SUMMARY: SECOND Week of FALL 2020! - EXTRA VEGGIES! - CLASSES AND TOURS - VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT- ACI DONATION UPDATE AND DONATE TODAY! - DID YOU KNOW? - LOCATIONS AND TIMES - WHAT TO EXPECT THIS WEEK - WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK
Week 2 - The SECOND Week of FALL CSA 2020!
HELLO DEAR CSA MEMBERS! I (Yosef) and the entire team hope you are having an absolutely stellar week and that your first CSA of the season was thoroughly enjoyed. This week is the holiday of Sukkot (some of you may recognize this as "The Festival of Booths"). Many of you are celebrating, and for those that are: Chag Sameach and Moadim L'simchah! Since Sukkot will be celebrated until next Sunday (Simchat Torah), we will be continuing our "suspension" of the "Did you know?" section and the "Volunteer Spotlight." These sections will return next week. We also have some exciting announcements happening soon, so stay tuned to next week's newsletter. For now, we hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy another beautiful share. See below for what's coming in your bags this week.
Enjoy your share this week and don't forget to join the fun and share your recipes and pictures in the Facebook Community Group!
EXTRA VEGGIES FOR SALE
DON'T FORGET: SNAP MEMBERS ALWAYS RECEIVE 50% OFF!!
As always, all prices are
See the weekly "What's in your Bag" e-mails that get sent on Wednesdays for your "extras" list.
For Payment: Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal to email@example.com or via Venmo to 719-233-7828 or by paying with credit card over the phone.
CLASSES AND TOURS
ONE MORE TOUR FOR NEW MEMBERS ONLY!!!!
We are opening up registration for 1 more tour, however, it will NOT be on the website. This tour is for NEW members only - and it's 100% free! Are you a NEW MEMBER for Fall 2020? If so, we want you to come out and meet us! This tour will be on October 13th at 9am.
Tours: NEXT TOUR COMING UP: October 13th @ 9am! Tours are always a good time and we always learn a lot too! Educational tours are centered on environmental stewardship and the pure standards we have set for our farm. We walk the entire farm and learn about biodiversity, microbiology, the benefits of no-till and our other sustainable farming methods. We talk about energy, nutritional density of our food and we even tour the wash-rooms, the nurseries, our blacksmith shop, our storage facilities and more.
REGISTER BY REPLYING TO THIS E-MAIL
We would like to offer more classes, specifically on food preparation etc. If you are an individual that would be interested in using our facilities (or local CSA location - Denver, Monument or Co Springs.) to host a class we would love to encourage this. Please reach out to us with your ideas.
A NEW "VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT" WILL RETURN AFTER THE HOLIDAY!
Say "hi!" to Emily! Today Emily helped harvest our potatoes, as you can see here, and last week she helped with packing bags and the week before she did some weeding and some weeks she works the harvest. Every week (sometimes multiple times per week) for about a half a day, Emily comes out to volunteer and she is always willing to help out wherever she is needed the most (and she's always smiling too!).
Emily is such a pleasure to have on the farm, and like the rest of our regular volunteers, she truly is considered part of our team.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, you can imagine that her career choice has Emily working indoors a lot. Volunteering on the farm gives Emily the opportunity to get her exercise in the sun and it also gives her the opportunity to be around a like-minded community - a community that cares about food, people and our planet. Emily says that creating something "productive and valuable" is very important to her and she feels a sense of fulfillment by giving back to her community and being a part of all the things that Ahavah Farm and Ahavah Community Initiative is doing.
Thank you so, so, so much Emily for being a part of our lives! We all truly appreciate you and consider you a team member and friend!
Want to get involved? E-mail us to let us know. We are always looking for volunteers and we would love for you to join the party!
AHAVAH COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
Winter is coming and application numbers are continuing to rise as more and more people are struggling with income and food security in our local area. YOUR community needs YOUR help. This is what communities are all about. This is what "Bring-A-Buck" is all about. This is what Ahavah Farm is all about! We are a "COMMUNITY" supported farm - it's about the ❤...and about YOU!
Ahavah Community Initiative is about spreading that love to as many families as we can by connecting them to regenerative agriculture and to nutritious food! Every one of the ACI volunteer board members donate, the farm staff all donate, all of our children donate and even those that are receiving the donated shares donate to the fund as well! It's a mission we firmly believe in and we all put our money where our mouths are also! So we are asking you, our community, can you help too? We aren't asking for much. All we are asking for is $1, every week from every CSA member - that's $13.00 from each of our members over the course of 13 weeks - simple, right!?
Throughout the course of the Fall season (13 weeks), if every member (300) brings $1 to donate to the "Bring-A-Buck" fund, we could feed 16 families a Medium CSA share for the entire Winter season! Imagine how many children and families we could help feed if we each gave $2, $3 or even more per week? We are talking about a real, local impact! We aren't asking for a large donation, we are asking for something that is simple for every member to fulfill...if you choose to.
Every single dollar counts. Whether you donate a single $1 or you donate $1,000, your gift is cherished and will go, 100%, directly to families who need it the most.
Please Consider a Tax-Deductible Donation to help feed struggling families.
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DID YOU KNOW?
A NEW "DID YOU KNOW?" WILL RETURN AFTER THE HOLIDAY!
Did you know that if only 2% of the world's current land were to convert to fully regenerative practices that we could completely offset 100% of current carbon emissions? Not many realize that while the world is arguing about ways to reverse current GHG's that there is a whole community of Regenerative farms making a concerted effort to do just that. Learn a few more cool tidbits in this week's "Did You Know" video! Enjoy!
CSA PICKUP LOCATIONS AND TIMES
NOTATE TIMES: Times are subject to change due to unforseen circumstances. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to check Facebook and this blog on ahavahfarm.com for updated information and changes.
(photo credit: Megiddeh Goldston)
COS North / Monument @ Beasts and Brews (7 Spectrum Loop, Ste. 140)
12pm to 1pm (Drive Thru)
NOTE: Beasts and Brews IS OPEN for business! They are doing take out orders and still offering a special discount for CSA members. Inquire inside or call ahead to pick up lunch to go! Go to www.beastsandbrews.com to learn more.
Denver @ JCC (350 S. Dahlia St.):
2:30pm to 4pm (Drive thru)
Colorado Springs @ Ranch Foods Direct (4635 Town Center Dr.):
1pm to 2:30pm (Drive Thru)
2:30pm to 6pm (Inside store)
NOTE: The Ranch Food Direct Store IS OPEN! Please go in and support your local food producers - bread and baked goods, meats and veggies and so many other local goods and necessities. They are stocked! Go to www.ranchfoodsdirect.com to learn more!
Peyton @ Ahavah Farm (7545 Log Rd.):
10am to 11am (Drive Thru)
Be a part of our ZERO-WASTE mission here at Ahavah Farm and bring us your compost! PLEASE REMEMBER - NO PLASTIC BAGS. 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 mission to become Waste Free! __________________________________
BAGS! We need your bags!!!
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!
__________________________________ What to expect THIS week:
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
Sweet Bell Peppers - Beautiful and amazingly sweet (especially if you are lucky enough to get the red ones!).
Radish Microgreens - The spicy variety of microgreens that we will be offering this week and also one of the most beloved. It was one of the top five items we provided this year. All members should get some this week.
Cilantro - Did you know that there is a percentage of the population that thinks cilantro tastes like soap? It's true and it's related to your DNA! (CLICK HERE). It turns out that about 15% of the population think so. Now, if you are one of those lucky people, be sure to taste ours anyway. Lorin (our Nursery Manager) was in that unlucky group until she tasted ours. She was blown away! Try it and enjoy!
Red Tomatoes - Nothing beats an heirloom tomato! These are THE last tomatoes of the season. There aren't many either, so it's a possibility we will sell these only.
Green Tomatoes - The last of the year. Green tomatoes are amazing - and not just fried! You can fry them, bake them, stir-fry them or make salsa or more. Here is an article with 19 things you can do with your green tomatoes BESIDES fry them (although I wouldn't stray too far from fried ones because they are sooooo good😍!) https://www.brit.co/green-tomato-recipes/
Basil - This is the last basil of the year as well, until we can get you a living basil plant in December. We also have some dried basil that may be coming your way too.
Potatoes - As I am typing this we are debating on potatoes vs. scallions this week. If you don't get potatoes and get scallions, you'll know why! 😄
Spinach - Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! The spinach is here and it is sooo tasty! It's only going to get sweeter and sweeter as the season progresses too! DOn't worry, if you aren't a lucky recipient this week, you will get plenty of it this year!
Golden Beets - The first golden beets of the entire year - and they are AMAZING! We ate some this week and they are to die for! Huge! Don't like beets normally? Try these golden beets and you may become a beet-convert!
Hakurei Turnips - If I had a nickel for every person who told me that turnips were their new favorite vegetable after initially telling me that they "hated" them from the store, I would be a rich man! These are special. They aren't the typical storage turnip that is purchased in the store, these are SWEEEEET! Yum, yum - maybe our favorite vegetable too! Ps. there is NO NEED to peel this variety. Simply sink your teeth into them and enjoy!
Kale - Blue curled kale is our favorite mature kale variety. We used to grow multiple varieties, but the majority of people constantly ask us for this kale because, well, it's the best. No, it's nothing like in the stores and if you massage it (yes, you read that right), it becomes delectable! Here is an article about giving those tender leaves a good rub down and how it changes so much!: https://thechalkboardmag.com/simplest-health-tip-ever-massage-your-kale
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
Swiss Chard - A consistent and solid green. Not the best raw, great for juicing and amazing for wraps and to sauté. Of course it is always great as a side dish: A little salt, some pepper, some olive oil and garlic powder sautéed with onions and perhaps some mushrooms....🤤🤤🤤🤤
Pea Shoots - We love these raw as an anytime snack. We also add them to soups. Like peas? You will love these. Here are 4 unique ways to use your pea shoots (besides eating them raw out of the bag before you even make it home🤣!!!) http://blog.bostonorganics.com/wordpress/2013/03/14/4-fun-ways-to-use-pea-shoots
Is that it? It's a lot, but I think so! I may be missing something...who knows, you might be surprised with something else too!
Next week: NO tomatoes. We will most likely have the following: Celeriac, fennel, leeks, onions, carrots, potatoes, onions and more...
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