Climatology 2013: We got that late season monsoon! Rain Rain Rain. A perfect configuration to channel 2 or 3 days of moisture north from the Pacific, across northern Mexico, and right up the Rio Grande Valley.
Wildlife update from Mesa Top: I found a small tiger salamander and a couple of tiny spadefoot toads in the morning hours, making their way toward water and the safety of deep mud.
The rattlesnake who took up residence in the chicken coop last week moved on after a few days, as the nights got cooler. With all of the rain and cool, we can look forward to a busy time of snake migration when the weather clears and warms up.
This week’s Cow stories: Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: The cows have to suffer with the mud. Nothing much new to report about them.
This week’s protein update: We are looking forward to seeing some of our young beef cut like veal, later this week. Our fingers crossed that we will be offering the veal pack on the market place later this week.
The turkeys are moved out onto open pasture and are enjoying clean (temporarily muddy) ground. Fresh, green forage, along with more space is leading to even more rapid growth and happy turkey behavior.
Last week, hot as it was, the turkeys learned to find shade. This week, with the rain, they are showing enough smarts (if turkeys can show such a thing) to go to the covered area, sun protection is also provides rain protection. The rain comes down and the turkeys run for cover, the rain lightens up and they come out from their shelter and forage. It is a relief to see that they have some natural instincts for survival and self-preservation.
This week’s cheese making update: Beginning to gather milk for cheesemaking. Herd shares are possible again now.
This week’s Veggie/Share Update: With the cool weather this is the last week of Colorado peaches. We will have pears and then apples from the Western Slope in the weeks ahead.
The vegetable portion of the share is continuing to tilt away from warm weather and summer crops. This week the share’s featured vegetable is tasty sweet corn from Schwebach farm. It is accented by espelette peppers from Talon de Gato. These are a beautiful red, sweet, hot little pepper – a Talon de Gato and Beneficial Farms CSA exclusive!
There are clear indications of fall in the three root crops that are in this week’s share: carrots from Schwebach, cylyndra beets from Talon de Gato, and Hakura turnips from Gemini Farm.
The greens this week are chard from Synergia and lettuce from Talon de Gato.
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