Message for Beneficial Farm CSA, August 7, 2014

 

Church/Synagogue supported Agriculture and Agriculture Supported Synagogue/Church: We created our Chabad support share and have had one other inquiry we are following up on. We look forward to hearing more from members about how to develop this idea into a meaningful and impactful program.

Hillside “self serve” site open from 11AM to 3PM member pickup! call the CSA cell 505-470-1969

Commons: 4-6PM: Need help on Distribution day with your share, contact Kim at 505-428-8671

FRUIT ALERT! The AMAZING western Slope Colorado peaches from Thomas Cameron at Rancho Durazno are in. This week we begin a 5-6 week season. The fruit is not enormous, so it is great for young person as well as adult enjoyment. We hope you enjoy it, included in this week;s share and available by special order

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

A wet week is giving way to return to warmer temperatures.

This week’s Cow stories: Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project: The cows have a “slick” look to them when they get enough time on fresh native grasses. Their coat is tight and shiny and they have a nice layer of fat over their bodies. They generally look well fed and content.

The surface water, in ponds and springs, is abundant. The herd that is up on Herrera Ranch land has water holes at the far reach of the ranch so they are happily grazing nearly two miles from the farm/ranch headquarters.

The last big rain at Mesa Top was Monday afternoon. We will now be watching for lots more grass growth as the grasses respond to the warmth and sun. And we will look at the springs and shallow well and see how the available water can help us manage pasture and rotation for the months ahead.

This week’s protein update: We processed the meat chickens last Friday. We are pleased that members are excited about the meat chickens. We will start some more soon. We are hoping to offer more protein options, as we used to in the past. Healthy and humane animal agriculture are an important part of sustainable agriculture in our semi arid landscape!

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

This week’s Veggie/Share Update: This week’s share is strongly representative of the fruiting plants.

The representative from the vegetative side are chinese cabbage from Talon de Gato. These come well protected in loose outer leaves, so you can store them if you do not need to eat them right away. Even if not packed away in plastic, the outer leaves protect the more dense inner core which is the tender and tasty portion of the plant.

From below the ground Talon de Gato provides japanese bunching onions.

Mesa Top supplies the Summer squash and cucumbers. And Preferred provides the tomatoes

The sweet fruits for begin Cantaloupe from Preferred produce, and peaches from Rancho Durazno in Palisade Colorado

And a bounty of the wet weather is rhubarb again from Talon de Gato. Please remember that the rhubarb stores well in the fridge, and will go nicely with some of the Rancho Durazno peaches, whether this week or some time in the next few. You could even cook up the rhubarb, even if it loses some of its lustre in the fridge, and then freeze it, and combine with a sweeter fruit later in the season.

We hope you enjoy this week’s variety, and especially that you enjoy the fruit! There is more to come!

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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