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CSA Week #7-B

Posted on June 26th, 2021 by Bonnie and Rudy Geber

Hello! We look forward to seeing you all at your pick up this week! Not a lot of extra time, so we're wrapping this Farm Happening into our weekly newsletter, you can see that below. Our newsletter list (always starts out 'Hoot Owl Farm friends') is different that our CSA related emails that are associated with you guys using Harvie. It's a larger list that goes out to anyone who has signed up to be updated about the farm, so we use it a lot during the growing season and the off season. If you're not already on it and would like to be, you can sign up HERE... 

Whew! This has been quite a week! Not just because of this oppressive heat, but also because we’ve been in the midst of a family emergency. We typically try to keep our Hoot Owl Farm posts/emails/etc pretty farm centric, but we’d like to take a minute to veer off track into the personal realm which ends up affecting our working lives so it’s pretty relevant…

Last week while the market was going on, Bonnie’s Dad, Mike, was pinned under his tractor after a roll over accident. Hard to fathom what he went through, and even harder to dwell on, but that’s the truth of the matter. We of course had no idea…nobody did. After an extremely lucky course of events, Bonnie found her Dad and help was soon on the way. We’d like to take a moment to express our extreme gratitude and appreciation for the folks that were involved in his rescue.

The Libby & Troy volunteer Fire & Ambulance folks are simply heroes. Sometimes it’s their sheer response time that saves a life. Sometimes it’s their strength and numbers. Many times, I think it’s their cool-headedness in stressful and emotional conditions, their experience, and their training that saves the day. In this case, it was all of the above, and we are forever grateful for their aid. We are also very thankful for the care that Mike received at both Cabinet Peaks Medical Center and at Kalispell Regional – the doctors, nurses and staff did a wonderful job and we are extremely grateful that we have professionals like them to call on in times of need. We have one more very important thank you, and that is for good friends and neighbors. It’s a wonderful thing to live in a small town where you know your neighbors and they are willing to drop everything to help you when you need it. We so appreciate the many offers of help or assistance on the farm or just encouraging words that we’ve received in the last week. Our community is outstanding and we are proud to be a part of it – Thank you!

Bonnie’s Dad is doing extremely well under the circumstances. He’s been moved to a rehab center, and is starting to see encouraging signs for the future use of his leg. He is a very tough guy and we’re so happy that his sheer willpower, grit and stubborn tendencies are serving him well in the healing process.

OK, back to business; we are, after all, still farmers, and that means we’ve got produce to peddle! With the extremely hot temperatures this week, we don’t anticipate the hopping market that we’ve grown used to. We do hope to see some of you out there, and we’ll be bringing a good amount of produce so you won’t be disappointed! We hope that those of you we miss this week are enjoying some time at the lake or river to stay cool. Thank you to everyone who decided to try out a Farm Stand box this week. The Farm Stand boxes enable us to plan out our harvest better knowing what’s already spoken for, we can also keep that box cool right up until you arrive for pick up.

Stay Cool! Bonnie & Rudy

PS. What are we going to have at market tomorrow anyway?...salad mix, spinach, arugula, microgreens Rainbow Mix, pea shoots, sunflower shoots, kale, summer squash, snap peas, SOME cherry tomatoes, beets, radishes, salad turnips, kohlrabi, scallions, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, romaine lettuce, cilantro & garlic scapes.