Steve’s Weekly Update 7/13/11

Climatology 2011:   We had a measurable rainfall event!  We hope and pray for more.  Meanwhile the entire state of NM has been declared an agricultural disaster area due to drought, along with all contiguous counties.  Looking over the land this morning, I actually think the best hope we have for recovery of our forage for the summer is a hail storm.  This may seem odd, but with the hail sitting on the ground and soaking slowly in, the grasses really take off.

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: I am now feeding hay to all of the cows.  They are just not getting the nutrition they need because there is no grass.   Some of the older cows are suffering a bit, but I think we can take care of them.  The disaster designation means that if I can find the time to sit in the local FSA office and fill out paperwork, I might be able to get some emergency relief funds to help cover the feed costs.

This week’s cheese and herd share update:   We are grateful to the CSA for this week’s opportunity to send out packaged cheese to all of you.  We are sending a mixture of different types of cheese.  We are also experimenting with the packaging process.  We hope to have all of the cheese vacuum packed.  All of the cheeses should be marked with a date and batch code so that if you have comments on the cheese, we can correlate those to our cheese log.  We hope that you enjoy the cheese.  And we look forward to your comments, which will help us continue to improve our cheese making and packaging processes.

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

Mesa Top Protein update:  We will pick up most of the pork and the new batch of ground beef next week. There will also be bacon and smoked hams curing that take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.  We will go back for those later in the summer.  We are getting some sausage made also.  Most likely the details on these new proteins will be available so that you can order next week for delivery on CSA distribution day the week after.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:    The organic cherries from Paolo Lugara’s Sage Creations farm in Palisades continue for a short while longer.

We have cabbage and onions from Desert Gardens, tomatoes from Agricultura, and rhubard from Talon de Gato farm.

We are looking forward to an increasing variety of vegetables as we go on into the summer, and will do our best to keep the variety interesting.  Example:  Who thought they would get local rhubarb from the CSA?

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

Steve Warshawer

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