From the Mesa Top, member message for wk of July 10, 2014

BAGS BAGS BAGS! The CSA needs your re-usable bags back. We have to buy them from time to time and the less often that happens the better. Please remember to return your re-usable bags!

Operations and update: Home delivery? What do you think of the idea, for $5 additional. We will not be able to offer it universally as some locations are just too far away. Also, we truly believe that the best CSA experience comes when members pack their own shares and a “site host” is present to help them, and to make arrangements for members who are needing special consideration. Interested in hosting? See the description of the Hillside site, which follows.

Site news: Hillside site open from 11AM to 3PM member pickup! It was always popular at BFCSA to have shares ready for pickup during the lunch hour. Now Hillside pickup now begins 11:00. We plan to turn on the CSA cell 505-470-1969 on distribution day, so call us if you need us. If you are running late to Hillside, we will pack your share (and any other order) and leave it in a cooler for you to pick up

At the Commons we have been asked to move our pickup spot to the area around the mailboxes, when you first enter the courtyard. Please look for your share there.

FRUIT ALERT! Peaches are just around the corner. We found some in the High Rolls, New Mexico area, and the Western Slope Colorado peaches are soon to arrive.

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

Much cooler weather, daily clouds and threat of rain. Some spotty rains but not much to speak of. Waiting and hoping for precipitation to feed the dry ground.

This week’s Cow stories: Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: The pastures are pretty well dried out. The cool season grasses grew very tall and have gone to seed. The cows are healthy and eating well, still finding greenery among the weeds and forbes. The cooler weather means a little less water hauling to keep up with.

We do have plenty of water in our biggest pond and have seen ducks and great blue herons periodically all summer long

This week’s protein update: With a little luck we will process the 20 or so meat chickens this weekend and have them ready for sale next week. They will be $4 per lb to members and we will put them on the marketplace as soon as we know which distribution we can deliver them to you in. Meanwhile if you want to be on a “wait list” for the meat chickens email us at shares@beneficialfarm.com .

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

This week’s Veggie/Share Update: This week’s share I s heavy on the root crops.

At last we have some carrots! Thank you Kyle from Frisco Farms. Beets are beginning from Synergia Ranch, and Baby turnips (mostly greens) from Talon de Gato along with Japanese Bunching Onions, also from T de G.

Farmer Adam promises us another recipe, for the turnip greens, watch for this in our Friday, distribution review message.

The zuccini at Mesa Top is coming on strong and is included in your share for the first time this season

We continue to include salad fixings every week. Your share again includes tender young Salad (lettuce mix) from Talon de Gato and grape tomatoes from Preferred produce.

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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