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Monthly Newsletter for December FALL CSA 2021

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The Ahavah FaRmily celebrating our holiday party!
Happy Holidays from your farmers at Ahavah Farm!

HELLO FaRmily (CSA Members, Volunteers, and Supporters alike)! We finally made it to the end of 2021, masked or unmasked it has been quite a journey to get here and we are more than ready for the January break.


As we finish up the year with some of the driest weather we've ever had, some of the most dizzying mandates 😷, and yet some of the best crops we've ever had 😍, we couldn't be more proud or thankful to G-d for all He has blessed us with 🙏. If you recall we almost had to shut down last year, then we had to adjust to the ever-changing mandates that not only spilled into this year but became even more unpredictable and frustrating. But we came through both years with only a few figurative nicks and scratches, and that is something to celebrate. 🎉 So, HAPPY HOLIDAYS and bring on 2022! We are so grateful for where we are at this point considering all we have faced over the last few years and we would like to give thanks to not only our Creator, but to all of our team members, volunteers, supporters and community members - because it was a very uncertain and bumpy ride to get here!


Not only have we been able to survive another pandemic year, but going into 2022, we are very positive about our plans to thrive. Plans to expand and launch a whole new website (AND GARDEN CENTER!) just for Ahavah Farm Nursery, plans to plant more trees to create a food forest, plans to offer even more classes and tours, and plans to make our 2022 Summer and Fall Festivals even better than this years (which is quite a task considering how amazing both of our 2021 festivals were)!

If that's not enough to look forward to, we are off to a great start for our Winter CSA (starting the first week of February)...we've planned and planted and are ready for some great cool weather crops.


Thank you to everyone who supported us over the last few years and to those continuing on, we owe you a special thank you and we look forward to seeing you again in February.


Until then, remember that we are shut down for the entire month of January!


👉REMINDER: WINTER CSA REGISTRATION is only open until the end of December!👈


📢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!⭐

 

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Did you miss Cyber Monday? Are you a little bummed? .... WE HAVE GOOD NEWS!!!

Place your Ahavah Farm Nursery orders (up to April 15th of 2022) and get 10% OFF when you order before January 1st 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!!!!

#AhavahFarmNursery #nurserylife #garden2022 #seedlings #gardening #organic #heirloom #AhavahMeansLove


We've added 13 brand new items to our ordering 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!

 

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WORD FROM YOUR FARMER:


Hello my dear friends and FaRmily ❤! This year was certainly an amazing year - the best crop season we've ever had! Our team, including our volunteers have been absolutely amazing this year and they get all the credit for such a wonderful year - even through so many bumps in the road, we were able to harvest and provide to our members approximately 18% more this year than what our members paid for😍! Our stated goal is 10%, but we crushed it this year and saved all of our members a lot of money on their grocery bills! How exciting is that!? We've also had the most number of classes and events, donated more food than ever before and have even made HUGE strides towards our sustainability goals! We are very proud of what we have accomplished this year and we are so thankful for all who have come along side us to make a real difference in our community!


Now, we are heading into 2022 and we are set up better than we have ever been before as well! We are nearly 100% planted and we are ready to crush the 2022 season and make it the best season yet! Our farm is more efficient, our practices more refined, our crops more established and our future is very bright!


I, Yosef, our family and our team hope that you will continue to join us in the future not only so you can experience the best tasting, most nutritionally dense and absolutely most sustainable and biologically rich crops you can find...but also to make a real difference in our community by helping us feed people in need and reach as many people as we can with our Local, Sustainable and Pure mission!


Thank you for all you do! Thank you for being members! Thank you for being supporters and friends! Thank you for being champions of the local community and the local food movement! We love you so much and are grateful beyond words for your support!


The Camire Family:

Yosef, Havah, Asher, Aiden, Israel, Eliana, Ovadya and Elisheva Camire!

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Robin Rock



This is Robin Rock, a long time CSA Member and amazing volunteer. She has been graciously volunteering with us for a few years now and this year alone put in 137 hours!


She primarily volunteers in the nursery doing things like helping to transplant seedlings, pruning, weeding, washing pots for reuse, and preparing plants for sales. She also volunteers at our events, classes, tours, and really anytime we need help with something.


Her amazing organizational skills helped us to move over 700 seedlings from the nursery to the greenhouse and back while we were making infrastructer improvements (like paving and fortifying the nursery greenhouse and walkways) and preparing seedlings for the 2022 gardening season. Lorin, our nursery manager, admitted that she couldn't have done it all without Robin. She has been an incredible blessing to the nursery, the farm, and our community as a whole. She shows up every week, goes right to her tasks and often times we don't even realize she is here until after she's left. While we may not see her to say it often, she has a huge impact on the farm and her work does not go unnoticed!

Robin, we hope you know that we appreciate you more than words can express. You are always warm and friendly and do such a thorough job. Thank you for brightening our little peice of the world. We hope you will continue to volunteer with us and be part of our community for many more years!!

Want to get involved? E-mail us to let us know. We are always looking for volunteers and we would love for you to join the party!

 

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VOLUNTEERING

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:

  • Construction Projects

  • Landscaping Projects

  • Composting Projects

  • Harvesting, washing and prep.

  • Weeding

  • Bag Packing

  • Teaching Classes

  • 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 Beka know you are interested, she will send more information and necessary paperwork, and we will welcome you with open arms!

 

🥕🍅🥒🧅🌳🌵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!


And as always, remember: SNAP PARTICIPANTS ALWAYS RECEIVE 50% OFF!! & all prices are

"Pay-What-You-Can-Afford."


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


FOOD PRODUCING GARDEN PLANTS ALSO QUALIFY FOR SNAP AND DOUBLE-UP BENEFITS!!!

 

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WINTER CSA -Registration Closes at the end of the month!

Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/csa to learn more (before 31 December 2021), (Auto-renewal members receive 5% Off Plus if you pay by check you get an additional 3% Off!).


 

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⚠ ⚠ ⚠ 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!

 

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REFERAL PROGRAM!

Refer a friend to Ahavah Farm's CSA OR to Ahavah Farm Nursery's microgreen 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 contact@ahavahfarm.com to let us know who referred you and you BOTH receive your $35 certificate! It's that easy!😁

 

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DO YOU KNOW? How to Keep Your Produce Fresh for Weeks (Hint: It's Not Always in the Fridge)

There’s nothing like the crunch of raw carrots fresh from the farm or the taste of beyond-

organic greens tossed ontop of a salad, stir fry, or in a soup. But keeping perishables perky once you get them home can be a real challenge. A few simple strategies can help you enjoy your farm fresh produce longer—and minimize food waste.

Consider the conditions

When storing fresh produce, you have to consider “temperature, ethylene, and airflow—the big three,” wrote Lesley Stockton in an article on this topic in The New York Times. A lot of produce keeps well in the refrigerator, while some items like potatoes, onions, and garlic are best left at cool room temperatures.

And then there’s ethylene gas, which some fruits—such as apples and bananas—naturally release. It hastens the ripening (and eventual decay) of certain types of produce that are ethylene-sensitive, like cabbage, leafy greens, lettuce, and broccoli, just to name a few. Whether you refrigerate or not, you should keep ethylene-sensitive fruits and veggies separate from the gas-emitting ones.

Produce that keeps best at room temperature needs air circulation. Plastic bags equal premature spoilage. Even if the bananas, potatoes, or onions you bought came in a perforated plastic bag, they’ll last longer if you take them out and let them breathe.

Most refrigerated produce stays fresh longer when sealed, whether in zip-top plastic bags, reusable silicone pouches, or containers with tight-fitting lids. These containers hold in moisture, preventing produce from dehydrating, and they help protect sensitive produce from the effects of ethylene gas. You can use produce bags from the grocery store, too.

The factors that affect produce freshness (temperature, humidity, how long ago an item was harvested before you brought it home) can vary widely. Many of us hope to limit food waste—whether for economical or environmental reasons—and you may be able to get more life out of your produce than the timelines in this guide suggest. Use your judgment—if something looks, smells, and tastes just fine, you may not want to default to throwing it away. On the other hand, if something feels off, trust your instincts and follow the food safety adage: When in doubt, throw it out.

Potatoes and sweet potatoes

  • Don't refrigerate.

  • Store in a cool, dark place with relatively high humidity.

  • Allow air circulation.

  • Keep separate from onions, bananas, and other ethylene-producing items.

Whether they’re starchy (russets) or waxy (Yukon Golds), potatoes keep for a few weeks when stored in a cool, dark place such as an air-conditioned pantry or a cellar, away from large appliances, which generate heat. In a book called Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes, Harold McGee writes: “At warm room temperatures, potatoes will sprout and decay. At refrigerator temperatures … they convert some starch into sugar, and can brown too quickly and scorch when fried.” Potatoes are also ethylene-sensitive and shouldn’t hang out near onions or bananas.

Even under ideal conditions, potatoes eventually sprout or turn green. Advice about whether they’re still safe to eat at that point is conflicting. Poison Control says to toss potatoes if they’re green or have sprouts. Personally we've found that as long as the potato is still firm, you can cut off the sprouts and eyes before you cook and be just fine. Green skin or flesh, however, is an indication that the potato contains toxic levels of two glycoalkaloids and should be thrown out.

Sweet potatoes and yams do well in similar storage conditions but might have a shorter shelf life (about one to two weeks) than regular spuds. Refrigerated sweet potatoes develop a hard center and can take longer to cook, so stash them with your other potatoes in a cool, dark place. Sprouted sweet potatoes are safe to eat; just trim off the sprouts before cooking. But you should discard any shriveled, moldy, or rotten sweet potatoes. Bonus tip: You can convert a wine fridge into a root cellar. I’m not advocating that everyone buy a special refrigerator for their potatoes. But if you have a wine fridge with an empty shelf or two, stash some potatoes in there. I did just that, and my russets, Yukon Golds, and sweet potatoes are pretty happy chilling with the vino.

Other roots and tubers

  • Remove any leafy green tops (don't disgard).

  • Refrigerate covered for the longest life.

  • For a shorter term (up to two weeks), store loose in your crisper drawer.

Beets, turnips, rutabagas, carrots, parsnips, and ginger are long-term storage superstars since they aren’t fussy about where in the fridge you keep them. Because they don’t release much ethylene gas, you can store root vegetables next to more gas-sensitive produce like leafy greens, cabbages, broccoli, and cauliflower. Ginger is especially hardy and can handle a decent amount of abuse.

When you get carrots, beets, or turnips with their greens still attached, remove those tops down to the root before storing, since they pull moisture out of the vegetable. The roots will stay fresh for at least a few weeks sealed in zip-top bags or airtight containers in the refrigerator. Beet and turnip greens are delicious in soups or stir fries! Store them separately as you would other leafy greens, and they should stay fresh for about a week. R

adishes, while technically part of the cabbage family, act a lot like other root vegetables. They stay fresh for a long time in the fridge—sometimes up to three weeks—when stored in an airtight container, and they keep longer without their leafy greens attached (you can eat these, too).

Onions and garlic

  • Don’t refrigerate.

  • Store in a cool, dark place with low humidity.

  • Allow some air circulation.

  • Keep separate from potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Common onions and garlic, members of the allium family, are easy to keep fresh if you keep them away from moisture, which makes them spoil faster. First, choose firm, unblemished bulbs with dry skins. Second, store them in a cool, dry, dark place with air circulation—never in a plastic bag or airtight container. I keep my garlic and onions in a dry food storage container without the lid. You can store onions and garlic together, ideally not near the stove or other appliances, but keep them separate from potatoes: Onions and garlic thrive in low humidity (65 to 75 percent), while potatoes love cool, humid (85 to 90 percent) air. Refrigerate leftover cut onions wrapped in plastic or beeswax wrap or sealed in a food storage container. And don’t stress if alliums sprout green shoots from the top. Both the bulbs and shoots are safe to eat, but you can also cut away the green parts and proceed as normal.

Cabbage and its cousins

  • Refrigerate in sealed containers.

  • Uncut heads can be refrigerated without a bag.

  • Once cut, seal in an airtight container.

I don’t know if there’s a more perfect food than a humble head of cabbage. It shines in soups, braises, salads, slaws, and stir fries. It’s delightful pickled, fermented, broiled, or grilled. And it lasts for what seems like an eternity in the fridge. Although a whole head is bulky, you can store one naked in your crisper drawer. If space is an issue, you can store it quartered in a zip-top bag. The cut edges may start to oxidize after a week or two, but you can shave off the discolored parts (feed to chickens or put in your compost) and be back in business. Like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower are hardy and versatile. Whole crowns stay crisp for up to two weeks in plastic bags or in containers with lids.

 

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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 Ahavah Farm CSA memberships. Memberships include a weekly bag of produce along with discounted (often free) farm tours, classes, and events centered around healthy living, environmental conscienceness, and growing food regeneratively.


Ahavah Community Initiative is a one-of-a-kind, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves our community in a unique and wholesome way. Being a registered non-profit means that your donations are tax deductable! We believe in this mission so much that all board members (including the Camire family) donate personally to it. In fact, they have put together a matching grant for the end of year Give! Campaign. Your donation through the Give! website will be matched by our board (up to $500), so consider donating today by clicking the image below:

Since 2018 we have

  • Donated over 220 CSA memberships to families in need! - A value of over $85,000.00 of free food - OVER 3,000 weekly BAGS of veggies😮!

  • Facilitated the donation of 73 Double Up Food Buck Grants valued at over $15,000.00 of free food!

  • Donated 400 plants to families in need, so they can grow their own gardens!

  • Taught 46 full-length classes on regenerative and biological agriculture, fermentation, environmental classes, nursery classes and children's classes..

  • Attended 54 outreach events to spread regenerative agriculture education to our community including school events, speaking engagements and markets.

  • Have provided 35 educational tours.

  • Hosted 6 large public events.

  • Hosted 5 regenerative farming interns.

  • In addition, Ahavah Farm (aside from ACI) has donated an additional $75,000+ worth of free food to numerous outlets and families in our local community.


ACI BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER OPENING


Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you want to do more good in our community? We have a couple of openings on the Ahavah Community Iniative Board of Directors that can help you with that! This is a non-paid, volunteer position for two years with monthly meetings. All details and an application can be found



 

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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!

 

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Microgreen CSA Shares Cancled until the Winter CSA starts up, the first week of February.

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

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

✔ You can sign up anytime after January 26, 2022 to recieve your weekly Microgreen CSA starting the first week of February. You can cancle anytime in 2022 too!✔


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.

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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

 

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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!

 

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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


- THURSDAYS

- 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

- 1110 Interquest Parkway,

Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Go to cmbrew.com to learn more about this location.


 

Denver @ Jewish Community Center

NOW INSIDE! Turn left, park then use main enterance. Bring ID. Thanks.


- THURSDAYS
- 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

Market style is now inside!

- FRIDAYS

- 1o:00 AM to 11:00 AM

- 7545 N. Log Rd., Peyton, CO 80831

 



 
Central Colorado Springs @ Ranch Foods Direct

NOW INSIDE! Enter the bay right of the main enterance.

- FRIDAYS

- 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.

 

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