Steve’s Weekly Update 2/6/13

Climatology 2013:  another warm week.  I heard from a rancher friend that the Southern Colorado snow pack is 43% of normal.  That fact coupled with an early melt will be disastrous for the river flows this summer if things remain as they are.  Let’s all keep praying for high country snow at the very least, and precip as far as the eye can see would be even better.

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: It has been interesting to see how the Mesa Top herd has organized itself this milking season.  With Cassie, the great big water buffalo, original farm cow (15 years old now, I think) down South at Dominic’s, the dominant cows are Tippy and Blanca, who were both born summer 2007.  They are beautiful, big, true Ayrshire cows, with quite the horns on their heads.  All of the other cows come after them in “self importance.”  These two are the queens.  They parade around like they own the farm.  The other 4 that are on the milk line include a cousin of the same age:  Bow.  Also Maya and Flower, two cows that are a year older, that were part of the original Sullivan/Miller herd, but they had their horns taken off when young, and they are just not dominant personalities.  And last but certainly not least, dear Cindy Lou, a first calf heifer who, even with her horns, is a meek and mild mannered momma.

It just goes to show that some bosses (cows) are bossier than others…

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:  thank you for the positive feedback on the aged cheddar from MT that was part of your share last week.  It really does seem that our best cheese also becomes even better with age.  That is a costly proposition, as it is important for a farm to get cash flow out of its products.  Holding cheese for a year is expensive.  But it does seem worth it.

This brings us again to herd/cow shares:  Colleen really enjoyed meeting interested herd/cow share members last Friday.  The information that she presented is crucial for healthy and safe access to and consumption of raw milk.  If you missed the meeting and want to get caught up on the process and where we are at now, contact Colleen at cwarshawer@covcs.org or call her at MT Farm, 575-422-2238.

This week’s cheese share includes: Tucumcari provolone and asiago.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week’s share again includes some traditional foods, from the grocery/dry goods side:  Toasted atole from Santa Ana Pueblo, and Shiny Crow black beans from Fox Den Farms.

We are very strong on citrus this week, all from neighboring Arizona, through Patagonia produce:  Navels, lemons, and grapefruit.

Bibb lettuce from Preferred produce, organic grape tomatoes and carrots from Gemini Farm are the veggies in this week’s share.

Also the share includes a package of organic medium red chile powder from Seco Spice, our primary source for chile products of all kinds.

Membership news:  Please follow us online at Facebook and Twitter. This a great way to show your friends our weekly shares, recipes and updates. People can contact the CSA to join and you will receive $10 for each person you refer.

Remember when you 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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