Member message for Beneficial Farm, CSA for distribution of October 30th, 2014 


Member news:

Reminder:   If you are having trouble getting to your share during the allotted pick up times, we suggest you change your pickup location to Hillside gallery and restaurant.  We have made arrangements so that shares can be held there in coolers for several days if necessary.  And so far the results have been excellent in terms of quality of the produce.



Now, On to the food!


Farm and Marketplace News:

We are in a transition now from the last harvests from our northern farms to some of the first harvests from our southern farms. This week Mesa Top’s cucumbers will be replaced with Preferred’s and Sol y Terra has their first radishes available on the marketplace and will soon have salad greens for us. Additionally we are continuing to work on expanding the other areas of our marketplace, and appreciate the input we continue to receive from our members.

Stayman (Winesap) Apples: In your share and on the marketplace. Steve has been working with several apple growers in the Sacramento Mountains, as well as a few local cider makers, to help them sell their crops. Staymans are another heritage variety that is superb for juicing, stores well, and has a distinctive flavor, neither too sweet nor too tart. Mesa Ruiz, our young juicing partner, is working with BFCSA to juice and freeze a bunch of cider for us to use in the winter. Anyone who is interested in larger quantities of apples to make your own cider, please send us an email.


A few items are temporarily unavailable as we transition from Northern to Southern sources:  Summer squash and zucchini, chard, peppers, and there will be a gap in availability of the luscious cantaloupe from Preferred produce.


At long last the much loved root veggies from Gemini Farm are coming in.  This week we are giving a head of their large garlic, in your share and they are also on the marketplace.  We also have Gemini’s potatoes on the marketplace, for anyone that missed them last week or couldn’t get enough.

Mesa Top firewood program:  Winter 2014/5 price determined: $125 for half chord and $250 for a chord in the El Dorado and Lamy area.  $140 for a half chord and $265 for a full chord delivered to town.  If you are real far away we can work something out.  Load at our wood yard in Canoncito, for a discount!


News and specials on the marketplace:


Onions:  You received some in your share last week, the Candy semi-sweet yellow onions for just $1 /pound from Schweback Family Farm.  A fall staple, we will have these for a couple or few months.


Butternut and Acorn Squash will be in your share this week from Mesa Top. The Acorn squash were planted a little late this season, so they are not as big they normally are.

Hubbard and Pie Pumpkins are also available on the marketplace.


Pomegranates:  on the marketplace.  These also juice very nicely.  We will offer a volume price for juicing.


Cabbage, Green and Red:  Large (3 lb.) heads of green or red cabbage from Cerro Vista Farm.


Pearmain and Stayman: An Apples a Day… Pearmain Apples from Cadwallader’s Orchard are on the marketplace. Stayman apples from the Sacramento Mountains are in your share and on the marketplace.


Cucumbers: In your share this week, we are waiting on pricing to be finalized for marketplace


Carrots:   We have carrots from Schwebach farm available on the marketplace.


Tomatoes: Grape tomatoes will be in your share and on the marketplace and vine ripened tomatoes from Preferred produce on the as well marketplace.


Kale:  Mesa Top has a greenhouse full of tender young green kale. It is almost sweet as a result of the cool nights. Kale will be in your share as well as on the marketplace this week.



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Here is what we are planning for your Beneficial CSA Share for Thursday October 30th, 2014


Cucumber                                                       from Preferred Produce

Grape Tomatoes                                          from Preferred Produce

Salado Jack Cheese                                   from Mesa Top Farm

Tender green kale                                  from Mesa Top Farm

Garlic, large, 1 head                              from Gemini Farm

Butternut Squash                       from Mesa Top Farm

Acorn Squash                        from Mesa Top Farm

Apples, Stayman              from Cider Mill Farm


This week we have both butternut and acorn winter squash from Mesa Top. These cured squash will hold up well for a few weeks, if you don’t feel cooking them all this week.

Also from Mesa Top: Salado Jack cheese and tender green kale, which from the cool night is slightly sweet, perfect for salads.

Stayman (Winesap) Apples! These heritage apples are exceptionally juicy and are perfect for cider, sauces, juice and preserves.


Homemade apples cider


o    Place apples in a large stockpot and add enough water cover by at least 2 inches. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, for 1 hour. …

o    Strain apple mixture though a fine mesh sieve. Discard solids. Drain cider again though cheesecloth lined sieve. Refrigerate until cold.

For a more detailed step by step, with canning tips, can be found at



From the Mesa Top and other News:


Climatology 2014: NOAA LINK:

Pullet eggs and giant hen eggs continue.  The pullet eggs are larger so now you are receiving to 1.5 dozen that are equivalent to a full sized dozen.


This week’s news from Mesa Top is fairly brief this week.  Steve and Colleen have been on a cattle drive all weekend, retrieving part of our herd from Roswell, and will have plenty to tell us next week. One of our largest bulls, Hewey, went to auction and we will hear firsthand from Steve more about the factors that are playing into the universal increases in beef. The children of Mesa Top held down the “Fort”, all cows, calves, chickens and children accounted for and in good health. Steve and Colleen will be home within an hour, safe and sound.


Thank you for your investment in family farmed, 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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