Farming With Friends :)
Hello Members &Friends,
Not much change here lately. More and more rain and another really big thunderstorm with hail and lightning through Friday and Saturday for my 77th Birthday. I'm sure we had over 24 hours of non stop rain from a few drizzles to soft hailstones the size of peas. In the midst of the downpour on Friday I had to sort and load 7 hogs and take them to the processor. Checked the cattle on the West bluff pasture and found a brand new baby calf. Checked on it this morning and happy to find it doing well. Have to check out there frequently because the neighbors have a wheat crop. Sure you've heard the old "Greener Pastures" saying. It applies to cattle as well. We have an additional electric fence wire out there but during thunderstorms they often malfunction. The same has been going on with our satellite TV and computer service.
One thing good about all the rain is we haven't had to worry about irrigation in the garden. Even the scab rock range land is producing pasture almost as good as a hay field. The cattle are looking about the best I can remember. I've noticed they're getting so spoiled they only seek out the best forage and ignore the rest. Alfalfa hay fields started showing floret stems with flowers the other day. Meaning if it stops raining it can be cut for hay in a few weeks. Then I'll be busy with field work again. Still trying to mow the grass around the garden and buildings. The riding lawnmower has trouble with knee high wet grass. It keeps clogging and becomes a major effort to jack it up and clear out underneath. Guess I'm forgetting its called a lawn mower not a hay mower! Squeezed in a little fence work with the assistance of a friend who came out to help me with some computer problems after the last thunderstorm. A Member came out to the farm this Saturday to pick up a missed delivery. He had his two preschool aged young daughters with him. We showed them where the strawberries come from and while picking a few early berries they discovered a couple of hidden bird nests. One with eggs and one with baby birds. Also introduced them to the new born calves and Curly. Hope they come again when there are some new piglets born.
Had a few more mix ups on deliveries but everyone who came got a delivery as planned. Later I figured out that some Members I thought were Full Shares were actually Half so we had some extra coolers. Caused a little extra work but it was my fault. Had one new Member come by to find out why her order never processed. Could have been the computer outages last week. Hope I didn't miss any on line orders. Now I have to figure out when to renew orders for those that signed up on a pro-rated basis in the middle of the Spring Quarter. Some have already renewed into the Fall Quarter. For meat CSA Members if you're planning 4th of July family festivities please let us know if you would like to substitute extra Ground Beef and or Jumbo Hot Dogs in your July 2nd delivery cooler.
Let's take a look at what we are planing for this weeks deliveries.
Cooler of The Best Produce:
Micro Green Mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Herb -Sage, Collard Greens, Sesame Leaves, Napa Cabbage Greens, Daikon Greens, Spinach, Sugar Peas, Swiss Chard, Kale, Garlic Chives, Salad Onions, Leeks, Dry Onion, Rhubarb, Cucumbers, Carrots, Potatoes and Eggs.
Variety of Meats:
Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Roast, Cube Steaks, Ham Steak, Country Style Ribs, Breakfast Ground Pork Sausage. Sometimes a substitution is necessary but I do my best to make it comparable.
We're pretty well stocked up again with our meat products. Lately the number of orders has been more manageable then last month. Will still verify delivery by email and notify you of any substitutions needed to complete the order. I always make sure any changes favor the customer on value.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Gary & So