SUMMARY: ELEVENTH 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 11 - The ELEVENTH Week of FALL CSA 2020!
HELLO DEAR CSA MEMBERS! I don't know about you, but we are looking forward to a BEAUTIFUL week with gorgeous weather! The farm is operating smoothly and the team is rocking it. The Nursery Grand Opening was amazing (more on that below) and we only have 3 more weeks left!😮
Yes, that's right, we only have 3 more weeks left and then we are closing the farm down completely for 5 full weeks - oh my gosh we are excited! We need the break and we are certainly looking forward to it. We will still be operating, but it will be way scaled back. All employees will be taking two weeks off and our family will take a 3 week "staycation" where we will be locking the computers in the safe for the entire time! To say we are excited would be an understatement.
Ok, back to your shares. Three weeks are left and we anticipate the greatest Fall finish we have ever had! As a reminder, fall finishes smaller than it starts, but considering that, they should still be gorgeous. We have fennel, carrots, beets, radishes, scallions, lettuce, spinach, pak choy, onions, celeriac, kale, swiss chard and a whole bunch more to be harvested over the next three weeks - it's going to be great!
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via Venmo to 719-233-7828 or by paying with credit card over the phone.
Ahavah Community Initiative SPOTLIGHT
We all know how terrible this year has been and we all know someone who is struggling more today than they did just six months ago. Things are getting worse, and we all know it. Many thousands of people in our area are struggling to find nutritious food to feed their families. Yes, there are food pantries and soup kitchens, but this is not enough. We believe that the best way to help families directly is to give them free CSA memberships so they can get the purest, most responsibly grown produce they can - full of nutrients and freshly harvested, unlike many of the other free-food programs that exist. We are asking for donations as we need your help and our community needs your help.
Please consider making a year-end tax-deductible gift to Ahavah Community Initiative and be sure that your money is going directly to an amazing cause and making a big impact!
Since 2018 We Have...
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!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-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.
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.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
WOW! Thank you all SOOOOOO much for your support of our new business - Ahavah Farm Nursery, LLC! We are so thankful for all the people who supported us this past week during our grand opening. We sold over 1,000 plants! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you🙏🙏🙏!
But we still have exciting news...
That's right, you can still save 15% for the rest of the year! So...
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!
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)
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
Lettuce - We have lot's of beautiful red and green leaf lettuce coming your way.
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 😮!
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
Scallions - The variety we chose for scallions this year is not my favorite, but hey, they are scallions, way beyond-organic and absolutely fresh, so there's always that to celebrate!
Swiss Chard -The leaves on this swiss chard in the winter come out so beautifully and waxy! Gorgeous leaves are perfect for wraps and there oh so many wonderful ways to enjoy. Here is a great article on all you need to know about this amazing vegetable: https://triedandsupplied.com/saucydressings/how-to-cook-chard/
Fennel Herb - Oh, what fun! Dried and jarred fennel! What a wonderful addition to season potatoes, stews, meat and roasted veggies. We love dried fennel on pasta for a delicious kick of flavor. Enjoy!😍
Pak Choy - One of our absolutely most requested and favorited greens is pak choy! It is the best in a stir fry!
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.
Pea Shoots - Another deeply nutritious item is our pea shoots and if you love peas, you will love these. We absolutely love pea shoots, mostly as a topper or ask a raw snack. We also are fond of adding them to stews and creamy soups.
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