Weekly CSA Newsletter Nov. 10th, 2020

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

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

Week 7 - The SEVENTH Week of FALL CSA 2020!

HELLO DEAR CSA MEMBERS! I don't know about you, but I am excited for the future! Nearly all of the crops have been pulled from the fields and we are working almost exclusively in the hoophouses now. The team loves this news, as it makes the harvest and farm management much easier. However, that also means that the cold weather is here and it looks like it's here to stay for a while. That means frozen hoses, plants and toes!😄 It also means more work.


For most farmers, the Winter is the off-season. It's the time of year to put your feet up by the fire and comb through the seed magazines. But not this farm or farmer. Nope, since we are 365, we don't get that break time. In fact, Winter time is, in many ways, more difficult than the other seasons. The cold temperatures freeze all the hoses requiring draining every night. All the irrigation needs to be constantly drained and reconnected every day and the row-cover is terrible (don't get me started!). There are a lot of extra steps in the winter time to ensure the plants survive the cold temperatures, that they receive bio-available nutrients and that all the equipment on the farm is not frozen solid and working properly. All the heaters and the propane costs for all the buildings, nevermind the fact that extra labor is required due to the lack of efficiency and speed make things much more difficult. Finally, we grow less than half as much food because the varieties are limited and the growth time is reduced to an absolute minimal (or no growth at all). In short, Winter farming SUCKS😜 . Yup, there is no way around it. However, it keeps us employed and paying the bills. It also keeps us fed with the freshest most delicious and nutritious vegetables around, so that in and of itself is worth it!!


We absolutely love farming, and sometimes we have to take the negatives of working in unpleasant conditions in order to appreciate and celebrate the pleasant ones. That's life, right? It's also what makes life interesting and we love that we are your farmers and grateful that we get the opportunity to complain about farming in the Winter - so thank you for your support💚💚 !


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


 

Thansgiving Week Schedule Change

For the week of Thanksgiving there will be a schedule change. Please notate the schedule as follows:


All pickup locations and door to door deliveries will be moved to Wednesday, November 25th. All locations and times are the same and have no further changes.


TO BE CLEAR: THE ONLY CHANGE FOR THANKSGIVING WILL BE A MOVE TO WEDNESDAY OF THAT WEEK (Nov. 25th) FOR ALL LOCATIONS. NO OTHER CHANGES WILL BE MADE. THERE WILL BE NO PICKUPS OR DELIVERIES ON THURSDAY (11/26) OR FRIDAY (11/27) OF THAT WEEK

 

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 1st, 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 Volunteer SPOTLIGHT

THIS WEEK WE HAVE SOMETHING NEW! We have a few openings that we want to tell you about!


BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER OPENING

We have at least 1 opening for the Board of Directors for ACI. This is a non-paid, volunteer position for two years with monthly meetings. All details and an application can be found HERE.


ADMINISTRATIVE PAID POSITION OPENING:

ACI is hiring for a part-time Administrative Assistant to the Board. This is a 15 hour per week position, here at the farm (employed by ACI). All details and the application can be found HERE.


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

 

DID YOU KNOW?

COMING SOON!!!!!!


By now, you all know that Ahavah Farm Nursery is COMING SOON! We will be taking pre-orders for all your garden plants as well as any other varieties (house plants, medicinals, living herbs etc) that you may want. We will be launching the website soon (within a few weeks) and we will be offering gift certificates and pre-sales. The pre-sales will be a great way for you to guarantee your Spring garden. Of course we will have loads of plants available come Spring, but the only way to guarantee your selections will be available will be through pre-purchase.


Things are coming along, we are ordering all the seeds, pots and supplies and gearing up for success. If you recall, we attempted to do this last year (2019), but lost everything due to the Bomb Cyclone and we were forced to give refunds to all our pre-sales, which we did. This year we have come a long way. Our greenhouses are solid as stone and our staff is absolutely ready to crush it with Lorin at the head. We feel prepared to pull this off successfully and we are confident that now is the time!


Spring preseason orders will start soon - keep an eye our for announcements! We will be rolling out a website with living plants, heirloom seedlings, herbs, microgreens, flowers, medicinal plants, beneficial house plants, gift certificates, garden accessories and more!

 

Join Chef Lyn Harwell for a LIVE CSA Seasonal Cooking Class!

Want to get the most out of your CSA? Don't know what to do with all those amazing veggies? Perhaps you are an old pro, but just want to get a few more tips? Join renown Chef Lyn Harwell for a LIVE CSA Seasonal Cooking Class on Monday, November 16th at 6:30pm.


Join along with your own CSA share! Lyn will be using all the ingredients from this week's CSA share to help you prepare your local, seasonal veggies. This class is FREE! Donations welcome and accepted for Ahavah Community Initiative. All donations go straight to fulfill ACI's mission of reaching struggling local families with fresh, regeneratively grown vegetables.

Monday, November 16th @ 6:30pm LIVE at https://www.facebook.com/AhavahCommunityInitiative

 

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.

(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.