Welcome to summer! The garden is loving all this heat, as am I. What felt like a wild beginning to the season is becoming more routine. We hope you are getting in the groove of having fresh produce again! Please remember to check our recipe pages for ideas about using your produce. I have not managed to get a page up for marjoram, but it is interchangeable with oregano. For some of you garlic curls may be a new thing, but many of our returning members have been anxiously awaiting these gems!
I love all the buzz in our community about food waste. How to prevent it, how to keep it out of the landfills and how to get it to the folks who need it. I am grateful for the organizations which have popped up to educate us all and move food around. We are happy to let you know not one green leaf of our garden goodies is wasted.
After a CSA distribution all the remaining veggies return to the farm. Our truck driver then consolidates everything and carefully tucks it back in the walk-in refrigerator (thank you Carey!). These veggies are affectionately called "extras" after this point.
If there is a market the next day, some of them may go to market and be sold.
When the volunteers get their weekly shares they get first pick of the extras and are welcome to take anything their household can use. These folks work hard and first pick of the extras is a volunteer perk!
At the next CSA distibution we put the extras at the ends of the tables for our awesome members! (Tuesdays get Friday's extras and Fridays get Tuesday's extras) They are behind the "Extras: Take some, leave some" signs. You can do either! You don't have to trade. If you see something your household will use, please use it!
What happens if these veggies return to the farm again? Lucky for us cows, pigs and chickens love to eat veggies too! The last option for extras is to add them to our compost pile. They breakdown and then return the nutrients to the very garden they came out of.
So if you miss your share, we know you will be sad and we wish you had it too, but it will be used! It may be sold at the market, given to the people who picked it, passed on to another member, fed to the critters or composted to grow your veggies for next year!
We are proud of this closed loop system and know it is integral to regenerative farming. We also know it is important to get fresh veggies to folks who need some help making that happen. We have donated 3 shares to the Teton Valley Food Pantry because we want the Pantry to have the freshest veggies also, not just the extras.
Now you know our plan for every delicacy that comes out of the garden!
This poster below is one from about 20 years ago! This is a picture of Apple, Jed's first cow. If you look closely, you can see she is eating a mustard leaf, just out of view was a big pile of "extra" Cosmic Mix!
Yes, we will do a share delivery on July 4th, from 5-7. We have not figured out how to get the plants to take a day off!!
WASH YOUR VEGGIES!!
Whole and Half pigs for sale. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
Bring Bags to pick-ups!
We need egg cartons! Paperboard (no plastic or styrofoam)
1 dozen size! Thanks!
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, The People's Market and Jackson Saturday Market (starts 7/8)