Steve’s Update for 8-29-12

Climatology 2012:  We had one last decent rain at Mesa Top on Sunday afternoon.  A huge storm dumped on Glorieta pass and we got a few hours of steady rain out of that one.  Since then it is just hotter and drier.  This morning’s temperature before sunrise was 45 degrees.  This is fall weather!  The winter squash is ripening.  I would anticipate an early harvest.

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:   The neighbor ranch that we are leasing is holding the herd well.  We are hauling less water to them, as the days get shorter and cooler.  There is a minor ongoing worry because the ranch straddles Ojo de la Vaca Road, and this means the cows cross the road which is traveled by a number of reckless drivers.  The county was terrific in placing signs reminding drivers that the area is open range, and also posting the 25 mile per hour speed limit.  We are hoping to fence along the road soon, thus splitting the ranch in half.  A different rancher is interested in leasing the east side of the road and we would continue to manage the pasture on the west side.

Dominic Battista is getting his ground ready for winter wheat.  He hopes to plant a good bit earlier than last year, and have pasture ready for the cows in November.  This will fit our schedule of when we need to move cows in anticipation of winter, when there is little feed available out on the range, and the hassle of dealing with livestock water during the coldest months.  That is when we hope to move the herd south.

This week’s cheese making update:  the hiatus in cheese production continues.  We will not resume milking until the next group of caves is born later this fall.

This week’s cheese share includes: provolone and romano

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week is a big variety week!

Synergia Ranch peaches continue.  There will likely be only a couple more weeks of peaches, and then we will see some pears, and then apples for a quite awhile.

For the vegetable portion of your share we include heirloom tomatoes and lemon cucumbers from Vida Verde Farm in Albuquerque.  We also include hot yellow and Jalapeno peppers from Red Mountain Farm, and multi-colored bell peppers from Rancho La Jolla.  Also included are bunched green kale and bagged lettuce mix from Mesa Top Farm, and arugula from Talon de Gato

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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