The rains have arrived!

It’s a thrilling time to be living in southwestern Colorado if you like the onset of the monsoon. We wrote about it last week, and voila! Here it comes! Benign skies in the morning give way to torrential downpours in the afternoon. As long as you’re prepared and plan accordingly, the rain is so welcome. Our pastures are just sucking up the moisture.  They’re screaming: bring it on! Indeed, it looks like this pattern is here to stay at least for the next 8-14 days, if not longer.

Almost clear skies this morning gave way to numerous thunderstorms and downpours by afternoon. One shower produced more than 0.60″ of rain in just 30 minutes. That’s Lone Cone Mountain on the left, hidden behind clouds, portending things to come.

 

In your boxes this week you’ll find: salad mix, kale, carrots, beets, turnips, kohlrabi, broccoli, cilantro, basil and oregano. What is Kohlrabi, you might ask? A recipe idea might help, by clicking on this link:

http://cookieandkate.com/2015/crispy-apple-kohlrabi-salad-recipe/

This recipe provides yet another delicious salad idea and explains just what kohlrabi is.

In this neck of the woods, it’s San Miguel Basin Fair & Rodeo time! Kicking off with the 4-H Horse Show all day Saturday, and a Best Dressed Pet and Pet Rock Contest (no lie!), complete with the Greased Pig Contest, the two-week fair moves on to the dessert contest Sunday night, the 16th. Don’t miss the Open Fair all of next week, in addition to lamb, goat, beef, rabbit, swine contests. The big events are the Rodeos, scheduled to kick off on Saturday night, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. with the mutton busting contest, and Sunday, July 23 at 12:30 p.m. You can also find a carnival in downtown Norwood, which is a hoot. If you haven’t been, now may be the time! It’s small-town Americana at its best.

Just can’t get enough of these two cuties. The boys have named the mama goat “Hazel.” No name yet for baby. Mama and baby are settling into farm life quite well.

 

Often overlooked during farm tours but every bit as vital to the whole farm ecosystem are the several bee hives kept on the farm. Beekeeper and CSA member Laura Duncan has been raising bees here for the past couple years, and they’re doing great! Here’s an image taken earlier this week of bees loving the nectar of the Lamb’s Ears.

If you look closely you can see several bees enjoying the nectar of Lamb’s Ears to take back to their respective hives.

 

Barclay cooked up an amazing roasted chicken this week. We’ll do a little self-promotion here by showing an image of the bird as it came out of the oven. Roasted carrots, turnips and beets round out this delicious meal. Livestock on the farm play a vital role in the farm’s overall ecosystem health. The farm has a “closed system” of producing its own compost. That is, the domesticated animals and the garden, the water, the air,  the wild plants, the insects, the birds, all play a holistic role in providing you with tasty and nutritient-dense foods. We process our own chickens and turkeys here at the farm, with all of the “offal” going into a large compost pile. In two years that compost becomes soil amendment for the garden, thereby closing the system. This way we’re also feeding the micro-organisms that live in the soil, which eventually find their way into our own bodies keeping our micro-biome healthy. More on that another time!

The fruits of some of our labor

If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to signup for your Holiday turkey. We have a limited number of organic grass-fed turkeys and they do sellout. You can signup at the Telluride farmers market or online under the “Farm” button.

Have a great week.