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Ahavah Farm Newsletter

Updated: Aug 30, 2022

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Articles, Videos, Updates & Announcements, The Weekly Harvest, Gardening Tips and more!

Hello FaRmily! The Fall transition is upon us with cold nights and hot days. The nights are getting to the low 40's and it won't be long before the first frost is upon us. It's coming very soon and will be here before you know it - September 15th is our average for this area.

For now, there is a little bit of a rush around the farm trying to get all the late-season harvest in while also trying to get all the beds planted for the Fall. So far the onions have been harvested, cured and are now in storage to be used throughout the Fall and Winter. The harvest wasn't the best we've ever had, due to a loss of transplants that occurred in the Spring and then a loss of a portion of the crop in the early Summer. We still managed to harvest almost 800lbs though - all of which will be available to our CSA members ONLY. This week we continue to plant as many beds as possible and then next week it is on to the POTATOES (helpers needed!)!

There are some really important last-minute deadlines and some important upcoming events you don't want to miss, so please continue on and enjoy the newsletter!

Have a Blessed Week!,

Farmer Yosef





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!



Don't Miss the Best Season of them All!

Sign up today to our Fall Veggie-Share CSA program and secure the purest, most nutrient-dense veggies available for 14 weeks (September through December)!

As other farms are shutting down until next year, we will be starting yet another season - a season full of beautiful produce! In the fall we will continue to have all the favorite greens like kale and lettuce. We will also have most of the summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, carrots and beets for a while, but most importantly, we will also have all the pumpkins, squash, potatoes and onions coming in then too! Fall is a great season - it's the only season of the year where almost everything we grow is available! We hope you will join us!


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! NOW SEVEN!!! 7 Locations for CSA pickup (Peyton, COS, DEN, Monument, Fountain, Woodland Park & Elizabeth!) 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 to learn more and to sign up today!


We are now opening up 3 NEW LOCATIONS!

🥕Woodland Park



See website for details. All 3 locations will be volunteer led and will be "Traditional" style only.




Ahavah Farm & Ahavah Community Initiative



👉September 2nd @ 2pm to 5pm: Adult CLASS! Grow Your Own Micros w/ Lorin!

👉September 2nd @ All Day: END OF SEASON!! Nursery closing for the season (we will still have plants at the markets).

👉September 9th @ 9am to 12pm: KIDS CLASS!! Painting with Tess! -*No need to register. ONGOING DURING THE MARKET*

👉September 16th @ ALL DAY - CSA - Last week of Summer CSA Season!

👉September 19th @ 6pm: CSA - Fall preseason VIRTUAL meeting.

👉September 22nd @ All Day: CSA! Fall Season Begins in Monument and Denver!

👉September 23rd @ All Day: CSA! Fall Season Begins in Colorado Springs and in Peyton!

👉September 23rd @ 9am to 10:30am: SEE THE FARM! Farm Tour w/ Yosef!

👉September 26th @ ALL DAY: FARM CLOSED - Farm closed for Rosh Hashanna Day 1

👉September 27th @ ALL DAY: FARM CLOSED - Farm closed for Rosh Hashanna Day 2

👉September 30th @ 10am: KIDS CLASS!! Grow With Me Storytime w/Ms. Tracy!

Go to to learn more, to register and to see the rest of our schedule of events and classes!




👩‍🌾Around the Farm This Week👩‍🌾

👈The Fall transition is already upon us as we anticipate a light frost within the next 3 weeks here in Peyton (yup, that's farming in Colorado)! So we are focusing on the cool crops already and they are really starting to look nice!

Our Fall season is going to be awesome! We are growing the most amazing varieties, and their flavor in the Fall is spectacular! Beets, carrots, pumpkins, kale, lettuce, collards, radishes, winter squash, onions, turnips, herbs, celeriac, parsley root, spinach, arugula, potatoes, microgreens, swiss chard...and so much more!

👉I just LOVE Storytime w/Ms Tracy! This week was a smaller group than usual, but more intimate doesn't mean less substance! The storytime is always full of very thoughtful planning, researched stories and related activities that are both thought-provoking and also fun for the kiddos! Come to our next one: Sept 30th @ 10am!

👇Our oldest son Asher has always been one of, if not "the" hardest, of workers on our team. One day he will take over this farm and I have no doubt that his work-ethic and his passion for this farm will carry this farm for many years to come! Here he is on Sunday, as he is every Sunday, leading the family in the harvest!

👈YIKES! The color on these peppers are just stunning!! So pretty...and ever more tasty and super-sweet!





Come in and get 25% off on all your last-minute fall garden plants and your indoor plants and herbs.





Our 7th Annual Harvest Fest!

Sunday, October 23rd from 4pm to 7pm

Put it on your calendar and DON'T MISS IT!

You are invited to come out for a FREE night of FUN to help raise money for families in need! Come on out to the farm to meet the community, enjoy some music, a bonfire, eat some good food, play some fun games and do some shopping! It's our 7th Annual Harvest Fest and it's bound to be the best one yet!!

🔥We hope you come out to this FREE and incredibly fun and incredibly important fundraiser for Ahavah Community Initiative. 15% of all sales, from all of our vendors, are being donated to help raise money to provide FREE VEGETABLES to families in need!





Soil - The Building Block of Life - Part 5

-By Yosef Camire

Composted-Materials vs. Raw-Materials in Your Garden.

Last week we talked about the power and the importance of organic matter for our soil and we mentioned that the best way to add organic matter to our soils is through the use of compost. This week we discuss 4 important reasons that compost is the best of the best when it comes to adding materials (organic matter) to your garden. We will not be discussing all the benefits of compost, much of that was mentioned in the last article. This week will be discussing only four reasons to use compost in favor of raw-materials (like manure).

Reason #1 - Nutrient-Cycle Acceleration

The main benefits to using compost, as opposed to using other means of "raw" organic matter like manures, is multi-fold. For starters, composting raw materials helps speed up the process by which the ingredients (and nutrients) will become bio-available to the plants. also known as the "nutrient-cycle." As it is, the majority of composted nutrients are not readily available to the plants for at least 6 months to a year. Raw materials can take up to 4x longer to become bioavailable to plants!

Reason #2 - Nitrogen Release

Another important reason to use compost, as opposed to raw materials is that most manures can be “hot” which means that they are too high in nitrogen and will burn your plants if placed directly on the garden without being composted or aged. Green material, like grass clippings can also be way too hot on your crops and if the material is not properly composted or aged, it will also burn your plants due to the high nitrogen release.

Reason #3 - Concentration of Nutrients

Compost, as opposed to raw materials has an added benefit in that it creates a more concentrated mixture of nutrients. For instance, it can take up to 10 pounds of raw material to make one pound of finished compost. All those nutrients are condensed into a smaller, more bio-available substance that can be spread on the garden in a more efficient and less back-breaking way!

Reason #4 - Destruction of Harmful Pathogens

The most important reason to use compost, however, is that the composting process reduces or eliminates completely the amount of pathogens that you are potentially introducing to your crops. This is clear when using animal manures, however, whether we are referring to animal manures or green manures doesn't necessarily matter because through the breakdown process of those materials there is a great potential for bad bacteria to exist and be a threat to the Soil-Food-Web (SFW) of your garden.


Composted-materials NOT raw-materials are what we want to use on our garden to add nutrients, soil tilth, increase moisture retention and to feed that SFW and make it thrive! Raw-materials can either have harmful pathogens or create them through process of decomposition, they also can be very high in nutrients, causing harm to your plant while wasting most of the bioavailability of the nutrients and doing very little for your garden. Compost locks in those nutrients into a concentrated mixture while keeping you and your family free from harmful pathogens and unsafe food.

👉Next Week: How to make your own compost and how much and when to add to the garden.





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

0:33 - 📢Elizabeth, Woodland Park and Fountain Residents!!

1:22 - ⚠️Last Chance! ACI Donation Application Deadline - August 31st!!

3:10 - Grow your Own Microgreens Class w/ Lorin

4:00 - Fall Harvest Fest 🍂 is October 23rd!

6:00 - Autorenewal Members - ⚠️ IMPORTANT.

6:25 - This Week's CSA

8:05 - Outro.




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:

  • Construction Projects

  • Landscaping Projects

  • Composting Projects

  • Harvesting, washing and prep.

  • Weeding

  • Bag Packing

  • Teaching Classes

  • General farm cleanup

  • and 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

👇Never been to our market!? Watch THIS to see what you are missing! We hope you come out! 👇

We are continuing to have successful Farmer's Market's every week, here at the farm. We keep scratching our heads and wondering why we have been so blessed to have so many amazing vendors! From pastured chicken and grass-fed beef to beyond-organic vegetables, local baked goods, crafts, cosmetics, cleaning products, coffee roasters and even a Palisade peach vendor - we have it all! So many wonderful vendors and so many awesome activities make our market very special and unique! We hope you join us this week as we welcome a new vendor: Sam's fruit! We will also have "Painting with Tess," which is always a good time. As always we will have the bounce-house, the playground, the splashpad and the free coffee!

We Love Our Community!❤️



Saims Fruit, Inc. is a small family owned and operated orchard located in the beautiful vinelands district of Palisade, Colorado. Palisade Peaches are well known in their region and Saims’ peaches are very well known! Our tree ripe peaches are grown with love, care and dedication to sustainable agriculture. We are committed to environmentally and socially responsible farming practices. It is our life’s work to provide you with the finest, sweetest and juiciest Palisade peaches!


🍂Fall Farmer's Market🍂

Friday's from 10a to 12p @ Ahavah Farm!

We are announcing that we will be continuing the Ahavah Farm Farmer's Market through the

Fall and Winter! We have room for 24 vendors and are looking for more, for our INDOOR / OUTDOOR (Heated and indoor in the cold - outdoors with nice weather) EXTENDED SEASON Market!


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 and we will send you information and the vendor agreement.




AUGUST 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 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.





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 or Venmo to 719-233-7828





ry 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!





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!?

Got SNAP!? Get 2X With Double-Up!


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 to let us know who referred you and you BOTH receive your $35 certificate! It's that easy!😁





Our cold-room is very unique! In fact, it's the only commercial cold-room of it's kind that I have ever seen. I designed this cold-room out of the necessity to reduce our energy consumption so that we could be more sustainable and have a smaller environmental footprint. Many of you have asked for a it is!





Deadline to Apply for a Free 14 week CSA Membership is August 31st! Please share with your family and friends!


☝️☝️☝️☝️CLICK HERE TO APPLY☝️☝️☝️☝️

Go to to fill out a 5 minute application.


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.





"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 #7 with our CSA Manager - Tess!!

(Originally recording on April 12th - ENJOY!)




Microgreen CSA Shares Are Available! Sign Up Today and SAVE 💲💲💲!

Microgreen CSA Share: 3 Servings of Microgreens EVERY WEEK! Save 17%!!!

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



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!





Times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

**Please be aware that it is your responsibility to check the newsletter at 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
Peyton @ 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




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

    1. 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!

    2. Carrots - Oh sweet and amazing carrots, you are so beautiful this week!

    3. Radishes - beautiful radishes. Stunning in color, crisp and juicy without too much spice. Harvested young and small in the summer.

    4. 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!

    5. Garlic - An heirloom hardneck variety, from our own stock, it is potent and amazing garlic! Ready to store if you aren't ready to eat it. The bulbs are small, but still delicious! 2 Small bulbs per serving.

    6. Beets - In the words of Dwight Schrute "Beets are best!" yes, we think so! One of our absolute staples in our family are beets. Beets are on nearly every Shabbat table in the form of a beet salad: Roasted beets, de-skinned, lemon juice, parsley and salt - served cold. Yum! Don't like that idea? Try these!

    7. 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.

    8. Fennel - Fennel is one of our favorites! Don't forget to use those fronds - eat them now, or dry them and save them - but don't waste them! :) Here are some ideas.

    9. Parsley - Parsley is one of my (Yosef) favorites! Who doesn't like parsley!? Ready to eat raw or hang and dry to save for later. Need some recipe ideas? GO HERE.

    10. Kohlrabi - Gorgeous bulbs with tasty leaves! We love kohlrabi raw with lemon and salt, but it's fairly versatile. Don't forget to eat those amazing greens and click here for some more ideas.

    11. 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!

    12. Tomatoes - So many tomatoes! We have red ones, yellow ones, green ones, purple ones and orange ones! They are SOOOOOOOOOO good! Expect a lot of these throughout the summer!

    13. Summer Squash - Fully in now, we have scalloped squash, zucchini squash, romanesco squash and so much more. Try them all, they are all unique and are all delicious! Our favorite and easiest way to eat it all summer long is by grilling it!

    14. 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.

    15. 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.

    16. Cucumbers - Two kinds of cucumbers: Pickling and tendergreen. Our favorite? The tendergreen, but they are all delicious!

    17. Plants - There will be plenty of plants to choose as an item this week, even some garden varieties. Enjoy!

    18. Living Herbs - We have basil, chamomile, mint and a lot more!

    19. 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.

    20. 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)!

    21. Dried Herbs - Basil, dill, mint and fennel (our herb room smells like heaven!😇).

    22. 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.

    23. 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!

    24. 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:

    25. 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!

    26. 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:

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! ❤️