Steve’s Weekly Update 10-10-12

Climatology 2012:  We had an 18 degree morning here at Mesa Top on Sunday!  Despite not having seen temps below 30 yet, we skipped all the way to 18 degrees.  And then back up to the low 30s after that.  As we descend into winter, the lows will get lower with each storm and the chance of precip will turn to snow.  We can see the first dusting around the corner, even though after this cold day, temps have rebounded to the 70s.

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:  We have searched and searched and cannot find our expecting mother cow Tippy.  She has to be somewhere, and there are no buzzards circling. The cows have drunk up all of the water over on the eastern portion of Herrera ranch that was deposited by the big rain a couple of Fridays ago.  There has been a bit of grass growth over on the western side, where the farm-supplied water tanks are located.  We are seeing the cows work their way back to the west end of the ranch.  Hopefully we will see Tippy when the herd resumes its “normal” cycles of visiting the water tanks.  Then we can bring her home, hopefully along with a healthy calf, and begin to milk.

Little Boston, the early bred heifer that calved a couple of weeks ago, is doing great as is her calf.  We do need to get her to become accustomed to the stanchions, even though we will not try to expect her to produce milk for human use.  It is important to get her used to the routine.  She is a daughter of Kandace, the oldest cow left in the pure Ayrshire herd, who is a terrific cow and we expect in the long run Boston will also be a terrific milk cow.

This week’s protein update:  Our last two steers were harvested last week.  These are about 28-20 months old but are still small cows.  We will have ¼ and ½ beef and family beef packs and ground beef, all from the Mesa Top Grass fed program, starting next week.  So far two members are splitting 1 half, and we can certainly sell one more half.  Each half will contain about 100 lbs. of table ready meat, and we are looking at our costs to finalize a figure but it will be $8.00 per lb.  A half includes about 40 lbs. of steaks and roasts, and 60 lbs. of ground beef. The roasts are cut small and the steaks are cut thin and individually wrapped.   (These are APPROXIMATE yields:  the steaks and roasts can be seen as an average value of $12 per lb. and the ground beef at $5 per lb.)  Please contact Dena if you want to purchase ½ or ¼ beef using your Farm Share Account.  We will also again be able to offer our family beef packs, 5 to 6 lbs of steaks and roasts for $60.  These will be available starting this Friday on the CSA Marketplace

This week’s cheese making update:  Still looking for our milkers!  Expecting to be milking and cheesing again soon~!

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

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week’s share has the unexpected feeling of spring too it as a result of a sudden infusion of quick growing crops, some from hoop houses and some from under row covers and season extension.  Those spring like items  are watermelon radish from Gemini Farm, arugula from Vida Verde Farm, and braising mix, hakura turnips, and daikon radish all from Richard at Ganados del Valle.

The feeling of fall is still in the share because it also includes nappa cabbage from Talon de Gato Farm, yukon gold potatoes from Schwebach Farm, and  Arkansas Black apples 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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