Steve’s Weekly Update 8/30/11

Climatology 2011:   Can it be September?  Can we hope for more precipitation? I hope so.

Finance Failure equals financing opportunity:  No answer yet on a new mortgage from GCU.  I did find out the Citibank, who has a second mortgage on the farm house, has to “approve” a new mortgage, even if there is no cash out, and provide a subordination of mortgagor.  There appears to be no guidelines on why they approve or disapprove such a request.  My hope is to pay off that loan also, and to have nothing more to do with Citi. Any involvement with the global/multi-national financial world seems risky and problematic at this point.  I am hoping for a total exit.  Keep your fingers crossed. 

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: The cows are on some real green pasture:  the empty garden!!  They are very happy.  Attached are some pictures, some rare moments when we LOOK like a real grass/pasture based dairy.

This week’s cheese and herd share update:   We are moving steadily forward with improvements pointing to readiness for inspection.  We have a plan to move the mechanical and electrical equipment to a new spot, increasing the size of the cheese room.  There will be an expanded pantry with space for the freezers, and maybe refrigerators.  Cool, north side locations will keep the electricity use down.

We apologize to you all about the failed vacuum sealer.  We tried a simple, locally purchased piece of equipment and it has failed us.  We are looking into something more robust now.  Hopefully by next cheese distribution we will be ready with an appropriate piece of vacuum sealing equipment.

This week’s cheese share includes: Provolone and Romano.

Mesa Top Meat (Protein) update:  The smoked and aged pork and ham is ready down at Super Meats in Roswell.  I am not sure when I can get to picking them up yet.  I will keep you posted.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:    The summer share continues to include a variety of vegetables including Matt Romero’s bell peppers, Rancho La Jolla pickling cukes, and Gemini Farm lemon and regular basil, Seco Spice Green chile, Synergia Ranch chard and kale, Schweback Farm corn, and White Mountain Farm green beans.

This week’s fruit is mixed gala and gold delicious apples from Freshies in Velarde.

We are near the end of the Baja bus garlic, and offer a couple more heads per share.

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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