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20 week CSA, June to October

Monday, June 29, 2015

This is what happens when chickens are allowed to free range.

You'll be eating your breakfast and all of a sudden you hear a "buck-buck," and there is a chicken in the kitchen!!  Thank goodness they are the cleanest chickens in the world!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Peppers, Squash, Zucchini and Peas...oh my!!!

I don't know about you, but I don't know of many other CSA's that are giving peppers and squash and zucchini in their shares this week..Or really any other week before mid to late July!  How awesome is that?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

UNBELIEVABLE!

You absolutely MUST watch this video below.  Can you believe that a 6 year old doesn't know what a tomato is?  Or a Potato?  Or an eggplant, beet or cauliflower?  Shocking, yes?  Well the truth is, that we live in a world that is absolutely manufactured.  From entertainment to our politics to even our food, we are living manufactured lives.  People wonder why we are doing what we are doing.  How can we not, when kids are starving, literally starving!  Sure, they are getting calories, but nutrients?  Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, fatty acids?  No, you get that from fresh food. Kids these days have no idea what food is..,heck, neither do adults for that matter, and that is scary!



Someone told me the other day that people get grossed out over free-range eggs because the chickens eat bugs.  Really?  Are you kidding me?  That's what they are supposed to eat!  Someone told me just yesterday at the Farmers Market that someone, regarding organic food, said "I would rather eat chemicals than something that a bug crawled on!"  Joel Salatin, in this book "Folks, This Ain't Normal" tells the story of how many people have no clue how to break down a chicken.  I thought he may be exaggerating until I actually spoke to someone recently about this very thing recently.  Chemicals over natural food?  A GMO shiny red tomato laden with pesticides over a pure tomato that may be a little misshapen?  An egg that has been raised in a commercial agricultural facility that treats their chicken in-humanely while causing them to live in disease infested warehouses where they are so close together that they go stir crazy and try to peck each-other to death, rather than an egg from a chicken that runs free on the land?  What is wrong with our world today?  How could I not provide local, pure, wholesome food to the local community?



I don't want to make this long, but the very sad reality is that the majority of people in this world no longer know where their food comes from besides "the grocery store."  Watch the clip below...



Precious!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Come By the Stand Tomorrow!

Colorado Farm and Art Market at Ivywild School in Colorado Springs.
Come get some Mesclun Mix, Zucchini, Squash, Turnip Greens, Kale, Eggs and a host of other things tomorrow afternoon!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Reflections on the Rain - RE: Jason Plotkin

This has most certainly been the most trying and most difficult year of farming I have ever encountered...ok, ok, it's the FIRST farming season I have ever encountered!  Seriously though, this has been a very difficult season so far.  Rain is good, sometimes.  This year, it's ridiculous!  Not only does excessive rain cause root rot, seed rot etc., but it causes low soil temperatures, breeds diseases and fungus and can cause a whole host of other related issues including the encouragement of certain pests.

I am linking to an article by Jason Plotkin of Ekar Farm and Golden Acre Farms. It is important that you read this article:  HERE  

Jay talks about the struggles with the weather - struggles that we (local farmers) are all facing right now. In the article, he mentions that Denver's YTD rainfall is 14 inches, and yet Denver has already received 11 inches!  With Jay, a 16 year veteran of farming all over the country he states:  "I have been growing food now for 16 seasons across Connecticut, Vermont, New York, and Colorado and this season is by far the most challenging and the worst season I’ve seen."  

As bad as that is, I want you to get a glimpse of what is happening in Peyton, where Ahavah Farm is located:  The average YEARLY rainfall for Peyton:  16.2 inches.  The YTD rainfall for Peyton:  15.72!!!!  Yes, that's correct, we have gotten almost two inches more rain than Denver, in their "most challenging and worst season" and less than a half an inch will complete our total yearly average.  We have even gotten over three inches more rain than nearby Colorado Springs!  Yikes!

In short, if we did not have our hoophouse, we would have virtually nothing, and that's what a lot of farms have right now:  nothing! How does this translate to our customers: It translates into higher prices, less selection and a shorter season.  It means we need your support, financially and emotionally.  This is tough.  To come home from the farmers market to see the garden over-saturated. To plant new beds and see no new growth.  To see your tomato plants turning yellow because they can't handle all the water...it's frustrating to say the least!

It's not all bad news, however.  For what we are going for, even regardless of the conditions, we are doing alright.  From what we know, we are the first farm with carrots and we are the first farm with squash and zucchini. That's something to celebrate!  We also have peppers that are almost at maturity, and green beans as well as a host of other items.  Below is a list of our current crops:

Ready for harvest / being harvested:

Zucchini
Crooked Neck Squash
Mesclun Mix
Black Seed Lettuce
Buttercrunch Lettuce
Carrots
Viroflay Spinach
Noble Giant Spinach
Lucinato Kale
Premium Kale
Purple Top Turnips
Purple Top Turnip Greens
Radishes

Almost Ready For Harvest (2-4 Weeks):

Sugar Snap Peas
Peppers
Green Beans
Swiss Chard
Beets
Beet Greens
Broccoli
Cabbage

The bottom line is that to some this list sounds great. However, what you aren't seeing is the quantities.  We have an entire garden growing at a pace of what seems like a negative rate.  Plants need water, yes, but they also need sun and warmth and drainage.  If we do not get those things, this is going to be one tough season!

Please continue to support us.  We are working an extreme number of hours trying to produce as much of the best, purest and healthiest food available.  Yes, your financial support is important, otherwise we cannot provide clean, sustainable food to the local area.  However, your words of encouragement, your patience and understanding when your CSA share doesn't have what you were hoping for, these are the things we need the most from you.  Emotional support.