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Newsletter, August 6, 2005

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Farmer’s Markets

Our Farmer’s Markets continue to grow! Join the fun! Our vendors have things that you could never find at your local grocery store! Soaps from Hidden Valley Farms, beautiful handmade jewelry, pottery, fresh goat mild and cheese, Brick Mill Bakery bread and creative cuisine, knife sharpening, information on composting, hand made crafts and lots more! Extra produce from your garden? Join us and sell your overflow. Bring your family and friends for a great experience. Support your local vendors.


Our beautiful organic Lorz Italian Garlic is harvested and hanging to cure. If you like garlic with a bold flavor that really sticks around, this is for you. A real garlic lover’s garlic. This beautiful garlic is now available green if you just can’t wait!


Local artists, Perry Kopchak, Michael Loeffler, and Mark Miller (who are presently showing work at the farm) will be creating a sculpture together on site this Saturday during the Farmer’s Market. The Sculpture will be a work in progress through the month of August and, perhaps, into September. The Artists invite you to witness the creative act in motion.


Please join Bettye Johnson from 1-3 pm on Saturday, August 6th at our Farmer’s Market. Celebrate with her the release of the improved 2nd Revised Edition of SECRETS OF THE MAGDALENE SCROLLS . Bettye will be available for book signings and if you purchased a 1st Edition, and want it signed, please come and bring your book.

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Amazing results!

We do rave about our castings and know how effective and wonderful they are, but I recently had a very graphic, immediate demonstration. About 3½ weeks ago I left my garden gate open, and when I returned home a deer had stripped every leaf off of my favorite rose bush. I cut it back carefully, worked some of our castings into the drip line of the bush and watered it well. This rose bush is now fully leafed out, loaded with buds, and had two blooming roses this past weekend. I was absolutely amazed and impressed and equally delighted to have my favorite rose returned to health and bloom. (Jan Ferrari)

?Did You Know?

Even the best mulchers have to water. Here are some quick tips to help you decide when and how to water.

Water when the soil feels dry to your finger, about 2 inches down. Water your vegetables and most flowers until the soil is damp at least 4 – 5 inches down. Watering in the morning is best. Evening watering promotes fungal growth and creates perfect conditions for slugs. But if plants are stressed, water them! If you can only water in the evening, it’s better to water when you can than not at all.

Harvesting your crops. Remember to keep things picked. Letting fruits stay on the vine can signal the crop to stop producing. It is best to harvest vegetables when they are young and tender for eating and canning.


This farm has been a source of the finest certified organic produce available. Now you can do the same with your own certified organic garden plot here at the Farm. A 10’x20’ plot will include 1 cubic yard of Barefoot Soil Earthworm Castings and water for your garden. The cost for 1 year will be $365. (That is $1.00 per day.) As a certified organic farm, compliance with the regulations and guidelines for organic certification must be followed. Larger plots are available. Interested gardeners call (360) 894-0707 or e-mail, mail@yelmworms.com.

Limited space available. Reserve your plot now and grow the same quality of produce that we have grown for years.

See you on Saturday!


14741 Lawrence Lake Road S.E., Yelm 98597
(360) 894-0707 mail@yelmworms.com
Please note our hours of operation
Monday – Friday 10-am to 6pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm

Directions From Yelm – Take Bald Hills Road to “big curve”, do not take curve, go straight to 4-way stop, turn right onto Lawrence Lake Rd., go ½ mile, see Farm on right. From Vail Cut-Off, take 153rd (at big fish sign), go to Lawrence Lake Road, turn left, go 1/12 mi. to Farm.