Our New Tractor!
Updated: Sep 4, 2019
Hello Friends and Members,
Been a great week long break. Hope no one got confused by the schedule change.
Actually had a 3 day mini vacation at Hot Springs Resort in Montana to celebrate "SO's" birthday and we both felt very rested and healthier after.
First thing she did when we got home was go check on her veggies and chickens. I went looking for the cattle. Hogs were in their wallow. All was well. Had some heavy rain before we left, another heavy rain on Friday after we got home and more light rain yesterday. Grass is now greener around here.
We will be making deliveries starting again this Thursday, 3-6 pm as usual. As a Half Share CSA Member if you didn't get a delivery on Aug. 22nd then it's your time this week. If you did get a delivery then we'll see you the following week, Sep. 12th. If you have decided not to continue Membership this coming Fall Quarter which starts this week, please let us know!
Want to pay a special tribute to our cattle. They are really amazing critters that use land for forage and living where not much other good use can be done with it to earn a profit. Without them this farm wouldn't exist and I wouldn't have had a chance to play cowboy for so many years. Even though my wife is mainly in charge of the garden and layer chickens, don't get the idea she can't handle cattle because she does. We used to raise around 200 bottle calves up to feeder size and she was vital to feeding and caring for them. She may be a little small but is very tough when it's needed. She's the one who has even raised calves in our extra bathroom. One we call Curly started that way and is still her pet even after 9 years.
Must admit I am hesitant to bond with bull calves this way as they'll only be here a few years. But most all of our cows are very tame towards us. Went out to check on them today with "SO" and as soon as they saw us they all came running. Not sure why because they were grazing on good pasture of alfalfa regrowth. We checked their water later and is was good as well. Usually when we move them to new pastures they just follow us when I call them. Have to admit I'm a little irritated when I hear the so called Green Movement politicians blaming the weather and environmental problems on cattle. Cattle actually improve the environment. All the highways in their way is the real problem. The industrial CAFO's for mass production feeding of livestock in massive conglomerations and feeding them an unbelievably unhealthy stuff is the real problem.
After waiting patiently for two months, the used tractor I bought to help out was finally delivered! It's about 30 years old but strangely was only used for 1,580 hours. Almost like new except for some outside storage wear and tear and faded paint. Very excited to really start using it.
Following last year's constant smoke an exam of my lungs was reported as having asbestos damage. Farmers around here used to die around fifty years old from black lung disease. Thankfully, tractor cabs can help out a lot with that problem. On hot days it's also nicely air conditioned inside.
This weeks delivery will be the first of twelve which will end the week before Thanksgiving. The total number of deliveries for the year will be 36. We are the only farm around here that does that! Actually the number of small farms offering CSA Programs in this region has declined a lot. The movement to buy local fresh healthy food seems to be fading somewhat while ready to eat foods delivered to your door seems to be the replacement. This delivery food may be more convenient but it's certainly not as healthy, even if it is labeled Organic. Were thankful for our Members and Special Order Customers. The smart Health seeking folks!
Let's take a look at what is planned for CSA Deliveries this week:
Produce/Eggs - Micro Greens Mix, Salad Lettuce Mix, Chard, Kale, Collard Greens, Sesame Leaves, Summer Squash, Cucumbers, Potatoes. Tomatoes, Daikon Radish Greens, Salad Onions and Leeks, Herb - Mint, Carrots, Heirloom Sweet Corn, Rhubarb, Red Cabbage, Napa Cabbage, Kohlrabi root, and Eggs.
Variety of Meats - Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Steak, Beef Cutlet, Pork Chops, Sausage, Bacon, Soup/Stir Fry Item.
Online Special Orders - We welcome these orders but for Veggies need the order by Monday to have time to harvest and prepare the items properly and on time. Otherwise veggies can be ordered anytime for delivery the following week. Variety of Meats items can be ordered as late as Wednesday as these items are already in our farm freezer. Custom Animal Portions and CSA Memberships can be submitted at any time.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Gary and So Angell