Steve’s Weekly Update 4/18/12

Climatology 2012:  Green cool season grasses.  Temperatures starting to warm up but so far no really damaging spring winds.   Daytime temps in the low 70s, morning low yesterday was 18 degrees, this morning is 24.  VERY dry air to allow 50 degree diurnal temperature swings.  We are grateful for the moisture that we have received and hope for continuation of the moderate spring conditions.

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:  Our next heifer is calfing, one that was born in early 2010 at Twin Mountain.  Hopefully we will have a new addition to report in next week’s message.  We have one more milk cow due to calf after her, and then we will be settled in with our summer milking herd of 7.

This week’s cheese making update:   We visited Tucumcari Mountain Cheese factory last week and Chuck Krausse suggested that we try making Asiago cheese with our raw milk.  There is a slightly higher temperature involved in making this cheese, but it is still a raw cheese and Chuck thought it would be well suited to a small batch artisanal approach.  He sent us away with a gift of the culture that we need, and directions, and we have begun experimenting with that cheese now also.  So far so good!  We will be offering it to you in a couple of months!

This week’s cheese share includes: Tucumcari asiago and green chile cheddar

Mesa Top Meat (Protein) update:   We need to make a decision on the piggies.  They are ready for processing, and with smaller cow numbers for the summer, it makes sense to move them along.   Time to line up a processor.  We are hoping to try someone closer to home this next time.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week we have our once-a-month inclusion of Mesa Top aged raw cheese:  feta in 7 oz packages.

We also have a nice variety of vegetables, from greenhouse and southern sources.  We are continuing to work with Preferred Produce to develop a reduced packing approach for shipping the beautiful organic lettuce.  We are trying to avoid the individual clam-shells, which work perfectly but are not ecologically sound.  We also have cluster tomatoes from Preferred and winter dill or cilantro from Agricultura Network in South Albuquerque, along with spring turnips from their hoop houses.

For the fruit element of the share we offer organic grapefruit and oranges from Patagonia Orchards in neighboring Arizona.

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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