Steve’s Weekly Update 2/15/12

Special announcement:  Steve and Colleen are happy to announce our marriage.  We took a day off to get married on Valentines Day and then drove to Colorado for our honeymoon (to pick up hay).  We stopped in Ojo Caliente for an hour and had a soak at the springs, and took a leisurely drive across the gorge bridge before turning north to San Luis.  It was a beautiful day, and on the way home we crawled through a snow squall between Pilar and Velarde, and then again in the last few miles to the farm, up on top of the mesa.

We look forward to inviting members and friends to Mesa Top farm come spring for an open house, so you can see the new and exciting things that are happening thanks to Colleen’s presence and influence.

Climatology 2012:   Okay so finally we get a little snow, and a week of unsettled weather is promised.  This is a relief, as I saw some green grass in the protected areas of the canyon.  Hopefully the protective cold of winter, along with some moisture, can extend for another month, or even two.  Summer and heat come way too soon these days.

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:  Colleen and I have our fingers crossed that we will get the health approval and transport papers for our Colorado herd in the next day or two. We are ready to bring them home to NM.

Dominic has got the hot wire fence up around his wheat and the Southern cows are moving out onto grass today or tomorrow.

This week’s cheese making update:   We have 7 oz packages of feta for you in your share this week.  They are firm, but should crumble easily.  This is an aged, raw cheese, very healthy eaten fresh.  We hope you enjoy it!  Please give us your feedback and comments.

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

Mesa Top Meat (Protein) update:   When Colleen and I get to Roswell this weekend (hopefully) with the Colorado cows, we will pick the next beef for processing, and schedule them soon.  We expect to have a wider variety of beef again in a month.

We are also pretty low on pork.  Mostly ham steaks are available.  Our next two piggies are probably four to six weeks from being ready for processing.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update: After last week’s produce heavy interlude, we are back to a more winter-like share.

On the dry/grocery side from Colorado we have organic apple juice from Big B’s in Hotchkiss and black beans from Olathe.

For produce we have beets from Gemini Farm and organic acorn squash from Patagonia.  We also have organic tomatoes from Preferred Produce and organic sunflower sprouts from Sungreen Living Foods.

Hmmm.  Anyone for tomato with Mesa Top feta crumbles marinated in olive oil and topped with sunny sprouts?

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

Steve Warshawer

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