Steve’s Weekly Update 10-19-11

Climatology 2011: We are enjoying the calmer side of fall.  Good weather for working outdoors!  Cool to cold nights and warm days.  Which means that for many of us it is time to clean the chimneys and fire up the wood stoves and furnaces.

Are you interested in sourcing firewood from Mesa Top Farm?  We have several different sustainable forestry projects that are producing fuel wood, at all stages of processing.   We have a “cut your own” area for people who have their own saws and trucks.  We have some dead and down and some precut wood ready to load.  We also have cut and split firewood, ready to deliver.  We do not have prices set for all of these different arrangements, but if you are interested, please email and tell us what you prefer.

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: All of the cows are receiving health checks and pregnancy checks.  We are looking at who is scheduled to have calves and projecting out a calendar, so we can be ready.  Discussions are ongoing as to which cows will go to Roswell for the winter and which cows will stay here and which will be sold.

This week’s cheese making update:   Slowly but steadily all of the electrical controls and batteries are leaving the cheese room and being reinstalled or upgraded and replacement parts installed in the new mechanical room.  We hope to be re-finishing the cheese room next week.

This week’s cheese share includes:  green chile cheddar and  organic feta

Mesa Top Meat (Protein) update:   We are selling ½ and ¼ and whole beef.  This is the time of year to stock your freezer and get a better deal buy purchasing a larger amount of beef at the time when it is most efficient.  The grass is no longer green, and feed costs go up for any animal that we are holding over.  We have small and larger beef.  If you want to know more about larger beef options, please check in with Dena or email me directly at

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:   The share this week has the feel of winter:  a ready to eat pesto from Gemini Farm, and grated aged Ayrshire Salado Cheese from Mesa Top.

For your fresh salad we have Salad mix from Agricultura COOP and Arugula from Red Mountain.

For “cool season” recipes, and baking, we have pie pumpkins from Schwebach farm and cabbage from Gemini.

Enjoy the continuing bounty !

Steve’s policy and advocacy corner.  I saw “bankers deserve jail time not bailouts” on a sign in Deming, New Mexico.  REALLY? Are some of the “Occupy Wall Street” people the same people who attend Tea Party demonstrations and vice versa?  Are the far left and the far right really very different?  Are there any moderate voices?  If there were, would anyone listen to them?

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

Steve Warshawer


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