Week 8: Summer CSA 2020

Updated: Aug 24, 2020

SUMMARY: EIGHTH Week of Summer 2020! - Classes and Tours! - EXTRAS! - Volunteering Opportunities - Did you know? -  The MOST important part of being a CSA member is... - Donate today! - Weekly Updates and Harvest for the Week - What to expect NEXT Week.

Week 8 - EIGHTH Week of Summer CSA 2020!

HELLO DEAR MEMBERS! It's been another beautiful and productive week on the farm. I'm so excited about the way our plans for the Fall and Winter Seasons are coming together!

We have been working so hard on prepping for the perfect Fall and Winter seasons and our efforts are paying off. We already have loads of dried herbs (Basil, mint, chives, garlic, parsley, dill, cilantro and fennel). We also have thousands of lbs of onions curing and thousands of lbs of potatoes yet to harvest.


We also will have loads of celeriac root, parsley root, carrots, turnips, daikons, beets, radishes, fennel, kale, swiss chard, leeks and loads more. Of course we will still have our microgreens and sunshoots, pea shoots, fresh herb plants, wheat grass will return and so will the cold weather crops: Spinach, claytonia, mache, tatsoi, mustard, pak choy and more!It's going to be an amazing fall and winter season!


As for this week, the shares are going to be beautiful once more. This week we really have all the Summer crops ready or almost ready. The squash is coming in and so are the cucumbers.


One thing to keep in mind: We have been having some severe pest pressure. The grasshoppers are killing our tomatoes and many of our greens. NONE of this reduces the quality of the produce besides the cosmetic damage. So, enjoy it just the same - it may just not be as pretty!

We could use some volunteers for packing bags on Thursday and for weeding throughout the week.  E-mail us if you are interested and see below for more info.  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

Lots of Extra Veggies Available for Purchase at Your CSA Location!  

DON'T FORGET THAT SNAP MEMBERS GET 50% OFF

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ALL PRICES ARE SUGGESTIONS ONLY AS WE ALWAYS OFFER PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN-AFFORD!


This week we are anticipating the following items for sale:

Small / Baby Onions (dried and cured)

Tomatoes

Microgreens (spicy and mild)

Pea Shoots

Turnips

Radishes with greens

Sunshoots

Kale

Swiss Chard

And more...

For Payment:  Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal to contact@ahavahfarm.com or via Venmo to 719-233-7828 or by paying with credit card over the phone.

 

CLASSES AND TOURS

Plenty of Room in our Upcoming Tours


Classes are full, but our educational tours still have openings. To register, simply respond to this email.  Remember, that classes are free for all CSA members, though we do recommend a $20.00 donation to ACI for each class and a $10.00 donation for each tour to cover expenses.


Class and Tour Schedule:

The Four-Season Garden or Farm: This is a 5-part series that can be registered for the entire series or just one at a time. We will learn what it takes to grow and harvest food all year long, here in Colorado at elevation and in harsh temperatures.  We will learn about the specifics to growing amazing crops in each season of the year and since we start in July there will be plenty of time for participants to set up their own four-season garden or farm starting in the fall. 

Classes are at 9am on the following Fridays: 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/20 - (CLASSES ARE FULL)

Tours:  NEXT TOUR COMING UP: 8/25! 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. 

Tours start at 9am on the following Tuesdays: 8/25 (OPEN) , 9/29 (OPEN).

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 to host a class we would love to encourage this.  Please reach out to us with your ideas. _________________________________

VOLUNTEERS!


This is Reid, Anna and Patty...but this is mostly about Reid (she's the one on the left).

Reid is a Music Therapist who works with special needs children. She makes time to come out here every Thursday to be a part of our bag-packing team. In fact, she is actually one of the main reasons for it's success. Every week we were struggling to get the bags packed correctly and we would struggle with the extremely complicated logistics of 3,000 units of food dispersed to 8 different locations and routes in 3 different CSA share sizes...all to be done in one day! Well, Reid came to our rescue and helped Shane really get a handle on the program and we owe her a ton! Now, she comes nearly every week and has become a real part of the team! (Oh, did I mention she is also Shane's girlfriend 😊 !?)


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

We raised $722 in the last month - that's enough to donate two whole CSA memberships to families in need!! Thank you so much everyone for leaving your change, bringing your $$ and supporting your community! Help create access to the purest food on the planet and DONATE TODAY! We truly believe that Ahavah Community Initiative (501C3) is one of the best ways to make a direct impact on YOUR community.  Our mission is simple and the finances are completely transparent.  100% of your donations go straight to supporting our mission to "connect under-served people to locally-farmed, regeneratively-grown produce..." etc. Our board is 100% volunteer and there is no paid staff.  Our meetings are public and our minutes are available at request.  

Please consider a tax deductible donation to ACI by clicking the Donate link below and please consider making it a monthly donation by clicking the box:





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