Climatology 2011: Rains have blessed us, including a serious downpour last night that partially filled the big pond and got the canyon running. It is so interesting to feel my body language and demeanor change as the skies open and the grass starts to show green. Throughout the drought a cattleman/woman feels tight and tense, trying to relax, generally without success. It is hard to smile, hard to laugh. A look of consternation is almost unshakable. It is hard to relax when the cattle are thin, and clearly not as happy as they can be, when there is so much extra work and cost of chasing after feed, and getting it to the herd. And the worry. I think that the experience of this kind of stress moves cattle mean and woman to examine and nurture their faith. Trust is a higher power with a bigger plan is sometimes the only place to turn, and drought for sure turns those of us who suffer from it in that direction.
This week’s Cow stories: Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: I got the disaster relief papers and filed them. We’ll see what we gain from that. The dairy herd is out on our best pasture. They got caught out in the rain last night, and the storm was so intense, right around dark, that we left them out. The cow dogs helped me bring them in this morning, but the 4 cows whose calves stayed with them overnight were cleaned up, no milk. This was good info because it means that if we want to to skip a milking day, the calves will take care of the mommas, we do not have to worry about mastitis.
This week’s cheese and herd share update: The cheese making improvements continue, upgrades to the aging area, improvements in the waxing process. And some sanitation related enhancements in the cheese room. We need to sell cheese to you, our members! We will soon offer a special price on whole wheels, which you can cut or we can cut and vacuum seal in plastic for you. Watch this week’s marketplace for more info.
This week’s cheese share includes: a variety of artisanal cheeses including Feta.
Mesa Top Protein update: The family pork shares begin this week. Also we at Mesa Top have been checking out the new beef, slow cooking some roasts and the like, the taste is excellent! Family beef shares will soon also include beef from this newest cow.
This week’s Veggie/Share Update: The veggie share is looking like a summer share now: 8 farms represented, and 8 different products! Vida Verde tomatoes, La Jolla squash, Matt Romero Escarole, Espanola Valley cucumbers, White Mountain green beans, Synergia chard, Los Poblanos Melons, and Baja Bus garlic
Enjoy the variety! More to follow!
Membership news: Thank you for your investment in the CSA. We appreciate your continued support!