Steve’s Message – January 16th, 2014

Member message for Beneficial Farm CSA, week January 16th, 2014

Climatology 2013:

A week of wind, dry, and cool weather. This is just what I was describing as the likely January scenario. The weather forecasters at NOAA say “the drought continues”. This week’s Cow stories: Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: The cows are moving finding new grass at Mesa Top as we move them around to new pastures. The ground is clear of snow and dry in many areas so this is helping reduce our hay costs and keep the cows healthy because they have room to roam and forage. Our cows love space and freedom, and they are happy to come “home” every day to a salad bar of good hay and a tank full of clean water.


This week’s protein update:

Ground beef is in and will be delivered again in volume this week, and all different types of beef shares will be back on the marketplace for your orders for next week’s deliveries. Large turkeys for Xmas or beyond: reduced cost to members: we would like to gather up orders and make one more delivery of the large turkeys. Please let us know if you want another tasty turkey.


This week’s cheese making update:

The increased production means more cheese. The cheese making process that Colleen has developed is so simple and flexible that the increasing production is relatively easy to accommodate. The young jack cheese, aged 90-120 days, is terrific and flavorful. We look forward to supplying it to the CSA sometime soon.


This week’s Veggie/Share Update:

We have an extraordinary mix of produce this week, thanks in large part to great variety coming from Preferred Produce: cucumbers, grape tomatoes, lettuce, and spinach all are coming from our farmer down by the Mexican border. We also have garlic and epazote from Talon de Gato, For the first time this winter we also have live, fresh sunflower sprouts from Sungreen living foods. Sungreen, based in Santa Fe, is an important supplier of nutrient dense fresh green foods for us during the winter months. We also have rio star grapefruit from South Texas Organic and blue and yellow corn posole from Southwest Heritage Mills. Enjoy the bounty and unusual mid-winter variety!


Membership news:

Please follow us on line 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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