Steve’s Weekly Update 4/4/12

Spring thing:  Compost is happening…  if you need some let us know. We have loaded it out for two members so far and it is beautiful.  Rich and dark.

Climatology 2012:  nearly 48 hours of cool, moist, snowy weather.  This is going to be a pretty good bandaid over the horrifically dry winter we have suffered through.  Snow covering the pastures for most of the last 2 days.   We should see some greening, especially of the winter wheat in the cool, wet areas, when the sun comes out again.  Hopefully the temperatures and wind will be moderate for a few days at least.

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:  We are culling some cows down at Hagerman, selling them for beef.  Right now the big dairies are getting so much money for their old milk cows that it cost them just a few hundred dollars to replace them with new, young heifers.  This is not a healthy or realistic situation.  When things get this far out of whack, bad things follow.  The crazy feed/hay prices, the ridiculously high value of even the poorest cattle on the commercial market, means that some major change is coming toward us.  At this point I really do not know what it might be.

This week’s cheese making update:   We are working away on the cheese room repairs specified in our recent pre-inspection.

This week’s cheese share includes: smoked gouda and romano

Mesa Top Meat (Protein) update:   we have 2 more beef to process, that are a bit larger and older than the normal young calves.  These two are a bit over a year old and spent the last few months on Dominic’s wheat pasture.  If anyone is interested in more bulk purchases, halfs or quarters, this would be a great time to consider ordering.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week we have spinach from Red Mountain and organic head lettuce from Preferred Produce for your salad making pleasure, along with cherry tomatoes also from from Preferred produce.

From the root crops category we have the last parsnips of the spring, grown in 2011 at Root Cellar farm and 5 lbs of Yukon gold potatoes, great for potato salad and for most other uses, from White Mountain Farm.

And our exotic special treat this week is biodynamic turmeric from Papohaku Farm on Molokai.  For years we have received fabulous ginger and occasional turmeric from Papohaku.  But this year there has been such a drought on Molokai that the ginger has not grown at all.  It is unlikely we will have any ginger this year.  Our thoughts and best wishes go to Ellen and Jack as they face the challenge of a season without a crop.

Enjoy the increasing variety, and thank you to the farmers who work to get early product to our tables.

Membership news:  Please keep referring new members!  We add $10 to your Farm Account for every member you refer.

Thank you for your investment in and support of the CSA .  We appreciate your continued support!

Steve Warshawer

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