Member message 5/15/14

Member message for Beneficial Farm CSA, week May 15th, 2014

Climatology 2013: NOAA LINK:

Snow on the mesa Monday afternoon and night and Tuesday morning.  Weather reporters indicate that this is latest date for accumulating snow (an inch or more) in our area since 1970.  18 degrees at Mesa Top this morning.  No crop damage here as very few plants are outside yet, and those that are live under heavy row covers when necessary.  The cold and wintry weather was so well forecast that we were prepared…

Initial information is that there is not a lot of surviving fruit in New Mexico.  We are waiting for word from Western Slope Colorado, will update you next week.

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

This week’s protein update:  The cold weather has been tough on the baby chicks.  They are all cooped up in a 10 foot x 10 foot brooder.  We are afraid to let them run around outside because it has been so cold!  Their health is fine but they are getting bored.  Hopefully the warm up that is promised for the next few days will allow us to let them out into the big yard that will give them daytime exercise space and access to greens (weeds) and clean ground for the next couple of months.

The broilers are growing fast.  We hope to have fresh chicken ready around mid-July.

Last week  I mentioned that our youngest calf, heifer of Flower, had to be bottle fed because she seemed not to be nursing.  Well she seems to be figuring it out!  A good thing for all, as she will grow more vigorously by nursing her momma than by bottle feeding.

This week’s cheese making update:  The cool weather is helping to keep the cheese aging room at the right temp and humidity ranges, so we continue to make the hard cheese that is our cool season specialty. We hope to include some in your share again soon.


This week’s Veggie/Share Update:  This week’s share is unusual as half of the share value is present in a single item:  the once-a-year, earliest garlic in North America, which comes to Santa Fe on a bus from the southern tip of the Baja Penninsula.

The garlic is superb, and the braid is attractive and an easy way to keep the garlic available and accessible in the kitchen.

Along with this once a year early season treat we have broccoli greens from Anthony New Mexico, and a colorful head of  lettuce from Vida Verde Farm in ABQ.

We also have a Stupice tomato plant and a bunch of Asian greens from Talon de Gato in Embudo.


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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