Archive | October, 2010

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. Dr. Seuss

9 Oct

UNTIL 2011

We woke up to  snow covered mountains on Thursday as we prepared for the last share harvest day of the season.  It was a clear sign to me that our growing season is coming to a close.  It is bittersweet to see the end of another season.  We enjoy serving our community and our family with fresh garden food and feel a great sense of accomplishment with another season under our belts.  We wish it could go on longer, yet we are ready for the change of pace.  The life of a gardener is a bit like the life of the plants she tends.   I feel myself slowing as the growth of the plants slows.  I look forward to enriching winter activity, or lack of activity, that will propel me rested and inspired into the next growing season.

We look forward to continuing to provide fresh produce, flowers, herbs, eggs, and poultry next season and hope that we can continue to expand our production to provide even more for this community.

THANKS!

A hearty thanks to all the wonderful members, friends, volunteers, family, and employees that supported us through another successful growing season.  And a special thanks to John Cogswell, who generously allows us to operate our farm and provide farm fresh food for this community on his property. We are so grateful for the opportunity we have here.  We feel very lucky to have such an awesome community and we couldn’t do what we do without you!

We sincerely hope everyone has enjoyed their experience this season.  I will send out a survey out this week to get some feedback on what you all liked and what would make your experience even better.

IN THE SHARES

Garden Share – It’s a heavy one!

arugula

baby beets

carrots

kale

leeks

onions

potatoes

radish

salad turnips

garlic

salad mix

gypsy and jalepeno peppers

pie pumpkin

butternut or buttercup squash

Fruit Share

honey crisp apples

pears

raspberries

UPCOMING HARVEST CELEBRATION EVENTS

Pumpkin Patch

You’re Invited to the 4th Annual Pumpkin Patch.  October 16, 17, 23 & 24.  Saturdays from 10am-4pm and Sundays 12pm-4pm.  Horse-drawn wagon rides to a pumpkin patch, hay bale maze, petting zoo, crafts, games &prizes, food and fun for the whole family! Admission is $5 for all the above activities.  Pumpkins are $3, $6 and $9 depending on size.

Calling All Bakers

Guidestone is looking for folks who would be willing to donate their baking skills and ingredients to a fundraising bake sale to take place at the Pumpkin Patch Festival.  The proceeds of this benefit go to support Farmhands.  If you are interested in participating please contact Andrea Earley Coen at farmhandsED@gmail.com for all the details.  Your help in baking would be greatly appreciated.

Shed Fest, Saturday, Ocotber 16th, 10am-4pm

Another exciting event on the horizon is Shed Fest. This event is a celebration of the local harvest and one last farmers market before the end of the season.  There will be games for kids, lectures and demonstrations, music all day and stay into the evening for The Shed Fest Supper at 5:30pm. Join your farmers, friends and neighbors for a feast of locally grown foods! The meal features imaginatively-prepared tapas by area caterers and a hearty autumn soup made from the fruits of our foodshed.  Tickets for the supper are $25. Purchase yours at the Salida or Buena Vista Farmers Markets, or by calling 719-539-8523.

 

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ONE WEEK TO GO

2 Oct

End of the Season Feedback

It is hard to believe that this is the second to last share.  That’s right, next week will be our last share distribution.   The season has been notably long, in the sense that the weather has been favorable, compared with other seasons here.  We are so pleased with how productive our gardens have been this season.  We would love to hear any feedback you may have regarding your experience with the shares.  I will email a survey out next week, but if there are any other constructive thoughts anyone would like to share regarding the CSA please contact us via email.

Though the share season is coming to a close, we will still be busy at the farm through the end of October.  We have lots end of the season clean-up to do as we prepare for the winter.  The last of our meat birds will get processed.  And we also have several harvest events coming up.  See below for details.

IN THE SHARES

Garden Share

Carrots

Chard

Cilantro

Tuscano Kale

Leeks

Potatoes

Corn

Green Peppers

Acorn Squash

Red Onions

Salad Mix

White Salad Turnips

Fruit Share

Plums

Raspberries

Jonagold Apples

4th Annual Guidestone Pumpkin Patch Festival

Come to the farm to enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride, games, a hay bale maze, crafts and face painting.  This event benefits the Farmhands program which is dedicated to providing farm based educational opportunities for kids.  The entry fee is $5. for kids 3 and over and adults.  Weathervane Farm will also provide pumpkins for sale at this event.  There will also be bratwurst, burgers, baked goods and beverages available for purchase.

THIS EVENT RUNS:

Oct 16th and 17th

October 23rd and 24th

THE TIMES ARE:

Saturdays 10am-4pm

Sundays 12pm-4pm

Check out the Guidestone website for more information http://www.guidestonecolorado.org/Page.aspx?PageID=7002

Guidestone Needs Bakers

Guidestone is looking for folks who would be willing to donate their baking skills and ingredients to a fund raising bake sale to take place at the Pumpkin Patch Festival.  The proceeds of this benefit go to support Farmhands.  If you are interested in participating please contact Andrea Earley Coen at farmhandsED@gmail.com for all the details.  Your help in baking would be greatly appreciated.

Shed Fest, Saturday, Ocotber 16th, 10am-4pm

Another exciting event on the horizon is Shed Fest. This event is a celebration of the local harvest and one last farmers market before the end of the season.  There will be games for kids, lectures and demonstrations, music all day and stay into the evening for The Shed Fest Supper at 5:30pm. Join your farmers, friends and neighbors for a feast of locally grown foods! The meal features imaginatively-prepared tapas by area caterers and a hearty autumn soup made from the fruits of our foodshed.  Tickets for the supper are $25. Purchase yours at the Salida or Buena Vista Farmers Markets, or by calling 719-539-8523.