Steve’s Weekly Update 4/11/12

Spring thing:  Compost delivery to Milagro community garden this weekend.  If you want a smaller amount of compost and want to pick it up in town this would be an opportunity.  Contact Amy Hetager at hetager@hotmail.com

Climatology 2012:  Green grass growing all around, another couple of cool days and a brief thunder shower last evening.  We keep our fingers crossed for more relief.

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:  We had peaked at milking 11 cows and now are reduced to 5.  The 6 who calfed  in October and November are now out on pasture with their calfs.  2 more are due to calf in the next month or two.

The entire rest of the herd is out on the State Lease Land that we have held for several years, but never before grazed.  We have to haul water to the cows and the fence is pretty rotten, so there is a fair amount of work to do up there.

The cattle are happy on that land now, with plenty of grass and the recent precipitation we are hopeful that we can keep the herd there for the entire growing season.  Meanwhile we are striking up conversations with other neighbors who have ungrazed land that we might be able to lease.  With our larger herd, and with the need for summer grazing up here to complement the winter pastures at Dominic’s, it would be helpful to have access to more grazing land relatively close to the farm.

SF County has been thinning a strip along the road and that has been going on since late 2010, on again off again, as labor permitted.  This project is intended to reduce the risk and severity of wild fire along Arroyo Salado Road.

This week’s cheese making update:   We are reducing the frequency and quantity of cheese making to allow more work energy to go into completing the cheese room and also to move more staff out into the garden.

This week’s cheese share includes: Sharp cheddar and creamy asadero

Mesa Top Meat (Protein) update:   Without a lot of orders or interest in the beef right now from members, we decided to let graze the next two beefs for the summer.  We still have plenty of cuts, and even halves and a whole beef, but decided that it is cheaper to pasture them than to pay for another freezer for the summer.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  As is often the case in early spring, growth is unpredictable.  For example, Preferred’s next planting of lettuce for us is slow, the heads are too small to harvest this week.  Hopefully it will be ready next week.  We gave a lot of tomatoes last week, so we are skipping them this week.

We also have a sweet treat of raspberry Jam from Heidi’s.

We have Preferred flavorful and bountiful bell peppers, Red Mountain Farm’s spinach, Graves Family Farm chard, bok choi from Agricultura COOP in Albuquerque, and Sungreen Living Foods spicy daikon sprouts.

We expect the roller coaster of variety to continue as our farmers move into spring: sometimes more, sometimes, less, sometimes a flush of an item that needs to be harvested.

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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