Newsletter for Week 8 of Spring CSA 2022
If you liked last week's CSA, you are going to love this one even more! We have been blessed with some very beautiful crops so far this season, the completion of tons of projects on the farm, incredible success in both the Ahavah Farm Nursery & Garden Center and even more success in the Ahavah Farmer's Market and we are so grateful to so many who have had a hand in helping our community!
So much has been happening lately, at the busiest time of the year - no less! Please join us for our events, our tours and classes, our Farmer's Market and our Nursery and Garden Center on-site store. Read below for all the info!
👉There is a new section titled "Around the Farm" this week, there is also a new article, some very important updates and a new video update as well. See below for all the details!
PS. In the coming weeks we will be changing the newsletter entirely. This will become the main communication tool and platform for all communication and Facebook will eventually be completely phased out. We will also be updating and utilizing our website on a broader scale. keep an eye out for those changes in the coming weeks and months.
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 small family 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!⭐
Ahavah Farm & Ahavah Community Initiative UPCOMING Schedule
👉May 23rd @ 3pm: Farm Tour - MONDAY EVENT!
👉May 27th @ 10am: KIDS CLASS! Storytime with Miss Tracy!
👉June 3rd: Full Season Garden Class #4
👉June 5th: Deadline to apply for donated share.
👉June 10th @ 9am: KIDS CLASS! Painting with Tess (during Market).
👉June 17th @ 9am: Composting Basics with Mark Robinson!
👉July 1st: Fall CSA registration opens.
New Section! - 👩🌾Around the Farm👩🌾
👈The orchard is doing amazing! Sure, we lost a few trees, and those will be replaced, but so many of them survived the first (harsh) winter and they are ready to set their roots deep to start to flourish before the next harsh winter! We are so excited! Last year we planted Cherry, Apple, Plum, Pear, Maple, Oak, Paw-Paw, Poplar and a bunch more!
👉The "Cool Crop House" is completed for this year! The walls are up, the cabbages, cauliflower and broccoli are all planted and the roof just got put on yesterday! This shade cloth will keep the plants cool, keep the bugs and hail out, reduce the exposure to the sun and reduce the need to water. Fantastic!
👈Just look at this amazing head of lettuce that Tess is holding! Wow! There are hundreds of them just like this, both green and red that were harvested this week. The lettuce this week is INCREDIBLE!
👉We always celebrate our team members on their birthdays! Sometimes we take them off the farm to go golfing or fishing. Other times we hook them up with a gift and a cookout. Happy birthday Casey, it was a yummy one!😋
👈Scapes are like art! We will have a ton of amazing scapes for the next few weeks. DO NOT MISS THEM!
👉The flowers are now starting to bloom and no newsletter is complete without atleast one cute picture🥰!
☝The Ahavah Farmer's Market has been a great success and a TON of fun! Come out every Friday from 9am to 12pm!
👉 Painting with Tess was SOOOO much fun this week at the Ahavah Farmers Market!
Check out all the amazing art the children made!👇
✨Open Monday - Friday 9am to 3pm✨
👈 Did you pre-order your garden plants with us for guaranteed delivery? Well, whether you did or did not, you need to check out this video!!! 😮
The first week of the Nursery & Garden Center was an amazing success! We sold almost 1,000 plants the first week and have plenty more to go! Please come by, say hello and introduce yourself. We love our neighbors!
We will continue to offer 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!
📢As always, current CSA members receive 10% off EVERY DAY!📢
Come to 7545 Log Rd, in Peyton CO 80831 and get your garden started and save 20%!
FREE VEGGIES EVERY WEEK - ALL SUMMER LONG!
🚨👉DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JUNE 5th!👈🚨
✔Applications for a FREE weekly bag of freshly
harvested veggies, all Summer long, is available now - APPLY TODAY!
✔The deadline to apply is June 5th - please click below to learn the details and to apply.
✔Applying takes 2 minutes and receipt of any donations is completely private.
✔Please share this with your friends, family and on social-media!
WORD FROM YOUR FARMER:
Hello my dear friends and FaRmily ❤! SO MUCH IS GOING ON! Check out this week's video update with all the details!
Weekly update with announcements.
0:01 - Intro
0:10 - Spring CSA so far.
0:45 - Nursery SUCCESS and THANK YOU!
3:00 - Farm Progress.
3:50 - Weeding and volunteers...WE NEED YOU!
4:40 - New cold-room being built!
5:10 - Farmer's Market update.
8:00 - Switch to Farm for your CSA location! It's worth it!
9:30 - A little Yosef Ramble.
10:15 - Looking ahead to this week's CSA.
11:20 - Have a blessed week!
We are now on Twitter!
Yes, Twitter has been in the news a lot lately, and no, that's not why we are jumping in. Actually, this has been in the "thought-shed" for quite awhile now. Well, it's here. Join us - we'll see how much we utilize it and go from there!
Come Follow Us
Click the bird to follow us!
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:
Harvesting, washing and prep.
General farm cleanup
and more...got a skill you want to share? Let us know!
Volunteering is Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM.
Please let Jessie know you are interested, she will send more information and necessary paperwork, and we will welcome you with open arms!
Weekly Farmer's Market Update
Ahavah Farmer's Market is Every Friday from 9a - 12p
The first two Farmer's Market's have been AMAZING! So many people came out and did their weekly shopping for vegetables, baked goods and more. Last week we had a few new vendors including a mobile chiropractor, a salad dressing vendor and a soap and goat-milk products vendor.
This coming week will be even more amazing as we are LOADED with vendors this week. We will have some new vendors this week including Macaroni Kid who will have activities for the little ones, the local library will be coming out and Bar UC will be here as well, selling their incredible holistically-raised, organic and grass-fed beef. We will also have plenty of crafts, local baked goods and a host of other amazing items for all our local neighbors! Come on by!
⭐PS. It may be a chilly market, but we will still be here with free organic coffee for all!
📢More and More Vendors Every Week!📢
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 email@example.com 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!
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!
🥕🍅🥒🧅🌳🌵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
For Payment: Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org 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!!
Change Any Time!
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!
Got SNAP (EBT)?
Save 50% off your veggies, garden plants, meat, treats and more!
Did you know that Ahavah Farm accepts EBT / SNAP? Did you also know that we are partnered with the State of Colorado to offer our members and non-members 50% off every purchase!? That's right, with #doubleupcolorado you can receive 2x your veggies, meat or bread (etc) purchases either as a CSA member or as a customer at the Ahavah Farm Nursery & Garden Center as well as the Ahavah Farmers Market on Fridays.
Want to Change Your Location!?
We Invite You!
⚠ ⚠ ⚠ 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 email@example.com to let us know who referred you and you BOTH receive your $35 certificate! It's that easy!😁
📢DID YOU KNOW? 📢
"Here's One Vital, and Unrecognized Reason Why Local is Always Better"
- By Yosef Camire 5/10/2022
One of the most important benefits of being a CSA member is knowing that your food is harvested and delivered fresh (within mere days). Not only are the vegetables grown regeneratively, chemical-free etc. and with as much nutrient-density as possible, but by being harvested and delivered fresh, you know that your nutrients are locked-in and bio-available for your body to process.
This freshly-harvested benefit is something that may be much more important than you, or most, realize. Not only does supporting local reduce carbon emissions, have a more positive impact on the environment, last longer, taste better and support your local community and economy, but there is a much much more important reason to support local and eat fresh that trumps them all. This important aspect regarding your produce being harvested and delivered fresh, is an aspect that goes WAY beyond the "Organic" label and is a benefit that can only be applied to "local" produce. Let me explain:
Did you know that the average produce travels over 2,000 miles before it gets to your local store!? After produce is harvested it has to go through several stages and delivery points before making it to your local store. First is the harvest and immediately following is the processing stages (1-2 days). Next, the produce will typically ship out on a truck on day 2 or 3. After travelling an average of 2,000 miles (2-3 days) it goes to a distribution center (now on day 6 or 7 - but could be up several weeks!) and then it finally makes it to your local grocery store by day 8 or 9 on average. Now that the vegetables are at your grocery store on day 8, they don't get put out, usually, until 1 - 2 days later. Therefore, the average vegetables in the grocery store are approximately 9-10 days old by the time it can be purchased by you. However, in addition to this, there is typically a 3 to 5 day rotation of vegetables (since trucks don't come every day), which means that the head of lettuce you just purchased is typically 9 days to 14 days old or older! No wonder your CSA vegetables last so much longer and taste so much fresher 😄!
So, why is this storage and delivery-time so important aside from taste and the length of time it will last on your shelf? The most important reason for supporting and buying and eating local is due to the nutrient-degradation in the produce by the time it hits your plates. As Jolene Hanson summarizes it:
...commercial fruits and vegetables...can be in transit for several weeks before it hits store shelves. Add one to three days before it's purchased, plus several days in your refrigerator after that, and the end product is no match for nutrient-rich crops from your own back yard.
How much nutrient-degradation takes place during this travel time and does it REALLY affect your health? The answer is, a lot - on both counts. See, it's not just what is NOT put into growing the crops that matters (like chemicals etc.), it's also about what's IN the produce (nutrient density) that really matters. Think about it: Eating a piece of "Organic" cardboard may not have harsh chemicals, but it sure doesn't have nutrients either, and eating that cardboard, though it may not kill you, it won't help you fight disease or make you any healthier either! Diane Barret of UC Davis wrote a very informative article which is a MUST-READ for all members! The research in her article proves that all vegetables lose a staggering amount of nutrients via the distribution process - even when refrigerated! Diane shows that some vegetables, like green-beans, can lose up to 77% of the nutrients in just a single week in the refrigerator and additionally up to 70% of remaining nutrients can be lost due to canning and processing for storage!
It's no wonder our nation and our world is so sick! Not only are most people eating chemical-laden foods, but they are also completely and utterly nutrient deficient!!! ...and this is, as you know, just one of many factors.
I hope you enjoyed this article, that you keep this in mind the next time you enjoy lettuce or kale or a carrot or a tomato from our farm and also that you remember this also at your next trip to the grocery store.
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!
Meet YOUR Community!
Meet Josh, our Farm Manager and all-around awesome guy! Josh was our very first employee 6 years ago and is now the head-honcho!
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
Garlic Scapes - Scapes are here, scapes are here!!!!!! A once a year treat that is beloved by EVERYONE! Check out some awesome preparation tips.
Redbor Kale and Darkibor Kale - Some of the most amazing kale you have ever seen or tasted! Taste is NOTHING like in the store - those that know, know! Try some this week, massage is real good, follow one of THESE recipes and let your tastebuds have a party!
Hakurei Sweet Turnips - The absolute best turnips on the planet - they are SO sweet and delicious, kids eat them like apples and they are extraordinarily versatile. Definitely a CSA staple and favorite for so many!
Arugula - Oh, this is such a wonderful and unique green! Delicious raw, and a completely different veggie when saute'd or added to a dish, eggs or a stew. LOVE ARUGULA!
Garlic Greens - Oh ya! We love the garlic greens. Almost as versatile as the bulb, but with almost a smoother and less-biting flavor. Delicious in almost everything!
Chives - Oh, chives are the best! if you cross garlic and onions...this is the magic you get!
Swiss Chard - One of my absolute favorite greens to saute' and wilt deeply. I love garlic, oil and salt and taking this amazingness and adding it to a bed of rice or quinoa and adding in different vegetables, some tofu (or meat) and then we love an asian peanut-based dressing and it's to die for.
Carrots - Our sweet carrots are to die for! The ONLY carrots on the planet that we will eat...and many of our members absolutely agree!
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.
Mustard Greens - There is nothing I prefer more than mustard greens with my eggs...NOTHING! And this mustard? It's the best! Delicious in so many ways, here is an article to help.
Plants - There will be plenty of plants to choose as an item this week, even some garden varieties. Enjoy!
Living Herbs - We have basil, chamomile, mint and a lot more!
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