Farm Life Keepin' On
Hello Friends & Members,
Spring is back but we still have a lot of mud holes. SO has been loving the warm weather and growing conditions. We were even able to shut off the heaters in the hoop houses!
After doing some fence repairs I rounded up all the stock and gathered them for sorting to take some to the processor for Custom Orders. Even put some new tires on the stock trailer to get ready. While waiting had another new calf born. Then got a call today that due to the Corona Virus my processor had to cancel all work. Seems a couple workers with a sniffle have to get tested or such. Also he'll have to sterilize the work areas. Don't know when I'll be rescheduled. This will be disappointing to several customers who have been waiting patiently but we'll get everyone taken care of as soon as possible! I'll also have to be careful with sales of my present inventory to make sure CSA Members stay supplied because some of the processing was for our inventory. We have pretty good current stock except for Lamb.
Doing servicing of equipment to get ready for spring field work. Needed the revenue from these orders for the seed expenses for pasture and hay planting. Garden seed already on hand for most items except for potatoes.
SO has been working real hard transplanting new starts into all the Green/Hoop Houses. She has also finished planting the starts for Sugar peas and Cucumbers. She was really panicked this morning when she discovered a greenhouse door was wide open and all the veggies were frosted. Luckily by noon the sun was shining bright and the temperature was in the 50's. All but a couple herbs near the door were okay. We had some children visiting and think they left the door open after taking a look inside. It was a back door not to easy to notice. Growth rates recently have been really great. SO wants to try some garden cultivating with battery operated drill motors turning large 2-3 inch augers for digging and mixing. Got her an assortment of augers to try out. It's the latest garden gimmick. Pretty sure it will be easier than her using her fingers and a trowel.
Since processing has been delayed I'll have to mix another load of hog feed very soon. Also have two Gilts very close to farrowing their babies. I'll be settling them into a barn stall soon.
So far I don't know any Corona Virus rules against continuing our deliveries except keeping your distance from others at 6 ft.+ which we'll try to do. So when you come we'll bring your cooler to you and get the returning one which we'll instantly spray with sterilizer to protect us later when we load them for the trip home. Later we sterilize the insides for the next round. The veggies are all rinsed at least a day before packing. The meat products are already protected in large freezers. If you have any cold or flu symptoms please stay inside the vehicle or wear a face mask. I like to visit with customers but I'll try to keep it short for now! Let's take a look at what is planned for this week: Produce and Eggs:
Micro Greens Mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Spinach, Collard Greens, Kale, Daikon Greens w/roots, Salad Onions, Leeks, Herb-Lemon, Bulb Onion, Squash, Potatoes, Carrots, Beets and Eggs. Variety of Meats
Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Roast, Short Ribs, Beef Steak (see note), Beef Stir fry or stew meat, Pork Country Ribs, Ham Steak, Pork, Bacon or Ham Bits. Note - Two weeks ago some Members were shorted a Premium Steak. I'll have some for make up to them with this week's delivery. Wishing You All Good Health!
Looking Forward to Seeing You All Soon!
Gary & So