Rocky Ridge Ranch - May 3rd

Hello Members & Friends!

Been such a nice day with no wind for a change! But what we really need now is some Spring rain! Sitting on 50 acres ready for planting alfalfa but it needs some rain to be successful. Many of our neighbors are concerned about getting enough rain for crops to do well and most important to suppress fires. Had one nearby already. It started small but high winds spread it into forestland.

This is our 9th Delivery of the Spring Quarter Season. Then on the last week of this month we will be skipping a week so we can have a little break. Still recovering from the side affects of the 2nd Pfizer Covid vaccination! Can now understand, among other reasons, why many don't want the vaccines.

Farm News:

Still repairing fences. Some I built over 30 years ago and they have deteriorated a lot. Fencing is a little tougher because a lot of the fence lines are on rocks or going thru timber and hills. Hope I don't have to do it all again. I do have a couple part time helpers I am very thankful for! When I started here fencing wasn't so important because if the cows got out they just visited another farm and folks had horses to chase them home. Now when they get out and visit a neighbor they wind up grazing in a garden and leaving big cow pies on their driveway! When the cattle stroll down the county road even the grain farmers get upset.

Unlike many large ranchers I don't grow for the commodity market's to supply feed lots. My bulls stay with the cows all year long so calves can be born at any time, but nature rules and most are still born in the Spring and Fall. So far this month we have had ten new calves. About six others were born in March. We visit the herd frequently to make sure predators stay away and young heifers don't forget where they left their calf. Sometimes we have to help out but most know what to do. Things are more risky during severe weather. During these times watching calving is my favorite of times. SO enjoys it as well. At times we do get to help. Seems like the herd gets used to us and just gather around us like we're family to them.

Got some of the garden cleaned up and the trenches dug for planting potatoes. So has a lot of started plants for outdoor growing as well! The soil will need soaking before planting because it's still so dry. This year we got all the raspberries pruned and we'll need irrigation to soak their ground also. Cruised all the alfalfa fields and so far all are doing well. Still must be moisture stored in the soil from winter. Have about 130 acres growing alfalfa grass for hay or pasture. Unlike grain, once planted it can last for up to a decade without replanting if it is well cared for.

CSA News:

We'll soon be notifying new Members of their first delivery date.

Best of Produce:

Kale, Micro Greens Mix, Swiss Chard, Daikon Greens, Spinach, Lettuce Salad Mix, Potatoes, Carrots, Salad Onions/leeks, Dry Onion, Herb-Lemon, Rhubarb, Squash, Garlic Chives and Eggs

Variety of Meats:

Chicken, Ground Beef, Steak Cutlets, Stir Fry, Pork Roast, Smoked Sausage, Bacon, Soup Item

See you soon!

Gary & So Angell


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