Steve’s Weekly Update 4-10-13

Climatology 2013:  Two days of significant cold: highs in the mid to upper 30s at Mesa Top.  Thankfully this late winter storm has included few inches of snow.  I remember an April in the early 1990s when it was like this for a month.

At Mesa Top we have a lot of tender plants out in the garden.  Freshly germinated spinach, salad mix, and arugula.  We are transplanting young Nappa Cabbage, Totsoi, and Bok Choi out into the hoop house.  ALL of these seeds are now living under double and triple row covers until the cold retreats.

I’d expect record highs by this weekend!  Why not?

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:   Nothing new on the life of the cows in general.

One funny story to share from the MT herd.  Young Cindy Lou, our only first calf heifer on the milk line at this time, is a dreamy cow.  She is very gentle and does not win the battle for feed with the bigger cows, so she often spends hours cleaning up the feed area, and her rambunctious heifer calf Lilly Lou often runs off with the rest of the rambunctious calves in search of adventure.  Momma Cindy does not see Lilly Lou for hours sometimes, and it does not seem to worry her in the least

Sometime last Saturday Lilly Lou got herself wedged up underneath the deck on which our 30 ft. yurt is constructed, and quietly stayed there.  Momma Cindy did not really notice a thing!  When we went to put away calves at sunset, Lilly Lou was missing, but there was not much daylight left for searching.

The next morning, Cindy started calling Lilly and for the first time she responded!  Cindy followed Colleen up to where Lilly was stuck, and Colleen dragged her from under there.  She could barely stand up, nursing vigorously on Momma Cindy with her front legs folded.  She got her strength back and all was well we think in a short time.

The story of Lilly Lou goes back to her birth shortly after Xmas when Colleen and I had to pull her because the shed was too big for little Momma Cindy to birth on her own.  She is a sweet tempered little thing like her mother, and we have high hopes for her as a future milk cow.

This week’s protein update:  Mesa Top Ground beef and family beef packs are in continuous supply.

This week’s cheese making update:  Cheese making continues.  No new cheese making news!

This week’s cheese share includes: green chile cheddar and more

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week’s share includes more early spring vegetable variety.  Along with the ever popular grape tomatoes from Preferred Produce, the share includes salad mix and cooking greens mix from Anthony Farms, along with turnips and spinach from Agricultura Network.

We also include organic buckwheat sprouts from Sun Green Living Foods.

And this week we offer the very last Arizona citrus of the season from Patagonia Produce:  Pink Grapefruit and Valencia Oranges.

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Steve Warshawer

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