Weekly message, from the Mesa Top

FROM THE MESA TOP: Message for Beneficial Farm CSA members, July 3rd, 2014

Operations and update: Interested in helping to coordinate CSA and member activity at one of our existing sites? Have idea for a new site? Please read on… The position of “site coordinator” will help us be sure that all members receive their shares and special orders. They will work with our non-profit agency partners to be sure that any unclaimed shares are donated, in the name of the member whose share was left. Please contact Steve at shares@beneficialfarm.com for more information.

NEWS FLASH: Hillside site to open early for member pickup! It was always popular at BFCSA to have shares ready for pickup during the lunch hour. To make that option available again, we plan to open Hillside site for pickup beginning at 11:30 (or thereabouts). We also need that site to close earlier, so if you are concerned about missing the Hillside pickup window, call the CSA cell 505-470-1969 and we will pack your share and leave it on ice in a cooler at the Hillside loading dock)

FRUIT ALERT! This is the last week of Colorado cherries. It looks like we lost out on the High Rolls apricots: the heat wave caused them to ripen too quickly and they are not suitable for harvest/handling/shipping. The good news: peaches are around the corner. The saturn peaches at Shiraz ripening and we may see some of them! And then soon after the western Slope Colorado peaches. We will issue special fruit alert emails id they would be useful!

Climatology 2014: NOAA LINK: http://www.weather.gov/forecastmaps

The heat wave broke yesterday. The high pressure dome built over a week or so period, and now moisture is sweeping in under it. Monsoon moisture is poised to the south, ready to be drawn north. The monsoon looks ready to begin.

This week’s Cow stories: Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: No new news from the workld of the cows

This week’s protein update: No new news.

This week’s cheese making update: Cheese making hiatus continues.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update: This week’s share features the last of the Colorado Cherries, and the last of the season garlic scapes, which have been stored in cooler since harvest a few weeks ago

Talon de Gato has another big week in the CSA share with lettuce mix, Italian dandelion, and a bunch of mixed kale. From Peculiar Farm we have savoy cabbage.

The scapes come from Gemini Farm, check your e-messages from a month ago for cooking tips.

We also have sweet red onions, from Seco Spice and delivered to us by La Montanita COOP.

Along with the last cherries from Sage Creations, via the La Montanita CDC.

Enjoy!

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.

Thank you for your investment in family and local and regional agriculture. We appreciate your support as we work to improve the CSA as a vital element of our local and regional food system!

Steve Warshawer

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