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E-newsletter – August 15, 2022


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This week is week #10 of the 18-week season. Try to be getting: Yukon Gold Potatoes, yellow onions, cucumbers, summer time squash, pink tomatoes, fennel, basil, Honeydew melons, bell peppers, jalapeños, and carrots.

Fruit: Whats up from First Fruits Natural Farms! We hope you have got been having fun with the fruit in your CSA shares! After a number of difficult seasons attributable to freezes, we’re pleased to have an incredible crop this yr. Peaches are ripening up on our bushes quickly, and you’ll anticipate one other 10lb case in your fruit share this week. These are Coral Star and Starfire peaches, that are freestone varieties — nice for consuming recent or processing. We have now tried to house fruit shipments out as a lot because the crop will enable, but when these shipments of peaches are greater than you may eat recent, the peaches can simply be sliced and canned or frozen or may be dried in your oven by putting slices in an oven at 200 levels till they attain your required drying stage- often about 4 hours. Your February self will thank your August self!

Benefit from the peaches! All kinds of fruit at our farm in Paonia, Colorado is rising superbly in our orchards, and we plan to maintain the fruit flowing from our farm to your houses. Kacey & Noah Kropp

Honey & Oil: That is one other honey and oil supply week. These of you who ordered month-to-month and Bi-monthly, might be getting that this week. It has been extraordinarily dry on the farm, and we’ve not been getting the rain everybody else has been getting. The bees are struggling somewhat bit and spend extra time cooling the hive than gathering nectar. These of you who ordered a one-time supply of honey will get that subsequent month.

Baggage: I’ve been knowledgeable that we aren’t getting our bean luggage again. We want to have these again to allow them to be reused. Additionally, as a reminder, please filter out all particles out of your produce luggage. We’re seeing plenty of onion skins left behind. These have to be eliminated earlier than returning them to your DC. Thanks.

Billing: Late funds have been utilized to accounts the place no fee was acquired by the top of July.  These of you who acquired a late charge can even obtain one other assertion this week. We did ship statements out a pair weeks in the past reminding everybody of the due dates. If there are not any funds acquired the day earlier than your distribution subsequent week, you’ll not obtain your produce or any add-ons till your stability is paid in full. 

Half of your stability was due July 1st with the remaining stability due by September 1st. When you have been sending common funds or have contacted the workplace about your plan to pay, this doesn’t apply to you.  This additionally doesn’t apply to these with a winter share or animals. However we do want your deposits for any animals you might be buying, or you could be taken off the checklist. We don’t need to see members miss out on the remaining goodies to come back! When you have any questions, please e mail or name the workplace. The workplace hours are at present 7am to 4pm.  We do recognize every & each one among you! 

Ten years in the past, we had been worrying about our water and whether or not it could final till the top of the season.

Right here is an summary of 2012 written in January 2013:

When Jerry and I began farming for his father in 1985, we didn’t have crops prepared for harvest till the center of July. Since then, we’ve added three weeks of harvest to the start of the season and three weeks on the finish.

Nothing shouts local weather change greater than when you can begin your summer time season the primary week of June! It’s a startling and scary proven fact that our climate is altering. Our water was restricted from the beginning of the season. We needed to determine what would get watered and what wouldn’t. Most of our water went to rising greens. We determined to let the alfalfa fields die off fully. Our pastures had been watered simply sufficient to maintain them alive, and we grew somewhat corn for the animals. By seasons finish our reservoirs had been drained! You’ll be able to count on to see 2012 within the report books for years to come back.

The great shock that got here out of this season was how early we may begin harvesting and the standard of the produce. It doesn’t matter if the produce remains to be on the crops or has been harvested; simply as quickly because it will get moist (from rain or washing) the produce begins to interrupt down. With no rain in sight (or hail), the standard of the produce went off the charts! The Full Share acquired 561 kilos, Half Share acquired 378 kilos and the Single Share acquired 246 kilos. This was an 11% improve over 2011 after we received all that rain and 4 hailstorms. The typical worth of your produce was $1.18 a pound. (Final yr we averaged round $1.35 lb.)

Hope you all have an incredible week! 

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