Weekly CSA Newsletter Dec. 1st, 2020

SUMMARY: Tenth Week of FALL 2020! - EXTRA VEGGIES! - ANNOUNCEMENTS - NURSERY SPOTLIGHT- ACI DONATION UPDATE AND DONATE TODAY! - DID YOU KNOW? - LOCATIONS AND TIMES - WHAT TO EXPECT THIS WEEK - WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK

Week 10 - The Tenth Week of FALL CSA 2020!


HELLO DEAR CSA MEMBERS! We made it past Thanksgiving - phew! - and boy are we thankful to be back to a regular schedule! So much has been going on lately, it will feel nice to have a breather for a few weeks, and then we have another schedule change for the last CSA of the year - then it's an entire month off! For now, let's just focus on having 4 more beautiful CSA shares!

Speaking of the next 4 shares, be prepared for a reduction in the size. As we mentioned in the beginning, the Fall CSA is the only one that starts out large and gets smaller (all the other seasons do the opposite). Now that we have made it to this point, the amount of food starts to really decline and the growing virtually stops. Yes, we continue to plant and seed, water and fertilize, but boy does it slow down to a virtual standstill. There's lot's to celebrate though, as your shares will still be beautiful and vibrant and they will still have plenty of variety and value. Truthfully, this is by far the best Fall season we have ever had and it looks like things will continue positively through the end of the year!


See below for what's coming in your bags this week, and more updates!

Enjoy your share this week and don't forget to join the fun and share your recipes and pictures in the Facebook Community Group

**Schedule Change for Week of Christmas**

In order to accommodate the majority of our members whom will be celebrating Christmas on December 25th, we will be making an adjustment to the schedule for that week as follows (please update your calendars!):


All pickup locations and door to door deliveries for the week of December 21st through December 25th will be moved to Thursday, December 24th. All locations and times are the same and have no further changes.


TO BE CLEAR: THE ONLY CHANGE FOR CHRISTMAS WILL BE A MOVE TO THURSDAY OF THAT WEEK (Dec. 24th) FOR ALL LOCATIONS. NO OTHER CHANGES WILL BE MADE. THERE WILL BE NO PICKUPS OR DELIVERIES ON FRIDAY (12/25).

ATTENTION AUTO-RENEWAL MEMBERS

If you selected auto-renewal you should have already received an e-mail with a reminder of your auto-withdrawal for your Winter CSA Membership. All auto-renewal charges will occur automatically on December 7th, 2020. The following will be the amount charged (all auto-renewals automatically received 5% off. The prices below reflect this discount):


SMALL: $189.05 after 5% discount

MEDIUM: $256.50 after 5% discount

LARGE: $318.25 after 5% discount


If you would like to make a change to your share size or location please make those requests prior to 11/29/2020. Thank you!

EXTRA VEGGIES FOR SALE

DON'T FORGET: SNAP MEMBERS ALWAYS RECEIVE 50% OFF!!

&

As always, all prices are

"Pay-What-You-Can-Afford."


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 contact@ahavahfarm.com or via Venmo to 719-233-7828 or by paying with credit card over the phone.

Ahavah Community Initiative SPOTLIGHT

Since 2018 We Have...

  • Taught 31 full-length classes on regenerative and biological agriculture.

  • Attended 48 outreach events to spread regenerative agriculture education to our community including school events, speaking engagements and markets.

  • Donated 154 CSA memberships to families in need! - A value of $53,900.00 of free food!

  • Facilitated the donation of 42 Double Up Food Buck Grants valued at $15,750.00 of free food!

  • Have provided 27 educational tours.

  • Hosted 4 large public events.

  • Educated 5 regenerative farming interns.

  • In addition, Ahavah Farm (aside from ACI) has donated an additional $56,750.00 worth of free food to numerous outlets and families in our local community

Interested in making a tax-free donation? Ahavah Community Initiative is registered as a 501c3 with the State of Colorado as a non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.


CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO AHAVAH COMMUNITY INITIATIVE


Want to get involved with either ACI or as a volunteer on the farm? 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 - APPLICATION AVAILABLE NOW!

The application for a free Winter CSA share membership is now available at www.ahavahcommunity.org/apply


If you, or someone you know is struggling to afford pure, nutritionally-dense food, we want you to please apply to receive a donated share.


The application takes no more than 5 minutes and is completely anonymous. We do not save your information or share it with anyone.


Whether you have applied in the past, received a membership in the past or are a current recipient of a donated share, we still want you to apply for 8 weeks of FREE, regeneratively grown food harvested fresh, every week, from Ahavah Farm. Application deadline is January 11th, 2021. Season begins the first week in February. Click below to apply.


www.ahavahcommunity.org/apply


Want to make a tax-deductible donation? CLICK HERE

📢📢EXCITING NEWS - ANNOUNCEMENT!!!📢📢


📢📢GRAND OPENING!📢📢 Cyber Monday through December 6th Save 20%!


Exciting News! Ahavah Farm Nursery is NOW OPEN (www.ahavahfarm.com/nursery)!


Pre-Order all your garden seedlings for 2021 (over 70 heirloom varieties!) and have them


guaranteed to be available on your selected date in your selected location: Colorado Springs, Denver, Monument and Peyton starting in March !!


Save 20% use code CYBER20 at checkout through December 6th!

It’s never to early to plan a 2021 victory garden! Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/nursery for more information and use code CYBER20 until December 6th to save 20%!


www.ahavahfarm.com/nursery

CSA PICKUP LOCATIONS AND TIMES

NOTATE TIMES: Times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to check Facebook and this blog on ahavahfarm.com for updated information and changes. - PLEASE SEE ABOVE FOR CHANGES FOR CHRISTMAS.

(photo credit: Megiddeh Goldston)

THURSDAYS: 

  • 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) 

FRIDAYS: 

  • 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)  

COMPOST

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

  1. Head Lettuce - We have lot's of beautiful red and green heads coming.

  2. Carrots - Big, beautiful and tasty carrots. What else can we say? Oh, I know! Don't forget to eat those greens! Turn them into pesto or something - they are great and have 600% MORE vitamin C than the carrots themselves 😮!

  3. Leeks - Sorry everyone, but these leeks are the absolute best leeks E-V-E-R! We don't cut off the greens either because those greens are amazing! Don't waste 'em!

  4. Golden Beets - HUGE and delicious. Unlike the red beets, golden beets have a more mild and "smooth & buttery" flavor. Oh, and those greens! It's certainly two veggies in one!

  5. Turnips - These hakurei turnips, as you know, are the absolute best and very quickly overtaking some of our other "favorites" to become to chief Ahavah veggie! If you don't like these...well, I don't know what to tell you 😜 ! ...oh, and I am sorry to say, but they are the last of the year😢!

  6. Celeriac- It's back again this week and looking as beautiful as ever. Remember, this hasn't been the best crop we were hoping for, but for a first time growing it we didn't do so bad! :)

  7. Spinach - WARNING: DO NOT EAT UNTIL HOME - it's so good it won't last! The sad part about this spinach is the serving size - it never seems like enough because it's so sweet and delicious!

  8. Cilantro - What a way to bring summer to your winter dish! Fresh aromatic cilantro is such a delight in the middle of winter!

  9. Barley Grass - HIGHLIGHTED Yay! It's that time of the season when everyone get's at least one serving of barley grass! It's similar to wheat grass, but better: Higher nutrition and less bitterness. Great for a smoothie or to juice, but honestly, I love to simply chew on it and spit it out when done. Delicious and a huge boost of energy and nutrition! Here is an article from WEB MD describing some uses and benefits: https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-barley-grass#1

  10. 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.

  11. 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! 

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

PHONE

719-233-7828

ADDRESS

7545 Log Rd.

Peyton, CO 80831

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