Snow & Eggs!
Hello Members and Friends,
Well as most of you know winter came back this last week with snow here nearly every day and some very cold nights. Had to restock the propane for the green houses to keep the veggies happy.
My goodness we've been so busy this last week it's been a little overwhelming. Six beef rescheduled with Smokey Ridge Meats in Chewelah that I delivered to them last Tuesday. CnJ Meats, my normal processor, is back up and running and will be processing Lambs and Pork for us this week. I'm hoping the lamb will be ready in time for Easter. Processing 5 tons of feed for the Hogs. Moved cattle to new pastures. Still trying to catch the lambs to load out. Can't use my farm dog because she is too aggressive and scares them so bad they'll jump the fences like deer.
Did some work repairing things in the pig barn. Grandson built a pen to catch weanling pigs in for processing. Makes the job easier. Got a load of straw to use to make the two Sows near farrowing more comfortable. Worked on rigging some generators for emergency electric power in case of an emergency. Fixed up a pump on a fuel tank to load in the back of my pickup to go to Idaho to buy gas now to avoid extra high WA. state taxes. Repaired a new water valve for our emergency hydrant on our large well which is used to fill water tanks and spray rigs for fire fighting if needed. A little more fence work along with setting up another salt-mineral feeder for the cattle. Days longer but seem shorter with all the things to do outside in the daylight! Longer days and more sunlight bringing the Layers out of the huts so egg production increasing. Have to keep my eyes on them to be alert if predator birds return. Small herds of deer returning but so far just grazing baby alfalfa in hay fields. No garden visits yet but our dog is already vigilante and ready. She also chases away the varmint Rock Chucks.
Scheduling of meat processing has slipped a little but inventory will be recovering now in a couple of weeks. Had to out-source some Ground Beef and we're out of stock on a few items so a bit of substitution may be needed at times on Special Orders and CSA Deliveries. Our two new CSA Members are very welcome! Let's take a look at our plans for this week.
Cooler of the Best Produce: Micro greens mix, Lettuce salad mix, Spinach, Salad Onions, Leeks, Dry Onion bulb, Kale, Chard, Daikon greens, Herb - Sage, Carrots, Potatoes, Beets, Squash and Eggs
Variety of Meats: Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Steak, Ham Steak, Ground Pork, Pork Ribs, Bacon Bits (for Omelettes or Stir fry), Sausage Dogs
See You All Thursday!
Gary & So