Weekly Update from Steve 8-2-12

Climatology 2012:  The monsoon pattern has basically disappeared and we we are quickly drying out.  August is usually the wettest month of the year.  We can only hope for the best…

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:   Thrasher update:  Thrasher is getting stronger and stronger.  His sight continues too improve.  He eats solid food (hay) and is even grazing and nibbling at the grass.  He butts his head into things on purpose like a young bull just to see what happens.

He does not  follow Maya like a normal calf, after he nurses, he still has to lay down and sleep for a while. Usually a calf will start to sleep less and begin to wander around and explore the world within a few days of birth.

Thrasher is now 6 weeks old.  He is slowly becoming a typical boy, getting himself into trouble: one morning he fell into an 8 foot deep hole next to the milking area that we have set aside for a future waste water treatment tank.  He was not hurt.  He could even see where he might best be able to climb out, but we had to tie a rope around his shoulders, and pull from the top and push him out from below.  He none the worse for wear after his ordeal.

We have moved most of the herd next door onto a neighboring ranch..  The grass there is very good as the land has not been grazed in 8 years or so.  We repaired the perimeter fence and set our water tanks so we can haul water from the farm and the cows have learned where to find the new supply of water.

This week’s cheese making update:  no new news.

This week’s cheese share includes:  green chile cheddar and smoked gouda

Mesa Top Meat (Protein) update:  We have been busy with fences and cattle moves and with upgrading the solar electric system and have not yet gotten another cow in to the processing plant.  We need to get it done soon and will keep you posted on availability of beef.  We still have some pork though!

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week we have a nice mix of summer vegetables as the field grown peppers make their debut:  Salvadore Corona’s shishito and bell peppers headline the share.  We also have grape tomatoes from Preferred Produce, summer squash and green beans from Salvadore at Espanola Valley, and lettuce from Red Mountain Farm.

Our fruit of the week is (and will probably continue to be) peaches.  This is an incredible bumper crop year for peaches all around New Mexico.  We encourage you to consider canning or blanching and freezing.  This is a great year to extend the peach season.

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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