Hope your all getting the new Email Blog Notice and taking a look at the Blog for the same weekly Newsletter details as provided in the past. In addition to our CSA Members it is also now sent to our Special Order Customers and others as interested.
Been busy with all the same things as last week such as fencing and equipment repairs as well as my wife's intensive garden work. One more Sow had some piglets. Getting ready to do a lot of other field work as well. Plan to plant some Oats or Barley as a cover crop to help the alfalfa compete with the weeds and increase the hay yield. The frost last week damaged a lot of new transplants in the garden as well as the field peas and baby alfalfa coming up. The main challenge is that Spring is a month late this year.
Been digging holes for very large fence posts I got from cleaning up after the Power Companies following fire damage or when rebuilding aged power lines. Some are actually made with California Red Woods. Pretty sturdy posts, most being about 12+ inches in diameter. Been clearing rocks again. Some of you may remember my field work last year when I showed how rocks grow here. Well the ones I picked up this week grew a little bigger. I try to get them out of the field because of damage they cause to equipment. Back in the beginning of our farming here the whole family spent many years working weekends as rock pickers. We also cleared some spots in the middle of the fields that weren't farmed before because of rocks. As a result we increased our farmable land by about 15 acres! Moving rocks with a back hoe and tractor is a lot easier than with horses. Yet if you follow the fence lines of our farm land you'll see many rows of piled up rocks done even before we arrived. Like I said they grow and keep coming up to keep us busy. Rock Picker Volunteers are always welcome - haha!
I am limiting the pig feed now and letting them subsist more on pasture to slow down their growth rate. I have 24 Grower Pigs of different sizes on pasture at this time. They do fine with just a little grain now and then and it also results in leaner healthier pork. Some folks think you can't raise pigs on pastures. I can assure you they do fine, especially our heritage breeds like Berkshires. Plus, all our pastures are organic. Additionally, unlike factory hogs, ours are never medicated, never fed any growth stimulants, and certainly never fed GMO corn and soy along with a few other low grade grains and things I'd rather not mention. We make our own feed for them with local fresh grains and delicious legumes like peas. They can roam freely getting lots of fresh clean air and good exercise to condition their muscles. We believe we grow some of the healthiest and best quality pork available in the entire Inland Northwest. By the way, feel free to check out our Custom Processed Pork on sale at this time.
Cattle are doing fine now. Just finished fixing the fence on 40 acres of forested range land. They are ignoring the hay I offered them. Still have a lot of fence work to do this year. Need to do annual processing of them soon which is a two or three day chore. Have 48 critters right now including the calves. Beef are now available for Custom Order Portions for delivery this Summer or Fall.
Poultry are now enjoying free ranging on pasture also. In addition to the fresh pickins they find outside they also get feed very similar to the hogs with a little more legumes like peas for protein. Unlike most junk fed commercial chicken/eggs our eggs are a healthier choice plus they're much fresher and tastier as well. We will be bringing them to the delivery site to offer for sale.
CSA NEWS: This week is the 11th Delivery. One more this Quarter and then we'll take a week off for a short break.
Welcome Tera, our newest CSA Member for Produce! Have had a lot of other requests for info about the CSA Program. The next 12 week Summer Quarter starts on May 30th. Also getting requests for the CSA Sample Box which can be ordered anytime. We've had some questions from Half Share Members (who get deliveries every two weeks) that the greens don't always stay fresh for two weeks like some items from the grocery stores. This is partly because our produce is not treated with preservatives. Also many produce and fruit items are now GMO altered to stay fresh longer, though of course the nutrient level is in doubt. Keep in mind, greens and other veggies can often be freshened by mixing with cold water in a salad spinner. One of our long time Members says the Microgreens work especially well for juicing. Just juice the hole bag and freeze into ice cube trays. Then, simply throw 1 or 2 cubes into a blender with just a cup of orange juice and be amazed at how fast and easy it is to make a delicious and incredibly nutritious drink! Lastly, things like chopped carrots and potatoes, peas, and beans can be frozen and used later. Spring may finally be here so even more fresh veggies will be available as Summer progresses.
Let's take a look at what's planned for this week:
Micro Green Mix, Salad Lettuce Mix, Kale, Chard, Daikon Greens, Salad Onions, Garlic Chives, Leeks, Dry Onion, Potatoes, Carrots, Winter Squash, Herb-Rosemary, and Eggs.
Variety of Meat:
Chicken, Ground Beef, Steak Cutlets, Stir Fry/Stew Meat, Bacon, Ground Pork Sausage, Pork Ribs, Bacon/Ham Stir Fry Bits,
Specials and online orders:
Special discounts and sales are posted on the FARM STORE page of the web site. Assortment Selections are normally a lower cost for the items provided than Select-A-Cut individual items. Also, Pre-Processed and Custom Processed Portions are almost like buying wholesale. Note: Lamb is available to substitute for other cuts by prior notice.
Looking Forward to Seeing You All Soon!
Gary and So
Happy hogs on the pasture
Checkin up on the critters
Beauty and the beasts!
Never endin rock pickin!