Steve’s Weekly Update 1/19/11

Hello Members,

Climatology 2010: Having enjoyed a brief thaw, we now are ready for the return of winter on Thursday.  We can expect quicker moving storms, cold not quite as fierce as what we experienced over new years, and quick warm-ups after the winter storms.

Finance Revolution, continued! Www.CommonGoodBank.com

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows, and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:

Oh well, I should not have spoken so soon about new staff and equipment upgrades.  I retuned from Washington DC to a scene of drunken debauchery last weekend.  I have tried to tolerate people’s preferences around alcohol, but I do not tolerate practicing alcoholics.  So I have fired the staff and am starting over with new arrivals scheduled for late January.

The Heifer who I mentioned last weekly will have her calf any day.  The fifth heifer is beginning to bag up, so she is perhaps 2 weeks from calving.  The sixth is sick, she has developed an abscess in her mouth, probably from a piece of hay getting embedded in her soft tissue inside her mouth and getting infected.  I noticed it this morning when I went out to feed the herd and she did not come over to eat.  I spent some time with her and separated her from the more aggressive cows and saw that she can eat and drink but it is laborious for her.  I believe this situation will not be resolved without a vet visit and a little minor surgery.

 

This week’s cheese share update:

This week the cheese share will be Romano and asadero cheeses.

 

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:

The salad mix is still unavailable.  It looks like there will less produce than I anticipated for the next 6 weeks or so.  Hopefully our success as a CSA community in maintaining membership numbers will translate into better grower collaboration this coming season, but for now, we are where we are.  We will have sunflower sprouts next week!

Some farmers who supplied us last year have closed their doors.  Others sold out at farmer’s markets or other direct venues.  I guess that is a good thing in some ways.

You can be sure that I am talking to different farmers who LIKE to grow larger amounts of food about the value of growing storage crops, and of winter production down South.

We are happy to include your share this week carrots from Gemini Farm.  We will have a good supply of these to last for the next couple of months.

No potatoes this week, as we figured that the 5 lb bag of yellow potatoes will take you a little longer to eat up!

Our local grocery items this week include atole; toasted blue corn cereal, chile powder, dried apricots, and organic peanut butter from Sunland in Portales.

We also have some amazing frozen figs from Shiraz Vineyard.

 

Membership news:

Invest now in your CSA Farm Account and harvest more diverse and interesting foods from our farmers later in the season:  summer, fall, and next winter.  Tell you friends and neighbors!

 

We appreciate your continued support!

Steve Warshawer

 

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