Here is what we are planning for your Beneficial CSA Share for Thursday August 31st, 2017
Small Plums, Org from Rancho de Santa Fe
Small Peaches, Org from Rancho de Santa Fe
Gala Apples, Org from Rancho de Santa Fe
Hakueri Turnips from Jubilee Farm
Round Red and White Radishes from Jubilee Farm
Alluim Mix (Shallots, Baby Onions and Garlic) from Vida Verde
Grape Tomatoes from Preferred Produce
Sorry for the delay in getting the member message out. We have more exciting news, tied to our delay, we started supplying the Santa Fe School District with some of our locally grown produce! We did have to make a mad dash this morning, meeting Preferred Produce in Socorro at 5, but we got 840 heads of Org NM grown lettuce into the schools!
We are thrilled to be working with the school district over the coming years, to understand the institutional needs they have, and how to help some of our farmers start supplying more local food to the kids!
Fall Beginnings and CSA Moving
You may have noticed that the nights are starting to cool off, the days are getting shorter and you can smell roasting chile in the air, it must be the start of Fall!
We are planning our annual Chile roasting project, where we roast and package 500lbs of fresh chile for our member’s shares this coming winter. We are also starting to see the apples getting closer to harvesting, along with the first harvests of our winter crops like winter squash, potatoes, garlic and onions!
It is with mixed emotions that we are moving our CSA distribution site in September.
For over a year and half, we have blessed to run the CSA out of the Live/Work home of the Leyba Family in the Oshara community. The Leyba family has been such a wonderful part of every Thursday morning, helping us out when we are in need, brightening up the morning with one of the kids playing the piano, Sonia’s amazing coffee and the overall loving atmosphere their home exudes.
We are haven’t taken enough time to thank them for all they have done for us, to bring the CSA into their family, and help us in so many ways! The Leyba’s are also one of our local producers: owners of Zia Soda, founders of Santa Fe Tea Company and key members of Patrick’s Probiotic Soda and Pristina Water. It is with a broken heart that we will not be seeing their family every distribution morning.
Our recent decision to move our distribution location is in part due to our need to grow, and an opportunity to share a larger space with another local business. We are moving into a shared location with the Kombucha Project, near Siler and Cerrillos this September. Along with similar business goals, this new location offers a larger space for the CSA operations, including cold storage, as well as some key components we need to grow.
We look forward to sharing the developments of this transition as it happens.
We also would like to extend our thanks to the Leyba Family: Ezra, Sonia and their amazing children Zion, Lilly, Jamaica, Kingston and Moshia. We wish the world had more amazing families like this one in it.
CSA Membership Drive
We are calling on our members once again to spread the good word, about Beneficial Farm CSA!
We have always found that our members are our greatest advocates in sharing their experiences with being a CSA member, and want to see more friends and family try out CSAs.
Why is it important to recruit new members?
The simplest explanation is to support more farmers! That is a little too easy, I mean I did put a question in bold after all.
Over the last 2 years we have been trying to grow what Beneficial Farms does in our Community to Support Agriculture, what sets us apart and what we want to be.
We have identified 3 primary ways to help support our farmers, to be able to work with everything they harvest.
Our main support comes from our CSA members! Your understanding of how the harvests go, that not everything is perfect, and that you share in the bounty when the crops prosper is essential! For example, last week we did not get the plums in your shares, but we increased the other share items for a full bag.
We started working with restaurant owners and chefs over the last few years, finding those who want to support local, and can take large volumes of our crops. We have been able to partner with many great chefs in our area to support our farmers, and have developed a few amazing programs that could not have happened without their support.
We also have an amazing partnership with a company, where we are able to donate some of our farmer’s crops to the food bank, while paying them for their harvest!
All of these pieces play a vital role in our work in supporting our farmers, our capacity to commit to more of their harvest and find the uses for it. We want to see all of these grow together, as we grow our support to working with more farmers. There may be a day when we take everything all our farmers have grown, and still need more, but not being able to take their crop is a harder nut to swallow.
All of this goes into the large role Beneficial is working to fill in our local food world.
• Last week we brought in over 2,500lb of produce from our farmers, and we found a home for all of it!
• Beneficial eggs customers have increased by about 3x since December, and our signature non-gmo chickens have a demand for over 2,000 birds a year!
• Our launching of Polk’s folly could not have happened without member support, and we have a waiting list through 2019 for new restaurants.
• We are now on our 3rd year of the Seashaken project, and we are hoping to take the entire boat’s catch this year, 25K lbs!
• We are establishing a shared distribution network between a few key farmers and partners that has saved over 2,000 highway miles in the last 6 week!
We are working on growing the farmers we work with, the developing farmers we can nurture and the producers and projects we can support and be a part of. The relief we can bring to our farmers by taking their whole harvest, the input and support we can give new farmers and helping other producers expand their markets is what we are continuing to strive for. We want to do more and that means we need more families in our community to support the CSA.
We are offering a member referral gift to any current member that refers a friend or family member to the CSA. We will give our members a free share, $25 credit, for with the CSA for at least 6 weeks. No limits, we just need to know who refers who.
We have some nice flyers, anyone that would like some to share among friends, please let us know!
Thank you for your help, and all the support you show to us and our farmers
Thomas and the Mesa Top Farm Family
Double Up Bucks CSA!
We are happy to share with you that Beneficial Farms is the first CSA in NM to be a part of the Double Up Bucks program, we are now able to offer members on EBT their CSA shares for half off!
Please help us spread the word, we are looking forward to helping get locally grown, healthy food to the families in our community that need it the most.
CSA Recipes Needed:
We are working on a cookbook for our CSA Members, and anyone getting into the world of local foods and minimal waste cooking. We are partnering with a fabulous writer who created an amazing CSA cookbook baseline that we are now working on making our own. Any personal recipes you want to share that we can include in this book, please send a copy! We want to publish an amazing cookbook that not only illustrates the necessity of low waste cooking with “weird” CSA foods, but also has a real tie to the NM members who have made their dinners based on what the land provides.
We love recycling!
We rely on members returning a reusable bag to their pick-up site every week when they pick up their shares! We also reuse egg cartons if they are clean.
Members who are new to the CSA, or have not replenished their Farmigo account before, please read this!
Member accounts are not set up to stop service once your account hits $0. Most member accounts are set up on an automatic billing system, or those that don’t have this set up, pay in some regular instilment. Member accounts will receive an email notice if their account is falling below $50, regardless of if their payment is automatic or not.
Members wishing to stop their share when their balance hits zero, NEED to email us to suspend their shares! We don’t make a habit of regulating balances week to week, and don’t mind letting a family bounce a week’s worth of food to keep them feed, so we don’t stop shares when your balance hits zeros unless we know your leaving the CSA. To have our flexible system, where a family can wait a week to reinvest in a share, we need members to let us know when they are closing our accounts, or taking a vacation. Otherwise, we spend even more money in paying for unclaimed shares, which can be donated by the time a member lets us know they are canceling sometimes.
Member, please email you holds and Substitutions in a separate email to us, so it is not lost in a hidden chain!!
CSA Phone: 505-470-1969
*We are getting better at making changes to member’s share when their dietary preferences that you let us know about. If you see something in the share that you can’t have, or absolutely hate, send us an email and we can find a substitute, but remember that half the fun of the CSA is trying something new.
News and specials on the marketplace:
We are starting to get into our fall crops, which will make having an accurate marketplace and regular share list more reliable. Occasionally, a product comes in that isn’t up to our standards for distribution, or is shorted by the farm, so contact us via email for credits/issues.
Kale: Green Curly and Dino: On the marketplace
Chard: On the marketplace
Collards On the marketplace
Heirloom Tomatoes On the marketplace
Org Gala Apples On the marketplace
Green Cabbage On the marketplace
Green Tomatoes On the marketplace
Yellow Squash: On the marketplace
Bell peppers: On the marketplace
Mixed Color Carrots: On the marketplace
Herbs: On the marketplace
Jalapenos, Serranos and Habaneros: On the marketplace
Tomatoes: On the marketplace
Turnips: On the marketplace
Sprouts: Sunflower and Buckwheat on the marketplace
Cucumbers: On the Marketplace
From the Mesa Top: August 31, 2017
Climatology 2017: We have had a generally hot and dry week. Now there is a hint of change to cooler weather and some rains, scattered. It will take some good soaking rains to kick start the native plants into s second surge of growth.
It has happened before!
With many grasses in favored locations already seeded out at knee or thigh height, a second growth would thicken up those stands. Almost like two growing seasons in one.
Repetitive reminder message: Forestry and FIREWOOD: If you are interested in firewood, early season or later, contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would welcome and offer special discount to orders that we can cut and load early
From the Wild: Many different wildflowers are in bloom. Some south facing and wind exposed areas have droughty plants like bullet stickweed. Cooler, shady and damp spots have the surprising 4 o’clock. There are many varieties scattered across the landscape.
There are also a lot of deer moving around now.
Cow stories: The cow herd at Forest Trust is still finding plenty of grass. The fences are mended along the County Road and no cows have broken through the fence. There is at least one new calf since the herd last congregated at the water troughs.
The pattern of the herd has changed. They come back to water less frequently and when they do they drink a lot more water at a time.
The rest of the heifers (after we brought home the heifer and calf that we introduced to you last week) need to come off of their as well. With additional horses there and part of the pasture closed off to grazing, the pasture as a whole is not able to support all of the creatures that are there now. As soon as the farm truck mechanical issues are done being repaired, hopefully later this week, they will be moved
Beneficial birds: This is good laying hen weather. Cool nights, cool mornings and afternoons, and a bit of heat in the middle of the day which sends them to shade
Garden Stories: The cucumbers in the garden can’t be stopped yet. They are producing heavily still. The butternut squash are sizing up. Typically we see a very light frost around the full moon in September, which is early in the month this year.
With that pattern in mind, we may see a slow decent into fall, rather than the usual frosty spike followed by warmer weather again
Thank you for your support of our local farms and farm families,
The Warshawer/Swendson/Agard Family
Beneficial Farm CSA