Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – Nov. 6, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

And now – here comes winter! Not quite, of course, but did you hear that the temperatures are going to be in the teens at night later this week? Never a dull moment in Iowa weather, is there?

As a result of the coming cold, we’re harvesting everything that we still have out in our fields. Temperatures that cold will kill the plants, even if they’re sheltered by cover cloth, so we need to save the vegetables before that happens. Beets, spinach, radishes, kale, and Brussels sprouts are all coming in!

Beets

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Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – Oct. 30, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

Happy end of October and start of November! As we’ve just transitioned from our summer vegetables to fall vegetables CSA shares, this seems like a good moment to explain our newsletter schedule – with apologies for having caused some confusion, perhaps!

We send out weekly CSA e-newsletters starting with the beginning of our summer shares season – first week of June – through the end of November. This covers our summer vegetables, fall vegetables, and “summer” eggs seasons. Everyone who is receiving any type of share receives the newsletter during the time frame of that share type. So if you’re a “summer” eggs member, we’re still sending you the newsletter now! Which raises a few timely questions for eggs shares and frozen broiler chickens shares members: How can the newsletter serve you better? Would you like more egg recipes? Chicken recipes? Which should come first? (Sorry!) More chicken photos and information? This year we’ve tried to include recipes that combined eggs and the produce in our vegetables shares. Has this been useful? Please send us your thoughts and suggestions!


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March for Medicaid – Tuesday, Nov. 6

You may not know, but Raccoon Forks microbusinesses are a part of Optimae LifeServices and one of our main missions is to employ individuals with mental illness and intellectual disabilities who otherwise struggle to find work. We provide them with coaching to give them the needed skills to succeed and sometimes move onto employment elsewhere. This vulnerable population has seen cuts to vital medical and social services due to the inception of Medicaid managed care and we need Iowans to step up to the plate. That’s why we want to get the word out about the #MarchforMedicaid, hosted by the Bright Radical Star Fund, happening Election Day (November 6), in which Iowans are being encouraged to cast their ballots and elect leaders who will make changes to the state’s broken Medicaid system. You can find out more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/171755163707077/.