SUMMARY: TENTH Week of Summer 2020! - FALL Shares Available!! - ACI DONATED SHARE APPLICATION DEADLINE! - EXTRA VEGGIES! - CLASSES AND TOURS - VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT- ACI DONATION UPDATE AND DONATE TODAY! - DID YOU KNOW? - LOCATIONS AND TIMES - WHAT TO EXPECT THIS WEEK - WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK
Week 10 - TENTH Week of Summer CSA 2020!
HELLO DEAR MEMBERS! We are smiling our way through Summer and we hope you are too! We are so proud of how this year has turned out so far. Everything from my (Yosef) cancer treatment to the abundance of the crops to the beautiful souls that make up our team - given all that has happened in 2020 in addition to that, this year has been a fairly successful year! Considering all the obstacles and the way the Spring season started, I am so proud of this year! We didn't know what was going to happen with Covid, and although it hasn't been perfect and the struggle has been real (and EXPENSIVE), given our expectations (particularly given last year's Bomb Cyclone and my diagnosis and a new baby - oh my goodness!), how could we be anything but absolutely grateful for all that has happened!? Amazing!
However, as much gratitude that I have for even writing this e-mail to you today, we are forward-focused on Fall 😎. It looks like it is going to be one of our best seasons yet! The downside? Not many pumpkins or winter squash. I know, I know, that's what fall is all about. Unfortunately, if you remember, we did get smashed by hail 5 times this year😢! The first one though, that was a big one and it set us back the most. We lost over half of our plants and by the time the new replacements were ready, it was too late. So, we may not have pumpkins (for the second year in a row!!!!!), but that doesn't mean we won't have a killer season! Just wait! As long as we maintain through the end of Summer we will be way ahead for the Fall season and the Winter. Loads of root vegetables like beets, carrots and turnips are in the ground, tons of leafy greens like kale and swiss chard are ready to go, we have bins of fantastic-smelling herbs that are all dried and we will have piles and piles of storage crops like potatoes and onions included in the CSA regularly. Add to this all the celeriac, leeks, microgreens, parsley root, spinach, pak choy, living herbs, lettuce and more! It's going to be a GREAT season (Psst...see below for an announcement regarding Fall😉).
As for the rest of THIS season? Well, that's looking great too! One of the lessons we learned regarding the tomatoes being so early is that maintaining them for such a long season is very difficult. The longer the plants are in the ground the more nutritional needs they have and the more prone they are to pests and disease. We'll see if they continue till the end. The other summer vegetables are still doing great and the peppers are coming on strong. This week there are green beans too, and your share is looking amazing!
One thing to keep in mind: We have been having some severe pest pressure. The grasshoppers are killing our tomatoes and many of our greens. NONE of this reduces the quality of the produce besides the cosmetic damage. So, enjoy it just the same - it may just not be as pretty!
Enjoy your share this week and don't forget to join the fun and share your recipes and pictures in the Facebook Community Group!
!!FALL CSA SHARES AVAILABLE!!
Now that all the dust has settled and our waiting list has been contacted, we are opening up a few more shares immediately. We will have 15 Medium shares, 15 Small shares and 5 Large shares available for purchase. The season is 13 weeks long, or 12+1 (Holidays).
FALL DONATED SHARE APPLICATION
DEADLINE, SEPTEMBER 1st!
ACI is donating up to 20 CSA shares for the Fall of 2020 to families in need.
If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their families pure, unadulterated local organic food but are struggling to afford it, please apply or share the application today!
Even if you have applied in the past or have received a donated share in the past, if you still have need, we want you to apply.
Deadline to Apply is September 1st!!
EXTRA VEGGIES FOR SALE
Lots of Extra Veggies Available for Purchase at Your CSA Location!
DON'T FORGET THAT SNAP MEMBERS GET 50% OFF
ALL PRICES ARE SUGGESTIONS ONLY AS WE ALWAYS OFFER PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN-AFFORD!
See the weekly "What's in your Bag" e-mails that get sent on Wednesdays for your "extras" list.
For Payment: Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or via Venmo to 719-233-7828 or by paying with credit card over the phone.
CLASSES AND TOURS
Plenty of Room in our Upcoming Tours
Classes are full, and our tour for tomorrow, 8/25 is full. However, we have one more tour for you to register for on 9/29, It's completely open, so register now!
Tours: NEXT TOUR COMING UP: 9/29! Tours are always a good time and we always learn a lot too! Educational tours are centered on environmental stewardship and the pure standards we have set for our farm. We walk the entire farm and learn about biodiversity, microbiology, the benefits of no-till and our other sustainable farming methods. We talk about energy, nutritional density of our food and we even tour the wash-rooms, the nurseries, our blacksmith shop, our storage facilities and more.
Tours start at 9am on the following Tuesdays: 9/29 (OPEN).
We would like to offer more classes, specifically on food preparation etc. If you are an individual that would be interested in using our facilities to host a class we would love to encourage this. Please reach out to us with your ideas.
This is Rabbi Shapiro. I don't know if it is possible to write a long enough dedication to him or to give him enough credit or praise for all he does for our community, but I will try! For starters, Rabbi lives all the way in Denver and makes a trip to the farm every, single, week! That in and of itself is worthy of recognition. However, Rabbi Shapiro doesn't just drive 3 hours every week to sit under a tree and put his feet up. No, he gets on his knees and digs in the dirt, hauls bins and breaks his back with the rest of the team (often putting some to shame, SHHH! lol😂). He pulls the weeds, harvests the carrots, packs the bags, helps at the CSA locations and has had his hands in nearly every aspect of this farm. To top it off, he teaches our farm and our family Bible-lessons every time he comes! Still not to be outdone, the man actually lived here for a full two weeks as a caretaker, and I'd say he knows his way around here just about as well as anyone!
Full of wisdom, a kind word or an encouraging comment is always on his tongue and his ability to connect with the team and make us all laug