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The Ahavah Community Newsletter

February 21st, 2024 - Winter Season Week 3


What's Inside This Week?

๐Ÿ‘‰This Week's Article: "Why Local Is ALWAYS Better!"

๐Ÿ‘‰Featured Gardening Tip of the Week: "Harnessing Natural Additives in Your Garden."

๐Ÿ‘‰Featured Vegetable Recipe: Honey Glazed Carrots

๐Ÿ‘‰Also: Don't miss our "Around the Farm" this week, our announcements, our weekly harvest list and more!



Dear FARMILY!

We have an awesome newsletter for you this week!ย  We have brand new articles, lotโ€™s of new pictures, some gardening tips and more.ย  So, grab a cup of tea, cozy up, and let's dive in!


ย ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฟ


ver the past couple of weeks, we've been experiencing some rough weather here at the Farm. From unexpected storms to unseasonably cold temperatures, the weather has certainly thrown us a few curveballs. Despite these challenges, our team has been working tirelessly to ensure that our crops are cared for and our community's needs are met.

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As we prepare for this week's CSA share, we want to be transparent with our members. Due to the recent weather conditions, this week's share will be on the smaller side. However, we want to reassure you that this is only a temporary setback. With the dedication of our farm team, we are confident that the coming weeks are well prepared for.ย  The crops are planted and looking goodโ€ฆthey just are a little on the smaller side due to the recent weather, but they should be up to snuff in no time.


The past few weeks have been a rollercoaster of weather patterns. Due to the very cold weather, and TONS of snow, the farm has faced a series of challenges the last two weeks that have tested our resilience. These weather fluctuations have affected various aspects of our operations, from planting schedules to crop yields.

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One of the most significant impacts of the recent weather has been on our crop production. The unseasonably cold temperatures and snow have delayed the growth of some of our crops and damaged others. As a result, we've had to adjust our harvesting schedule and make some tough decisions about which crops to include in this week's share.

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Despite the challenges we've faced, we're excited to announce that this week's CSA share will still be filled with beautiful, fresh produce. While it may be on the smaller side compared to previous weeks, we're committed to providing our members with the best quality veggies possible.

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You can expect to find a variety of seasonal favorites in this week's share, including crisp salad greens, vibrant root vegetables, and perhaps even some early spring herbs. Although the selection may be slightly limited, each item has been carefully curated and lovingly grown by our dedicated team.

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As we navigate through the ups and downs of the farming season, we're grateful for the unwavering support of our CSA members and community.

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Thank you for being a part of the Ahavah Farm family. We look forward to sharing the harvest with you and continuing this journey together through the rest of the Winter season!


WE Lโค๏ธVE OUR COMMUNITY!


๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ


๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพAround the Farm This Week๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ




๐Ÿ‘ˆThe alpacas are loving the weeds this week! That's right, no weeds get wasted around here! We save our soils from our microgreens, our weeds from the beds, our manures...you name it, we reuse it!






๐Ÿ‘‰Farming is not always about the vegetables! Often times the repairs, whether that be electrical, mechanical or a function of general construction, take up the majority of our days! Usually it's a great opportunity to teach the littles! Here is Yosef doing some electrical work on the thermostat for the nursery with Ovadya and Elisheva!







๐Ÿ‘ˆThe Farmer's Market was bustling this week! Don't forget to come on by for another great market, this Friday!






๐Ÿ‘‰We had a VERY special visitor this week when Rabbi Shapiro came by for a visit! Many of you remember Rabbi Shapiro, as he has been instrumental in our farm over the years. Well, recently, over the Fall he moved to Kansas City. He is extremely missed, but we were blessed to have some time with him and he sends his love to all of his FaRmily!







๐Ÿ‘ˆWhat a handsome picture of Yisrael planting those beets! Yisrael has been taking over the field crew this year and he is doing an absolutely STELLER job! Go Yisrael! Keep up the amazing work!









๐Ÿ‘‡Just look at how beautiful the crops are looking at this time of year! WOW! After ten years of doing this, it's hard to believe that they can look this good, especially with this terrible weather we have been having!



๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ


Spring and Summer Share REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

๐Ÿšจ๐ŸšจONLY 5 Weeks left to register for Spring and only 25 shares still remain! ๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿšจ


...and don't miss out on our REFER A FRIEND program to earn $25.00 for both YOU & a FRIEND!



Yes, that's right and you can sign up for one RIGHT NOW! Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/csaย to register for our Spring & Summer season Community Supported Agriculture Veggie-Shares and get weekly bags of the freshest, most nutrient-dense vegetables available!!


โœ”The highest quality, 100% local, produce you can find, harvested and delivered fresh every week! โœ”Pure, chemical-free, regeneratively grown produce. โœ”Flexible payment options. โœ”Many discounts are available - see website! โœ”4 Locations for CSA pickup (Peyton, COS, DEN and Monument. โœ”Door to Door delivery options available! โœ”Got SNAP!? Get 50% off your CSA share automatically! โœ”Every share supports families in need through donations. โœ”Flexible CSA options, holds, credits and more! โœ”Classes, events, tours and community opportunities.


โญ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!



๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ


REFERAL PROGRAM!


Refer a friend to Ahavah Farm's CSA and you BOTH will receive $25ย in credit to use ANYTIME you want! Use to buy extra vegetables, or take $25 off your next CSA purchase - your credit will never expire!


New members simply send an e-mail to contact@ahavahfarm.comย to let us know who referred you and you BOTH receive your $25 certificate!ย ย It's that easy!๐Ÿ˜




๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ


Ahavah Community Indoor / Outdoor Farmer's Market

Every Friday from 10am to 1pm!

We had an awesome Farmer's Market last week here at the farm and we are looking forward to another great market this week! Even with all the poor weather we have been having lately, the market's have been full of people! Thank you so much to all of our amazing community members who have come out to visit us and to support our vendors!


Being indoors has been awesome too! No matter the weather, we will always have a market loaded with all your local favorites from grass-fed meat, local veggies, plants, crafts, delicious food and more! It's a great market and it's so nice to have such a great event even out here in Peyton! We hope you join us and bring your friends and family - EVERY FRIDAYย FROM 10AM TO 1PM!



๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐ŸŒฑVegetables at the Farmer's Market this week

(Week February 23rd )

(For CSA location "extras", please see below in the "Extra Vegetables section)

โœ…Radishes

โœ…Turnips

โœ…Spinach

โœ…Mustard

โœ…Onions

โœ…Cilantro

โœ…Arugula

โœ…Carrots

โœ…Turnip Greens

โœ…Living Plants (basil, cilantro, mint, succulents and MANY more)

โœ…Pea Shoots

โœ…Sunflower Shoots

โœ…Radish Microgreens

โœ…Broccoli Microgreens

โœ…Barley Grass


๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ


๐Ÿ“ขFEATURED VENDOR OF THE WEEK!๐Ÿ“ข


What's YOUR Bag?

๐ŸŒฟ Discover sustainable style at our Farmer's Market with Diane, our Vendor of the Week! ๐Ÿ„ What's YOUR Bag? offers unique repurposed bags crafted from various feed bags, adorned with charming animal prints. ๐Ÿ“ Embrace eco-conscious fashion while reducing waste. Each purchase supports environmental efforts. Visit our market this week and add a touch of creativity to your shopping experience with Diane's one-of-a-kind creations! ๐ŸŒป #SustainableFashion #RepurposeRevolution


๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ


ATTENTION LOCAL ARTISANS!

We are so excited about our current line-up of vendors, but we are still seeking more! ย 


โœ…FREE MARKET for all vendors!

โœ…100% of raised funds goes to feeding LOCAL FAMILIES IN NEED!

โœ…PERMANENT tents! No need to bring a tent - just come and set up under ours!

โœ…Indoors and heated on COLD days!

โœ…GUARANTEED traffic of 200 people + per market!

โœ…FRIDAY's from 10am to 1pm


๐Ÿ‘‰If you are a local vendor and are interested in attending our farmer's market, please reach out directly at manager@ahavahfarm.comย and we will send you information and the vendor agreement.


๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ


"Here's One Vital, and Unrecognized Reason Why Local is Always Better"
- By Yosef Camire

One of the most highlighted benefits of being a CSA member is knowing that your food is harvested and delivered fresh (within mere days). Not only are the vegetables grown regeneratively, chemical-free and with as much nutrient-density as possible etc., but by being harvested and delivered fresh, you know that your nutrients are locked-in and bio-available for your body to process.


This freshly-harvested benefit is something that may be much more important than you, or most, realize. ย Not only does supporting local reduce carbon emissions, have a more positive impact on the environment, last longer, taste better and support your local community and economy, but there is a much much more important reasonย to support local and eat fresh that trumps them all. This important aspect regarding your produce being harvested and delivered fresh, is an aspect that goes WAY beyond the "Organic" label and is a benefit that can only be applied to "local" produce. Let me explain:

Did you know that the average produce travels over 2,000 miles before it gets to your local store!? ย After produce is harvested it has to go through several stages and delivery points before making it to your local store. First is the harvest and immediately following is the processing stages (1-2 days). Next, the produce will typically ship out on a truck on day 2 or 3. After travelling an average of 2,000 miles (2-3 days) it goes to a distribution center (now on day 6 or 7 - but could be up several weeks!) and then it finally makes it to your local grocery store by day 8 or 9 on average. Now that the vegetables are at your grocery store on day 8, they don't get put out, usually, until 1 - 2 days later. Therefore, the average vegetables in the grocery store are approximately 9-10 days old by the time it can be purchased by you. However, in addition to this, there is typically a 3 to 5 day rotation of vegetables (since trucks don't come every day), which means that the head of lettuce you just purchased is typically 9 days to 14 days old or older! No wonder your CSA vegetables last so much longer and taste so much fresher ๐Ÿ˜„! ย 


So, why is this storage and delivery-time so important aside from taste and the length of time it will last on your shelf? The most important reason for supporting and buying and eating local is due to the nutrient-degradation in the produce by the time it hits your plates. ย As Jolene Hanson summarizes it:ย 

...commercial fruits and vegetables...can be in transit for several weeks before it hits store shelves. Add one to three days before it's purchased, plus several days in your refrigerator after that, and the end product is no match for nutrient-rich crops from your own back yard.

How much nutrient-degradation takes place during this travel time and does it REALLY affect your health? The answer is, a lot - on both counts. See,ย it's not just what is NOT put into growing the crops that matters (like chemicals etc.), it's also about what's IN the produce (nutrient density) that really matters.ย ย Think about it: Eating a piece of "Organic" cardboard may not have harsh chemicals, but it sure doesn't have nutrients either, and eating that cardboard, though it may not kill you, it won't help you fight disease or make you any healthier either! Diane Barret of UC Davis wrote a very informative article which is a MUST-READ for all members! ย ย The research in her article proves that all vegetables lose a staggering amount of nutrients via the distribution process - even when refrigerated! Diane shows thatย some vegetables, like green-beans, can lose up to 77% of the nutrients in just a single week in the refrigerator and additionally up to 70% of remaining nutrients can be lost due to canning and processing for storage!


It's no wonder our nation and our world is so sick! Not only are most people eating chemical-laden foods, but they are also completely and utterly nutrient deficient!!!ย ...and this is, as you know, just one of many factors.


I hope you enjoyed this article, that you keep this in mind the next time you enjoy lettuce or kale or a carrot or a tomato from our farm and also that you remember this also at your next trip to the grocery store.


๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ


Ahavah Community Upcoming Schedule


๐Ÿ‘‰February 23rd @ 10am:ย ย FAMILY FRIENDLY! Ahavah Community INDOOR Spring Market

๐Ÿ‘‰ March 1st @ 10am:ย ย It's our first HOMESCHOOL DAY of 2024. Bring the kids for this fun event. We will have an activity, a farm tour, and more. Plus, our FAMILY FRIENDLY! Ahavah Community INDOOR Spring Market

๐Ÿ‘‰March 8th @ 10am:ย ย ADULT EDUCATION! How to Grow Your Own. Part 1 of 4. w/ Lorin Mattemore. Email Beth at contact@ahavahfarm.com

๐Ÿ‘‰March 15th @ 10am:ย ย FAMILY FRIENDLY! Farm Tour with Yosef! and Ahavah Community INDOOR Spring Market

๐Ÿ‘‰March 22nd @ 10am:ย ย FAMILY FRIENDLY! Ahavah Community INDOOR Spring Market

๐Ÿ‘‰March 29th @ 10am:ย ย  FAMILY FRIENDLY! Ahavah Community INDOOR Spring Market. It's the last week of our Winter Season!

๐Ÿ‘‰April 22nd - April 26th: Week of Passover - EXPECT changes to the CSA pickup schedule.


Go toย www.ahavahfarm.com/classes to learn more, to register and to see the rest of our schedule of events and classes!


๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ


๐Ÿฅ•EXTRA VEGGIES and PLANTS FOR SALE๐ŸŒป


Can't make it to the Farm for the Friday Farmer's Market? THAT'S OK! Please be sure to check out the extras table at all of our CSA pickup locations: available for all members and even NON-MEMBERS! ย 

Simply come to any of the CSA locations on Thursday and Friday and pick up some of our beyond-organic veggies for sale!


(IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that selection is limited and the more requests and participation we receive, the more vegetables and varieties we will provide)


Food bearing plants also qualify for SNAP !!!


For Payment:ย  Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal toย contact@ahavahfarm.comย or via Venmo toย 719-233-7828


Availability for "EXTRA's at the CSA pickup locations this week (Week 3):

(see Farmer's Market Section, above, for market selection this week)


โœ…Radishes

โœ…Turnips

โœ…Living Plants (basil, cilantro, mint, succulents and more)

โœ…Pea Shoots

โœ…Sunflower Shoots

โœ…Radish Microgreens

โœ…Broccoli Microgreens

โœ…Barley Grass


๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ


๐ŸšจUpdated Member Benefits๐Ÿšจ



๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ


๐ŸšจEasy & Flexible Payment Plans!๐Ÿšจ


๐Ÿฅ•Paypal ย "Pay Later" options on the website! These are no-credit check, interest-free online payment plans so you can make 4 smaller payments directly through Paypal. Ahavah Farm benefits as well by paid immediately, thereby providing the farm liquidity, while giving our members flexibility and ease of mind!


๐Ÿฅ•We also still have FLEXIBLEย and CUSTOMIZABLE offline pay plans in place if you would prefer to make payments via check. Please email us at contact@ahavahfarm.comย if you would like more information on offline payment plan and to set up your payment schedule.


๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ


๐ŸšจGot SNAP? Save 50% Off Automatically!๐Ÿšจ


๐Ÿฅ•If you receive EBT (aka SNAP) you will receive 50% off of your membership automatically!


In addition, all extra veggies sold at the market or the CSA locations and also all nursery plant starts are also 50% off when paying with SNAP!


Follow these steps to purchase your SNAP membership ๐Ÿ‘‰







๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ



Founded in April of 2018, our mission is to connect people who are facing food insecurity due to financial struggles to locally-farmed, regeneratively-grown produce, and to provide education centered around healthy living and environmental consciousness. We do this by offering donated memberships to a local CSA program. Memberships include a weekly bag of produce along with discounted (often free) farm tours, classes, and events.


We want to help participate in the creation of a local food-system-economy, build on a diversity of local and regenerative food education and provide activities and children's events centered around environmentally responsible agriculture and pure, beyond-organic, local food.


๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ


๐ŸšจDonated share applications for SPRINGย close MARCH 17th!๐Ÿšจ

Ahavah Community Initiative's applications for a freeย SPRING CSA membership are open and close on March 17th. Do not miss this opportunity.ย 


All accepted applications include: ย 

๐Ÿฅ•Free Veggie-Share CSA Membershipย (18 weeks of fresh, local vegetables)

๐Ÿฅ•Offering FREE garden plants for you to grow your own!

๐Ÿฅ•Free and discounted classes

๐Ÿฅ•All regular membership discounts.

๐Ÿฅ•Free delivery available on request.

๐Ÿฅ•Fully anonymous. You are treated like any other member.


๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡CLICK HERE TO APPLY๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธCLICK HERE TO APPLYโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ


๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ


BRING-A-BUCK!

Oh the amazing power of community and crowdfunding!


Every week, at all of the CSA locations, we have a bin or jar that looks similar to this.ย ย We ask all of our members to consider bringing just one dollar with them every week to help us provide a CSA membership to a families in need next season.


Don't say your dollar isn't important! The only way crowdfunding works is if we all participate.ย ย Your $1 is vitally important and it is directly through this program that we raise the majority of ACI's food donation funds than any other fundraising program, and yet it is the absolute easiest for all of our members to participate!


During the Fall season, your Bring-A-Buck dollars will allow us to donate Fall CSA shares to families facing food insecurity and to offer subsidized shares to struggling families as well.

PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR BUCKS!๐Ÿ™


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Gardening Tip of the Week:

Eco-Friendly Gardening: Harnessing the Magic of Natural Additives

By Yosef Camire


In this week's gardening tip I wanted to talk to you about the the transformative power of natural additives in nurturing our gardens. Many of the items I want to talk about are items that can be found in most of our homes and they are cheap and easy to incorporate into your garden.

Unveiling the Garden's Hidden Treasures

Picture your garden as a bustling ecosystem, teeming with life beneath the surface. Beneath the lush greenery (not now, I know it's still winter, but when it does come...be ready!) lies a complex world of microorganisms, fungi, and earthworms working tirelessly to maintain soil health and support plant growth. This intricate web of life forms the foundation of regenerative agriculture, where sustainability and biodiversity reign supreme.


โ˜•Coffee Grounds: From Brew to Bloom

Ah, the humble coffee grounds โ€“ a beloved staple of morning routines for caffeine addicts everywhere ๐Ÿ˜Š. But did you know that these seemingly mundane leftovers of your daily brew (unless you use a keurig!) hold an amazing key to enriching your garden soil? Packed with nitrogen, coffee grounds act as a natural fertilizer, fueling plant growth and enhancing soil structure. Whether sprinkled directly onto the soil or incorporated into compost piles, coffee grounds offer a sustainable solution to boosting soil fertility while reducing waste.


๐ŸŒBanana Peels: Nature's Nutrient Boosters

Next up: banana peels! Before you toss them into the compost bin (or bring them to your local CSA drop to compost for you!), consider their potential as a valuable source of nutrients for your plants. Banana peels are rich in potassium, phosphorus, and other essential minerals, and banana peels provide a gentle yet effective way to nourish your garden soil. Simply chop or blend the peels and add them to your compost pile (throwing them into a blender with some water is also a great idea! - heck, why not include your coffee grounds at the same time!?), or bury them directly in the soil to gradually release their nutrients.


๐ŸฅšEggshells: The Secret Ingredient

Crack open an egg, and you'll discover a treasure trove of nutrients hidden within its shell. Calcium, to be precise โ€“ a vital component for maintaining soil pH and preventing common garden ailments like blossom end rot. By grinding eggshells into a fine powder and sprinkling them around your plants, you can fortify your garden soil and ensure optimal nutrient absorption. It's nature's way of giving your garden a healthy dose of TLC. The down-side to using eggshells is that it take a few months to years for the full effect of the calcium to incorporate into your soil - but why wait? If you make this a habit now, you will see the benefits for years to come!


๐ŸŒฟSeaweed: A Bounty from the Sea

Another amazing natural element that can be added to your garden is seaweed - though, not many of us have seaweed just hanging around! Our family uses seaweed regularly as an added B12 supplement to our mostly vegan diet and we add it to many dishes. It has a salty, amazing flavor - but enough of that. If you can get your hands on some seaweed, it's a HUGE booster to your garden! This nutrient-rich marine plant boasts a plethora of benefits for soil health and plant growth. Rinse off the salt, chop it into smaller pieces, and add it to your compost pile or use it as mulch around your plants. Seaweed extracts can also be diluted and applied as a foliar spray, providing an instant boost of nutrients and promoting vigorous plant growth.


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VOLUNTEERING

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 more...got a skill you want to share? Let us know!


Volunteering is Monday through Friday 9AM to 4PM.



Please let Jessieย know you are interested, she will send more information and necessary paperwork, and we will welcome you with open arms!





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What's in your bags this week?

Winter Week 3 - Feb 22nd & 23rd



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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 ($23.50/wk)

  • Medium = 7-9 items per week ($33.50/wk)

  • Large = 10-12 items per week ($43.50/wk)

  • Spinach - Truly, and without exaggeration, this spinach is the sweetest spinach you have ever tasted in your life! The best way to enjoy this spinach is raw, but if you are so inclined, it is fantastic simply cooked down, sautรฉed or to use in a soup.

  • Mustard greens- Add these leafy greens to your diet by mixing mustard greens into a chopped salad or cook it like most leafy greens. The greens are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin K, B1, B2, B6, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E!

  • Onions- Our delicious onion varieties add flavor and texture to soups, salsas, curries, and sauces. They can also act as toppers for entrees like chili and burgers.

  • Radishes- Radishes are most often served raw, halved and sprinkled with salt, shaved into salads, layered over butter-smeared baguettes, or shredded into slaws. They also can be marinated with olive oil and lemon and mint for a refreshing salad, and they can be pickled with a classic vinegar-sugar-salt mix. PS. if you have never tried roasted radishes - you are missing out on a delicious treat! It's our favorite way to eat them (with a drizzle of honey, of course!๐Ÿ˜Š)!

  • Cilantro - The flavor and aroma of cilantro is beloved by many, and hated by some - but oh, do we love it! You don't need much cilantro to add a punch to any dish - especially a mexican, bean dish! Nom, Nom, Nom! ๐Ÿ˜‹

  • Turnip Greens - Did you know that turnips greens have more bio-available calcium than any other plant on the planet!? Very versatile and popular in the south, our turnips greens are fantastic for stir-fry or to just sautรฉ as a side-green to any dish. you can also enjoy them raw, as they have a unique, buttery flavor that is amazing!

  • Carrots- The best carrots around! You will be amazed by how much flavor our carrots pack. Many of our members have commented that they cannot go back to store-bought after tasting our pure, beyond organic carrots!

  • Arugula- A leafy green with a peppery taste. Use it in salads, sandwiches, and as a garnish. It is rich in vitamins and minerals!

  • Barley Wheat Grass - Many of our members absolutely love our barley grass and use it religiously. We hope you take the time to learn and enjoy this most amazingly nutritious green! More nutritious than wheat grass and less bitter, barley grass is used mostly for juicing. However, I, Yosef (and many of our team members) love to use ian energy and nutrition

  • 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.

  • 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-shootst as

  • 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

  • Living Herbs - We have an abundance of beautiful living herbs for you. Choose from cilantro, oregano, parsley and more. Each plant counts as one serving.

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Veggie of the week!

Amazing, Delicious and Nutritious ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ•CARROTS!


Sweet and Nutritious: Honey Glazed Carrots Recipe


As we celebrate the Winter bounty of fresh produce at our Farmer's Market, let's take a moment to appreciate one of our most sought after vegetables: the humble carrot. Bursting with vibrant color and earthy sweetness, carrots are not only a delicious addition to any meal but also a nutritional powerhouse. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, these crunchy root vegetables offer a myriad of health benefits, from promoting eye health to boosting immunity. Like nothing you have ever had in the store, our heirloom carrots, grown in nutrient-dense soil without chemicals of any kind, are the sweetest, most delicious carrots you have ever eaten! In fact, you don't need a recipe for these beauties because they are so good to eat just by themselves...but I will indulge you none-the-less! :)


Recipe: Honey Glazed Carrots

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fresh carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1/4 cup water

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.

  2. Add the sliced carrots to the skillet and sautรฉ for 2-3 minutes until slightly tender.

  3. Pour in the water and honey, stirring to combine.

  4. Cover the skillet and let the carrots simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until they are tender and glazed with the honey mixture. Be sure to stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

  6. Serve hot and enjoy the irresistible sweetness of these honey glazed carrots!





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โš  โš  โš  BAGS! We need your bags (PLEASE๐Ÿ™) !!โš  โš  โš 

Thank you everyone for recycling your LARGE bags with us! ย When we receive your bags we immediately quarantine themย 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!


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