Weekly CSA Newsletter Nov. 16th, 2020

Updated: 20 hours ago

SUMMARY: EIGHTH 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 8 - The EIGHTH Week of FALL CSA 2020!


HELLO DEAR CSA MEMBERS! Well, it can't be good news ALL the time, or can it?😋("Gam tzu L'tovah"!, right? This too is for the best!) It all depends on your perspective😄!


As many of you know by now, we had a disaster on the farm this weekend! The wind was so bad this weekend that we actually lost one whole greenhouse! (Check out the video to the right). The greenhouse got torn apart by the wind and will need to be replaced. The boys and I went out there Saturday night and did what we could to protect the crops still in the ground and thankfully most of them survived. So we had the whole team come out on Sunday with a bunch of volunteers and we cropped out the entire greenhouse of everything that survived and it's going in your share this week. Unfortunately, it wasn't planned to be harvested for a few weeks, oh well😀.



We still haven't contacted the insurance, but the house was insured and we should be able to get it replaced without a problem🙏. That's life and that's farming in Colorado! Anyway, it turned out to be a great day with loads of beautiful faces working hard as a community to get the job done! Thank you to all who came out and supported your local community! We all are grateful 💚.


So, this week's share, though still beautiful, it may be a little "odd" compared to most shares. Expect almost every share to get lettuce, scallions, daikon radishes, carrots, sunshoots and swiss chard. We will also have something really special this week: Chard Root! Yes, you read that right. Chard root is a really neat vegetable that we tried to provide last year, but since it got overwintered, it didn't turn out right. This year we have some beautiful roots to provide (and we'd love your feedback on this mysterious beet cousin). Similar to celeriac in texture and preparation, it's taste is similar to beets without the same amount of sweetness. Preparation requires a longer cooking time than beets and we like to add sweetness to the root, like honey or maple syrup. They have an earthy flavor with a great texture. We'd LOVE to hear what you come up with and hear your thoughts!


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 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

We have a couple of positions available. One is a volunteer board member position and we also have a part-time paid Administrator position. Check them out below and share with your friends!


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

Nursery Spotlight

Things are coming together very quickly on our new website. I can't give you the address yet, as it is still being worked on, but we are getting there! We are so excited to launch our new business on Cyber Monday, November 30th. We will be offering 20% off for Cyber Monday for all your preseason sales and gift certificates. Just 2 more weeks!



We also have a FACEBOOK page! Have you "Liked" us yet? Would you? Follow us on Facebook for announcements and deals as well as tips and nursery news from your friend and Nursery Manager, Lorin Mattemore! Go HERE and LIKE us!


Speaking of which, Lorin wants to say "Hi!"...

Hello Everyone! Before we get the ball rolling full speed with our projects this year, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Lorin and I am so proud and honored to be YOUR Nursery Manager.

I am a Pennsylvania native and proud Veteran. I am happily married and have two incredible little boys ages (almost) 7 and 2. Recently in 2018 I graduated from UCCS with a BS in Health Science/ Nutrition.

At the farm I manage the Nursery, all microgreens, and special projects such as our dirt recycling program. I truly take pride in every detail, "getting it right", and living up to the Ahavah Farm mission of growing without chemicals in the purest, most renewable ways possible. I look forward to serving you ALL! CSA members AND public! Welcome to Ahavah Farm Nursery, let's grow this year!


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.

  • 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. Salad Mix - More lettuce, but in a different form! 😄Yes, there is a lot of lettuce this week due to the loss of the greenhouse, but at least it's a different kind! This salad mix is soft and fluffy. Great for a salad base or bed for a hot meal like rice or quinoa. Wonderful and absolutely stunning in color this week!

  3. Rainbow Carrots - You really can't go wrong with carrots, but OH-MY-GOSH these carrots are gorgeous!

  4. Chard Root- See the introduction of this e-mail for more info on this crop. We hope you like it. Please give us feedback!

  5. Swiss Chard - One of our favorite greens! We love swiss chard especially saute'd or used in soups and stews. It can also be enjoyed as "lettuce" wraps!

  6. Scallions- They didn't fair too well out in the cold 8 degrees after that greenhouse got destroyed, but they still look "ok" and they taste perfect! In fact, they have a hint of sweetness to them.

  7. Daikon Radishes - These purple "Bravo" daikon radishes are amazing! Perfect uniformity and the taste is perfect for daikons. We grew these for the first time this summer and the feedback was so exciting that we had to do them again! Here is 10 quick and easy ways to enjoy them.

  8. 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.

  9. Sunshoots - Our sunshoots are certainly some of the nicest, most high-quality sunshoots you will ever find (that actually goes for all our microgreens). They are one of the most beloved items we grow as well and a regular staple to our CSA. Here are some ideas to use your sunnies this week: https://www.martinsgardenacf.com/sunflower-shoots-recipes

  10. Broccoli Microgreens- These sure have been a favorite of many of our CSA members this year! We are so happy this is the case. This week, we will try to get them to all the members, but it all depends on yield.

  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

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719-233-7828

ADDRESS

7545 Log Rd.

Peyton, CO 80831

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