Member message for Beneficial Farm CSA, week January 23rd, 2014
Another amazing weather week is passing. One remarkable fact from the mesa is that for the last 9 days, with the exception of one morning when the wind blew a bit, the morning temp at the farm has been exactly THE SAME: 10 degrees! With Daytime highs around 50 degrees, this is the type of weather that is expected in early summer: 40+ degree temperature swings between sunrise and peak daytime heat, very little wind, almost no clouds. It is meteorological summer in January. We are being promised one blustery, cold day this week, and then back to “summer in winter”.
This week’s Cow stories:
Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: The dry cows are doing their “cow” thing, out on some decent (standing dead grass) pasture, home each night for a treat of good hay. We ran out of our best hay for the milk cows and their production of milk dropped off. Good hay is due in this weekend. It is interesting to see how well tuned the bodies of our momma cows are to the quality of feed and forage. Brown suffered an injury to one quarter of her udder. She probably got kicked or head butted by another full grown cow. She had blood clots inside there that we had to “milk out”, which is very painful. We had to tie her leg against a post set in cement and work it out. She is a very patient cow but was very uncomfortable. She had one very bad day and things have been improving steadily since. To help her recover, we put her in a separate coral area, and that made her unhappy because she is such a “herd animal.” After a few days of recovery she is back with the herd.
This week’s protein update:
Ground beef is in and will be delivered again in volume this week, and we are “down to the wire” on whether the regular beef shares will be in for this week. Plenty of veal. Large turkeys for Xmas or beyond: reduced cost to members! Order ahead please as they are stored in Albuquerque in a commercial freezer.
This week’s cheese making update:
No news from the cheese room.
This week’s Veggie/Share Update:
We have a great mix of fresh produce again this week. The bulk of the variety comes from the greenhouses at Preferred Produce: zucchini, cluster tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers all are coming from our farmer down by the Mexican border. From our Northern farms, fall harvest and stored until now, we also have dried, whole red chile from Talon de Gato, purple potatoes from White Mountain Farm, and the last of the winter butternut squash from Mesa Top Farm. We our neighboring regions we have organic oranges from South Texas Organic and avocados from Equal exchange COOP, “small farms maker a big difference”! Enjoy the bounty and mid-winter variety!
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