Steve’s Weekly Update 10-25-12

Climatology 2012:  It’s been warm. That is supposed to end Friday night.  Windy before and then very cold when the wind dies down.  We are doubling up row covers and getting ready for the anticipated cold.

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:  It’s tough out there on the pasture…  The cows are walking across the cattle guard looking for grass.  But they have to come back across for water.  Some of them found a neighbor’s water tank which he kept full for fire protection and drank it down.  I walked them home.  There may be more in that area.  This adds a lot of work, looking for them and bringing them home.

We are still trying desperately to develop more pasture options for them.  It is especially important now that many are close to their due date (November into December) and we want them to be eating well for easy calving.

We are hoping not to have to put them back on the state lease land where they spent a part of the spring:  April/May/June.

No more siting’s of Tippy and her little calf.

This week’s protein update:  Mesa Top Grass Finished Beef available again. See the marketplace and the BFCSA Web site for details

This week’s cheese making update:  the hiatus in cheese production continues till we can get our recently calved and very pregnant cows home, there is not milk here at Mesa Top!

This week’s cheese share includes: muenster and asiago

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week’s produce share points us toward Halloween and Thanksgiving with pie pumpkins from Schwebach farm and sweet potatoes from Frisco Farm.  We also have sunchokes from Gemini Farm and cabbage from Talon de Gato.

For salad and green vegetables we have radicchio and parsley, also from Talon de Gato, and last of the awesome spinach from Ganados de Valle.

From the orchards we have granny smith 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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