Steve’s Weekly Update 1-23-13

Climatology 2013:  A warm week, well, warm days anyway.  Night time temps at Mesa Top have dropped close to zero but days have been pleasant.  Lots of melting snow leading to dry ground in some places and plenty of mud in others.  We are anticipating a return to wetter and then colder weather in the week ahead.  Winter is not close to half over!

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: We are going to bring some hay to Scott and Julie Bennett’s in La Puebla so that the 8 heifers there can stay longer.  There is still some standing dead grass, left over from last growing season, but supplemental feed will help them keep growing.  The grass in La Puebla begins to green up as early as late February and early March.  This means that the money spent on supplemental feed is well spent because it hopefully will help us keep the herd in the same location until they are ready to be bred, later in the summer.

The wheat pasture at Dominic’s in Hagerman is 3-4 inches tall.  The cold weather has held it back, but with a week of warm weather under way, Dominic is working to get one more deep watering of the fields.  After the next growth spurt the field should be ready for grazing.  The herd that is currently penned in Hagerman will also get out onto pasture.

Meanwhile at Mesa Top it will be several months until there is any pasture, and the goal is to rest all of our fields this year.  We hope to find another neighbor in our area who has not been grazing and would be interested in the benefits of managed grazing to reduce fire risk and improve pasture growth. Even as we prepare for the continuation of winter, we have to be looking ahead, getting ready for spring.

This week’s protein update:  Mesa Top Ground beef is in at the CSA for the foreseeable future.  We also have plenty of steaks and roasts to make up your family beef packs.

This week’s cheese making update:  The fierce cold damaged equipment in the cheese room and we are going through and identifying the damage and making repair.  Cheese making is still on hold.  But we do have lots of aged cheese from last winter and spring.

We really want to get the herd shares going.  We are inviting members and friends who are intersted in the herd shares to meet with the MT Farmers at Hillside Market from 10 AM to 11:30AM on Friday, February 1st.   We will send out this information again in a separate email.  For more information please contact Colleen Warshawer at the farm:  575-422-2238 or cwarshawer@covcs.org

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

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week we have a good mix of fall crops, fresh greenhouse crops, fruits from neighboring regions, and one dry bulk item.

This week’s salad fixins include lettuce and cluster tomatoes from Preferred Produce and carrots from Gemini Farm.  We also include another avocado from Patagonia Produce.

Along with the carrots, from the root and fall storage crops world, we include fingerling potatoes from White Mountain Farm and sunchokes from Gemini.

Rounding out the share are 2 pounds of organic Pinto Beans from Fox Den Farm in the four corners area, near Durango, Colorado.

Membership news:  Help us spread the word and sign up more members!  We add $10 to your Farm Account for every member you refer.

Thank you for your investment in and continued support of the CSA.  We appreciate your support!

Steve Warshawer

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