Steve’s Weekly Update 2-27-13

Climatology 2013:  I looked at what I wrote last week, and there is nothing new to say:  Some cold, some wind, but not much moisture.  No relief in sight.

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: Nothing much to say about cows or cheese this week as I have gotten wrapped up in defending consumer access to raw milk:

Action Alert: February 27, 2013

Join the raw milk opportunity and choice protection team in New Mexico NOW!

Senator Pat Woods (District 7) expects to present Senate Bill 286 to the Conservation committee on Thursday afternoon or evening, February 28th.  The Senate Conservation Committee is chaired by Senator Peter Wirth (District 25).  Senator Woods’ district includes an area with a preponderance of larger, family run dairies, many of whom are members of the Dairy Farmers of America COOPerative.

SB 286 as written calls for a ban on the sale of retail raw milk in New Mexico.

Senator Woods is also sympathetic to and supportive of the rights of New Mexico consumers to legally purchase raw milk, and of New Mexico family farmers to build healthy enterprises around the delivery of safe, wholesome, healthy raw milk to customers who want this product, including through retail supply chains

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has a long and successful history of effectively monitoring New Mexico dairies, including retail raw milk dairies.  Statewide, New Mexico producers of all scales have confidence in NMDA’s ability to effectively oversee the production and distribution of any and all dairy products, including raw milk.  NMDA accomplishes this through effective enforcement and regular improvement of existing rules.

With that rich history and confidence in mind, please stand for consumer choice:  the right to legally purchase raw milk, and farmer/producer opportunity: the right to build a successful business around this healthy and highly valued product.

Call Senator Wirth’s office:  505-986-4861 and tell him that you do not want to lose your right to legally purchase raw milk!  Ask to have the bill tabled or defeated.  Tell him that you want to support New Mexico’s local raw milk producers and purchase safe, healthy raw dairy products for your family under the regulation and oversight of the New Mexico Department if Agriculture.

If you are available on Thursday afternoon or evening to stand with other supporters at the Conservation Committee meeting,  please contact Steve Warshawer stevew@plateautel.net .  The committee meeting time is 30 minutes after the floor session ends, or at 2PM.

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.

If you missed the cow share / herd share meeting and what 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: a variety of artisanal cheeses.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week’s share includes a generous selection of Arizona citrus from Patagonia produce:  Limes, oranges, and grapefruits.

We also have the second pressing of organic winesap apple cider from Mesa Organics.

Fresh vegetables are sunflower sprouts from Sungreen living foods, and grape tomaotes and fresh lettuce from the greenhouses at Preferred Produce.

We also include an experimental fall harvest item.  A few weeks ago you received butternut squash from Mesa Top that was not been faring so well in the storage area.  It was wrinkly but generally fine.  We have a small amount of squash left, not sufficient to create an effective distribution, so we are cutting the squash into approximately 1 in cubes, and packing them for you, ready to cook.  This approach of minimally processing an item that will be cooked before eaten is a low risk way to get more value for the farmers and also create value for the members.  We welcome your feedback on this approach which has potential to help extend the season for fall harvested squash in future.

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 – remember when you help us spread the word, 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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