Steve’s Weekly Update 5-1-13

Climatology 2013:  So we are waiting for the next round of record cold, this will be the 5th week in a row that we (and other parts of the state) have at least one morning of uncharacteristically severe cold.

At Mesa Top so far the only casualties have been a little tip burn on the lettuce mix, and of course everything is growing a lot more slowly than it would if we were experiencing more moderate and consistent temperatures.

Also the prolonged cold makes for lots of opportunities for freezing and related damage, as we still have to handle water lines and pipes as if it was winter, and we have to remember to do that, even after several days of less stringent conditions.

The widely swinging pendulum of conditions this spring, even without the benefit of any significant moisture, is certainly a challenge.

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:  We received our last load of 2012 from Robert Quintana and we had a chance to talk about how the cool season (spring) grasses grow.  This is important because the pasture up in La Puebla at the Bennett’s is a strong cool season grass mix that is greening up rapidly now.  So we will need to quickly move the cows, so that we can get the strong early season growth that is natural for those grasses.  Then, after a cutting of hay, we can put cows back on there for a while, to clean up around the edges until the weather cools off again. At which point we hope to get another strong regrowth of the cool season grasses.

Bottom line, more cows that need another pasture location for a few months.

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

This week’s cheese making update:  Nothing new from cheese world.

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

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week we are soaring with a great variety of early season produce.

Our only fruit this week is cantelope from the greenhouses at Preferred Produce.  It is quite a treat to have fresh fruit from a local source at this time of the year!

On the vegetable side, from Skarsgard Farms in South Albuquerque, we include organic bok choi, carrots, and chard.  From the greenhouses at Preferred Produce, we include organic grape tomatoes and English cucumbers.  From Anthony Farms we include a spring salad mix – lettuce, spinach, beet and other young greens.  From Mesa Top Farm we have the first greenhouse harvest, tender young arugula.

Enjoy the diversity of foods, quite a surprise this early in the season.

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Steve Warshawer


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