Ahavah Farm Community News, August 18th, 2021

Updated: Aug 19, 2021


Week 9 - The NINTH Week of SUMMER CSA 2021!

(Want to skim this e-mail, but get the most benefit? All NEW and UPDATED sections will be titled in "RED")

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Opening Remarks

Hello Dear Supporters, Members and FaRmily!!

What a summer it has been so far! Our CSA has been absolutely awesome thus far, and this may be the best Summer crop we have had since we started 7 seasons ago!! Although, things can change quickly in farming, we know😜, so celebrating our victories is important - and this year has been fantastic! Yes, it started out very, very cold and slow, but the rain and cooler weather really helped many of our crops thrive (though Spring was rough!). One real negative that came out of that cool weather was our pumpkin harvest...the 2,500 plants we put in have looked very stymied and it doesn't look like it's going to be a good fall crop which breaks our hearts (more on that below)!


As far as happenings go, we have been hustling our tails off to get the Fall planting in - which is almost complete! We are almost 100% planted, again, which makes us so very happy and excited for a good fall season! We also have all the garlic dried and cured, the onions are about to come out of the ground (starting today!) and the potatoes are almost ready to harvest too! The weeds have been looking slightly better - a special thank you to our volunteers (though there is still so much weeding to do!😝). All in all, our Fall planting is going well, the CSA is kicking tail and the crops are looking very nice. We can expect to have a very nice CSA for Fall and Winter (let's hope the Fall is mild!).


We've also had a couple amazing classes and events on the farm recently including a GIANT tour, Storytime with Ms. Tracy and a Composting 101 class. All have been successful and wonderful programs that have added to our community - thank you to all the members and volunteers who make these wonderful programs happen!


👉👉REMINDER: Fall CSA membership closes AUGUST 31st. Be sure to sign up so you don't miss out!👈👈


See below for event updates, new articles and announcements!

Enjoy your share this week and don't forget to join the fun and share your recipes and pictures in the Facebook Community Group

 

🥕👩‍🌾CSA Veggie-Share Program Update and Comments

As mentioned above, the CSA has been looking so great lately! We are so excited, week after week to be able to accomplish such abundance of nutrition and then to divide it amongst such amazing people! It fills our hearts with such joy to know that so many families are enjoying the food we work so hard at producing, and with such love and care. Your feedback, as we have been mentioning, has been a huge motivator and we are so grateful for all your support!


Over the next few weeks you will notice that some of the varieties may be changing as we will start to transition to Fall crops. This will be a subtle transition away from Summer crops (like beans, tomateos, squash etc) to more cooler weather crops like turnips, radishes, carrots and lettuce and more alliums like onions, scallions, garlic and leeks etc. Expect the transition to take place for the next 6 to 8 weeks and anticipate that the sizes of your shares may fluctuate as well (perhaps not very noticeably).


This week's CSA share is another abundant one and you can expect the following items: Scallions, Turnips, Kale, Radishes, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Squash, Chives, Peppers, Basil, Fennel, microgreens and more

 

Volunteering - Sunday, September 12th!

Weeds, Weeds Everywhere!!! We need your help to pull them! Can you help us do a final push for the Fall seasons?


It's our LAST Wonderful-Weekend-Warrior-Weeding-Workout, and we want you there too!


Come, Sunday, September 12th from 12pm to 3pm to help us yank 'em!


Can't make it out on Sunday the 12th? That's ok because we need volunteers every day between 8am and 5pm! Just let Beka know you are interested in coming out and we will welcome you with plenty of open buckets (to put your weeds in!!!) 😆! We need volunteers all the time! Weeding, planting, cleaning, harvesting, bagging and so much more, so don't be shy and come on out!


Want to volunteer? Simply e-mail our amazing Administrator, Beka at aci@ahavahcommunity.org to get more information and to sign up!

 

👩‍🌾Farm Happenins'👩‍🌾

A little tid-bit about what's happenin' around the farm this week!

Asher and his Master-Angler carp!

Well, to be honest, it's been a little slow on the farm this week as we push, push, push to get our Fall planting in, weeds managed and crops harvested (slow is relative 😝!!). In addition to that, we have a host of injuries on the farm: Evan with a casted-up foot, Asher with a casted-up hand and a couple others with some injury or another (unmentionable here) - so it's been kind of a scramble (including the unfortunate cancellation of Asher's Blacksmithing 101 class due to his thumb).


However, there was one event that happened this week (non-farm related) which was super-exciting! As some of you know, Havah and I (Yosef), and the kids have been trying to fit in a lot of recreation lately (as my fight and recovery from cancer continues to get better and better - this has been absolutely necessary). In fact, we haven't been able to do anything recreationally for a few years due to Cancer, Covid, Bomb Cyclone Ulmer and the regular hustle and bustle of operating the farm and it's associated businesses. It's been very difficult for our family, especially since

The Camire family trying to escape the farm for some R&R!

we are such a recreational and outdoor adventure type of a family, so we have decided to make it a high priority to slow down the growth of the farm and focus on reconnecting as a family through recreation. One of the recreational activities we have been thoroughly enjoying lately has been fishing! It's been a huge bonding experience for our family and has been helping with my recovery from cancer tremendously due to the stress relief it has been bringing to me as well as the light physical exercise which has been therapeutic as well.

Aiden, netting the carp as the line snapped!

Well, this week we went fishing and Asher caught a GIANT (even with his bandaged hand hiding behind the fish in the picture above)! He caught a Master-Angler Award sized grass carp of 33.5 inches and nearly 14lbs (and his brother Aiden helped net him as the string snapped)!


For some of you, this might not be super-exciting, and that's ok, but for our family, though, it was a lot of fun and very exciting - and since you are part of our FaRmily, we want you to share in some of our exciting moments too! I mean, hey, it's not every day you catch a Master-Angler sized fish! Congratulations Asher!

 

YOM KIPPUR SCHEDULE - WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16th

As you know, Yom Kippur is on Thursday, September 16th. Therefore, all THURSDAY CSA pickups and deliveries will be postponed until Friday, September 17th (no changes for current Friday CSA members). The times will also be changing as noted below. Below is the CSA schedule for the 13th week of Summer, the week of September 16th:

  • Monument / North Colorado Springs: Friday 9/17/2021 @ 10:30am to 11:30am

  • Denver / JCC: Friday Friday 9/17/2021 @ 2pm to 3pm

  • Peyton / Farm: No Changes.

  • Colorado Springs/ Ranch Foods Direct: No changes.

  • THURSDAY DELIVERIES: Postponed to Friday.

  • FRIDAY DELIVERIES: No Changes.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND MAKE APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS - THANK YOU!!😁

 

🥕🍅🥒🧅🌳🌵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:

DON'T FORGET: SNAP PARTICIPANTS ALWAYS RECEIVE 50% OFF!!

&

As always, all prices are

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


👀GARDEN PLANTS ALSO QUALIFY FOR SNAP AND 2x DOUBLE-UP BENEFITS!!!👀


For Payment:  Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal to contact@ahavahfarm.com or via Venmo to Ahavah Farm, LLC or by paying with credit card over the phone.

 

⚠ BAGS! We need your bags (PLEASE🙏) !!

Thank you everyone for recycling your LARGE bags with us (thank you, but we do not need the small ones, only the large ones)! 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!

 

FALL REGISTRATION - 📢📢(Registration closes August 31st)📢📢

Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/csa to sign up today (and remember, SNAP members get 50% off, auto-renewals get 5% off and we offer flexible payment options too!)

 

CSA/Veggie Share OR Microgreen Share REFERAL PROGRAM!