Newsletter for Week 1 of Summer CSA 2022
Hello FaRmily! We are so excited for the FIRST WEEK OF SUMMER! I can't believe that summer is here already, it feels like it was spring JUST YESTERDAY! Boy, how time flies! 🤣 Seriously, happy summer season to all of our amazing members, supporters and friends! We have a great newsletter for you this week chock-full of information, updates, interviews and more.
This week we have an amazing farmer's market planned for Friday with Storytime and activities and our CSA harvest this week is going to be awesome for the first week of summer! Enjoy the newsletter!
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!⭐
Did you miss the Preseason Meeting?
No worries! Here is the meeting in it's entirety below.
👉Skip to the 2:10 minute mark to the start of the video.
You can get all the SEASON DETAILS HERE
Ahavah Farm & Ahavah Community Initiative
👉June 23rd: Summer Season starts!
👉June 24th @ 11am: KIDS CLASS! Storytime w/ Ms. Tracy!
👉June 24th @ 9am to 12pm: Farmer's Market with vendors of all kinds!
👉July 1st @ 9am to 12pm: Farmer's Market with vendors of all kinds!
👉July 1st: Fall CSA registration opens.
👉July 8th @ 9am to 12pm: Farmer's Market with vendors of all kinds!
👉July 8th @ 9am to 12pm: KIDS CLASS! Painting with Tess!
👉July 15th: Grow Your Own Microgreens Class With Lorin!
👉July 15th @ 9am to 12pm: Farmer's Market with vendors of all kinds!
👉July 22nd @ 9am to 12pm: Farmer's Market with vendors of all kinds!
👉July 22nd @ 9am: Farm Tour!
👉July 24th @ 5pm to 8pm: Summer Farm Fest!!!
👉July 29th @ 9am to 12pm: Farmer's Market with vendors of all kinds!
👉July 29th @ 10am: KIDS CLASS! Storytime w/ Ms. Tracy!
Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/classes to learn more, to register and to see the rest of our schedule of events and classes!
👩🌾Around the Farm This Week👩🌾
👈This week we had the "Build a Box" workshop where the kids got to build an organic planter box for Dad on Father's Day. The turnout was great and there were a lot of happy Dad's getting some awesome planter boxes - FULL of planted herbs!
👉The garlic is ready to plant! We are so excited, as it looks like a beautiful crop this year - here is Elisheva with some of our test harvest.
👈The bounce house was so much fun this week at our farmer's market! It will be up for the kiddos at all of them (Friday's from 9a to 12p)!
👉Our community truly is a faRmily ❤️. Here is Mr. Brian Gatz, an amazing member of our faRmily, holding one of our dear-ones, Nedirah at the market. Markets are so much fun!!
👈Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Cucumbers are here and so are the tomatoes! it should only be a few more weeks before they start showing up in your CSA shares and at the booths for sales!
👇The beets are so beautiful this week! here is Ms. Katie being shocked by the sheer size of them! Oh, perhaps there was a little silliness there, but they are still shocking for sure! 😄
👈This week's Composting 101 class was a success! Thank you Mark for putting on such a great class!
👇The farm is looking beautiful and we are ready for a wonderful season!
✨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%!
🚨FALL REGISTRATION OPENS JULY 1st!
Don't Miss the Best Season of them All!
Put it on your calendar to sign up for some of the ONLY fresh, local, and particularly regeneratively grown produce available throughout the fall!
As other farms are shutting down, we will be starting yet another season - a season full of beautiful produce! We will continue to have all the favorite greens and summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, carrots and beets, but we will also have all the pumpkins, squash, potatoes and onions coming in then too! Fall is a great season! We hope you will join us! But be-ware - there are only 275 memberships available! July 1st is the day to sign up, don't miss it!
✔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 - Introduction
1:05 - This week's CSA
1:55 - Farmer's Market Update
3:56 - Fall CSA is the BEST season! July 1st - sign up!
5:20 - IMPORTANT!! TIME CHANGES FOR SUMMER!
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
This week's farmer's market at the farm was an absolute blast!
This week we had the bounce-house out for the kids, we also had a splash pad to keep everyone cool, we had live music, of course our
playground was packed and we had some new vendors!
We also had a composting 101 class taking place with local farmer and former intern of Ahavah Farm, Mark Robinson. The class was an absolute success, and the participant feedback was raving!
Asher held a planter-box building class too! This was a TON of fun as there were 14 kids who showed up to take the class! The kids built a planter box stained with organic, whey-based stain and the boxes were planted with basil, thyme, chamomile and lemonbalm.
The market is just getting better and better every week and meeting our neighbors has been such an incredible blessing! do us a favor, when you come, say hi and introduce yourselves, we are so excited to meet you!!!
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.
NEW - JULY Monthly Give-Away!
Every month we will be having a monthly give-away for our members and non-members. Here is this week's MONTHLY GIVE-AWAY!
Give us a review on Google and get 1 FREE item!
It would mean the world to us if you would give us your feedback on Google Reviews! you wouldn't believe how important having positive reviews on Google helps our business reach others. For taking the time to do a review for our business, we will give you a coupon for 1 free item of your choice to be used at any of our CSA booth's, the Ahavah Farm Nursery or at the Ahavah Farmer's Market. Simply click on the link below to do a review, then send an e-mail to email@example.com to confirm it. That's it! Thank you so much, it means the world!🙏
*reward coupons will be e-mailed to you after the survey is completed in August.
🥕🍅🥒🧅🌳🌵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!
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 email@example.com to let us know who referred you and you BOTH receive your $35 certificate! It's that easy!😁
📢DID YOU KNOW? 📢
The Ahavah Community Cookbook
Did you know that microgreens have been found to be up to 40× more nutritious than mature-leaf vegetables? For instance, one ounce of our microgreen mix is nearly nutritionally equivalent to 3lbs of broccoli!
Crazy, I know. But that's not the ONLY thing that microgreens are good for. Microgreens taste incredible, and there's a reason for that too - the nutrition! Did you know that the higher the nutritional content of a vegetable, the higher the sugar content and therefore the greater the flavor also? Of course you knew this because you read all the "Did-You-Know" sections and you've learned this in-depth already😉! You should also know this, like, totally automatically, because the flavor of Ahavah Farm veggies tastes so great - duh, that's why our carrots are so yummy!! It's because they have higher nutrition and thus have a higher sugar content!
So back to the amazing microgreens...
As a CSA member, you will have the opportunity to experience almost every microgreen we grow as we try to grow all varieties and provide them every week as part of the Market-Style membership. You'll notice that our microgreens last 2x to 3x longer than the ones you buy in the store. That's because they are super-fresh which means that their nutritional content is even higher. However, they won't last as long as mature vegetables. Eat them quick, within 3 days of receiving them to get the best benefit.
As a tip: As a CSA member, your microgreen servings are 2x what they are in the store, they are fresher and better than any other microgreens you will find - we guarantee it. the value of each "serving" is anywhere from $7 to $13, so they shouldn't be missed at the CSA pickups - we HIGHLY recommend them as a big benefit of being an Ahavah Farm CSA member, as it's something you won't find in many other CSA's across the country.
Enjoy them all: Sunflower, Pea, Radish, Broccoli, Barley Grass, Kohlrabi, Cabbage and a few others like basil and dill, cilantro and kale.
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!
Interview #10 With Rabbi Eddie Shapiro
Here is a special treat, an interview with one of my favorite people in the world, and one of the farm's as well, Rabbi Eddie Shapiro. Rabbi has been with us since the beginning of this farm, he's part of the mission of growing the food, but more importantly, he is a blessing to our family and our farm staff. If the farm had a "Rabbi," he'd be it! Enjoy the interview and say hi to Rabbi the next time you see him hanging around the farm or up in Denver at the JCC CSA pickup!
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!!
- 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (All)
- 7545 N. Log Rd.,
Peyton, CO 80831
Central Colorado Springs @ Ranch Foods Direct
NOW INSIDE! Enter the bay right of the main enterance.
- 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM (All)
- 3:31 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
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!
Cilantro - Who doesn't love cilantro!? Well, it turns out, up to 14% of people have a unique gene that makes cilantro taste like soap! It's true, check it out here. If that's not you, check out this page for some ideas: CLICK HERE
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!
Celeriac Greens - Similar to celery, but more bitter. Celeriac is great in stews and in cooked dishes or other places where you would like to substitute celery.
Chives - The wonderful chive. You can't go wrong here. they are a cross between onions and garlic and are excellent on just about everything!
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.
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.
Broccoli Greens - OH MY! We absolutely LOVE broccoli greens! Ever had collards? These are better! Cooked them and serve them the same way and you will be in heaven!
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!
Red Russian Kale - Baby kale is always so tender! Sauté' it, eat it raw, add it to stews...there so much to do. Here are some ideas.
Dill - An amazing aromatic herb that will remind you of pickles every time! but, did you know that dill is used in a lot of recipes? Check it out here.
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.
Kohlrabi Greens - Stalk and all, these amazing greens are delicious! I love to eat them similar to collards, or broccoli greens, sautéed in butter with some garlic and salt, but they have a unique flavor that is very nice! Absolutely delicious greens!
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
Beets - Absolutely stunning beets are coming this week! we have two kinds: Boldor (golden) and red baby beets. Both are delicious, but they have unique flavors. here are some recipes for GOLDEN BEETS. Here are some for RED BEETS.
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