Newsletter for Week 2 of Summer CSA 2022
Hello FaRmily! Wow, the first week of Summer season was a rush! So many new faces, so much variety and abundance, an amazing Farmer's Market and more! It was such a pleasure meeting so many new members this week and I wanted to be sure to invite all of our new members to get involved and take part in our community. There are always lots of classes, tours, events, volunteer opportunities and projects that you can get involved in and we believe it's the best way to get the most from your CSA membership.
It all starts right here, in our weekly newsletter where you won't miss a thing! In this week's newsletter we have added a new "Gardening Tips" section below and we have some important announcements too! So...let's get right to it! Enjoy your share this week and see you at the Market!!!
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 week and don't forget to join the fun and share your recipes and pictures in the Facebook Community Group!⭐
🚨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 beware - there are only 325 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 for more! ✔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!
Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/csa to learn more and to sign up today!
Ahavah Farm & Ahavah Community Initiative
👉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 is the furthest along the peppers have ever been at this time of year! They are looking great for a first harvest in about a month!
👉The RFD CSA drop was INSANE! So many people, so much food! Yikes, that was a lot of fun and we can't wait to do it again this week!
👈The white blanched stem on the leeks this week are UNBELIEVABLE! Growing leeks like this is very difficult to do, but we knocked it out of the park this time!
👉The new cold-room is getting poured and is about half-way done! I am getting really excited about this because the other cold room is getting way over-crowded and Tess, our CSA manager will be so relieved when the new one is ready! This will also help us store more crops in the Fall and Winter seasons!
👈We had another great storytime this week! This week we learned all about beans! We did the storytime in the Kid's Garden right next to the bean tipi and then we planted some beans and the kids took them home - such fun!
👉The nursery got a nice facelift this week too! Not only did we get a fancy new door, but we also had a nice sidewalk poured for a more finished look and also so we can place things on display. Looking good!
JULY 4th SALE!
This July 4th we are offering 20% off all plants for our July 4th sale! Come by the nursery Monday, from 9am to 3pm and automatically save 20% house-wide.
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!
✨Open Monday - Friday 9am to 3pm✨
📢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%!
How to Test Your Soil - The Easy Way!
There are multiple ways and reasons to test your soil:
· Testing to determine soil type.
· Testing to determine moisture levels.
· Testing to determine Co2 Levels.
· Testing to determine nutrient levels.
· Testing to determine soil PH level.
· And more…
Here are TWO easy ways to test your soil type:
1. The Squeeze Test: Simply grab a handful of moist (not wet - if water seeps out, it's too wet) soil and squeeze it in your hand. If it holds it's shape and then falls apart easily, you have loamy soil. If it holds it shape and can be formed into a ball, you have clay soil. If it doesn’t hold it’s shape you have sandy soil.
2. The Water Test: 1. Take a jar and fill it with 1/3 soil. 2. Fill the rest of the jar with water and one tablespoon of liquid dish soap. 3. Shake thoroughly. 4. Allow the jar to sit for 24 hours.
o Sandy: Clear water and settled soil at the bottom.
o Loam: Water is a little murky with bits floating in it.
o Clay: The water is very murky.
o Organic matter: The organic matter will be the floating debris at the top of the jar – an important indicator! Healthy soil should have approximately 4-12% organic matter.
So, which soil did YOU have?
· Full Composition Analysis can be obtain by sending your soil into a test lab. Suggested test laboratory is Miwest Labs in Nebraska. This is the lab we have always used for everything from manure testing to water and soil testing etc. www.midwestlabs.com
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
0:23 - JULY 1st Announcement!
1:56 - July 4th Nursery Sale! Save 20%
3:05 - MARK YOUR CALENDARS! July 24th Summer Fest!
5:23 - Farmer's Market Update
8:19 - CSA Update
10:03 - IMPORTANT FOR "WIC" MEMBERS.
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 4PM.
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
We had another great market this week...
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 story time with Ms. Tracy! It's always one of our absolute favorite activities on the farm. Tracy engages the kids with
3 to 4 stories and an activity. This week she read about beans, in the bean garden and then they planted beans to take home. It's always great time for kids!
This week we will have the bounce-house, the magic school bus, the splashpad, a couple of live goats, some ducks and the alpacas will all be out to say hi!
The market is just getting better and better every week and meeting our neighbors has been such an incredible blessing!
This week, we will o 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? 📢
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
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
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!
Leeks - Did you know that the entire leek plant is edible? yup, and delicious too! The best part, however, is the blanched stem. These leeks have the longest blanched stem due to the way we grow them - this makes them REALLY special leeks, and we are SUPER excited about them! Here's 18 recipes for leeks!
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.
Cucumbers - Yep, they are here! They are starting to come in quickly, but for this week, they are limited. These, along with tomatoes and squash will be coming soon!
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! Never heard of broccoli greens? That's ok, check out this cool article about why these greens are so important and ideas on how to use them.
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.
Garlic - Our garlic is harvested and ready! We are so excited for garlic season, but unfortunately, much of our garlic turned out smaller than we had hoped due to an "oopsie" while growing. BUT, it's still absolutely delicious garlic (the largest ones we will keep for seed come Fall)!
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, Asher, Aiden, Israel, Eliana, Ovadya, Elisheva, Nedira and of course our amazing team: Josh, Tess, Lorin, Evan, Katie, Holly, Casey, Jessie, Joe and Charles! ❤️