2012 CSA Newsletter – Week 10 & 11

The Farmers Update

I don’t have time for a long update, as you can probably tell how late this email is. So, i’ve loaded up some photos with captions below to give you a visual update.

We have around 6/7 weeks left (cb/gunnison/marble customers will get a double final box the weekend of oct. 6th, farm pickup customers your last box will be friday oct. 12th). over the next few weeks you will see the number of different items in your box decrease, but we will make up for some of that with weight – lots of tomatoes, potatoes, onions and soon squash. We also have a small corn crop that should come in this week. I hope you have been enjoying the season, thanks for your support!

In the Box

Most items are 1 each for Half, 2 each for Full. A few items are Full only. Boxes may vary slightly, we do our best to even out the distribution.

Broccoli/Cauliflower  – still a little more…
Corn  – possibly more next week
Onions  – getting bigger, we will have these throughout the rest of the season, nearly every week
Cucumbers – time for cucumber salad (still more coming!)
Basil – last chance for pesto making
Kale – ends soon!
Peppers – more varieties coming soon
Eggplant –
Carrots – lots more coming
Tomatos
Potatoes
Leeks 
Salad mix – that was it
Herbs – hope you all got a good mix this year, just as bit more of the culinary herbs
Cabbage, red
Squash, summer
Fruit

Nectarines from First Fruits
small gala apples from Delicious Orchards

Coming Soon

Fall apples & more pears, possibly plums

 

2012 CSA Newsletter – Week 8 & 9 – it feels like fall already

The Farmers Update

A little over a week ago we passed the quarter cross day – half way between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox. Those living close to the earth can sense a shift around this time and the season begins falling inevitably into the end of summer. This year, like everything else, fall feels like its coming early. The ditch water is off (and the pond is nearly empty), and the nights and mornings are cooler. Everything seems to be shifting in the field and on the farm.

Abdias is heading back to France, and the students on the crew are heading back to school. The broccoli is just done; the kale and chard seem less abundant (finally!) and the salad mix is done for now (we do have one more section we may be able to pick next week). And the tomatoes are coming on big time!

Fall crops coming on

We picked nearly 300 lb. of tomatoes this week and that means everyone will get a good bit. Early varieties include many roma types  (great for sauce or salsa because they are fairly juice-less) and a good bit of heirloom/slicers – deliciously flavored. We pick all our tomatoes at a pink stage – if we wait until they are fully ripe in the field, they are more likely to have damage and to get damaged when packed in the boxes we deliver. Farm pickup customers may see a bit riper tomatoes along side the less ripe ones. Put these tomatoes on the counter and they will ripen up nicely in a few days. Most of the tomatoes are coming from one bed we have in the hoop house. The four beds in the field are just starting to ripen. Expect lots of tomatoes this fall!

Also in the hoop house an amazing array of peppers, the colored bells are still a week or two off, but lots of yellow bell and lots of anaheim types – great roasted which brings out their sweetness – you can roast a few quickly in the oven or toaster, you will be amazed at the change in flavor.

The Onions are really sizing up and a big patch of leeks awaits the pitchfork. we started picking the potatoes this week – we will have the first potatoes in the box next week and then again for the last month or so of the season.  Summer squash is also starting to increase, but i planted a good amount (after loosing the first planting to a late freeze) so we shouldn’t have TOO MUCh for you! Winter squash still a few weeks off.

Basil bags and also parsley in the boxes this week again, and we have plenty of basil for pesto if you want it please email or call, it will all be over soon so make your pesto and get it in the freezer now!

Payment reminder!!!  All balances are now due.   Please pay your balance, if you aren’t sure if you have a balance, please email or call me – 970-872-4413. Thanks!

In the Box

The turkeys love the field in fall.

Most items are 1 each for Half, 2 each for Full. A few items are Full only. Boxes may vary slightly, we do our best to even out the distribution.

Beans (green, yellow)  -ends soon
Broccoli – that was it
Corn  – a bit more corn from Austin farms, we all love it! my corn is 2 weeks off.
Onions  – getting bigger, we will have these throughout the rest of the season, nearly every week
Cucumbers – time for cucumber salad (many more coming!)
Artichokes – ends soon
Basil – more basil coming this week
Parsley 
Kale – ends soon!
Peppers – more varieties coming soon
Eggplant – another flush  in 2 weeks
Swiss Chard – may end soon
Carrots – lots more coming
Fruit

White Peaches from First Fruits
Pears, green bartlett from Delicious Orchards

Coming Soon

Fall

Pictures from the farm

2012 CSA Newsletter – Week 6 & 7 – the season rolls on

The Farmers Update

Everything is humming on the farm at this point. Harvest is in full swing, with many hands working at the long harvest tasks – picking the beans, picking the cucumbers, picking the broccoli… the list goes on and on, and the harvest seems endless. But eventually, the heat beats down and we shift to washing produce in the shade of the packing shed – washing, bundling, bunching, bagging & packing.  This week we picked more broccoli than we knew what to with – remember, if we give you too much of something to use, consider freezing part. Most vegetables just need to be blanched (steamed or boiled briefly) then thrown in a freezer bag. This week we also had delicious sweet corn from Austin Family Farms. We will have this again for one or two more weeks. Their olathe location is much warmer than the valley and their corn is a month ahead of mine. And given the water situation, i may not have a corn crop anyway…

This week the water is going to be shut off! This is the earliest I can remember the water going off in the twenty years we have been growing vegetables in Western Colorado. As I mentioned, our three acre feet of pond water will allow me to run an extensive drip system and a few sprinklers. I’ll also be hoping that the afternoon clouds and rain showers persist all thru august. You may see a different mix of crops in the box by late august, with fewer greens and salad – and more of the tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, onions and potatoes i have plenty of. Some local growers will have irrigation water longer than us, so hit them up at the market or your local health food store.

Since we are nearly at the half way point of the harvest season, I think its time to look forward to the rest of the season – here is what to expect:


Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage – we should have these for at least another week or two. our fall crop depends on water, so we may not have one unless it rains
Chard & Kale – should continue for at least a couple of weeks, then will end unless it gets rainwater
Beans – these continue for a couple more weeks – enjoy them while we have them!
Beets, Carrots – plenty more of these to come until almost the end – 5-7 weeks more at least
Salad Mix – we should have salad mix for several more weeks, but may not have it as long as most seasons
Onions, Potatoes – we have a strong crop of these full size onions in 2-3 weeks, then onions every week until the end. potatoes will mostly come for the last 4-5 weeks, we will have some early potatoes in a week or two.
Garlic – already picked, we just have to process, we will start putting in boxes soon. medium sized crop.
Peppers, Eggplant, Tomatoes – these crops are just starting to kick in and will increase dramatically over the next few weeks. a very nice planting, and almost all on drip, these crops don’t need too much water anyway. The tomatoes are just starting – peppers start with giant jalapeños (freeze what you can’t use) and semi-hot anaheim (long slender) types – great for roasting or grilling. Bell peppers will come in a few weeks later.
Cucumbers, Summer Squash – we should have plenty more cukes, plus summer squash starts in earnest in the next week. We will keep these drop watered thru august.
Winter squash, Pumpkins – we have more of some varieties than usual, but the late freeze did put a dent in the quantities. i should have plenty for the csa, but may not have extra for ‘winter’ boxes
Artichokes are starting to come in, we should have these for a few weeks

Payment reminder!!!

All balances are now due. If you did not pay in full, please make sure you pay your balance asap! I will be sending out reminder emails with your balance. Please pay your balance, if you aren’t sure if you have a balance, please email or call me – 970-872-4413. Thanks!

In the Box

Most items are 1 each for Half, 2 each for Full. A few items are Full only. Boxes may vary slightly, we do our best to even out the distribution.

Beans (green, yellow & purple)
Broccoli – ends soon!
Onions  – getting bigger…
Cucumbers – time for cucumber salad (many more coming!)
Artichokes – (some of you got cukes some got chokes this week, next week you will get artichokes if you didn’t get them last week)
Scallions – the end of the scallion crop
Basil – more basil coming this week
Bulb Fennel – Full member only this week
Dill Heads –  (coming this week) – chop up fresh and use in soup, sauce or salad instead of fresh dill greens
Kale – we will keep picking kale & chard until/if it dries out too much!
Cauliflower –   a bit more next week – orange and purple still to come, not a huge crop this yearSalad Mix – still coming
Peppers – lots of little hot peppers, and a few first bell peppers –
Eggplant – we picked a few of these this week, expect many more in 1-2 weeks
Swiss Chard – plenty more until they dry up!
Carrots – bunches
Salad Mix –  did you notice we have had salad every week so far? we love salad too! salad loves water, we have a little water we can use for a bit more salad  – expect a few more weeks.

Fruit

Plums (Shiros) from Ela Family farms
Cherries (last of the season) from First Fruits

this week:

Plums (Santa Rosas) from Delicious Orchards
Peaches from Delicious Orchards

Coming Soon

summer squash
more of the same!

Pictures from the farm

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2012 CSA Newsletter – Week 5 – Harvest Mania

The Farmers Update

Time to pick the cucumbers!

Harvest is about all we can get to these days, with a bit of weeding when possible. The beans are coming in in full force now, lots more to come for a few weeks.Are you sick of beets yet? We will give you a break for a couple of weeks before getting into the second patch. remember, the topped beets store very well, put them in a bag in your produce drawer and you can use them all winter. Cucumbers are coming in  this week strongly, but still just from the hoop house – the early crop. the main crop is still a few weeks off.

Lots of cauliflower this week, plus plenty more broccoli coming next week. We also picked the first cabbage this week, a delicious ‘conehead; variety called “caraflex’ from johnny’s seeds –  here’s what they say: Inner leaves are tender and have an excellent, rich cabbage flavor. Perfect for summer salads, slaws, or cooked dishes. 

The irrigation water is only going to last a few more weeks. After that we will have the pond to irrigate about an acre of crops laid out with drip tape. Several crops may suffer this fall without monsoonal moisture: kale, chard, salad, broccoli and cauliflower. I will make up these weaknesses with other crops that should do fine: squash, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, beets, carrots and many herbs. Our sweet corn crop may not set – its late – but we will have at least a few weeks of local, natural/organic corn from either tuxedo corm or austin family farms (starting in 1-2 weeks).

This week’s peaches are from domingez canyon, and like all early peaches, they aren’t quite as spectacular as the main season peaches we will have in a few weeks. In a few weeks we will also have the earliest apples. I’m also expecting to get some plums, nectarines and peaches for the fruit members this season – its a good fruit year. we should have fruit thru the season.

We started picking the Gladioli this last week, if you want to brighten up your life buy a bundle of these for your kitchen on dining room. they are absolutely stunning and last for a week or more with proper care. Please pre-order and will deliver with the boxes or have them out at pickup.  $10 for a bundle of 7 stems for CSA members.

In the Box

Packing the boxes.

Most items are 1 each for Half, 2 each for Full. A few items are Full only. Boxes may vary slightly, we do our best to even out the distribution.

Beets
Onions  – one small early onion – many more to come!
Cucumbers – time for cucumber salad
Herbs – a bit for a sauce, one of the following: thyme, oregano, marjoram, cinnamon basil
Kale – lancinato this week, but varies – green curly, lancinato and red russian
Cauliflower – lots this week, a bit more next week
Lettuce – that was it – the head lettuce did relatively poorly this year in the heat; we may have one more week.
Salad Mix – still coming
Beans (green, yellow & purple)
Peppers – lots of little hot peppers, and the first bell peppers – these are thinning harvests –  encouraging the plants to produce & ripen larger peppers. in general the big blocky peppers are sweet the long peppers are semi hot and the smaller peppers are hot to very hot.
eggplant – we picked a few of these this week, expect many more in 1-2 weeks
Swiss Chard – plenty more until they dry up!
Carrots – bunches

Fruit

Peaches, from Domingez Canyon

Coming Soon

Broccoli – lots more
bulb fennel
summer squash
more of the same!

Pictures from the farm

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2012 CSA Newsletter – Week 4 – It’s summer now!

The Farmers Update

Just a quick note this week. lots of rain and overcast weather this week which is lovely. Everything appreciates it, and the broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage seem especially happy. New this week – carrots, parsley, broccoli, onions and basil…

The peas are nearly done, and we started picking beans this week – we will have beans for the next several weeks. the broccoli is coming in and the cauliflower is starting. The peppers are very close and may start next week.

In the Box

Most items are 1 each for Half, 2 each for Full. A few items are Full only

Beets – we will take a break from beets soon, then have more later in the season
Onions  – one small early onion – many more to come!
Cucumbers – more coming in this week
Basil – a bit for a sauce, email for pesto quantities
Kale – three varieties – green curly, lancinato and red russian
Broccoli/Cauliflower – just starting, lots more in coming weeks
Lettuce – a couple more weeks of head lettuce left
Salad Mix
Parsley – flat leaf
Chois – the last of the chois, a little small but worth using for their crunchy stems.
Swiss Chard – full members, more for everyone next week
Dill (full members)
Carrots – early harvest, more to come

Fruit

Cherries, Bing from First Fruits
Apricots – from First Fruits

Coming Soon

Beans (green, yellow & purple)
bulb fennel
oregano & other herbs
peppers
squash

2012 CSA Newsletter – Week 3 – Peas please!

The Farmers Update

This week the peas peaked I hope! Everyone should have gotten a big bag of sugar snaps this week and fulls also got shelling peas this week. Only some of you have gotten the snow peas, we should have more of those this week.

This week we checked the potatoes and they just aren’t ready for new potatoes. The garlic is ready and we will be picking that over the next week, then drying and processing it – expect garlic in the boxes in about four weeks. I picked one tote of carrots, but they weren’t sweet enough yet, we should have them next week. Also broccoli and cauliflower are starting as well as the green beans. Even the cabbage is nearly ready.  In the onion department we have one more week of scallions, then we’ll start with early onions, and later in the season leeks.  The peppers, tomatoes and eggplant all look great and we should have a nice crop… although the peppers have started to trickle in, it will be a few weeks before we can really start giving you peppers, then eggplant, then finally tomatoes…

This early summer I’m being a bit unrelenting in loading you up on healthy kale and chard greens (and salad) because we may not have these greens long after our water is shut off in early august (rain helps!). If you can’t use all the greens consider cooking & freezing for winter use, or giving to a friend or neighbor.

If you have any questions, please give me a call or email me! Lots of pictures at the bottom of this post.

In the Box

Most items are 1 each for Half, 2 each for Full. A few items are Full only

Beets – still lots of beets to come, this week we picked the long cylinder shaped beets
Scallions  – perfect for cucumber salad
Cucumbers – our earliest cukes from the hoop house – many more to come as we move into our field cukes
Kale – three varieties – green curly, lancinato and red russian
Lettuce – crisp red heads – red seems less interesting to the grasshoppers this year which have been devouring the lettuce. we will have more, plus some baby romains next week
Radishes (full)
Salad Mix
Swiss Chard
Dill

Fruit

Cherries, Bing from First Fruits
Apricots – from First Fruits

Coming Soon

Beans (green, yellow & purple)
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Carrots
Early Onions
More Chois
bulb fennel
Basil, parsley, oregano & other herbs

A Recipe from Valerie

Curried Kale

 1 bag (or bunch) of kale, any variety
1 small onion, chopped fine
1 head baby garlic, minced or 2-3 cloves full sized garlic
1/2-1 can coconut milk
medium curry powder to taste (I used a rounded teaspoon)
salt to taste
ghee and/or olive oil for sautéing
  1. Rinse and chop kale, set aside.
  2. Heat 1-2 Tbs. ghee and/or oil, then add onion, garlic, curry powder and salt.
  3. Sauté until onions are clear, add kale and a bit of water (about 1/4 cup).
  4. Simmer kale a few minutes then add coconut milk and simmer covered for 5-10 minutes depending on how well done you like your kale.
  5. Adjust the salt and serve on a bed of rice. YUM!

 

Recent Farm Pictures

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2012 CSA Newsletter – Week 2 ~ Summer is on…

The Farmers Update

This week’s heat makes me want to curl up inside this bucket of peas.
Wow – the heat of summer hit hard tis year, with day after day of 100 degree plus. Fortunately, the water is plentiful at the moment and I keep the sprinklers running all day long most days, rotating from bed to bed, zone to zone, to keep everything cool and moist.  All the heat (and water) means lots of growth on the farm this week. The brassicas – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and more, seem especially huge this week.
Payment reminder – July 1st I will be mailing every member with a balance a copy of their invoice. If you have a balance due, please send a payment on your account, ideally 50% of the balance due. If you would like to make a partial payment by credit card or paypal, please email me and i will help set that up.

In the Box

Most items are 1 each for Half, 2 each for Full. A few items are Full Only – chives, kale.

Beets – first of the season. delicious just boiled plain. we will have beets for several weeks.
Chives – tender
Cilantro – a spring treat – full members
Kale – bags
Lettuce – baby heads (full)
Radishes (full)
Salad Mix
Spinach
Swiss Chard
Dill

Fruit

Cherries, Bing from Delicious Orchards
Apricots – from First Fruits, Paonia
Raspberries – from our farm (some members)

Recent Farm Pictures

More pictures for your viewing pleasure. Click any image to enlarge.

2012 CSA Newsletter – Week 1 ~ Here we go VEGETABLES!

The Farmers Update

This year we are starting with a bang – we have many crops all coming in all at once, in part because we have had a hot strong spring and everything is a little early this year (about a week or two). Check below to see whats in the box, and enjoy the abundance of greens while we have them – I’m going to give you as much as I can while I have plenty of irrigation water. More on the water situation in upcoming emails, lets all hope for some monsoonal weather!

I forgot to mention in previous emails that this is going to be a great fruit year. we are starting this week with Bing cherries from Delicious Orchards, and Rainier cherries from First Fruits. We should have a solid showing of several more cherry types, apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines, apples and pears. Some of the later apples may be impacted by the shortened irrigation season, unless we get some rain! We even have some raspberries coming in to spread around. Not enough yet for everyone to get berries every week, but we will keep track and make sure every fruit member gets some farm grown berries this year.

 

In the Box

Most items are 1 each for Half, 2 each for Full. A few items are Full Only – chives, kale.

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Chives – tender
Cilantro – a spring treat
Kale – just starting
Kohlrabi – more info on our recipe page: http://www.turkeyhillcsa.com.php53-27.dfw1-2.websitetestlink.com/csa-information/recipes
Lettuce – baby heads
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Salad Mix
Spinach
Swiss Chard
Baby Garlic – we’ll have regular garlic in about a month

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Fruit

Cherries, Bing from Delicious Orchards
Cherries, Reinier from First Fruits
Raspberries – from our farm (only farm members got these this week, the rest of you will get them over the next few weeks)

Recent Farm Pictures

 

 

2011 CSA Newsletter – Weeks 14-16/17 – When will you stop giving me all this produce?

The 2011 Harvest Season Ends Soon!

I hope you have all enjoyed the abundance this summer. While we got off to a late start, most  crops still produced an abundant supply for the CSA boxes.

Here are the final pickup/delivery dates –

Crested Butte – last delivery Sunday October 9th – this will be a big delivery, watch for items outside the box like pumpkins!
Marble & Gunnison – last pickup Saturday October 8th – – this will be a big delivery, watch for items outside the box like pumpkins!
Farm pickup  – last pickup Friday October 14th

The farm has slowed its output and the pace of work has slowed as well. Fall project loom – uncompleted spring projects, thinning the berries, discing the fields and planting cover crops and more await as the harvest winds down. Send me an email about the season – what did you like or feel overwhelmed by.

Whats in the Box?

Lots of the same crops continue until it freezes. Week 15 featured some 18 items, but some are done – most of the things in your box store very well, so keep them for weeks to come!

Cabbage
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Cucumbers
Kale
Sweet/Colored Bell Peppers
Anaheim peppers (semi-hot)
Tomatoes
Garlic
Onions
Potatoes
Summer Squash
Winter Squash
Celery

Fruit – red & green bartletts, gala apples, honeycrisp apples – last week we will have some d’anjou pears, golden delicious & jonathan apples.

Get a Winter Box

We have a limited number of winter boxes available this year for $45/box. the boxes include a mix of potatoes, winter squash, onions and – all of which will store for several months. please email me with your order, and let me know if you want more or less of one item, or a certain type of winter squash.  These boxes will be delivered with the final box (see above) and will be labeled with your name!

Watch this space this fall for a signup/renewal offer for the 2012 Harvest Season.

 The Last Slideshow of the Season

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2011 CSA Newsletter, Week 12-13 – Fall Crops

On the Farm

Fall has settled in to a beautiful September on the farm; many afternoons are drizzly or rainy, with a window of clear morning time to get out in the field and harvest.

Last week I finished the mowing and switched the tractor to shovels. I finished hilling up the potatoes and worked on hilling up the celery – we have a nice looking crop we will pick for the last weeks. I then switched to digging and we dug the first row of potatoes. This week everyone got some of the huge fingerling potatoes called  ‘Kipfel’ – they were amazingly productive… slice in two, coat with olive oil and bake! We also dug purple vikings and yellow finns which we will have next week.

This week we dug the first Shallots – these aren’t quite ‘finished’ or cured for storage, but they are still delicious. We will have more in the final weeks. Next week we will have leeks for everyone, so look up a potato leek soup recipe. We will also pick more winter squash this week and for the final weeks – since we may not have a freeze before the final delivery, the winter squash we pick may not be completely ripe – in any case, winter squash is best after storing for a few weeks in a cool spot – a kitchen counter or pantry shelf.

The fall carrots look great, and the Delectable sweet corn is finally ready this week! We picked some this week and will have even more next week, then possibly some the following week. Eggplants, peppers and tomatoes continue coming in strong.

This week we picked salad mix, but the remaining patch is looking a little rough with spots on some of the leaves – meaning this may be the last of the salad mix. We should have cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes for a while still.

In The Box

This week:

Salad Mix
Artichokes
Carrots
Beets
Corn
Eggplant
Cucumbers
Sweet/Colored Bell Peppers
HOT Cayenne peppers (full)
Kale (full)
Tomatoes
Potatoes
Squash
Shallots
Savoy Cabbage (farm members next week)

Fruit: Gala & Honeycrisp Apples, Peaches

Last Week:

carrots, red onions, romanesco, broccoli, eggplant, artichokes, cucumbers, squash, chard, kale, tomatoes, peppers – green bartlett pears, akami apples