Newsletter for Week 2 of Spring CSA 2022
What a great first week it was! We had a wonderful CSA share, the schedule and drops happened without a hitch, we got to meet new members and the weather was great (sort of!). We are hoping that the rest of the year will go as smoothly and that your CSA shares will continue to be abundant and full of variety - pray that the weather warms up, this is ridiculous😉!
REMINDER:👉 Every week we will be sending out this newsletter on Monday/Tuesday and every Thursday we post to the blog and to the Ahavah Community Facebook Group all the details of your bag contents, the extras available for purchase and what to expect to be available for Market-Style members. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BE AWARE OF CHANGES AND UPDATES DUE TO WEATHER AND CHANGES DUE TO HOLIDAYS OR OTHER UNPREDICTABLE SITUATIONS THAT MAY ARISE (we are a farm, not a grocery store, after all😄 )
👉Please see the weekly updates below including a word from Farmer Yosef, some educational articles, announcements, changes, interviews, highlights and more.
📢See below for event updates, new articles and announcements!📢
⭐Enjoy your shares this month and don't forget to join the fun and share your recipes and pictures in the Facebook Community Group!⭐
🌷Passover Schedule Change - Coming Up!
The week of April 17th there will be a schedule change:
ALL DELIVERIES AND PICKUPS WILL OCCUR ON THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST AT THE SAME PLACES AND THE SAME TIMES.
THE FRIDAY PICKUPS AND DELIVERIES WILL ALL BE RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, 4/21/2022.
HERE IS THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 17TH:
✔FARM: THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST @ 10AM - 11AM
✔MONUMENT (COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY): THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST @ 11:30 TO 12:30
✔COLORADO SPRINGS MARKET-STYLE (RANCH FOODS DIRECT): THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST @ 1:30 - 2:30
✔COLORADO SPRINGS TRADITIONAL (RANCH FOODS DIRECT): THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST @ 3:30-6:00
✔DELIVERIES (ALL DELIVERIES): THURSDAY, ALL DAY
ARE YOU PLANNING A GARDEN IN 2022!? Pre-order your seedlings and have them when YOU are ready (you can even have them delivered!)!!
Place your Ahavah Farm Nursery orders (up to April 15th of 2022) and CURRENT MEMBERS get 10% OFF when you order using code: NURSERY10 (All caps no spaces)
Browse our incredible selection of Organic, Heirloom varieties now at ahavahfarm.com/nursery
Questions? Email us directly at Nursery@ahavahfarm.com We can't wait to help you plan your 2022 Garden!!!!
We've added 13 brand new items to our catalog this year! We now have two types of beans, sugar peas, different types of mint, calendula, echinacea, and we will even have some specific things available at the drops and at our Nursery store (when it opens) that aren't available on the website like Aloe, Golden toothed Aloe, Jade, Mother of Thousands, and Spider plants!
Yes, you read that correctly... we're working on opening a Nursery Garden Center store - OPEN IN MAY! More announcements to come!
✨AHAVAH FARM NURSERY & GARDEN CENTER GRAND OPENING IS MAY 2ND!✨
We are getting so excited about our opening of the Ahavah Farm Nusery & Garden Center! Inventory is starting to move in as we start to build out our space and prepare for May 2nd, our Grand Opening! We will have the purest, locally grown plant starts (the majority are heirloom crops and they are all successful to our area, started from seed - all Organic with no fertilizers or chemicals of any kind!). We will also have planter boxes, pots, soil and other items available. Come check us out and support us as we start small and aim for a bright future of supporting our Calhan, Peyton, Falcon communities!
Our May 2nd Grand Opening will be from 9am to 3pm and all items will be a whopping 20% off for the day only! Don't miss it!
Come to 7545 Log Rd, in Peyton CO 80831 and get your garden started and save 20%!
WORD FROM YOUR FARMER:
Hello my dear friends and FaRmily ❤! I hope you are all having a fantastic week and that each and every one of you has enjoyed your first Spring share. It's going to be a very tough week, with potential for power outages, downed fencing and potential for greenhouse damage, so we will see how things shake out - however, with that said, it should be a very good CSA share this week. ENJOY!
Weekly update with announcements.
0:01 - Intro. First week of Spring was a success!
0:30 - Season progress.
1:27 - Weather struggles.
2:30 - Thinking ahead and seasonal planning
3:09 - We need volunteers!
3:40 - May 1st tomato planting and VOLUNTEER DAY!
4:40 - Weeding help!
5:25 - Passover
5:35 - Upcoming schedule change for the week of April 17th
6:40 - Tour rescheduled
7:05 - The next storytime.
7:25 - This week's CSA share.
8:45 - Outro
9:00 - Bring your bucks!
Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization and we couldn't do it without them... but we need more help! We need help with so many things, things like:
Harvesting, washing and prep.
General farm cleanup
and more...got a skill you want to share? Let us know!
Volunteering is Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM 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!
NEW - Farmer's Market
Mark your calendars for Friday May 6th from 9am to 12pm and every Friday after that until the Fall! We will be hosting the Ahavah Farm Farmer's Market during our current CSA drop with lot's of local vendors, classes, tours and activities. Our current lineup of vendors include vegetables, eggs, meat, baked goods, cosmetics, wood working, crafts, children's activities and so much more!
We are so excited about our current line-up of vendors, but we are still seeking more!
If you are a local vendor and are interested in attending our FREE farmer's market, please reach out directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you information and the vendor agreement.
CLASSES & EVENTS
Brought to you by ACI (Ahavah Community Initiative)
Our classes have been amazing so far!
So far we have had our first tour of the year, a storytime with Ms. Tracy and two gardening classes...and there is so much more to come! We have 31 events scheduled this year for adults AND kids, be sure to sign up!
Register at www.ahavahfarm.com/classes and be sure to checkout the rest of the classes - there's a ton going on!
Ahavah Farm & Ahavah Community Initiative UPCOMING Schedule
👉April 29th @ 10am: KIDS CLASS! STORYTIME & Activity
👉May 1st @ 10am: VOLUNTEER DAY - Tomato 🍅🍅 Planting and more!
👉May 2nd @ 10am: Ahavah Farm Nursery & Garden Center Grand Opening! (please note the correction in dates)
👉May 6th @ 10am: Class #3 of 4 - Full Season Garden Class.
👉May 6th @ 9am: Farmer's Market Begins (Through September)
🥕🍅🥒🧅🌳🌵EXTRA VEGGIES and PLANTS FOR SALE - Every Week!
Please be sure to check out the extras table, 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!
⭐Winter and Early Spring selection is limited.
And as always, remember: SNAP PARTICIPANTS ALWAYS RECEIVE 50% OFF!! & all prices are
For Payment: Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal to email@example.com or Venmo to 719-233-7828
FOOD PRODUCING GARDEN PLANTS ALSO QUALIFY FOR SNAP AND DOUBLE-UP BENEFITS!!!
Try traditional. Try market. Try them both!!
Did you know that you can choose either Traditional OR Market-style for your CSA membership? That's right, and it's one of the things that makes the Ahavah Farm CSA program unique. Not sure which one to try? Try them both - feel free to change your share selection any week. Simply e-mail Jessie and let her know that you would like to change from a Market to Traditional or vice-versa any time you choose. PS. You can do the same with your locations!
SNAP / EBT
Did you know Ahavah Farm accepts EBT / SNAP and DOUBLES your value with the help of #doubleupcolorado !?
Not only do we accept EBT / SNAP for our CSA memberships and extras, but did you know that SNAP members also get DOUBLE the value when using their benefits!? That's a 50% savings on the freshest, purest, most nutrient-dense veggies you can find!
To sign up, simply go to www.ahavahfarm.com/csa and when checking out, select "Pay Offline". Then send us a quick email letting us know that you will be using your EBT and we will add it to your membership!
⚠ ⚠ ⚠ BAGS! We need your bags (PLEASE🙏) !!⚠ ⚠ ⚠
Thank you everyone for recycling your LARGE bags with us! When we receive your bags we immediately quarantine them for 2 weeks before reusing them to ensure they are safe of any yuckies. Thank you for bringing them and any others you may have (we need any large PAPER-ONLY grocery bags you may have) THANK YOU!
Refer a friend to Ahavah Farm's CSA and you BOTH will receive $35 in credit to use ANYTIME you want! Use to buy extra vegetables, or take $35 off your next CSA purchase - your credit will never expire!
New members simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know who referred you and you BOTH receive your $35 certificate! It's that easy!😁
📢DID YOU KNOW? 📢
"Time to Prepare. Food Shortages and Price Increases Could Spell Trouble."
By - Yosef Camire
If you don't know that food shortages and major price increases in food costs are here, and expected to rise much faster, well, you aren't paying attention. We have been seeing it everywhere and we also see the pain it is causing many. We hear about someone complaining against this company or that company and blaming the businesses and farmers for raising their costs. The truth is, however, it's not the company or the farmer's fault - they have no choice but to raise prices or go out of business. Increased food costs are here to stay, whether we like it or not, so complaining against the (already negligibly in the profit - if at all) farms and grocers is not constructive and it won't solve anything, but it will possibly hurt the struggling businesses even more.
It's true, everything from shipping and transport, to energy costs for cooling and processing, to increased labor costs, seed costs, fertilizer and more has skyrocketed while durable goods are also going through the roof. It seems as though prices are going to have to be increased if businesses want to survive and that means we all will have to tighten our belts and prepare for what could be a difficult time for all.
We too have experienced the pain, and when we mentioned inflation was on the rise and impacting our business last year on Facebook we got ridiculed by political ideologs who didn't want to see the truth and they lambasted us for spreading "mis-information" (but anyone who owns a business of any kind knows what is happening, and it's not good). Now, though our farm has experienced a lot of inflationary pain over the past year, we at Ahavah Farm still haven't raised our prices yet, and we have been talking about this for over a year now. While the CPI (aka the "CP-LIE" - the real inflation rate is closer to 15%+) says that we have experienced a 7.9% increase (a 40 year high) in inflation, the truth is that this is the average for most households (and it doesn't include most things that regular folks purchase, though that is an entirely different article and discussion that we don't have time for here).
While the average household "officially" increased their prices by 7.9% (really more like 15%),
the real number is almost DOUBLE that for our farm (compared to 2020, we have seen about a 32% increase in costs). This is because the items we are buying are not included in the CPI: Take for instance our seed cost - an increase of over 150% since pre-pandemic costs, and when we purchase $25,000.00 of seeds per year, now we are spending over $60,000. Lumber went up being range-bound since the 1990's to a staggering increase of 580% right when we were building our washroom - not to mention the fencing, framing etc.
Last year it was the cost of lumber and the increase of fuel and seeds that hurt us so bad, this year it is still those things as they have since increased), but it's also the cost of all our infrastructure that has also tripled or quadrupled (greenhouse film and farming supplies are changing on the weekly!) not to mention the increases in taxes (30%), insurance premiums (600%), weather destruction to buildings and fences and more. This last quarter, we were $40,000 over on our proposed budget😮. Yes you read that right, $40k over for the first quarter! That's an almost unbelievable number, because if that continued, it makes for $160k over-budget in a single year - in a business that was over-budget by $105k LAST YEAR! Not all of this is from inflation - far from it, but when you add in broken water pumps, a totaled vehicle and other things I don't want to mention here...you get the point. Farming already has a negligible profit margin, and when you add in these forces, farms can be lost and lives strained very quickly.
Yes, I know, we don't share this too often but it is the reality of most farms - no matter their outward appearance and since you are our community and you are vested in the future of this farm, it needs to be said and I will probably be a little more vocal about it in the coming months.
So, why AM I telling you all of this? Well, for starters, it's something I believe is important to talk about. I think there needs to be transparency as to where and how your food is produced and the costs associated with it - not to mention that I know a lot of you are concerned and care about our future. I also want you to be prepared - not just for a likely increase of our vegetables, but also for the potential for major increases in costs everywhere, or possibly worse: shortages and a lack of availability. Things are getting real. Increased costs, fertilizer shortages, seed shortages and supply-chain bottlenecks are very real, and could become a very serious issue for all of us.
In conclusion there are two major things for you to consider here: 1. Ahavah Farm price increases are likely to be coming in the Fall, but are not guaranteed. The good part is that it's been since 2019 that we have had the same prices and any increase may still be well below expected (in other words, they won't be exorbitant, especially because we are trying very hard to reduce costs at every turn). 2. Each of us, needs to be aware of the increased costs that are already here in nearly every industry and are permanently here to stay, which means that we need to be preparing for the potential for much, much higher prices and possibly limited supply of healthy food. Here is just a tip: when the President starts talking about possible food shortages, it's almost too late. Prepare now. Start a garden, store up some extra food and support local agriculture and local businesses while reducing your discretionary spending.
Taking Applications: ACI BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER OPENING
ACI currently has a few board openings and we are taking applications until vacant positions are filled. If you are interested in being considered as a member of our board we would love to hear from you!
All board appointments are two year commitments with monthly board meetings, events and official activities requiring board presence. We anticipate that all board members provide a personal, anonymous, donation to ACI as well as be an active participant in serving our community.
AHAVAH COMMUNITY INITIATIVE BRING-A-BUCK!
"Hi, nice to see you! Did you bring your buck today!?"
These are the words you should hear every week when you show up at the CSA locations to get your veggies.
That's because, supporting families in need through ACI, is the MOST IMPORTANT and BEST part of being a CSA member with Ahavah Farm! Don't say your $1 isn't important! IT IS!! The Bring-A-Buck program is how ACI has sustained its food donations, so we thank you members! - EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!
NEW!! - Meet YOUR Community!
This week's interview might be the best one we've done yet. "Rockin" Robin is one of our absolute favorite members of our FaRmily and we love having her around. I am absolutely sure that you will enjoy this interview! Also, say "Hi" to Robin at the Colorado Mountain Brewery location on Thursdays and feel free to reach out to us if you want to hitch a ride with Robin on a Monday to volunteer! Enjoy!
Microgreen CSA Shares Are Available! Sign Up Today and SAVE 💲💲💲!
Love our microgreens but haven't signed up for a Microgreen CSA?
✔ You can sign up anytime after January 26, 2022 to receive your weekly Microgreen CSA starting the first week of February. You can cancel anytime in 2022 too!✔
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.
Order yours today at https://www.ahavahfarm.com/microgreen-csa
Be a part of our ZERO-WASTE mission here at Ahavah Farm and bring us your compost! PLEASE REMEMBER - NO PLASTIC BAGS or Animal products (except egg shells). Want more information? CLICK HERE to learn about the program. Thank you everyone who has been bringing their compost! We are so excited that we can help on your personal mission to become Waste Free!
CSA PICKUP LOCATIONS AND TIMES
Times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
**Please be aware that it is your responsibility to check the newsletter at www.ahavahfarm.com/blog for updated information and changes.
North Colorado Springs @ Colorado Mountain Brewery
- 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
- 1110 Interquest Parkway,
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Denver @ Jewish Community Center
NOW INSIDE! Turn left, park then use main enterance. Bring ID. Thanks.
- 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
- 350 S. Dahlia St, Denver CO 80246
Go to www.jccdenver.org to learn more about this location.
Peyton @ Ahavah farm
NEW CSA LOCATION AT AHAVAH FARM!!
- 1o:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- 7545 N. Log Rd.,
Peyton, CO 80831
ATTENTION FARM PICKUP MEMBERS! There is a new location. Please see the map above and the video to the right👉! We are so excited because this will make things easier and more streamlined for
weather interruptions and a much shorter walk! We even have introduced Handicapped Parking!
Central Colorado Springs @ Ranch Foods Direct
NOW INSIDE! Enter the bay right of the main enterance.
- 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM (All)
- 2:31 PM to 6:00 PM (Traditional ONLY)
- 4635 Town Center Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80916
- Go to www.ranchfoodsdirect.com to learn more about this location.
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
Medium = 7-9 items per week
Large = 10-12 items per week
Red Russian Kale - Beautiful and delightful. A soft-kale taste and a delicate baby kale to use in a salad, a sauté or in a stew. Delicious and beautiful!
Garlic Greens - OMG THEY ARE BACK and we can't stop eating them!!! So yummy and one of the mostest favoritest veggies we provide 😄! You thought our garlic was good!? HA HA HA, these greens will blow you away - and I bet you didn't even know they were edible!? Well, the members who have been with us know that we grow the garlic more for the greens than the bulbs! Expect them regularly and enjoy them raw or cooked in everything from salads to stews - you got to go to the Ahavah Community group on Facebook and ask for Brian's garlic butter recipe! 😋
Spinach - The sweetest, tastiest and most nutritious spinach you have ever had. EVER.
Radishes - Nothing beats our radishes when they are the way they are this week! Last week they were a little burned from freeze, but this week...oh my goodness! Our radishes are crispy and crunchy! They are not bitter like store-bought radishes and due to their incredible taste and the huge demand we get for them, they are a staple crop for the fall, winter and spring seasons. The best way to enjoy them? ROASTED! Check out this recipe (and include the other roots too!): Garlic Roasted Radishes
Salad Mix lettuce- A beautiful and soft/fluffy salad mix (with some arugula and flowers mixed in - YUM!). perfect for a salad base or even a bed of rice etc.
Garlic - Hard-neck, stored and cured garlic from Fall. Only a limited supply, so get it while you can!
Bravo Daikon Greens - Amazing greens with a bit of spice and a beautiful presentation. Here is a simple recipe you may enjoy.
Swiss Chard - We love our swiss chard sautéed. Really, you just can't go wrong. Try these recipes for success!
Rouge D'Hiver - A flat red romaine lettuce with is loaded with flavor, though not as "fluffy" of "firm" as other types. Perfect for a bed of rice or in a sandwich - also great in a salad.
Arugula - YUMMMO! Arugula is one fantastic green that is also very versatile and it changes it's flavor when cooked. Our favorite? In eggs! Check out these 30 unique ways to prepare and enjoy your arugula!
Turnips - As you know, the turnips we grow are absolutely, positively NOTHING like what you will find in a store. Sweet, crunchy, versatile...our turnips need to be bit into raw to fully appreciate! The greens are also delicious and provide more calcium than any other plant! Enjoy the turnips and the greens raw or cooked. Roasted and sautéed are our favorite ways to eat them when we aren't eating them right out of the field!
Living Herb - The majority of the plants this week will be parsley, but we have others to choose from as well including some amazing
Carrots - the carrots this week are to die for - time to make that carrot top pesto again!
Dried Herbs - Basil, dill, mint and fennel (our herb room smells like heaven!😇).
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: http://blog.bostonorganics.com/4-fun-ways-to-use-pea-shoots
Broccoli Microgreens - Last week we told you that Radish Microgreens were the #1 most loved item we grow, well, these microgreens weren't on the list then! I have a sneaking suspicion that these microgreens are the real winners!
Sunshoots - Our sunshoots are certainly some of the nicest, most high-quality sunshoots you will ever find (that actually goes for all our microgreens). They are one of the most beloved items we grow as well and a regular staple to our CSA. Here are some ideas to use your sunnies this week: https://www.martinsgardenacf.com/sunflower-shoots-recipes
That's it for this week! We love you to pieces, are incredibly grateful for each and every one of you and we are blessed to the core to be YOUR farmers!!
Yosef, Havah, Kids and Team The Camire Family