Steve’s Weekly Update 6/26/13

Climatology 2013:  Daytime highs in the 90s, nighttime early morning lows in the upper thirties.  That’s desert weather.  At least the danger of frost has passed.

Now we wait for the weather pattern to change.  Typically a great dome of high pressure builds over the 4 corners and the storm track moves north to Canada.

Then the still, stationary air under the high pressure dome gradually moistens with humidity moving north from the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of Baja.

Then the saturated air creates localized storm around the mountains, which drift off and provide rainy relief in the surrounding plains.

It’s been a while since we experienced a traditional monsoon.  We can still hope…

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:  we have been moving the herd around through 3 pastures and there is just not much there for them to eat.  They go walk around and come back and wait to be fed.  At least they are out walking on clean ground.

We finished a major fence repair along the county road, so another large pasture is ready for some cows.  Sad that we are getting about ¼ of the usual feed value out of these pastures.

Oh well…  keep praying for rain.

This week’s protein update:  Our next young beef is aging at the processing plant.  We’d love to process a couple more and sell them as ½ beef and are able to spread out the payments from our customers so that they can pay a smaller amount monthly

This week’s cheese making update:  We have made a few batches of feta, and now we figure is a good time to dry off the winter herd and maybe keep just a couple of cows around for milk for the family.  Time to concentrate on the vegetable garden.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week’s produce includes a bit more variety, with edible pod peas and also summer squash from Espanola Valley Farm.

Lettuce from Red Mountain Farm and grape tomatoes from Preferred produce are also included.

Parsley and green garlic from Talon de Gato and also Red Chard for cooking, as well.

Enjoy the spring bounty!

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Steve Warshawer

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