Crop List: Cosmic Mix, Spicy Mix, Garlic Curls, Cilantro, Swiss Chard, Non- Organic Basil, Bok Choy, Radish and Spinach
Cosmic Apple By the Numbers
What are some of the measurable things we know about Cosmic Apple? Here are some figures to make the farm a more tangible place! Facts, measurables and numbers!
The farm is 50 acres total. 5 acres are fallow. We planted them for many years and now they are resting before becoming pasture again. The garden is 10 acres. 13 acres are in pasture for the 7 cows. 1/2 acre for the breeding pigs, 2 1/2 acres in buildings, sheds and greenhouses, and 16 acres in non-production for the natural influence and as a buffer to protect from chemical drift from the neighbors.
The 10 acre veggie garden is divided into 5 sections. Each section has beds which are 500 feet long. A football field is 360 feet long! It is no small task to weed one bed! We have about 90 beds this year. Each bed has 1-4 rows of plants in it. 10 rows of potatoes. 8 rows of garlic. 15 rows of sunflowers. 9 beds of summer and winter squash. 8 rows of onions. 18 rows of carrots. And many more rows of other things!
We irrigate the garden and pastures with a hand line of irrigation pipe. We move it two times a day. It takes about 45 minutes for each move. There are 30 lengths of pipe and they put down about 2” of water every 12 hours.
We have 2 breeding pigs, and 10 teenagers. The teenagers are about 3 months old. They will be butchered at about 8 months. We are getting 75 new chicks on Wednesday! There are about 70 hens in the old flock.
For cows we have a total of 7. 1 Brown Swiss (Bertha), 2 Jerseys (Annie + Rosie), 2 mixed steers (Smokey + Charger Bandit) and 2 Highlanders (Red Rosie + Harry). 2 cats, Dumbledore and Zedd, keep the non counted mice and chislers in check.
The farm is run by Jed and Dale. We have 3 children (Dagan, Axel and Roxanne) and 1 dog (Cosmo).The farm employs 10 people: 1 wash station manager, 1 workshare manager, 1 truck driver, 1 market manager, 1 tractor driving cultivator, 1 person who does chores (so Jed can have a few shifts off!) and 4 market preppers. We have 25 volunteers who come to the farm 1 time each week for 5 hours and 6 site hosts.
We do 2 CSA deliveries a week, supplying about 230 shares each week. If each full share feeds 4 people, then we are feeding 920 individuals each week. Based on current populations of Teton Counties (ID and WY) we feed about 2.73% of the people of the Tetons, just through the CSA! We also do 3 markets a week.
When we harvest something like bok choy or head lettuce, we need 248 heads to get enough for one CSA delivery. We need about 500 total to do all the deliveries in one week.
We are putting the finishing touches on our 5th greenhouse. Which means, more tomatoes!! 50.72% of the people who filled out last year's survey want more tomatoes!!
We have 5 tractors; the newest one is from 1965! (Jed why do we have so many tractors?) Our favorite tractor implement is the water-wheel transplanter. It allows us to plant up to 1000 plants in 9 minutes with 5 people.
We know of 4 weddings that are a result of meetings at Cosmic Apple!
Cosmic Apple is started in 1996. This is our 22nd season of growing for our community!
Whew. That was fun!
Weekly Recipe highlights: I added a recipe for garlic curl hummus!
Workshare lunch this week is burritos with Dale's burrito sauce!
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, New York Steak, Rib Eye Steak, Sirloin Steak, Sirloin Tip Roast, Pastrami, Bottom Round Roast, Liver, Ground Beef, Patties and Heart
Pork Available: Tenderloin, Pork Chops, Shoulder Roast, Shank, Spare Ribs, Chorizo, Breakfast Sausage, 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 People's Market: Wednesdays 4-7
The Driggs Market: Fridays 9-1
Jackson Saturday Market: Saturdays 8-12 (starts 7/7)
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