Steve’s Weekly Update 8/17/11

Climatology 2011:  It feels like we are slipping into fall, as the days get shorter and the skies get cooler and the mid day shadows lengthen.  Our rainfall totals are so far below average that we are clearly still in drought.

Finance Failure equals financing opportunity:  no update

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: We realize that we have to sell some cows.  We offered Kurtis, who has been milking our Colorado cows at no cost, to buy them and offered a payment plan so he could pay for them over 2 years.  He failed to make even the first payment, so now we are broadening our efforts to sell the Colorado herd or at least a portion of it.  We stopped by to see them yesterday and they look good and the calves are very healthy.

On the way back from Colorado we had a major truck breakdown, and we are looking for a new/used 4WD car and/or truck.  Does any member have a good used vehicle for sale that could provide reliable, cost effective transportation for the farm and farm family?  4WD Subaru wagon or the like?  Let me know!

This week’s cheese and herd share update:   Last week I was in Portland Oregon for the summer meeting of our National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.  I took the opportunity to spend an extra day there and went to see Pat Sullivan’s new cheese operation at Prineville in Central Oregon.

I saw his tremendous improvements in design that have been implemented in this second generation facility, using lessons learned at his New Mexico Farm from 2000 to 2007.

Many of these ideas will help us with our current cheese recipe. We also settled on an idea for the next cheese variety.  Pat makes an aged feta that is simple and easy and tastes great.  We plan to try a batch soon.

We did not get our offering of wheels of aged Salado Jack onto the CSA marketplace last week, will hope to do so this week.  Watch for very special prices for members interested in buying whole wheels, mostly 8-10 lbs.

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

Mesa Top Meat (Protein) update:  A quick explanation of why we refer to our meats as “protein”.  This designation comes from the food service and restaurant businesses, where all animal products, meat and dairy, are all collectively referred to as “protein”.  Of course there are also vegetable products that are high in protein and many of us rely heavily on those healthy foods as protein sources, but “generically” among food handlers and producers “protein” mean meat and cheese.

Our family beef pack now includes beef from a new cow, who was processed at a different plant.  Many of the cuts are larger than those we are used to, so we will be offering a larger amount of beef in the share, and fewer overall items.

So far the feedback on the new beef, as well as our experience at Mesa Top is that the beef is very good: tasty and tender.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  The summer share continues with new vegetable varieties including eggplant from Matt Romero, artichokes from Rancho La Jolla, and lemon cucumbers from Townside Farm in Silver City.

We again offer the sweet melons from Los Poblanos, tomatoes from Gemini Farm South, and red chard from Synergia Ranch.

And at last, we finally have our long awaited exotic treat, Biodynamic ginger from Pahohaku farm in Molokai.

Enjoy the new varieties and the continuing bounty.

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

Steve Warshawer

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One response to “Steve’s Weekly Update 8/17/11

  1. jonathan Campbell

    nice newsletter Steve.-Mohawk

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