Snack Cukes, Bristol and Mongoose Slicers), Summer Squash (Zucchini, Costa Romanesco Striped Zucchini, Golden Glory, Slick Pic Crookneck, and Zephyr), and Farao Green Cabbage, and maybe some flat Tendersweet Cabbages will join us from the garden. Shortly following from the early Brassica’s will be the Bishop Cauliflower, Green Magic Broccoli, and Gypsy Broccoli, and our summer harvests of BC1611 Broccolini! It is here AT LAST!

I hope to get a text out to everyone indicating your pick up group and start date. We may lump all the Leap-Frog’s together for this first week. And sorry again for the short notice–if you wish to skip and start next week, send me a text to 307-431-1219–

As to veggies at Bee Healthy…we will continue to stock the same kinds of goodies, but remember the volume is limited–CSA takes priority– and coolers restrict the amount of stuff we can stock!

The Farmer’s Wife–Sleepless in Worland!

Fresh Produce (Including some Local) @Bee Healthy– Best Quality Thursday through Saturday…And why FRESH and ORGANICALLY RAISED…

Things are looking good in the high tunnels…garden is lagging behind, but it is coming together too!

**Some of the local veggies at Bee Healthy are Broccolini, Kale, Kohlrabi, Red Cabbage, Zucchini and Summer Squash, and Green Onions. Also, Greybull Valley Living lettuces.

Broccolini (literally small broccoli)- sweet and succulent, eat the leaves…great steamed, fried in cast iron skillet, baked in oven…nutrient dense!

**Some of the organics from Spokane are Taylor Farms Baby Spinach, Orange Bell Peppers and Jalapeno Pepper packets, 2 bags of Snack Peppers, Swiss Chard, Celery, Carrots, Red Beets, Green Cabbage, and Leeks. (We sometimes purchase non-organics based on the EWG tests of pesticide levels in specific types of vegetables…onions, cauliflower, lemons and limes, grapefruit, oranges. Quality of produce is important–if organic but poor quality, how good is that going to be for us??)

**Other items to note: Organic Yukon Potatoes are wanting to grow (still firm) so we have marked them to $1/# to get them into new homes! Organic Roma Tomatoes are 3 for $1.80, 18 good Avocados that will be perfect in a couple of days, Organic lemons and limes for those that like to ‘eat’ the whole thing using their Vitamixes, 40# Organic Bananas (better flavor) for $.99/#, Organic Garnet Yams, and a wide selection of Onions…Red, White, and Sweet Walla Walla’s…$1 to $2.25 for the JUMBO Red’s.

Why fresh Produce? Because ‘food is our best medicine’, but more than that ‘we are what we eat’! (Two well known cliche’s!) I like to say that we want to eat LIVING FOOD…fruits and vegetables (though they have been separated from the mother plant) are living. Living food is more nutritious and has active elements that our bodies can immediately process and use. Living food not only gives us energy but has the ability to rebuild and heal. (Red Beets are said to be able to repair damaged DNA–)

The sooner food is consumed after harvest the higher the nutritional value! Some vegetables have a higher respiration rate and will ‘expire’ quicker (lettuce and other green leafy things), and others have a lower respiration rate and will store longer (kohlrabi and potatoes).

For all vegetables, refrigeration is a must…it slows the respiration rate and helps us to keep them longer! Each veggie has its optimal temperature and humidity conditions…we don’t refrigerate tomatoes as they go mushy and the flavor is bland, potatoes often convert to starch, eggplant and bell peppers are sensitive to refrigeration damage. (Notice all these are Nightshade’s?) We’d love to refrigerate the apples and onions as it keeps them fresher and crisper, but alas, there is not enough glass cooler space, so they get to be shown during the day and stored in the cooler at night!

Why organically raised? A multi-faceted subject with some straight forward answers and some not so obvious results…Organic vegetables and fruits have a lower toxicity level (no synthetic pesticides and fertilizers) with a better concentration of nutrients drawn from the ‘living’ soil that has higher microbe levels.

When we started our garden 10 years ago we understood the relationship between chemical use and toxic foods, and the effects of toxins on living things, both pests and humans…most synthetics are considered neurotoxins…that’s how they ‘work’ on the pest and why over time they affect the human.

The question has always been how much toxins are considered too much? The answer can be debated, but what we found is that if we focused as growers on building a living soil that provided everything the plant needed, then they could resist the majority of pests, and they tasted BETTER. (We at times will help them out–Pyganic and Dipel– but are always aware there may be collateral damage to the good critters we want in the garden…ladybugs for one.)

So, You are What you EAT, and Food is Your Best Medicine! Stop in and see us at Bee Healthy…pick up some fresh foods and also peruse the oils and flours, sugars and stevias, chocolates and drinks, chips and crackers, dried fruits and Chunks of Energy with nuts and super greens, as well as the teas, supplements, essential oils and incense, Salt lamps and candles, and CBD products. Check out the newly organized (and priced) Nature’s Sunshine products!–10% off with the purchase of two or more!

FRESH PRODUCE THURSDAY! Local Offerings, too!

Yes, as usual, fresh produce Thursday at Bee Healthy!

This week more Bok Choi, Kales, Broccoli, Kohlrabi, and Basil from Lloyd Craft Farms. Nothing equals the taste and quality of fresh produce, locally grown–prices are reasonable. No Special Boxes this week as we wait on the garden to mature…but don’t neglect your fresh veggies in your mainstay diet…stop in and pick up your week’s supply:

FRUIT–Organic Bananas, Pink Lady Apples, Grapefruit, Lemons and Limes, and Avocadoes…

VEGGIES–all organic Yukon Potatoes and Garnet Yams, new case of Green Cabbage, Carrots, Red Beets, Celery, Cucumbers, Sweet Snack Peppers in a pouch, Jalapeno peppers, Roma Tomatoes, and Yellow and White Onions.

GREENS— Spinach, Greybull Valley Lettuces, and Swiss Chard.

MUSHROOMS, too, this week… Crimini and Portabello, Shiitake and White-and more fresh Turmeric and Ginger Roots.

Lots of other great stuff…healthy drinks and snacks…wide selection of medicinal and comfort teas and Rishi Chai mix…local Bryant 307 honey and Queen Bee candies and candles from Lovel…nuts and dried fruit…dinner items and groceries…extensive stock of supplements…some gift ideas…essential oils and diffusers…Salt Lamps and candles…journals and cards…Personal Care items!

School is OUT, Vacations and Summer Plans are A-GO…and We are Still Here! On SALE TODAY–

Yes we are here to help you get healthy, be healthy, and STAY healthy!

Produce stock needs moved: ORG Black Plums, ORG Kiwi, and ORG Bananas @ $.75/#! Greybull Valley Living Lettuces, ORG Spinach, ORG Swiss Chard, our farm Kale, and ORG Cucumbers @ $2.25 each (down from $3). Also, ORG Carrots, ORG Celery, ORG Red Beets, ORG Green Cabbage, ORG Cauliflower, ORG Turmeric and ORG Ginger Roots. From Lloyd Craft Farms, Bok Choi and Herbs…Monday afternoon– Purple Kohlrabi, Broccolini, and more Kale…Tuesday more fresh Strawberries

Lots of healthy drinks, including Vuka Energy and 50 oz bottles of Alo Aloe Awaken! Good chips using Avocado oils and Olive oils. Healthy chocolates, including Stevia sweetened Lilly’s, and Chocolove Bars...high in cacao and low (to no) added sugars. Other healthy bars, and dried fruits and nuts! Groceries, supplements, teas, and a full line of Nature’s Sunshine Supplements (prices reduced for affordability…more info later this week…currently, buy 2 get 10% off) 🙂

Come and Visit! Bee Healthy, 635 Big Horn Ave, Worland…. M-F 10:00 to 5:30 pm, Saturday’s until 5:00 pm.

Strawberries @ Bee Healthy–Saturday

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Small strawberry harvest yesterday and this morning… 2# containers available today at Bee Healthy….$6.99

Bananas, apples, tangerines, lemons and lime on hand today, too! Great Avocados for $1.50– Good supply of greens (lettuces from Greybull and Swiss Chard and maybe some more of the Lloyd Craft Farms kale!), and broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and celery….green cabbageturmeric and ginger roots… Majority organic and all fresh!

Lots of great groceries, supplements, healthier chips, teas and other cold drinks (and brewing teas), nuts and chocolates!

Saturday–open until 5:00. Closed Sunday…Weekly hours 10:00 am to 5:30 pm M-F!

MORE Strawberries–Bee Healthy Locally Grown

More Strawberries from Lloyd Craft Farms! Ft Laramie Everbearers…organically raised…smaller, packed with flavor, and vine-ripened! These should increase in size as we harvest…picture shows some with slight sunburn marks…these will disappear as we harvest and new berries set on–for now 1-1/4# container…$4.75 (Not sure how they will respond to the heat this week!)

Boxes this Thursday for Group B--Will send individual text messages with the contents for this week.

Remember that Thursday is Fresh Produce day at Bee Healthy. Still on hand, fresh Bok Choi (mid-sized, green stemmed, crisp, and tasty) for $4.75 each, also from Lloyd Craft Farms. Broccolini is coming on–might be in the boxes this week or for sale in the glass cooler…we’ll harvest to determine how much is there! Select herbs in cooler: Sage and Oregano.

Left over from Thursday: ORG Bananas (last day today)….$.99/#, Cauliflower and Broccoli, Carrots and Celery, Greybull Valley Green Leaf Lettuce, Mini Carrots Peeled 1#, Turmeric and Ginger Root, Peelz Tangerines, Pineapples, ORG Yukon Potatoes, Onions, ORG Lemons and Limes, Grapefruit, ORG Brussels sprouts, ORG Green Cabbage, ORG Red Beets, ORG Sweet Pepper Pouches, ORG Yams, and Avocadoes. (Avocadoes have been great!)

The large freezer went down Monday, Memorial Daywe got all the frozen stuff out before it failed– Now…Short on floor space for frozen goodies so the ice creams are marked down, Amy’s Dinners and Bowls are 10% off, and all Breads, Baguettes, Bagels, and Muffins are 10% off, too! Bubbie’s Mochis are marked down as well…Strawberry, Mango, and Green Tea! (Ice Cream wrapped in a rice dough…hmmmm…good thing for 102 degree day!)

New Store Stock added weekly! Stop in and shop–healthy groceries, healthy drinks and bars, healthy nuts and dried fruits, healthy supplements, teas, essential oils and incense! Great selection of healthy chocolate bars, and select Personal Care items…All Reasonably priced, too!

Bee Healthy, 635 Big Horn Ave, Worland, WY M-F, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Sat 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

SATURDAY STRAWBERRIES– Bee Healthy closes @ 5:00 pm

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I still have 8 cartons of Strawberries from Lloyd Craft Farms in the cooler. Ft Laramie variety, third year of production, sweet and vine-ripened and picked yesterday… ready to go–$4.75 this week for 1-1/4# clamshell.

Come and pick them up today!

Next harvest is Tuesday–

Bee Healthy– Saturday, Homegrown Strawberries! Freezer Goods Specials!

Strawberry plants at Lloyd Craft Farms are in production! 1-1/4# container for $4.75

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Large Freezer went on vacation Memorial Day–Fortunately we were at the store and moved everything to chest freezers without them thawing. Looking for a repair man…but in the meantime, we want to lighten the frozen food load! 10% off on all bread products, Amy’s dinners, and Bubbies Mochi. Ice Cream pints already reduced to sell.

Freezer items:

“ICE CREAM and FROZEN FRUIT BARS”— Cashew milk, Oat milk, Coconut milk, and one cow’s milk…Snickerdoodle, Cookie Dough, Vanilla Bean, Apple Caramel, Blueberry Crumble…several bars and ice cream sandwiches– BUBBIE Mochi–Mango, Strawberry, and Green Tea. Solero frozen fruit bars, Strawberry and box of Tangerine and Raspberry.

FROZEN FRUIT— Red Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, and a Mixed Berries.

DR PRAEGER VEGGIE BURGERS–4 per pack…Heirloom Bean, California Burger (Gluten Free, too), Asian, and Original…also,

Limited grass fed beefs (Big Trails and B Bar Ranch MT), Lisa and Henry’s Fish Sticks, and some Applegate meats.

BREADS (Gluten Free and Sprouted Wheat)— Silver Hills breads and new Silver Hills hamburger buns, Ezekiel Breads including Raisin Cinnamon bread, and 2 kinds of Muffins, Against the Grain Baguettes, Brioche Buns, and O’Dough’s skinny Bagels (wheat and pumpernickle)… two wraps made from coconut and quinoa.

Flax4Life Mufffins–Carrot Raisin and Chocolate Chip, and Immaculate Baking Company cookie dough (Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip)

Amy’s Dinners–6 varieties to chose from, Indian Samosa Wraps, and Margherita vegan pizza.

Red’s Natural Burritos–6 varieties, $2.99 each; and a new one called PJ’s Organic Chicken wraps.

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New Stock of Green Valley Creamery dairy products–these are milk with Lactase added which makes them lactose free. Most with a lactose allergy can handle and enjoy the cream cheese, cottage cheese, and sour cream. Promotional sales from Dairy…

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Fresh Veggies still in stock from Thursday–Avocadoes, Pineapples, ORG Yukon Potatoes, ORG Bananas ($.99/#), ORG Broccoli, ORG Cauliflower, Greybull Valley Produce Greenleaf Lettuce, Bok Choi from Lloyd Craft Farms high tunnels, ORG Sweet Pepper Medley Pouches, ORG Jalapeno Peppers, ORG Cucumbers, plenty of ORG Carrots, ORG Celery, ORG Red Beets, ORG Green Cabbage, 2 packages of Crimini Mushrooms, ORG Kiwi 1# bag, ORG Lemons and Limes, and ORG Sweet Potatoes (Beauregard Yams! We liquidate these on Wednesday (or sooner) to keep FRESH on HAND!

Stop in and See US! 635 Big Horn Ave, Worland, WY HOURS 10:00 to 5:00 Saturday, 10:00 to 5:30 Weekdays–

Week 18- Group B- June is Last Month of Buyer’s Group…

June is the last month of the Buyer’s Group! To prevent an interruption in your supply of fresh vegetables sign up for the Lloyd Craft Farms CSA…www.lloydcraftfarms.com , CSA tab. Pay in advance to help fund the garden, and then reap the benefits for 15 weeks– Garden going in now! Harvest will begin in July–with delivery this year at Bee Healthy…11th year of this fabulous adventure! Costs and terms are posted at the website–

This week’s Box: Greybull Valley Greenleaf Living Lettuce, our own Black Summer Bok Choi (mid-size with longer stems), ORG Mini-Carrots peeled, ORG Sweet Peppers in a Pouch, ORG Cucumber, ORG Wild Wonder Bitesize tomatoes, 2# ORG Yukon Potatoes, ORG Celery, and a nice White Oniondo the last 3 items scream POTATO SALAD??

In addition to the additional Spokane Produce, we will have 6 more bags of the Asian Delight Dwarf Bok Choi (first harvested last week), more Red Rover Radishes, and some fresh Sage, Oregano, and Dill all from the high tunnel on the farm. Spokane regulars will also be stocked including a new box of Yams–10 more bundles of the WA Asparagus!

Bee Healthy also has some items worth considering: St Dalfour jellies, a wide selection of Dr. Praeger Veggie Burgers ($4.99 SPECIAL purchase–Asian, California, Original, GF California, and Heirloom Bean), Stomach Formula with Aloe from Lily of the Dessert (both quart size and a 12 pack of daily shots), new selections of Lilly’s Hummus (try the Turmeric Cauliflower and the Ranch Cauliflower), Noni juices and capsule supplements… A wide selection of the Chocolove, Equal Exchange, and Endangered Species chocolate bars (good quality and some with no sugar added or Stevia). Like healthy snacks? Check out the dried fruits and nuts, the new Wild Ginger Trail Mix (individual or # bags), and the Chunks of Energy Mixes in the refrigerator (Cacao Goji and Carob Supergreens squares).

New stock each week–if you have asked for something and we didn’t have it then, there is a good chance we have it now! Visit us to see what we’ve got! Hours Monday-Friday, 10 am to 5:30 pm, and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. 635 Big Horn Ave. Worland–