From the Mesa Top, member message for July 17, 2014

The CSA needs your re-usable bags back. Please remember to return your re-usable bags!

Operations and update: Home delivery? What do you think of the idea, for $5 additional. Got an idea for another site? Please let us know. We need a “host” at SF Prep…

Hillside site open from 11AM to 3PM member pickup! call 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: New pickup spot in the mailbox area as you enter the courtyard. If you are going to be late, please notify Kim at 505-428-8671

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

Cool weather, daily clouds and some rain. So far no major deluges, good rains all around. The forecasters project a dry spell ahead, this weekend.,

This week’s Cow stories: Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: The pastures ahave responded well to the recent rains. Greening up and growing well. There is some water in the ponds so the cows are spread out across the land, not needing to come back to the water tanks every day.


We have located 2 more landowners on the Mesa who want to lease their land. This is promising.

This week’s protein update: We are scheduled process the 20 or so meat chickens on Friday and weill put them right up on the marketplace and deliver them frozen starting next distribution. They will be $4 per lb to members. Four members are on a “wait list” for the meat chickens. You can be too! 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 contains a nice variety of veggies, sorry no fruit yet again. Among the items for member shares and also for our Food Depot connection all together we have produce from 9 different farms. In the member share the 8 items come from 7 different farm! This is a lot more work than just getting everything from one or two farms, but this is how we are able to create better variety in the share. We hope you enjoy this week’s variety!

The most unusual item is local celery, a rare and unusual treat from Ned at Green Tractor Farm in La Cienga.

Another special item is a small serving of fresh basil from La Semilla Food Center in Anthony, NM, along with some garlic, for pesto if you like. Members have asked about ways to preserve garlic, and a very good way is to peel it and freeze it, ready to use. Once frozen it takes on a translucent look, but when thawed it is tasty and ready to use

You have green cabbage from Peculiar Farm that will go well in a borscht recipe, with the beets that you may have left over from last week. The cabbage will store for at least a month in your fridge.

For your salad bowl we have summer marvel lettuce from Talon de Gato and cucumber and red bell pepper from Preferred Produce.

Our cooking green this week is red chard from Synergia Ranch

Enjoy!

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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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