Summer 2023 - Week 18
🌻Hello Summer CSA Members!🌻
It is the last week of summer! Please read the season ending letter from Yosef below! You will notice that the amounts for the packing lists are much higher this week. We wanted to finish the summer with a bang! 😁🎉
We also have bulk veggies available for purchase this week! If you would like some please come by the Farmer's Market on Friday to grab some for your ferments, salsa or canning purposes! You can also email Jessie to reserve a bag for you to pick up after the Market or at Ranch Foods Direct as well.👍
10# bags of Green Heirloom variety tomatoes $20
5# bags of Sweet Peppers $18
1# bags of Jalapeños $10
Dear Ahavah FARMily! Well, we’ve made it to the end of the Summer 2023 season and we want to say a HUGE THANK YOU! to all of our amazing members for a wonderful season! To be sure, this was one of the most difficult years we have ever had – from finances to weather and everything in between. This year included the coldest winter and spring that we have ever had and that followed with a very hot summer, absolutely loaded with hail and even a tornado! 8 times we got wiped out by hail, making it the worst squash year in over 5 years. This, after such a slow start and then the tornado destroyed a greenhouse and a bunch of infrastructure! Not only that, but we had 5 of our long-term (and AMAZING!) managers transition out this year to greener pastures – we love them all and wish them the absolute best (Tess, Evan, Katie, Lorin and Casey)! Phew!!, what a whirlwind this year has been…and it’s not even over! This year we also had some amazing things happen! We reached hundreds of kids through our story-times, fun days and all of our activities and events and we also reached hundreds of adults with our educational classes – what a year! We also had a huge turnout for our Summer Festival, where we had over 1,200 people come to spend time with our community where we were able to raise over $3,000.00 to feed families in need (don’t forget our Fall Fest – on October 15th from 3p to 7p – put it on the calendar now!). Most importantly, Ahavah Community Initiative was able to donate over 120 memberships this year (so far!) to local families in need!!!!! If this is all that happened this year, dayenu - it would be enough! We are so incredibly grateful to all our members who have donated to this amazing cause! (Side-note: We are very “DESPERATELY” short on donations this year (-$17k). Please consider donating to ACI for a tax deductible donation where 100% of every penny goes STRAIGHT to feeding families in need – not a penny gets touched for anything else!) Considering it all, it turned out to be a pretty decent season. Not our best, for sure, but not bad! We came very close to hitting our goals this year and all of our members still received a lot more than what they paid for. The CSA still had a lot of variety (less than last year), and our famer’s market was a continued success. We truly hope you enjoyed the season. Our goal is to love our community and do our best to make a difference and an impact, and we sincerely hope that you felt that love from our family and our farm to you! We hope you gained a sense of community, health and optimism this year and we hope that if you are not continuing with us for the Fall that you will be back with us another season! We love you all so much and are so grateful to all of our loving community members who make this farm possible and make our impact to the local community possible! It’s only because of you and we can’t thank you enough!
💡💡💡Bring a Friend and check out Ahavah Community Market every Friday 9AM-12PM at Ahavah Farm (7545 Log Rd, Peyton) during our CSA pick ups!
Come on out to the Farmer's Market in Peyton! The Fall market begins the first week of October and our FALL HOURS will be 10AM-2P
🌽We have fruits for sale this week! Items this week is Include: Breads, Jewelry, Non-GMO Corn, APPLES, bulk bags of Veggies, Eggs, Meats and MORE!!!!
🌱🌱🌱We have a spaces for vendors in our Fall INDOOR community Market, so please apply if you would like to join us for the Markets or Festivals! firstname.lastname@example.org.
!!! PLEASE SHARE with your neighbors and friends!!!! 👈🏼👈🏼👈🏼
If anyone chooses a farm pick up when they purchase a Fall share, they qualify for additional discount for CSA shares as well as at our booth at the Farmers Market!
Auto Renewal Members with a farm pick up will also receive this additional discount! Please let Jessie know if you would like to switch to a farm pick up moving forward.😁
Did You KNOW?!!
We accept EBT for a CSA share for 50% our regular prices!
If you or someone you know would like a SNAP share, please reserve a share on our website and leave "EBT" in the notes section before when you check out.
YOU WILL NOT BE PAYING EBT ON THE WEBSITE! Payment will be once a month at your pick up location.
💡💡💡Don't forget that we sell extras every week! 😁
👍We Take SNAP!
Use your EBT card for your purchases and receive 50% off.
🌱ALL PRICES ARE SUGGESTIONS AS WE OFFER PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN-AFFORD!
For Payment: Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal to email@example.com or Venmo to Ahavah Farm LLC or by credit card or regular debit cards via Square!!!
Ahavah Community Initiative is the most important part of Ahavah Farm!
We are dedicated to providing and getting nourishing foods to the people who need it the most!
The need for healthy and pure food is higher than ever!
Use our QR code or the link below, Bring a Buck to your pick up location, or add Ahavah Community Initiative to your King Sooper's Shopper's Card Rewards. Every little bit will make a big difference to feed Colorado Families.
Ahavah Community Initiative (ACI) is always fundraising to be able to offer free or subsidized CSA memberships to families in need.
😃 Bring A Buck to your pick-up location and help feed struggling families in our community!
What's in your bags this week?
Week 18: Sept 28th & Sept 29th
This Week's Harvest
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 ($25/wk)
Medium = 7-9 items per week ($35/wk)
Large = 10-12 items per week ($45/wk)
Lettuce - Beautiful lettuce! We have gorgeous head lettuce and lettuce mixes! Great for everything from salads to sandwiches and lettuce wraps!
Celeriac Greens- use them in place of celery stalks, as a garnish, pickled in vinegar, in soups/stews, and more. The key is to cut off the stems/leaves immediately before storing.
Slicing Cucumbers- These juicy, tender cucumbers are characterized by their longer size and dark green colors. These cucumbers are grown to be served raw for snacking, salads, or sandwiches.
Beets- You can use cooked beets in salads, to make hummus or to blend into smoothies. They can be diced for slaw, quartered for a grain bowl or mashed to make a dip or spread.
Summer Squash!- We are finally able to harvest summer squash! You will enjoy roasting our delicious varieties including crooked neck yellow squash and zucchini. Nothing beats eating a fresh picked squash!
Darkibor Kale- The triple curled, rich green leaves of this top-quality variety are mild, juicy-sweet and tender: a perfect choice for vitamin-rich, garden fresh kale salads, kale “chips”.
Fennel- Fennel has long been used as a flavoring agent, a scent, and an insect repellent, as well as an herbal remedy for poisoning and stomach conditions. It has also been used as a stimulant to promote milk flow in breast-feeding mothers. The leaves can be chopped and used to flavor salads, dressings, marinades and sauces. They tend to have a slightly more citrusy flavor than the base.
Radishes- Radishes are most often served raw, halved and sprinkled with salt, shaved into salads, layered over butter-smeared baguettes, or shredded into slaws. They also can be marinated with olive oil and lemon and mint for a refreshing salad, and they can be pickled with a classic vinegar-sugar-salt mix.
Arugula- You can use arugula just like you would other leafy greens, especially when you want a spicy bite. Try it on top of pizzas, in your salad, pasta, or soups and sauces. It makes a particularly delicious pesto!
Swiss Chard- Chard is high in many antioxidants and can be steamed or sauteed, and it's great in soups, stews, casseroles, frittatas and quiches. Young leaves can be eaten raw in salads. Chard always has green leaves, but the stalks can be a variety of colors.
Mustard Greens - These are simply the BEST mustard greens on the planet. The variety is called Red Splendor and you will never find this in the store: Mild, smooth and absolutely delicious! CLICK HERE FOR RECIPES!
Chives- Since chives have a milder flavor, they're perfect to add to soups, dips, mashed or baked potatoes, fish, seafood dishes and omelets. Heat destroys their delicate flavor, so add chives to dishes at the last minute. To maximize their taste, thinly slice, chop or snip with kitchen shears before using.
Scallions- Top off soup, bake them into quick biscuits, tuck them into sandwiches, bake them into loaves of bread, etc. The possibilities are endless!
Turnips & Beautiful Turnip Greens - the turnips were a little small this week, but that just means that they are sweeter! But the greens...those greens are so beautiful and so tasty! Buttery and LOADED with nutrition, we love to sauté these amazing greens and eat them alone with some garlic and onion or add them to eggs or a stew. The flavor isn't just amazing, the calcium bioavailability is beyond any other food on earth😲!
Carrots- The best carrots around! You will be amazed by how much flavor our carrots pack. Many of our members have commented that they cannot go back to store-bought after tasting our pure, beyond organic carrots!
Tomatoes- The Tomato harvest is in full swing! You will love our beautiful, heirloom, and delicious varieties 🍅🍅🍅
Peppers!!!- You will love our mix of sweet peppers! Bell and Marconi peppers are our most popular and are wonderful stir-fried, raw in salads, roasted and more!
Barley Wheat Grass - Many of our members absolutely love our barley grass and use it religiously. We hope you take the time to learn and enjoy this most amazingly nutritious green! More nutritious than wheat grass and less bitter, barley grass is used mostly for juicing. However, I, Yosef (and many of our team members) love to use it as an energy and nutrition
Dried Herbs - Basil, dill, mint and fennel (our herb room smells like heaven!😇).
Radish Microgreens - Next to the barley grass and the sunshoots, radish microgreens are some of the most nutritiously-dense items we grow on the farm and not only that, but during our annual survey last year, they ranked as the #1 most requested and love item we grow! They have a fantastic bite to them, last considerably long in the refrigerator and are beautiful in appearance.
Pea Shoots - One of the most desired and sought after items we provide are these pea shoots! Quite literally the best you added to any dish or salad. Our favorite way is to add them to stews and soups. A perfect topper too! Here are four fun ways to use Pea Shoots: http://blog.bostonorganics.com/4-fun-ways-to-use-pea-shoots
Broccoli Microgreens - Last week we told you that Radish Microgreens were the #1 most loved item we grow, well, these microgreens weren't on the list then! I have a sneaking suspicion that these microgreens are the real winners!
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
Living Herbs - We have an abundance of beautiful living herbs for you. Choose from cilantro, oregano, parsley and more. Each plant counts as one serving.