Steve’s Weekly Update 8-14-13

Climatology 2013: The transition to fall is beginning, we can feel it in the air. We even had one very cool morning: 40 degrees at Mesa Top.

The blue stem and side oats gramma, our most prevalent warm season grasses, are all seeded out. If we get another round of moisture they may even grow a second time in the same season. This is rare, but we can hope.

It is pleasant to walk through grasses almost thigh high in places, and to see the cows easily feeding, unlike how it has been with scanty forage where they have to work and graze all day just to keep full.

This week’s Cow stories: Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: The Pasture at La Puebla needs more cows. We will move a load up from Dominic’s, hopefully this weekend. We brought our late 2012-early 2013 heifer group home from La Puebla so we can work with them some at Mesa Top. We will put some bigger cows at La Puebla for a month or so to get the pastures into good shape for a final re-growth before winter.

Dominic has harvested his winter wheat and the cows in Hagerman are cleaning up his fields before re-planting of wheat for this coming winter. Confidence is high that there will be green pasture/forage during the key months when we have nothing but hay available here. It will be very interesting to see how hay prices and pasture availability change with just a single season of modest / normal monsoon rains.

This week’s protein update: Mesa Top is raising turkeys. Our young beef sits in the freezers, anyone interested? We can customize a package of medium priced cuts to your specifications, if that would help.

Anyone interested in turkeys? Ours at Mesa Top are growing well. Would it be of interest to be able to receive them fresh? Most Thanksgiving turkeys are frozen…

Lots of “slow food” Chickens available now from MT, too!

This week’s cheese making update: Other than tending the cheese that was made last fall and winter, through its aging process, there is nothing going on in the cheese department. You can still special order Mesa Top cheese, as we have all varieties, aged and in stock.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update: At last, the first tree fruit of the season from Colorado. With such a short crop this year, you will see higher than usual prices for the larger fruit in the local stores. We have made arrangements for a less expensive pack, and for fabulous prices on case lots, and this is the first week we are able to include the peaches in the share, thanks to our connection with La Montanita COOP Distribution Center and Rogers Mesa Fruit packing company. Rogers packs for 5 different certified organic growers on the Western Slope. Enjoy this terrific fruit from a neighbor region.

The produce portion of your share includes organic chard from Synergia Ranch and tatsoi from Gemini Farm as well as leeks from Talon de Gato, which are all the cookable items.

A special treat from Talon de Gato is an Appendere Ram’s horn green pepper, this is a sweet green chopping or stuffing pepper.

For your salad, and fresh enjoyment the share includes a cucumber from Mesa Top Farm and basil and parsley from Talon de Gato, just what you need as the fresh ingredients for pesto.

You can look forward to our first of the season sweet corn from Dean Schwebach and family in Moriarty, coming to your share next week.

Membership news: Please follow us online at Facebook and Twitter. This is a great way to show your friends our weekly shares, recipes and updates.

Remember when you help us spread the word and sign up more members; we add $10 to your Farm Account for every member you refer.

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

Steve Warshawer

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