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Rocky Ridge Ranch Newsletter - Aug 2nd

Hello Members and Friends,

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU to everyone for coming early to beat the HEAT! Hope everyone can do it again next week because it looks like the forecast has changed and we'll have another delivery day well over 90 degrees.


Some folks have been complaining about fake news for a time now. I follow three weather services and they never agree and are also seldom right - except when they predict hot weather! So I think they are fake weather forecasters. They predicted a lot of rain for this Sunday and I was really happy but we didn't even get enough to settle the dust. If you drive to our place you need to plan to clean your air filter. We've also had a lot of trouble with vehicles stalling when the heat gets to the high 90's.


Went to my brother's funeral last Tuesday. It was a very good memorial service for him!


Farm News:

When we got home late Tuesday there were a few cows in our yard enjoying some green grass. We were too tired to deal with herding them back and our stock dog Happy was staying with friends. Well in the morning the entire herd was in the little lawn area right around our house! I think they got thirsty because they somehow got a water faucet turned on and flooded an entire area to drink from. I've certainly never had anything like that happen before! Our friend brought Happy home just in time and she joyfully chased them all back into the pasture they belonged in. Afterwards we found about a 100 feet of perimeter fence knocked down on one side of the pasture, most likely caused by a predator chasing them. Good thing we have been watering a firebreak lawn area for them to come to or they may have been gone somewhere else. Were still working on pooper scooping our yard!


Taking 7 hogs and a steer to the CNJ processor tomorrow. Also hauling more hay this week. I purchased from a nearby farmer lucky enough to have irrigation water from the Spokane River. I decided to start feeding hay this early because of the drought conditions. SO and I have decided to bite the bullet and purchase very costly hay rather than sell our cattle as many other ranchers are doing. We've invested numerous years patiently working with and developing our special high-end breed of cattle and they would be very difficult to replace later.


Next year we plan to continue our sales programs but will shorten the CSA Program to two 12 week sessions from May to October, called Summer and Fall. Our decision is mostly weather and energy cost related but I have to admit as we've aged our energy level is down a little too!

Had to add a little more height to the garden deer fence again but now it seems to be working okay.


CSA News:

This week will be our 20th delivery. Just one month till the Fall Session will start. Some current Members need to renew their Membership soon. We already have several new Members starting this Fall.

Let's take a look at plans for deliveries this week:


Produce:

Micro Greens Nix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Kale, Chard, Collard Greens, Napa Cabbage, Cucumbers, Squash, Potatoes, Sugar Peas, Beet Greens, Rhubarb, Salad Onions, Leeks , Herb-Basil, Garlic Chives


Variety of Meats:

Chicken, Ground Beef, Steak Cutlets, Beef Roast, Pork Chops, Deli Ham, Ground Pork Sausage


Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Be well! Gary & So


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