Crop List: Green Tomatoes, Carrots, Rose Finn Fingerling Potatoes, Blackberry Potatoes, Julika Potatoes, Tomatoes, Basil, Red Onion, Spaghetti Squash, Cabbage, Beets, Maybe Daikon Radish, and/or Broccoli
The last share!! We are so grateful to have been able to grow for you this season. None of knew what this year was going to look like and the trepidation could really be felt at some moments. We are so relieved to make it through with healthy employees and a healthy farm family. We thank you for helping us keep the distributions safe. This season felt like it required more community support then ever, and WOW!!! You all came through and we sincerely appreciate it!
Looking back at the 2020 CSA we are really happy with the Tomatoes! Yay! We are so glad that 3rd tomato greenhouse was up and running, it made a huge difference. The cucumbers and summer squash did good and so did the peas. The Sunflowers were consistently larger in size this year thanks to the weeding skills of our employees! The carrot and potato crops have been coming in exceptionally well this year too.
The crops that we hope to do better with in 2021 are beets, arugula, spinach, radish and turnips. Even though we dream of a year when every crop yields perfectly we know that is an unattainable goal. It is part of the beauty of farming. Crops take turns being the star based on weather, timing, labor and other forces the garden is susceptible too.
We are eager to hear your feedback about the veggies, the CSA program and the whole experience in general. I will send out a survey next week and we would really appreciate you letting us know your perspective!
Free T-shirt or Hat for a 2021 CSA sign up!
We are kicking off our 2021 CSA membership drive! If you sign up for next year's CSA at a pick up location before the season ends, you will receive a free organic cotton t-shirt or hat! Your site host will have sign-up sheets, one is attached to your email or you can get one here: http://www.cosmicapple.com/uploads/1/7/9/9/17994337/2021_sign_up.pdf
We sold out last year. Sign up early to get the best prices and to choose the pick up location/day you really want...and did I mention the free shirt or hat?!
If you read Share #6's newsletter, you may remember I told you we agreed, as a farm to find 6 concrete things we could do to help end systemic racism in food. I was waiting to present more finalized plans and I always want these thing to happen quicker then they do so I never finished the list of commitments. Even though I don't have all the details, I wanted to be accountable for my promises, so for those of you looking for the last 3, here they are!
#4. We understand that we are farming on Shoshone Bannock ancestral land. We have a letter out to the tribe asking what we can do to honor them in this place while we farm here. We don't take lightly the history of this valley and we want to do our best to move forward with the utmost respect for the Shoshone Bannock people. (My contact person has been really busy and I am waiting to hear back from her)
#5. We are exploring getting our website translated into Spanish. We know diet related illnesses affect Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) more then white people. We also know Cosmic Apple's food is one of the answers to diet related illnesses. The CSA model is different then going to the store and it needs to be explained so consumers understand it. We need to make our food accessible to Latinx people and we think the website is a great way to introduce it. (We are unclear if we need to translate our webpage or if there are useful apps that will do this for folks, definitely a winter project!)
#6. Digging deeper into the need to get nutritious food to BIPOC, we are coming up with a plan and hoping to work with One22 in Jackson. We want to raise money to get shares into the homes of Latinx families in our community. (This plan will also take some time because Covid is hindering many things, but I had one phone call of idea sharing and I hope to get further this winter with a proposal.)
Fare thee well!
So I guess this is goodbye for the season. We cannot emphasize how grateful we are to be your farmers. We truly love growing food in the Tetons and suppling it people who live here. We feel supported by our community and we hope you feel nourished by the food we grow.
As always..."May this food give you the energy to make the world a better place."
Dale and Jed
Lunch this week: Vegan Pot Pie by the amazing Chef Aspen
Recipe Ideas: Fermented Green Tomato Ketchup; Quinoa, Carrot, & Leek Patties; Carrots, Potatoes Roasted with Onions & Garlic; Dale’s Oven Fries
The coolers at your site are stocked with Lifeline cheese and a selection of the beef and pork listed below. If you know you want something, please email me and I will make sure it is in the cooler, reserved for you. I don't send every cut every week, they simply won't all fit!
Beef Available: Tenderloin, Ribeye, New York, Sirloin Steak, Eye of the Round Steak, Round Roast, Sirloin Tip Roast, Tri-Tip, Flat Iron Roast, Brisket, Skirt, Hanging Tender, Baby Back Ribs, Short Ribs, Liver, Ground Beef, Patties, Stew, Kabobs and Hot Dogs
Pork Available: Neck Bones and Fat
WASH YOUR VEGGIES!!
Bring Bags to pick-ups!
If you can't make it to pick up your veggies, send a friend!
Missed shares are forfeited for the week.
Members get 20% off at the Farmer's Markets!
The Driggs Market: Fridays 9-1 (last one on 10/2)
Farm to Fork Festival: October 3rd 1:30-4:30 Teton County Fairgrounds
Questions? Comments? Recipes to share? firstname.lastname@example.org