Newsletter for Week 11 of Spring CSA 2022
Hello FaRmily! YIKES! It's hail season again and now and again it gets SCARY (see below for this week's article with video of todays storm!) We watched this intense storm roll in last night and it dropped some hail and some LARGE hail also...but, it didn't last long so there was not any damage (but we weren't so lucky today - see below). Well, it is what it is and that's farming in Colorado! Thankfully this is not our first rodeo, so we have lot's of preventative measures...but I will tell you, it's not fun!
All in all, the farm (besides the hailed squash) are looking great! We are catching up from the snowstorms and the rough Spring, the weeds are still incredibly frustrating (WE NEED HELP!), but most of the planting for the Summer is in already. The only really big project we have left for Summer planting is the beans (which we are late on!). So, now we can focus on Fall! Amazing how fast time flies, isn't it!?
We also have another fantastic CSA for you this week and the harvest list is below. There are a lot of items, announcements and more in this week's newsletter, some are very important and some are just for fun. Enjoy the newsletter this week!
ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT FOR SPRING CSA!
Summer Season starts June 23rd and 24th (pre-season meeting is June 20th@6pm)
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
👉June 10th: ACI applicants will be notified of donation status. CHECK YOUR E-MAILS!.
👉June 10th @ 9am: KIDS CLASS! Painting with Tess (during Market).
👉June 10th @ 9am to 12pm: Farmer's Market with vendors of all kinds!
👉June 17th @ 9am: Composting Basics with Farmer Mark Robinson!
👉June 17th @ 11am: KIDS CLASS! Build a garden box for Dad for FATHER'S DAY!!
👉June 17th @ 9am to 12pm: Farmer's Market with vendors of all kinds!
👉June 17th @ 11am: KIDS CLASS! Storytime w/ Ms. Tracy!
👉July 1st: Fall CSA registration opens.
Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/classes to learn more, to register and to see the rest of our schedule of events and classes!
New Section! - 👩🌾Around the Farm👩🌾
👈It was a chilly market, but it was still a ton of fun! Here is Rachel, from The Sourdough Bouloungerie trying to stay warm by her amazing loaves of bread!
👉We have BEAUTIFUL radishes for you this week!
👈As always, Ms. Lorin's Full-Season Garden Class was off-the-hook and LOADED with awesome information!
👉The alpacas came out to say hi at this week's Farmer's Market at the Farm. We have things like this happening every week - so there's always something fun and new!
👈Asher's first broadfork was sold to Alan - one of our most awesome CSA members! Alan loved the new tool and Asher was very excited! Want one? E-mail Asher directly at email@example.com - he also takes custom blacksmithing orders of all kinds!
👉It's that time of year again! Time to put on the shade cloth on all the houses so the little darling plants can enjoy their perfect little lives under the shade and out of the harsh elements. Must be nice 😉#highmaintenance 😄
👇Oh, this is so cute! Come to the Farmer's Market to see our new Children's Garden! We even have a bean tipi which will be a lot of fun to go in when the beans grow up!
👇Havah had a lot of fun planting with all the kiddos at the market this week!🥰
👉 A brand-new cold-room is going in! This will be SOOOOO helpful, especially when the pumpkins and winter squash and onions all get harvested and dried! We will have plenty of space for them in our new 10'x30'x8' cement, underground cold room!
☝We have new paths on the farm! This will allow us to tie the farm together from one side of the other and be able to wheel carts and heavy items from one place to the next. it will also tie in the parking to the office and make the whole farm, Nursery and ACI a more efficient place to operate...of course, I had to take a few minutes to sit with Ovi and watch all the workers and big trucks!🥰
Summer Season Starts June 23rd and 24th!
Please join us for our Summer Preseason Meeting, LIVE on Facebook (in the Ahavah Community Group), Monday June 20th @ 6pm. 👉 Meet Jessie, Havah and Farmer Yosef as we walk through the season details, some important changes and updates for the Summer and we also will talk about what you can expect from your season. If you can't make it, that's OK, we will record
the video and send it out via e-mail the next day. Also, it will stay posted on Facebook for when you are ready to watch it.
Finally, we will be sending out the Season Details later this week (or early next). Keep an eye out in your e-mail inbox!
CLICK HERE to join the Ahavah Farm Community Group on Facebook where the meeting will be held.
✨Open Monday - Friday 9am to 3pm✨
The nursery has been rocking! So far this season we have sold over 4,000 plants to our local community for their gardens! We are so humbled and blessed by this amazing support!
We will continue to offer the purest, locally grown plant starts (the majority are heirloom crops and they are all tested to be 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%!
🚨SUMMER SHARES STILL AVAILABLE!🚨
SIGN UP TODAY!
Yes, that's right and you can sign up for one RIGHT NOW! Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/csa to register for our summer season Community Supported Agriculture!
✔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!
WORD FROM YOUR FARMER:
Weekly video update for Ahavah Farm CSA members and Non-members. There's always a ton happening on the farm, so we make a new video every week and talk about what to expect in the CSA, any special updates and events and sometimes a little ramble or two. Enjoy!
0:01 - Intro
1:16 - IMPORTANT! Summer CSA Shares ARE Available!!!
2:19 - Donated share applicant notification.
3:05 - Farmer's Market Announcements - live music this week and more vendors!
3:50 - Painting with Tess!
4:22 - More vendors needed!
5:30 - This week's CSA.
6:30 - Nursery orders have all gone out!
7:05 - Nursery update - get your squash!
7:47 - VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE
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
I can't stop raving about our farmer's market! It has been such a blast to meet all of our neighbors, see our vendors have such success and to see all the children having so much fun! This week was no exception, either! 🤩
It was a cooler day at the Ahavah Farmer's Market today, but it was still a great turnout and we had TONS of fun! The new children's garden was installed by a bunch of awesome children with Havah, we also had the alpacas out to feed and pet, we also had the last of the Full Season Gardening Class taught by Lorin, and our son and blacksmith Asher (The Echo of the Anvil) sold his first broadfork...and
Wow, what a great day - thank you so much everyone for coming out to see us and supporting YOUR local community vendors, every Friday from 9am to 12pm, here, at Ahavah Farm in Peyton!
We love our community!❤
📢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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you information and the vendor agreement.
Every month we will be having a monthly give-away for our members and non-members. Here is this week's MONTHLY GIVE-AWAY!
DID YOU READ THIS NEWSLETTER!?!?
If you read this newsletter, we want to hear from you! in return, we have something for you!
Simply take this 5 minute survey and let us know your thoughts on the newsletter and automatically receive 1 FREE item (of your choice) at any Farmer's Market stand or CSA pickup!*
*reward coupons will be e-mailed to you after the survey is completed in July.
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 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!!
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!
Switch your CSA pickup location to the Farm and visit the farmer's market happening at the time of pickup, join the classes and events, view the farm, visit the nursery and meet YOUR community!
⚠ ⚠ ⚠ 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? 📢
"Hail or No Hail, We are Here Because of You!"
- By Yosef Camire
Hmm, what do I write about today? Oh, I know! It just hit me on the head 😄!...
I don't know why I am so bullheaded, but I am! It's what makes me successful, I guess. This determined, unrelenting, stubborn man will not let mother-nature win!...or something like that😄. Well, it's true that we decided to farm in one of the most difficult locations in the country. We have a growing season almost as short as Alaska, we experience more hail in Colorado than any other place in the world...and I think that goes for lightning strikes too!? The wind on these plains is simply absurd. We regularly hit 50 mph and we view it as "a breeze" and don't get me started on the dramatics - one day it's 100 degrees and the next there is a frost!...No...seriously. In addition to all of this, it's too sunny! Ya, that's a real thing, and here on the plains of Colorado at 6500ft, that sun is hotter than Gehinom, and I mean it - and the plants hate it! Ever seen a well-watered squash plant burn, I mean simply burn up and die right there in the ground? I have...while the drip irrigation is still running😮!
So, it's hard to grow here, really, anyone who has tried knows our struggles. It's almost unbearable, and since we have been here we have seen WAY TOO MANY farms come and go. This is why we have our high-tunnels and our shade/hail structures, because without them, we wouldn't be able to grow anything! This is also why we have a premium on our veggies. Not only are they the best tasting, purest and most ecologically-supportive, but they are LOCAL...as in, COLORADO LOCO - ahem, I mean LOCAL. 😄 Yes, you do have to be a little loco, crazy, to want to farm in this place, but our roots are deep now, our children are flourishing here and our community is loving and generous and kind. What else can you ask for? You can't have it all, and what we have is worth a lot more than the sacrifice of some hail🥰.
Well, at least I would like to say that all the time, but sometimes it does get to us and it gets to us hard. We are talking about our incomes, our livelihoods and the livelihoods of all our employees, so it is incumbent upon us to not only have a lot of backups, protections and redundancies, but it's also vital to have a supportive community when hard times come. For that, we thank you and we love you back! The REAL, deep down truth, is that we have thought about quitting many times due to the struggles out here, but every time we do, I promise you with all of my heart, we think of all of you and YOU keep us here. We know our community - you are loving, you are generous, you are good and you are kind and you are what keeps us doing what we do - hail, or no hail. ❤
👇This is what came JUST NOW (and hit me on the head!😉), as I was wondering what the heck to write about this week! 🤣Well, the weather is out of our control and we do the best we can to prepare and weather it, like with our hail structure below, but not everything can be perfect, as you can see from our hurting squash.😭
👈Our squash was not so happy about this hail storm, but you know what? It looks like there are plenty that survived. Sure, we lost plenty, but it's not a total loss. Also, we kind of anticipated this, and so instead of planting the squash in 3 to 4 foot spacing, we did it in 2 foot spacing knowing that we could lose at least half...looks about right, I'd say.
👉Poor little squash plant, you lived a good life. Well, maybe not a great life...but when you were in the nursery you sure were happy. I am sorry I let you out into the world...it's a harsh place.
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 Lorin, our awesome and amazing Nursery Manager! I loved doing this interview with Lorin and I hope you enjoy it! (Recorded April, 2022 - no new interview this week due to the recent holiday)
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
🚨🚨ATTENTION SUMMER CSA MEMBERS: TIMES WILL BE CHANGING FOR SUMMER - PAY ATTENTION TO SEASON DETAILS WHEN THEY COME OUT.🚨🚨
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.
Radishes - Beautiful red radishes this week. Not too spicy with a bit of sweetness. Roasted radishes are my absolute favorite!
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!
Scallions - Who doesn't love scallions!? Did you know that if you leave the roots on and stick it in a glass of water the scallions will re-grow for a second cut!? It's true - try it!
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!
Red Russian Kale - oh we love this kale, as it is perfect for braising or putting in a stew. We also love it for salads as a more tender alternative to the mature kale. YUM!
Chives - Oh, chives are the best! if you cross garlic and onions...this is the magic you get!
Cilantro - who doesn't like cilantro!? Actually, did you know that if ciantro tastes like "soap" you aren't alone? That's right, there is actually a percentage of people that have a genetic disposition to taste soap when eating cilantro! Don't believe me? Check this out here.
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.
Red Splendor Mustard - Simply the most amazing mustard on the planet! Beautiful in appearance, smooth in taste, this mustard is ready for everyone - raw, saute'd, roasted or added to a stew are some awesome ideas: our favorite way is in a fritatta! OH MY! Keep in mind that mustard greens taste totally different after cooked. Check out this link for 10 recipe ideas. ⭐All members will receive 2 bunches with their CSA this week, as part of their share.
Mint - A specialty herb that will be coming every few weeks throughout the summer. Never used mint? Oh, you are in for an AMAZING treat! there are so many ways to use mint, here is a list of 63 recipes for you!
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.
Plants - There will be plenty of plants to choose as an item this week, even some garden varieties. Enjoy!
Arugula - Wonderful baby arugula is similar to mustard with a bite, but a change in flavor after cooking. Very versatile and a specialty green with a high demand. Here is an article with 30 ways to serve arugula.
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