Ahavah Farm Community News, August 4th, 2021

Updated: Aug 5, 2021


Week 7 - The SEVENTH 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!

Were you at the Summer Farm Fest!? If you were, it was SO GREAT TO SEE YOU! We got to meet so many new people, it was awesome!


We had between 250 and 350 people show up IN-THE-RAIN! What a fun time we had with all of our vendors, the live music, the amazing food and of course the s'mores! We had raffles and games and lot's of fun. Thank you to everyone who came out - it was such a good time that we will be doing it again in the Fall - keep an eye out for the invite (there's a video of the event below!)!


As for on-farm, well, we are a little behind. Not only is it the transition period (the period where the weeds over-take everything as we kick it into high-gear for Fall planting), but unfortunately there have been a lot of staff injuries (off farm!), a jury duty, some illnesses and some other rare unexpected situations that have given us plenty of reasons to hustle our butts off and catch up to get all the fall planting in - so now is the push for the next two weeks! We will be hustling to catch up and get all of our major fall planting in no later than August 15th...and then there is the onion, pepper, potato harvest and (cross your fingers!) and a pumpkin harvest (though, to be honest, it looks like the extreme Spring may have hampered our pumpkin season for 2021 - we'll see!)


Most things on the farm are coming along and the farm is looking a little, shall we say, "WILD!" and "SHAGGY!" It certainly needs a hair trimming, or at least some weed-pullin'! The weeds are HUGE and they are overtaking the world, or so it seems. So, if you are reading this and you are thinking that pullin' some weeds would be a good, fun and wholesome activity for you to come out and volunteer for (bring the kids!), well, we are here for you and will let you pull them all day long! 😁 Very seriously though, we nnnnnneeeeeeeeeedddd some help pulling these suckers - can you help? More info below 📢ALSO: This coming Sunday is a volunteer day WITH FREE LUNCH!!!!


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


The CSA has been looking really great lately, which we are so happy about! We have also received, and greatly appreciated, so much of your feedback recently! Being a small family farm is very stressful, and it's emotional too because it very much is a labor of love and very personal. When we receive your positive feedback, it fuels us to continue to push hard and dedicate ourselves to serving our community. Thank you for your love and being such an awesome community!

Esther rockin' the carrots!

As for this week, we are planning on a great harvest including the following items: Scallions, cilantro, squash, tomatoes, basil, radishes, lettuce, beans, peas, sunflower shoots, fennel, kale, pea shoots, microgreens, mint, marigolds, cucumbers and possibly a few more items (more details below).


Next week is also looking great. You can expect more of the same varieties in greater quantities and we may have our first pepper harvest coming next week too. We will also have radishes next week and chives, more scallions and we may have a harvest of leeks too. Enjoy your share this week, and as always, keep an eye our for the bag-packing list with the extras and the market-style options late Wednesday / Thursday.


Enjoy your share!

 

Volunteering

Our next Open-House volunteer day is not until Sunday, August 8th (WITH FREE LUNCH - see below!), but that doesn't mean you can't come before then!


We need volunteers all the time! Weeding, planting, cleaning, harvesting, bagging and so much more.


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



 

📣SUNDAY, AUGUST 8th!! VOLUNTEER DAY AND PICNIC 📣


 

👩‍🌾farmFarm Happenins'👩‍🌾

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

If you came to the Farm Fest, you would have seen this amazing mural, - almost completed - and painted by our very own amazing Tess!


Did you know that Tess was an artist!? That's right, and she looooves to paint! She loves to paint so much that she offered to paint our washroom a beautiful mural (we are paying her, of course!! 😁).

So far Tess has made some incredible progress. Check out these pictures and when it's all done, we will share the pics of the final project - or you can come to the farm and see it yourself! 😉-ps. the next tour is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10th.


So far, so good!...


 

🥕🍅🥒🧅🌳🌵EXTRA VEGGIES and PLANTS FOR SALE - Every Week!🥕🍅🥒🧅🌳🌵

We always have extras for sale, but lately we have had a TON!


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!!

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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.

 

FALL REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!!

(Registration closes August 31st and there are still 30+ openings available)

 

CSA/Veggie Share OR Microgreen Share REFERAL PROGRAM!


Refer a friend to Ahavah Farm's CSA OR to Ahavah Farm Nursery's microgreen 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 contact@ahavahfarm.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 we dedicate 100% of everything we grow to you, the members and we do not sell to stores or attend farmer's markets (with the exception of selling our extras at the CSA locations)? Did you also know that 100% of everything you receive in your shares is grown and harvested 100% by us, right here on the eastern plains of Colorado, by hand, without chemicals, tractors or sprays?


That means that you will never receive avocados or pineapples or lemons in your shares, as they don't grow here in Colorado 😆! You will also never receive a share with stickers on your produce 😉! As a CSA member, you receive the vegetables that can be grown during the appropriate season; which means o tomatoes in January (too cold) and no spinach in August (too hot).


We aim to provide a variety of flavors and experience, but we don't want it to be too varied

that you only get too small of a portion to do anything with, or too boring - getting too much of the same things week after week👎. We also aim to ensure the value is always more than what you paid for (This helps, especially when you may get something in your bag that you don't enjoy).