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Publication – August 8, 2022

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That is week 9 of an 18-week season: It’s best to get Yukon Gold potatoes, yellow onions, beets, slicing cucumbers, summer time squash, inexperienced beans, pink tomatoes, Terra Cotta tomatoes.

Fruit: This can be a fruit share week. First Fruit tells me you’re getting both Sierra Wealthy or Fortunate 13 peaches. These are two of their finest tasting, free-stone peaches. For transport functions, they are going to be underripe. Please set out round 6 at a time to ripen on the counter. Ought to solely take a few days, relying on how cool/heat your private home is.

5 years in the past on July twenty ninth, we had a devastating 3” diameter hailstorm that lasted half an hour. Here’s a brief excerpt:

Jerry, Kyle & Sam planted like loopy for 2 days. Now you’ll want to understand that is very late to be planting something! Usually Jerry is totally accomplished for the season by the third week of July. We hope for a protracted fall and a late freeze. Optimistically, we may have peas, lettuce, radishes, kale, fennel and summer time squash. All the basis crops have survived, and you’ll proceed to get these regularly. The watermelon, squash and cucumbers you acquired final week have been picked earlier than the storm. We are going to proceed to glean our fields for produce.

The fields will take a few weeks earlier than the vegetation that survived will present any indicators of sufficient restoration to bloom and produce once more. Time will inform! Crops like summer time squash can proceed to provide if the highest of the plant survived and there are some leaves left. Hopefully we are going to see summer time squash once more quickly. The vines are lifeless on issues corresponding to melons and cucumbers. Tomatoes leaned over through the storm and something below the vegetation might proceed to ripen. How briskly that occurs, we don’t know. (They have been simply beginning to burst into a gorgeous pink colour.) Peppers have been stripped of leaves and bells on high have been destroyed. However these beneath might also survive. That is the issue: We have no idea precisely how these fruits will react, what the feel might be or how they are going to style. Don’t be stunned by bruising and scars in your produce. We might be handing out something that’s nonetheless intact.

I requested Jerry the opposite day if his day has gotten simpler or tougher. Jerry replied, “A lot tougher. I’m having to interchange shut off valves on an enormous a part of the drip irrigation. (It was additionally destroyed by hail.) I’m watering vegetation I don’t know will even reside and planting vegetation that might die from frost earlier than the tip of the season. We choose crops that we don’t know if they are going to final lengthy sufficient for consumption. Then flip round and feed it to the animals when it goes dangerous.”

Finish of yr synopsis: The crops that have been completely devastated have been the cucumbers, inexperienced beans & melons of all kinds. Crops damage within the storm have been the tomatoes, peppers, onions and potatoes. To our shock, the eggplant, lemon cucumbers & summer time squash recovered fairly properly. Due to all of the late season planting, members received extra greens than you’ve gotten ever gotten previously and the frost waited till we may choose the final planting of corn! At the moment, we have been attending 4 farmers markets. We stop all however the Boulder Market (due to contract obligations) and all of the produce went to the members. The fields have been gleaned for six weeks. I can’t let you know how impressed we have been on the resilience of the farm. Members nonetheless acquired an incredible number of greens, although, the share sizes needed to be lowered. Jerry and Jacquie by no means noticed a storm like this in our previous and actually hope we by no means do once more!

Due to our ever-supporting members, we survived to farm one other yr. We have now gained tons of data from the expertise and Kyle has already skilled his worst yr ever…..allow us to hope!

Jacquie, Kyle, Jerry and Sam

Contemporary Salsa aka Pico de Gallo

½ giant onion, finely chopped In a small bowl, add onion, lime juice and salt. Combine properly and put aside.

1 sizzling pepper, finely chopped (no steel bowls or spoons)

1 recent squeezed lime

½ tsp salt

1 minced garlic In a big bowl, mix the subsequent 4 substances, combine properly. Dump the

¼ cup chopped cilantro (non-compulsory finely chopped onions from smaller bowl into bigger bowl and blend properly.

3 or 4 chopped tomatoes Cowl and refrigerate, might be good for 2 or three days, if it lasts that lengthy!

Tip: if salsa is just too runny, pressure juices or serve with a slotted spoon.

Freezer Jam

This was given to me by a member. I have no idea the place the recipe got here from, however it was scrumptious! I’m positive you’ll be able to go browsing to search out lowered sugar recipes.


4 cups peeled, crushed or blended recent peaches (overripe fruit works properly for this)

1/4 cup recent strained lemon juice

1 bundle (1 3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin

1 cup mild corn syrup

5 1/2 cups sugar


Measure peaches into a big kettle; add lemon juice. Whereas stirring with a wood spoon, slowly add the pectin. Let stand 20 minutes; stir each 5 minutes to mix pectin with fruit. Add syrup and mix properly; add sugar and mix properly. Cook dinner over low warmth to about 100°, simply heat to the contact. Don’t permit combination to turn into sizzling. Pour jam into jars to inside 1/2-inch of high. Cowl jars without delay. Let stand till jelly consistency and funky. Retailer in freezer till prepared to make use of. Retailer in fridge as soon as jar has been opened. Makes about 8 half-pint or 4 pint jars.



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