Climatology 2013: We have had a welcome break for several days from the oppressive dryness. Summer like cloud buildups every day. Some hint of rain here and there. With a more damp air mass, warmer night time lows and cooler day time highs. It has been pleasant working weather. The daily sprinkles and light showers are not quite enough to settle the dust, but the smell of rain and wet ground is reassuring and soothing.
This week’s Cow stories: Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: Even where there is hay, people do not really want to sell it. They are holding out in hopes the price gets higher. I heard an explanation of how the hay prices are driven by bankers: in years past the large hay buyers, mostly dairies, were given the financial support from their bankers to make contracts for a year’s worth of hay. This arrangement led to clear market pricing on hay. Now the bankers are playing poker with their customers as the “marks;” they are refusing to fund annual contracts, in hopes that the hay growers will be forced to lower their prices to get orders and receive the funds needed to pay the loans at their banks. Financing/banking issues are hurting a lot of farms and farmers. The suicide rate among dairy farmers is rising. Not good.
This week’s protein update: Mesa Top Ground beef and family beef packs are in continuous supply.
This week’s cheese making update: Woops, last week I said that we would be supplying our young aged jack for the CSA share this week but instead it is the aged feta. This will be the end of that item for a while, we will need to make feta again and age it for a while. That may be a good item for us this summer, as it is easy to age and is not so sensitive to aging room temperatures and conditions. We will have 15 lbs or so left for special orders, but not enough for shares again.
This week’s Veggie/Share Update: More, different vegetable items are appearing each week, and this week’s share has several new items.
From Salvadore Corona at Espanola Valley Farms we have green onions and green garlic.
For your salad we have young lettuce from Anthony Farms, radishes from Skarsgard Farms, and one of three herbs: cilantro or parsley from Agricultura network, or arugula from Mesa Top Farm.
The last produce item is braising mix from Anthony Farms, which can be used as a spicy addition to salad, or cooked very lightly.
From Mesa Top Farm comes aged feta cheese, enough for most of the shares, and there is also some Tucumcari cheese for some members.
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