Crop List: Russian Banana Fingerling, Rose Finn Fingerling, Red Norland Potatoes, Peppers, Red Onion, Yellow Carrot, Green Tomatoes and Maybe Tomatoes
We will have one more share after this week! Your last share will be on October 2nd or the 4th depending on your pick up day! We had our first hard frost Tuesday morning. It got down to 25 degrees on the 25th of September, that is a late arrival of frost for us! We are working as quickly as possible to empty the garden and greenhouses out. Now that we are pulling root crops here are some storage tips for you:
Carrots: Remove the green tops, put in a plastic bag, or a damp towel that you keep re moistening and keep in your refrigerator. If you can't fit them in your fridge, you can pack them in a large container layering carrots/sand, carrots/sand. Making it so you can't see any carrots when done. Put them somewhere they won't freeze!! Ideal temps would be 34-45 degrees.
Potatoes: Leave the soil on them! Do not wash them, dryness is key. Spuds also do well in the fridge in a bag. Darkness is also important. You can keep them in a box where they will not freeze. Preferably between 34 and 40 degrees. They need to be in something (if they are not in your fridge) that can breathe. A box with a blanket for darkness works great if you can keep it at the suggested temps.
Less is more!!!
We are so happy to have members who care so much about reducing plastic use. 20 years ago when we started farming, we were constantly given plastic bags to reuse and always had enough at the pick-up sites for veggies. We talked about purchasing t-shirt bags to have at the pick ups if people needed them...but I refused to buy bags. (One of Jed and my first disagreements happened at Barrels and Bins in 2002. Our goods were bagged and I said we didn't need a bag, but he wanted the bag to take and use at the farm! WHO was I dating?! Luckily our relationship survived...and he now uses less bags!!)
About 5 years ago people started bringing us less plastic because they had less they were bringing into their own homes. BUT I would still get the call from Jed at the market to find bags to bring because they were out!! The truck driver would get back to the farm and say we needed more. I would hit the recycling center and grab what I could. Then I started to not find as many bags there either. This year things really changed. I never once was told we needed more bags!
Our members are pushing the change in how food is distributed and we could not be happier. Your commitment to treading lighter on our earth is evident. So many of you are using things other than single use plastic to carry your garden goodies. When you do use plastic it is getting reused over and over. Supporting a CSA is one way to get single use plastic out of the food system. Even purchasing in bulk at the store involves plastic...the food is usually shipped in a box lined in plastic.
So...THANK YOU!!! Thank you for pushing the food system in a better direction. Thank you for returning bags, and baskets to us at the market. Thank you for rocking the canvas bag, the mesh bag or the strawless drink.
Farm history comes full circle...
Back in 1997 when Jed began farming his friend Josh Bogle told him he needed to meet his dad, Jack. Turns out Jack is a tractor wizard. He has been involved with every tractor we own and has helped us with most of our implements too. I saw Jack last week while I was getting some treasures for the farm. He was excited to tell me what Josh is now up to. He is getting ready to embark on an ocean journey with the crew of Eat Less Plastic to bring attention to what plastics are doing to the ocean.
Some of you may know Josh, or you may have seen his Tedx talk he did in Jackson some years back. I think I can say life has not been easy for Josh (he would most likely argue!), but his positivity and passion for our world is a wake up call for us all. He is leaving today, Tuesday, to join the crew of Eat Less Plastic!! If you want to help shine a light on what plastic is doing to our world, this is a great cause. You would be supporting someone who grew up in the shadow of the Tetons as he works to make the world a better place for us all. I've included links to Josh's Ted talk so you can get to know him, a link to the story of Eat Less Plastic and a link to donate. We can also get checks or cash to Josh's dad for donations. I'll put a jar for collections at each pick up site this week. If each of us threw in 10 bucks we could raise over $2500!!!
I love that the organization's name is "Eat Less Plastic". I believe all of you are doing that by supporting the farm, how much further can we take it?!
2019 Memberships are now available!
We are taking sign-ups for 2019!! Your site host will have a signup sheet for you this week or you can follow the below link and print one out. If you sign up and pay at a pick up location by the end of this season, you will get a free Cosmic Apple hat or T-shirt! Both made with organic cotton. Note: we don't have a lot of shirts left, sourcing purple organic cotton shirts has gotten tough, but we have lots of hats! Cash or checks accepted, you can pay online...but then you don't get the gear, and get charged a card fee.
Signing up now guarantees you the pick up location of your choice, gets you early season pricing and free gear!
The coolers at your site are stocked with a selection of the beef and pork listed below. If you know you want something, please email me or tell your site host 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, Sirloin Steak, Sirloin Tip Roast, Bottom Round Roast, Liver, Ground Beef, Patties and Heart
Pork Available: Bacon, Pork Chops, Shoulder Roast, Loin Roast, Shank, Spare Ribs, Breakfast Sausage, Chorizo, Grandpa Restuccia's Sausage, Neck Bones, Fat and Heads
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 10/5)
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