|A Lot is Happening at Luna Hill
First, let me start with an apology for not having a newsletter for you all last week. With only Dom and I working around here, our time is very tight, and we’re often exhausted at the end of the day. Last week we had another Shareholder delivery, and now that things are starting to come more abundantly, we’ll move to every week deliveries rather than every other week. Harvesting takes place on Friday and Saturday mornings, and it often takes us many hours getting things ready to deliver.
A Bounty Bulletin will be going out this week to all Shareholders. If you are a Non-Harvest Box Shareholder of eggs and turkeys, we’ve made it possible for you to purchase a Harvest Box at the CSA price each week if we have enough. We would prefer to work this way than to take a full day at the farmers markets right now. We will also be opening our gates soon for direct sales of our products in mid August.
When we start our business hours, I’ll post them on Facebook, as well as in the right side bar of the newsletter.
Farm Fresh Buyers Club and Delivery Service Survey
Please take some time and fill out our new survey. If there are enough people interested in having farm fresh truly local food delivered directly to their door, we will be offering it as a service from Luna Hill. We’re currently talking with local farmers who sell pastured eggs, pork, beef, chicken and fruits and vegetables, to see what we can work out in terms of direct farm to consumer services to reach a greater number of people who may not have access to the farmers market because of time constraints, transportation, or work hours.
Click here to fill out our survey
Our Next Potluck at Luna Hill: Super Salads of Summer
Please join us Saturday, July 26 from 5-8:00 PM for our second potluck of the season.
The theme of this potluck is Super Salads of Summer. We would like everyone to bring their favorite summer salad. While it might be easy to just run to the store and pick up macaroni salad, tuna salad, potato salad, I’d like to put the challenge out to you to bring something other than these fine staples of summer.
Please sign up and we’ll contact you before the event to let you know how many people will be in attendance so you can know how much of your salad to bring.
I’d like this to be fun, creative, and of course delicious! It’s time to put your chef’s hat on and wow us with something you really love.
If you’re a CSA Shareholder at Luna Hill, or are interested in finding out more about us, come on down for a mini tour, meet new people and enjoy some good food.
Those who sign up will be entered into a raffle to win some freshly harvested produce from our garden.
Daniel Snow, local musician-singer/song writer will be joining us for some live entertainment. We love Daniel’s music, and look forward to hearing him perform.
Hope everyone can make it out!
Check out Daniel’s FB page to hear a sampling of his latest work
Click here to listen to his music
Okay, onto other announcements and happenings…
Yesterday I traveled to Melrose, NM to pick up the next addition to our farm family. Her name is Twinkie, although Simone is dead set on calling her Pinkie Pie. Twinkie is about 5 pounds and around 15 inches from snout to rump. Is she adorable or what?!
Yes, the circumference of the banana is the same as her little nose.
She loves lettuce, beet greens, pig weed, grapes, popcorn and bananas. She’s not all that interested in eating carrots yet.
I had hoped to post a video of her meeting Waffles, but unfortunately their first meeting didn’t go well at all. He bit her head to show his dominance, which freaked me out. She’s less than a quarter of his size, so she didn’t leave my arms the whole time. I think he was a bit jealous as well. So, we’ll introduce him to her over the next few weeks through the brooder. I’ll be moving his crate to the sun porch where they can smell each other and get used to one another in an area that is not his territory. I purchased her so he wouldn’t be alone, but I can’t allow them to be together until I know she will not be harmed by him. He’s very strong. He didn’t hurt her when he nipped at her head, and she didn’t flinch. It was as if she knew he was Big Papa.
I’m hopeful they will get along in the coming weeks.
This Week at Luna Hill
Broccoli is being harvested this week
Winter squash are just starting to form male blossoms. They haven’t opened yet.
Jalapeños have formed and are growing
Curly top virus has infected about a 1/3 of all our tomato plants. Unfortunately they will need to be pulled out. We’ve already lost 12 plants to the virus, and this week I’ll be pulling out the rest. We still have many healthy tomato plants left.
Onion green tops are ready to harvest again
The first eggplants were harvested today. There are more that will be harvested this coming weekend
Eggplants are doing well despite the fact that something has been enjoying the leaves and stem.
Zucchini and summer squash are starting to blossom and form fruit.
I love how crazy the pollinators are for the squash blossoms
The first developing crook neck squash ready to plump up
Green beans will be harvested this week
This week I was able to photograph a real live Tarantula Hawk Wasp! It was so beautiful.
Moving Forward with Our Sheep Dairy and Creamery Plans
After finding a breeder to work with in developing a new dairy sheep for our southwest region, we’ve decided to start the process of scaling up and put our plans into action. Our five year farm plan is to have a sheep dairy and creamery, and since we found someone who already has already crossed the sheep taking 50% of workload off of us, we are moving forward. The first ram lamb will be available to us this fall. Part of our five year plan was to lease our neighbor’s 20 acres and dairy barn. He has not returned our calls, or given us any solid answer about when we could lease, so we’ve decided we will search for land and build from scratch.
We will be putting our house on the market (we took it off the market with hopes that we’d be able to lease his land), and the sale of our home will allow us to purchase land and start scaling up our CSA operation as well as to start the breeding program and develop different cheeses. We need to do this if we hope to be anywhere near our goal for the five year farm plan.
We decided to sell our house ourselves, but if a great LOCAL realtor can come along and completely impress me, I might be willing to have a realtor instead. We haven’t had the best of luck with realtors, as sellers or as buyers, so I’m jaded at this point.
So what does this mean for our CSA Shareholders? Nothing and everything! All harvests will go as planned. If our home sells, all our animals come with us. I don’t foresee the house selling next week, and closings usually take about three months, which by that time we will be wrapping up the end of our growing season. Harvest Box Shareholders have already been informed of the changes, and Egg and Turkey Shareholders will have regular drop offs or deliveries when we start harvesting eggs. Turkeys will still be raised, slaughtered and dressed for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas.
We are looking to stay in the Los Lunas area, but we are open to other areas around the ABQ metro area. We’re looking for 20 or more acres with no land restrictions on building our own off grid green home and business.
I have been in contact with the owner of a piece of property we are extremely interested in. It is the perfect set up at a most attractive price. I’m so excited about this property that I can hardly contain myself, and unfortunately I can’t talk about it yet! EEEEEE!
Click here to view our ad on craigslist, and if you’re interested in setting up an appointment to see our home, shoot us an email!
I hope everyone has an amazing week,
Angela aka Farmer Jane
Owner, Luna Hill Heritage Farm