Steve’s Weekly Update 6/29/11

Climatology 2011:   The big news is the Las Conchas fire.  It has put NM on the Reuters worldwide news service because of the threat to LANL.  I have word from my LA long distance runner friends that the risk to the town seems to be contained and that people may be able to return home soon.  Meanwhile there is an occasional hint of monsoon moisture in the forecast.   Hopefully relief from the heat is just around the corner.

Farm book-keeping and financial management:  We are still seeking Beneficial referral of accounting/bookkeeping talent.

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: We are struggling to keep the cows healthy and happy despite the heat.  Feed costs are through the roof.  A lot of time spent has been just trying to find and then go and get affordable feed. We look forward to some relief from high feed prices as an indirect effect of the reduced petroleum prices that are occurring as a result of the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum reserves.

Last week we lost a momma cow to bloat, a manageable problem usually but this got out of hand.  Meanwhile the herd is generally in very good share, it is just a huge effort to provide for them under the current conditions.

This week’s cheese and herd share update:   The tilt kettle is at last in service and the cheese making process is improved one more step!  We hope you enjoy the Monterrey jack and Gouda while we look into new cheese varieties.

This week’s cheese share includes: a variety of artisanal cheeses.

Mesa Top Protein update:  Pork should be available by mid July.  We ran short of lean ground beef.  This gives me a chance to clarify what we are doing with our ground beef.  All of our ground beef is lean, even what we have been offering as regular ground.  A typical ground beef is 80/20 (meat to fat) or even 75/25) an 85/15 beef is considered lean.  All of our beef is 85/15 or higher (less fat).  We had some beef that was EXTRA lean, and from time to time that may happen, but for the future, we may end up only offering a lean ground beef.  We have heard from members who have used both types that they are indistinguishable.  That has been our experience here at MT as well.  We are taking in another young bull, who mainly produces ground beef along with the pigs, so we do not expect to run out.

 

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:    This week’s previous, scarce New Mexico fruit is green gauge plums from Shiraz.

The rest of the share is made up of salad mix, chard, squash and snow peas.

And along with those fresh treats, we have more of the wonderful early garlic from the Baja bus.

 

Membership news:  Thank you for your investment in the CSA.  We appreciate your continued support!

Steve Warshawer

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