BRING BAGS!! There are about 19 items this week and we are out of bags. PLEASE bring any you can find!! And give yourself a bit of extra time to collect your share!
We are set on emptying the garden this week. It is a big share. We like to end with a grand finale! Yes, this is the last share of 2016!
It felt like a great year to us. Like all years of farming, some things do better some years then others. The weeds were tough this year and we wish there were less of them. The purple carrots were late due to weeds and the beets never got as big as we like them to get. The sunflowers were planted a bit too late and most were frosted before they reached maturity. Although I did change up the varieties, and I think the ones I harvested had a longer vase life.Good thing we have next year!
The onions, leeks and garlic are turning out to be stellar crops this year. Something about 2016 really made the allium family happy! We were also impressed with the basil, arugula and early season radishes this year. One of my favorite parts of 2016 was opening up the raspberry patch for members to come pick! We hope to do that every year as long as the patch stays in good shape.
We would love to hear your feedback about 2016. What worked for you? What would you like us to improve? Send us an email!
Last week I went to an event at the Center For the Arts which showed two movies about "regenerative agriculture". Two parts stood out to me. In one of the films Wes Jackson said "Soil is more important then oil." I love how succinct this is, and as a Biodynamic farmer, I agree. I only hope we can figure out how to honor soil before we start waging wars for it. I am glad we put soil first at Cosmic Apple. It is the beginning of it all for us. Taking care of the soil will take care of us. I also am proud of how much oil is saved by not trucking our veggies very far.
Yvon Chouinard, of the Patagonia company spoke at the event. As he travels the world speaking to people he has found the passion people have for food really stands out. He really believes the love of food is starting a revolution. I spoke about both of these topics and how important they are to me in earlier newsletters. These two thoughts may be themes for me in 2016! Revering the soil and changing the world through agriculture.
I want to end this year by thanking YOU. Thank you for being passionate about food. Seeking us out and collecting your veggies once a week is no easy task. You are swimming against the current, and I truly hope your efforts have been rewarded with delicious goods. Thank you for trusting us to tend to the soil. Your support allows us to use Biodynamic methods to leave the earth in better shape then we found it. Thank you for taking the time to read my weekly ramblings. Writing (typing!) gives me a space to articulate ideas I could easily ignore. This weekly forum gets me excited about farming, our community and food!
Jed and I are forever grateful for the opportunity to grow your food. It has been an honor.
Sign up for 2017 and get free stuff!!!
This is the last week for a free t-shirt or hat! Sign up at your pick-up site this week and get a free Cosmic Apple hat or T-shirt! Both made with organic cotton. Reserve the time and place you want to get your veggies next year before any of the days and locations sell out! Check out the payment plan options if you want to spread the checks out! Your site host will have paper copies tonight or you can follow the link below!
New Sausage available! Fresh Fennel! Our butcher made fresh fennel sausage with veggies from the garden! It's yummy! Check the attachment on your email for prices. Available cuts are:Sausage, Boneless Loin Chops, Spare Ribs, Neck Bones, Bone in Shoulder Roast, Heart and Liver.
Check the coolers at your site. I attached a list of prices and cuts to your email. If you know you want something, please email me and I will send it over for you. You can also tell your site hosts you have a request and I will send it the next week. We purchased 2 cows from Lifeline. They are packaged with our label because we brought them to the butcher live and for us to sell them they needed a label...and well, we are Cosmic Apple! It is really just the legalities of selling USDA inspected meat. More info then you need, but we want to be completely honest about what we have!
Find recipes for this weeks share here: www.cosmicapple.com/recipes.html
Bring Bags to pick-ups!
Wash Your veggies!
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 is Fridays 9-1. Until 10/7