Climatology 2011: The fieriness of our environment has taken control. Dust and smoke and ash, to go with the heat and dryness. Waiting for moisture…
This week’s Cow stories: Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: Happy and healthy and doing their cow thing…
This week’s cheese and herd share share update: Cheese Cheese Cheese… We made our first flavored Monterrey Jack this past weekend. We are looking for the next recipe that we can develop as an MT specialty.
The aging room needs to be kept a bit cooler, so we will try a portable swamp cooler. This will also add some humidity.
Herd share opportunities are still very much present at Mesa Top, but the farmers need some help boiling down the lengthy, legalese format developed in Colorado, to a simple one page herd share agreement. Along with this simple agreement, members interested in owning a herd share will need to visit the farm and meet the herd!
Mesa Top Protein update: in a couple more weeks we will process our first group of farm raised pigs. We will start another 5 feeder pigs (the term used for young pigs that have been weaned and are ready to be raised). We would be very much helped to know if members are interested in the tender, low fat pork that we are raising with the whey from cheese making and local wheat as their only feed.
We have several options. Sell portions (such as ½ or a whole) pig, all of the parts cut and ready to store in your freezer, or we can make a pork “share” (like the beef share) or we can make a mixed share of beef and pork. If members have interest and preferences we would like to know what they are.
This week’s cheese share: MT ricotta and a variety of artisanal cheeses.
This week’s Veggie/Share Update: This week we have the first of a very limited supply of local fruit. Last February’s vicious cold killed trees and stunted other so much so that many never flowered. Shiraz vineyard lost many varieties including all of the pomegranates. The solution was to cut them down to the ground and let them grow again, which they are doing quite nicely. But that means not much fruit this season. Oddly, some apricots survived and fruited, so for the next two weeks the CSA has the only apricots that I know of anywhere in the state! We hope you enjoy them.
On the veggie side we have the first summer squash of the season. Also we have carrots and radishes, and spring turnips. A nice helping of salad mix completes this week’s share.
Membership news: Thank you for your investment in the CSA.
We appreciate your continued support!