Steve’s Weekly Update 3/6/13

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: Sorry, folks, I am still recovering from the wild week of raw milk protection activities, followed by a quick trip out of state for a farmer food safety training, and really have not got a lot to say.  So here is the upshot on the anti-raw milk bill:  it has been tabled.  See my detailed raw milk New Mexico follow up, prepared after the Committee hearing on Saturday.

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:  This week Mesa Top has broken in to our supply of aged feta cheese to include in your share.  We hope you enjoy it and welcome any feedback.

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:  Last week’s experiment with preparing butter nut was not a real success for the farmers at Mesa Top.  The amount of time it took to cut up the squash and the simple physical difficulty of cutting were more than we expected.  We probably will not want to do that again, unless we learn some new tricks.

This week the share begins with Mesa Top Feta, as we continue to include a small helping of the well aged Mesa Top raw cheese very few weeks or months.

We also feature several items from Patagonia produce:  Organic Arizona valencia oranges and grapefruit, and also organic avocados from South of the border.

From the greenhouses at preferred produce we include organic tomatoes and lettuce.

From the storage sheds at White Mountain Farm we include organic Peruvian purple potatoes.

And this week’s special treat from the local produce world is either cabbage or broccoli from Anthony Farm at Anthony, New Mexico, right on the Texas state line and South of Las Cruces.  Thank you to La Montanita COOP warehouse for providing the trucking connection to enable this and other Southern products to make their way North for our benefit.

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

Steve Warshawer

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