Great Bales of Hay!
Hello Friends and Members,
Hope you all did well during the cool down and windstorm. Never seen such a lightning display before. Had about a half inch rain here which was really great. A friend of mine said his neighborhood had hail stones so large it damaged their cars.
Finally finished loading and storing all the hay bales to clear all the fields. Used up all my spare time for the last several weeks. Figure I had to shift gears about 2,000 times to do all the hay pick up, load, unloading and stacking. I store most of the bales in a spot with good firebreaks in the form of dirt roads around them. Also carry fire insurance as the hay is vital to the farm's future and worth about $18,000 at current costs. Now that this job is done I am able to relax a little as there are no more emergency jobs to do right now but still plenty of regular chores to do.
Still waiting for the newer upgraded tractor I bought. Seems the computerized dash cluster is waiting for a part that has to be made. Even though it's 30 years old this is making me wonder if I want a tractor that modern. But I need it for Fall field work. Won't have time to repair the other tractor till Winter.
Rounded up the cattle again and sorted out three critters to go to the processor. Then moved the cow herd onto the hay fields to graze the alfalfa regrowth since it was cut about a month ago. They are enjoying it!!! The new pup was sure a great help doing this. Also great at rounding up some hogs that escaped. The hogs resisted until she let them know who was the boss! So happy to have her!!!
Still doing more fence work and making progress. Alfalfa fields are adjacent to neighbors grain fields. So good fence condition important to friendly relations! Hope the grain gets harvested before the alfalfa regrowth is gone. Do have other pasture in reserve but it won't compete with fresh green grain heads.
Down to only 8 grower pigs for orders the remainder of this Summer and Fall. Do have plenty of Custom Beef available for this Fall
Poultry slowing down on laying since the big thunderstorm and current heat wave. Still plenty for our needs though.
Happy to have two more CSA Members. More produce maturing in the garden recently. New starts for Fall keep us busy though, especially SO.
Let's take a look at what is planned for the CSA deliveries this Thursday:
Micro Greens Mix,Lettuce Salad Mix, Chard, Kale, Collard Greens, Diakon Radish Greens, Sesame Leaves, Cucumbers, Summer Squash, Garlic Chives, Salad Green Onions and Leeks, Herb-Basil, Tomatoes, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Kohlrabi Bulbs, Broccoli, Napa Cabbage and Eggs
Variety of Meats:
Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Steaks, Stew or Stir Fry item. Pork Roast, Ground Pork, Ham Steak, and Soup Item.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Gary and SO