Steve’s Update 7-11-12

Climatology 2012:  We had 6 days of daily rains and then cool weather since.  The grasses are growing.  The frogs are croaking, the whole landscape has come alive.  The hallmark of our ecosystem is resilience:  plant and animal species waiting for conditions to improve, then responding with vigorous growth.  Improved conditions are here!

Work Trade Opportunity:  The Mesa Top Farm web site is outdated and missing a LOT of important information:  MT is looking for someone to help us update our site and then possibly to maintain it with new information from time to time.  We do not have money but we do have food!  Contact Colleen at or Steve at .

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:   Damian update:  Damian has been renamed Thrasher, in honor of the thrashing that he administered to himself in the first few hours of his life.  The name Damian is not fair any longer, as the demons seem to have been exorcised.  A couple of days ago he started cavorting around the coral where he lives.  REALLY!  A blind calf cavorting.  From to time he smacks into a wall or a fence, but like any blind creature he is learning to find his way through other senses.

Mother Maya is an amazing cow and momma.  She eats and moves around with the dairy herd, is milked every morning, and several times a day stands at the gate to the coral waiting to be let in to go nurse the boy.

At this point we are letting things take care of themselves, and they are steadily improving.  We do not hold out any hope of him gaining his sight, but otherwise his health is good.

This week’s cheese making update:  The asiago has been broken into for tasting.  We really like it, will send in samples.  This week’s share includes mesa Top Feta.

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

Mesa Top Meat (Protein) update:  no new news.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week we along with Mesa Top Feta we have two more Mesa Top veggies.  The plan was to offer squash and cucumbers, but the cool weather has slowed the fruiting of those items, and there may not be enough to go around.  The same weather conditions have favored the late planting of snow peas to recover, and the Chinese Broccoli to flourish.  As of the moment we are not sure what the mix will be, but two Mesa Top items will be included. Mesa Top harvesting will be completed Thursday morning!

Next we have a generous helping of swiss chard, from Synergia Ranch and lettuce mix from Red Mountain farm.

Along with the veggies and once-in-a-month cheese, we have 2 fruit items this week:  the last of the season Saturn peaches from Shiraz Vineyard, and more fresh apricots, this time from Synergia Ranch.

Membership news:  Help us spread the word and sign up more members!  We add $10 to your Farm Account for every member you refer.  With the great variety of summer produce, and with a terrific fruit year here in New Mexico, this is the most exciting time in the CSA season!

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

Steve Warshawer


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