Climatology 2013: The monsoon moisture remains to the west of us. Parts of Arizona have been removed from the “drought” classification. All of New Mexico is still listed at NOAA as effected by “persistent drought”.
As we move toward fall there is abundant wildlife activity as Mesa Top. In one day we spotted 3 rattlesnakes, including one that was probably the largest I have ever seen. Also 2 bull snakes that were feasting on eggs in the chicken house, one of which was as big as any bull snake I have ever seen. Also representatives both of the native amphibians appeared: a small spade foot toad, and a small tiger salamander. Both were found fairly early in the morning, using the cool night air as cover while they made their way to moist locations where they could burrow deep into cool soil to hibernate. We also saw our first migratory birds visiting the ponds at Mesa Top. A great blue heron and a wood duck.
The natural world is getting ready for fall.
This week’s Cow stories: Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: We could not get to Dominic’s last weekend. Hopefully this weekend. Meanwhile the cows here up North continue to enjoy the abundant grass.
This week’s protein update: At Mesa Top we are still working on the veal package.
The turkeys have gone into a growth spurt. They are visibly larger every day.
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: Colorado peaches continue for one or two more weeks. This week we hope to receive our first sample of Colorado Bartlett pears.
The vegetable portion of the share is a nice mix of 8 different items, headlined with Romero Farms celery.
Cucumbers and summer squash from Mesa Top Farm, and Swiss Chard from Synergia Ranch and kale from Gemini Farm.
Also Radishes from Gemini Farm, a bunch of Onions and an Appendere pepper from Talon de Gato.
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