Steve’s Weekly Update 8-15-12

Climatology 2012:  Finally we had another gully washer out at Mesa Top.  About an inch of rain in an hour or so.  The ground is so dry though that it only soaked in a couple/few inches deep.  But the ponds gathered some water and the grass responded immediately and greened up again.

Fall is almost here and winter is not far behind:  FIREWOOD:  Last year Mesa Top tried to make firewood available to members.  We were wholly ineffective for a number of reasons.  We realize that the best thing we can do is to organize community forestry and wood harvesting days where Mesa Top helps the wood cutters find the right wood and gives training on the forestry best practices and everyone cuts for their own use.  If you are interested in being part of a community forestry and wood harvesting day, please contact stevew@plateautel.net .  If we get strong enough response, we may be able to offer wood for delivery.

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:   Thrasher is now just another cow, though somewhat dull sighted, and developmentally delayed.  We worry about him a bit, out on pasture and vulnerable and exposed, but Momma Maya seems to have things under control as much as any momma cow can.  We feel good that we have been able to give him a chance at a healthy normal life until his “one bad day” comes along.  That is the lot of most of the male cows and will for sure be his lot eventually.

We have seen a number of cows with eye issues.  It appears that there is a form of bovine conjunctivitis that is passing through the herd.  While it would be helpful to treat all of the cows, we have also been told that this usually passes and some cows who showed signs of the illness have already cleared up.

This week’s cheese making update:  We have been given the opportunity to comment on and make suggestions to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Dairy Bureau on their proposed new rule for raw milk sales that will include a mechanism for offering herd shares that looks very promising.  This process has been under way for much of the year, and there is no set timetable for approval and implementation, but we are very optimistic.  Word is that larger dairy industry players accept this initiative of the department, even if they do not agree with it.  We are very optimistic and will keep you posted regarding progress as we would love to have a legal, publicly mandated herd share program at Mesa Top for BFCSA members

This week’s cheese share includes: Tucumcari asiago and asadero

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  You will find a terrific variety of produce in your share this week:    Certified organic veggies are green beans from White Mountain Farm, and beets from Synergia ranch.

From our non-certified, sustainable producers, we have a big head of lettuce from Red Mountain farm and a small amount of lettuce mix from Mesa Top.

We also have cucumbers and parsley from Mesa Top Farm, Japanese egggplant from Talon del Gato Farm, and sweet corn from Schwebach Farm.

On the fruit side we have the first apples of the season from Danny Farrar: Rancho La Jolla gala’s.

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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