Weekly CSA Newsletter Dec. 21st, 2020

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

SUMMARY: FINAL 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 13 - The FINAL Week of FALL CSA 2020!


HELLO DEAR CSA MEMBERS! We finally made it to the end! Some of us thought it would never come, but it has, and it was an awesome season (now time for vacation!!!)!


We are now finishing the best Fall and Summer seasons we have ever had (from the veggie's perspective) and we couldn't be more proud or thankful to G-d for all He has blessed us with 🙏. If you recall, we almost had to shut down completely in the beginning of the year and we were preparing for the absolutely worst. So, to come out of 2020 with only a few figuratively minor scratches, bumps and bruises is something to celebrate. Sure, we had some huge financial issues to overcome (and we still will be struggling with them for a while) and we missed many of our programs like market-share (coming back in 2021), but for us to be preparing for a stellar and thriving 2021 is something to celebrate! We are very grateful for where we are at this point considering the other alternatives we were facing and we would like to give thanks to not only our Creator, but to all of our team members, supporters and community members who lifted us up and stuck with us and supported us through this year - because it was a very uncertain and bumpy ride to get here!


The team (including the volunteers) is really what made everything so special this year. Their consistency and their dedication to the community as well as to our family (as I heal from cancer and do treatment) has really been nothing short of amazing and they all deserve a lot of credit and thanks - THANK YOU!.


Not only have we been able to survive this pandemic year, but going into 2021, we are very positive about our plans to thrive. Plans with the nursery, returning to Market-style CSA shares, getting a whole new website in 2021 as well as launching a new microgreen CSA and moving to a new subscription style payment system. To top it off we are looking fairly solid and well-planted for our Winter CSA, beginning the first week of February 👍.


In short, there are a lot of things for us to look forward to in 2021 and we couldn't be happier and as our business continues to mature, we will see more consistency across the board. Thank you to everyone who supported us in 2020 and to those continuing on, we owe you a special thank you and we look forward to seeing you again in February. Until then, remember that we are shut down for the entire month of January🤩!


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

Don't forget!!**Schedule Change for Week of Christmas**Don't forget!!!

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).

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

Please consider making a year-end tax-deductible gift to Ahavah Community Initiative (registered 501c3) by CLICKING HERE.


Since 2018 We Have...

  • Donated 154 CSA memberships to families in need! - Over A value of $53,900.00 of free food - OVER1,800 weekly BAGS of veggies😮!

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • We have paid ZERO dollars to salaries or to "other" overhead.


Interested in making a tax-deductible 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

DONATED SHARE APPLICATION IS 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

NURSERY NEWS


The Nursery is coming along wonderfully! We have already started many of our seedlings for Spring 2021 and we are preparing plans to open a physical greenhouse location here on the farm - fully outfitted with soil, pots, tools, seedlings and more. Lorin and Tess have been working really hard and we are all very, very excited!



We are looking for a Nursery Volunteer (or two). If you have a passion for plants and want to get your hands dirty, Lorin would love to have you around! We are seeking a volunteer interested in helping out the Nursery crew for 5 hours a week. If you are interested, nursery volunteers will also get you a free Microgreen CSA ($35.00 value per week). Volunteers also get a free T-shirt and free seedlings for your home or garden!


E-mail Lorin at nursery@ahavahfarm.com for more information.

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PRE-ORDER TODAY AND SAVE 15% - Through January!!!

Don't forget you can still save on all your pre-season seedling orders!


If you are planning a garden for 2021, why not save 15% on your garden seedlings and have them guaranteed to be available where and when you are?!



Pre-order all your garden seedlings today and save 15% through January (keep in mind that the dates of availability will start to shift once January hits, so if you want early seedlings, place your order soon)


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.



Use Code NURSERY15 at checkout.

It’s never to early to plan a 2021 victory garden! Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/nursery for more information and USE CODE NURSERY15 at checkout!


www.ahavahfarm.com/nursery

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 - Beautiful red and green leaf lettuce heads coming your way.

  2. Radishes - Only the best tasting and incredibly beautiful radishes ever! Roasting. Hands down is the best way to eat these! I literally cannot get enough of these roasted radishes 😋!

  3. Beets - These are Detroit Dark Red beets and they, along with their greens, are absolutely delicious! Here are 5 easy ways to prepare beets: https://www.justbeetit.com/beet-blog-index/how-to-cook-and-prepare-beets

  4. Fennel - Stunning with amazing fronds that can be used right away or saved for later by drying. HLiving Herb - Parsley or Oregano. Ready to put on your kitchen counter and harvest as needed. Here are 25 recipes from Martha Stewart for fennel: https://www.marthastewart.com/286398/fennel-recipes

  5. Living Herb - Parsley or Oregano. Ready to put on your kitchen counter and harvest as needed.

  6. Red Russian Kale - Yay! We haven't had this in a while and it is a staple. The cold weather has turned it dark purple and red and added a wonderful sweetness to it.

  7. Kale Tops! - People loved these last week - thanks for the feedback! More coming this week. Just remove those leaves and enjoy as always!

  8. Sunflower Shoots - The single most nutritious item we grow! Not only that, but they are also one of the top 3 items we provide for your CSA. Enjoy them raw for the best benefit.

  9. Radish microgreens - A nice spicy bite to top a salad or cooked dish, pasta, soup or stew - they can also be enjoyed raw. Huge nutrient profile with incredible cardiovascular benefits.


Is that it?  I think so! The last share of the year is a beauty - we hope you enjoy every last bite!

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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