Member message for Beneficial Farm, CSA for week of August 21st distribution

Marketplace News:  The marketplace is bustling with options

News and specials on marketplace:


Carrots start this week and will be a staple on the marketplace throughout the fall:


Our high elevations and cool nights produce some of the tastiest carrots you will ever eat.  It is the beginning of what we hope will be 4 to 6 months of local carrots.  The first carrots are coming from Schwebch Family Farm; Gemini carrots will come along soon.  If you enjoy juicing or carrot salad or roasted, you may want our larger sized bags or boxes.


Tomatoes are back, but basil is out of stock this week:  Grape tomatoes are in the share


Ongoing seasonal specials:


Corn:  Schwebach Family Farm sweet corn continues: grab another half dozen using our marketplace special:  buy 5 and get half a dozen. (will not be in the share…)


Peaches:  Thomas Cameron’s Rancho Durazno peaches continue.  If you are a peach lover, remember to order, as there will be only 2 in your share this week


Roasted Green Chili:  Talon de Gato offers their fresh, lightly roasted chile.  1/2lb bags available on the marketplace. We welcome larger green chili orders, please let us know.


Cantaloupes: Preferred Produce’s bargain fruit continues.  You will also receive on in your share this week.


Still available on an ongoing basis:


Kale collards, beets, lettuce mix, lettuce heads, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash and onions


OUT OF STOCK THIS WEEK:  Basil: from Talon de Gato is not available this week; check in next week if you haven’t stocked up for the season yet.


Check out the Webstore:


Here is what we are planning for your Beneficial CSA Share for Thursday August 21, 2014


Carrots                                                                                    from Schwebach Farm

Cucumber                                                                              from Mesa Top Farm

Lettuce mix                                                                         from Talon de Gato

Collard Bunch                                                                 from Synergia

Grape tomatoes                                          from Preferred produce

Cantaloupe                                     from preferred produce

Peaches                                   from Rancho Durazno


This week’s share again features produce from across the field, from tree top to below the ground.  Carrots are coming.  Tasty and versatile, and of course they store well in the veggie crisper  If you cannot use it fresh, it dries easily and can be crushed and saved for later.





Synergia Ranch grows terrific collards which we distribute to the Food Depot all summer long and from time to time we pass it along to the individual share members as well.  A great and interesting way to enjoy collards is to use them as a “wrap” around a filling of your choice.  The amazing thing is that in this form, you eat the collards raw, and get ALL of the amazing vitamins and nutrition.  Here are a couple of examples:


Continuing with the share details, for sweet and tasty treats we again include cantaloupe from Preferred and peaches from Rancho Durazno


For your salad we have tender salad/lettuce mix from Talon de Gato, a tasty Mesa Top cucumber, and grape tomatoes from Preferred Produce


From the Mesa Top and other News:


Climatology 2014: NOAA LINK:


Cool nights (upper 40s) signal the transition to fall.  Sorry to have to bring this up.  School is in session and fall is knocking on the door.  Hopefully we will get some more rainy spells, and a little more late-season grass growth before the dry weather settles in


From the Wild:  Rattlesnake gallery not ready still.


Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:  The herds are on nearby pastures now.  The grass is still green and there is enough to go around.  Two more calves were born yesterday.  Druidia’s little one, after surviving a day in hiding (see last week’s “adventure” story) with no ill effects, is now the leader of what will be a growing group of rambunctious calves.  The next two mothers to deliver are Seven, daughter of Blanca, and Cassie II, the first heifer from our original Tarentaise in 10 years.  All 3 calves are pure, light brown, showing the strong Tarentaise influence of Bruiser, our youngest ½ Tarentaise Bull.


These are the first calves for these mothers, all of whom are a few months shy of their third birthdays.  We have 5 more first calfers due this fall, plus some of our familiar milk line cows.  We do our best to hold off on first calves until the second half of the third year.  These mothers are in great shape, big and full bodies, with a summer of green grass in them, and ready to raise these calves.


We aim to bring them in to the closest pastures, begin supplementing with alfalfa, and get the milk rotation started soon.  It will be interesting to see which of these first calf mommas adapt well to the milk parlor.  We are prepared that not all will.


Meat and animal protein update:  We are facing a ground beef gap but may be able to fill in with comparable product from other partner farms.  We are studying the economics and you will likely see a new, increased price as well.


Cheese making update: See above, the fall resumption of milking is probably 4, maybe 6 weeks away.


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!


Our farms and farmers thank you for your support,


The Warshawer/Swendson/Agard Family

Beneficial Farm CSA



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