Update from Steve for Jan 28, 2010

Dear members,

SNOW, SNOW, and MORE SNOW (coming)!  It is beautiful, and also good for the land.  And it is hard on the farmers who place care of the livestock as a high priority.  At the end of last week’s run of storms we had a visit at Mesa Top from auditors from Animal Welfare Approved, a voluntary “label” that verifies high animal welfare practices on livestock operations.  We will let you know how we fared.  Hopefully we will be “Animal Welfare approved” for our chickens, eggs, and cows.

Meanwhile we keep plowing of the snowdrifts and preparing for the next storm

This week’s update on cheese value chain and Jim Miller Ayrshire projects

The winter calving is almost done at Twin Mountain.  We have 4 heifers and 2 bull calves so far.  Construction at Old Windmill is proceeding toward the plan of beginning milking there in the next couple of weeks.

Look for raw milk cheese on the special order list soon.  Also we are hoping to place a ¼ lb piece in each share some time in February so that members can sample it

This week’s Veggie/Share Update

The quinoa has landed! We have a limited allocation of quinoa from White Mountain, and include it in this week’s share, and will offer it as a special order item and periodically in the shares until we run out.  If you want to order a bulk quantity, please email details@beneficialfarm.com ASAP so we can be sure that bulk buyers needs are met.

We also have GArd-n-hers “first of the season” arugula.  It should be very tender as it is a “first cutting”.

This week’s Gemini Farm specialties are white carrots and kohlrabi.  We know part of a CSA experience is to enjoy new foods or bring back favorite foods. There will be a flyer at distribution and posts on the blog with recipes for these fruits and vegetables.  Have a favorite way to eat them, email blog@beneficialfarm.com and let Amy know so she can share your idea on the blog.

We are lucky to have local apples still:  more fujis!  And this week we deliver the last quince from shiroz for the season.  Along with the apples we hope you will be able to make an interesting “treat”, maybe a quince applesauce.  Amy will also post some quince recipes from Deborah Madison’s Local Flavors Cookbook on quince butter and quince syrup.

Thank you again for your support!

Steve Warshawer

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