Steve’s Update 7-18-12

Climatology 2012:  The monsoon onset was followed by a nice warm up period.  This brought out excellent grass growth on the pastures.  Pinon trees even responded quickly to the favorable conditions.  The moderate temperatures and occasional showers have been very pleasant.

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:   Damian update:  Thrasher looks more and more like a normal calf, except that he cannot see.  It is somewhat comical watching him wander around the coral with his head aimed up toward the sky as if praying for an udder swollen with milk and 4 teats to descend from the sky for him.  He is nibbling solid food; he tries to follow his momma.  But we are not letting him out of the corral just to be safe.

We have one of the corral gates set up so that it does not need to be latched.  Momma Maya has started letting herself into the coral to go to her boy, and then back out again when she wants to go to the pasture.

The larger herd is finished at La Puebla and we have to bring them back to Mesa Top.  The state lease land here is growing very well, and if we have to, we can put them back on there, but it would be best to give that land a rest.  We are working on a fence at one of the neighbor’s ranches, hoping to move cows there later this week.

This week’s cheese making update:  Cheese making is happening only every 8 to 10 days.  We are milking 2 cows and a lot of milk never makes it to the cheese room.

This week’s cheese share includes:  two Italian varieties – asiago and provolone.

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

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week we have a large helping of the first-of-the season peaches from Shiraz vineyard.  There will hopefully be some canning peaches available in the next two weeks as well, followed by the white peaches from Shiraz for a week or two.  Then we will be looking around Northern NM to see what kind of fruit will be available.  We also have rhubarb from Talon de Gato.

The vegetable selection includes scallions and kale from Mesa Top Farm, and slicing and pickle cukes from Mesa Top Farm and Espanola Valley Farm.

We have a nice selection of summer root produce including carrots from Matt Romero, beets from Synergia Ranch, and fingerling potatoes from Rancho La Jolla.

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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