Publication – August 8, 2022


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That is week 9 of an 18-week season: You need to get Yukon Gold potatoes, yellow onions, beets, slicing cucumbers, summer time squash, inexperienced beans, crimson tomatoes, Terra Cotta tomatoes.

Fruit: It is a fruit share week. First Fruit tells me you might be 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 own 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 should 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 obtained final week had 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 crops 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 supply if the highest of the plant survived and there are some leaves left. Hopefully we’ll see summer time squash once more quickly. The vines are useless on issues reminiscent of melons and cucumbers. Tomatoes leaned over through the storm and something beneath the crops might proceed to ripen. How briskly that occurs, we don’t know. (They had been simply beginning to burst into a stupendous crimson shade.) Peppers had been stripped of leaves and bells on high had been destroyed. However these beneath can also survive. That is the issue: We have no idea precisely how these fruits will react, what the feel might be or how they may style. Don’t be shocked 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 exchange shut off valves on an enormous a part of the drip irrigation. (It was additionally destroyed by hail.) I’m watering crops I don’t know will even reside and planting crops that might die from frost earlier than the top of the season. We choose crops that we don’t know if they may final lengthy sufficient for consumption. Then flip round and feed it to the animals when it goes unhealthy.”

Finish of 12 months synopsis: The crops that had been completely devastated had been the cucumbers, inexperienced beans & melons of all kinds. Crops damage within the storm had 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 obtained extra greens than you might have ever gotten previously and the frost waited till we might choose the final planting of corn! At the moment, we had 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 had been gleaned for six weeks. I can not let you know how impressed we had been on the resilience of the farm. Members nonetheless obtained a tremendous number of greens, although, the share sizes needed to be diminished. 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 12 months. Now we have gained tons of information from the expertise and Kyle has already skilled his worst 12 months ever…..allow us to hope!

Jacquie, Kyle, Jerry and Sam

Recent Salsa aka Pico de Gallo

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

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

1 recent squeezed lime

½ tsp salt

1 minced garlic In a big bowl, mix the following 4 elements, combine properly. Dump the

¼ cup chopped cilantro (optionally available 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 simply 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, nevertheless it was scrumptious! I’m certain you’ll be able to log on to seek out diminished sugar recipes.


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

1/4 cup recent strained lemon juice

1 package deal (1 3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin

1 cup gentle corn syrup

5 1/2 cups sugar


Measure peaches into a big kettle; add lemon juice. Whereas stirring with a picket 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. Prepare dinner over low warmth to about 100°, simply heat to the contact. Don’t permit combination to grow to be 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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