Share 5/1/14

This week’s share 

1 small head each romaine and Grenoble lettuce, Talon de Gato , Embudo

1 lb. rhubarb, Talon de Gato , Embudo

1 cantaloupe, Preferred Produce, Deming

1 zucchini, Preferred Produce, Deming

1 bunch scallions, Preferred Produce, Deming

1  lb. bolita beans, Patchwork Farm, CO

1 lb. grape tomatoes, Preferred Produce, Deming

12 oz. kale, Preferred Produce, Deming

4 oz organic daikon sprouts

4 oz. Organic daikon sprouts, Sungreen Living Foods, SF


Steve’s Message 4/24/14

member message for Beneficial Farm CSA, week April 24h, 2014

Climatology 2013: NOAA LINK:

So far so good from the orchards!  No loss of blossoms.  Since last week’s snow storm, the weather pattern has stayed unsettled with much more moisture in the atmosphere.  This results in cooler days and warmer nights as the humidity significantly limits overnight cooling.  Sprinkles and showers several days as well.  A welcome change in the weather!

This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:  Bow and her calf are out on the range with the dry cow herd.  Maya is a one cow dairy unto herself!  She gave 3.5 gallons one day along with meeting all of her calf’s needs.  Usually the heifers are a little shy and “introverted.”  Maya’s calf is already carousing with the bull calves and is very alert and energetic.

Flower is big as a beached whale and will calf any day.

Several of the first calf heifers are showing signs as well.  This puts them a couple months ahead of what we anticipated.  These are the 8 heifers born in fall 2011 through early 2012.  They are well developed and good sized, and make up another whole cow herd into themselves.  Too bad we don’t have a lot more grass, pasture, or irrigation.  We would have quite a nice herd all together, representing a solid success at retaining the original Jim Miller Ayrshire genetics and blending in the Tarentaise line carried by Cassie, the aging matriarch of the Mesa Top cow herd.

We have tried to reach out to other dairies for help and opportunity but so far no interest.  Any ideas or suggestions would be welcomed!

This week’s protein update:  We have veal loin chops to sell.  We have another box of veal with a few different cuts that we will inventory and offer to members again soon.

We have some beef for family beef and family value shares also.  Ground beef still available!!

This week’s cheese making update:  We are looking at wrapping up the cheese making for the summer but have newly freshened cows to handle also!  Not sure what will be the best plan as we transition into the busy part of the produce season.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week’s share is almost entirely composed of produce from two farms.

Preferred produce is near the peak of the variety that they harvest from their greenhouse, and your share includes 5 items from them this week.  From the hoop houses at Talon de Gato come 3 additional items.  Together this makes for a wonderful mix of early season flavors.

Tender young greens include salad mix from T de G and spinach from Preferred.  Asian Mustard for cooking comes from T de G.  Leeks from T de G are an early/spring representative of the allium family.  Cucumber, red bell peppers, and cluster tomatoes all come from Preferred.

We have the last of the winter potatoes from White Mountain Organics – 2 russets.

And for another week we have sweet cantaloupe from Preferred.


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.

Members now receive a $25 gift from the CSA when when you help us spread the word and sign up more members.  The process is simple, refer a friend and be sure the CSA knows that your recommendation led to their joining and we will add $25 to your Farm Account. Thank you for your investment in and continued support of the CSA.  We appreciate your support!


Steve Warshawer


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