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Ahavah Community Newsletter

Updated: Mar 21

March 20th, 2024 - Winter Season Week 7

What's Inside This Week?

👉Video Update with Farmer Yosef

👉Special Offer for our Members!

👉Must-Read Announcements

👉This Week's Article: “What's the deal with the living herbs?

👉Featured Gardening Tip of the Week: "Compost Is AWESOME"

👉Featured Vegetable Recipe: Mustard Greens with Garlic and Lemon

👉Also: Don't miss our "Around the Farm" this week, our announcements, our weekly harvest list and more!

Weekly Update of Ahavah Farm. It's been a while since I've done one of these. I hope you enjoy and let me know if I should keep at it!

0:01 - Intro 1:20 - Sincere THANK YOU! ❤️ 3:00 - CRITICAL ACI Update! 9:45 - Winter Season recap. 11:25 - Newsletter Update. 12:20 - Outro


It has been an up and down Winter with this crazy weather, but we are almost through the season!  Can you believe that there are only 2 CSA share’s left before we go into SPRING!?  YIKES, time sure does fly when you are having fun! 

We hope you have enjoyed your CSA shares because they sure have been amazing!  For the middle of Winter, to have such an amazing consistent harvest for the first 6 weeks has been nothing short of miraclulous, especially with the crazy weather we have had!  This week is no exception and we have another beautiful share for you, yet again.  Next week’s is expected to be a season-ending beauty as well and then we are off to the races for Spring season and as far as we can tell, it is looking delightful!

Well, this week’s newsletter is going to be a great one.  Last week we kind of skipped it due to the craziness that was happening around here with the snow (which, by the way was so chaotic with all the adjustments – but we are so thankful for your flexibility in arranging your schedules!).  So, this week we have a new article for you, a new gardening tip, a new recipe, a new vendor of the week and some REALLY critical updates.  Please take the time to peruse this one and if you wouldn’t mind sharing it with a neighbor or friend so we can get the word out, that would be incredible as well and much appreciated!

PS. We are all sold out for the Spring season, but we really need to get those Summer shares filled as soon as possible, so please remember to sign up early and get your friends to join also (remember the REFER-A-FRIEND program gives you EACH $25.00!). 

We love you all and are incredibly grateful for your love, your support and your friendship!!!

Farmer Yosef and Family!



Dear Ahavah Community,

Since 2018 we have donated over 7,500 bags of freshly harvested vegetables to local families in need. This Winter season alone there are over 50 families who will have received over 400 bags of these vegetables, and this Spring we just approved 69 more families for an additional 690 bags!! That’s right, nearly 30% of our members are families who receive free memberships of these weekly vegetables!  These are families that have been suffering with severe illness, are poverty stricken through various means and are struggling to feed their families healthy foods. 

As you stand in line for your CSA, or rub elbows with those at our stand, you should know that one of every three of those very individuals are receiving a donated share.  These are people with real needs and real struggles, families whom we all love and cherish and people we absolutely must continue to support. 

With that said, the Spring season is upon us and our funds are running very low.  With over 80 applications at the time of this writing, we are absolutely petrified that we won’t have the opportunity to support them all, and we don’t know how to say no to so many dire individuals and families, nor should we have to – but we can’t do it without you! 

Although the Bring-A-Buck campaign has helped tremendously this year and so many have continued to support your neighbors and friends in our community in other ways, we are pleading with you to help us support these families who need fresh, healing vegetables with your additional donations this coming season. 

If you have any ability to help, we are simply begging all of our community to pull together and donate.  If every one of our members donated $25.00, this would supply all the funds required to support these members for the Spring season.

Please, from the bottom of our hearts to yours, PLEASE HELP support your community by considering an additional donation of $25.00 to help support a local family in need!


100% of every penny donated to this campaign will go STRAIGHT and only to these local community families.  Please consider a donation today!

👩‍🌾Around the Farm This Week👩‍🌾

👈New feathery friends have joined our farm! So cute!

👉Yisrael, he is growing up SOOO fast and working so hard! Here he is planting and watering in some of your lettuce you will be eating for the Spring!

👈Packing bags is a process and a half! Look how neatly they do things! :)

👉Oh Melinda! One of our absolutely favorite volunteers and friends of the farm! Here she is enjoying the CSA pickup and the farmer'smarket - looks like her hands are FULL!

👈👇What's a newsletter without a couple of goofy grins!? 😝 This one to the left is Nedira (she's 2).

👉This one is Elisheva, she's 4.💓

👇We are starting to work the outdoor stuff in between snow-storms! It is getting tough with all this winter weather. Our onions need to go in soon!

Some of you have been really interested and excited for us regarding the Synagogue. Here is a picture of it from the inside. Did I mention that Asher and the boys did this ENTIRE thing!? Even the Arron was built by Asher. AMAZING!👇

👇Preparing beds with power drills is the best way to go!  It keeps us sustainable and pure!  No bed tilling, no destroying the fungi and bacteria, bugs and small mammals while making a nice clean seed bed, right on top.  Makes for deeply nutritient dense soil and the happiest, chemical-free and beyond-organic plants you will find. 😊

Spring and Summer Share REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

💥💥With a Special Offer For Summer Members (SEE BELOW👇👇!!)💥💥

...and don't miss out on our REFER A FRIEND program to earn $25.00 for both YOU & a FRIEND!

If you are looking for the freshest, purest and most nutrient-dense vegetables you can this Summer, then you don't want to miss the Ahavah Farm CSA Veggie-Share! 16 weeks of the best veggies you can find. It's going to be an AWESOME year!

Go to to register for our Spring & Summer season Community Supported Agriculture Veggie-Shares and get weekly bags of the freshest, most nutrient-dense vegetables available!!

The highest quality, 100% local, produce you can find, harvested and delivered fresh every week! Pure, chemical-free, regeneratively grown produce. Flexible payment options. Many discounts are available - see website! 4 Locations for CSA pickup (Peyton, COS, DEN and Monument. Door to Door delivery options available! Got SNAP!? Get 50% off your CSA share automatically! Every share supports families in need through donations. Flexible CSA options, holds, credits and more! Classes, events, tours and community opportunities.

⭐100% of everything we sell is grown and harvested and delivered by Ahavah Farm and Ahavah Farm ONLY - All produce is grown 100% on our farm in Peyton Colorado, near Colorado Springs without a single chemical, in rich, composted soil. We use biodynamic principles to grow the purest, most nutrient-dense vegetables available and deliver them to you fresh, every week!



Refer a friend to Ahavah Farm's CSA and you BOTH will receive $25 in credit to use ANYTIME you want! Use to buy extra vegetables, or take $25 off your next CSA purchase - your credit will never expire!

New members simply send an e-mail to to let us know who referred you and you BOTH receive your $25 certificate!  It's that easy!😁

Ahavah Community Indoor / Outdoor Farmer's Market

Every Friday from 10am to 1pm!

The weather the last few weeks has been miserable! Fortunately for us, the indoor market was still nice and warm and our members, customers and friends have all been enjoying the market's on these snowy days!

When the weather warms up, we will be sure to head on outside to enjoying the shining sun and to play on the playground! Speaking of playgrounds, did you know that we have a HUGE playground full of swings, slides, climbing things and more!? That's right, and we also have TWO bounce houses! one for the little, littles (inside) and one for the bigger kids (outside!).

There is always something to do at the markets and as the weather starts to warm up and we head outside on a more frequent basis, more vendors and more activities will be available, so keep an eye out on our Facebook page and check our calendar of events as we fill our Friday's with more and more joy!

🥕🥬🌱Vegetables at the Farmer's Market this week

(Week March 20th)

(For CSA location "extras", please see below in the "Extra Vegetables section)




✅Salad Mix




✅Turnip Greens

✅Living Plants (basil, cilantro, mint, succulents and MANY more)

✅Pea Shoots

✅Sunflower Shoots

✅Radish Microgreens

✅Broccoli Microgreens

✅Barley Grass


☕Good Shephard Coffee Roasters IS BACCCCCK!!!!☕

Oh boy oh boy!!  I can smell their coffee beans in my brain – they smell that good!  Quite literally, some of the best tasting coffee we have ever had, Ellen and Ted started Good Shephard Coffee Roasters in 2022 and they have been with us since their inception.  They have come such a long way since then and their product is just amazing!  They offer so many different varieties

of freshly roasted coffee and take so much pride in where and how they source their beans.  We are super grateful to have them at our market yet again this year and all of our members and friends absolutely LOVE their coffee too!  Come on down to the market and support them, I promise that the smells alone are worth it!


We are so excited about our current line-up of vendors, but we are still seeking more!  

✅FREE MARKET for all vendors!

✅100% of raised funds goes to feeding LOCAL FAMILIES IN NEED!

✅PERMANENT tents! No need to bring a tent - just come and set up under ours!

✅Indoors and heated on COLD days!

✅GUARANTEED traffic of 200 people + per market!

✅FRIDAY's from 10am to 1pm  

👉If you are a local vendor and are interested in attending our farmer's market, please reach out directly at and we will send you information and the vendor agreement.

“What's the deal with the living herbs?"
- By Yosef Camire

If you remember in the last newsletter I had mentioned how we were going to cover some of your ongoing questions about the how, why’s when’s and whatever’s about the CSA and how it works.  I hope you enjoyed the last article titled “Why are there sometimes a limited number of items available to the CSA, and better yet, why are some of the items available only for the Farmer’s Market, or for Extra’s (at the CSA drops) while they aren’t available as part of the CSA?” because we sure did receive some good feedback on that one and it was a fairly important one for you to read.  If you didn’t have the chance, I highly recommend it.  This week I want to discuss with you why we offer plants and living herbs to our members, particularly in the beginning of the year.

The living herbs is always one of those items that are either totally and completely beloved…or totally and completely irritating.  Some members literally hop off the ground when we provide them while others get a little frustrated and say “what am I gonna do with this!?”’s really for the latter individual that I want to help with today!  There are a few particular reasons we provide them, and I will try to do my best to explain below.

1.      TO INCREASE VARIETY.  In the beginning of the year, it is particularly COLD.  The winter weather is extremely difficult to grow in and the variety in the winter time is lacking the creativity that you can get from the Summer and Fall seasons.  In the winter time things like basil, mint, chives and cilantro are not difficult to grow – they are impossible to!  So, by providing living herbs like these, grown in the greenhouse, we are able to provide you with more varieties and flavors than you would normally receive during the winter months. To us, that’s a plus and to many of our members, getting basil in the winter is AMAZING!

2.      TO INCREASE VALUE.  Likewise, in the winter time we don’t know how things will always pan out and one of the absolutely most vital things of importance to me is your value as a CSA member!  When you sign up and pay us in advance, the very last thing in the world that I will be willing to do is give you a share that is below the value you paid, and in fact we are absolutely striving to give you above and beyond what you pay for.  With the crazy weather, although we do our best, we may come up a little short and in our book, that’s a no-no!  So we build in some “back-ups” into our rotation to ensure that no-matter-what-happens you will get some tasty herbs to add to your share and to ensure you get the value you deserve.  To do so and guarantee a portion of your share’s value, the best we to do this is by growing some crops in the nursery (which is heated anyway and an easy way to recycle and utilize the heat and fossil fuel we use in there to provide you with the value you deserve. 

3.      USE IT WHEN YOU WANT.  Many of our herbs actually provide an AWESOME opportunity for you to use the herbs now, or to wait until YOU are ready to use them.  When you get a bunch of harvested basil, for instance, you either have to use it right away or lose it because it will go bad.  But when you get a living herb, you can use it when you want!

4.      CUT AND COME AGAIN, AND AGAIN, AND AGAIN!  When you get living herbs you not only have the opportunity to use them when you want, but by maintaining them in a windowsill (or better yet, repotting them!) you can use them for weeks and months on end!  Did you know that when you cut the leaves off, they will re-grow!?  That’s right.  That’s for nearly all of the herbs we provide and that’s just an added bonus!  You can use them over and over and over again when YOU want!

So those are some of the reason that plants get added to your CSA shares throughout the year and specifically in the winter months.  I hope this gave you a better understanding of why we do what we do, and I hope you can appreciate the value of those herbs a little better now!  We love them and we believe they make our CSA stronger.  We hope you do too!  ENJOY! 

Ahavah Community Upcoming Schedule

👉March 22nd @ 10am:  FAMILY FRIENDLY! Ahavah Community INDOOR Spring Market

👉March 29th @ 10am:   FAMILY FRIENDLY! Ahavah Community INDOOR Spring Market. It's the last week of our Winter Season!

👉April 1st @ 6pm:   PRESEASON MEETING! Ahavah Farm CSA preseason meeting takes place for all CSA members at 6pm in the Ahavah Community Facebook Group. DON'T MISS IT!

👉April 5th @ 10am:  It's our first HOMESCHOOL DAY of 2024. Bring the kids for this fun event. We will have an activity, a farm tour, and more. Plus, our FAMILY FRIENDLY! Ahavah Community INDOOR Spring Market

👉April 5th @ 10am:  FAMILY FRIENDLY! Ahavah Community INDOOR / OUTDOOR Spring Market

👉April 12th @ 10am:  ADULT EDUCATION! How to Grow Your Own. Part 2 of 4. w/ Lorin Mattemore. Email Beth at

👉April 5th @ 10am:  FAMILY FRIENDLY! Ahavah Community INDOOR / OUTDOOR Spring Market

👉April 22nd - April 26th: Week of Passover - EXPECT changes to the CSA pickup schedule.

Go to to learn more, to register and to see the rest of our schedule of events and classes!


Can't make it to the Farm for the Friday Farmer's Market? THAT'S OK! Please be sure to check out the extras table at all of our CSA pickup locations: available for all members and even NON-MEMBERS!  

Simply come to any of the CSA locations on Thursday and Friday and pick up some of our beyond-organic veggies for sale!

(IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that selection is limited and the more requests and participation we receive, the more vegetables and varieties we will provide)

Food bearing plants also qualify for SNAP !!!

For Payment:  Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal to or via Venmo to 719-233-7828

Availability for "EXTRA's at the CSA pickup locations this week (Week 7):

(see Farmer's Market Section, above, for market selection this week)

Please take the time to read the article above regarding our availabilty

✅Salad Mix


✅Mustard Greens



✅Living Plants (basil, cilantro, mint, succulents and more)

✅Pea Shoots

✅Sunflower Shoots

✅Radish Microgreens

✅Broccoli Microgreens

✅Barley Grass

Microgreen CSA Shares Are Available! Sign Up Today and SAVE 💲💲💲!

Microgreen CSA Share: 3 Servings of Microgreens EVERY WEEK! Save 17%!!!

Love our microgreens but haven't signed up for a Microgreen CSA?  

All Packaging is Compostable and Green!👉

We pride ourselves on our microgreen quality as being not only absolutely pure - grown without chemicals, fertilizers or inefficient energy (we grow with 100% solar, renewable energy!), but they are absolutely beautiful, long-lasting and delicious!  We really can't rave enough!

WHAT'S IN A SHARE?  In your Microgreen CSA you will receive a combination of 3 microgreens every week with the option to purchase add-ons and extras when available.

Pickup locations and times are the same as Ahavah Farm Veggie Share CSA but you do not have to be a veggie-share member to be a microgreen CSA member - these are two independent programs combined into one.

🚨Updated Member Benefits🚨

🚨Easy & Flexible Payment Plans!🚨

🥕Paypal  "Pay Later" options on the website! These are no-credit check, interest-free online payment plans so you can make 4 smaller payments directly through Paypal. Ahavah Farm benefits as well by paid immediately, thereby providing the farm liquidity, while giving our members flexibility and ease of mind!

🥕We also still have FLEXIBLE and CUSTOMIZABLE offline pay plans in place if you would prefer to make payments via check. Please email us at if you would like more information on offline payment plan and to set up your payment schedule.

🚨Got SNAP? Save 50% Off Automatically!🚨

‼️🛑STOP - Please do not miss this section🛑‼️

⚠️ATTENTION MEMBERS! Please share this information with your friends and family members! ⚠️

People on SNAP NEED this information! Ahavah Farm offers 50% off all of our memberships, vegetables and market items! This is the healthiest, MOST nutrient-dense, MOST regeneratively grown produce for less than non-organic Walmart prices. EVERYONE who is on SNAP should know about this!! - PLEASE HELP GET THE WORD OUT🙏!

🥕If you receive EBT (aka SNAP) you will receive 50% off of your membership automatically!

In addition, all extra veggies sold at the market or the CSA locations and also all nursery plant starts are also 50% off when paying with SNAP!

Follow these steps to purchase your SNAP membership 👉

Signing up for a CSA share using SNAP is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!


Go to and select the size share you want.


When checking out and select "CASH PAYMENT"


Send us an e-mail and let us know you will be paying with SNAP. We will automatically discount your share 50% and set you up on a bi-weekly payment plan to pay with your SNAP card!

Please spread the word and let us know if you have any questions!

Founded in April of 2018, our mission is to connect people who are facing food insecurity due to financial struggles to locally-farmed, regeneratively-grown produce, and to provide education centered around healthy living and environmental consciousness. We do this by offering donated memberships to a local CSA program. Memberships include a weekly bag of produce along with discounted (often free) farm tours, classes, and events.

We want to help participate in the creation of a local food-system-economy, build on a diversity of local and regenerative food education and provide activities and children's events centered around environmentally responsible agriculture and pure, beyond-organic, local food.

"HI! Did you BRING-A-BUCK Today?!"

Oh the amazing power of community and crowdfunding!

Every week, at all of the CSA locations, we have a bin or jar that looks similar to this.  As being a part of Ahavah Farm is also about being a part of a community, we ask all of our members to bring just one dollar with them every week to help us provide a CSA membership to a family in need next season.

Don't say your dollar isn't important! The only way crowdfunding works is if we all participate.  Your $1 is vitally important and it is directly through this program that we raise the majority of ACI's food donation funds than any other fundraising program, and yet it is the absolute easiest for all of our members to participate!

During the Fall season, your Bring-A-Buck dollars will allow us to donate Fall CSA shares to families facing food insecurity and to offer subsidized shares to struggling families as well.



-By Yosef Camire

Composted-Materials vs. Raw-Materials in Your Garden.

If you missed the last gardening tip on Copper - go back and check it out! It's a fun one! This week we discuss 4 important reasons that compost is the best of the best when it comes to adding materials (organic matter) to your garden. We will not be discussing all the benefits of compost, however, this week we will be discussing only four reasons to use compost in favor of raw-materials (like manure).

Reason #1 - Nutrient-Cycle Acceleration

The main benefits to using compost, as opposed to using other means of "raw" organic matter like manures, is multi-fold. For starters, composting raw materials helps speed up the process by which the ingredients (and nutrients) will become bio-available to the plants. also known as the "nutrient-cycle." As it is, the majority of composted nutrients are not readily available to the plants for at least 6 months to a year. Raw materials can take up to 4x longer to become bioavailable to plants!

Reason #2 - Nitrogen Release

Another important reason to use compost, as opposed to raw materials is that most manures can be “hot” which means that they are too high in nitrogen and will burn your plants if placed directly on the garden without being composted or aged. Green material, like grass clippings can also be way too hot on your crops and if the material is not properly composted or aged, it will also burn your plants due to the high nitrogen release.

Reason #3 - Concentration of Nutrients

Compost, as opposed to raw materials has an added benefit in that it creates a more concentrated mixture of nutrients. For instance, it can take up to 10 pounds of raw material to make one pound of finished compost. All those nutrients are condensed into a smaller, more bio-available substance that can be spread on the garden in a more efficient and less back-breaking way!

Reason #4 - Destruction of Harmful Pathogens

The most important reason to use compost, however, is that the composting process reduces or eliminates completely the amount of pathogens that you are potentially introducing to your crops. This is clear when using animal manures, however, whether we are referring to animal manures or green manures doesn't necessarily matter because through the breakdown process of those materials there is a great potential for bad bacteria to exist and be a threat to the Soil-Food-Web (SFW) of your garden.


Composted-materials NOT raw-materials are what we want to use on our garden to add nutrients, soil tilth, increase moisture retention and to feed that SFW and make it thrive! Raw-materials can either have harmful pathogens or create them through process of decomposition, they also can be very high in nutrients, causing harm to your plant while wasting most of the bioavailability of the nutrients and doing very little for your garden. Compost locks in those nutrients into a concentrated mixture while keeping you and your family free from harmful pathogens and unsafe food.

👉Next Week: How to make your own compost and how much and when to add to the garden.


Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization and we couldn't do it without you...but we need more help!

We need help with so many things:

  • Construction Projects

  • Landscaping Projects

  • Composting Projects

  • Harvesting, washing and prep.

  • Weeding

  • Bag Packing

  • Teaching Classes

  • General farm cleanup

  • and a skill you want to share? Let us know!

Volunteering is Monday through Friday 9AM to 4PM.

Please let Jessie know you are interested, she will send more information and necessary paperwork, and we will welcome you with open arms!

What's in your bags this week?

Winter Week 7 - March 21 and 22

Market-Style Members Selection - Week 7

Mustard, Arugula, Living Herbs, Turnips, Lettuce, Sunflower Shoots, Pea Shoots, Spinach, Broccoli Microgreens, Radish Microgreens, Barley Grass

This Week's Harvest

As always, nothing is guaranteed. These are the items that are "in season" and are anticipated to be ready this week (which may or may not be available at the CSA).

  • Small = 4-6 items per week ($23.50/wk)

  • Medium = 7-9 items per week ($33.50/wk)

  • Large = 10-12 items per week ($43.50/wk)

  • Spinach - Truly, and without exaggeration, this spinach is the sweetest spinach you have ever tasted in your life! The best way to enjoy this spinach is raw, but if you are so inclined, it is fantastic simply cooked down, sautéed or to use in a soup.

  • Mustard greens- Add these leafy greens to your diet by mixing mustard greens into a chopped salad or cook it like most leafy greens. The greens are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin K, B1, B2, B6, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E! this is one of our absolute FAVORITE greens to saute' 😋 and when we do we simply add some salt and garlic and enjoy.

  • Radishes- Radishes are most often served raw, halved and sprinkled with salt, shaved into salads, layered over butter-smeared baguettes, or shredded into slaws. They also can be marinated with olive oil and lemon and mint for a refreshing salad, and they can be pickled with a classic vinegar-sugar-salt mix. PS. if you have never tried roasted radishes - you are missing out on a delicious treat! It's our favorite way to eat them (with a drizzle of honey, of course!😊)!

  • Salad Mix - Not much to say about lettuce, except that it is wonderful and fresh and delightful and all that stuff! We love it. It's light and fluffy and delicious!

  • Turnip Greens  - Did you know that turnips greens have more bio-available calcium than any other plant on the planet!? Very versatile and popular in the south, our turnips greens are fantastic for stir-fry or to just sauté as a side-green to any dish. you can also enjoy them raw, as they have a unique, buttery flavor that is amazing!

  • Carrots- The best carrots around! You will be amazed by how much flavor our carrots pack. Many of our members have commented that they cannot go back to store-bought after tasting our pure, beyond organic carrots!

  • Arugula- A leafy green with a peppery taste. Use it in salads, sandwiches, and as a garnish. It is rich in vitamins and minerals!

  • Barley Wheat Grass - Many of our members absolutely love our barley grass and use it religiously. We hope you take the time to learn and enjoy this most amazingly nutritious green! More nutritious than wheat grass and less bitter, barley grass is used mostly for juicing. However, I, Yosef (and many of our team members) love to use ian energy and nutrition

  • Radish Microgreens - Next to the barley grass and the sunshoots, radish microgreens are some of the most nutritiously-dense items we grow on the farm and not only that, but during our annual survey last year, they ranked as the #1 most requested and love item we grow! They have a fantastic bite to them, last considerably long in the refrigerator and are beautiful in appearance.

  • Pea Shoots - One of the most desired and sought after items we provide are these pea shoots! Quite literally the best you added to any dish or salad. Our favorite way is to add them to stews and soups. A perfect topper too! Here are four fun ways to use Pea Shoots: as

  • Broccoli Microgreens - Last week we told you that Radish Microgreens were the