Climatology 2012: The 8 degree morning at Mesa Top last Saturday finally made the leaves fall from all of the deciduous trees. The next morning was 14 degrees, but temps have moderated since then. With the extraordinarily dry air mass in place over New Mexico, we hare having 50+ degree swings between daytime highs (upper 60s) and night time lows (upper teens).
This week’s Cow stories: Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: Friday evening I went to deliver water for the cows at the Herrera Ranch, and as I drove up, Tippy waled over to the water tank, followed by 2 bull calfs! Right behind them was Bow. Tippy and Bow were our first two mommas to have their calfs last fall and they were first again this fall. After I was done filling emptying the truck tank, he mommas and babies followed the truck back to Mesa Top. Saturday morning Colleen started milking. Everyone is healthy and happy. The mommas really like life as milk cows, you never have to go far for feed or water, the quality of the feed is superior to what they can get on the range through all but a limited time of year. Until the snow comes and the mud starts to get deep, this is “the good life” for a momma cow and her calf.
This week’s protein update: We are ready to wean and process our first young beef of the fall. Our young beef are small and tender. The tenderness comes from nursing, which they are allowed to continue right up until the one bad day that awaits each meat cow. If you are interested in ¼ or ½ of a tender young beef, please let us know.
This week’s cheese making update: the hiatus in cheese production is nearing the end as we begin to accumulate milk from the two cows that are on the milk line. Hopefully by end of next week we will resume production. We are also investigating the pending Dairy Bureau “rules” that would govern legal raw milk shares. Stay tuned because with the flow of milk, new things will be happening!
This week’s cheese share includes: a variety of artisanal cheeses
This week’s Veggie/Share Update: This week we have another strongly fall influenced share. Other than the salad mix from Talon de Gato, all of the crops are typical fall harvested items for northern New Mexico. Carrots and Acorn Squash come from Mesa Top Farm, kohlrabi and beets come from Gemini Farm, onions with greens come from Talon de Gato, and Peruvian purple potatoes come from White Mountain Farm in Mosca, Colorado.
Remember than most all of these items store well, so you do not need to worry about eating it all this week. Potatoes and onions do not need to be refrigerated, just keep them in a cool, dark place. In general we deliver our root crops unwashed because they store best that way, even in the veggie crisper of your refrigerator! Wash what you are eating at the time
This week’s fruit selection is Keifer pears from Synergia Ranch
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 autumn 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!