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Letter From Farmer Kurt – Week 9

The Week of July 1, 2012
Highlands Harvest Club Share #9

Hello Highlands Harvest Club Members!

Well summer has certainly arrived here at Alstede Farms. While we are still very busy planting
crops we are starting to realize a transition into more crop care and more fruit and vegetable
harvest. Peaches have just begun, summer apples are ripening, summer squash is now being cut
each day, and likely we will see home grown sweet corn in another week or so. Your shares are
going to reflect some of this seasonal change that we are experiencing and shortly there will be
major changes coming. For this week be sure to enjoy more blueberries, the 1 st summer squash
of the year, more peas, and some home grown garlic. Our garlic bulbs are smaller than normal
this year owing to the late planting date last year that resulted from the excessive fall rain and
snow that we experienced. Yet for garlic lovers, such as myself, I am sure that you will enjoy the
flavor!

Summer also ushers in summer camp season. I was very active in Boy Scouts when I was a
youngster and loved going to camp. Back then we didn’t yet have the Patriot’s Path Council,
rather it was the Morris-Sussex Area Council. We went camping everywhere including High
Adventure Back Packing and Canoeing at the Floodwater Mountain Scout Reservation in upper
New York State as well as the renowned Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. I even made it
to the 1977 National Scout Jamboree held at Moraine State Park in Pennsylvania where we all
enjoyed a final evening campfire program hosted by Burl Ives. I know that now I am really
putting some age on myself but I must tell you he put on one great show! Closer to home we
visited Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation in nearby Byram Township. Camp Allamuchy, as
we all called it, is still very much in operation today it was there that I did my first “Polar Bear”
swim club appearance, hunted for snipes, qualified as a sharpshooter with a .22 rifle, swamped a
canoe, and slept under the stars in the middle of the forest. What could be better for a young boy?

Actually I have an answer to that question and while it may not be better it is certainly
equal…and that is our Alstede Farms Summer Farm Camp Program! Farm Camp starts in just
another week and we still have openings for enrollment if you are interested in sending your child
or children. Rest assured our goal is not only for the kids to have a great time, which they will,
but to also learn and experience first-hand agriculture in the Garden State. Be prepared…the kids
are going to get dirty! Participants in our program are going to participate in planting, growing,
and harvesting our fruits and vegetables. Even more, they are going to get a chance to ride in a
large farm tractor, move around in a “Gator,” go fishing, and prepare for lunch the fruits and
vegetables that they will be harvesting each day. Alicia, our Farm Event Manager, and her staff
of counselors are prepared to offer your children a fun and safe environment for each of them to
learn, grow, and enjoy in. As a special treat our CSA food and nutrition expert, Jennifer Borealo,
will also be there each day helping the children prepare their meals with their harvest and
teaching them about the value of good nutrition and the importance of a diet filled with fresh
fruits and vegetables. Also of note is the fact that our Farm Camp Program is a “Certified Camp”
by the State of New Jersey and all of our staff and counselors have extensive training in many
areas including first aid and CPR; and all have received broad background checks. There are four
different weeks of camp available starting on July 9th and there are spaces available for all four
weeks. What better way to enhance your Highlands Harvest Club experience than to have your
children participate in our Summer Farm Camp program? Give us a call…we are waiting for
you!

Finally I wish you all a wonderful Independence Day week. My grandfather immigrated from
Germany into the USA. I was fortunate to have a very close relationship with my Grandfather
into my college years and I clearly understood why he chose to leave his family and homeland to
become an American. It was to realize the opportunities and freedom that only exist here in the
USA. He worked hard to make it here and his hard work laid the foundation for my father and
me. I am always grateful for his decision to come here as I am also grateful to our founding
fathers who risked their honor, their fortunes, and their lives in order that we might become a free
nation. I hope that you will all join me in celebrating this week and God Bless the USA!

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