Steve’s Message – Jan.29, 2014

Member message for Beneficial Farm CSA, week January 30th, 2014

Farm policy update:  I have been traveling for nearly a week.  I made a presentation to the NOFA (New England Organic Farming Association) on food safety for farms and food hub.  NSAC (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition) winter meeting in Washington DC.   We are finally witnessing the passage of the new Farm Bill, which has been a three year process and is two years late due to the frustrating gridlock and inability to govern that characterizes our two party ruled democracy these days.  The house is scheduled to vote on this bill on Wed, 1/29, and I will provide links with more details when they are available.  Meanwhile for folks who like to know about this sort of thing, I am sending along NSAC’s press release on the bill.

Climatology 2013:  The “summer in winter” pattern has given way to a series of quick passing storms.  Now the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) forecasters are reporting a significant moisture surge off to the west in the pacific that could well be headed our way.  As an avid weather watcher I recommend NOAA as the best source for weather reporting in the larger and local context.  This is one service of our complex and often over reaching Federal government that is a great investment of our tax dollars and a terrific service to all segments of the population.

Today’s New Mexico forecast features rare language:  It is hard to believe the fetch of moisture that forecast models have projected to slam into the western US this weekend.  That is worth watching for…  We’ll see how it plays out, and what weather makes it all the way to NM.  Weather watching is good theatre, and it is very real in our lives as well!

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: 

Nothing new from the pastures and the cow herds.

This week’s protein update:  Beef shares are back, and there is plenty of ground beef,  veal shares are well stocked.

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 new news from the cheese room.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update: This week we have a less fresh produce and stronger selection from the dry and grocery departments. Your share includes organic yellow corn meal from Tamaya at Santa Ana Pueblo, and Shiny crow beans from Olathe Colorado COOP.  Also dried Chipotle chile from Jesus Guzman in Medenales, NM and Organic Apple Juice from Big B’s in Hotchkiss, Colorado. The veggies come from the greenhouses at Preferred Produce:  Spinach, cucumber, and grape tomatoes

 The fruit this week, along with the organic apple juice, is another week of rio star grapefruit from South Texas Organics.  These have been a staple in the share for a while now.  Enjoy them while they last, the Texas grapefruit season is not long.  The sweetness of the rio stars is not like any other grapefruit I have ever tasted!

 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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